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Today was an awesome day!! We woke up planning to go to Ocean Park and we actually did it. The girls were in high gear first thing this morning, since we had talked about it last night. We had figured out that there was a dedicated, direct bus from Admiralty Subway Station to Ocean Park. We even figured out that we should pre-purchase our tickets at the subway station.

When we got to Ocean Park, Emily was asleep. You know you’re in trouble when your kid is asleep when you get to the park, never mind when you’re leaving. It was very, very hot, and sunny and a beautiful day to go. Ocean Park is kind of like Wonderland, only Hong Kong-style. The park is about 20 years old, and in need of some renovations. It’s clean, though, and the kids had a great time. They went on some rides and really enjoyed some of the more physical activities. You can see Emily climbing the kiddie rock wall, while Stephanie decided to walk up holding the handrail.

Lunch was kind of funny. We had a choice between a strange pork chop on rice with a weird tomato sauce, a funny sausage that Danny said tasted like Spam in a casing (with French fries with no salt or anything), or chicken wings. Frankly, the food had no taste. The only good food item we found was….JELLO, with fruit cocktail in it. The only positive was that, although the food was expensive by Hong Kong standards, it was nowhere near expensive like Wonderland would be.

There was a private children’s birthday party going on and the girls enjoyed watching the clown.

The star character at Ocean Park is Whiskers and both girls flocked to him to have their photo taken, as you can see. Whiskers was a good sport and let them hug him as we snapped photos.

We also got to see Giant Pandas in a pavilion sponsored by the Hong Kong Jockey Club. There were two giant pandas in separate enclosures, but it was funny as they were both sleeping and neither showed any interest in the crowds around them.

All in all we had a great day. It was very hot, though, and we didn’t stay too long. We headed back on the bus and Emily got a treat. Danny took her to the upper level of the double-decker bus and she got a great view. I’m not fond of the upper level, so Stephanie and I stayed downstairs, and she slept most of the way home.

We got back to the hotel in time for an afternoon nap, and the girls were better after they slept. We headed down to the city again for some late afternoon walking and then dinner. We went back to the restaurant we’d had a good meal at the night previous, and had a terrible dinner, with service to match.

We called it a night, or the girls and I did. Danny headed back out after we returned to the hotel room. He’s ordered a custom made suit, and had to go for his first fitting. We’re excited to see the finished product.