27.07.2012 31 °C
Hong Kong has definitely reawakened some of my ‘western’ senses!!! This city (of what I have seen so far) is busy! People, buildings, cars, trams, buses, trains …. After 6 months in Siem Reap my brain had forgotten this style of living. I have come from a place where pjs and thongs are appropriate attire for going out in to suits, heels, laptops and mobile phones (though Cambodians do love their mobiles!) Also with this comes the ease of moving around the city. Arriving at the airport you can catch a train straight to a major metro train station. Then you have to go to an assigned spot to catch a taxi – oh it is so organised here! In one way it gives you a feeling of comfort but in another sense where is the ‘adventure’?
I have spent the last 2 days just wandering the streets of the area I am staying in. There are lots of alleyways and side streets. It is really cool and funky – I like it! One thing that I have noticed is the hills. After living in Busselton and Siem Reap for the last 8 years – I had forgotten what a hill was! Thankfully there are hills, as they will hopefully keep the kilos off that I am adding with the yummy food.
Today I discovered Des Voeux Road – in other words (Dried) Seafood Street. Shops full of many different types of dried seafood and strangely nuts too! Smells of fish, prawns, urchins and many other unidentifiable products wafted, actually forced their way into my nose. There were a few moments of holding my breath or just breathing through my nose. One of the last shops that I passed had a very fat cat sitting on the shelf underneath fishy products – what a life!!!
In addition to the dried seafood shops, the area also has many Chinese medicine shops, which are a little disturbing … there are many things waiting to be grinded and mixed and I am positive that they are not all nice ingredients. There are also coffin shops – which I embarrassingly thought were furniture stores until I looked closer!
From the smells of dead, dried fish to the lights, noise and yummy restaurant smells of my first shopping mall (and a small one at that). The excitement of seeing summer sale signs and shoe stores together! Tomorrow the credit card will need to stay at home – I have to wait til KL – but it is going to be hard!!!!