Archive for June, 2005

Road Trip to Chicago

Chicago again. Although I have been to Chicago for so many times, but this came to be my first time to stay overnight in Chicago. I went with Eugene, Tim, Jimmy, and Charlie, people I know from Church in Madison. Nothing in particular planned before we went, just to hang out and have some fun there. We departed from Madison at 9 Saturday morning. By the time we get to Chicago, it was 11:30. We went to Todai at Woodfield mall for the lunch. Todai was a Japanese Buffet place. They offered great variety of Sushi and other Japanese stuff. However, I wish they would have bigger piece of eel on the sushi, not even cover the rice. What can I say, $15 dollars to eat all you can was already a decent deal. Unfortunately, my stomach didn’t cooperate with my brain at all. My belly was hurting all the time thru. We walked around the mall for a while trying to digest the food we just had. Then after making a short stop to Eugene’s place to drop the luggage, we headed out to the downtown Chicago. It was Jimmy’s first being in Chicago, we showed him around the downtown scenery specially the Michigan Ave. At the same time, we met up with 2 friends who used to be in Madison. We, together, then took the train to Chinatown and had dinner there. We stayed at Eugene’s place for the night. His parents were very nice and hospitable. They prepared us a very comfy living condition as if living in the hotel. At his place, we played a board game called "settler." In the game, you need to consider many aspects at the time as well as cooperating with other players while keep them from winning the game. It was a great game despite the tedious and confusing explanation. Sunday morning, we went to "Willow Creek Church" for the worship service. From the name alone, I couldn’t imagine it is the largest church in the U.S. Everything in the church was very impressive. Huge parking lot, huge auditorium, and huge congregation. They even had skit performed before the summons. It was very entertaining and teaching. The live band for hymn was great too. After the church, we went to an international mall to have lunch with Eugene’s parents. Foods were good and local there. First time to have 肉粽 here at the food court. Later, we did a bit grocery shopping, and that marked the end of this trip. By the time we drove back to Madison, it was 8 PM already. This weekend had been relaxing and fun. But I would have been happier if I wasn’t taking summer classes. There are still lots of homework awaits me to finish, lots of page of reading awaits me to conquer. , I think I better go back to work.

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回國遊記IV—深港行

       去深圳香港的念頭源於我幾個朋友親戚也有去香港的計畫。雖然我這次回來時間不常,但是我想能結伴同遊也是一樣不錯的經歷。香港曾經去過,但以時隔九年。深圳沒有去過,想藉有朋友在那的機會對這各新興城市一探究竟。不過,離我計畫南去的日子愈來愈近,我的potential partner卻都因故無法依同前往。有的生病,有的工作放不開,有的單位的行程延擱了。最後我還是決心不改,獨自前往,畢竟也五年沒旅遊了。我坐夜間大巴去的。晚上十點上車,一覺醒來,我已到深圳羅湖了。Mike他和他爸爸來接我。一起吃過早茶後我與Mike去深圳的歡樂谷遊樂場遊玩。由於去的早,人不是很多,因而玩得效率很高。據說人多時熱門的遊樂設施都要排隊等數個小時。

當晚我借宿在Mike家,第二天一早我就啟程去香港了,Mike正好也要回公司實習。去香港過關遭卡,因為沒辦證。我原先誤會有綠卡去香港就勿須辦證。不過還好有驚無險,他們把我當過境處理放行了。過了境,在香港羅湖坐火車三十分鐘就可以到九龍。Tim在九龍塘那頭接我去他家。他家的小狗好cute,毛茸茸的,一點都不怕生。在他家小坐了一陣之後,我們便到旺角、尖沙嘴看香港的街景。雖說是故地重遊,但是感覺完全不同。第一次算白去了,有印象的就香港幾個公園。九龍的街道跟中國南方城市的差不多,舊舊擠擠的樓群,人氣很旺,很繁華。街道也很好轉,自己走不會走丟。就算找不著北香港發達的地鐵系統也能把你帶到想去的位置。之後我們還去了尖東海傍,維多利亞港的靓景儘收眼底。可惜相機忘帶了。晚上我去找表叔公,並與姑婆等人在一間上海餐館吃飯。

