Hanging out with Filipinos on their Sunday day off
There are a lot of Filipinos, maids and housekeepers in Hong Kong. And Sunday is their day off. Because they can’t invite people back to their place, they hang out in the city.
If you’re not a fan of Filipinos everywhere, then I’d avoid Central on Hong Kong Island on a Sunday. There are people everywhere. We had to fight our way through crowds of people packing boxes to send back to the Philippines. I mean, everyone was nice and polite, and it was a jovial carnival mood, but still, if you’re big on personal space, then this might freak you out a little.
Wandering around Central Hong Kong
The other interesting thing about Central is that this is where the really wealthy businessmen live. There’s still a big English influence, as judged by the Marks & Spencers supermarket selling fresh sandwiches imported directly from the UK by airfreight. Which is probably why one Salmon sandwich cost $12 NZD. I was kinda tempted, but realised, that’s too expensive for a sandwich!
Instead we headed to the Japanese brand Yoshinoya. There you can buy a bowl of beef and onions on rice, and a Coke, for $16. A bit expensive really compared to New Zealand. I think that’s the thing – Hong Kong is an expensive place to buy food that’s not on the street. Though, McDonalds is still good value though.
Heading up the Mid Level Escalators
Then we caught the Mid Level Escalators up a hill. This is a series of about 10 escalators that go half way up Mt. Victoria towards Victoria Peak. The shops are on the lower part, cafes on the mid part, and apartments at the top part. And then you get dumped in the middle of nowhere. If you walk under like two motorways next to a flood stream, you then end up at the free Hong Kong Zoo. It’s a small zoo, but it’s free! With lots of cages. Cages at the zoo are a pretty typical Asian thing. I guess it’s to do with space, there’s not enough space for people in Hong Kong, let alone animals!
We then walked back down the hill, and went caught the Hong Kong tram. Not everything in Hong Kong is expensive, and the tram at $0.50 NZD, is the best value travel method. It’s slow, it’s tall, it’s double decker, it’s made of wood, and it’s really neat.
Wandering through Wan Chai, our favourite suburb
We stopped at the hip part of Hong Kong, Wan Chai. It’s where the Monocle store is, from the people who write the Monocle magazine. We also had coffee from the local hipster place, Elephant Grounds. Turns out they used too much milk, which is Kathryn’s common complaint.
We then headed back to Mong Kok for a beer at the local bar, Chillworks. SO EXPENSIVE. A beer, a cider, $180 HKD. That’s $32 NZD. Beer – $13. Cider – $13. A handful of peanuts – the rest of the money. Weirdly, you can buy two 500ml cans of Heineken for $4NZD from the 7-11. So that’s what we decided to do. I also ate some street meat, BBQ Pork. I didn’t get sick so that’s good!