Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Grrr, small ferries again

Regus, which provides serviced and virtual offices, recently did a survey and found that an average commute for Hongkongers are 29.2 minutes. The global average is 29.

Only 13 percent -- those of us in the Outlying Islands I can imagine -- have to travel over 45 minutes each way. (Mine, by the way, takes one and a half hours each way).

The main stress of commuting are delays, service interruptions, pollution, overheating, loud mobile phone conversations, rude behavior from other passengers, dangerous drivers, and bad smells from other commuters.

They should add "small ferries" to that list.

Okay, you may say I am spoilt and that I should be grateful there even is a ferry to get me to Central in 25 minutes rather than the Mui Wo-Tung Chung-Central route which will take me an hour at least.

But I really really hate the small fast ferries.

What's wrong with them? They're cramped and claustrophobic, too small to take the regular commuters going to work. We all have to squeeze into every available seat (thus risking the other stresses like bad smells and loud mobile phone conversations).

Plus they're less stable than the big ones so, old hand though I am, I still end up seasick by the time we get into Central.

I suspect our regular big ferry has been given to the profitable Cheung Chau route as First Ferry is a ferry short after one collided with a pilot boat a week or so ago.

So the situation is only temporary, I hope.

In the meantime, it's back to accupressure bands and bottles of sour plum every morning for me. Bah!


  1. I take the ferry from DB to Central every day - and yesterday evening one turned up, just to be taken out of service and we all had to wait 30 minutes for the next one. Even though it was a big ferry, it was packed and crowded. How annoying! I also get seasick - what's the bottle of sour plum you mentioned? What's the name/brand? I might give it a try too. Thanks!

  2. Thank you! I'm so glad I'm not alone in hating crowded ferries. I was worried people would say: "Count your blessings and be glad you even have a ferry, etc etc"

    I get the no-brand sour plums from the ferry piers. They usually stock them on both ends (DB should also have some)so I suspect there are others who get seasick on the ferry too.