Mar 28 2018

Hong Kong Maritime Museum


On Pier 8
Central, Hong Kong

A neat museum on the Pier 8, next to the  Star Ferry, it’s relaxing and convenient to visit, with many history.

I arranged 8 hour layover in HK to visit. Taking the airport express to Central is a breeze, quick and guaranteed of time, I highly recommend.

   

The museum takes credit card for purchase over hk$100. The admission for an adult is $30. I thought I don’t have HK currency. They suggest that I go to a 7 Eleven near by. I don’t really have a lot of time. So I offer them US dollar. They refused.
How about renmingbi?
Yes but we treat it as have equal value.
I have vague idea that Hong Kong dollar now has less value. They way she replies just confirms it. I agreed and took out all my banks and let her chose. Two red color 100 denominator notes and few 10 and 20. She took 1 twenty and 1 ten.
That night I take a taxi in Shanghai. The fare is 207 rmb. I gave him the two red color and 1 ten.
“Oh this is Hong Kong dollar.” He immediately spots it.
Emmm… I don’t feel good about the museum. The vendors are all sharp either in Hong Kong and China who spot the rmb/HK$ promptly. (Why do I always mix them together isn’t my lack of trying, also trusting the clerks.


Mar 27 2018

Star Ferry


This Ferry is one of my faves in Hong Kong, like the South Ferry in lower Manhattan in New York. But either side of Star Ferry (Central and Kowloon ) are destinations.

I haven’t been to Waicha for a few decades, so do t know how it is now – before was more residential.

from the maritime museum on Pier 8


Mar 26 2018

Deli and Wine


@ HK Cultural Centre
TsimShaTsui

A very down to earth eatery, perfect for a quick bite. Clean line, sandwiches and congee/noodles. It takes credit and opens at 8am.

I forgot how strong the Hong Kong teas and milk is. They say they blend their own.

 


Oct 24 2016

A mean girl

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A little episode on the HKG-JFK leg of Cathay Pacific. Soon after taking off, dinner is served. The seat of 31C is spreader out. When the staff asks her to uplift the back (of her seat) so Lady 32C can possibly consume her dinner. However, 31C made NO MOVE at all. The flight attendant Mikki begins to help 31C to push the seat back up. This is when hell breaks out: 31C complains, complains and complains, to a point Gentleman 33C got up and says to teary Mikki “you did the right thing.”

I’m appreciative and satisfy of the service Cathay Pacific has been maintaining over the years. evian water, good food. Bailey’s … plenty healthy snacks. Not sure what the heck 31C has to complain about. Btw, our captain is a girl!!!

Mikki comes by before breakfast – toward end of the flight, asks me to write a comment, which I gladly obliged. Unreasonable customer is unavoidable.

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Oct 19 2016

Hong Kong airport ferry to Macau or Zhuhai

Going to Macau from Hong Kong airport should have been easier but I made a mistake by exiting the airport (my brain isn’t functioning!) So I’ve to take a bus (HK$40) or a taxi to the ferry terminal in the city. The ferry to Macao is HK$164, an hour long ride. HK$204 is about US$36.

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On the way back from Zhuhai to HK airport, I enjoyed its convenience. The Jiuzhou Port looks small from outside but it’s pretty spacious and modern, in relative to its geo location. The 70 minutes ride is smooth and convenient. Airlines are on hand to check in, without going to the main hall and lining up with the crowd for security check. The ticket cost ¥290 but HK$120 airport tax would be refunded by the airline once I checked in, and to be collected a few steps away. At the moment, Zhuhai-HKG airport route only processes transit passengers – ticket agent checks passport and airline ticket before issuing a ferry ticket. ¥290 – HK$120 is about US$27.

 

 

There’s a couple of options for me to get to Zhuhai/Macau from Shanghai:

  1. By air
    When booking this leg of travel within my trip, NY-Pek and PVG-HKG-JFK  vs NY-Pek, HKG-JFK, the leg of Shanghai to Hong Kong cost only additional US$42, add on the ferry, would be around US$75. The actual flying is about two hours, which is pretty short and neat. But getting to the airport and going through security check takes additional three hours. Catching a ferry is another hour and the ferry ride is about an hour. Time wise, by air or by train takes about the same time: about 7 hours.
  2. By high speed train (map)
    Shanghai to Guangzhou is 7 hours and ¥793 plus Guangzhou to Zhuhai is an hour and ¥70 away; ¥863 is about US$130.

Because of the limited number of ferry departures from the HK airport, catching one is crucial. The advantage of the train route is you get straight seven hours of reading or writing time, uninterrupted, and the chance of delay is nearly zero. However I’ve to change @ Guangzhou. When all thing equal, I prefer train over air.

 

 

China travel: HKIA HK International Airport (HKG). It cost HK$254 (abt US$33) and travels about 70 minutes. Some info also on trip advisor forum.

  • Turbo Jet to Macau (has pictures, great for those who doesn’t read well)
    • depart HK: 11:00, 13:15, 17:00, 22:00
    • depart Macau: 07:15, 09:30, 11:30, 15:15, 19:45
  • Cotai Water Jet to Taipa, Macau
    • depart HK: 12:15, 14:15, 16:15, 19:00, 21:00
    • depart Macau: 07:15, 10:15, 11:55, 13:55, 15:55
  • Sky Pier, HK-Zhuhai
    • depart HK: 12:15, 14:15, 17:00, 20:10
    • depart ZH: 9:30, 12:40, 15:25, 18:35

 


Oct 2 2016

Cathay Pacific 国泰航空

The entertainment on Cathay is pretty good, choose at your own pace and taste. They serve evian water, good food, plenty healthy snacks, Bailey’s among other drinks. The staff is gracious. I get upgraded on both long hauls.

