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Asia » Hong Kong March 29th 2013

On the map, the Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens look like any of the city’s other green spaces. In reality, the gardens are located in the Mid-Levels (i.e., on the lower reaches of Victoria Peak), which means that getting there involves an uphill hike. I’d started the day at St. John’s Cathedral, which dates back to 1849. Although it’s now surrounded by office buildings, the cathedral was very peaceful on the morning that I visited, as there weren’t many tourists out and about. The cathedral is fairly austere inside. Prior to the Second World War, there were numerous plaques and other memorials on the walls, but these were stripped by the Japanese during their occupation of Hong Kong, when they used the building as a social club. Leaving the cathedral, I followed Garden Road past ... read more
Botanical Garden (2)
Zoological Garden (1)
Zoological Garden (2)

Asia » Hong Kong » Kowloon March 18th 2013

HONG KONG TO THE VOLENDAM - MONDAY - I woke up this morning a little wiser. I went outside, walked a short block and had breakfast for under $4. US at a small restaurant. I couldn’t handle all that food at the buffet again. Weather was OK but foggy again. Went back to the hotel, got my bags and went downstairs to check out. First attempt presented me with itemization that charged me for the room I had prepaid. No problem, system error the lady said and a corrected bill was prepared, this time correct. The ship was berthed in a new area in the heart of the commercial port, so many of the taxi drivers didn’t know where it was. The Holland America line prepared the address in English and Chinese. Good move since many ... read more
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Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island March 17th 2013

We arrived today in Hong Kong around 17.00 local time. And as its St. Patricks day we decided we could at least have one beer. But I think we might have forgotten one thing... We are not in Bangkoks Kaosan Road and you don't just walk out of your hotel and find a bar in Hong Kong. After of hour of exploring we ended up having fried rice wich could be Katrins national dish if I didn't know better and a beer in a western Chinese place...! I did see one bar in our walk and we managed to back track over there and now sitting, googling irish bars in Hong Kong! Should we go and celebrate like we ware Irish (we used to play football for an Irish football team at least)? Or is it ... read more
Big cow... And Katrin
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Beer number 1

Asia » Hong Kong » Kowloon March 17th 2013

KOWLOON SUNDAY Sunday in Hong Kong reminds me of the movie “Sunday in New York” which reminds me of “The World of Suzie Wong” starring Nancy Kwan. (The tour guide yesterday wanted to know if I was looking for Suzie Wong as we drove through the area where the movie was shot). Other well known movies of the 40s and 50s were shot on location here; “Love Is A Many Splendored Thing” and others I can’t remember now. I had another breakfast at the buffet and then walked to church, the Rosary Church. They have masses in English and in Chinese. Surprise, I went to the English one. It is a small, pretty church surrounded by tall buildings and the service was packed with people. On my walk back to the hotel I was again approached ... read more
ROSARY CHURCH EXTERIOR
ROAD SIGN
MY LAMBORGHINI

Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island March 17th 2013

Dua always told me to drink more. So it is no my fault...... read more
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Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island March 16th 2013

Off we go... First travel blog tomorrow from Hong Kong Dua and Katrin ... read more

Asia » Hong Kong » Kowloon March 16th 2013

HONG KONG SATURDAY - I woke up somewhat refreshed and starting to adjust to the after effects of the long day, shaved, showered and in a change of clothes I headed down to the breakfast buffet which was packaged with my internet access. What a bargain! Expensive breakfast paired with expensive internet equals expensive package but at least a little less than if bought separately. What a buffet it is though. Standard items you would find in most good hotel buffets, but some exotic fruits I hadn’t even heard of or tried before, so I tried some and they were very good. I walked outside of the hotel to check the temperature and plan my day. I decided on a half day tour of Hong Kong Island. I’m starting to realize how big this small territory ... read more
SIDEWALK RESTAURANTS
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Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island March 15th 2013

There’s at least one company (Key West Express for example) that advertises that “getting there is half the fun”. I don’t know that it applies to getting to Asia. I remember that as a youth I would always ask my father "are we there yet?" when on what seemed like a long trip. This is a long trip. I’m writing this chapter in Seoul, South Korea (actually Incheon Airport) during my five hour layover to Hong Kong. I got up Thursday morning at 4:00 am in Sarasota and got to Detroit for my transfer flight at 12:30 pm to this airport. Everything went smoothly on the 14 hour flight from Detroit to here. It was a Boeing 777 and I had purchased an upgrade to economy class which was a good value for me. But, to ... read more

Asia » Hong Kong » Yuen Long March 12th 2013

After whining about not getting a no-pay job in New Zealand. I've finally got an offer from the Big Bay Holiday Park located at Awhitu Peninsula. It's located near the beach, so I'm expecting sand, sea breeze and sunshine. It's my first job in New Zealand, getting pretty excited right now. Since quiting my job, life has been quite meaningless and empty. Somehow writing this blog kind of gives me a new goal every day. It's the only way I won't give up writing and forget how to type when I'm back later. When I was browsing the information about New Zealand earlier, it suddenly hit me that Easter is approaching. Thus, New Zealand won't be occupied by foreign travelers but domestic ones too. Anyways, this is the link of the place I will be working ... read more

Asia » Hong Kong » Yuen Long March 11th 2013

After quiting my job, it's finally time for me to start finding an accomodation in Auckland. However, the no-pay job hunting thing is so much harder than I expected. I've sent over 10 emails so far, but still no one could provide me a place to stay. I'm growing more and more desperate day by day. Honestly I've underestimated how difficult it is to find a no-pay job in Auckland, especially the weather there is so good now. Luckily I'm a very optimistic person. Throughout this harsh no-pay job hunting process, I still believe that I could eventually find a place to stay. The worst scenerio is paying for a hostel. That's like my last resort. Fingers crossed. There is less than one week to go. May God bless me and get me through this.... read more




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