Where The Wind Takes Me – Day 33

Where The Wind Takes Me Series - Table of Contents

EntryNotable Places/EventsStart of DayEnd of Day
Day 0 - Apr 21-22 2024Plane (Edmonton > Calgary > Tokyo)Edmonton, CanadaTokyo, Japan
Day 1 - Tue Apr 23 2024Akihabara, Sensoji, Tokyo Sky Arena, Taiwan Food FestivalTokyo, JapanTokyo, Japan
Day 2 - Wed Apr 24 2024Nezu Shrine, Tokyo National MuseumTokyo, JapanTokyo, Japan
Day 3 - Thu Apr 25 2024Akihabara, Ginza, Yurakucho, Bocchi the Rock! Exhibition (with Quintopia)Tokyo, JapanTokyo, Japan
Day 4 - Fri Apr 26 2024Craft Gyoza Fes, Niku Fes, Odaiba, Kameido Tenjin ShrineTokyo, JapanTokyo, Japan
Day 5 - Sat Apr 27 2024Niconico Chokaigi 2024Tokyo, JapanTokyo, Japan
Day 6 - Sun Apr 28 2024M3-53Tokyo, JapanTokyo, Japan
Day 7 - Mon Apr 29 2024Train (Tokyo > Osaka)Tokyo, JapanOsaka, Japan
Day 8 - Tue Apr 30 2024Tsurumibashi, Expo Commemorative Park, Osaka Station (with Miyu)Osaka, JapanOsaka, Japan
Day 9 - Wed May 01 2024Kyoto, Takenobu Inari Shrine, SaiinOsaka, JapanOsaka, Japan
Day 10 - Thu, May 02 2024Train (Osaka > Tokyo)Osaka, JapanTokyo, Japan
Day 11 - Fri May 03 2024Reitaisai 21Tokyo, JapanTokyo, Japan
Day 12 - Sat May 04 2024Japan Jam 2024 (with Quintopia)Tokyo, JapanTokyo, Japan
Day 13 - Sun May 05 2024National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation (with Quintopia)Tokyo, JapanTokyo, Japan
Day 14 - Mon May 06 2024Plane (Tokyo > Taipei), Liaoning Night MarketTokyo, JapanTaipei, Taiwan
Day 15 - Tue May 07 2024Taipei Main Station Underground Mall, Ximending Night MarketTaipei, TaiwanTaipei, Taiwan
Day 16 - Wed May 08 2024Shilin Night MarketTaipei, TaiwanTaipei, Taiwan
Day 17 - Thu May 09 2024Raohe Street Night MarketTaipei, TaiwanTaipei, Taiwan
Day 18 - Fri May 10 2024Songjiang Market, Guang Hua Digital Plaza, Shida Night MarketTaipei, TaiwanTaipei, Taiwan
Day 19 - Sat May 11 2024Dihua Street, Huaxi Street Night Market, Guangzhou Street Night MarketTaipei, TaiwanTaipei, Taiwan
Day 20 - Sun May 12 2024Gongguan Night MarketTaipei, TaiwanTaipei, Taiwan
Day 21 - Mon May 13 2024Plane (Taipei > HK), Train (HK > Guangzhou), Stayed with KelTaipei, TaiwanGuangzhou, China
Day 22 - Tue May 14 2024Zhongfu Square, Alpaca Sighting (with Kel), Dinner with Kel, Stayed with KelGuangzhou, ChinaGuangzhou, China
Day 23 - Wed May 15 2024Panyu Square, Dinner with Kel, Stayed with KelGuangzhou, ChinaGuangzhou, China
Day 24 - Thu May 16 2024Nancun Wanbo (with Kel), Stayed with KelGuangzhou, ChinaGuangzhou, China
Day 25 - Fri May 17 2024Train (Guangzhou > Xiamen), Zhongshan RoadGuangzhou, ChinaXiamen, China
Day 26 - Sat May 18 2024Xiamen Railway StationXiamen, ChinaXiamen, China
Day 27 - Sun May 19 2024Mingfa Shopping MallXiamen, ChinaXiamen, China
Day 28 - Mon May 20 2024Train (Xiamen > Guangzhou), Stayed with KelXiamen, ChinaGuangzhou, China
Day 29 - Tue May 21 2024Stayed with KelGuangzhou, ChinaGuangzhou, China
Day 30 - Wed May 22 2024Tianhe Computer Town, Dinner with Kel, Stayed with KelGuangzhou, ChinaGuangzhou, China
Day 31 - Thu May 23 2024Comic City, Shangxiajiu Square, Dinner with Kel, Stayed with KelGuangzhou, ChinaGuangzhou, China
Day 32 - Fri May 24 2024Train (Guangzhou > Hong Kong)Guangzhou, ChinaHong Kong, China
Day 33 - Sat May 25 2024Wan Chai, Temple StreetHong Kong, ChinaHong Kong, China
Day 34 - Sun May 26 2024Chungking Mansions, Nathan Road, Ladies' MarketHong Kong, ChinaHong Kong, China
Day 35 - Mon May 27 2024Central Market, Sino CentreHong Kong, ChinaHong Kong, China
Day 36 - Tue May 28 2024Tea at Minimal (with WingBenny), Dragon CentreHong Kong, ChinaHong Kong, China
Day 37 - Wed May 29 2024Plane (HK > Singapore), Tampines N2 Shopping StreetHong Kong, ChinaSimei, Singapore
Day 38 - Thu May 30 2024Tampines Regional CentreSimei, SingaporeSimei, Singapore
Day 39 - Fri May 31 2024Lunch (with Debbie and Zixiang), Bras Basah Complex, I Light SingaporeSimei, SingaporeSimei, Singapore
Day 40 - Sat Jun 01 2024People's Park Complex, People's Park CentreSimei, SingaporeSimei, Singapore
Day 41 - Sun Jun 02 2024BishanSimei, SingaporeSimei, Singapore
Day 42 - Mon Jun 03 2024Dunman High School, Katong Shopping Centre, Parkway ParadeSimei, SingaporeSimei, Singapore
Day 43 - Tue Jun 04 2024Hell's MuseumSimei, SingaporeSimei, Singapore
Day 44 - Wed Jun 05 2024Flight (Singapore > San Francisco > Vancouver > Edmonton)Simei, SingaporeEdmonton, Canada
Final ThoughtsFinal Thoughts!Edmonton, CanadaWe'll see

