We cannot please everybody that is a fact, and it includes you Hong Kong!
First week of December, 2016 I flew from Manila to Hong Kong. Hong Kong is a great destination. I unleashed the Disney Princess in me and I felt I am years younger when I visited Disneyland. Happiest place on earth, indeed! Hong Kong has so much to offer. It is very diverse with Chinese and British culture combined!
I had a lot of fun times but,I would be honest that I missed the Philippines during my stay. It was a test of patience for me. If you know me well enough, you can say that it has never been my problem getting along with people, but here I had a hard time being Miss Congeniality.
Here’s what happened…
To be shouted at by a cab driver due to communication gap was awful. English isn’t widely use in there. Also, I was tricked by another cab driver. I took a cab from East Tsim Sha Tsui going to my hotel in Kowloon. Upon arrival, I gave 500HKD to the driver waiting for my change and then he asked, if I have a smaller bill, I said none. What I have is 50HKD which lacks the amount he charged me. He said, it is fine. He returned the 500HKD and I gave him the 50HKD. I looked at the money and it’s 500 written. It’s a bit dark inside the cab. I got off the vehicle and said, thank you. Later on, I checked the money and figured out it isn’t the 500HKD I gave. It is a different currency, a 1987 Peru Bank Note.
What I learned?
I lost 550HKD in just a snap. Felt so stupid at that time but instead of feeling bad, I just shrugged it off and just sent message to my friends to rant about it. My friend Billy said… “It’s a lot of money, but it’s only money. It’s an expensive lesson, but this kind of thing is probably impossible to avoid without it.” I am treating this as a lesson, so when I get back to Hong Kong or wherever I go next time, this won’t happen again.
In this experience, I learned to remain calm and patient all the time, but at the same time smart, wise and extra careful. All in all, my stay in Hong Kong was a blast! Moving out of my comfort zone was the best thing I’ve done so far. I wouldn’t be able to know other things I am capable of if I didn’t risk doing it. I wouldn’t know that I am patient enough to handle different moods of people unless I go out and see for myself. My love-hate relationship with Hong Kong made the stay more flavorful. Traveling is a lot of fun but yes, there are times you will experience difficulties understanding other culture and people. You cannot please everybody, remember? And that is fine.
PS: I love you, Hong Kong!