Friday, November 12, 2010

A walk On the Wealthy Side

The Hong Kong Golf Club. It's quit the place!

Friday night all the school staff and families were invited to go to the Hong Kong Golf Club in Fanling, for an evening out. If you wanted to use the driving range and get professional help you could do that for an hour before supper.  Of course Blaine took advantage of the offer!!  Because it was raining we couldn't use the pools or sit outside, but it was still fun, and the food was unreal.  One of the board members (the same one who took us to Sai Kung for seafood) is a very wealthy man and is an ex president of the club so he has this supper and golf each year for the school staff.  In two weeks  the PGA tour will play the Hong Kong Open there so just imagine us sitting there looking down the first fairway and  pretending we belong in such a place!
One of the beautiful serving tables.

Visiting after dinner.  Not sure what Talia's doing on the right there!
Saturday was a little different story.  Blaine and l decided to make a trip to the outlet mall to try and find him some new running shoes and practice getting around. It was pouring rain when we left.  Well we had a few problems getting off too early at one of the bus stops and trying a different way home by taking two trains and a bus.  The mall is about 5 stories tall and is full of outlet shops.  He did manage to find a pair of Addidas shoes for $40.  Can. so that was all right, and we had Subway for dinner!

We were waiting for the train to Tung Chung which is out by the airport.  I got talking to two little girls who belonged to the family in the picture. They were from Finland and were heading out to Disneyland  for the day.
The courtyard of the mall has a neat water fountain which couldn't really be appreciated in the rain!   Amazingly the Subway tasted just like home.  Yeah meatball marinara!
I think this is a restaurant on top.
The Nike outlet store.  There are a lot of Chinese tour buses that come here from Mainland China. The mall has K Swiss, Columbia, Adidas , Nike, Body Shop,  and a whole lot more.  Lee Anne you'd love it here!
There is a hotel at one end and it also has more upscale outlet stores here.
We tried another way home and went through the Hung Home station which is very large and has both an MTR and bus depot.

Bus 11K.  Our final ride home.  These buses can hold 135 people, and are sometimes filled to capacity or more!
I took this one this morning because it looked rather interesting with the three layers.   The sky was bright blue, with a layer of bright white clouds, and then the smog covering the buildings

This afternoon workers started working by the balcony right above us.   The scaffolding is made from bamboo poles tied together with  leather strips.  You can see his feet on the poles.
Here he is standing on the metal brace that is drilled into the outer wall, getting ready to tie another pole.   He tied that upright pole on while l was watching.  All l could see was his hands and that one foot.  Can you imagine standing on that little metal rod that far up?   Creepy to even watch.  I wish l'd seen them put the braces up because l don't know what supports them  or where they hang from to put that into the wall. They were working on the front balcony too and there was a heavy tether rope swinging in front of the bedroom window so maybe they just hang from it to drill in the brace.
Today is Friday and l am going with another lady to get a hair cut and color.  Apparently there are not many salons that can cut western hair decently so l am trusting Marg knows where she is going!!  It will be another stretching experience for me.  There seem to be so many here!!   May the Lord bless each of you abundantly in the coming week.

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