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I am in Hong Kong! - Tactical Ninja

Jan. 15th, 2011

02:09 am - I am in Hong Kong!

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Brisbane was 27 degrees and smelled like mud. Everyone was talking about the flooding, except this one guy who was a quarantine officer, I asked him about his accent and it turned out he was from Zimbabwe and then we had an interesting conversation about game parks* as wildlife management. Brisbane Airport does not have free wireless.

Brunei was 29 degrees at 5am and smelled like 100% humidity.** Everyone was wearing head coverings because Brunei is a muslim country, so I kept my long sleeved jacket on and thus got kind of stinky. Brunei Airport does not have internet at all. Also, I had my first ever encounter with a squatting toilet, which was kind of like going in the bushes on the side of the road only cleaner and with a bidet. One very gay flight attendant, one customs officer and a security guard told me they love my hair.

I have now seen The Social Network, Scott Pilgrim vs The World, and Easy A. Good entertainments all, none anything to write to Grandma about.

Hong Kong is warmer than Wellington but not by much. I think it was 18 degrees when I landed. It smells like everything, all at once. The airport train has a progress bar and I levelled up by completing one journey, with bonus points for cashing in John's old card for $50. Thanks John! We wandered around, I gaped, taking big steps and little 'uns and trying not to barge into people. We ate, some really salty dried fish stuff and noodles and vegies, washed down with watercress-and-honey tea.

I think it will take me a day or two to get my bearings, meanwhile forays will be close to home or with Joel. Everythings so.. everythingy, and it's hard to spot landmarks when everything's a landmark.

Then there was *CENSORED DUE TO THE EXPLICIT NATURE OF CONTENT*

* The kind where rich people pay big bikkies to shoot one animal then they take the trophy home and the locals get the meat.

** I do not understand 100% humidity. If it's 100% humid, wouldn't I be swimming?

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From:chickenfeet2003
Date:January 14th, 2011 01:47 pm (UTC)
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I do not understand 100% humidity. If it's 100% humid, wouldn't I be swimming?

100% humidity means the water vapour level in the atmosphere is as high as it can be. You can't swim in water vapour.
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From:pythia
Date:January 14th, 2011 03:26 pm (UTC)
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Have an awesome time!
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From:morbid_curious
Date:January 14th, 2011 04:06 pm (UTC)
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Glad you got there safely! Hope you have great explicit nature and happy times :-)
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From:rivet
Date:January 14th, 2011 07:28 pm (UTC)
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Yay! Have a spectacular time :)
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From:tatjna
Date:January 15th, 2011 01:17 am (UTC)
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Yes that's exactly it. There was no unseemly behaviour by Dr Wheel and myself. Nope.

Also, there'll be pics once I've located and purchased a USB cable for my camera cos I forgot mine.
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From:helianthas
Date:January 14th, 2011 11:30 pm (UTC)
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Yeah! Looking forward to hearing more!
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From:caycos
Date:January 15th, 2011 12:01 am (UTC)
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wow, you went via Brunei to get to HK? Crazy!

Also, it's my understanding that once it gets to about 100% humidity, when your body sweats, the sweat can't evaporate because the air is saturated, hence feeling much more - uh - sweaty!
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From:tatjna
Date:January 15th, 2011 01:15 am (UTC)
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Brunei is kind of on the way if you're travelling from Brisbane. I had a ticket left over from last year to Brisbane, so I used it and ended up saving myself about $600 by going through Brunei.
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From:caycos
Date:January 15th, 2011 01:20 am (UTC)
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Ah - just looked at a map. Brunei is nowhere near as far west as I though :)
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From:tatjna
Date:January 15th, 2011 01:21 am (UTC)
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Prior to buying a ticket to go there, I thought Brunei was in the Middle East. Mostly because it's muslim and they have a sultan.

I will never deride Americans for their lack of geography knowledge again.

*crosses fingers behind back*
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From:ferrouswheel
Date:January 15th, 2011 12:59 pm (UTC)
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I still think Brunei is in the Middle East, even though you've told me it isn't.
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