Monday, December 31, 2012

HKTrip12: Day 4 Back in Hong Kong

This eighth installment covers the fourth day back in Hong Kong. It includes ramblings about the Goldfish Street, Peak Tram, and Central District (including The Landmark) during rush hour.

Sunday, December 30, 2012

HKTrip12: Day 3 Macau - Part 2

This seventh installment covers the afternoon part of a day trip to Macau. Read on for ramblings about the old Macau (small village life and also the tourist mecca central area), MGM, historic pawn shops, and the sailing back to Hong Kong.

Monday, December 24, 2012

HKTrip12: Day 3 Macau - Part 1

This sixth installment covers the first half of a day trip to Macau. Read on for ramblings about the ferry ride over, The Venetian, and lunch at Fernandos.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

HKTrip12: Day 2 in Hong Kong - Part 2

This fifth installment covers the second half of Day 2 ("night-time"). We revisit some of the harbourfront locations, whose character has now been transformed with the onset of night.

HKTrip12: Day 2 in Hong Kong - Part 1

This fourth installment covers only half of day 2, which will be split into "day" and "night" parts. Here we will be covering the daytime sights of Tsim Sha Tsui - namely Harbour City, Victoria Harbour, Arts Centre - and in other neighbouring districts.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

HKTrip12: Day 1 in Hong Kong

This third installment covers the first full day of adventures in Hong Kong, including comments about the MTR, dinner at Din Tai Fung, and photos of Sheung Wan, Grand Millennium Plaza, and Tung Lo Wan.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


We take a short break from the travel chronicals for some timely news updates...

I'm graduating today (12/12/12) with my Bachelor of Science with Honours with First Class Honours in Computer Science. Yipee!

Monday, December 10, 2012

HKTrip12: Arrival in Hong Kong

This second installment covers the taxi-ride out from the airport and head-throbbing jetlag.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

HKTrip12: Flying to Hong Kong

This first installment covers flying out to Hong Kong from Christchurch. It includes ramblings about flight itineraries/options, Christchurch / Sydney / Hong Kong airports, my first flight on an A380, and other peculiarities of being in transit.

Christchurch Airport at 4am- Control tower and new terminal building

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Holidays in Hong Kong

Wow. I'm back home now after an amazing week of holidays in Hong Kong. This is effectively my second visit (though technically actually my 4th, not including the trips when I was just 3 and 6 years old respectively, and barely remember anything from those visits).

Having said that, it was a truly eye opening week, filled with an abundance of tasty food, many pretty and interesting sights, and learning to get around within the hustle and bustle of a modern metropolis. There were contrasts everywhere (rich/poor, shiny/scruffy, fast/slow) and often even side by side. But underlying all of the vibrancy was the sheer convenience that comes with abundant availability everywhere you turn.

Some of the highlights of this trip were:
  • Flying on the A380's
  • The MTR System
  • Hong Kong's Architecture
  • Macau (especially The Venetian and Fernando's)
  • Peak Tram
  • Char Leong
  • Tasty Food
  • Spending time with relatives
Details about these and more will be featured in an upcoming series of posts to appear here as I get them written up (and photos checked and uploaded).