Michael, Vivian and Michael’s cousin Dori enjoy a sampan ride in Aberdeen (Feb 2016).
Exploring HK ⇔ (Clicking on photos reveals the entire caption and often makes them bigger.)
April 29, 2016
This past week we had a “heat index” of over 100 degrees F (39 C), reminding us that if we want to enjoy a bit more of our new home before sweat becomes a deterrence we’d better get out there! I’ve described the trip on my blog, but I’ll just add that we had intended to go to a different part of the island (based on faulty schedule information posted online). Nonetheless, we enjoyed a few hours together outside the office. I’ll tell the rest of the story in the captions.
Michael & Vivian enjoy a morning at Lamma Island in HK
The village & harbour by the Yung Shue Wan ferry pier
In addition to the rather “commercial” harbour village, we did get to enjoy a bit of wild life
The beach at the end of our 30 minute stroll
Our walk back to the ferry was interrupted by a parade of dragons and lions with their entourage. Very colorful (and noisy)!
More dragons and lions arrive for the celebration
Pretty lady on the windy Lamma Island Yung Shue Wan ferry pier
Genuine British Fish & Chips at the Central ferry pier (along with a much cheaper Subway sandwich and Coke lunch combo)
Walking back to the MTR (subway) from the Central Ferry Pier, one passes the Apple Store
February 26, 2016
Vivian and I spend a lot of time in our office, so we love every chance we get to be “out and about” with friends and associates. Feb 25-26 gave us the rare opportunity to be with a relative–Michael’s cousin spent about 26 hours with us, on her way from the Philippines back to the US. We had a simply wonderful time showing her around, and we took dozens of great photos, so I’m posting them here, on a separate page–maybe the first of many “photo pages” to come…someday!
I remember real “fishing junks” back in the 1980s, and this is not anything like them! But this tourist boat looks nice in HK’s Victoria Harbor, especially at dusk.
After crossing the harbor on the Star Ferry, we took a taxi to the Peak (to avoid the 2-hr tram wait). We never tire of this remarkable view.
Michael and VIvian, at the Peak
Dori at the Peak, with one of the world’s most famous harbors below.
With such a short visit, we didn’t get to introduce Dori to much HK food, but on the Peak we found some tasty noodles and classic HK-style Milk Tea.
We ended the first night on the Kowloon side, taking in the breath-taking Victoria Harbor from another angle. Cameras and words just can’t do it justice.
The next morning, Dori wanted to ride a sampan, so we headed to Aberdeen. Water, mountains and high-rise apartment buildings seem ever-present in Hong Kong.
Michael, Vivian and Michael’s cousin Dori enjoy a sampan ride in Aberdeen. (Click for larger image)
Yes, it was a tourist boat, but the captain was friendly and we got our money’s worth in the half-hour ride.
I’m glad the boat captain was more willing to bargain than this hawker. Clearly, my offer was of no interest to him whatsoever.
Away from the glitzy financial district, Shamshuipo still has many of the characteristics of “real Hong Kong,” where the masses live and work.
With buildings everywhere, it was refreshing to find this beautiful, small public garden in Shamshuipo.
The best way to get around HK is the subway. I’ve heard that each train holds almost 3000 people, swiftly carrying the masses in all directions, underground.
After Aberdeen, we took a ferry to this island, to see Noah’s Ark. Built full-size to Biblical specifications, the inside is a cross between museum, playground and conference center.
I wanted to treat Dori to something unique, and found this on line–and right around the corner from our home in Mongkok. The cone is shaped like a fish, and it’s filled with a tasty frozen yogurt/custard concoction. Not bad! [Shop G18, G/F, Yan On Bldg, 1 Kwong Wah St, Mong Kok]
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