Our first trip to Discovery Bay

We went to Discovery Bay today. It reminds me of an ocean-front suburb, like Manly or the Northern Beaches in Sydney, and a bit like Sentosa too, in SG. It’s very idyllic, and especially so today because the weather was really nice. It didn’t have the whole hustle and bustle feel of what you would expect when you think of typical HK.

The high-rise apartment blocks aren’t here, and there is a ton of space with very few people. Again, not your typical HK!

Apparently Discovery Bay is known as DB, and some people say that stands for “Dogs and Babies” – ie it’s a very family-friendly area. It’s so true, I saw a ton of dogs and kids everywhere ๐Ÿ˜†

We also saw a ton of golf carts ๐Ÿคจ Apparently DB residents get around on these things! I’m not sure if they’re supplied by the apartment buildings for the residents to use, or if they’re privately owned by the residents themselves, but either way, I thought that was a pretty cool way to get around the area! ๐Ÿ˜Š

So if I feel like going somewhere to get away from the craziness that is HK, I think I’ll consider going back there. It’s pretty easy to get to: we just caught a ferry from pier 3 at Central Ferry Pier, and the ferry takes you all the way to Discovery Bay in about 30 minutes.

It’s quite expensive (HK$45+ on way, I believe, which is something like A$8+ or US$6+), especially when you’re used to paying around HK$6 when using public transport. But for the odd visit, it’s not too bad. Plus they’ve got some offer where if you spend HK$120 or more on dining at specific restaurants in DB, your return ferry trip is free. You just have to show your receipt to the service counter near the ferry pier and give them your octopus card, and you’re good to go ๐Ÿ‘

Maybe next time we go, we can do one of the hiking trails there ๐Ÿฅพ It’s starting to get cooler now, so it’s the perfect time to start going hiking around the city! ๐Ÿ˜Š

At the beach or at Coles

We spent the day pretty much either buying groceries or just chillaxing at one of the numerous beaches up here ๐Ÿ˜‚ We weren’t very organised with our grocery shopping, so we actually made about three trips to Coles ๐Ÿ˜ฒ Especially since nothing is open tomorrow, we figured we should buy whatever we think we need today. We probably overbought, but we figured we can just take back to my parents’ whatever leftovers we have left.

We went up to Palm beach first and hung out there for a few hours; and then we made our way down to Newport Beach later in the afternoon. The weather was much cooler by the time we got to Newport, so there was no way I was going in the water there ๐Ÿ˜ Although N probably spent more time in the water at Newport than at Palm Beach!

We got a bit of a sun shower while we were at Newport, that was actually really nice. The sun combined with the droplets of water was a nice way to balance the hot weather. Although we couldn’t quite figure out where the rain was coming from, coz the sky looked so blue. The sky still looks dark in this photo compared to how it actually was:

Where did the droplets come from?!? ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ

Oh and we had to stop by the liquor store to help us get through the next few days with family hahaha ๐Ÿ˜‚ I got a clearskin cab sav – for A$5! Bargain! I like clearskins, they’re like a lucky dip with wines, but you still get a bit of a choice coz you get to choose the grape varietal. And the label also did say it’s from the Hunter region, so I effectively got to choose the region too ๐Ÿ˜Š So it’s a pretty good deal!

Omg so apparently, according to Wikipedia, the idea of cleanskin wines is an Aussie/NZ thing! I just assumed this was just a thing all around the world. Well that’s one thing I’ve learnt today!