Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Turbo Jetting to Hong Kong

I had very little encounter with boats before. I was told that when I was a baby, my parents brought me to Sibu (just after I was born) in the infamous lightning-speed Kuai Teng (Express boat). They don't sail. They fly. So in a way, you could say I flew to Sibu.

There's another kind of boat that flies, well... float actually. And here's Jackie Chan getting squashed & runover by one in Rumble in the Bronx.

And I think we were on a similar kind of hovercraft-ey boat when we crossed the straits from Macau to Hong Kong.

We had to take the boat at the ferry terminal, which didn't look like a boat terminal, but neither did we know how it was supposed to look like anyway.

It was strange, almost surreal-like. We thought some kind of Canto-pop superstar called Wynn was arriving in Hong Kong. Turns out that's the name of a casino. Heheheh, actually we knew that lah!

This was how the inside looked like. We were lost & didn't know how & where to get the tix.

CK was trying to find his bearings. And Nee was trying to attract some attention by standing right at the centre.

Fortunately a lady came over to us & brought us upstairs to the tickets counter. At first we thought she was a pirated boat operator. While we were following her, we felt a bit of regret as images of us being forced to cramp in a dark & rocking sampan flashed into our minds. We thought that could be the end of us. We were going to be sold off as kitchen slaves in Shenzhen.

But of course, we were not in KL. This was Macau, and pirated transportation does not exist.

The Turbo Jet tickets cost about HK134 each for a one-way trip. That's about RM60.

My excitement grew when I saw the boats.

And I didn't even know they had some kind of built-in hovercraft technology.

The old folks in front probably have taken this a thousand times. To them, it was probably as common as drinking water. To me, it was as good as going to Disneyland.

Wahhh. So like first class. Got TV some more.
Nee was a bit dissapointed that they didn't show TVB series.

The Cantonese usually have altars in their homes, and in their shops, or when they're shooting a filmThis is the first time I saw one on the docks.

The boat very professional. Got Sea Steward to take your food order.

The tickets did not actually include food. You've got to buy them like AirAsia. But some people brought their own Char Siew rice & McDs.

Goodbye Macau! We don't miss your food but we will see you again on the 8th day & we shall have our revenge!

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