Crown; from London to HongKong - It only took 5 yrs!
05/05/2010 - 27/05/2010 30 °C
For those of you who didn't already know, before setting off on this adventure I (jono) worked for a company called Crown Worldwide - for 5 years. The (IT) head office is based in Hong Kong here....
Chris Davis-Pipe (head of IT), or "cdp" as he is better know as amongst the 'IT' crowd, thought he had finally gotten rid of me, and so as the party celebrations continued in my wake, I turned up in HK to annoy him. mwah ha ha ha (evil laughter) .... !!
On our first night in HK, we met Chris and his soon to be fiancé, Nicole (he will kill me for typing that) for a few drinks and a catch up. At around 1am he took us to the most amazing place that Hong Kong has to offer; an Irish pub! But no ordinary Irish pub! One that is home to the Hong Kong Tottenham Hotspurs Supporters club (heaven for me, hell for Rosie). We stayed here watching Spurs beat Man City (yey!!) and finish 4th in the league, which took till 5am. Rosie loved every minute and never fell asleep at all :-) Obviously this was not the last time we went to this amazing HK tourist attraction (Mehul you would have loved it - Rosie did!).
We went out for lunch with Chris and his team where I finally got to meet all of the great people I had been communicating with over the last 5 years.
Lunch was a mixed variety of food, ranging from amazing dim sum and included our first (and last) taste of chickens feet. We also had curried squid, cows intestine and to finish of a "Hello Kitty" mango desert ...
Chris took us Sports Climbing (indoor rock climbing) and we were joined by a few other hardcore office members... RoJo as you know being super fit, knew that this would be easy and of course, both made it to the top in record time, showing the others how to do it :-) (boy did it hurt the next day).
After 2 hours of pain (despite finger exercise to warm up!) we moved on to have some well deserved lunch. Being next to the harbour we were treated to some great fresh seafood. Loads of tanks full of different varieties of seafood ready for us to pick the ones we wanted which were then killed, cooked and eaten! Mmm mm.
Crown happens to own a wine cellar in HK. On my fist day at the company one of the first questions I asked was "When do I get to visit the wine cellar"? Well, 5 years later I clearly needed to quit my job and travel the world in order to get a visit, the cause of this adventure ;p
So how could Chris refuse us; he took us to be wined and dined, and mix with the posh clientele (you have to be a member to go there). Unfortunately when packing I did not think I would need a suit or nice shoes so I may have been a little out of place but no one seemed to mind too much (probably cos Rosie was sat sparkling opposite me - can you tell she added this bit?). Great food, great wine and great company, what more could Chris ask for :-)
Oh how he will miss us when we are gone....