No class today because of the Dragon Boat Festival holiday. I had no idea that it was such a big deal for the Chinese that they would make it into a national holiday, but I guess it's been this way for many years now. I caught a glimpse of the dragon boats on T.V., but other than that, I didn't do much to celebrate. I didn't even eat the traditional zhong that is particular to this day. Boo... Hopefully I'll get a chance next summer if I end up visiting Hong Kong again. I would love to come back again, with exception of the long and painful plane ride.
I had no intentions of staying home on my one day off from school, so I texted my classmates Mike and Bex to see if they had any plans. Mike ended up having previous engagements, but Bex was open to hanging out. We decided to meet at Times Square in Causeway Bay because I needed to pull out money. Thank God they have Bank of America in Hong Kong! Well, it's called China Construction Bank over here. It makes everything so much easier. After that, we decided to visit the very popular Lan Kwai Fong since I never been there before and kept hearing how popular it is among visitors and youngsters. It was really quiet, since the nightlife doesn't start until dinner time (like 6). I was glad because I wasn't in the mood to be around drunk, rowdy people.
Being pretty hungry, we decided to go to Balalaika Russian Restaurant. I realized I never tried Russian food before! And being the big food junkie I am, that was not acceptable (haha). When we first stepped inside, the first thing I noticed was how completely and utterly dead it was. There was not a single soul in sight besides the employees. We got two orders of beef shashlik, which is just a fancy way of saying beef skewers, and an order of Kamikazes. The shashliks were so fancy. They came out in two huge pans and lighted the entire thing on fire!! Never seen such a thing. I took my first bite and couldn't get over how amazing the meat tasted. I didn't want to leave a single bite behind. It was really that good. Now I'm determined to find a good Russian spot when I get back to Cali. They even had an awesome "Siberian Vodka Room" that was made entirely of ice! You get to wear giant fur coats when you go in. How cool is that?!
Afterwards, I met up with Uncle 7 to take a ferry ride to Jordan district. It was nice to see Hong Kong from the open bay. When we got there, we did a bunch of walking around. We visited this really fancy spot that had really elegant architecture. It was not too big, but it was real pretty. We walked a little further for dinner and got some wonton noodles at Mak's Noodle. It was served in the tiniest bowl, I swear! Good thing I wasn't too hungry or I would have to eat dinner again. When we were done, we walked through a bunch of bargain stands that lined the streets. It was weird because there were a few that sold sex toys. What the heck? Sex toys being sold right out in the open?? Anyways, I did find a keychain that was a LV knockoff and a couple of cute color-changing clocks. They were selling imitation Rolex's that I wanted to purchase for Ricky, but I didn't know which style to choose. Will need to make a trip back.
Before we headed back, we grabbed some desserts at a local shop. I've been craving red bean soup ever since I got here, so it totally made my night!