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The feet of the poultry and other fine tales - Tactical Ninja

Jan. 18th, 2011

03:13 pm - The feet of the poultry and other fine tales

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This morning it's 13 degrees. Dear Hong Kong, please make more of an effort to be the tropical island I thought you were. Love, Tats.

Meanwhile, I am still picking chicken feet out of my teeth. We got given a complimentary plate, see, because we spent more than $200 (that's about $45NZ or $30ish US) on dinner for four at this Vietnamese place. And since I'm all about the trying anything once, I can add it to kudu and jellyfish under 'things I've had stuck in my teeth.'


It looked like this:



Which was not at all what I expected. They'd boned out the feet so what was there was basically just skin and cartilege. Dunno if it was bleached or just boiled within an inch of its life but it was white. It tasted kind of tangy as if it'd been marinated, but other than that it tasted a bit like nothing. And it really is just gristle and skin, so very chewy. You need good molars to eat this stuff, and decent toothpicks afterwards.

The verdict? Quite edible but not something I'd seek out over, say, actual chicken.

Meanwhile, I only got a little bit lost on the way to Kowloon Tong, having got off the train at the wrong stop and having to double back which involved changing floors in the multilevel train station during rush hour, amongst eyerolls and sighs from the poor folks I was bumbling in the way of as I tried to find a sign showing me where the Kwun Tong line was.

The night markets were cool. I successfully found and purchased one of those bobbly-legged mini tripods like the one allyn has that I've coveted since Burning Man 2006. This morning I used it to take this:



Wow, it's hard to believe it's been only two weeks. It feels like longer. I guess a lot has happened in that two weeks. The scar is almost completely covered over, but there's still new flesh underneath and when I move and stretch, that pulls. It's also starting to be a bit raised, which is interesting.

Today's mission is to use one of the trams, learn some more pictograms and what they mean, and find the headshop that sells tickets to the psytrance parties they apparently have here about twice a month. Also, become more independent. I have been leaning heavily on Joel and while he's been happy to oblige me, I feel that it's not fair on him to keep having to do everything with me - that's kind of like having a pet not a girlfriend, you know? And we've been apart for several months, now we're living in each other's pockets, and I'm very aware of how having someone be reliant on you can be wearing. In my default life this is never a thing because Hi, Miss Independence. But here, I'm forced by circumstance to be more needy than I'd like to be and I don't like putting that burden on anyone.

So, flist, in the interest of Tats' education, please suggest missions that I can undertake while here that are challenging and will get me out and about and less dependent. The crazier the better. ;-)


In other news, have hipster Peter Pan:

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From:richdrich
Date:January 18th, 2011 02:22 am (UTC)
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29 degrees and muggy here. Apparently Cyclone Zelia and downgraded tropical cyclone Vania are about to hit, possibly at once. Have we swapped weather or something.

I'd suggest that for Saturday week, you make a man and burn/melt/dissolve/spark erode it. Coz it's the traditional day for that malarkey.
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From:tyellas
Date:January 18th, 2011 02:33 am (UTC)
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Have you been fabric shopping yet?
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From:tatjna
Date:January 18th, 2011 02:38 am (UTC)
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Not yet. I should consult the internet to find out where to go.

Good idea!
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From:pombagira
Date:January 18th, 2011 02:39 am (UTC)
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temple, can we please have a picture of you with your pink hair outside of the temple of lots of gold budda's (http://maps.google.co.nz/maps/place?oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-GB:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&q=temple+in+hong+kong&fb=1&gl=nz&hq=temple&hnear=Hong+Kong&cid=17898798375679958775) caues you know the gold will set off your pink hair..

also space museam.. wheee, i wonder if they have space cowboys http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/Museum/Space/e_index.htm

and finally a dog park.. whee puppies http://maps.google.co.nz/maps?oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:en-GB:official&client=firefox-a&um=1&ie=UTF-8&q=temple+in+hong+kong&fb=1&gl=nz&hq=temple&hnear=Hong+Kong&ei=J_s0TaTgJ4SosQPl-u3lBQ&sa=X&oi=local_group&ct=image&resnum=1&ved=0CAQQtgMwAA, where photos of the best dressed dog please to be taking!

