All creatures great and small

When I say I have had a veritable zoo or critter¬†menagerie in my apartment over the year, I swear I am not exaggerating. Such is life in a ground floor apartment, in a village, in the foresty mountain area of Hong Kong. One thing most people don’t realize is that Hong Kong is only about…

Of grit and glitter

Exploring Hong Kong Part 7 – Old Wan Chai History Between Wan Chai and Admiralty MTR stops is a wealth of Hong Kong history waiting to be discovered. On the¬†Lonely Planet walking tour, we were distracted by the Wan Chai Street Market and the wet market (which, gross enough, was once a mortuary during WWII),…

Markets and Shops of Wan Chai

Exploring Hong Kong Part 6 – Wan Chai markets and shops Wan Chai is best known for bars and entertainment. It beats out the pulse of the city and all its vices. Well, that was partially true in the early days of the British colonization here. My friends and I embarked on a self-guided walking…

Spending time with sparrows and pigeons

Exploring Hong Kong Part 5 – Hong Kong Park & Victoria Park If you tire of tall buildings, crowded streets, and insanely-packed markets, take a break and wander into Hong Kong Park (Admiralty MTR) or Victoria Park (Tin Hau MTR) for a relaxing stroll amongst beautifully-landscaped scenes, complete with butterflies, artists, bursting flowers, and the…

Ye olde folke lore

Abandoned over time, the Hakka folk village of Sheung Yiu sits as a silent testament to the time when life was much simpler outside the mega-city of Hong Kong

The Cliffs of Insanity: Kowloon Markets & Mong Kok

Exploring Hong Kong Part 3 – Kowloon Markets & Mong Kok Kowloon and Mong Kok both have some pretty interesting markets for the tourist or the everyday Hong Kong resident. First of all, I highly recommend a visit to the Kowloon/Mong Kok Markets. They’re hectic, packed full of people, surrounded by dense, dizzyingly high buildings,…

A [not so] fairy tale delivery story

Based on a true story of daily life in Hong Kong. Once upon a time, there was a fair, kind, and young(ish) maiden living in a lovely village up the very steep hill from the big kingdom. This fair, kind, and young(ish) maiden wanted to get her groceries delivered, and she waited two very long…

Can you take me higher?

Exploring Hong Kong Part 2 – Victoria Peak tram After a failed attempt at taking the Peak Tram back in July (it was a Saturday and I couldn’t even people that day), I figured I may as well have another go at it during the week. Fortunately, when I arrived, it was only about a…

10,000 Buddhas to watch you climb a steep hill

Exploring HK Part 1: 10,000 Buddhas Monastery in Sha Tin As fall break approached, I couldn’t be happier to have a significant amount of time off to recover from a) graduate school completion, b) hectic travel to HK, c) starting a job in a new school with new kids, new team, and entirely knew curricular…

IKEA and other Lurid Tales of Furniture Delivery at Midnight

IKEA and I, well, we have a love-hate relationship. It didn’t start out that way. I loved IKEA’s fresh cinnamon rolls (in the States), its sensible attitude toward apartment-style living, and the ability to make the most out of any space. In Shanghai, IKEA could be a source of entertainment if one was in the…

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…