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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 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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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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