Sunday, 6 September 2015

Travel Log: A Day In Sai Kung

Hi again! So the second travel log of my month in Hong Kong is based on a busy place called Sai Kung. The Sai Kung District is the second largest district in Hong Kong but by tourists it's quite well known for its seafood restaurants, though, I'll talk more about that later in the post. 

Today has been a total scorcher, seriously, if I don't go home looking bronze at the end of the month I'm going to scream! My skin has started to clear up quite nicely, I guess it's to do with the sun and the fact that I've visited the steam room a few times. 

Back on topic, since it's Sunday we thought we would make the car journey to the town of Sai Kung (within the Sai Kung District). My gran, whom I'm staying with, mentioned that a lot of people like to visit on Sunday with their pets who they dress up in bizarre outfits. Since it was so hot, however, many people opted against dressing up their dogs - probably to avoid dehydration! There was still a great number of canines on the front, despite the hot weather. A lot of them did seem to favour a nice long dip in the sea though so it wasn't wholly uncommon to find dog owners stood awkwardly on the beach. 

My gran and Phil had a mixture of seafood for lunch, I "wasn't hungry" because I could see the fish they were about to cook. I've never liked the smell of seafood, though I've never tried it because the smell was enough of a deterrent. I just didn't want to try it in a restaurant like the one we were in because you literally have to pick the exact fish you want to eat whilst it's still alive and then they catch it in the tank and cook it. I did practice using my chopsticks on the complimentary peanuts though, so not all was a loss! The drink in my hand in the picture to the right was something called Diamond Juice which looked to be made of pomegranate and possibly passion fruit. It was really cold and refreshing so it was much appreciated as I waited for those two to eat their fish. 

Oh well, baby steps... Perhaps I'll get a little more adventurous before I leave, I do want to experience some of the Hong Kong culture. Speaking of culture and ways they do thing differently, I spotted many dogs at the tables with their owners just eating from their plates and getting lots of attention. The picture of the dog in this post was taken just across from where we were sat, it was quite bizarre to see. It wasn't the most bizarre thing I've seen up to now, though, it is just another thing to add to the list of culture differences we have.

As far as travel logs go, I'm not sure how this is for you guys to read... I'm still a little addled with jet-lag. Sorry if it's rubbish, I just wanted to share today's experience. 

So this was my post about today's adventure in Sai Kung, I'm working remotely tomorrow so I'll just be in Tuen Mun again. I might blog about it because whilst it will just be a little trek through the mountains and a bit of shopping, I will probably get a haircut so a hair update may be on the cards. 

6 comments:

  1. Looks like you're having an amazing time. I haven't been to Hong Kong but would definitely like to visit it at some point in my life.

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    1. I am, thanks.

      You should really check it out, it's amazing!

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  2. Oh I could never pick a live fish and say "THAT ONE" I would be heartbroken! I am not a huge fan of seafood either but I do like shellfish. Either way I also have found that in different places I tan better than in Kansas which is odd. I think tropical like climates are different somehow! I hope you get a nice but SAFE tan! Thank you for taking us on your trip with you - I'm stuck in Kansas lol

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    1. Yeah, picking the fish seems cruel somehow. It's still interesting to see how they do it though, they are so different to our western style cultures. As for the tan, it's coming along nicely, haha! Thank you for reading, have fun in Kansas. I've never been there before. :)

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  3. The picking the fish while it is alive and then eating it later wouldn't bother me, but the eating at a table with the dogs eating food off of the table would totally be strange for me. Fun trip!!

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    1. Yeah, it's all pretty different. They really value their pets here, I've seen some wearing sunglasses! :D

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