Arriving in Discovery Bay – Hong Kong – is probably a good place to start as any, especially as we almost didn’t arrive at all! Okay, perhaps that is a little exaggeration, but our arrival wasn’t quite as simple as it should have been – especially considering the fact that Michael, our hosts, left us very detailed instructions.
|Food at last!|
For those people who know me, you’ll find this hard to believe, and for those who don’t: I am organised. Very organised. I am a Project Manager and I organise everyone around me. But on the day we were flying I turned into some sort of dizzy airhead.
First I almost forgot to take my luggage off the trolley, until I heard Tim call me back … and then I wandered off to find the bus in Bay 28, as instructed. Long story short, bus arrived, we got on in the nick of time (Tim had gone off to buy water), but after a bit of a fluster, we were on the bus. Fast forward some minutes, while I was checking the bus progress on Google Maps, the penny dropped …. we got on the wrong bus and the bus was on the motorway!
We were weary and hungry and lost! Thank goodness for all the help and tips from locals, Mr Google (maps) and the CityMapper App, we managed to get to our apartment in one piece – just 2 hours later than planned. Quite a detour!
But what a lovely (and expensive!) place we found for our 3 weeks here. Arranged through Home Exchange, the location is perfect. The building is a hop, skip and jump away from the main ferry terminal into Central Hong Kong as well as all the shops and bars. Only drawback is living between expats and bankers – all the prices reflect that too.
But the apartment is lovely, and the view spectacular! The building you can see just above Tim’s knees, is the Ferry Building.
|View from our apartment|
Everything happens at the Plaza, where the shops and restaurants are. We’ve already sussed out the Happy Hour 2-4-1 deals, as prices seem expensive, even travelling on the pound. I would hate to know what my South African family & friends would say about paying HK$369 for a rack of ribs (R645) or HK$119 (R200) for a small packet of pistachio nuts! Tim and I are exploring later – I will share what we find, later.
|The Plaza, Discovery Bay|
But we found another side to Discovery Bay too. Just around the back of our building, still on Lantau Island, there is a little road that leads to Nim Shue Wan Tsuen, a tiny, poor area of just a few houses. It looks more like a little shanty town. I have now found out that this former fishing village, is now again inhabited by Chinese people of Hakka descent, but most work as workers in Discovery Bay.
Time is now Happy Hour, so Tim and I are setting off for a much needed drink and people watching spree …