Day 18 ~ A Walk

(I will continue to write the previous dates but I will back date them so they appear in order. You will get the full story… one day…)

I JUST finished posting the most recent journal entry when the cleaning people finally showed up. Although I had slept in until 2:30 and hadn’t showered, was wearing no make-up, and ‘technically’ still in my pajamas, I decided it was time to vacate the apartment and go get some food. So I grabbed my purse as I was and headed out to McDonald’s… again. (If I’m not 10 lbs. heavier when I get home, I will be shocked.)

Btw, let this be a lesson to all the people who work at McDonald’s in Canada and the States… I eat there almost everyday and, even though they barely speak any English at all, they have not once gotten my order wrong. Today, I ordered a quarter pounder with just cheese and ketchup. I was worried. She looked like she didn’t understand what I meant. But apparently she did. The only strange things I’ve come across when ordering is when I get my ice tea with one liquid sugar cup, I ask, “Can I have two (or three) more?” and hold up the corresponding number of fingers. They always give me one less than I ask for. So, I guess they think I mean 2 or 3 altogether… even though I specifically say “more”… The other thing is that they ask me “stay here or take away”. Both times I said stay here, they packed up my food to go. Why ask?

Anyway, it didn’t take me long to eat but I knew they’d still be cleaning, so I decided to go for a walk. I snaked up and down the streets in my neighbourhood and took miscellaneous pictures of things I found interesting for about two hours. (Thankfully it wasn’t supergross out.) Wanna see?

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some buildings just look cool

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We seem to live in a metal-working area. There are a lot of “shops” like this.

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The bar we went to with the turtles and jellyfish.

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weird alcove

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cat pet store place – although you aren’t allowed to have cats here…

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more metal guys – there were 6 of them working here, doing who knows what

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Ooh, I found another bubble tea place!

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As I took a picture of this restaurant, the owner rushed out and gave me a takeout menu and told me to come back. “We even have lamb burgers!” she exclaimed. Haha.

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The Olympic MTR station I walk to and from everyday.

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Olympian City Mall right near our place… which I have yet to explore.

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prettiest parkade I’ve ever seen

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I like the way the taxis look here. (another view of Olympian City Mall)

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Crossing the street here is a pain in the ass. There are metal barriers surrounding the corners so you have to walk down the street 20 feet to get across.

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Langham Tower in the distance

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Tai Kok Tsui is the name of our area

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I live just on the other side of New Kowloon Plaza

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A huge indoor playground I walk above everyday that I never knew existed. Very cool!

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First thing I see when I walk outside on my way home everyday.

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Look up. Again, I walk past this every day and never noticed it had a second floor of shops.

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RAMEN!!

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A palm tree avenue lined with benches that are constantly occupied by old people just hanging out – my street juts out the other end.

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I like taking pictures of alleyways.

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Langham Tower and Langham Place

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I ❤ Pet Pet 🙂

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laundry day?

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Another way you can tell Hong Kong values children – there are parks EVERYWHERE!

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more metalworking… stuff

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The brown one is the YesInn main building.

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All the trees are labelled.

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I think this man thought I was stalking him.

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YesInn main building

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bamboo scaffolding and wrapping the building – an Asian thing

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Wifi booth. Coolest idea ever.

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Maybe cock roaches wouldn’t be an issue if people didn’t do this!

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7-11 every 50 feet. Awesome.

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See the corner barrier thing? Irritating.

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The Thai place we went to – where I ate only garlic bread.

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Japan Home Centre – great place to buy whatever you need. Like a hairdryer or hangers!

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the pizza place with the huge burgers

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and another park

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This matching grandmother/granddaughter was too cute to pass up.

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Are there a lot of botany enthusiasts here?

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Hong Kong Mini Bus

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I frequent them often

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It just perches on points. How is that stable?

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A kindergarten above a metal place. Seems odd to me.

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Bought dim sum buns here once.

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the bakery I went to the first night

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“our” 7-11 and bank

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I want to know what this building is! It’s around the corner from my place and looks so secretive.

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Fancy building that I see from my bedroom window – makes me jealous

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What I refer to as noodle street. Under the canopy part are 6 or 7 hole-in-the-wall noodle shops. This is the street with the OTHER apartments (Tumblr Girl and her roommates, and our teacher.)

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As you walk down the street, you feel like it’s raining… or you’re being peed on. But it’s drips coming from all the air conditioners.

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My building. I’m second from the top on the left.

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my street – Tit Shu Street

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where my bakery USED to be 😦

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my entryway

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buzz code R8462

(originally posted to ngohheuiheunggong)

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