umm.. of course i have completey no idea about how far apart all of these places are.. but i did provide maps to two of them.. right, right? teheh

*skips about*

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From:allyn
Date:January 18th, 2011 03:58 am (UTC)
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mmmmmmmm vietnamese jellyfish salad. i haven't had that in ages.

p.s. if i had known that you coveted my tripod i would have given it to you
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From:tatjna
Date:January 18th, 2011 04:00 am (UTC)
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Oh it wasn't your one in particular that I wanted, I could just see how perfect it was for my type of use so I coveted the idea! I've been quietly keeping my eye open for one ever since.

(this one cost a grand total of $5)
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From:allyn
Date:January 18th, 2011 04:03 am (UTC)
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i got mine in Thailand for a similar price IIRC
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From:allyn
Date:January 18th, 2011 04:02 am (UTC)

adventures

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when i have time to kill in a city that i'm going to be in for a while. i grab a transit map (if there is one) and just go! take a bus/tram/whatever to someplace random ... stop when you see something interesting. then try to get back to where you started using a different bus/tram/whatever.
great way to learn a city... second only, IMNSHO, to going around on a bike. do they rent bikes? i'm sure they do. find out where. get one! ride!
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From:poor_toms_acold
Date:January 18th, 2011 05:06 am (UTC)
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I was all 'wheee chicken feet!", but that way of serving them doesn't look so good :-( The way they do them here for Yum Cha is amazing, though. Love that sticky brown sauce. It's a family favourite :-D
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From:tatjna
Date:January 18th, 2011 07:26 am (UTC)
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Joel mentioned that he'd had them at yum cha and they were different and more flavoursome. ;-)

I'm guessing that the yum cha ones are Chinese style and these were Vietnamese.
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From:danjite
Date:January 18th, 2011 10:04 am (UTC)
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There is this.

Oooh! this and this, too!

Of course, there is horse racing at Happy Valley...

AND FOOD!

Roast goose...

Mmmm.....

*Slobber*

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From:danjite
Date:January 18th, 2011 10:06 am (UTC)
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Hmm... if you happen to know where to go for counterfeit watches, I might have a shopping request.

I mean, if you are willing...
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From:tatjna
Date:January 18th, 2011 10:13 am (UTC)
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There are watch shops EVERYWHERE! I have no idea how to tell a real one from a fakey (apart from the price) but I'd be willing to bet many of them are knockoffs. I'll give it a go, sure!
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From:danjite
Date:January 18th, 2011 10:35 am (UTC)
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Something like this.

The original watch is the Franck Muller "Crazy Hours". The variant I am looking for has the hours are in the wrong sequence, but the hour hand always goes to the correct time and the watch case itself is curved, conforming to the wrist.

Other than that- the shiniest damn one you can find, without the fake diamonds! Given my druthers, I would go for one with rainbow numbers and the semi-holographic monochrome numbers etched into the face, probably with the blue/purple band and background face.

That said, anything that seems at once stylish and LOUD- if you can manage it for under about NZ$100.

Should be about half that, I'd guess, but who knows?

If it is half, then two different ones!

That said, something like this in any colour combo would be fine...

Yeah, the price on that last one is "fair" for the real deal... thus Hong Kong!

I would so love to go to Disneyland there.

And everywhere else!

*Bounce*
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From:danjite
Date:January 18th, 2011 10:37 am (UTC)
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Oh, and thanks!

Don't worry if you can't find one or the prices are too high- just have fun with the hunt!
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From:tatjna
Date:January 18th, 2011 10:45 am (UTC)
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Oh I will! And luckily, that's quite distinctive so I won't have to cart a pic around with me. ;-)
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From:danjite
Date:January 18th, 2011 10:50 am (UTC)
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Yes- look for the watch that is on druggzez!!!
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