Just junk it

The best way to socialize in HK is having a junk boat party where you can eat, drink, and be all kinds of merry out on the water. Plus, there’s always swimming, stunning views, and plenty of conversation to keep the party going. Sai Kung junk parties mean gorgeous green, hilly islands, shallow enough waters…

We need more cow[bell]!

The famous Christopher Walken had it quite correct. Working in Sai Kung offers glorious views of the water and the mountains. One can gorge nonstop on natural beauty. There are always yachts and fishing boats in the harbour, relatively nice breezes, funky little cafes and restaurants, along with the provisional McDonald’s, Starbucks, Subway, etc. It…

Flower Market Street: I don’t know what that is, but I like it!

 From the nunnery, I thought I’d hop back on the MTR green line to Prince Edward Street, whereupon I’d discover the Flower Market Street, a goldfish market, a bird market, and the famed Temple Street Market. Correction: I made it to the Flower Market Street, which was absolutely lovely and filled the humid, dense air…

Get thee to a nunnery!

Or a flower market – whatever is more suitable for you and not necessarily for just poor Ophelia. On my first Sunday in Hong Kong, I decided to be lazy until the early afternoon, especially as it was still hot and still outside because of a typhoon making landfall in Taiwan and up north on…

You dim sum, you lose some

I tried dim sum for the first time at the Metropole Restaurant near the Admiralty stop – and I have to say, it’s probably the most addicting meal I’ve ever had. I’m assuming it’s the MSG that makes it so wonderful, but really, dim sum is fabulous. Dim sum’s literal “little bites” allow you to…

Tram-a-lama-ding-dong!

Fast forward to my arrival in Hong Kong on August 5th. I was here to start a new teaching job, but the thought that this was really, really it – after being hired way back in January – sunk in like a ton of HKD coins in my pockets. I was really not living in…

I want 2 pina coladas, gotta have one for each hand …

Koh Samui is the epitome of all those songs about tropical drinks. Bophut Beach is a quieter cousin to its more popular family members across the island, but that suited me just fine. After the packed Friday night market, the rest of the weekend and week were very chill. Not that there isn’t plenty to…

Arriving in Hong Kong at night

I arrived in Hong Kong about a month ago over a very short weekend period. As I took the taxi out of the airport, heading toward the island and my hotel, I was struck by how dark everything was as we got further and further from the airport. Then, there are lights, golden lights, sea…

12 hours to paradise

12 hours to paradise – from Chiang Mai to Koh Samui by every travel means possible – minus train and ox cart.

Things that go bump in the night

I’m not one for five-start hotel experiences since that can take all the fun out of travel, but I’m still trying to get over this place we stayed in. It was just for three nights whilst in Chiang Mai. However, three sorts of noises were rather unsettling. Loads of screaming children in the hallways with parents…