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Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island March 6th 2024

Tour Day 145 – SA 02 MAR 2024 – Hong Kong, China – The ship arrived on time and disembarkation began as scheduled. I retrieved my luggage, proceeded to the Uber pick-up location and began to summon an Uber. I began by calling up the IHG app to get the address of the “Holiday Inn Express Causeway Bay Hong Kong, an IHG Hotel” where (I thought) I had made a reservation. I was told I had “No Future Stays,” so I booked my room online without any problems. I went to the Uber app and summoned my ride (apparently) selecting my drop-off location as “Holiday Inn Express, 33 Sharp St E, Bowrington” from the dropdown provided. The Uber driver, who spoke virtually no English, arrived and took me to the point Google Maps and the Uber ... read more
A Little Bit ‘o This and a Little Bit o’ That
A Little Bit ‘o This and a Little Bit o’ That
A Little Bit ‘o This and a Little Bit o’ That

Asia » Hong Kong » Kowloon » Kowloon City March 2nd 2024

Tour Days 143 & 144, Cruise Days 41 & 42 – Days at Sea – Both days were spent getting ready to depart ms Westerdam. I turned in my laundry and should be good to go until I get home in three weeks (counting days to return, no; counting clean underwear, yes). Both days found me spending a little time at the casino and visiting the several pubs scattered around the ship. For this two-week segment, Tokyo (Yokohama) to Hong Kong, I purchased the drinks package so I could sample cocktails I have never tried or haven’t had for so many years I cannot remember. My “never have had” list is exhaustive – Whiskey Sour, Old Fashion, Manhattan, Martini, Negroni, Tom Collins and on and on. I have lived a pretty sheltered life in the larger, ... read more
Aboard ms Westerdam
Aboard ms Westerdam
Aboard ms Westerdam

Asia » Hong Kong » Kowloon February 28th 2024

I discovеrеd a hostеl and pеrhaps namеd thе Travеlеr's Hostеl. It is locatеd in Tsim Sha Tsui and Kowloon and on Mody Road. Today was a vеry walkin' day for mе. I droppеd down my drеss so thе zippеr could bе adjustеd. Thosе budgеt hostеls arе still hiddеn from mе. Thеrе's morе work to bе donе in thе mornin'. Whilе I was out today and it startеd to rain and so I took a covеrеd sеat in a pеdеstrian "rеst arеa" an' rеad. Thе ground lеvеl of this buildin' is homе to thе tailor whеrе my drеss is locatеd (Lyton Buildin'). Thе third floor housеs an Indian rеstaurant as wеll. In this rеgion and it sееms that mеn who look Indian arе thе onеs who stand outsidе thеir storеs handin' out brochurеs an' askin' individuals who ... read more

Asia » Hong Kong » Kowloon February 27th 2024

My flight was dеlayеd by morе than thirty minutеs. I was ablе to purchasе a tickеt for thе Cityfliеrs busеs an' boardеd thе highеr lеvеl to start my journеy into thе city. It madе mе think of thе largе rеd bus that wе took to thе confеrеncе in Tianjin. I guеss only in thе samе way as thе hеight; it was considеrably slееkеr. It wasn't too hard to gеt to Mong Kok and but I had troublе findin' thе accommodation I had bookеd. Upon conductin' additional rеsеarch in LP and I havе concludеd that I do not wish to rеmain thеrе. I еmailеd thеm to inquirе about rеsеrvations an' potеntial long tеrm stay discounts and an' thеy rеpliеd that thеy wouldn't providе mе a significant discount. I am gonna movе to a lеss еxpеnsivе part of ... read more

Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island February 3rd 2024

Tour Day116, Cruise Day 14 – Day at Sea Tour Day 117, Cruise Day 15 – Day at Sea – While on a shore excursion in Laem Chabang (Bangkok), Thailand on 23 JAN, I visited the Pattaya Buddha Mountain and, while gawking at the surroundings and not paying attention to the task at hand (walking), I missed a single step down from the sidewalk to the parking lot, lost my balance, fell and stretched out my right hand to break my fall. No bounce, just plop! OUCH!!! I paid a visit to the ship’s infirmary upon return to the ship, and Xray revealed I had severely cracked my right radius (the big bone in the forearm) just below the elbow. Fortunately, there was no displacement, and a splint (half a cast) was applied to keep everything ... read more
From Aboard ms Westerdam
From Aboard ms Westerdam
From Aboard ms Westerdam

Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island July 22nd 2023

A quick day trip to Hong Kong. This time I took the train from Shenzhen North Station to West Kowloon Station. The train journey was really quick, only 20 minutes and I like the ticketless travel. However, the journey was really boring as it was mainly through tunnels so nothing to see and Hong Kong immigration took forever as it was so busy. Also West Kowloon Station isn't directly connected to the MTR so we had to walk through a mall for about 5-10 minutes to reach it. Subway to Hong Kong station was nice and quick and from there we walked up to Central. Although I have been to Hong Kong a few times and visited quite a bit of it, there are always new places to discover, even in areas and districts that I ... read more
Central
Central
Central

Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island June 17th 2023

Hi All, I had few days to spend in the Fragrant Harbour before I flew back to the UK. I had to see the rubber ducks in the Harbour so I took the Star Ferry over to Central,Hong Kong Island, and walked along the harbour to see them. They are cute and lovely and there were quite a few people there taking snaps. Enjoy the photos JAH BLESS... read more
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Asia » Hong Kong » Ping Chau Island May 2nd 2023

I was up and after checking out of my hotel made my way via the subway to Central Pier. Today I was visiting Peng Chau, another of Hong Kong's many islands and I was looking forward to seeing somewhere new. I ended up grabbing another sandwich and coffee, and scoffing them down before the ferry arrived. Since the holiday was over, the ferry wasn't too busy, but I was a little surprised at how many people were on it. Since the ferry was then going on to Hei Ling Chau, which houses a medium security prison, I wondered if some of the people were off there to visit. The ferry journey to Peng Chau took about thirty minutes and was uneventful. When reading up on Peng Chau, it said online that it was a small island ... read more
Peng Chau
Peng Chau
Peng Chau

Asia » Hong Kong » Lamma Island May 1st 2023

It was a fairly early start as we wanted to take the 8:35 am ferry from Central to Sok Kwu Wan. Also since it was a public holiday I wanted to get there with plenty of time to spare in case the ferry was busy. The subway and walk from the station to the pier were painless, we had been on the lookout for somewhere to grab some breakfast from, but there was nothing about. I ended up with a can of coffee and a ham and egg sandwich from some shops in the ferry terminal building. Not amazing, but they filled the hole. I shouldn't have worried about the ferry as although there were quite a few people queuing there were still plenty of seats left. I love how the boards tell you how many ... read more
Sok Kwu Wan
Sok Kwu Wan
Sok Kwu Wan

Asia » Hong Kong » Lantau Island April 30th 2023

We had a late start to the day. First stop was breakfast, we headed along to Wan Chai subway station and looked for a place near there. We found a restaurant that had an extensive menu of breakfast and other items. I ordered the pork and pickled vegetables noodles. While the restaurant felt very local, I must admit my meal was crap. I had hoped that they would be fried noodles, but they were instant noodles in a watery broth (one of my least favourite things) with a few bits of pork and some pickled veggies. I tried to salvage it by adding lots of chilli paste and vinegar with marginal success. At least I had my coffee to satisfy my need for caffeine. Once done we headed to the subway station and took the subway ... read more
Tai O
Tai O
Tai O




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