Cute baby at the Ladies Market in Hong Kong
Fireworks! Hong Kong Independence.
A different representation of Buddha.
On top of the 10,000 Buddha’s temple in Hong Kong!
The Big Man once again.
The Big Buddha in Hong Kong.
Skyline of Hong Kong.
Hong Kong Independence Day fireworks showing was a blast! I did not know what to expect so this really blew my mind! The fireworks lasted 23 minutes and it was amazing! Especially the view that I had… what a great location! I am so glad I got to experience this! Gotham City was a beautiful site that evening :) I don’t want to leave this city, but I miss my family and friends a little too much.
Just a few of the many markets in Hong Kong. I probably spent 80% of my time here and 100% of my money! You can find anything and everything.
Temple Street, Ladies Market, Fa Yuen Street
Produce and Meat Markets
The list goes on and on!
I had a blast trying to haggle with the locals for all my things, and I did pretty damn good! You just have to be careful when trying to pick out the fake from the real!
Now that I spent all my money, I am very ready to head back home!
The Big Buddha. This, hands down was the best thing I have experienced so far in Hong Kong!
The Gondola Ride. Riding over massive mountains of lush green forest was a site to see! It was rainy and gloomy but made it all the better. Being able to see the Big Buddha off in the distance was… peaceful. This 30 minute ride got me extremely excited to get to the main concourse.
The whole area reminded me of Tirupati (the main temple city of India). Tirupati is about 1000 times more massive and impressive, but just the atmosphere of the place was calming.
The Big Buddha. Walking up a huge flight of stairs while this enormous statue is piercing down on you was truly intimidating. It was like Siddhartha was judging me himself. At this point it was pouring heavily so I didn’t get to enjoy the statue as much. Nevertheless, it was beautiful.
The Po Lin Monastery. This structure itself wasn’t impressive (been to too many temples all across India, a little sick of them to be honest) but as mentioned before, the atmosphere was what captivated me. I am not a religious person and don’t believe in many things.
One of my least favorite topics to talk about is religion. I can never clearly articulate my view. It’s different and people don’t understand. So they get threatened by it. It is really tough being Indian because culture and religion go hand in hand. I can celebrate the Hindu holidays without being religious but people don’t get that. I can wear an Om necklace and tattoo it on my arm without being religious but people don’t understand that. (Education my friends).
I took some time to myself and sat. Reflected. Didn’t need GOD or whoever to guide me. I just sat. Thought about things and let some frustration/stress out (frustration and stress = tears for me. So irritating and inconvenient). This was a really good decision on my part. I left the place more relaxed and also a little homesick. I hope to visit more places like that. I look forward to the next three weeks here, but I also can not wait to be back home!
Until next time…
Vietnamese food at Ladies Market. The wait to get into any restaurant in this area was ridiculous! We got lucky and found this place! The noodles were really good, but the appetizer was so much better. It was a - I don’t know how to say that in English so I’ll the Hindi word - papard with noodles, meat and spring onions! Add a little fish sauce and you are good to go. I wish I could remember the names of these restaurants to post, but that is a lost cause.
Canteen food is pretty awesome… if you know what you are looking for! The pepper sauce on this dish was one of the best sauces I have had here! The sausage was a little random though. I kinda miss Jester (UT campus dorms) food though. At least I could read the menu.
If you never had this fruit before, you are missing out on life. It is called a Custard Apple in English (Sitaphal in Hindi). It is the best fruit in the world, next to Chickus of course! So nostalgic getting to eat one. I eat dozens and then some when in India. Make sure it is ripe before you open it up, or else it is a waste!
First time trying Portugese food (besides Goa, but it has an Indian influence so that was good). I was really feeling this meal to be quite honest. It looked so amazing but was bland.