School has forced me, and everyone else, into a routine. We’re not as adventurous as we used to be, and time is running out. I have less than two months left in Hong Kong, and multiple weekends will be spent out of town (read: I will be in Beijing in approximately 36 hours). Realizing this, a couple of friends and I have written a Hong Kong bucket list – things we absolutely have to do before we leave. It’s actually a pretty long list, but I think I can finish it. I just can’t have so many lazy days.
Last Wednesday (have I mentioned how much I love having no class on Wednesdays?) I went to Big Wave Bay, another beach on the island. It’s mostly for surfing, but since I’m not exactly pro after my one lesson in Santa Cruz and the waves were a lot bigger than they were that day (hence the name Big Wave), I decided instead to just lay out on the sand, read my book, and watch my friends surf. Fine by me, it was so relaxing. I still can’t believe I went to the beach in November… it’s even too cold at home for that.
That evening, a friend and I found a great pasta place for dinner, cheap and pretty close to the dorms. I eat noodles almost everyday, but I still find myself wishing I had pasta sometimes! I had spaghetti with pesto, chicken and mushrooms… Mmmm. We stopped at a little fruit stand along the way because my friend spotted rose apples, or jambos, which she used to eat all the time in Malaysia. I’d never seen anything like it before, so I got one at had it for breakfast the next day. It was like a really crisp, crunchy apple.
Friday I knocked out two items on the bucket list. My two co-authors and I went to Kowloon Park, over in Tsim Sha Tsui. It’s actually a pretty big park, with an aviary! We didn’t go in, though, so I’ll have to go back another day. It was really nice, but strange to be around so much green and see the skyscrapers in the background.
Eventually we found our way to a footbridge, and on the other side was the most beautiful sunset. We were looking straight out into the water, and you can see the whole island skyline. Seriously, the pictures can’t do it justice.
After that, we rushed over to the Ko Shan Theater in Hung Hom for a Cantonese opera! It was pretty good, and the costumes were amazing. It would have been even better, though, if it hadn’t been three and a half hours long. The story wasn’t even that complicated, they just took forever to say anything! It reminded me of when I read The Good Earth in ninth grade. It takes five minutes for the girl to say something as simple as “I’m cold,” and another five for the guy to say “me too.” Without all the fluff, that show would have been an hour and a half, tops. The whole thing was in Cantonese, but they had subtitles on screens on the sides of the stage. That was fine, except the screens randomly shut off for a couple minutes a few times… It’s funny how quickly you can get lost. Also, the three of us where both the whitest and youngest people in the whole theater. I’m pretty sure people were staring.
The show was called 一捧雪, A Handful of Snow. Basically some guys were fighting over a jade goblet called “A Handful of Snow,” while using the goblet to get at this girl whose name was 雪艷, Xueyan. The first character in her name means snow, so I felt pretty cool and knowledgable explaining the double meaning to my friends. Spoiler alert: Xueyan ends up killing the bad guy while yelling “STAB, STAB, STAB!” It was pretty funny.
On Saturday I had a lazy day. I didn’t feel like doing homework, and I really wanted to go outside, so I decided to take a walk to the water. It was such a nice day, and the view of the skyline was absolutely clear. There’s a bit of grass, some benches, and a little boardwalk all along the water, so I took my book and read for a couple of hours. I wish I had a place like this back at school where I could do homework… not that we have the weather for it, anyway.
On Sunday, I finally got to try congee. I can’t believe I’ve been in Hong Kong for over two months and I haven’t had it yet! Wikipedia says it’s the same thing as jook, which my mom makes, but this seemed different. Maybe it’s just been too long since I ate meat for me to remember. Mom, I know you are reading this – is congee the same thing as the jook you make? Anyway, congee is rice porridge, and you eat it with this delicious fried dough stuff.
I got PUMPKIN congee with corn and pork. Yes. Pumpkin. Pretty much the first pumpkin food I’ve had all fall! It wasn’t exactly pumpkin pie, but it was good. Ugh, I could really go for some pumpkin pie now. I’m really sad I’m going to miss Thanksgiving. Best food of the year besides Christmas, and I’m missing that too. Someone, please make stuffing and sweet potatoes for me when I get home. I will love you forever.