The Arcuri Restaurant is in the main reception area just a two-minute walk from our apartment. We chose their three-course special, as the choices included two of the birthday girl's favorites, pork belly and duck.
A lovely Shiraz...
Pork Belly for Kathy...
Brian's Hiramasa Kingfish appetizer...
Duck breast for the main...
Not cheap (hardly anything in Oz is cheap), but good value and a beautiful meal...
Hong Kong Airport's Terminal 2 is used only for checking in by some airlines - it has no actual departure gates, despite its impressive entrance.
Thai is among the airlines that use it, so we picked up our boarding passes, went through pleasantly relaxed exit Immigration and security, and rode a couple of trains to Terminal 2, still the world's third biggest terminal (after Dubai and Beijing).
Our first flight (to Bangkok) doesn't depart until around 7 PM, so we rode the moving sidewalks in a completely different direction to spend some time in Singapore's Silver Kris Lounge, which we're allowed to access as Star Alliance Golds.
We plan on a couple of hours here before moving to the Thai Royal Orchid Lounge that's closer to our boarding gate. It's a pleasant way to pass some time before the flight.
When we mentioned to the T Hotel supervisor on checkout Edgar we were returning to HKG on theAirport Flyer, she consulted a website or app and told us the next one was due at our Pok Fu Lam Village stop within the next three minutes.
We hustled down to the bus stop and arrived with a couple of minutes to spare. All we had to do was to enjoy the scenery on the 60-minute drive.
We crossed a couple of big bridges along the way. HKG is of course located on a largely reclaimed island.
It's one of the best transportation bargains among the airports we've visited, at about US$8.25 round trip per person.
We arrived at Terminal 2 almost before we knew it.
It remains hot on our next-to-last day in Hong Kong, so we decide see to take it easy with a 30-minute bus ride (#973) to Stanley, the original administrative center when the British annexed Hong Kong in 1842.
It was later named after Lord Stanley, the British politician who at one point was Canada's Governor General, amd whose name also adorns the Stanley Cup and Stanley Park in Vancouver.
The coast-hugging bus route is scenic and twisty, and the Hong Kong bus drivers turn roads like this into carnival rides.
It proved to be a quiet Monday at Stanley, which includes a small public market, some restaurants, and a beachfront promenade.
Note the bamboo scaffolding, common here as in other Asian locales.
It was already close to 90 degrees F (31 C), sonee retreated fairly quickly to an air conditioned restaurant,
Cia Fei, a Shanghai-style joint.
The food was more than satisfactory and we left full and happy.
We slowly made our way back up the hill to the bus terminus.
We caught #973 back without much trouble, and enjoyed the views on the ride back, including additional examples of bamboo scaffolding.