Monday, June 29, 2009

Home Sweet Home

I'm back from my trip! Well, even though there's nothing wrong with me, I decided to 'quarantine' myself for a few days just to be safe, given the current H1N1 flu outbreak situation (as at now there are already 599 cases here). In HK, all the airport immigration staff & hotel staff wore masks. When I was checking-in to the hotel, I even had my temperature taken by the masked front desk staff and for a moment I really had this sense of déjà vu - like I was at a clinic! :)

About the trip...I didn't really do much (this was my 3rd time there) except to shop & eat. Did quite a bit of walking everyday which was fine with me as I had to burn off the extra calories I gained from all the eating. :) I love the food in Hong Kong; I think they make very delicious Dim Sums, congees, soups & roast meat/geese/pigeons. Yummmm! The only gripe I have is the lack of chilli. They do serve chilli oil but I didn't like it & it's just not the same (I'm sure chilli fans will understand what I mean). Their version of 'dry noodles' is just plain noodles tossed in soy sauce with no chilli. :( As such, I had to eat soup noodles instead, which is really not my favourite. But the congees are really good, very smooth & tasty. Not forgetting the delicious Dim Sums, especially my favourite 'Har Gao' (prawn dumpling) - the prawns are big & succulent. I also love the roast meat, geese & pigeons - the skin is crispy but the meat's tender & juicy, simply excellent! Hmm, so after 8 days of gorging, I came home 1kg heavier. Not much? Well, thanks to all the walking I did everyday, or else I would definitely have put on more weight than that.

Oh yes, I did go to Macau! My brother #2 flew in from Shanghai to join us for a day trip there. Macau is a really small place. I like it's Portuguese-inspired architecture, cobblestone paths & of course, the Portuguese egg tarts. As you know, there are also many casinos there and I visited one of them just to take a look around as I'm not a gambler. We also caught a glimpse of a HK starlet, Fiona Sit Hoi-Kei, who was there for a photo shoot, much to the delight of my niece who is very much into HK artistes.

The weather was generally great for most part of the trip. Some days were sunny but not as hot as Singapore, while some days were cloudy with drizzles except for the last 2 days which was rainy due to a passing typhoon (signal level 3). As a result, take-off for our return flight home was also delayed by about 25 minutes due to the bad weather but yet, we somehow managed to touch down Singapore as per the original schedule!! Wow, I guess the pilot must be speeding up in the sky to make up for lost time?? If yes, he's lucky that there's no traffic police up there to book him for speeding. Heehee... :P

Just to side-track a little, you know I seem to attract typhoons when I travel! I remember visiting Hang Zhou (China) some time back & was also greeted with typhoon Code Black (the highest level!). Yikes! In the end, though I had visited Hang Zhou, I have absolutely no idea what the beautiful West Lake looks like. Sigh. Shoo-shoo, stop following me, typhoons!

Well, sorry folks, for the lengthy text & lack of photos as Blogger is not being co-operative today. Despite repeated tries, it just refused to upload any photos for me. Sigh. Guess I just have to try again later.

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