Two Boots and a Farwa

Hong Kong! (Day 7)

Hey! We’re back! It’s good occasionally to take a break in between remembering your trip so you don’t end up crying while stuffing malt brownies in your mouth as you plead with the pineapple bun picture on your desktop because it just won’t freaking turn to life no matter how hard you try to harness your telepathic powers so that by the time you’re done you’re off to your next trip and it’s like work/school never happened at all. (In other words, we’re lazy and we came up with a deep and meaningful excuse for our laziness. Huzzah!)

Now, on to the last post for this trip. (Is that cheering we hear?) We’d decided a visit to Victoria Peak would be a proper HK send off, so off we went. Our flight was at 6, so we weren’t in that much of a hurry.

car trips are super interesting here, there's so much to see.

car trips are super interesting here, there’s so much to see.

If you have the extra time and want to do the trip there leisurely, take the metro to the nearest station (Central Subway Station) to Victoria peak and take the tram up.  The earlier the less people there are. Yes, this is another one of those ultra-touristy things to do in HK, but it’s worth it, trust us. Actually don’t trust us, look at the pictures first then trust us. Automagically.

remember when we said there are malls everywhere? Yeah. the peak's mall, where there's a car drop-off zone.

remember when we said there are malls everywhere? yeah. the peak’s mall, where there’s a car drop-off zone.

more mall.

more mall.

Breakfast was in due order, and everyone was starving, so we walked into the first bread-y looking place we saw. Which happened to be Delifrance.

delifrancedelifrance

brioche and cheddar cheese. their brioche was in a odd baguette shape but it was really good.

brioche and cheddar cheese. their brioche was in a odd baguette shape but it was really good.

ciabatta and two kinds of cheese (parmesan and cheddar). Also decent.

ciabatta and two kinds of cheese (parmesan and cheddar). Also decent.

one of the tweedledums' sandwiches. egg with cheese and tomato, I think.

one of the tweedledums’ sandwiches. egg with cheese, tomato, and lettuce, and a pretty glass reflection as a plus, yay!

It was a pretty decent breakfast, as far as breakfasts went, but I kind of wish we waited a little because a few steps away, we found this.

just look at that view...

pacific coffee, we meet again. just LOOK at that view…

We automatically got brownies, obviously. One can never have too much food.

hi brownies. HI.

hi brownies. HI.

And then the true star of the place showed up. (As in we walked to it. Not as in the peak picked itself up and twirled in dramatically. Although that would’ve been cool.) Behold, dear readers! I present to you the

victoria peak

prettiest…

victoria peak

view…

victoria peak

EVER. Well. In Hong Kong, at least. Look at all that nature! You wouldn’t think it exists, walking in the city.

wee dragon guarding the lion's den. literally.

wee dragon guarding the lion’s den. literally.

entrance to the lion's club viewing spot, also known as the lion's den for dramatical reasons. it's interesting how clubs donate things to public places, here.

entrance to the lion’s club viewing spot, also known as the lion’s den for dramatical reasons. it’s interesting how clubs donate things to public places, here.

fancy looking apartments by the peak.

fancy looking apartments by the peak.

busy vendor carts on the side.

busy vendor carts on the side.

pretty looking area that seems kind of difficult to get to, anyone know what this is?

pretty looking area that seems kind of difficult to get to, anyone know what this is?

awesome ad from coach.

awesome ad from coach.

The whole thing probably took an hour, and that’s with us having breakfast there. Our recommendation is, take the early morning trip here and have breakfast at the pacific coffee’s balcony, that way you can take in the view more comfortably.

And then it was back to Kowloon to do some last minute walking around before having to go to the airport. Last days always feel wasted, don’t they?

hello manmade steel structures. you aren't as pretty as nature but you're pretty all the same.

hello manmade steel structures. you aren’t as pretty as nature but you’re pretty all the same.

part of the suite. simple gorgeous decor and huge windows always do the trick.

part of the suite in case anyone’s interested. simple gorgeous decor and huge windows always do the trick.

