Landing in Hong Kong ...
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My landing into HK was great; landing couldn't have been better, the service was phenominal ... only negative we only landed at the HK Airport at 3:15am since they delayed us in Vancouver by 4 hrs ... I left on Dec. 25th, 2007 I landed it was Dec. 27th, 2007. A day lost in space, you could say, I travelled forward in time LOL
The taxi driver took me for a 'ride' ... the total came to about 250, but he said (with little english he had) that they double the rate in the late evenings ... not knowing the bluff he was calling, and wanting to slip into bed, I gave him $500HK ... found out after he zipped away quickly that I had been over-charged. The staff at the Gold Coast Hotel called in his licence to the police station the next morning, using the licence # I copied, not the fake one he gave on my receipt.
The hotel's pop machine didn't work, I felt everything was going wrong. Thankfully, a newly married girl from HK, I thought, who was actually from the UK told staff (on my behalf) to get me a drink. She explained to them about the cab, and insisted my smoking room was changed for a non-smoking room. The newlywed bride was such a great help, everything slowly started working out. The long flight left me feeling very lost and tired, I needed to have a good nights sleep ... took awhile to drift but before I knew the sun was shining in! ... Got to bed around 5am and woke up 6hrs later feeling refreshed ... walked around the hotel and to a market nearby ... this being new territory for me, I didn't want to go far (never having travelled alone before)
I gave my Canadian coins to people I met, and souvenirs to a taxi driver who I met the next day.
A certain Bell-boy at the Gold Coast always said hi to me, later, I also gave him coins, and before I left I gave him the roses that the bride gave me which were actually meant for the mother/taxi-driver I met, but he insisted he get them so he could give them to his girlfriend ... Young Love ,,, I counldn't resist not giving them to him even though the taxi-cab driver deserved it also; I gave her a bottle of Maple Syrup from Canada ...
It was now the 29th I had to catch a cab and return to the HK airport. I had the hotel call the lady taxi-driver I trusted ... she wanted to do coffee before I left (upon my arrival back in HK) but her schedule and mine didn't match :( .
She dropped me off at an ATM, as I had requested ... I withdrew $600HK ... My receipt and my card came back ... but no money ... my plane was leaving in 45min. I was in a bit (lol) of a situation ... asked the man behind me if I could wait for my $$ to come out with his withdrawl, in Canada that will accidentally happen ... so I waited and I had shown him (a total stranger) my receipt ... seconds pass he turns and goes into his wallet ... "$600HK you said?" .... "here, take this ...it's OK" ... WOW ... he gave me $600HK, still in shock I jumped into the cab and before I knew it I was headed to Guangzhou, China!!
Overall, I sure had a great time, but is was in Macau where I really experienced 'culture shock' with the bathrooms .
See You, Roselle