It was a full weekend this week, starting with a dinner at the North Point cooked food market at Tung Po, a famed local cafeteria with dozens of tables under fluorescent strip lighting, rowdy groups singing and cheering, succulent garlic-chicken and rockstar-like head chef Robbie ( sadly not in evidence on the night we went). Its a true only-in-Hong Kong experience. Afterwards our group of Swiss, Americans, Chinese, Japanese, Taiwanese, Aussies and Brazilians had planned to try out a new bar called Visage 1 which is apparently a barber by day and jazz bar by day, but failing to find it we sat outside in the muggy evening outside a French restaurant drinking white beer and talking into the night.
The next day, after a late start and a less-than-satisfying lunch at local fast food joint Fairwood, we headed into the throng of Mongkok for record shopping, digging through the crates of vinyl at at the Sino Centre, a nondescript-looking building filled with otaku stores selling toys, comics and old CDs, and the President Centre (aka Thai voodoo mall). We were slowed down considerably by a long Taoist parade unexpectedly closing down much of Nathan Road.
After this we took the train to Shatin to meet up with friends and visit the Hong Kong Heritage Museum in Shatin, currently hosting an exhibition of artwork inspired by the work of Chinese author Jin Yong (Louis Cha) whose works such as “Tale of the Eagle-hunting heroes” have thrilled generations across the Chinese-speaking world.
Finally, a great homecooked meal with friends and a quick listen to the Sound of Music on vinyl before it was time for bed, and a brand new week.