August 3, 2009 - Ok, I am really just at the airport for now.... HongKong airport.
Island 1 – Hongkong. We arrive at the Hongkong International Airport. We have a 9 hour layover. Yes, 9 hours! There is only a single flight direct to Cebu City from Hongkong and that is not leaving until 4 PM and it is only 7AM now. So Tracey and I wait. We checked with Cathay Pacific to find out about our flight. We have no gate assignment. Too early per the person at the check in counter. We wait.
We shop – window shop. I can’t afford to do any other kind of shopping. If I were a shopping addict, I would think I am at a buyer’s Disneyland. This can easily be one’s “Happiest Shopping Place on Earth”. Seriously, you can go to Chanel, Burberry, Tiffany, and pick yourself up a Prada all during a layover! I window shopped as I have to save my pennies for the Philippines. Besides, I am too beat from the 12 hour flight, judging from this photo.
Actually Tracey and I spent our money elsewhere. We decided to get a lunch at an airport restaurant called Wildfire. Tracey called my attention to the table setting. They had silverware but with a plastic knife place setting. They must worry about passengers taking butter knives on board and be a threat to society. Ok, works for us.
The food was awesome. We ordered a Duck Confit salad and a sampler appetizer. Everything was really good… well except for the smoked salmon which resembled raw to my simplistic taste. I passed on that. I loved the stacked grilled tomato and eggplant topped with mozzarella, basil, and tomato. I want to recreate this at home.
Tracey declared the chicken wings like nothing she’s tasted before. Then there was this shrimp encased in Asian noodles on a bed of calamari rings. Airport food these were not…
We asked for a doggie bag as we could not finish either of the dishes ordered. We had to throw them out later as we really did not have the opportunity to enjoy them at any of the later destinations.
The 9 hour wait came and we take a flight to Cebu City. Another uneventful flight… just like the one I ordered. I had myself all worked up because Tracey checked in the weather report for Cebu which declared scattered storms for (almost) the entire month of August. Luckily for me, not a trace of rain and it has continued to be sunny so far. I am a very grateful traveler!