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Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island August 1st 2014

Hi All, So enough of the history and culture today.. Off to Disneyland Wow was it hot... The park isn't very big but it was great fun. I rode the runaway mine train, the toy soldiers parachute drop and a roller coaster in the dark, which I cannot for the life of me remember what it was called! I walked around for a couple of times and waited for the parade and by then the heat was too much so I decided to go back to the hostel. I have discovered a new hatred of umbrellas. I am the wrong height here in east Asia, i.e. too tall, and I'm getting tired of having umbrellas rammed into my face and head.. In the evening I went to Kowloon on the metro and walked around for a ... read more

Asia » Hong Kong » Lantau Island July 31st 2014

The last few days were pretty busy with work, but I did have a few little mini outings and got a few good pics to go along with them. I had a morning free so I headed over to Stanley which is a beach/resort type area about an hour by bus from HK central station. It only takes an hour because of all of the stops and the traffic. I got a top deck front seat which is like riding a roller coaster! I was hoping for a kayak rental place to go paddle around for a few hours but struck out as I was not a member of any boat clubs. It was still beautiful and I found a good dim sum lunch place for about $58 HKD. I also stopped by a cool "pirate" ... read more
The tramway over to Ocean Park
Ocean view park up on the hill across the bay
Big ol ship comin in!

Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island July 31st 2014

Hi All, I started the day by going to watch the firing of the Noon Day Gun. The gun is owned by Jardine's which used to be called Jardine. Matherson & Co. Jardine and Matherson were one of the largest hongs to be operating out of China and made their money by dealing in opium. Jardine and Matherson were the first hong to buy land on Hong Kong island. They would ship the opium in from India and then ship tea, silks and other Chinese goods back to Britain. It was a tradition of Jardine and Matherson's to fire a gun when one of their ships entered the harbour. One time a ship was being captained by a high ranking navy officer who was unaware of this tradition. Upon entering the harbour the gun was dutifully ... read more

Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island July 31st 2014

Hi All, I can't believe it.. I've been wanting to visit Hong Kong for such a long time and now that I'm here I have a cold... Just my luck.. With that said I went to travel on the Star Ferry. I'm staying in a hostel in Causeway Bay on Hong Kong island so the ferry is only a short tram ride away. The trams are a great way to see Hong Kong island. It's quaint to be able to ride through what feels like a city from the future on these pieces of history. They are the only remaining working double-decker wooden trams in the world. I got off at Central and walked to the ferry. Hong Kong is very higgledy piggledy, much like a British city, and it can be quiet easy to get ... read more

Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island July 31st 2014

So it's now August...I know; how and when did that happen? I want to go back a few months to January 1st 2014, and to new years resolutions. It's a while ago I know, but did you make any resolutions? Can you remember them? I'm sure many people go the distance and last 365 days, but for many of us, resolutions are a distant memory by February. This year I decided to do something different, and I thought I would share it with you. I realised that every year I made a "new years resolution" that was not that meaningful, and I would lose motivation to maintain whatever it was, or I had made it so generic that I could convince myself it was impossible not to achieve it! Here is what I am doing this ... read more
Put them away!!
Estudiando Español - Studying Spanish

Asia » Hong Kong » Lantau Island July 27th 2014

Not a whole ton to report, but I got some kind of cool pix to share so I will put them here. Yesterday I went in to Kowloon to pick up my suits! I was super excited to see how they looked. I am very pleased! I took the ferry in which was fun, but we couldn't go outside. I got some cool shots of the Hong Kong Skyline from our trip in. After I picked up my suits, I decided it was too nice of a day to head back to Discovery Bay so I decided to take the train back to Central Hong Kong and take the raised sidewalks to the mid-levels. The mid-levels are high rises on the main island of Hong Kong as opposed to the rest of the buildings which are ... read more

Asia » Hong Kong » Kowloon July 24th 2014

Hello everyone, Today was a pretty awesome day full of sights, smells, tastes, rain, and of course the ever presence of sweat pouring out of every single possible area sweat can come from. I had the day off from going to the hangar and I decided to try to make the best of it. I was thrilled to have Russ along with me today as my travel partner. We met for breakfast at 8:30 and at 9 we caught DB03R local bus from Discovery Bay North Plaza bus stop heading in to Sunny Bay MTR stop and then off to Prince Edward station on the Tsuen line. Today we were following a self guided tour that I downloaded on called Yau Ma Tei and Mong Kok - Markets for Leisure and Pleasure. Let's be clear, ... read more
The Tea. Ugh
This one made it out!

Asia » Hong Kong » Kowloon July 22nd 2014

Hey Everyone, Well it has been a few busy days here. Not really adventurous in the sense of exploring, but I am certainly learning a lot about what it means to be patient. The airplane arrived safely to Hong Kong Business Aviation Center (HKBAC) on Saturday at 7:30pm and I was only able to look at it through the window. Apparently one week wasn’t quite long enough to get my temporary badge that allowed me access to the ramp area. I was still able to meet the passengers and they are extremely friendly, very nice people. We spent a few minutes talking while the a/c was unloaded and their belongings were loaded into their cars. The crew finished up cleaning the a/c and we all headed to the hotel. That night we were supposed to reposition ... read more

Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island » Stanley July 21st 2014

Seven years in Hong Kong, and you think you’ve done most things there are to do. Thankfully I still manage to surprise myself and discover more. Monday, that tricky day of the week when there’s a lot to do and it’s back to work after the weekend. Monday night is often one of those go to the gym, healthy dinner, early night kind of days. This particular Monday I was offered the chance to do something quite different. I left my desk at 6pm, raced home to change, and by 7pm I was in a taxi to the start of “The Twins” hike. Five of us began hiking in the dusk, heading up over the first hill towards the beach town called Stanley. It was quite a surreal turnaround. “The twins” are a popular hiking route ... read more
Many of these
Up we go...
Head Torch thumbs up

Asia » Hong Kong » Kowloon July 17th 2014

Today was certainly a day to remember. It started off heading in to the city to get some suits made. I got referred to a suit maker by a friend of a co-worker and I am glad I had a plan. As I arrived in the Tsim Sha Tsui district a little over an hour after I left my hotel room. I took a local bus to Sunny Bay MTR station, grabbed the Tung Chung line in to Hong Kong and then transferred to the Tsuen Wan line to get down to Tsim Sha Tsui. I had a few block walk from there and was asked no fewer than 5 times if I wanted to have a suit made. They could all somehow see what I was there for. I held to my plan and arrived ... read more
I'm amazed by the bamboo scaffolding
Fabric for my three shirts
Suit Fabric

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