It was last Monday, on xmas day, a bit before lunch time. I had spent the previous 48 hours rewriting stuart from scratch using (only) oo design and was wondering whether I should call it Stuart 1.11 or Stuart 2.00 when Aubrey came from out of nowhere and told me that I had only one hour to get ready before taking the plane to go to Hong Kong...
One hour later we were in the taxi heading to the airport with our luggages; ... oh sorry her luggages. I was just too lazy to pack any of mine and actually I decided that I didn't need any. So basically I left the house with my wallet, my credit card, my laptop and .. well, that's was all actually.
The plane travel itself was fine, I was pleased to see that Cathey Pacific has got much better food that British Airways (is that surprising ?); if nt well, you don't want to be sitting for 12 hours in a box full of noise.
And then it was it. Hong Kong.
Still in the taxi to go to Aubrey's home I was trying to figure out were I was on the ground and I realized that I actually knew. It was just like on Google Earth beside that I was seeing things from below, not from a satellite's view. The buildings were just were they supposed to be :-)
We went to few shopping places during the afternoon, full of traditional shops and also full of people. I remember having said that Hong Kong was in fact like a big Chinatown, on which Aubrey tryied and decide whether I should be killed or whether I wasn't true actually.
The first night I ended up eating shark (which was cooked by Aubrey's father to me). Since then I have just decided that I would not try and figure out what I eat, and just eat it. This "blind faith open mindness" helps a lot in a place like this which such a different food.
Today Aubrey took me to the center and I just felt in love with the place. We did some shopping, tooks lots of pictures, went to more shops, ate in nice places, before I was a kind of knock out by the jet lag and wanted to go home.
Aubrey has got a lovely family, and they are a kind of keen in having me learning the language. I told them I would go back to my Cantonese, and also learn the writing which is not that complicated in fact (have I just written this ?...)
Now my watch (and a bit of my body), still in UK time, says it 9pm on Wednesday, but here it would rather be 5am on Thursday. Maybe I should go back to bed. Aubrey said she had some "plans" to today, hum... tomorrow, well whether she wakes up :-)