Remember what Bilbo used to say...

" It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to."

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Ocean Park Info:

I am not going to post admission prices because they can change, just like the hours could change from a year from now. Transportation should not change. I added the website to my list of Hong Kong Information web site. I am post ing some photos of Ocean Park.

The guest relations office:
• Tel: (852) 3923 2323
• Fax: (852) 2554 2089
• Email:
• hk


A. from Hong Kong Island: take Bus No. 6A, 6X, 70, 75, 90, 97, 260, M590, 72, 72A, 92, 96, 592, 41A, 38, 42, 77 or 99 and get off at the Ocean Park;

B. from Kowloon: take Bus No. 107, 171, 671 or 973 and get off at the Ocean Park;

C. from the Shatin: tak Bus No. 170 and get off at the Ocean Park;
D. takes Citybus Route 629 from Admiralty MTR Station or Central Pier No. 7 and get off at the Ocean Park.


Ocean Park, Giant Panda Adventure

We decided to go to Ocean Park today for spring break. It was really busy like usual. I took some photos of the Pandas they have. Pandas are so darn CUTE!

Monday, April 19, 2010

Explore. Dream. Discover

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

Photo by Rambling Gypsy
Oh dear Mark Twain, how you make things sound so easy. What if I jumped in this boat and just took off? Where would I go? Who would I see? Do I really want too? Yes, but I really don’t have the guts to do it.

Anyway, the boat wouldn’t be the same for me as it was sitting right there by the trees floating peacefully. I think more than anything I wanted to go lie out on the boat and look into the sky, maybe take a nap. I wanted to feel the boat floating and rocking gently with the waves. I wanted to listen to the water sing a sweet lullaby to me. I wanted to feel small in a big world with the protection of a boat. Crazy thoughts!

A girl can dream, explore and discover all the same without jumping on a boat. I can walk a million miles and have a magnificent moment at my front door. Such as this boat floating a few feet from me; I wasn’t looking for it and I am sure it wasn’t looking for me. But we found each other and it made my imagination go wild with “What if?”

“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” – Martin Buber

Sunday, April 18, 2010

All About Nothing

"American stuntmen are smart - they think about safety. When they do a jump in a car, they calculate everything: the speed, the distance... But in Hong Kong, we don't know how to count. Everything we do is a guess. If you've got the guts, you do it. All of my stuntmen have gotten hurt." ~Jackie Chan

What does this quote have to do with my photos...nothing, nothing at all. I found the quote amusing.

Here are some building across from Aberdeen. Don't they look like they were built out of Legos?
Here is our water taxi we took to get to the JUMBO rest. Do I feel safe or what?  You can feel the exhaust fumes feel you lungs. But don’t worry it will only last a minute or two. Then we will get out and take a deep breath of polluted air to clean out all that exhaust. The ride itself was great, no problems and the people were real nice.
We finally arrived. We were a little under dressed; maybe I should have read up about the restaurant. This was a spontaneous idea, so we really didn’t know what we were getting into. We are a family of three- this is a family style restaurant, which mean lots of food. We didn’t go hungry, matter-of –fact we couldn’t eat everything. Lessoned learned I need to read up on more of the restaurant in Hong Kong. The place overall was magnificent.

I will leave you with this thought:

"Sometimes you're the windshield; sometimes you're the bug." - Mark Knopfler.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Monday, April 12, 2010

Aberdeen Wetmarket... not the Fish market

My friend was visiting from Japan and I decided a visit to the Aberdeen wet market would be a great introduction to Hong Kong Culture in Grocery shopping.

I love going to the Wet markets, but I have come to learn that many Expats don’t shop at wet markets for their fruit, veggies, seafood and some meats. I have heard various reasons why people don’t shop at the wet markets… from personal experience I have never experience any problems. The only problem I ran into was being yelled at for taking photos. I didn’t take in personal it is their business and if they don’t want you to take photos it is their right. Here are some photos and by the way excuse the way they look…I was yelled at for taking photos-LOL At the end of the Photo I posted some information about the Aberdeen market.
Not so good photo of the seafood section
 This is my bad photo of the seafood section.
 This is the flower section. I have found they have a great selection and great pricing.  I haven't done it, but I have had friends who did have plants delivered from them (in a timely manner)
 The market is sectioned by fruit, veggies then seafood in the back. The meat is one floor up
 One of two entrance/exit
 the other entrance/exit

Aberdeen Market in Southern District has moved up one place in ranking to become the wet market with the highest food prices. (January 19, 2010)

Friday, April 09, 2010

Coco Thai

I love this place!! It is on the beach, it is walking distance from Repulse bay beach, great drinks, and wonderful Atmosphere. I hope you can see it in my photos.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

A day at the beach in Stanley

This beach is more rocks than beach with a small strip of sand is immediately adjacent to the temple and the end of the market. At the end of the end of market you come to a T intersection (left or Right). Go right and head to the temple, soccer/tennis court, the pier cafes and well maintained public toilets. Now go left and you pass a small pottery store, usually small groups of older women playing Mahjong and to the right of pass them you will see the Beach on your right. 

I don't have very many to post, because I took way too many photos of my family.

Monday, April 05, 2010

The bus, shoes and tourist prt 1

“Never run after a bus or a man. There will always be another one.”~ ?

Today the family ventured out to buy little girl new shoes at the market. When I say market, I mean small venders lined up on both sides of a very narrow road. To start our day we needed to catch the public double Decker bus. Once we get on the bus we then travel along many curly, bumpy roads that offer no guard rails. The lack of guard rails gives people great opportunities to see the rolling cliffs and their watery bottoms up close. I felt completely safe…Anyway, I kept telling myself. It made me wonder how the bus drivers get trained. Then I decided I didn’t need to think about “how the drivers get trained” that was one road I should not take. The bus speed along like there is no tomorrow-Thank god I don’t get motion sickness!

Once we got to our stop (Stanley Plaza) we climb down the stairs of the double Decker bus and walked into a stream of people-tourist that is. They were heading to the same place we were. SHIT, it is Easter week-end, what was I thinking? I should of planned better- Oh well!

We walked out of the plaza area and pass the prier of cafés. Side note: the only locals you will see at these cafés are the owners and the workers; otherwise they are all filled with foreigners from all over the world. I try to find the local joints-WHY?  It is usually cheaper and better food!

I have to stop here…more later

"A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving." ~Lao Tzu

Friday, April 02, 2010

Hong Kong Wetland Park

I didn't get to go today, but my husband and daughter went. They loved it and the photos were taken by my husband I will post some information I found and the website to find more. We are definitely will go back and I will join next time.

“Located at the northern part of Tin Shui Wai, New Territories, Hong Kong, the site of Hong Kong Wetland Park was originally intended to be an ecological mitigation area (EMA) to compensate for the wetlands lost due to Tin Shui Wai New Town development. In 1998, the Agriculture and Fisheries Department (now renamed as Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, AFCD) and the Hong Kong Tourists Association (now renamed as Hong Kong Tourism Board, HKTB) commissioned an "International Wetland Park and Visitor Centre Feasibility Study" on expanding the EMA to a world-class wetland ecotourism attraction.”