Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Bonkers in Honkers (Part 1)

As foreshadowed in my previous post, we ahve just returned from our trip to HK (more or less) in one piece. As we covered a lot of ground, I thought that I would split up the posting of our adventures so here goes the first part.

The journey (overnight from DBX) was uneventful and we arrived to overcast skies and slight drizzle at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Wanchai around mid-afternoon. Everybody we spoke to told us that the weather over the past few months in HK had been rubbish but that it was predictd to get better towards the weekend. We crossed our fingers.

After checking in and freshening up, we headed off to Sam Wu the tailors (now relocated at 1/f Tower 1 in the Admiralty Building)for a survey of the suit prices and also to order some more shirts. We decided to take the tram and notwithstanding missing our stop outside Pacific Place arrived there within 1/2 hour. After some good natured negotiations (I have been using Sam since HK days) we agreed on a price of HK$5,000 for a suit (two pairs of trousers) and three shirts - around £420 all in and to be ready by Friday. Having completed business for the day we then walked to Fenwick Arcade for Dinner at The Quaterdeck. I am sure I have previously recounted our meals here when we lived in HK (see However, by way of update, the Fleet Arcade still remains something of an anachronism in HK. Essentially it is a club that is open to the general public but which caters for sailors (I think mainly US military) who vist HK. It therefore has various facilities such as barbers and trinket shops to ease them into HK life when on shore leave.

The Quarterdck was formerly a MacDonalds (apparantly the only one to serve alcohol in the World) which was converted a few years ago into a more upmarket restaurant serving international food - steaks, fish and chips etc. The best bit about it is that it is one of the few places in HK where you can sit at ground level with some food and a drink right on the shore line with views over Victoria Harbour and it is located in a quiet part of Wanchai close to a park and to the Convention Centre.

We had a very pleasant meal (Mussels for Dad and I and F&C for J) and then wandered back to the Hotel via Delaneys in Wanchai for a quick beer.

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