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Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island » Wan Chai June 17th 2019

A bit of a delay in writing this blog as we were busy sorting out a few challenges - which I'll outline later - but let me first try to catch up on Hong Kong. In Hong Kong on day two we decided to just take it easy to get used to the heat and the time zone difference, so we set ourselves an easy goal of trying to find the place we used to eat our lunch at 10 years ago. The thing I love about Hong Kong is that the public transportation system is so easy to follow. The tram ran straight in front of our hotel and were really frequent. Hop on at the back and beep your octopus card at the front when you are stepping off. We sat upstairs where Senan ... read more
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Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island » Wan Chai May 18th 2017

Ni hao from Hong Kong. We landed late evening and made our way to our hostel and we're greeted by the lovely Eleanor. A quick check in and dump of the bags and we were in a bar in time for happy hour!! Result. The G and T's were flowing as we had a good catch up. Eleanor had to leave us to catch her flight and we decided it was prob best to go to bed (we had been up since 4am!) The next morning we were up really early to get to the Chinese passport office to try and get our visas. If you didn't already know, we had an absolute nightmare in London trying to get them and gave up in the end. Numerous people had assured us we could get them (with ... read more
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Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island » Wan Chai July 28th 2016

Finally, I’m getting around to writing up my adventures in the Far East and first up was a trip to Hong Kong for a wedding banquet for my good friends Woody and Jenny. Them being such all-round good eggs, quite a large group of us had decided to make the trip out at the end of April to celebrate their recent wedding and we were all arriving in dribs and drabs the weekend before the wedding banquet. I’ve been to HK once before but it was pre my travel blogging days, so even though it wasn’t my first trip there, it gets a write up. Fortunately for me, I finally got around to use all the airmiles I’ve been saving up and booked up a First Class flight one way to HK, the holiday got off ... read more
Kowloon
The Star ferry across the bay from Kowloon
Junk on the fragrant harbour

Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island » Wan Chai April 27th 2015

Well thats it the last day but we still had plenty planned. Up we got, showered and dressed, bags packed and had one last look at the view from our room before checking out. Once we checked out of we headed to the metro to the Admiralty area and a walk up the hill through Hong Kong Park to catch the Peak Tram to the top of Victoria Peak on Asia's oldest funicular tram which runs to the top through the high rise buildings. At the top is Peak Tower an anvil-shaped building with shops and restaurants within it. Once inside you can pay to go out onto the roof, this is worth doing just for the 360 degree views over Hong Kong and the surrounding area, simply amazing, it was a hazy day but the ... read more
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Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island » Wan Chai March 8th 2015

March 8 2015- I have 10 more work days and 14 more days total in Hong Kong. It has been an amazing 2+ years living in Hong Kong. Professionally, I have grown a lot and learned how to embrace and understand different cultures better than in the past. I have worked on my patience and learned different ways to approach a situation. The most growth was being able to realize after 20+years in the industry that is okay to stand up for myself, and to say NO and not worry that the client or person will be upset. The education and growth learned from this experience is invaluable. From a personal side, I have met amazing people and developed wonderful friendships which I will keep with me and nurture, seeing each other on a regular basis ... read more
Cora and Ethan
Thai Food dinner
Tuck Tuck ride to the airport

Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island » Wan Chai January 10th 2015

Hello my fellow travellers! Today has been a good day filled to the brim with Chinese heritage sites. I begun the day with visit to the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery (fair warning, it's not actually a monastery since there are no monks living here, the temple is run by laymen). It's a sweaty hike up a steep hill to reach the monastery and the path there is lined with golden statues. I must admit that some of the statues here are really creepy and not in the good creepy awe-inspiring way but in a just plain creepy way. Regardless it's a nice place to visit and definitely worth you time. After the visit to the monastery I made my way to the Che Kung Temple which is absolutely amazing, it is a Ming Dynasty temple dedicated ... read more
Che Kung Temple
Fung Yin Seen Koon Temple
Tsui Sing Lau Pagoda

Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island » Wan Chai January 8th 2015

Hello my fellow travellers! After a long flight from Copenhagen to Istanbul to Hong Kong I've finally arrived in this wonderful city and I love it already! It's a bustling metropolis and it's night-sky is lit up by tonnes of lights. It is such an amazing place and I look forward to seeing more of it. So far today I haven't really done much since I arrived fairly late and was delayed first from Copenhagen and then again from Istanbul due to snow. The flights has still been good though, Turkish Airlines are a really nice company, they served food even on the short flight of less than three hours and every seat has a great entertainment centre with a truck-load of good movies. They also handed out slippers and a good sleepers kit. Thumbs up! ... read more
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Old Bank of China Building
That's a Lot of Food!

Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island » Wan Chai December 15th 2014

What a lazy day. Slept until 08:30 and then worked on computer looking for info about Lijiang Airport. Finally by 11:30 I was out and going to deliver my bag of laundry. Whereas my few pieces cost $335HKD at the Nina Tower Hotel here at the downtown Laundry for 6 pieces I paid $60HKD. The clothes will be ready by six tomorrow. Then into the MTR at Central and to Admiralty to find the Flagstaff Museum where the teapot collection of K.S.Lo is housed. The man became rich by selling Vitasoy products all over the world. He donated his collection of teapots to the city when he heard that Flagstaff House was going to be turned into a museum after being the residence of the Commander of British Forces in HK. In 1984 it became the ... read more
High Court ...  Four Escalators Up
Mid-Levels Reaching to the Peak
Teamwork Beautifies the Fountain

Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island » Wan Chai December 10th 2014

The first full day in HK began with a tall americano and a dull danish at the nearest Starbucks. Used some computer time there but was somewhat uninspired by the ambiance... none.... and a guy discussing weighty financial matters loud enough for me to go check the HangSeng! Ambling thru the glass structures the Pier was attained. The search was for Central Pier 9. From this spot would depart the nite cruise around Victoria Harbour. Walking past the opening for the underground passage, debris from previous demonstrations was encountered. Following a group of domestic tourists, the street was crossed and the pier was in view. On the way, buildings arranged along the water front attracted my attention. With glee I discovered the Maritime Museum. It was only 10:45. The whole day lay ahead of me. There ... read more
Walkway to Piers and Ferries
The Boat Not Taken
Dock Workers Before Containers

Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island » Wan Chai December 10th 2014

HongKong Central is where all the money is. People are dressed to the nines; men in suits and ties with wrinkle free white shirts sporting real shoes, women in tailored outfits with matching pumps, handbags, hairdoos and makeup, all traipsing past Gucci, Paiget, Lalique, Cartier, Bulgari /Bulgravi, Mont Blanc and all those other names too. And amognst this jungle of designer wear and high finance housed in ever higher reaching glass spindles n the sky who comes along but Barbara in her MEC pants, beat up hiking boots and raspberry red backpack. I am wearing a Ralph Lauren shirt knockoff with polo rider and altered made-to-fit-the-length-of my-arm-sleeves. And I did buy comfy black and yellow sandals at the Stanley Street Market. I trudged up Ice House Road to number 38 and found the MiniCentral Hotel ... ... read more




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