Saturday, November 1, 2008

Shopping for Jade and a visit to Aberdeen

1 November: A friend of mine recommended a jeweler that he has been buying from for many years, so we met Mr. Choi and his wife in his shop. It was located close to the hotel in an office/apartment building. I wanted to buy a jade pendant and ended up buying three pieces: pendant, earrings, and a ring. Reenie also bought a jade ring. Throughout the trip, I had looked at some jade but never knew if it was real jade or even a good quality jade. I think we both did very well with our purchases.

For the rest of the day we visited Aberdeen and took a sampan ride around the old fishing boats. We walked through the fish market, which was closing up for the day. I’m sure there was much activity in the morning. It was interesting to see all the boats with the high-rise buildings in the background, a stark contrast.

It was too late to try to get to Stanley, so we found a place in Aberdeen for lunch. It was a Japanese ramen restaurant and we both enjoyed our soups. It was quite different than what I used to eat in Hawaii, but very good. The broth looked slightly cream, but I’m sure it wasn’t cream or milk.

The traffic was terrible getting back to Hong Kong. We sat in traffic for almost an hour. We got off at Admiralty and took the subway back to our hotel. For dinner Reenie wanted to try Turkish food, so we ate at the Istanbul Express on Lock Road. We had kebabs and an appetizer, but I’ve had better. It was a small hole-in-the wall place. Lock Road has lots of dining opportunities.

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