Day 117: Deliveries to Hong Kong & Discovery Bay

If you live in Hong Kong and want to order something from Taobao (a chinese language e-commerce site that rocks), you will have to verify that they will deliver to Hong Kong.  You are in luck if the seller has no problem shipping to Hong Kong.  Further, if you live in Discovery Bay, and they will still ship to you (there is an extra charge to delivery companies when entering Discovery Bay), you will pay a bit more, but it is worth it.  Why is it worth it?

It’s worth it because we ordered some awesome lamps, but they did not deliver to Discovery Bay, so they instead delivered to my wife’s office.  So, after the playgroup in St. John’s Cathedral today, we met up with my wife to help bring them back home.  Here’s the procedure:

  1. There were 2 boxes, so we decided to tape them together to make them easier to carry
  2. My wife takes the little guy, I carry these 2 awkward boxes from her office to the MTR in Lai Chi Kok
  3. Enter the MTR during rush hour with these huge boxes
  4. Get off at Sunny Bay, carry the boxes to the bus, and enter the bus to Discovery Bay
  5. Try to get the boxes into the bus storage area (where you put strollers and other bulky things), but the boxes are too big, so they instead sit in the aisle
  6. Get to the Plaza where the bus terminal is to change busses, and realize it is 15 minutes until the bus to our apartment leaves, and we are dangerously close to the little guy’s meal time & bed time, so we decide to walk home
  7. Walk home, carrying awkward boxes up hill in the heat, humidity, and potential rain

It was a good workout, but we decided next time we must not just ask “do you ship to Hong Kong?”  Instead we must ask, “do you ship to Discovery Bay.”  Lesson learned.  See the photo below to see the size of the bundle I carried.  Much easier if someone else who has a truck will deliver it, right? 😉

why not carry this package on a 1-hour trip thru the Hong Kong public transportation system during rush hour?
why not carry this package on a 1-hour trip thru the Hong Kong public transportation system during rush hour?
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