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My first meeting with Kowloon from the Hong Kong Airport Express train.

This morning has been hard to cope with. In fact just looking at my suitcase and knowing that it is supposed to set direction homewards and that I have to follow it is really not my idea of having fun right now. Because I know that placeing myself on that airplane means leaveing someone behind that I love very very much, and who's throughout the 6 months I've know him now become a very important part of my life. And belive me I have never been good with goodbyes. Last year when we just met it was hard to say good bye -this time it was even harder....and standing there outside Ninoy Aquino International Airport looking at one another, both thinking the same but not really in the mood for talking was so close to leaveing me with saying "Fuck everything...let's find a place to crash", so in the end I knew that if I should do the reasonable thing and get my ass on that plane then I would have to make a descition soon, because in ten seconds I'm gonna give in to my desire to stay with him.

Me on the Hong Kong Airport Express Train.
..so I went " Well I think I should find a check in counter now"....and that was like the key words to our good bye. We parted and I went inside the building....now there was no return...Hong Kong was next.

When I leave Manila I allways accept the offer for free breakfast, coffee and internet at the lounge. The price is nothing but 400 php which is peanuts if you think about what you get and how much you would've spend in the other coffeeshops waiting an hour or two. This time was no diffrent and the wicked thing is this is the second time I sit here after saying good bye to Hernie, and the second time I'm allmost crying in here....

For once the Cebu Pacific flight was on time, they acctually started boarding more then 30 min. prior to departure.

Lockhart Road, Hong Kong.
..which is a first for me :) but in a way nice to be on time and nice to get my minds on something else then just sit and think through the black whole of a coffee.

The flight itself went troubleless and we landed in Hong Kong. As I was aproaching the customs, I noticed two officers who waited at the gate, and from a distance I could just smell that they wanted me. And so it happend. They said hallo, asked me where I came from and all the useuall stuff. Then they drug swiped my suitcases and asked me to pull them through X Ray...which I did. Ofcourse it was clean and when they told me to pick up my suitcases I thought that we were through now....but just as I had my hands on the handles one of them said "Please follow the officer" and so I did.

Lockhart Road, Hong Kong.
 

He now guided me into a small white room, and was soon after joined by his colleague. He told me to empty my pockets which I ofcourse did. "Turn around, face the fall, and place your hands above your head on the wall" he said. I did....and now the fun really ended. For one, my state of mind was not really into this shit and for second this really did not feel good. Especially when he started the body search which is undoubtably the most detailed search I've ever been exposed to, and even though I knew that I did not carry anything (and never would) it still felt very very bad...and humiliateing, so when they finally asked me to sign that my belongings had been returned to me, I was very relifed because now this shit was finally over.

It's probably not passed anyone's attention that China is the host of the Olympic Games this year. In celebration Hong Kong has build theese stairs that take you through the Olympic story from Athens 1896 to Beijing 2008.

Then after argueing with a driver who did not want me to take the train into Kowloon - because he had a better deal - I was finally on that train (because no driver is gonna decide what I do) and on my way. I had deciced to take the Airport Express to Kowloon Station and switch to taxi there. This driver who aproached me at the airport wanted to take me there for the price of 380 HKD - and insisted that it would be more expensive to combine train and taxi. But friends, throughout my life I've learned not to trust people who are trying to sell you stuff...so I followed my original plan and ended up paying 150 HKD includeing tips for the driver - HEHEHEHEHEHEHE!

Checked in a Metropark Hotel Kowloon on Waterloo Road.

Hong Kong.
..within 15 min. walk from Nathan Road and Argyle Road and that location seamed just about perfect. I decided to have a couple of coffee's at the hotel before going to Ocean Park. But I never got there, because as I later on arrived at the bus stop for Ocean Park the sign said that the bus service would stop at 4pm. which I did not feel was time enough.

So instead I went back to the hotel and went through my map and brochures. I knew what I was going to do instead, just wasn't sure where I'd do it from. The new plan was to see the Symphony of lights show which is on the Victoria Harbour every night at 8pm.

I decided that I'd use Avenue of Stars as my viewing point, and I will never regret that because I had an experience of a lifetime from there and some really really good photos. 

cax says:
yeah Ted, never easy to say good bye to someone you love...and I promise you it does not get easier by experience.
Posted on: May 26, 2008
ted332 says:
What a hard goodbye...
Posted on: May 21, 2008
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