Saturday, May 25 2024 (Day 33)

My lodging provides free breakfast too, with a basket of stuff downstairs between something like 7 am and 10 am, according to what they told me in English (and later on in Chinese to the other girl in the cute socks that I was overhearing…). Armed with this knowledge, I went downstairs this morning to grab some of this loot.

I took a banana cake thing, a muffin thing, and an apple.. thing. The cake made me cough a lot, the muffin was fine, and the apple was nice but I couldn’t help but hear Kel‘s warnings about eating random fruits in China and not knowing how many pesticides and stuff were used in it. Did I mention that I still had not regained my voice and have been trying to cough up phlegm all the way through yesterday night and today?

I went back to my room to catch up on my blog, and also to figure out my laundry machine — none of my clothes had dried overnight, and that had left me a little distraught. This time, with a little more sleep in me, I figured out how to use the machine’s dry cycle and then confirmed the symbols that I wasn’t sure about using the manual that I found online (local) for the Whirlpool WWPR64210. It basically should take me about 30 minutes for the washing segment of laundry with this machine, and then around 2 hours (!) for the drying segment. I still didn’t fully trust the dryer at first, so I did about half my clothes in one shot, then the other half afterwards, so it took about 4 hours in all to do. Catching up with my blog took longer than that to do, though, so no harm no foul. And I had dry clothes when it was finally time for me to head out for lunch.

For lunch, Seren and Kel had both recommended looking up nearby Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurants (local) and trying a few of them, and one that was nearby and did interest me was called Trusty Congee King. It was a little to the east and north of my lodging, so I went a-walking through the neighbourhood. The following are some of the pictures that I took along my way.

I really liked both the layering (near/far) and the odd colouring of these buildings:

I found a small indoor market that I briefly wandered into and then out again.

Not far from there, a random street of outdoor market stalls:

There had been a possibility of rain through the day, but it didn’t rain where I was anytime from when I went out until when I came back home, and I didn’t bother bringing along an umbrella despite the phone yelling at me about thunderstorms. Most other people that I saw did not either.

There was a fresh meat stall inside that indoor market that I had gone into earlier, but then I passed one outside as well, next to a busy road, and I worried about the cleanliness of the meat. Although I guess everything would need to be cooked anyway before consumption.

The roads were not perfectly gridded or anything, which turned me around a couple times as I tried to learn the area. Here’s Triangle Street, for example. It did form a right-angle triangle with its two connecting roads so it was accurate, I guess, but the name made me laugh because it was like they ran out of names to pick for the road and someone just looked at the overhead map and said “Triangle!”.

