Hongkong

I flew from Manila to HongKong. Stayed at one of the cheapest guesthouse I could find in Tsim Sha Tsui area. I was bored and  walking around Nathan Road on my second night and passed this somewhat isolated bar with a man and two women shouting about beers at their premises for HK$10. I like beer, and so I thought that was cheap, so why not check it out?

It was dim inside and the bar was in the basement. I noticed there were only two customers – no wonder they were aggressively promoting it. I was enjoying my drink and the music when a woman asked if she could sit at my table. Then another woman joined her, then another one, then another. They were talking by themselves in Chinese. I guess they were bored as the only other two customers were sitting at the counter.

One girl asked if she could order a drink and I said yes, since it was only a dollar, I thought. After 45 minutes, I asked for the check. I was shocked – it was in the thousands of HongKong Dollars. I said I only ordered two beers and if I paid the other girls’ drinks, that would only cost HK$30. The waiter explained that it was a thousand per hour for the girls, plus their drinks. I argued that I did not order any girls and only agreed to pay for one drink. Then, out of nowhere, a giant guy that looked more like a sumo wrestler than a bouncer was in front of me. I was so intimidated as he seemed ready for a wrestling match and the women were yelling at me now.

So I said Ok, Ok! I pretended to check the bill and look in my money belt. Then I stepped back, grabbed a HK$100 throw it in front of them and ran as fast as I could. I knew there was no way he could catch me as I could run up the highest mountain in South East Asia, but I was also no match in wrestling with a sumo wrestler. I was still running when I noticed two policemen on the other side of the road so I relaxed – I’m safe now . I went back to the guesthouse and told other travelers about it. One traveler said that it was a normal strategy at bars but if I complained to the tourist office, I would get my money back. Well, It’s nice to know but I don’t have much time. I’m also going to Macau and China.