Good morning Miami…

After 20 hours of flying, we’ve finally arrived in Miami. Nothing beats waking up to the sound of waves…


Year of the Rabbit

The South China Morning Post reported that the Chairman of Heung Yee Kuk (an advisory body representing the indigenous inhabitants of the New Territories in Hong Kong) drew the number 11 fortune stick yesterday and predicted that stability and unity would lie ahead in the Year of the Rabbit. Fung Shui masters in Hong Kong also agreed that “a special person will arrive to restore order and maintain Hong Kong’s advantage.” Kung Hei Fat Choi!

Chinese New Year decorations

Strange meat…

My friend Brendan took this picture yesterday at the grocery store. Apparently, it’s mortadella… but in the shape of a teddy bear. Cute and reduced price!

Teddy Mortadella

Earlier today at Graham Street market

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Gorillaz in Hong Kong

Gorillaz ‘Escape To Plastic Beach Tour’ made it to Hong Kong last week, featuring De La Soul and Bobby Womack, as well as Clash members Mick Jones and Paul Simonon. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G night. Thanks JD…

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I’m Seould on Korean Food

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Hong Kong’s obsession with fast cars…

I took this photo on a Sunday afternoon stroll along Hollywood Road. In just one block, I counted six porsches and two ferraris.

Life in the fast lane...

Backstreet barber on Shing Wong Street

Shing Wong Street

Backstreet barber on Shing Wong Street

Waiting room for the barber on Shing Wong Street

Shanghai at night

In September, I had a short visit to Shanghai. From a boat on the Huangpu River, you can see the impressive “Pudong” (East) skyline, including the Oriental Pearl Tower. Opposite is “Puxi” (West) side of the river, where a number of historical buildings line The Bund.

There are over 160 cities in China that have a population greater than one million, and Shanghai is the largest, with a population of 17 million.

By contrast, the entire population of Canada is roughly twice that, just over 33 million people, and there are only six cities in Canada that have a population over one million.

Shanghai at night

Hiking in Hong Kong: Sai Wan

Sai Wan is part of a cluster of beaches, collectively known as Tai Long Wan (or “Big Wave Bay” in English). Unless you own a boat or a helicopter, hiking is the best way to access these quiet spots. Most of the path is not difficult to navigate, but bring lots of water –it gets extremely hot in the sun! You’ll wish you had an umbrella! The views are spectacular and well-worth sweating all the way up and down the hills.

On our first hike to Tai Long Wan, we followed part of the Maclehose Trail and then on to the Luk Wu Hiking Trail, eventually rolling into lovely, little Sai Wan.

Gorgeous view on the hike to Sai Wan

Homes near Sai Wan

Path down to the beach at Sai Wan