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Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island August 26th 2019

Boarded on time and had the lovely company of a Chinese/Hong Kong resident as my companion to Hong Kong. He didn’t speak much English but a smile says it all. A thorough gentleman. Insisted on making sure I understood the buttons etc. And basically we both slept, ate and acknowledged each other along the way. My sleepy pill only did half it’s job but it was ok and as the lights in the plane came on, breakfast served and time to land. I haven’t been to Hong Kong airport since 1998 shortly after the new airport opened so it was a bit of a new experience. It’s huge! My first time in Hong Kong was in the 80’s when it was the ‘old’ Hong Kong before China rolled in. I vividly remember coming into land between ... read more

Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island August 24th 2019

Hi All, Back to work next week so I decided to head down to Hong Kong for a few days and hit the beach. I stayed in HK Hostel in Causeway Bay which isn't a bad place to stay. The dorm was 10 bed mixed but it was very spacious unlike some hostels in Hong Kong which have rooms like shoeboxes. Also its a great location right next to the Wellcome supermarket and the MTR station. Shek-O beach is so easy to get to, just a few stops up the island line from Causeway Bay and then jump on Bus no.9 to Shek-O. Stay on the bus until it terminates then just walk straight ahead for 100 metres and there is the beautiful beach. The beach has great aminities, toilets, changing areas, showers, lifeguards and ladies ... read more

Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island » Stanley August 16th 2019

Mild turbulence and a thunderstorm welcomes us as we descend into Hong Kong. The ‘refreshment meal’ has been and gone, and it’s dawned on me that airline food is a bit like my old school lunches. Different food of course, but a filler just the same. We ate curried beef brisket earlier, and the chef has just dished out something described as cottage beef pie. What a wild imagination he has. It was OK, served a purpose, but it was like the old school lunches. You know, the sandwiches dad made the night before, wrapped in wax paper, and as dry as the Lake Eyre salt pans by the time lunch came around 15 hours later. It was usually honey, completely absorbed by the bread, or good old vegemite. White bread was the popular choice, which ... read more

Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island » The Peak June 17th 2019

Hong Kong has been a visual delight for me in many ways. Fast paced urban lifestyle goes hand in hand with mother nature. Moreover, I have never visited a place wherein there are mountains, low lying clouds along with sea. Victoria peak garden is a must visit place with its iconic Peak Tram ride. Its a perfect spot to experience best of city skyscrapers and harbor views.I just can't stop myself from repeated clicks. I have been there twice(back to back) and views were completely different. Day 1: It was dense cloudy with very low visibility. I reached Peak garden in morning around 10am and it was pleasant to cold, moist and super foggy with on and off showers due to which my views were getting obstructed. Though I enjoyed the experience as it was exactly ... read more

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

Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island March 12th 2019

just wanted to send a quick note to you all. i was going to update my blog here in hong kong but there is so much to do here and i don't want to spend hours writing my blog. so i think from now on i will be posting my blogs on my sea days so that i don't waste any time at the ports. especially now that the remaining ports will be more interesting. i also had a camera mishap and lost all of my japan photos. i will explain more in my next full blog. and more photos to come as well. stay tuned! cruisin susan :)... read more
"there will always be an England!"

Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island March 2nd 2019

Hi All Before it was time to go back to work we went down to Hong Kong for a few days of warm weather, shopping and an evenings racing at Happy Valley racetrack. Happy Valley was built by the British on the only piece of land on the island that is flat. The locals originally had paddy fields here to grow rice. The British banned the locals from growing rice, drained the paddies and set up the racetrack. Happy Valley is very modern with many restaurants and restaurants. Racing takes place on a Wednesday evening under floodlights which makes for a great spectacle. Enjoy the photos JAH BLESS ... read more

Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island November 8th 2018

We left Kathmandu on a Cathay Dragon flight at 11.30 pm. The flight was only 4 hours-ish long but Hong Kong is 2h 15m ahead of Nepal so day was breaking by the time we landed. Customs and Immigration were straightforward and we exited into a huge modern airport with all the bells and whistles including a shower room. Unfortunately, that was where everything stopped. The signage for the hotel shuttle bus that our research had indicated would get us into the city was either unclear or non-existent and, after some time wandering around, Steve decided it would be better just to 'park' me somewhere with our luggage until he could clarify where to go. At least, that was his explanation and I'm sure it had nothing to do with the fact that She Who Can't ... read more
HK tram
High rises everywhere ...
Social housing?

Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island October 3rd 2018

Hello! So today we were super tourists and did touristy things all day. Well, not all day, we didn't wake up till 10 and didn't leave our room till 11 and didn't finish breakfast until 1, because it then became lunch, and then the girls found some shops so that was a couple of hours...but after that, we did all the touristy stuff. In a truncated format. First up we went to the midlevel escalators, I didn't know what they were but I think probably everybody else does. But in case you share my ignorance, it's the biggest set of escalators in the world that join one level of Hong Kong to the next level with a bunch of shops and restaurants. It's cool. It's a lot cooler when the escalator's going the way you want ... read more
Liam and a pretty ice cream
Little street

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