train driver

train driver

kai doesn’t, but i do.  i had to pull it out of the dusty recesses of my wallet, as it has not really seen much use in the past three years.  you may remember that we most recently moved from discovery bay, where only buses and golf carts ply the roads.  it has to be one of the only places in the world where you can pay USD$770 a month to lease an EZ-GO (and that doesn’t include green fees).

as a side note, the “driving licences” here in hong kong do not serve the same function they do in the united states.  my california license serves as my primary form of identification.  here in hong kong, residents have a government-issued identification card which you need for everything important.  as a result, the driving licence incorporates no fancy technology, nor has the government seen fit to consult a designer – it looks like something a young kid could duplicate at kinko’s in a few minutes.

sample hong kong driving licence

sample hong kong driving licence

needless to say we did not have a golf cart, but since we have moved to the south side of hong kong island kai has dutifully accepted his place in the car seat and watched as i drive us around.  finally all of the steering wheels found on rides and children’s playgrounds were put into context, and he is happily grabbing on to them and pretending like he is driving.  this is complete with the vrooom humming noise and button pushing.

i use to say that driving was one of the things i missed most when we moved here from the states.  it is still fun, but i have a tough time missing the expensive tanks of gas and maintenance costs.  luckily public transportation in hong kong works really well and is pretty cost effective – we try to help with the environment and our bank account and use it as often as possible.  i’m interested – have rising costs caused you to decrease your driving?

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