I was contacted by a previous owner yesterday to ask if I was available during the summer to do a repeat sit. Not the same dog, sadly he had passed, but a new dog. I am not available this year, but it got me thinking.
The sit is in Hongkong.
I have said several times recently that I would probably never return, due to the current political situation there. But I have been a few times, two very different house sits, and I do love it.
The first one, mentioned above, was 2 months in an apartment 40 floors up a high-rise overlooking Aberdeen Harbour. Amazing views of that part of the city, some days even above the clouds. Experienced a typhoon, heatwave, torrential rain. The apartment was only a short walk to the MTR station so I could be in the centre of the city in about 20 minutes, for only a couple of $$. I was there back in June 2019 when the first of the big protest marches happened – over a million people walked past the pub I was sitting in that Sunday afternoon.
The second sit was on Lamma Island, in late January 2020.
I arrived from Singapore, and even then there was talk about some strange" virus” going about. Most of the passengers were Chinese Singaporeans heading home for the Chinese New Year. And almost all were wearing masks.
In the city, on the day I arrived, it was relatively normal. Chinese and a lot of Asians in the cities will were masks normally on public transport, so it really was nothing different. But within a week everyone was wearing masks, announcements at the stations, posters in shop windows, masks sold out everywhere, and if you could get them, they cost a fortune.
But the sit.
Lamma Island is about a 20-minute ferry trip from HK. Every 40 minutes or so. Lamma is described as car-free, however, there is a fleet of this quadbike kind of things, some adapted for different functions, darting about the narrow lanes and steep inclines. No motorbikes or scooters. So you walk or cycle.
The home was about a 15-minute walk from the village, up a steep slope, so it was best to remember to get milk before you head home! Lovely local house. I had the top floor apartment, with a massive roof terrace, overlooking the bay and further to mainland China.
The dog. Daisy. An Australian something, not quite sure what. Kind of hairy greyhound (dog breed) A big, lanky, galloping bundle of fun. The owner met me off the ferry and I knew instantly we were going to have a great time.
There are so many walks around Lamma. On one side of the island from the main village, Yung Shue Wan, you can walk for miles along the narrow tracks into the hills, or along the coast to a couple of amazing beaches.
A lovely view to the left
Not so good to the right! Massive coal-fired power station.
There is a great hike across the top of the Island, which takes a couple of hours, to the second largest village, Mo Tat Wan. This is a bit quieter, mostly fishing boats and seafood restaurants. There are also ferries to this village from HK and Aberdeen harbour.
So my Favorite sit?.
Such a difficult decision, but this is definitely in my top 5. Location home pet
We walked miles! In fact, wait, I’ll check my phone… Between the 20th of January and the 2nd of February 2020, I walked 250,000 steps, 180km. Not bad. Some of that was walking around HK city, but mostly on Lamma with Daisy.
I had planned to stay in HK for a few days at the end of the sit, but I got an email from my airline on Sunday night asking me if I wanted to take an earlier flight, no additional fee, due to this virus thingy, so I flew back to Singapore on an airbus a320 with about 30 other people, fully masked. And then the madness began.
Will I go back to HK again in the future? Never say never.
Maybe I will do a feature on my other 4 top sits in the next few weeks, but not a countdown, that would be an impossible choice.
What is your Favorite sit and why?