Hello from Hong Kong! Or should I say, Hello from my little apartment, where I have spent far too much time over these past three torrentially rainy days. Yes, it’s raining in Hong Kong, which is of course very typical for summer. Hong Kong rain is much like Sydney rain – it buckets and buckets until it clears. When you’re a Mum it basically incapacitates you, as no one wants to go out into THAT with two toddlers in tow, even more so in HK where no one has cars.
Still, at some point today (possibly the same point I realised the kids were watching their seventh episode of “Ben and Holly”) I thought well, how different is Hong Kong in the rain to Hong Kong any other day?! You don’t want to spend time outside because of the weather – but there are loads of indoor things to do.
So after Walter’s lunch time nap I bundled the kids into rain coats and boots, threw some umbrellas in my backpack and headed out on an adventure. I decided to walk to Admiralty and take the train one stop to TST, then walk to Harbour City where there’s currently a Where’s Wally exhibition as well as a huge Lego display.
We walk to Admiralty from Star Street, where you can go underground into Pacific Place Three and take tunnels all the way (there are underground tunnels connecting PP3, Pacific Place and Admiralty – a handy tip it took us a few weeks to work out). It’s only a few hundred metres from our building to here so we actually didn’t need to spend much time outside. From Admiralty the train to TST on the red line comes every two minutes, and the trip takes only four! At TST you take exit A1 and walk a couple of hundred metres to get to Harbour City. Here we did get wet, because Heike decided her rain jacket was too tight, then too loose, then her legs were too sore (at this point I did begin to question my decision to leave home!).
Once we got to Harbour City though we had a ball. We saw “Wally” and all his friends – Heike’s favourite of course was Wendy and our own Wally was taken with the other Wally’s dog. The kids ran amok inside the shopping centre (just a way more socially accepted thing in Hong Kong generally, which is great) and of course each had to get a small toy in the Log On on Level 3.
We then headed over towards Ocean Terminal and had an early dinner at “BLT Burger” which was nice but nothing special. I think there are nicer places to eat – there’s a Jamie’s Italian nearby (probably very busy) and a Dan Ryan’s around the corner with a bigger range. But it was good value and fairly child friendly.
After dinner we took a walk around the Cruise Terminal Shopping centre, which is where the giant Lego display is. The kids and I really enjoyed this and could have spent quite some time there if we didn’t need to make an urgent toilet stop!
From here we walked down to Ocean Terminal past the main Harbour City entrance, and saw the main Where’s Wally sculpture. By this point we were pretty over it and it was raining heavily again so we headed down to the Star Ferry to go back to Central.
I was impressed that we even took the ferry in the rain and it was actually really nice, very moody and the city looked beautiful. It was a nice change to be out and about and feel a cool breeze, and it gave me a taste of what life will be like (normal!) once the weather cools down.
By the time we got back to central it was 6pm and the taxi rank was full, so we got delivered safely to our door with no dramas! It really gave me confidence that I CAN get out and about with the kids on my own, EVEN in the rain. I feel like we’re becoming more “local” each day and nutting out how things work, and it’s a great feeling.
I’m still praying that tomorrow won’t be raining but hey, if it is I’ll manage it!