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Feb 8, 2017 - A Peak Experience

A Peak Experience Feb 8 2017 The guidebooks all say that taking the tram to Victoria Peak is the No. 1 best thing to do in Hong Kong.  In fact, that’s exactly what we did yesterday morning.  And it was indeed fabulous.  But our Peak Experience in Hong Kong, by far, was visiting with my young cousin Elliot and his wife Yvonne (our new cousin!) who live and work here in Hong Kong. Elliot’s mom is my first cousin. That makes him my second cousin? Or is he my first cousin, once removed? He calls me Uncle Howie so that gives you an idea of the...

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Feb 7, 2017 - To Market, To Market

To Market, To Market Feb 7, 2017 Here are some of your transportation options to get around Hong Kong: 1. Metro 2. Light rail 3. Bus (single or double-decker) 4. Tram (double decker only) 5. Ferry 6. Sampan (see more on that below) 7. Helicopter 8. Taxi 9. Walk (two-legged variety) 10. Walk (Mid-Levels travellator variety) 11. Cog railway (the Victoria Peak Tram) We tried them all, except for the helicopter. I was willing but you know who exercised her authority and put the kibosh on that after yesterday’s motion sickness fiasco. In her...

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Feb 6, 2017 - Living la Vida Monastic

Living la Vida Monastic Feb 6 2017 Editor’s Note: This morning I was unable to access the website for "My Trip Journal" which is what I've used for the past few years to post my journal and photos.  It was possible that the subscription service no longer existed and was shut down without notice (after all, what is the internet but an ephemeral bunch of electrons, anyway?).   It's more likely, quite frankly, that the internet censors paid by the Beijing government have read enough of the drivel that I've written so far to know that it's...

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Feb 5, 2017 - 1 & 1 & 1 - The Ladies who lunch

1 + 1 + 1 = The Ladies who lunch Feb 5 2017 Ten days ago, the Nikkei Asian Review estimated that there are 300,000 foreign nannies in Hong Kong. So many that a quick search on the World Wide Inner Tube reveals that there is pretty much a newspaper story daily about one or more of them. My favourite is this, from the EJI Journal about 3 weeks ago, telling the story of Carrie Lam, a nanny who worked her way up to a job in the civil service, and who has now retired. The headline reads: “A good nanny but a bad housewife”. Turns out that living...

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Feb 4, 2017 - The Mid-levels Travelator to Heaven

The Mid-levels Travelator to Heaven The Star Ferry carries passengers across Victoria Harbour, between Kowloon (where we’re staying – which is part of the Chinese mainland) and Hong Kong Island (which is where the financial centre skyscrapers are located). It’s been running for 129 years now and the guy who helped to tie up our ferry at the end of our 12-minute harbour crossing looks like he’s been there from the start. They can’t retire him from service, his pension would bankrupt the company. The fleet of twelve ferries operates two...

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Feb 3, 2017 - It's fun to stay at the (you fill in the blank)

Weird. The map on this travel blog site shows us flying east to Hong Kong from Vancouver. The flight was almost 13 hours long over the pole heading west as it was. I'm not sure there is any good reason to make the flight longer (by, say, another 11 hours or so). The flight crossed the international date line. At the time, my international date was asleep. I let her know about it when she woke up. She didn't seem impressed. There were many favourite parts to the flight. I'll spare you all of them except one. I'm guessing that everyone played...

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Jan 26, 2017 - Hong Kong

Thursday 26th January Arrived safely in Hong Kong late last night and soon settled in our hotel room.We have a very nice room on the 29th floor, overlooking the bay. On checking whether breakfast was included, we were told that it wasn't, but we could add it for HK$250 each, plus 10% service. As this amounts to nearly £30 each, we decided that Starbucks on the street below offers much better value! I don't actually know what the room is costing as it all came priced as a package, but it's obviously not cheap! Today we quickly came to grips...

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Jan 14, 2017 - Hong Kong

We flew out of Vancouver at 1 am on business class for a nearly 14 hour flight to Hong Kong plus an 8 hour time difference. Business class on Cathay Pacific had semi enclosed pods where the seat and footrest electrically reclined to any position you wanted including flat out. Between feeding us, movies and music we probably got 7 hours sleep without incurring numb butts. Customs and luggage were quick with a half hour wait for bus transportation our hotel the Sheraton Kowloon. With the time change and long flight we lost a day, our Friday...

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Sep 1, 2016 - Hong Kong, Chine

Le lien à l'album photos en ligne - Link to the online album: https://goo.gl/photos/VroR6fRR4WC37ePS9 Nous voici donc à la dernière étape de notre périple de deux mois en Chine avec Hong Kong. Toujours en ébullition, très occidental avec son côté british, Hong Kong ne laisse pas indifférent. On y a parcouru ses marchés uniques dont le Ladies Market, Temple Market et le fameux Night Market avec ses centaines de kiosques vendant à peu près de tout. On a été surpris d'apprendre que le "Fake Market" est maintenant fermé après un crackdown du...

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Jun 13, 2016 - A big day out

A hotel's buffet breakfast is always something to look forward to. Will there be a large selection? Will any of it be edible? Will our fellow guests be civilised? Why is it that one feels the need to eat as much as one can? At home we'd only have cereal or toast, but get me in front of a hotel buffet breakfast and it's game on! Five courses for breakfast and three cups of coffee ... I'm fuelled up and ready to sight-see. Our nearest train station is Olympic, about a 10 minute walk from the hotel. Here we each bought an Octopus card for...

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Apr 19, 2016 - Hong Kong

Survived '18 hours in Hong Kong' today. Took on Hong Kong Island by foot this morning and went up an amazing elevator system the longest outdoor elevator system in the world. Took it easier in the arvo on the amazing Ngong Ping cable car. It wasn't a great day, weather wise, so we weren't sure it was worth the trip. It certainly was, although the boisterous winds certainly assisted it being more of an adventure than we anticipated. Sitting at Hong Kong airport now waiting for flight to London. Glenn's trying to catch a few zeds but a bunch...

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Mar 20, 2016 - Approaching Beijing port

And we sail on across the Yellow Sea. Actually, it is grey. And a bit choppy. There’s a 20 knot wind blowing from the north, and we are heading North at a steady 20 knots, making a hefty 40 knots whipping at everything loose on deck. Including passengers. A day for staying inside. See also Friday and Saturday. Read, eat, gym…. Breakfast: someone (not us!) had “French toast with bacon” – the french toast was or appeared to be about an inch thick with a tiny bit of bacon balanced on top…..yum. Lunch (or was it afternoon tea? 3pm, anyway) :...

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