Jun 1 2017

Frankfurt main station Hauptbahnhof

Am Hauptbahnhof,
60329 Frankfurt am Main, Germany

It’s opened on August 18, 1888. Very convenient, connecting to Underground subways U Bahn €2.75, and S Bahn to airport which cost €4.80. Be aware that Frankfurt subway ticket doesn’t take credit card nor €20 bill even the machine says it accepts this denomination.

Jun 1 2017


I enjoy train travel more than air. The main station in Frankfurt is very convenient and familiar. The small shops might have come and go over the years but by large, it hasn’t changed. Two outlets (Ria and Reisebank) to exchange currency – given the status of Germany, credit cards are not as widely accepted as it is in USA.


May 30 2017

A breeze @ JFK’s T4

Terminal 4 @ JFK; the beautiful sunset.

A frequent business travel friend complained on WeChat an hour ago: “看来还是要停止抵制美联航。今天飞多伦多,试了一下porter airline。比原定时间推迟俩小时,据说雷阵雨不能按时起飞。更不方便的是脱鞋、解腰带、搜身都来了,看来美联航的Pre换了航空公司就不管用了,呵呵。” but the start of my trip is a breeze. At T4, there is no line. No taking out phone/laptop; empty your pockets. Open your purse. Take off shoes and strip search. Non of the above. Omg. It’s like pre 9/11.

With so much time on hand I shopped. For a pair of very similar sun glasses ray ban sells $160 while Prada $330. Oh well, the power of shopping.

Frankfurt airport has non working escalator like last time, which strikes me a bit unusual. It’s pretty warm too. Again no one wastes energy the way USA does.



May 22 2017

The train line

A few in this link how reliable is it? (a year ago – May 2016) – wrote that Train Line is more expensive but I found otherwise. Be-known that thetrainline.com is within UK while trainline.eu covers continental Europe.

The Train Line is easy to use especially for people who don’t know who the carriers are. For example, I need a ticket from The fares change but not really according to if you book x weeks in advance. When I looked up on May 22, 2017, the tickets from London to Oxford go for:

  1. May 24
  2. June 5
  3. June 6


Mar 20 2017


Public transit in Los Angeles. The Union Station.


Mar 15 2017

JetBlue at JFK

JFK terminal 5

After the security 🚨 check point, is the center of the terminal #5 which is the food court with seating and wide steps, where people sit to read, eat or listening to their mobile devices. It feels welcoming and relaxing. A few wine bars and cafes make people wanting to enjoy a drink or two.


Mar 15 2017

Volkswagen @ Santa Monica

2440 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
(424) 322-2756

Many thanks to Kenny, who picked us up from the airport and provided us with many local knowledge for relocation. He made the transaction so smooth. Really liked his manner and straightforwardness. I appreciate a honest salesman.

The dealership is well run – we only made a few phone inquires. During one call, when the lady on the phone heard that we’re coming from the airport she immediately offered the pick up – that’s a thoughtful service. I’ve a few car buying experience in the past and many bordering on indecent practices (at least in my limited worldly view).

This is my first leasing experience and wasn’t too crazy about the little pressure from the woman who did the paper work: she tried to sell us every thing! Lease protection that cost $355 a month on a 36 month period. It cost twice as much than the leasing amount. Hello!!!! Gosh, how does this business model work?? She kept on telling stories about VW sending bills for the smallest damages at termination time. I’m thinking while she went on and on … does VW want repeat costumer or they just want to screw you?

Oct 24 2016

Jiuzhou Port 九洲港

599, Qing Lv Nan Lu,
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

A mean girl

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 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