Took 3 days off this week so I don't have to go to work for the whole week with the rest made up by the Chinese New Year Holiday. The CNY holiday has been bad for Gabs the Climber, as the climbing community took the wrong ferry for Tung Lung Island and found themselves in Krabi instead. A few others even got as far off course as ending up in Beijing, poor souls, they have to keep ice climbing all week to keep themselves warm. Despite the lack of climbing, the CNY holiday have been quite a revelation for Gabs the Adventure Racer. I used to keep saying that there are lack of trail running possibilty from the proximity of where I lived. I ended up taking a bus to Hong Kong island where the trail network is more complex. Only because I never bother to try. Well here is what I, Gabs the Runner, found out on Monday that I can quite possibly leave home (To Kwa Wan) and run to the Wong Tai Sin in about 15 mins from there I can ran up the insanely steep Shatin Pass Road. Uphill all the way pass the store that sells tofu custard. I kept running up hill till I got to the top of Kowloon Peak (Fei Ngo Shan) then a gentle downhill passing some out of breath hikers takes me back to urban pollution. A nice run that last about 2.5 hrs.
Of course finding a new trainning route that consist of McLehose and Wilson Trail can hardly be called a revelation, the real revelation was that a 3 hrs massage in Shenzhen (for $100 only) really boost my running. Yesterday, I headed north to Shenzhen for a massage and today my feet weights nothing! Now that revelation alone should equip me for the coming marathon.
CNY has also been great for Gabs the Connoisseur, I didn't go all the way up to SZ just for a cheap massage, it was for the lamb feast! There is this lamb specialist restaurant called 'Muslim' (穆斯林) that sepecialise in lamb, even for lamb kebab, they have 8-9 variety, and I am not talking about you can have it on a tooth pick (yeah, so you can pick your teeth right away), on bamboo stick or in big iron stick. I suppose they all taste difference as I only had the tooth pick kebab. Then there is alo Hand Grab Lamb (手抓羊) and Lamb Spring Roll. Shame it was a lunch, so we didn't get to eat the BBQ Whole Lamb.
Suddenly I realised I have just been writing like Ah Min, except joining serveral of his runing and easting posts in one. So I better stop here.