Hong Kong’s charm lies in its chaos. And yet, there’s order amid the disarray. It’s infrastructure ensures that every corner is accessible; malls and eateries are well-placed. Instead of clashing, the eclectic mix of old and new, east and west inject plenty of character to this Asian metropolis.
I embarked on this love affair with Hong Kong fairly late – my first foray was only 4 years ago, just after I turned 30 – and rather unknowingly too. My travel buddy who knows me fully well, was doubtful that I would like it much. I also had my suspicions. Would I really be able to enjoy all that the city has to offer? I’m not the biggest fan of crowds and knowing how overly-populated it was, would I be able to look past that and find something exciting?
Determined to give it a fair shot, I went in with an open mind, telling myself not to set any expectations. It’s like going on that first date. You don’t know if the person will turn out to be a huge jerk, or if he would become your lobster. But you also know that if you put too much pressure, you won’t be able to enjoy the moment.
So I allowed myself to let go and well, I guess it’s safe to say my first date with Hong Kong went pretty damn well, and it has kept me wanting more. Everything was gritty, cool, and downright delish. How could I have been so blind? It was sitting there, right under my nose the whole time! I was thrilled that therein lies a welcoming respite, a mere 4 hours away. In fact, my repeated visits have got me joking that I actually have a secret husband there (who a good friend believes to be the wan and only Tim Ho).
I’ve got date number 6 coming up this weekend. And on our 6th date, we’re going all the way……