在港第二天表叔公帶我去香港島及幾個主要景點遊玩,並補照了不少照片。之後與Tim的爸爸及女友一起吃buffet。當晚我住在Tim表哥將軍澳的居所。房間日式的設計還挺特別的。可能是大家前幾晚都玩累了,第二天到近中午才起床出發。Tim帶我去蒐尋阿王的CD。收穫比我想像的要小,看來郭富城現在的確是差了,滿街播的都是Eason的歌。之後又跟他去吃了綠元迴轉壽司。其實廈門的那家分店也開好久了,都沒有機會去吃,反倒在香港先吃上了。下午又抓緊時間參觀了香港歷史博物館。晚間我去找表叔公,一起吃了飯。其實當時我挺睏。但表叔公要帶我參觀青馬大橋及機場又不好意思推拖。因此參觀這兩個景點我好似漫遊。九點過半與Tim約好去蘭桂坊,香港有名的酒吧聚集地。一起了還有他日本的表哥及朋友。到了蘭桂坊真的有點置身國外的感覺。在那消費的大多都是外國人,讓我想起的在Madison的酒吧一景。不過香港酒吧收檔的挺早,Weekday大多一點半就關了。看來香港人都還挺注重工作的。吃了宵夜,我的香港行也差不多結束。星期四我一早就回到了表叔公居所,整理了一下行裝就殺回深圳了。

其實原本我是打算直接回家的。但是我舅媽在深圳的一個朋友實在是太熱情了,一直邀請我去她那玩幾天。因此我決定呆一個晚上。那天正好是中國高考的最後一天。那阿姨把她女兒接來之後我跟他們一家一起吃了個飯,飯後還到了世界之窗轉了轉。第二天一早我就坐上回廈的飛機了。這次空中旅行對許多人來說或許是旅途的開始,但對我來說,中國之行幾近尾聲。

Part V 尾聲…

尾聲

深港回來之後,看看日期在中國的日子僅剩三天。除去星期六到福州辦事,其實只得兩天。面對重多尚未解決的事情,真得是得分秒必爭。爸正好也於今早從學校回來。小聊小息片刻,便與他一起去商店買我去美國的旅行箱。有了箱子,行李的整理工作終可啟動。晚間本計劃去看奶奶及拜訪章醫生醫家,因故都未能如願,只能推後,令到我後兩天的計畫更加緊張。計畫改變後我只得抓緊時間去剪頭髮,沒法等到表姊回來到她熟悉的那家去整了。再從髮廊回家的路上經過台球室,雖然十一點已過半,明天還要赴七點的車,但想到這是與阿雷一起的最後一晚,還是和他又去打了一小時的台球才回家。

星期六在福州辦事,路上來回就要七八個小時。到晚上九點回到家,Mike一家正好來廈門玩,本想約他出來帶他逛逛。但是因為他住在鼓浪嶼而且那晚天氣也不太好,最終也沒來。他難得來廈門一次,我沒能陪陪他,心裡也蠻過意不去的。

星期天是我今年在中國的最後一整天,早上八點多就被老爸給叫起來了。不幸在找衣服時被反鎖在樓上天台,手機偏偏又欠費打不出去,叫人又沒人呼應,一下浪費了二十分鐘。早飯後照計畫要將任務一單一單攻克。早中午去探奶奶以及與張醫生一家吃飯。下午抓緊去臨行大採購,一個人上街效率還蠻高。六點多與弘會了一下面,並將她交代在香港買的東西給了她。七點回家享用最後一頓晚餐,外婆煮得很豐盛。我回來的這一個月可忙壞她這麼一個七十多歲的老人了。最後的一個晚上自然要和朋友聯歡一下囉。約了新加坡的一群朋友還有另外幾個女生在金凱悅K歌。我到的時候他們已經唱了不久了,就等著我來一起喝酒。延富當晚戰力高昂,逼著我和他吹瓶。我吹了兩瓶肚子就有點不行了,他好像還一點事都沒有。而且越來越hyper,學校也不想回了,決定玩通霄。雖然當晚八個人中喝酒的只有四個。但我們幾個兩三個小時就幹掉了三打。築起的城牆還蠻壯觀的。我們一路唱歌喝酒遊戲到兩點多散場。把敏送回家之後,已近三點。凌晨三點鐘,坐在的士裡,望著道路兩旁逝過的樓宇,不由對這座城市燃起了幾份眷戀。