Filed under: Asia, China, Indonesia, language, travel | Tags: Bali, China, ferry, Hong Kong, Indonesia, subway, tourism, transportation, walking
I returned a few weeks ago from a twelve day trip to first, Hong Kong for a 4-day layover and then 8 days in tropical Bali, Indonesia. I stayed at a lovely villa called Bali Dream Villa in Seminyak. I want to talk about HK first.
I really enjoyed Hong Kong. I liked the subway, streetcars, buses and taxis. The mass transit in Hong Kong is efficient, clean and timely. I liked that I was able to navigate the subway easily from the hotel, Regal Riverside in “Sha Tin” in the New territories to Kowloon and Hong Kong Central.
We rode ferries from Kowloon to Hong Kong but also a ferry from Lantau Island into Victoria (Hong Kong ) Harbor.
The only hiccup in Hong Kong was when I hiked up to Victoria Peak. At 1,811 ft, it is almost 3 miles to hike and it can be steep in spots. It took about 3 hours and my quadriceps were talking to me. It also started to rain and the ground was slippery. Check out EveryTrail’s Victoria Peak Walk for more details: http://www.everytrail.com/guide/victoria-peak-walk-the-peak-
Once atop Victoria Peak <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victoria_Peak> I made a beeline for the Starbucks for some hot coffee.
Peak Galleria Starbucks Shop 7 6/F 118 Peak Road Hong Kong was just one of the Hong Kong Starbucks I ate at. I visited them mostly for the free Wi-fi and because I had money on my Starbucks card and it was accesible via my Starbucks app.
Starbucks.com.hk There are so many Starbucks in Hong Kong. I went to Starbucks on Lantau Island. Citygate Unit 619 Tung Chung Lantau Island. I went to the Starbucks in Kowloon. Star House Shop No. B5 Basement Floor Starhouse, New Territories.
One morning near the hotel in Sha Tin I had to go the Starbucks in the City One Shops it is a mall. City One Number 633A 6/F Fortune City One No.1 Ngan Shing St. Shatin, New Territories. My last SBUX was at the Hong Kong International Airport. http://www.hongkongairport.com/eng/index.html
HKIA North Satellite Concourse 5NC154 L5 North Satellite HK
We also went to Macau http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macau We had to go through customs both leaving Hong Kong and on arrival in Macau. Customs again on the departure from Macau and the trip back to Hong Kong. I thankfully did not see any Starbucks. I went to a library for free Wi-fi. I did go to two casinos. The MGM and the Wynn. I only had meals there. I don’t gamble.
I had a pretty full vacation in the four days in Hong Kong but I still had eight days to spend in Bali, Indonesia. I will tell you more about that part of the trip in the next post.
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: books, digital, electronic, Fashion, graphics, infographic, old, photography, pictures, print, technology
I am very happy the semester is over for Spring 2012. I am recognizing in myself that I like old technology and am old school aka old fashioned. Which brings me to the E-book.
After reading the infographic below on E-books , I embrace my printed books much more.
I have a reader and have downloaded Apple’s iBooks and Project Gutenberg, free digital books but I cannot get into reading them.
I think one of the main reasons are the types of books I read and collect. I love history books, travel books and fashion & art books.
One thing these books all have in common is the use of graphics and pictures. I like the large format of the printed pages.
I love those three publishers.
It makes me just a bit nervous to think that print might be extinct. Look at this infographic below.
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Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: books, deprivation, internet, media, reading, television, twitter, usage
For my sanity and happiness I am giving up the amount of television I watch. The violence and negativity is depressing. I also have a problem with the content and stereotypes of entertainment programs. I am reading books and periodicals more.
It is difficult to rein in the internet usage. I don’t tweet or Facebook as much as in 2007, 2008, or 2009. I am more introspective and not posting willy nilly.
I am trying to develop my voice and write more.
So far solar 2010 new year has been full of progress. I am inching toward the half marathon goal.
Here is alittle “Obama” news. I am thinking about revisiting news interest stories about President Barack Obama.
Filed under: 2010, Exercise/Fitness, Health | Tags: 2010, 2k10, activity, cardio, cross country, dance, elevation, exercise, fitness, golf, golfing, hills, kickboxing, kilometers, legs, marathon, martialarts, miles, muaythai, new year, partner, racewalking, ski, str, strength, tennis, train, training, walking, workout, x-c, yoga
As I sit bundled against the San Francisco chill, I am wondering when I will log walking 5 miles around the lake. I have been lagging of late and making excuses.
I have been doing yoga and I am starting to see the results. I need to make some new fitness aka exercise plans for 2010. I will stick with the yoga and dance but I need more cardio. I also want to try new things.
I want to walk a “half marathon”. I have one in mind. May 2, 2010 Avenue of the Giants Half Marathon Humboldt, CA. I have set my sights before on a 7-mile hike. I have done a few 5ks. This would be 13 miles. The half-marathon course has some hills. So I need to train for the incline and elevation.
I will be taking my 1st golfing lessons in January 2010 at Harding Park Golf Course. I am looking forward to learning something new.
Tennis is a class I did well in at SFSU. I want to take a tennis course. I thought if I found an activity partner, I could revive some skills. I tried placing a ad on Craigslist.org but got no responses.
My other activity I will partake in in 2010 is Muay Thai boxing. I have been wanting to learn a martial art. I like the fact of building leg strength.
There is a distinct possibility I may go X-C skiing sometime in 2010. I really want to go to Spooner Lake.
As for the dancing, I am signed up for another tap dance class. I plan to get out and go salsa dancing but it is hard to go alone or find people.
So those are my plans.