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Arriving by ferry from Zhuhai. The HK$120 tax refund on ¥290 ferry ticket.

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A little episode on the HKG-JFK leg (CX846) which is flow by a girl captain. Story here

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Mar 28 2016

A trip of a life time

My first ever journey with my dad, coincide with his 85th birthday. Given the fact that we had only lived under the same roof in less than four months in my entire life so far, calling this the trip of the century is pretty appropriate. To reconnect with him and his relatives.

Cathay Pacific took us to Hong Kong first where he could renew his Re-Entry Permit 回港证; we also did a quick trip to Shenzhen. Our second leg was Taipei to tree bury his mom. His birthday was celebrated in Shanghai. I went to Anhui to visited two maternal ancestors. We met up in Shanghai and went to JiNan, visiting his grandpa’s tomb. The last leg was Beijing, included a day excursion to Tianjin. This is the most enriching trip for my genealogy!

I take JetBlue to San Francisco to pick him up.

  • Cloth 衣: Hong Kong street
  • Food 食: Western table wine is, still expensive. Hosts are still over ordering.
  • Shelter 住:  EatonTaipei City HotelYaocheng HotelAnhui Hotel and Yuquan hotel, the worst.
  • Transportation 行: Drivers don’t seem to have common courtesy to others and their favored rendezvous spot. In Beijing, there are xianxing 限行 restrictions on cars: on certain day of the week, certain last digit of the license plate can’t drive.  According to 911, for example, for the month of March 2016, on Tuesdays, the license plates ending with 4 and 9 can’t drive from 7am-8pm within 5 rings. Even with this restriction, there is always traffic jams.

Some odds and endsChinglish in China and color of money. The trip is complete with a Taobao experience – the cups.

Day

  1. 2.28 Sun, SF: JetBlueTrader Joe’sLake Merritt
  2. 2.29 Mon, Wellington St, Dimond park & Sausal CreekCX879
  3. 3.01 Tue, HK: the bridgeEaton
  4. 3.02 Wed, 延期 回港证; stores on Nathandine at Chateh; Taichi @ hotel
  5. 3.03 Thur, Shenzhen, lunch & shop, Jennie
  6. 3.04 Fri, TPE, a bank adTaipei City Hotel, gov 户政事務所, passport, evening mktfruits
  7. 3.05 Sat, temple 湧泉寺, NPM 故宫, Tamsui 淡水, MRT Shuangliana light tunnel
  8. 3.06 Sun, 101, DTF, Zhongshan; temple parade
  9. 3.07 Mon, tree burial; flight canceled
  10. 3.08 Tue Shanghai, 85th bday, lunch & dinner/wine
  11. 3.09, visit a factory
  12. 3.10, Thur, badminton; lunch & 浦之舟, Peace Hotel
  13. 3.11, Fri, dinner @ Lujiazui
  14. 3.12 Sat, my 1st trip to Dongzhi county
  15. 3.13 Sunday, visit my ancestors
  16. 3.14 Mon, Hefei, Lujiang, memorial parkAnhui Hotel/dinner
  17. 3.15 Tue, Jinan, Hefei stationYuquan hotel 玉泉 & dinner
  18. 3.16, Wed, visit g grandpa; 南水北调 village, lunch; Uncle’sDavid Beckham; JFL 聚福林
  19. 3.17, Thur, garden 万竹园 and to BJ
  20. 3.18, Fri, Great Wall; 2 media codinner
  21. 3.19, Sat, East, Xihe 羲和雅苑, Maan coffee
  22. 3.20, Sun, Bird’s Nest 鸟巢/Water Cube, Dadong w/ Zhangs
  23. 3.21, Mon, Tianjin
  24. 3.22, Tue, Fayuan Si 法源寺; Niuji 牛街; Kaorou Wan 烤肉宛
  25. 3.23, Wed, Juqi 局气, demo derbysuitcase & the last supper in 中关村
  26. 3.24, Thur, wine, going home

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Mar 6 2016

The caulking

A little odds and ends: both hotels we stayed, are seriously lacking electrical outlets. I only found one in each.

The airport express train is very convenient. While riding (duh) I noticed the caulking job is pretty poorly done. So is the hotel shower.

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Mar 3 2016

Aunt Jennie

She took us to Shenzhen for lunch, and experience the third medicine that keeps her healthy. Her apartment is being maintained nicely.

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She asked repeatedly, why did her mother leave the youngsters at home and took the two older children with her to Taipei in 1948? I didn’t have an answer nor dad. My heart went out to her.


Mar 3 2016

The third medicine

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Aunt Jennie swears by this method to maintain a healthy body and mind. She’s been visiting this Long Electromagnetic Waves Health Center 超长电磁波保健中心 for years. The store claims it’s the third medicine natural therapy 第三医学 自然疗法. There’s TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) and the commonly known and used medicine, which Chinese call it Western medicine.

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