I left Cebu in the morning after a breakfast with a whopping price of 7 pesos ($US0.13) to take a bus from the South Terminal to the city of Moalboal, 89 km south. It cost me 50 pesos (US$1) from the YMCA to the bus terminal, 50 pesos for the bus ride (an experience itself) and 40 pesos for a trycicle ride between Moalboal and Pamasagna beach where are located the beach resorts/dive centers. (the last ride is a bit overpriced as it cost normally 5-6 pesos)
I'm writing this from the Sky Garden bar,in the West Hall of Hong Kong airport. I'm ready to board my flight to Cebu, Philippines in the next 30 minutes. I took the Airport Express train from Kowloon Station (HK$90). While going there using their free shuttle I managed to stay in sync with my ability to lose something in every country I stay, but this is probably my most expensive mistake. I lost my sunglasses (corrective lenses) I don't know how, probably while boarding the bus. I had them around my neck but when putting all my bagages on board they probably fell somewhere and I found myself inside the bus with no sunglasses. I'm VERY pissed off. And of course my insurance does not cover this. Sometimes I'm wondering when an insurance is useful.
The Giant Buddha is located at Lantau Island, next to the Po Lin monastery. It is the world's largest seated, outdoor, bronze Buddha. I took first a ferry from Kowloon to Hong Kong (HK$2.2) then another one to Lantau island (HK$16. , then the bus to the monastery (HK$16 one way) and went back using the fast ferry (HK$21).
Apparently from my chinese lessons from today Hong-Kong means "The Fragrant Harbour" (it used to export fragrance years ago). Kowloon itself means "Nine Dragons" and refers to the hills that form the backdrop to this area. A chinese speaker or someone married to a chinese - hint, hint - may (in/con)firm this culture minute.
I landed in Hong-Kong about 4 hours ago. I woke up in Capetown around 5:15AM to take a flight to Johannesburg at 7:30AM and jump into the one to Hong-Kong at 12:50PM. After more than 13 hours of flight, here am I, hanging in the Chungking Mansions shops.