Oct 24 2016

Jiuzhou Port 九洲港

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599, Qing Lv Nan Lu,
珠海市情侣南路599号
Zhuhai, Guangdong, China

It opened in 1986, with limited routes, to Hong Kong and Shenzhen. I walked by it the other day from the hotel in the morning. It looks untidy but walking toward south, it becomes scenic.

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Inside, the station is spacious and modern, given the geo location. ¥290 ticket to Hong Kong airport. Each passenger gets 20 kg check in luggage allowance. Each additional luggage cost ¥4 per kilogram. I end up paying ¥48 for two small luggage. The  is allowed in the waiting area after the immigration.

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There are shops, as well as real estate agents. 翠湖香山 Lakewood Hills is one of a few. The bored looking agent said, the apartment/villa costs ¥10,000,000+ 1千多万 on 260 sq meter area. ¥200,000 in real estate tax (once). For golf, 高尔夫 membership it’s ¥400,000 for life/终身; only paying cart and caddy each time plays 每次打 交车费 球童费.

Departing from the port, passing by the hotel, we sail on the south side of the bridge, and break away at 30 minutes mark.

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Oct 24 2016

The New Yuan Ming Palace 圆明新园

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Xiangzhou Qu, Lanpu Rd, 圆明新园 邮政编码: 519000
Zhuhai, Guangdong, China

A theme park built on the same size of land of Yuanmingyuan that was burned down in 1860 by the Brits and French. Maybe I grew up in Beijing and used to the ruins, this newly built park (2012; free 9am – 6pm) doesn’t do any magic for me. However, jogging is pretty good there. I didn’t go to any of the performances.

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Oct 24 2016

A mean girl

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A little episode on the HKG-JFK leg. 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 24 2016

Homestead of Chen Fang 陈芳

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Meixi Villiage, Qianshan Block, Xiangzhou District
Zhuhai, 519080 GuangdongChina

The former home of Chun Afong (1825 -1906) 字国芬, a successful Chinese Hawaiian businessmen. It’s being preserved and renovated.

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After the visit, we pass by Zhuhai Girls’ Middle School (all girls 珠海女子中学; zh wiki; baidu). The tall white building looks rather western. When I google it, some does comment that it looks aristocrat.

 


Oct 23 2016

Chan Seng Kei 陈胜记

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Chensheng Ji
Rua Caetano No21, Coloane / 路環市區計單奴街21號
+853 2888 2021
Macau, China

The second stop of our bike tour is at this Michelin Guide 2017 eatery. The surrounding is pretty – on the Largo Eduardo Marques square, diagonally opposite (south of) from Uni of Macao across the water, next to colorful Chapel of St. Francis; runs by 3rd generation. Their famous stewed duck with tangerine peel (chenpi duck 陳皮鴨) only serves after 6 pm, unfortunately. The veggie and squid are yummy. The coconut cost HK$50 (about US$6.45), twice as much as in New York City.

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Oct 23 2016

Lord Stow’s Bakery 安德鲁饼店

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R. do Tassara, Macau
853 2888 2534
Macau, China

The very first stop of our bike tour. Established in 1989, they claim the creator of the Egg Tart now famous throughout Asia. The tarts are fine. I think anything freshly out of wok/pot/oven, in general, tastes good. There isn’t a line when we get there. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have waited. It reminds me of Georgetown Cup cake bakery.

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Oct 23 2016

Biking in Coloane, Macau

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São Francisco Xavier (Coloane) 聖方濟各堂區(路環)Saint Francis Xavier is south of Taipa (氹仔), with Cotai, they form the main island of Macau, China

My bike tour‘s unexpected, joyous and dangerous due to my own inability. A grad student at Uni of Macau who knew the island well takes me for a ride.

First thing first, getting the egg tart and a short hop to lunch at Chan Seng Kei at Largo Eduardo Marques square (next to the yellow chapel St. Francis).

