It must be pretty obvious by now that I love theme parks. There is a joke/psychoanalysis/criticism that says grown ups who like kids stuffs, like cartoon, candy necklace or theme park didn’t have a good childhood. Having had twenty pigeons and pet snails before, I beg to differ, but that’s going to be another story in another post. Today is about going to a theme park with the BFF.
Nursing a hangover, unlike eager kids, we decided to go to Hong Kong Ocean Park as late as possible, which turned out to be a bad move. When we arrived it was oh so terribly hot, but we already bought the tickets and took a bus ride to the place.
As soon as we entered we got ourselves a balloon, if I was with someone else I would hesitate getting one, but it was with her, I didn’t need to do, she would want to get it too. Our weirdness connects us.
When we saw a very long queue outside an exhibition, we thought maybe it something interesting? We joined in. It turned out to be a seahorse exhibition. Different types of sea horseses, their food sample and infographic about their mating process. Booooring. I have a feeling seahorse is a big thing in Hong Kong. Maybe something to do with luck? I need to look it up.
The highlight of the day happened at the Asian Animal exhibition. We entered the place solely because it was air conditioned, but we were in for a treat. There were PANDAs waiting for us. Okay, yes, they didn’t exactly waiting for us. They were just sitting there, being much bigger than I ever imagined and chewing their bamboos with not a care for the world. The perks of being uber cute.
^ HELLO PANDA!!
Oh, btw, sometimes in between the exhibitions, I got a fish painted on my face and from then I started to draw crowd’s attention, mostly kids who looked at my face with envy or pointed it out to their parents, but there were some adult strangers who asked to take pictures with me, which I happily obliged. I felt like a local celebrity! Is this what they called as a five minutes fame?
We then proceed to have lunch in the food court. I didn’t eat mine. The fish was a little uncooked and I would be damn if I had a food poising on the second day of our trip. The food experience was below par, reminded me of the same experience in Toranga Zoo and Universal Studio. Why is it that foods at theme parks are always bad? I need to look that up too.
After lunch, we took the cable car to go to the other side of the park. I love cable car rides. I have had good memories of it, with my school friends who officially became good friends after our ride together, with my besties to Hakone and now with my BFF, until she threatened to throw Miaw out of the window! Thankfully nothing happened. All three, four of us, if you count Liu, the dolphin balloon reached the ground safely.
The next stop was Old Hong Kong. We spent some quality time here, taking pictures with some of our most ridiculous poses.
There was a miniature exhibition there featuring colorful stuff collected by a Sweden born Hong Kong based artist from a beach in ONE DAY. It felt like a nudge for me to be more mindful of my own disposal.
Our final stop was the gift shop (obviously, it’s me we are talking about!), but naah.. Disney world has a much better collection, but it didn’t stop me from taking pictures with shark hats.
I like our Ocean Park day, though I think I am done with theme parks for a while. A little while, that is, because I do love theme parks.