The mother and S decided to go to Sasa, while the tweedledums and I (J) decided to haul our butts to the Hong Kong Space Museum as fast as possible. Another perk of the Peninsula: The Hong Kong Cultural Center, Art Museum, and Space Museum are all across the road.

sign in the metro underpass. aahh, HK, forever making things easier for a direction-challenged person like me.

sign in the metro underpass. aahh, HK, forever making things easier for a direction-challenged person like me.

brilliant sculptures that were made by carving pieces of styrofoam and then translating the results into large metal sculptures.

brilliant sculptures that were made by carving pieces of styrofoam and then translating the results into large metal sculptures.

we honestly thought that was an actual family waiting for a second there.

we honestly thought that was an actual family waiting for a second there.

more styrofoam art! such a smart idea and execution, tbh.

One of our regrets is not visiting the art museum. look at the parachuting dudes!

The Space Museum opens from 10-12 and then again from 1-9pm on saturdays on sundays, so we had to wait a little for them to open at 1pm again. Tickets are 10HK standard, 5HK if you have a student ID. Another regret? There’s a planetarium cinema of sorts, and they show movies on a daily basis which would have been a nice experience had we known about it.

weird water drop like shiny sculpture we liked.

weird water drop like shiny sculpture we liked.

waiting in the heat with everyone else.

waiting in the heat with everyone else.

Now, if you’ve been to space/science museums before, and you’re short on time, I would recommend you skip this. But if you have kids/have a spare hour with nothing better to do, by all means visit the place! It’s small, and it doesn’t take long to walk through, but the nice thing about here is that there’s an interactive activity every few feet, which made the visit worth it. The tweedledums loved it, in any case.

pretty door.

pretty door.

HK space museum

take note, scientists.

take note, scientists.

a gyrochair to teach one about gyroscopic stabilization

a gyrochair that teaches you about gyroscopic stabilization in rockets

the first science fiction writer was syrian!

the first science fiction writer was syrian!

microsoft surface 1 spotted

microsoft surface 1 spotted, and played with.

I want to hang this on my ceiling. somehow.

I want to hang this on my ceiling. somehow.

another activity where you use a space jet pack simulator to try and complete a mission of sorts.

another activity where you use a space jet pack simulator to try and complete a mission of sorts.

what the moon's gravity feels like...

what the moon’s gravity feels like…

and a glider simulation where you try to fly over a canyon and spot different animals and insects.

and a glider simulation where you try to fly over a canyon and spot different animals and insects.

(Apologies for the shaky photography, to avoid annoying anyone I used my phone.)

I KNEW THEY EXISTED. KNEW IT! Exhibit Z, a taxidermied al

I KNEW THEY EXISTED. KNEW IT! Er, Exhibit Z, a taxidermied plastic alien politely directing visitors.

Another tip for museums in HK: Always check their websites before going. They’re in english and have very clear opening/closing times, prices, and updates on any exhibitions a museum might be holding. Also there’s a general museum pass that lets you into all of them for a very fair price.

And then, sadly (and somehow happily as well, we’d missed Riyadh), it was time to go home.

from the fleet of rolls royces the peninsula owns to make them fancy. it does make them look fancy.

from the fleet of rolls royces the peninsula owns to make them fancy. it does make them look fancy.

Except that wasn’t the end of things because the airport has halal chicken.

Popeye's, you win.

Popeye’s, you win. (by frying shrimp, which is always a good idea)

Yes. At Popeye’s. Which we had regardless of the fact that fast food is unhealthy because helloooooo fried meat we can eat. (That rhymes. Also we’re dedicated carnivores, in case you hadn’t noticed.)

you're better off without the mashed potato, though.

you’re better off without the mashed potato, though.

And that’s it! Thank you, most patient (possibly non-existent ) readers for following along.

It was great visiting you, Hong Kong. We’re definitely coming back again sometime in the near future.

 

 

sincerely dedicated to all things happiness,

two boots and a farwa

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This entry was written by themysteriousscribe and published on April 22, 2014 at 9:43 am. It’s filed under travel and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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