December 22nd, 2003 – by: stevenguyen
This is an image of the view of Hong Kong (1).
Let's begin the first day of the vacation, excluding the plane trip. Well, I'll try to bring back as much as I can. Because of this 16 hr time difference, I'm having trouble keeping time, but I'm guessing it's somewhere around 9 PM, December 22. That's right. I'm a day ahead of all you Americans. So here's what's been going down so far. The plane ride from here to Hong Kong took nearly 15 hrs. From this time to that time, I didn't get up once, so my legs lost complete circulation. Sigh... when I got to the airport, I had to wait about half an hour to get a bus back to the Marco Polo Hotel and arrived there at 5 in the morning, but then we had to wait for a while. you know... get settled in. Later we got bored, so we walked around for a while.
This is an image of me with my family in Hong Kong.
.. did some exploring basically. It's really weird in Hong Kong when it's early, because it's practically a ghost town. Anyways, most of the shopping malls and resturaunts were closed. It took us about 20 minutes to find a good noodle place, but the bad thing was... since it was so early, there was hardly anything on the menu. But I wasn't complaining, it was good. It's weird. Over there, they give you tea and wet towels, instead of here, where they give you ice water and a dry towel to put on your lap. Oh well. After that, stopped by this 7-eleven to stock up on products like drinks and junk food. Then we went back to the hotel to wait for our tour guide to pick us up. In order to do all of that, we had to check in with the concierge to see what time our ship would be ready to board, and it was around 1:30.
This is an image of the view of Hong Kong (2).
.. so plenty of touring time. Our tour guide Anthony along with the driver took us to many different tour places, like the Jumbo Floating Resturaunt, the Hong Kong Jewelry Factory, and this markettown where it had a lot of nice little items. It was really fun, but tiring. Let's see... 1:00 was when we got back to the hotel, and that was the time I had to board the plane. So much to do, and so much to take care of. It was pretty tiring, but somehow we managed to take care of everything and board the ship without any problem. Get this... I walk in, all these Asian ladies are prepared to serve me. Drinks, wet towel, brochure... yup. That was awesome. From then on, it was just settling in and exploring the ship. Because of my keen explorer skills, it only took me half an hour to know where everything was. It's expensive here you guys. They charge us for almost everything that we do, but I guess it's worth it. There's no TV here, so that's out of it, but there's a lot to do here. Meet a lot of Asian people and doing a lot of eating and exercise. That's pretty much the first day of my trip to Asia.