Of Ice and Men

11/11/11

We were in Hong Kong again recently to celebrate our fourth anniversary. Besides my need for an egg tart, the weekend plans were pretty spontaneous. Except, of course, for a visit to an ice skating rink. 

Ever since we discovered the lone ice skating rink in Singapore, I've wondered why someone would build it on the third floor of a mall in Singapore. But then we went to an ice skating rink on the tenth floor of a mall in Hong Kong and I was in awe. 

Unlike the rink at Kallang Leisure Park in Singapore, the rink at Mega Box (the name of the mall in HK) is impressive. The ice was in great shape, people actually knew what they were doing out there, and it was much larger than the rink in Singapore. They even have an ice hockey league at this rink. Jeff was sad he forgot to pack his ice skates.

While we were at the rink, Jeff bought himself a new hockey stick at their pro shop (a rink with a pro shop...we had to come all the way to HK for this). He's getting ready to represent Singapore again at the World Pond Hockey Tournament. 

The rink in HK had an entire wall decorated with NHL hockey pucks. I counted four San Jose Sharks pucks. It may not seem like much, but seeing something so familiar like our home team's hockey puck on display in an ice rink in Hong Kong brought smiles to our faces.

The rink was quite a trek from our hotel, but we set aside an entire morning to go there to check it out. Jeff proudly carried his newly acquired hockey stick around Hong Kong as we made our way back to the hotel. To say he was excited about it would be an understatement. Forget that it was our anniversary; it was more like Christmas. 

And then as we were arriving at the airport to come back to Singapore, Jeff realized he forgot his beloved hockey stick in the hotel. 

I don't know what it is about hockey sticks, but this is not the first time Jeff has forgotten one. Once, he showed up at a tournament and didn't realize he left his sticks at home until he got to the rink. The tournament was in Las Vegas. 

We almost missed our flight home because we had to wait for the hotel to drive his hockey stick to the airport, but we all made it. And now we have a story to tell about our anniversary in Hong Kong. 

7 comments:

  1. Really, how does one forget a hockey stick?! That's so funny. You'd be sadly disappointed with the ice rinks here... teeny tiny and as you can imagine, no one knows how to skate! (Not that I'm a pro... but I'm at least not wobbly!)

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  2. Happy Anniversary, sounds like it was a fun time.

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  3. Hahaha! How could he forget the stick he was so happy abt! ;)

    Glad everything worked out well!

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  4. That was funny! :) The skating ring looked awesome! Could you tell me the address? I might want to check it out when I go there. :)

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  5. @Victoria, here is a link to their website with the address on it. It's actually a pretty cool mall.

    http://www.megabox.com.hk/page.php?page_id=7&mid=3

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  6. Such activities are quite entertaining either by watching or by performing them, either you get to China by reaching Beijing, Hong Kong or a flight to Guangzhou the adventure will be at its best, whichever the city you land in. Such rinks offer for the travellers places to get fully amused and get involved into the adventure.

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