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Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island August 23rd 2013

After our fever pitch excitement was destroyed by our flight cancellation, we managed a stressful negotiation to get on an early Qantas flight to Hong Kong. Harry got our averages up early with a high volume , high liquid spew just prior to our decent. We are one for one in the vomit per travel leg.... Waiting for the next flight to Heathrow.... Ben sickish, Isobel sore jaw, Tom Waterhouse would have us in the red.... read more

Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island » Wan Chai July 30th 2013

Now what? Now where? In my world of finite resources and the fear of running out of them. Do I stretch them a bit further or embark on some future plans? that will make the Gobi seem like the proverbial cake walk. After all that’s what this has been about, transition and hopefully a little strength building for an uncertain future. Perhaps a little trip from Ulaan to Lake Baikal, just over the Mongolian border then on to find Solzhenitsyn’s Gulags, as I have been enjoying a certain discipline of the travel, taking photos and writing about it. Friday we came into Ulaan from the Festival, saw the Kiwi contingent off about 10pm that night and Hamish Sunday morning for China, so Monday morning I am looking for visa help from travel agent, only to find ... read more
Kids enjoying day out with the transport
Mares Milk Cafes

Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island » Aberdeen July 18th 2013

Hong Kong has almost become a second home to us, we know the city so well and visit so often, on our last visit, Neil had the idea of doing something different to what we normally do! Being the big kids we are, we decided to pay Ocean Park a visit. Not just an ordinary theme park, it opened in 1977 and has since grown to 35 attractions and rides – there is the amusement park part of Ocean Park as well as an oceanarium, marine mammal park and animal attractions, along with observatories, laboratories, education department and a whales and dolphins fund. Apparently, the park has won several awards, including the world’s 7th most popular amusement park and Forbes’ 33rd most visited tourist attraction in the world! Getting There We really couldn’t have chosen a ... read more
'Old Hong Kong'
Repulse bay and harbour
'Old Hong Kong'

Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island June 19th 2013

Hong Kong Summer is here. To many people, the idea of summer is all blue skies, fluffy clouds and of course, sunshine! Every year, however, I am reminded that a Hong Kong summer is not quite that! Hong Kong summer requires me to carry round a pair of sunglasses as well as an umbrella, all the time! At any moment, the weather can change, and if you are caught without an umbrella, it is often not even possible to just get a bit wet....because it's usually torrential! I have been here for almost six years, and I still made this mistake the other day! Walking around Causeway Bay in the busy Times Square, it started to sprinkle a bit so I thought, I'm fairly close to the shopping mall, I'll just walk a bit faster. No, ... read more
Dragon Boat Festival Dumplings
French cafe in Soho
My favourite tree!

Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island June 18th 2013

Headed south to the ancient city of Dali, with its impressive gateways and towering central pagoda and took a day-hike up into the surrounding Cang Shan mountain range for views over Erhai lake in the valley below. Scrambled beyond the usual tourist trails up overgrown paths up to a rocky landslide before heading down via peaceful Zonghe temple and its fusion of Buddhist-Tao imagery. Returning to our guest house enjoyed a handy mandarin lesson from our tour-leader, followed by a yak-burger meal and a few beers soaking up the atmosphere at a street-side bar. Next was a fleeting visit to the nearby city of Kunming - chatted about chinese politics with a friendly retired engineer and watched a spectacular laser and fountain show at Green Lake Park, before flying out the next day from the giant, ... read more
Water feature
South Gate at night
Cliff path


Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island June 12th 2013

So today is the Tuen Ng Festival which means Day off from work.... May post more pics later- I am going to head out in a bit to travel/ explore some of the small /side streets in the neighbourhood about a 20 min walk from here which is still more traditional Hong Kong. I am so excited for July ... One of my friends who I made in Hong Kong and I are going to head to Mynamar in Burma for 4 days ( 6/30 to 7/4) and see the temples, take the the culture and take a cooking class. We are also staying at a 5 Star hotel so we will check out the pool and spa too.. We are staying at the Govenor's Residence Hotel- here is the link so you can check it ... read more

Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island May 25th 2013

Friday night we had a little work party to say good bye to our co- worker Adeline who is heading back to Singapore next week and for my team to be able to see my apartment. Originally it was going to be a BBQ in the nice pool side/ BBQ area but with the weather, decided not to chance it and I rented out the Function room in my complex.... They provide glasses, plates, full kitchen, etc and they clean up afterwards- that was the nice part- I just had to bring the extra beer/ wine and food up to my place. About 22 people showed up which was good. I had ordered a ton of food from a nice gourmet shopping market in Hong Kong ( Olivers) - had veggie platters, antipasto platters, sandwiches, small ... read more
Hellen and Fanny
Adeline and Ben

Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island May 23rd 2013

Not much new really in Hong Kong but so much has been going on around the world!!! I still can't wrap my head around the bombing which happened in my beloved city, Boston... Start to move on from that and my dear friend Heather loses her husband to a tragic motorcycle accident. Her husband Tony was dead on impact , by the grace of God , her son Tony who was on the motorcycle too was thrown on to the grass and was fine- just some bumps and bruises. My friend Heather is one of the sweetest, giving, faithful and loving person I know- my heart aches for her and her family. Then the poor people in Okalahoma living thru the whole town being devastated by the Tornado. Probably the saddest news this week was 2 ... read more

Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island » The Peak May 21st 2013

New photos on: …..Xiang Gang, or Hong Kong, as you & I know it, is now a part of China yet still apart. It is pretty autonomous in many ways & having spent such a long time under the influence of the British it's quite different from the mainland. An ex-colleague has been living there for a couple of years & suggested we visit. Lisa is a really lovely Canadian lady who is preparing to get married in July before moving to Vietnam with her French husband. A group of teachers from our school plan to go to Hong Kong during the 5 days of the Labour Day holiday. As usual there is attrition & in the end only Julie & I make it..... .....this blog is a bit late as the internet, already only ... read more
Night Skyline, Hong Kong
High Density, Causeway, Hong Kong
Dockers Strike, Hong Kong

Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island » The Peak May 18th 2013

May 18, 2013 (Victoria's Peak, Hong Kong Island) As Dr. Farris likes to say - "its tradition". Around 5 PM local time we all met up at the Star Ferry landing on the Kowloon side to take the ferry over to Hong Kong island. Dominated by the world's 8th tallest office building - the 88 story International Finance Center, the Hong Kong skyline is an impressive endless line of high rise buildings. As the sun sets, the city's buildings are lit up with a variety of interesting and unique lighting schemes. Viewing this cityscape from Victoria's peak gives one a breathtaking view of the skyline. Many evenings the cloud layer is just above (sometimes just below) you, and the city lights reflect off the canvas of swirling mist and fog. The Peak has a viewing deck ... read more
View of the City

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