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Travel Flashback: Hong Kong

Travel Flashback: Hong Kong
Date Visted: March 2012

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Hong Kong was my first pseudo-solo trip. I say “pseudo” because I wasn’t alone during my stay. At most I had less an a day to myself. As I wrote before, I was in Hong Kong for the L’Arc~en~Ciel 20th Anniversary World Tour, and while I made the flight there on my own, I was with my friend Karen for almost all of the time.

Language
I had apprehensions with Hong Kong, mostly because of the language barrier. Unlike Singapore, I wasn’t confident that there would be a strong population of English language speakers. I had some difficulty making myself understood by the hotel security guard when I arrived late (nearing midnight), but everything went smoothly at reception when I checked in.

Navigating around Hong Kong is not a problem, as many signs were written in English. We didn’t really encounter problems when ordering in restaurants or asking around at stores, but at one point we had difficulty getting directions even from the concierge at Harbour Point. We even got some “Not local” replies when we tried asking some passersby for help. Funny though, an older security guard was able to help me find my way even though both of us had difficulty saying what we wanted. I guess hand gestures do help.

Even funnier, I was asked directions by someone who looked like a local herself. I could only shake my head and apologize. Continue reading

Why I went to Hong Kong: L’Arc~en~Ciel 20th Anniversary World Tour

A week after and I still think of the L’Arc~en~Ciel concert as some sort of a dream. It was a trip that was made of so many firsts: first time to go out of the country on my own, first time to organize a trip by myself, first time to travel abroad for the sole reason of watching a favorite band perform. To think that I don’t even understand what they’re singing about.

Warning: Long, rambling post ahead.
I thought I was going alone to the concert, but my online friend Ren said she wanted to go too. We thought it was funny that we’ve been online contacts for a while now, but our first meeting would be in Hong Kong. We agreed to book one room in order to save money, and we were happy with the hostel that we got.

We didn’t really plan anything for the trip. I guess we both had the mindset of “concert first, bahala na whatever after.” In fact, we spent the afternoon before the concert just going around Harbour City in Tsim Sha Tsui. Around 3 PM we headed towards the Asia World Expo Arena. It was actually quite a distance away from where we were, but because Hong Kong’s trains are very efficient, it wasn’t a difficult trip.

In the train, we saw a few other concert goers. There was a pair of Japanese girls who said that they followed the band from their previous location, and will continue to Taiwan and the other places. They also had various memorabilia on them. Talk about hardcore. Ren talked to them and I just smiled at them because I couldn’t really understand what they were saying (I still need a bit more levelling up on my Japanese skills).

When we arrived at the arena, I was surprised that there wasn’t much people yet. I mean, I had expected that there were more people loitering about. My first goal was to find the merchandise table, but I didn’t find what I wanted and the CDs were sold out. I ended up not buying anything, which is fine.
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