I’ve been quiet on the social media front the past 3 days (Yes, that’s quiet for me!).
I won’t dilly-dally : I had a stupid injury over the weekend.
As a birthday treat to my sister, Zombie and I took her to Sydney’s latest indoor trampoline park. (It’s a great place, just don’t do what I did, kids) The plan was to spend an hour jumping and bouncing around, and then have a nice dinner.
Well, the dinner never took place. Because this happened:
I was having way too much fun in the trampoline (this was towards the end of our session so I was giving it my last hurrah). I landed pretty badly on my left ankle. The pain was blinding. When I opened my eyes, I saw my left foot in a very twisted angle. Like sickeningly wrong angle. And let me tell you , it was human instinct for me (even I surprised myself) that when I saw my ankle at an odd angle, my first action was to force it back in it’s right place. With my bare hands. I heard a POP (like the socket being joined back to it’s location), but that didn’t stop the searing pain.
I was at the Prince of Wales Hospital the next day, and while the X-ray showed no broken bones, I still cannot walk unassisted and will be wearing a moonboot for the next 2-3 weeks. I will also see a specialist on Thursday (I’m praying that no ligaments are torn!)
I now look at other people who are walking normally with pure envy. We often take for granted the simple things. Such as a perfectly functioning body. Everything now takes me double the time. And having Zombie assist me in really mundane things (um, going to the kitchen, taking a shower). I’m more frustrated than anything, because I like being active and my first thought when I fell and bounced on that blasted trampoline was , “Holy S–, how can I workout now??”
But I guess the more impending question should be, “How can I travel?”
Which leads me to the second part of this post.
In 3 days, I am flying overseas. I’ve been given the “Ok to Travel” by the doctor provided that I wear the moonboot all the time.
I’m thankful that this is not one of our adventure trips, otherwise I’ll be crying buckets.
WHERE WE ARE OFF TO NEXT
Twisted ankle or not, it’s business as usual in Holy Smithereens! We shouldn’t let something like this get in the way of travel, no?
We are repeat visitors of places we like (we are not the bucket/country list-counting types) so to escape the last blows of winter, Zombie and I are heading to 2 classic Asian cities for business, shopping and food.
We will be in Singapore for the weekend. We were in Singapore last October for just 1 night, and I vowed to return for more cereal prawns.
We will also be there just in time for the Mid-Autumn Festival which the Shangri-la Hotel Singapore is celebrating in style ( I haven’t had mooncake in decades!) I’m also excited to be staying at their newly renovated Garden Wing which definitely looks like a lush tropical respite from Singapore’s urban zone.
And then we are heading to one of my favourite cities in Asia:
I am surprised by my fondness for Hong Kong. For one, I don’t really like urban cities. New York is one city that just doesn’t do it for me, yet I consider Hong Kong the New York of Asia. Maybe it’s because Hong Kong was my first ever trip overseas when I was 4 (you’d be surprised how much you remember on your first trip overseas no matter what age you are!)
The best chinese food for me can be found in Hong Kong so this is what I’m excited about.
We will also be exploring the ‘other side’ of Hong Kong, the side that is not as known as the cosmopolitan high rises of the bustling city.
Where we will be staying
I know that most of you are frequent travellers for both business and leisure. And Hong Kong is one city that is often visited for both purposes. And so we’ve chosen 3 hotels that are in that bracket of being both a luxury and business hotel. They are also located in 3 different districts around Hong Kong.
The Landmark Mandarin Oriental is located in Central, the Business district of Hong Kong. I’m really looking forward to experiencing its modern yet inviting room interiors.
For the food-tripping lot among you, the Kowloon Shangri-la will be the perfect base. Kowloon used to be an industrial district but is now a great neighborhood for family-run international restaurants.
I am most looking forward to waking up to views of the Victoria Harbour in this hotel, and as it’s also located in Tsim Sha Tsui East, I will certainly be out and about for entertainment and shopping.
Located in Queensway (Admiralty), The Conrad Hong Kong is one of the most popular choices for business stays in the city. Well it’s popular for me due to it’s prime location: Right in Pacific Place shopping centre!
I’m definitely excited seeing The Conrad’s famous panoramic views from the rooms.
Who we are flying with
We are flying with Singapore Airlines for this trip, which is the perfect choice for a stop over in Singapore with an onward journey to Hong Kong.
I’ve only flown Singapore Airlines once (when I was still studying, which makes that a very VERY long time ago) so I’m really looking forward to the journey.
I will be definitely back with a trip/flight report and the benefits of flying Singapore Airlines from Australia to Asia.
LIMP WITH ME!
As I mentioned, an injury is no excuse not to have fun so, follow me as I limp my way around Singapore and Hong Kong! I will be doing live updates on: