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Malaysia and Hong Kong

Last stops in Asia

I'm writing this blog post on my way to Australia! I also added photos to the Cambodia and Singapore post (and I updated my Krabi entry with more info and photos as well). My time in Asia was fantastic, but I'm excited to move on to this chapter of my trip.

After Cambodia we flew to Hong Kong and we had a stopover in Kuala Lumpur. We decided to extend the stop over so we could go into the city to shop, eat dinner, and sightsee. In our 8 hours there we saw the Patronus Towers and China Town, ate some authentic Malaysian food, and shopped. It was great to have a few hours in the city and we were glad we didn't decide to stay there for any longer as there wasn't that much to do. I did run into a childhood friend from Keith Road in North Van named Andrew Russell. His sister and my sister were really good friends. I can't believe he recognized me in a crowd in Malaysia, considering we had not seen each other since were 12, so I thought that that was pretty crazy. We spent some time with him before heading back to the airport for our connecting flight to Hong Kong.

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We got to Hong Kong early in the morning and headed to my friend Caroline's apartment in the downtown core (she is a friend from UBC who is now living in Hong Kong). It was extremely nice of her to offer us her place and it worked out really well since her roommate was away and we could use his room. On our first day we wandered around the city, ate some dim sum, and went to the peak of the mountain that overlooks the city for an amazing view. We had dinner, then headed to a Canadian themed bar called the Keg! They served Molson Canadian and played old hockey games. The best part was that they served Caesars, which I have missed so much! It was really great.

The next day we went to Caroline's country club, had lunch, and sat by the pool. We went to the Dark Night Rises (again) and then headed across to Kowloon, which is actually part of the mainland instead of Hong Kong Island. The view of the city was breathtaking! We got dinner there and called it a night.

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On Monday, Caroline had to work so Ron and I spent the day shopping. The markets were great, although they clearly were not directed at tourists. We also went to several electronic malls which had great gadgets and gizmos for extremely cheap! I bought some things that I probably shouldn't have, but the prices were so good I couldn't resist! We had dinner at a Japanese Hibachi Restaurant where they cook the food right in front of you. It was very reasonably priced for a set menu and they gave us so much food. It was delicious!

On Tuesday, Ron and I headed into an area called Mong Kok where there was more shopping and more food. We were pretty shopped out so we found a bar that had the cheapest beer we had seen since Cambodia with pool tables, and dart boards. We killed a couple hours there before meeting Caroline for dinner at an Indian Restaurant. I could never get enough Indian food. As much as I enjoyed the Thai, Singaporean, and Chinese food, the two times I had Indian might have been my favorite two meals of my trip.

On Wednesday, we packed up and Ron and I parted ways. It's sad to leave him, but I am very excited for Australia! As I am writing this I am on a plane to Singapore where I'll catch a connecting flight to Sydney, and my friend Mat will pick me up from the airport. Singapore Airlines is great! Free drinks, good food, and comfortable seats. My flight to Sydney is on an Airbus A380, which is biggest passenger plane in the world. It's double decker! I've always been fascinated by this plane so I am actually excited for the flight, although I will probably sleep most of the way.

Posted by geoffboulton 23:09 Archived in Hong Kong

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