What’s your plan for Wednesday night? Quiet weeknight dinner, movie, drink with co-workers… bet on horses? Yep, that’s Hong Kong for you. Got to love this city and all it has to offer!
Before this, I had only been to the races once, and that was at the Shatin Racecourse in December 2013. (I know I say this a lot, but where has the time gone!?) So like many others in the group that night, it was my first time at Happy Valley.
It looked NOTHING like the Shatin Racecourse, that I can tell you. Shatin was extremely local, with the old pros fully equipped with portable radios and betting guides, and only two gweilos (foreigners) who stood out like overdressed sore thumbs in their fancy suits.
Happy Valley, on the other hand, resembled one of those outdoor music festivals, complete with multiple beer tents/stalls. There was an enormous expat crowd, performance spaces, and even a McDonald’s.
“Let the games begin, and may the odds be ever in your favour.”
Never mind the odds, I didn’t even place a bet! Many of us were pretty much newbies at gambling and didn’t want to risk losing our hard-earned money. Alright that was an exaggeration – with bets starting at HKD10 (~S$1.80), you’d have to bet big to lose big! (Also, this mentality is why I don’t gamble.)
In any case, we were busy talking, stuffing our faces, and taking photos of the scene. It said “deep-fried cheesy soft shell crab” on the menu, but I got… this. It was deep-fried, alright, but there wasn’t any cheese in it. I’m hoping that it was actually crab, and not some mock thing that attempted a disguise by way of frying the crap (or crab – bad pun haha) out of it. Oh well, it’s not like anyone goes there for the food!
Made some new friends by the end of the night! 🙂 I guess that was the whole point, wasn’t it? Can’t wait to attend the next gathering!
Overall, this was a pretty fun experience, and I’d love to bring friends there if anyone’s in town on a Wednesday night. And who knows, maybe I’ll finally figure out this betting thing and win enough for… our cab ride home. Well, you’ve got to learn how to walk before you gallop, right?