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Sep 30, 2017 - Leaving Hong Kong

September 30 We spent a pretty lazy day today enjoying our hotel room and the mall associated with the hotel. Room service consisted of David going to the mall and picking up food and bringing it back to the room. No problem as there were many places that offered breakfast options. One more excellent shower with the multiple shower outlets, then it was walk around the mall time. We were pretty good about not buying much, So after a largely chargeless walkabout, we checked out of our hotel and used the magical Octopus Card to check in our...

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Sep 28, 2017 - Touring Hong Kong City

September 28, 2017- We awoke early to a beautiful day. We enjoyed the breakfast buffet down at the Kitchen, then met our guide Maggie in the hotel at 10 am. The first thing she did was take us to Kowloon Station where we obtained an Octopus card. This was the coolest deal. The Octopus card was good for subways, buses, tourist attractions, and lots of other things. You pay a deposit of 70 Hong Kong Dollars, but you can use $50 of that for riding and all the other uses for an Octopus card. It is easy to reload too. The Hong Kong dollar is...

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Sep 27, 2017 - Arrival in Hong Kong

September 27, 2017. It was a 13+ hour flight. With the time difference we arrived at 6:55 pm the next day. Somewhere in there we lost a day. Anyway, with very little sleep we were concerned about negotiating the airport and finding the hotel. No Worries! We breezed through Immigration, found our bags, and took the Airport Express to Kowloon Station where the Elements Mall and our W Hotel are. Get off the train, haul the bags through the mall and walk right in to the W Hotel. The trip had been great so far, but it kept getting better. Susan...

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Jun 27, 2017 - Hong Kong -UPDATE NOTES

Hi All, New York, New York, visited, seen and done, its a funny place if you accept that most of the natives are suffering eyesight problems and cannot see Australians either in their place of business or walking down the footpath and their ability to hear and understand the Queens Australian makes communication at time difficult. We were lucky to have enjoyed fantastic weather here which allowed us to visit the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Centre, the 9/11 memorial and museum which was a very touching and very humbling experience. We...

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Jun 26, 2017 - Hong Kong

Dad loves getting a room on the ship with a balcony, though he never actually goes out on it. Yea, I got nothing. Still, as we pulled into Hong Kong harbor, I hung out on the balcony watching the city playing-hide-and-go-seek with us behind the wall of mist. Hong Kong is truly a beautiful city. I have been here once before, but had forgotten how enchanting the city is. our entourage wasn't in a hurry to get off the boat. We had a nice breakfast, relaxed a little, and waited our turn. Karl kept checking flight status, still unsure of...

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Jun 10, 2017 - Honkers

A day trip to Macau was today's adventure. We took the turbojet over which takes an hour, then boarded one of the many free buses put on by all the casinos in Macau. Our intention was to go to the magic show at Studio City. All the casinos are huge and flamboyant The magic show is run 3 times a day and there are 3 magicians doing their thing. So the first 2 are about 15 minutes and the 3rd is very flashy, lots of laser lights etc. and about 30 to 40 minutes.. A very good show and very clever illusionists. No cameras allowed in the shows...

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Honkers & England

May 18, 2017 - Hong Kong

We arrived in Hong Kong at 11 pm Brisbane time after a very long flight from Brisbane via Cairns and spent the morning with some retail therapy so Greg could indulge in his favourite pastime - bargaining with the locals. I find it very uncomfortable and have to walk away..... HK is always so busy. People everywhere, traffic, building works and of course the hawkers on every corner and in between, selling bespoke suits, massages and fake watches It's fascinating and draining at the same time. Where do they get their energy and when do they...

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Crete Odyssey

May 2, 2017 - Hong Kong in a day

After an 11 hr flight, We arrived at the Hong Kong airport around 7:30 am, took a train into Hong Kong city and spent about 6 hours on a whirlwind tour of the downtown and harbour area. 1. Tram ride up "The Peak" ( Mount Victoria) for a view of the city. 2. Ride on the old streetcar ( known as the "Ding Ding" ) route to the Causeway Bay shopping area 3. Harbour ferry tour Back to the airport in time to catch our late afternoon flight to Vancouver

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Mar 29, 2017 - still flying to Singapore

The flight was long enough for two movies, two meals and lots of podcasts. I got a fair amount of sleep in as well, but still feel like I dropped 30 IQ points with the dramatic time zone shift. This airport is huge and a great improvement over where we landed in 1979 where a ramp was built out into the water and the waves splashed up at us as we landed. We are in the Cathay Pacific lounge enjoying their great wi if after taking showers. It's all as comfortable as possible. Here's hoping we don't fall asleep in the lounge and miss the next...

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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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