One issue I had in Taiwan, China, and then in Hong Kong yesterday was that I noticed that no place sold cooked rice packets that I coud just buy, heat up in a microwave, and then eat. Those are very convenient for travellers, the reason being that many lodgings don’t have a kitchenette, and even out of those that do, they almost never have a rice cooker as well. I’ve been in maybe one or two dwellings at the most that have had a rice cooker. And at that point do I really want to share a rice cooker with other strangers? However, with cooked rice packets, all that is needed is a microwave, which many lodgings have, and then the rice can be combined with soup/stew on a kitchenette stove, or bento boxes or condiments even without a stove.

But today I found some cooked rice packets in a rather unexpected place — a branch of Daiso, the Japanese dollar store.

I didn’t buy them because I don’t currently plan to make any more stew or soup this trip, but that was still good to know for the future.

Anyway, I soon reached my lunch locale, that Trusty Congee King place, and was waved in to a seat when I raised a finger to indicate that I planned to eat here with a party of one. They put me at a table with another person even though there were other empty tables available, but there was a divider up between us anyway:

Interesting. They had other things on the menu besides congee, but congee was in their name, and I noticed that they had “tea set” food sets in the afternoon that basically came with a free side dish, so I ordered their Minced Lean Pork and Preserved Egg Congee Tea Set, with Poached Vegetables as my side dish, and Cold Barley Water as an additional drink. The drink, which came first and was shown in the picture above, was not nice. The other two were excellent though, although I wish they didn’t take forever to finish and bring the vegetables out, or conversely weren’t quite so quick to bring the congee out, since they went better together instead of as separate items.

After lunch, I headed west back to my lodging was and then went further west from there, toward Admiralty Station, which is also a station name from Singapore. This tree and its crazy roots caught my eye on the way there:

I stopped by a shopping centre called Pacific Place, which apparently also had a couple of highrises and hotels and things connected to it. I only wandered around the main mall for a bit before heading to the attached subway station. From there, I took a couple of trains and walked a bit more and landed on a market street named Temple Street, on the mainland (north side of the bays separating Hong Kong Island from the Kowloon mainland region). It was about a medium length market street compared to the ones in Taiwan, and not even that much different from say the market street near my lodging (Tai Yuan Street) that I had walked through lugging my suitcase yesterday, but it was more varied, more organized, mostly cleaner, and wider in general, with more space to walk and enjoy the sights. Most of the food stalls were grouped to one end of the row of stalls, near the end that was closer to the train station, though I didn’t end up buying any food from here. Heck, I didn’t buy anything from here period, though I did almost consider asking for the price of this:

That’s a Bocchi the Rock! toy set there! Weird. I had no voice though, so what was I going to say? Google Translate phone typing is fine for one-off orders but more difficult for conversations.

The other notable picture I had from there was this shirtless guy, sitting at the junction between one of the segments of Temple Street and.. I can’t tell what he’s trying to do.

The following short gallery are some of the other pictures I have from this Temple Street jaunt. There were also a couple other actual stores “behind” the makeshift stalls that were open, but not that many, many of them were closed or were not actually stores at all. The street is apparently open quite late though, to the point where it becomes a night market, but I was not going to stay out late while I still hadn’t fully recovered, and it wasn’t nearly large enough to warrant that much time there anyway.

That being said, there were also side streets that had stalls of their own, though they were less for tourists and more for locals as far as I saw. Selling things like vegetables and fruits and probably meat too. I wonder about living in a place near one of these sorts of fresh produce markets and being able to shop from them every day or night, hmmm. The idea is slightly romantic to me, actually. I feel like Mom might have used to occasionally visit and buy stuff from nearby fish wet markets at one point in Singapore in the distant past, though I’m not certain of that, and I definitely don’t think we did the same for vegetables and fruits.

There were other side roads leading off to real shops as well, but again there were so many shops already around the Hong Kong Island region (Wan Chai) that I stayed in that it didn’t really stick out to me.

I wanted to go back south to my region of the map, Hong Kong Island, to have dinner though. So I took the same trains back, but picked a different station to alight from, Causeway Bay Station, which was one stop east of my usual stop (Wan Chai Station) and two stops east of the station connected to that Pacific Place mall that I had been at earlier (Admiralty Station). Part of the reason was that there was apparently something called “Times Square” there, and after being to the one in New York, I just had to see this one as well. It was just the name of a random mall, though, and I didn’t even end up going in.

Instead I went west and south, among other things stumbling across another meat market, still opened late, which left me worrying again about the hygiene of the leftover fish, especially at this point in the evening.

