So this week was mildly not that exciting in terms of work. I managed to get some things done such as getting the interface Michael Chow designed fully integrated into the system. That works now though, so we can actually connect onto a remote file and authenticate the user's log in from the local client, and then access a network database to retrieve data for things as well.
All and all that's pretty cool.
Ugh I still hate 2008.
But that's not what I want to talk about today!
So on Monday there was another typhoon that hit. Typhoons are relatively common in HK, especially during this time of year, so that's not that big of a deal. However this was a level 10 typhoon, meaning it's the strongest typhoon level they have.
Rain. Many rains.
I've always wanted to experience a level 10 typhoon, my parents always talked about it. But they haven't actually had one in the last thirteen years, so I can say that I was in HK during a level 10 typhoon and feel aewsome about it.
However I actually totally slept through it. It got classified as a level 10 typhoon in the middle of the night, and when I went to sleep it was still a level 9 typhoon. However I was outside during a level 8 typhoon since I was at work when it happened and I needed to like leave.
This picture doesn't do justice as to how long the lineup was.
Normally I normally get off work at about 6, but once the typhoon reaches level 8, everyone is supposed to drop what they're doing and get home. The public transit stops running by that point and stuff, so at about 5 that day I decided to leave work.
I didn't really want to leave work though. I was in the middle of debugging and issue and I was literally minutes away from solving it, but I had to leave. As a result I left kinda disappointed and just kinda stood in the rain for forty minutes while waiting to get on the bus. Note, it normally takes about five minutes max. But there were a lot of people.
This is me after not being able to solve a programming problem. And then standing in the rain.
The next day it was back down to level 8 when I woke up, so I didn't have to go to work. Somewhere around 10 or 11 it dropped to level 3, so after lunch I went back to work. Then, I finally got to fix that issue I wanted to fix.
Felt so much better about myself after that.
The biggest thing I did this weekend was go to Lantau Island to see the Big Buddha. As the name implies, there is a big Buddha. It's like a pretty cool statue thing that's on this mountain on this island you can go to. It's a pretty big tourist attraction and since I've never been there before, I wanted to go.
It was a reallllllyyyyy hot and sunny day that day. Like I felt like I was dying it was so hot. But it was totally worth it because statue was pretty cool.
It also helped that there was a really awesome breeze up there.
We took a bus up to where the statue was, and then we had to climb a bunch of stairs to actually get up close to the statue. But at the end of the day it was just a statue, so even though it was cool to see, we didn't really do too much there.
After that we went back down the stairs and headed over to a temple shrine thing they had near there. But before we did that we got some drinks and the dumb mosquitos bit me again. Not as bad as last time, but it sucked. The temple shrine thing was cool, but it was honestly more of the same things I've seen before.
Giant incense are giant though.
Afterwards we decided to check out the Wisdom Path they had near there as well. People told us it was worth checking out, so we decided to go.
After walking for about ten minutes in the heat, we managed to get there.
It was actually pretty cool.
The Wisdom Path was essentially a short path area thing where they had a bunch of trees that were cut like so, and then had words of wisdom etched into them and displayed for the world to see. However since I am illiterate, I was unable to read the words of wisdom, but I'm sure they were full of them.
While we were there, another Chinese family was there too. So I asked them to take a picture for us (it was me, Chantelle and Rene). So the girl I asked said sure, and took a picture for us. Immediately after, her mom comes over and is like "Hey can you take a picture too?" and I was like yea I could totally help them take a picture. But then her daughter runs up to us and her mom snaps a picture of the four of us on her camera before we could really react.
It was them.
We were all so confused, so we kinda just awkwardly walked away.
Later, we decided to take a trip back down to the subway station via cable car. We got the crystal version cable car, so we paid extra to have a glass bottom in the cable car. It was pretty cool.
I saw many trees that day.
That pretty much wraps it up for that trip though. I feel like I skimmed over it too quickly, but it was pretty fun, I have a lot of other awesome pictures too. Maybe I'll talk more about it some other time.
Another thing I did this week was watch the Dark Knight Rises. Now, Batman is awesome. DKR was awesome. But as a giant nerd, a few things bugged me in terms of the details they had with the characters. It just, made certain things feel off. Overall though it was an awesome movie. Just felt like they couldve done a few things better.