Dudes & Dudettes! So I decided to get a bit adventurous during our business trip in Hong Kong. Didn’t want to shop because:
1. I have everything I need…seriously.
2. Save up for concert ticket of KHJ yes!!! i want front row..ring side!
Anyhoo. i asked our friend to take us out to trek (perhaps walk limply and lamely in my case) because I see that he often goes for hiking/trekking in Hong Kong’s forests or trails. We don’t often think of doing that while in HK because for most Thai, what we do in Hong Kong is eat and spend money senseless, or drink yourself silly hehe.
So he promised to find the least challenging trail for us and me in particular because I don’t have that kind of stamina to last in the forest for long hours. I know myself well haha. the only sports I do are yoga (uber-flexible/ hard-core stretching and meditation) and swimming (i swim for relaxation and peace of mind. not that i swim with speed or anything)
so here we are…it’s called Dragon’s Back…just google for its exact location k? hehe. It is considered the most beautiful urban trail for trekking, or so they claim. So you decide after seeing my photos k? To get there…We hopped on a train and then a bus and then the bus dropped us off at the entrance. There are what looks like mobile public toilets for a quick business if you have nature’s call..i mean i have an issue with public toilets but my friend said i’d better go because there aren’t any loo in the forest….so i was forced. and well….>////< sorry i know you aren’t interested in my view and comment about public toilets.
There our journey began. basically, we just walked and walked. I’m not sure how we do it but one of the sis in our group started to hand us the mosquito repellent patch and stuff. thanks sista. u r so well prepared!
so my first 500 meters is steep….and I swear i felt it was like 1 km already. in fact, i feel that the first hours, its steep. all i did is just taking long steps, eyes on the ground all the time cos I wanted to make sure i moved fast that i didn’t hold back the group and i happened to be first in the row and if I stopped everyone would be like “come on….just fucking move” (they don’t do that, they are nice people).
I started to hear my pulse ringing in my ears. I panted so loudly that I didn’t have an energy to keep up with the light chat that our friends were engaging in an ever so relaxing manner..its like THEY CAN TALK, AND QUITE ANIMATEDLY, WHILE THEY WALK. I can’t. and I can’t stop either. we reached the rest point where they put up sign telling us where we are and the kilometer poles. we didn’t stop at every rest points because there were no shades …. but our group stopped eventually (Thank GOD!) and what did they do? THEY CHATTED SOME MORE, sipping water, admiring the view while I almost collapsed on the ground. U know that cold play’s album name? A RUSH OF BLOOD TO MY HEAD. That’s what i was experiencing. I did my selfies (555) on the mountain and i noticed my face was bloody bloody red…i felt embarrassed u know everyone asked me “are you ok?” (hell no!) they did so because they are worried about it genuinely hahaa. i gotta keep my cool and said “i’m cool” (i’m so effing not!) thanks ka friends for your concern!
BUT i had my moment taking in all these picturesque landscape and scenery as we moved. it was so beautiful. it was sunny the day we headed off and I guess that brightens things up to a few notches. I have no words and u gotta see the photos yourself. Millions of things entered my mind when I saw this landscape but the thing is as I grow older, I try hard to practice my mind to block out shit. (that’s how I call it) but it’s a hard practice. but I keep trying. wanna experience that kind of state of mind where there is nothing..just pure whiteness…and the things before your eyes.
So did I achieve?
You tell me. haha
Anyway, on our way back, it was less challenging. Mostly the path consisted of rocks…and stairs down from the mountain. it could hurt your ankle if you don’t make the right step (which I think i didn’t haha) on the way to the beach (big wave beach i guess) which is the end point, we gotta walk on smooth road a bit and I kept hearing the sound of the waves and the breeze from the distance.
So the smell of the ocean, mixed with the earthy scent in the forest and the sound of the distance waves and the nearer flowing stream…That was quite nice. We walked and walked and then after a while, I didn’t see the waves yet so i started to wonder where the hell is the beach. I was exhausted and wanna collapse any minute because of the heat..I didn’t drink enough cos i’m afraid of the loo now i need my drink..icy cold one….so where the hell is the beach!
There! I must say…the beach was so so for me, coming from Thailand. This is nothing compared to our beaches on the east coast or the Andaman but i can see why people appreciate this little oasis. The waves are indeed big. I finished my drink. we hopped on a bus back to the city and had dim sum for lunch in the A/C place. That’s awesome *grin*
Thanks friends for bearing with me. I bitched and moaned a lot haha. I never walked this far. I always refuse. So this experience is meaningful to me ka.
Ps. Not until when we went down the hill did I learn that our pace was unusually fast…like my friend said that we did quite an impressive hour cos we finished it within two hours or so. Total distance is approx 8 kmsAishhhh….if i had known, I would just have walked more slowly and perhaps more in style! Well…next time then 5555
End photo - yep…sometimes you need to look up either for some view…and for me…some air! >////<