So, continuing the blog-opening theme of time flying etc., it hit me today that I now only have six working days remaining, definitely the harshest reminder yet that there is not long to go!
At work, things are still going to plan. The main body of work for my project is now complete, so it's just a case of pulling everything together and hopefully identifying a few areas for further analysis to make the whole thing worthwhile. Safe to say I am now a master of the entire Microsoft Office suite and for the first time in my life the famous "When will you ever use this in real life?" quote from school has came back to prove me wrong.
Outside of work, the exploring is continuing. One highlight was the short trip to Mong Kok, famed for it's many markets. A more eclectic mix of goods and produce I have never witnessed. The start was rather tame, just your standard fruit and veg stalls. However the excitement soon escalated with the "antique" (I use the term loosely) market which followed. A staple from each dealer was a collection of brass animal statues - all varieties - cat, emu, goat, then the more unconventional species such as dragon etc. Next was the sizeable amount of Chairman Mao related paraphernalia - lighters, books, posters, chess pieces.. if it wasn't there then it probably was not worth having if you are a fan of the guy. Other markets included watches, clothes, paintings etc., all very interesting.
On Sunday it was decided that there was nothing better than a casual jaunt to Disneyland (yes, there is one here!). I was extremely enthusiastic about the whole affair, Adam possibly less so. Highlight being we had actually met a dancer from the Lion King show on a night out so we got in for free! Very handy. Anyway, the trip was a learning experience as it turns out all the Disney characters can speak Cantonese which I didn't know before. We caught a couple of shows (Lion King being one of them of course, to show our support!) and got there fairly early so the queues weren't too bad. Definitely enjoyed the day and was quite surreal seeing the Hong Kong hills in the distance from Mainstreet USA.
Signing off with an image of Mong Kok, and not a brass animal in sight!
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