Blogs from Wan Chai, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong, Asia - page 3


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 » 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

Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island » Wan Chai April 4th 2013

Before meeting my friend for dim sum, I wandered around Wan Chai for about an hour. I thought I'd been there before and was surprised to realize none of it looked familiar to me. But it made the wander even more enjoyable since I was constantly discovering new things around each corner. I met my friend around noon and we went to a well-known seafood and dim sum restaurant. It was--without a doubt--the best dim sum I've ever had. We spent three hours stuffing ourselves silly and catching up and talking about future plans. After she went back to the mainland for the holiday, I shopped a little, had some coffee, and decided to check out the laser light show again. I hadn't seen it in years and forgot how huge the crowds were. While it's ... read more
Cold noodles and green vegetables
Steamed vegetable and mushroom dumplings
Shrimp and crab dumpling soup

Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island » Wan Chai March 1st 2013

So...the last few days of my trip I wanted to see Hong Kong again after 10 years is stellar! I love Hong Kong....Maybe Vancouver, New York and Hong Kong for the best cities in the world. I went to Happy Valley horse cares one night and just walked and walked around Hong Kong Island, the Peak, over to Kowloon eating, drinking and soaking up the international flavour. I could spend much more time there for sure!... read more
Amazing it!
Hong Kong Street Scene
Ahhh.... I miss the races

Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island » Wan Chai January 4th 2013

Endlich wieder Zivilisation. Nach einigen Tagen in Hong Kong wird mir erst einmal bewusst, was für eine Nummer das in Peking überhaupt war. Natürlich beginnt man schon in den letzten Tagen seines Aufenthaltes damit, die Ereignisse der letzten Monate zu reflektieren. Trotzdem wird mir jetzt mit ein bisschen Abstand darauf erst einmal klar, was dies für eine besondere Erfahrung war. Wie einfach das Leben sein kann, wenn man nicht mehr mit seinen Händen sprechen muss und sich normal mit den Leuten unterhalten kann, hatte ich schon fast vergessen. Für mich ist Hong Kong nach meinem 3 ½ monatigen Pekingaufenthalt mit seinen ca. 7 Millionen Einwohnern und mit seinen über 8.000 Wolkenkratzern fast schon ein Naherholungsgebiet. Die Luft ist nicht verschmutzt, man hat nicht 24 Stunden am Tag ein Hupgeräusch um sich herum, die Autos bleiben bei ... read more

Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island » Wan Chai January 2nd 2013

Planning: I have been a chef for over 20 years now and I have always had a soft spot for Asia, don’t ask me why maybe I used to be Chinese in a past life, but basically I just love their food!! It is because of this fascination that 2 years ago I decided to plan a trip to Asia; it started as a week’s holiday in Hong Kong for the Chinese New Year and has evolved into a 2 month back-packing trip covering 3 countries, 8 cities and totalling 20,000 miles!! During these last 2 years I have researched all aspects of my trip, where I wanna go, what I wanna see, when to go, places to stay. The details of my trip have changed so much that my original plans ... read more
Packing started!
Confirmations printed!

Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island » Wan Chai December 5th 2012

Hong Kong is a sultry kind of place and is like living in a cloud. My hotel is in Wan Chai where old, ugly, colourful buildings stand high above the streets and trams shuttle past busy pavements. My balcony overlooks an apartment block and I can spy on two by one metre squares of the tenants lives. Many people watch television on unfeasibly large screens in tiny rooms. Red and gold daily calenders are on the walls. One man sits alone and stares into space smoking. Another, his kitchen full of pots and pans, chops tomatoes. Washing dries on the barred windows outside - underwear, trousers and t-shirts. Somebodies blue and white striped boxer shorts have fallen onto a window ledge and I wonder if they will ever be retrieved. I also think I should stop ... read more

Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island » Wan Chai November 10th 2012

I met a friend for lunch, but as luck would have it, the Mexican restaurant didn't open until noon and it was only 11am! Well, off to see the area and check out a gourmet popcorn shop he knew about. We ate it on a rooftop of a mall--nice and quiet up there. It was like finding a hidden quiet spot in the middle of the city. I'm sure it's a nice respite for those in the middle of a long work day. After lunch we saw the new James Bond movie. It's not showing on the mainland yet and there's no way I'm taking the chance that it might not be one of the 20 selected foreign films allowed into the country for the year. 007 was excellent, to say the least. We were on ... read more
Clear Day!
What's this?
A Gay Pride Parade!

Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island » Wan Chai October 30th 2012

I remember the first time I traveled out of the Philippines by myself to attend my Aunt's wedding. I didn't have my own camera back then so I had a very limited number of photos. Nevertheless, it was an experience I will never forget -- my first time to see huge double-decker buses in Hongkong, amazing doves perched by the sidewalk along the bayside, my first time to ride a ride-hand drive taxi, my first stay at Hotel Nikko Hongkong and my first tour up the Victoria Peak on board a tram.... read more
driving by the Mandarin Plaza Hotel
a stop at DFS Galleria :)
approaching the Hotel Nikko Hongkong

Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island » Wan Chai October 23rd 2012

Today is officially 99 days till I jump on a plane and head to Asia, I know it’s a bit early to start my blog but I’m just so excited!! For over 2 years now I have been planning this trip using the internet, guide books and the travel channel to get information and inspiration, it all started with the simple idea of going to Asia to see the celebrations for the Chinese New Year/Spring Festival! The more I researched my trip the more i started to add other things I wanted to see and do like the Terracotta Army, the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, and so my plans for a one week holiday evolved into a 2 month trip back packing around Asia! I worked really hard this year in ... read more

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