All journeys have a beginning, middle, and end. My Asia tour had an auspicious beginning in Taiwan, but now my tale was to have some difficulty in its middle.
I landed at Hong Kong International Airport safely in mid-morning and after realizing that I didn’t know how to ask, “Where is the restroom” in Cantonese, and getting the correct directions from the airport staff only after squeezing my legs together and making funny noises, I made a quick trip to the ATM before taking the shuttle into town.
Only horror of horrors, my bank account was over drawn! The only money I had in the world was the twenty or so dollars I had in my wallet.
Now here I was, stuck in Hong Kong, only 1 week into my Asia tour with one more month to go, and I basically was out of money.
I got to my hostel and after logging into the hostel’s computers, I discovered that I had failed to finalize the sale of my stock portfolio. All the stock money that was going to fund my vacation had never been deposited into my bank account. What to do now?
Just like the ending of “It’s a Wonderful Life”, my friends came to the rescue. While I waited for them to wire me some spare cash, I spent the days walking around Hong Kong, window shopping and being a bum. I spent a week in one of the most expensive cities in the world living off of energy bars and instant ramen.
Anatole all the money is gone from your bank account.
You just got punked!
This was the view of HK from my hostel, btw.
Video of the view from my hostel.
Daytime and the storm had broken.
Time to head into HK and peruse the offerings of the city.
The old Ferry Building in HK harbor.
HK Courthouse at night.
Downtown HK at night.
I’m trying to divine how I will get money to survive on for the rest of my journey.
Remember when this was a thing?
This was the first time I saw one of these signs.
This is Causeway Bay, HK. It’s an upscale fashion/shopping district.
Two shop girls take a smoking break in Causeway Bay.
I came upon this Calvin Klein box display causing a bit of commotion, so I went up to examine why everyone was looking inside.
It was a Calvin Klein Obsession commercial come to life!
I spent my birthday exploring Macau.
Here is the burnt out edifice of The Ruins of St. Paul’s.
Selfie in the then newly open Venetian, Macau.
Harlequin inside the Venetian.
Gondola and gondolier in the Venetian.
In Mongok drinking some bitter medicinal tea.
Next time will be the third stage of my journey through Asia: Shanghai.
That is all for now. Be well.