But again, it probably shouldn’t really be a thing I worry about that much, since my memory of Singapore’s wet markets are that they’re rather “dirty”, too, though nothing a good rinse and extreme heat won’t fix. I always try to avoid stepping on any wet floor tiles near fish stalls when I can, though, as I think they’re particularly dirty compared to other random water puddles around.

Talking about fish, I found this random sushi restaurant hidden inside a small mall, the exact sort of little mall that I love exploring for secrets. It was called Genki Sushi and had a rather sizable number-based queue waiting around outside of it.

Live the Genki Life! I wasn’t planning on eating here though so I moved on.

Elsewhere in the mall, I saw this sign in a second-hand/consignment clothing store that I agreed with.

“For you it is the FASHION CHOICE. For animals it is LIFE or DEATH.”

I didn’t go shopping here, but I still could use more cheap clothes, and I do like exploring second-hand outlets.

Walking on a bit more, I found myself accidentally back on the same street where I had visited in the afternoon, and staring right at another queue of people, this time outside the Trusty Congee King store that I had eaten at.

Apparently tons of people go out to eat dinner around 7 pm or so, and not that many people go out for lunch around 3:30 pm. Oh right, I had a late lunch so that wasn’t a good barometer for how crowded places are at lunch.

Anyway there were several decent-looking and decently-priced eateries along that street, so I ended up eating at one that was directly across the street from the Congee King, just out of principle. This place was called Rainbow Cafe, and I had their Fried Kway Teow. It also came with a small complimentary bowl of corn soup, and was great.

I learnt though that I could no longer use WeChat Pay since I was outside of Mainland China, due to draconian government rules.

They didn’t accept my credit card either but thankfully I had some actual cash on me, so I ended up with some colourful notes in return as change.

After that, I made my way home, the only other notable thing along the way being this restaurant that I passed that had live foodstock inside tanks that were facing the store entrance. I probably will never not feel uneasy about seeing these and imagining how the creatures must feel being trapped in a small tank and waiting for death.

Back at home, I spent a relaxing evening writing up this blog post, basically my third of the day, and then chilling out a little before bed. I have some bookkeeping notes that I wanted to leave here as well.

1. A note on the lodging page (local) where I booked my stay from says that “To comply with government waste reduction measures, starting from April 22nd, 2024, Ying’nFlo will no longer provide any disposable amenities (including toothbrush, toothpaste, shower caps, comb, and razor).” Despite that, all this is still in my cupboard anyway, and this was after me opening up one toothbrush and two toothpastes:

They even refilled the toothpaste when they came in for maid service while I was out today.

2. There’s this interesting note on the table:

I guess I won’t be spending that time at home working on my blog or my work! Rude, I like spending my mornings and even early afternoons working instead of going out.

3. I killed the harmless little fly that was in the bathroom. It perched next to the sink all morning, which made me nervous, but it never moved so I was fine with it there. While I was out, it flew to a place in the shower and I wasn’t going to go anywhere near there while it was perched on the wall there, so I nuked it with a spray from the shower and washed it down the drain. I feel a bit guilty about it though.

4. I think I’m about to get my voice back soon. It’s been annoying, but at the end of the day I feel like I was perhaps starting to regain a very little bit of my voice. Perhaps it’s like a fake spring in the middle of winter and will continue to be missing though. No way to tell until tomorrow. Hopefully I do recover because I hope to meet up with an online acquaintance from Twitch called WingBenny if I regain my voice before I leave Hong Kong. Whatever form of laryngitis or whatever this is is very blah.

5. The only pieces of my trip left to book are my lodging in Singapore, and my journey back home. My credit card bill from last month is in the middle of clearing, but should clear with no problem at all, and from what I calculate it will probably be smooth sailing through next month too, so I think I’ve managed to avoid dipping into that $6,000 bucket keeping my Scotiabank account free of monthly fees.

6. Maid service left me two cans of water. Why is drinking water canned here? The cans have a 100% recycleable logo on them, but still. I boil my own water anyway but now I’m not sure if it’s more wasteful to drink the cans or not drink the cans.

7. My JVC earphones annoyed me a lot today because the mic in the damaged side of the earphone seemed to keep on toggling on and off and causing the phone to pause the stream I was listening to and try to open a voice input program instead. I had to change it out with that new pair that I had bought in Guangzhou, perhaps for good. That new pair has one really loud earphone and one really soft earphone to me, though I’m not sure if that’s something to do with the direction that the sound is coming out of the earphone or something, since the “soft” setting is me putting the left earphone into the right ear, and it isn’t a earbud that goes all the way into the inner ear or anything like that. And I don’t have a working left ear to test putting the left earphone into!

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