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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: http://s251.photobucket.com/albums/gg311/draftwrite/ …..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 May 19th 2013

May 19, 2013 (Hong Kong All checked in and ready to board at the HKG Airport. Built on the island of Chek Lap Kok, an island largely reclaimed specifically for the construction of the airport itself. We have a 3 hour flight to Chengdu and are all looking forward to meeting up with the SPPH ophthalmology team there. The airport is an impressive layout, one of the largest and busiest passenger and cargo airports in the world. Very new and modern, it has all the amenities one could wish for - from Jimmy Choo shoes to Swatch and Starbucks. We fly Air China, which from previous experience has always been a pleasant service oriented carrier...i.e. they serve lunch!... read more

Asia » Hong Kong » Kowloon May 18th 2013

May 18, 2013 (Kowloon) After a great breakfast buffet in the hotel, we split into groups and did our own exploring of the Hong Kong area. It is quite warm, muggy and overcast - hot and humid! (30° C; 94% humidity). The CCEW team went up north of the city to see a Buddhist Temple of some repute. Dr. Farris took a group to wander through his Hong Kong 'hood'...those who've been here before know about Regal Jewellers and the Houston tailor shop. Next up for the group is dim sum - a style of Cantonese food prepared as small bite-sized or individual portions of food traditionally served in small steamer baskets or on small plates. Dim sum is typically served as fully cooked and ready-to-serve dishes carted around the restaurant for customers to choose their ... read more
Hong Kong Weather
The inimitable Peninsula Hotel
Paul and mangos

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
Bubba's

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Asia » Hong Kong » Kowloon May 17th 2013

May 17, 2013 (Kowloon) We made it! CX885 touched down after 14 hours and 33 minutes of flight to a warm and humid Hong Kong. We all caught up on movies and reruns of TV shows during the flight. We passed through immigration with ease, and then gathered up our luggage and 3 taxis to the Harbor Plaza Metropolitan Hotel in the Tsim Sha Tsui area of Kowloon and in our rooms before 9 PM local time. We've stayed here before (typically we stay at the YMCA hotel), but because the Y was full, we stay here - they strike a good package deal for us. Everyone was a bit tired, but not too bad considering the length of the trip on a full flight. We met up with Paul Chen on this flight, so slowly ... read more
Mountain tops
LAX bus ride to International Terminal
Bussing it...

Asia » Hong Kong » Kowloon May 17th 2013

This story has a nice ending. Insomnia at 3 am...so I turn to problem solving: When we travel, I usually carry an extra stash of electronics to help connectivity issues - plug adapters, cords, flash drives, etc. I tried something new - to make them more accessible during the airport stays and flights - and put them in a small nylon pouch about the size of a shaving kit. I forgot it on the Airport Express van and realized this when we got to LAX. I wasn't sure if I'd lost it or forgotten it on the van. I called Airport Express. Dee the dispatcher answered and said she would contact the driver and try to call me back. She called while we were flying to HKG. I didn't answer. No voicemail. I called her back ... read more

Asia » Hong Kong » Kowloon May 17th 2013

An aerial satellite view of Hong Kong Bay.... read more

Asia » Hong Kong » Cheung Chau May 16th 2013

Cheung Chau Bun Festival is one of the most famous traditional festival in Hong Kong.But as a hongkongese, it was my first time to experience this special day. We had camping on the beach one day before Bun,it was just for escape the peak time of going there with the crowd.Of course,you can go to Cheung Chau in 17th May,but you have to queue with thousands of people in order to take the ferry.So it is better to get in before 10am of 17th or one night before it.... read more
Safety in ferry
camp on the beach
Making of Lucky bun

Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island » Wan Chai May 8th 2013

I had endured an uneventful day waiting in the extremely crowded business lounge in Amsterdam punctuated by periodic grazing of beef broth (basically a beef stock cube in warm water), cheese that looked like Scottish fudge and a meat based product which if I was pushed would guess was pork. However, given the Dutch propensity for our equine friends, I fear I may have been wrapping my gherkin in Shergars' distant cousin. I also polished off some chicken wings, the aforementioned gherkins which were the size of bananas and onion rings, Heston Blumnethal take note! Although you will not hear this from Oz Clarke or in the Decanter magazine, these dishes all matched superbly with several glasses of red wine from somewhere or other. Feeling extremely relaxed and looking forward to my luxurious business class flight ... read more




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