It’s my second week in Hong Kong and I didn’t want to spend Saturday indoors watching the high rise buildings of Hong Kong from my window. I thought let me go out and see what’s out there. I also needed to go and meet someone so it sounded like the perfect opportunity. Problem is I still don’t know my away around Hong Kong but I had the confidence of a tourist with wanderlust…so I went out on my own. It didn’t matter that I still cannot pronounce the names of some of the stops on the MTR West Rail line but all I knew was I needed to get to Tin Shui Wai. So I walked to my nearest station; Siu Hong, at least I know how to get to that one and Tin Shui Wai is just one stop…even I can do that.
I got on the MTR just fine and got to Tin Shui Wai with no hassle. Because I didnt have credit on my phone I decided to load some for my China Mobile line. Problem :the Rekanan China Mobile line I bought comes in Indonesian language, only God knows why. So I bought HKD100 (about USD12,50) worth of credit but couldn’t load it. I could see the recharge pin and the code to enter but everytime I entered the number I got this message:
Voucher isi ulang yang Anda masukkan tidak valid. Harap menggunakan voucher isi ulang lainnya.
Now you can only guess that all I got from there were the words “valid” and “voucher”. There was still no credit on my phone. This meant I could not get hold of the person I was supposed to meet and all the wifi spots around me were secured. Wondering what to do, I remembered my friend had said I need to take Exit B at Tin Shui Wai then take the K65 bus and get off at the last stop. I didn’t want to give up before getting to my destination so I continued even though I knew I would not be able to call her when I arrived. I just told myself “this is how you get to know the place”.
This is where the lesson began: I got to the last stop and still could not find free wifi. I still could not load the credit I had bought and most importantly EVERYONE I TRIED TO SPEAK TO COULD NOT SPEAK A WORD OF ENGLISH!!! So I learnt today that when Hong Kong Chinese people cannot speak English they wont even speak to you or attempt to hear what you have to say. I laughed out loud when a young man just screamed NO, NO, NO when I was approaching him to ask if he could help me. Before I even said a word!! Now I don’t know if that was racist or not, but I will give him the benefit of the doubt.
So there I was at a deserted bus stop wondering what to do now.Lucky for me, I saw a young girl who was on her phone and she could speak English. She gave me her phone to call my friend to come meet me. Thank God she even trusted me to hold her phone. I probably would have ended up going back without seeing my friend if this girl hadn’t come along. I learnt later that my friend was so worried because I had texted her to say I am on my way and it took me longer than normal to get to her. It should take about twenty minutes to get from Siu Hong to the last bus stop but I took about an hour because of my little incident.
Now I don’t know if it’s worth exploring alone or not, but I am still glad I went out. I was going to be fine if I had a phone that could actually make calls. Nonetheless it is far much better to get lost in a place where you can ask for directions and today I could not even get a word in; let alone ask where I was. Guess it will take some getting used to.
The locals are not very friendly in these parts, but I am new so I will see how it goes.
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