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The yellow facade Chapel, baroque style St. Francis is the center of the Coloane (address: Rua do Caetano, Largo Eduardo Marques, Coloane). It’s built in 1928, facing the 1910 monument commemorating the local victory over pirates on Largo Eduardo Marques and the Shisanmen Waterway. The restaurant Chan Seng Kei where we’ve lunch is to the south side of the church and Largo Eduardo Marques square.

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Next stop is Kun Iam Temple Coloane (Templo de Kun Iam 路環观音古廟)

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Our destination ends up at the Cheoc Van Beach (Bamboo Bay), on the South/East China Sea. It’s smaller and cleaner than the Hac Sa Beach 黑沙海灘 Baía de Hác Sá) on the east.

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Oct 23 2016

University of Macau 澳门大学

Avenida da Universidade, Taipa,
Macau, China

Part of it is in Hengqin Island, Guangdong since 2014.

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I’ve an unplanned biking tour of the island.


Oct 23 2016

Lover’s Road on Sunday

Zhuhai, Guangdong, China

Qinglv Lu 情侣路 by Jiuzhou Port; ends at the beach

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The beach @ City Living room

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Oct 23 2016

Guangdong TCM Zhuhai 广东中医院

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广东省中医院 珠海医院
53 Jingle Road (Jida 吉大) 景乐路53号
ZhuhaiGuangdongChina

It’s an adventure that gone a little off. On the unplanned bike tour of Macau, as I was going down the hill, in full thratle, in order to go up the hill right in front of me, I lost the control and fall on my left side. Thanks lord there’s any cars around. I got up immediately. We managed to continue to the Cheoc Van Beach (Bamboo Bay), the House of Dancing Water and the dinner. For a piece of mind, I decided, at 10 pm, to visit emergency room, to get that rubber stamp.

  • ¥23, registration – my age is never asked
  • ¥132, X Ray
  • ¥165, medicines (a box of pills and 10 pads of paste)

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Total of ¥320 (about US$46).

It’s 10 pm, there isn’t a lot of patients. After registration, we walked over to the doctor’s office. His door is open, treating a child who appears to be asleep, in his dad’s arms. Mom is standing. There are other people in the room. Two friends who go with me, go straight in, without any hesitation.

Privacy isn’t expected and respected (but secrecy!?)

When it’s my turn, (thanks lord, no one else is around except my two friends, and of course, they’ve no desire to leave the room …) the doctor asks a few questions then says, “soft rib is very difficult to diagnose and the accuracy is only 66%. …  Since 1 out of 3 is wrong, we usually treat it as broken – on the severe side, to be safe.”
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We’re off to X Ray. There are bank of machines displaying names for CT/DR self pick up. Very effective but again, privacy is being violated. Everybody knows who’s done what.

We press the bell, the metal gate goes up and a sleepy doctor or X Ray technician comes out, who leads me into the room. My friends stay by the door. I know they mean well and are looking after me.

 

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“Change” he points to the two pieces greenish garment that are hinging on the wall. They look soiled.
“Do I have to?”
“Yes.”
“I’ll take off my bra and keep my tank top.”
“Change. It’s for your own good.” He keeps an even, a little tired voice.
I change. All the while, thinking unknown worms are swimming …

The X Ray sends to the doctor’s monitor in no time. He looks at it, and gives me a clean bill but adds, “as I said before, 1 out 3 times, we misdiagnose. Take another one in a week if you still feel pain.”

One of my friends adds, “you now can go to your New York doctor … ” I sincerely hoped that the friend won’t make such comment. Because as I predict, the TCM doctor says, through his nose, “American doctors know nothing. They don’t treat enough patients.”

Medical insurance in China, according my friend, is relatively inexpensive compare to what we’re paying in the USA. They fork over ¥200 a month via salary deduction and the employer pays the other half. For each medical visit, (mostly hospitals), they pay 20% of the total charge.

If a patient fancies an expert, they need to pay more. How the doctors become experts? They take exam.

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