A 10.45am Tram Jam

I was on the way back to Wanchai from Happy Valley, sitting quite comfortably on the tram when it suddenly came to a halt. This was just after the tram had left Tonnochy station.

Everyone just sort of looked at each other and a few people started getting off. The driver was out on the pavement and telling us that there’d been an accident ahead, our tram could not pass.

Fortunately I wasn’t carrying anything too heavy (besides a huge belly) and the route home was near and familiar.

No need to pay, umm sai bei qin” the driver called out. He’d switched off the octopus reader and was just waving his hands gesturing for all of us to be on our merry way to find some other means of getting to our respective destinations.

I got off the tram and wanted to see what exactly was blocking our passage. There didn’t seem to be any apparent obstruction on the tracks or the road ahead.

Walking further along the road, I saw a bus which had stopped past the traffic lights in the middle of the intersection of Hennessey towards Heard Street.

There was the bus driver making some notes and taking photos of the bus. I couldn’t see any vehicle that it had run into though. There didn’t seem to be any apparent or significant damage.

Cars and buses were making their way around the stalled bus but the trams didn’t seem to want to try passing even though I thought there’d be sufficient space. These HK trams are pretty narrow, but I guess the drivers don’t want to risk getting stuck and compounding the situation.

It’ll probably take an hour or two to get a tow truck for the bus, so if you’re heading westbound you might want to catch the MTR or bus instead.

Or if you’re close enough, just go on foot as the temperature is just fantastic today despite the pollution 🤔

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New MTR exit and underpass in Wan Chai now open

Updated 2019: Hear hear, an opinion in SCMP that reflects my sentiments….

If you live in the Avenue on Lee Tung Street, you’ve now got a nice underground walkway to get you to the Wan Chai MTR station without navigating street traffic across Johnston Road. This underpass took around two and a half years to build so I’m relieved it’s finally done.

To get to it, take either escalator or lift down to the basement where the supermarket is and walk along the corridor until you get to the end where you’ll see an escalator taking you down to the tunnel.

Okay, so it’s escalators in the middle, stairs to the right. What about barrier free access?

Initially I thought this was a ramp. (Yay!). But no… it’s a lift for wheelchairs 🤔🧐.

The big pain is that you can’t just use it like in other buildings, you have to call the staff to switch it on. (Call in advance! 3791 2103) That is just so lame. Why couldn’t they just put in a ramp or just leave it on for the convenience of anyone in need of it. Why create another step and waiting time?? MTR Corp you are slowing down my journey!!! Hell, I’ll just use the escalator for my stroller. I feel sorry for the wheelchair users.

When you do get down into the tunnel, it’s nice and wide (at least 3 meters wide), slopes uphill going to mtr station and downhill if you’re walking to Lee Tung Avenue. From the design of it, Sino Land and Hopewell seem to expect a crowd heading in their direction. I suppose this is in anticipation of their next development and continued connection to Hopewell Center II. There are spaces created for a few new retailers in the station too.

That’s a new circle K shop coming up next to the platform lift (under repair until May 2018).

And here’s another shop undergoing renovation on the left opposite Circle K. Not sure what it is yet.

I’m not sure if behind this white sheet there will be a shop or an advertising installation. You can see beyond it however that there’s a corridor for future expansion into Southorn Playground’s new underground mall when that gets done.

So this exit is D and here’s a reminder of the opening hours.

I guess the arcade corridor access and lifts to the surface remain operational during these hours too. Check out the promotions from the basement arcade shops below.

Kamachi Pro Sport Shop- Wetsuits and rash guards all year round

If you’re looking for a simple non-fancy wetsuit in an easy to find location, Kamachi Pro Sport is a great place to pick one up.

Prices are relatively inexpensive and quality is decent, they have several of the usual designs (with or without zip, front or back zip, long or short, black or patterned etc).

The two lady staff are helpful and friendly, mostly Cantonese speaking but with the simple selection, it isn’t difficult to point out what you need in simple hand gestures. There’s a small area at the back of the shop where you can try on the suits behind a curtain.

The swimsuits and rash guards occupy the top hanging shelf and the wetsuits for kids and adults are below. The selection looked fuller in the summer, it that’s probably because it was summertime swimming season and more stock and sizes were out on display.

Here’s a kids wetsuit. Same one we got for my kid except that it’s now on 20% discount.

Here’s a sleeveless neoprene vest for adults. Ah….., it reminds me of the days when I used to go diving off Malaysia.

These are the adult rashguards (kid sizes also available).

And these are some exercise mats for yoga or just general stretching. Very cheap, less than 100 HKD per mat.

The shop sells other swim related stuff like goggles, swim hats, and dive related stuff like wet shoes. They also have a small selection of exercise training equipment.

This is what it looks like from the front, it’s between two tea shops on Johnston Road opposite Tai Yau Plaza, right on the intersection of Johnston and Wanchai Road.

More locations are listed on their card ☝️if you’re not in Wan Chai.