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Hong Kong - Friday, 12 August 2016

Day of frustration!

overcast 28 °C

Hotel - Intercontinental Grand Sanford - Room 845

We are almost back in our normal time zone - Canberra is two hours ahead of Hong Kong. I went to bed about midnight and woke up at about 4ish and had trouble getting back to sleep.

We had a very lazy morning and went down for breakfast at 9. It was nice to spend time eating breakfast and not having to worry about getting on the bus. The breakfast, as in most Asian hotels, covered every country in the world. A great selection.

The harbour looks different in the daylight.

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We've had a bit of a wasted day, however we aren't here to do the tourist thing - just to relax before our next flight.

Phil's u-beaut camera has a crack in its LED screen, but worst of all the on/off switch is broken, so he hasn't been able to use his camera since our ferry ride across the Shannon River, a few days ago. We thought Hong Kong would be the best place for repairs. WRONG!

We asked Reception to phone the Panasonic/Lumix camera service centre and explain what was wrong and ask if it could be fixed. The answer was "yes" to the LED screen, and "no" to the on/off switch. Phil never gives up and won't take "no" for an answer, so we caught a taxi to the Service Centre to see what could be done. It took about 20 minutes to get there and we waited for about an hour while they changed the LED screen and tried to fix the on/off button, but to no avail. They didn't have the parts and couldn't improvise because it was bought in Bangkok, not Hong Kong. I find this incredible. Panasonic is an international company. Surely it shouldn't matter where you buy it, servicing should be the same anywhere. (But it was the same when his Samsung tablet froze. Because we bought it in Singapore, no one else in the world could fix it, so in the end, we sent it to Singapore and they couldn't fix it either!) Methinks we are living in a throw away society but when you pay $700 for a camera, you expect it to be able to be fixed!

We caught a taxi back to the area of our hotel and went looking for an electronics shop to buy a new cable for my tablet. Mission successful! But it just happened to be a camera shop and Phil started looking and ended up buying a new camera. Same model as his old one but hundreds of dollars cheaper because it is now a superceded model. He's happy and that's all that counts, but I would have bought the latest model, which is much smaller and does heaps more things, but he likes to have something to hang on to.

Going to have a little read and an afternoon nap. Phil had a massage.

There is a walkway in front of our hotel that goes for a long way right along the harbour so we decided to take a stroll this afternoon.

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At the end of the walkway we headed "inland" and looked for a restaurant to have dinner. It is quite difficult to choose as they have a lot of weird things on the menu. However, we found a place that had yum cha as well so we went in and ordered spring rolls, steamed pork dumplings and a noodle soup with pork balls. It was all very nice and just enough for us to eat, plus a beer and green tea. I had a go at reading my own tea leaves - they looked like one big blob, with one tea leaf separate from the group and two tea leaves heading in the other direction. My interpretation - the big blob is our Scenic Tours group; the one tea leaf separate is Tom Doyle, the leader; and the two tea leaves heading in the other direction are Phil and I leaving the group! Not bad for an amateur.

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When we left the restaurant, there was quite a long queue out the front waiting to enter, so that must mean that it is a good restaurant and it was half the price of last night's meal.

One thing I am noticing is that there aren't many tourists around and there are a lot of young people in the streets.

We started to walk back to our hotel - I have absolutely no sense of direction and Phil does - well, we walked and walked and walked and walked some more. It is dark, nothing is looking familiar, it is hot and humid and there is absolutely no breeze. Several times I asked if we were going the right way. "Yes", he says. I'm not sure if he was trying to convince himself or me! He said the hotel is just around this corner and when it wasn't, I refused to go any further, so we hailed a taxi and off he went. He didn't speak any English and took us to the Intercontinental Hotel instead of the Intercontinental Grand Stanford which just about doubled the fare, but I didn't care because it was cool in the taxi. AND, we were miles off course. We never would have found it!

So glad to be home - going to have a long, relaxing bubble bath and go to bed!

Posted by gaddingabout 06:23 Archived in Hong Kong

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