We have finally taken TJ to Ocean Park, after almost 3 years of his life in HK. Between the tiny HK Disneyland and 海洋公园, I would rather go to Disney cos it’s Disney and I totally appreciate its stroller-friendly terrain.
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Since the weather was great that day ( ‘cos it was my birthday and Father’s Day weekend), we finally decided it was now or never. So we made that long winding trip, first on Star Ferry to HK side, thinking we could catch the Express Bus to Ocean Park from the Central Pier, but we missed the last bus of the morning cos I had to do a pee break. This 2nd pregnancy has really screwed up my bladder way too early. In the end, we had to take the cab to Ocean Park, were caught in a major jam on Gloucester Road and actually caught up with the express bus along the way.
It was a blistering hot day, D and I kinda regretted not going during the cooler wintry months, but then again, we always had something else to do. Of course we didn’t do any of the rides, but just walked around the compound and visited the Atoll Reef, the Jellyfish exhibit (which freaked TJ out) and the Pandas.
At the Atoll Reef, it was horribly crowded and I was afraid that I might just caused a major stampede if I was pushed or be the klutz that I am and fell. There were lots of PRC tourists who obviously hadn’t seen fish or rays before and would jostle for positions regardless if there were children or preggie mums. So I had to carry TJ the whole time in the building while D lugged the stroller and tried his best to take photos. It was a pretty stressful experience but TJ still managed to see some humungous fish and rays.
To get from the Lowlands to the Headlands and back, we could take the cable car but I’m not such a fan of it so we took the latest addition which was this Jacques Cousteau submarine-liked train thing that goes thru’ the hill to get to the other side. I think it is way safer and faster, even though the view isn’t as great as that on the cable car. TJ loves his train, so he was a happy customer whenever we got on the vehicle.
After lunch at the Bayview Restaurant, we walked around but it was way too hot and too slopey for TJ to gallivant on his own. Moreover the crowd was thickening and we were worried we would lose him in Ocean Park and but TJ didn’t think it was necessary to be that paranoid. So there was a little meltdown and he was promptly reprimanded by D.
Our final stop before we returned home was to visit the main attraction, the lazy Pandas. D doesn’t see what’s so special about the pandas, in his words “They are lazy, don’t do anything except to lumber around, eat their shoots and they even need help to procreate. Totally lazy and useless.”
But TJ didn’t think so, he totally enjoyed looking at them and one of the pandas slumped in front of us, pulled out one of the shoots and started chewing on it before returning to his den. I, on the other hand, am just happy to be in the Panda enclosure, ‘cos these darn lazy animals have the airconditioning. Can’t imagine the monetary and environmental costs incurred, but I reckon it doesn’t matter to HK govt and Allan Zeman (the Ocean Park CEO).
It was a great day to be out as a family, although both D and I were absolutely knackered out that night. Still, it was good to create these memories for us and TJ.