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Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island » The Peak March 22nd 2014

Today was the first day of school here in Hong Kong as I will be here for the next 7 days visiting companies, touring facilities, and trying not to eat everything in site. The day began at 9AM as all 45 students huddled into a conference room waiting to be debriefed of the day. We had 2 expats come and speak to us about Hong Kong history and opportunities, and it was strange. I had two NON-CHINESE people telling me how to live in Hong Kong and be able to "fit-in" this lifestyle. Its almost like asking Kim Kardashian how to be a model citizen. Or asking Dane Cook to be funny. Or Adele NOT to be whiny. Its just weird. Group meetings ended around 12PM and we headed to get Dim Sum. After Dim Sum, ... read more
Hong Kong Is Famous For Horse Racing
On The Way To The Peak
At The Peak

Asia » Hong Kong » Kowloon March 21st 2014

The White Party should be known as the after-morning headache party. Today was definitely a very slow day as the group packed and headed out to the Ko Samui airport at 3PM. The good news is that this time we got a standard plane and not a propeller plane. I will say that the Ko Samui airport is one of the most unique airports as the shops combine to form an outdoor mall. (see pictures) We arrive in Hong Kong and the city is one of the grandest I have seen in a long time. Skyscrapers and bridges extend out to the farthest I can see. (see pictures) THANK GOD, there is not any unbearable levels of humidity. Southeast Asia is nice and all, but staying in the humidity sucks worse than the band My Chemical ... read more
Outdoor Airport Shops 1
Outdoor Airport Shops 2
Hong Kong Here We Come

Asia » Hong Kong » Kowloon March 9th 2014

Our 3 days in Hong Kong flew by.On arrival at the hotel we booked excursions to maximise our stay. The tour left at 9am, however, we were woken at 9.10 by the hotel phone. Oops hadn't allowed for jet lag....Luckily we were rebooked on the afternoon island visit. Fridays trip to Lantau island to see the great Buddha was another amazing day. Saturday pm ,we boarded Aurora.meet up with Jackie and Allan and set sail on route to Halong bay in Vietnam. Wonder what adventures will await us there xx... read more

Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island March 6th 2014

I had an interesting experience recently... Hong Kong without words. This may seem an odd title for a blog and well, it is. But it's entirely true. I recently lost my voice and after treatment to fix it, I was forced to stay silent for a whole week. Not a word was spoken. So I was experiencing Hong Kong without words. I will be honest, it was a challenge but it was also thought provoking. I realised how I could communicate with my best friends and family, without needing words. I think you know that you are comfortable with someone when words are not necessary and there are no "awkward silences" because anyone who saw me during that week - all they got was silence! I had different methods of getting my needs/questions across - I ... read more
Look up, Look Down
The other side to Hong Kong
Ladder Street

Asia » Hong Kong » Kowloon March 6th 2014

Another date within the 24 solar terms, today call "Gingzat" in cantonese. legend said this is the day when spring thunder begin,that would scare insects and animal out from their hibernation. that's why it call "Gingzat" - "insects waken", but here in Hongkong we all commonly use the term "Dasiuyan" for today. With the climate change, disease and sickness bubbled up. our great ancestor brought the issue to the superstitious world, with great imagination the white tiger had to be blame! and a paper tiger had been created, to calm and tame it they fed it with fat and stuffed it in their mouth so the tiger wouldn't come out to hurt people. anyways...the main idea is to avoid misfortune and sickness. Came down until today in Hongkong, probably the only place in China still practice ... read more
the white tiger
the offering
vendor for paper offering

Asia » Hong Kong » Kowloon March 3rd 2014

Hi Everyone, Cant believe the holiday is just around the corner now,I expect you are all glad that it is because at long last you wont have to hear us giving you a daily "count down". The cases are nearly packed and Bobby (the cat) is giving us the evil eye. I am sure he knows something is pending.. We will be setting off tomorrow about 12.30 (lunch time) and our flight should take off at 18.30 from Heathrow. By that time I should be cuddled up with my bottle of wine whilst Brian will be setting up his on board viewing lists. The way to view our ship is by logging on to P & O cruises then selecting Webcam.The ships name is Aurora. You can follow the route too if you are interested. This ... read more

Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island February 25th 2014

HONG KONG 21st – 23rdFeb 2014 We were due to arrive at 10.30am but due to rough seas, we were running late and didn’t dock until about 14.00hrs at Kai Tak Cruise Terminal, about 10kms from the City Centre. It’s a new cruise terminal (once was the old airport!) and we took the free Port shuttle bus at 15.00hrs to Telford Plaza – the nearest MTR (Metro) station! The idea was to catch the metro to Mong Kok and then pick up the Big Bus from there. (We had already bought a 48hr ticket online!) The metro is fairly easy and cheap to use, and after changing a HKD$500 note to get some obligatory coins for the metro, we got off at Mong Kok station, as we could see from the map that the Big Bus ... read more
Skyscrapers
At the Bird Market
Repulse Bay

Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island » Wan Chai February 21st 2014

I had to take a layover in Hong Kong to get a good mileage trip on United from Hawaii to Bangkok, so I decided that I might as well make the most of it, and stretch out my layover as long as I could and explore that mysterious oriental-occidental mishmash. My flight got in at 22:30, which was 04:30 Hawaii time, so just equated to a bit of an early wake-up call. Well. . .that would be true under the assumption that I slept on my flights, but with a middle transfer in Guam, and my inability to sleep without lying down, I didn't catch many Zzz's. So I took in some coffee-fuel to keep the motor running. I stashed my stuff “left baggage” and headed to Wan Chai, one of the major nightlife areas. This ... read more
Hong Kong
A particularly alluring alley
US vs Canada

Asia » Hong Kong » Kowloon February 21st 2014

After a long and tiring journey which involved two flights and a lengthy stopover in Sydney airport, we arrived back in Hong Kong on Wednesday evening at about 11.00 pm. Next morning, after a refreshing sleep, we decided to try our hand, using Penny Pathfinder skills, at getting to see the Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery on Lantau Island. To get there we had to use the underground railway system, which involved purchasing a ticket from a machine, all in Chinese , and changing lines part way through the journey. Despite these obstacles we arrived at the right place and joined a very long queue to get the Ngong Ping 360 cable car. This cable car takes 25 minutes to get to the top of the mountain and is 4 miles long. It was well ... read more

Asia » Hong Kong » Kowloon January 26th 2014

Shaz better today (phew!). The Star Ferry took us across to explore Kowloon and experience the view of the Hong Kong skyline at night. Booked a table at Sorriso, fantastic view (and service) but probably the most expensive pizza and risotto in the world! The view was (almost) worth it!... read more
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