|From New Year's Eve 2008|
Jamie and I traveled over to Hong Kong on December 31, 2008. After finding a place to eat for lunch on the mid level escalators, we went to see Madagascar 2 at the movies. We then took a cab to our hotel for the evening, The Charterhouse Hotel. They placed us on the 20th floor with a great view of the city. The room was small but very nice with all sorts of furnishings.
We ate at Outback Steakhouse. I know what you are thinking... You are in Hong Kong and you eat at Outback. Simply, yes. We've missed our western food and this hit the spot. We paid probably 50% more than what we would have in the states, but it was well worth it as we feasted on a Bloomin Onion, 10 oz filet, sweet potatoes, garlic mashed potatoes, and a great salad. I listed all of our food items because they were yummy and we miss them.
We found the opening of this new club/bar in Wan Chai district and decided to go there. There were only 7 people in there when we arrived, and we felt sorry for the owners. We sat there for a while, but at 11:20, we slid out with our New Year's Eve masks, blow thingys, and glow sticks and headed toward the harbor to watch the fireworks as the clock struck 12.
Hong Kong isn't the craziest place for New Year's Eve because of the Chinese New Year just 3 weeks from now. There were quite a few people though. The thing to do is to take the Star Ferry over to the Kowloon side and watch the Hong Kong skyline and fireworks from there. Jamie and I didn't want to mess with that and we had a fine view from the Hong Kong Convention Center. Decent little fireworks at the stroke of midnight as the skyline was lit up as fireworks were shot from the tops of the skyscrapers and even out the sides of some of them. Pretty neat.
We went back to that little club to see how it was doing and was excited to see that it had a nice crowd. The owner was glad that we came back and we felt good about ourselves for helping a fledgling business get on its feet. No telling what their rent is at that place, so perhaps we shouldn't feel too sorry for them.
Overall, a pretty cool New Year's Eve and we had a lot of fun. Not sure where we'll be next year, but we are hoping to go to another major world city next year.
Happy New Year Everyone! Good luck in 2009