Lamma Island

Lamma Island day out.

After doing work/domestic duties for the past 3 weeks, we decided it was time for a change; It was time to go exploring - not looking for sofas, beds etc.

The simple plan was - go to Lamma Island, a friend of mine used to live there when she lived here about 14 years ago.

Ferry Schedule

It appears that there are ferries there about ever 30 mins or so - so we walked down to the Central Pier, and saw there were 2 options - North or South Lamma. North won, as the ferry was leaving in 5 minutes.

Kowloon by the sea

Sitting outside on a posh high speed ferry, this is the view over Victoria Harbor to Kowloon.

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I was of course accompanied by Juliet aka Dora the explorer.

Here she is looking calm cool and collected.

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I also was quite happy and relaxed.

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Lots of ships waiting to dock around these parts.

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The Walk ...

We had landed at the north of the Island - it seemed very busy (weekend tourists like ourselves I suspect), but there was a path to the South - it seemed like a good idea.

As it was a sunny day, we stopped and bought some water before leaving civilization.

The path winded up and down, in shade and sun, and then began a long gentle climb.

At the top there is a lovely view point, where Dora and I caught our breath.

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After a short break, we plodded on noting the climb South to North would be much more short and sharp.

The time from North to South took us 70 minutes.

Food time

At both ferry stage areas the main business are food restaurants. We sat down at the Raindow restaurant. I am not sure which one is the best - the food was excellent - fresh and plentiful.

We were tired and rather sweaty ... Liquids were needed.

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I also was suffering a little.

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We had just finished lunch when we heard there was a ferry due to leave. Rushing we made the ferry with under a minute to spare.

Still re-hydrating - we headed to Aberdeen.

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Fery trip back

Around the island, there are lots of floating fish farms.

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Looking slightly more like the Africa Queen than a ferry, the old ship felt very sound.

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Approaching South Island, we crossed the path of many container ships, here the authorities are heading out.

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Looks like a car ferry - but not sure where to/from.

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Aberdeen Harbor

We had been looking at leaving overlooking this area, this is a squid boat parked close to the high-rise.

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All types and shapes of vessles abound.

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The jetty to the famous Jumbo Restaurant is clearly visible.

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A great day out - you should try it.

HK around town

Home shopping in Hong kong

With the apartment rental all sorted out, we have been actively looking for furniture (yes that means Ikea) as well as some other bits and pieces.

Last week's recce to the much maligned IKEA in Causeway bay, resulted in a shopping list. Which today we got turned into an order.

However before that we took some time to look at the street paintings that surround my work bus route; Yes I do go to work on a double decker bus every morning. It is quite pleasant to tell the truth.

Street Murals

Honkers

When I worked in Saudi with the Navy, I would always hear this expression "Honkers" I think it is a funny wall. Not as popular as some of the others.... no accounting for taste I suppose.

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Gargoyles - HK Style

Not sure what these fierce looking guys are supposed to do, thought it was a little sad - they had to be chained together.

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No Idea ...

Not sure if this is a carton/game or some other character I do not recognize. Answers on a post card please....

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How does this tree hang on ?

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Some much more popular Murals

Usually there are lots of people standing around these walls, but we were a little ahead of the crowds this morning.

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Blackpool trams ? Err no

There are still trams - and if you are not in a hurry - they are a very cheap way of moving around through the centre of town. Some have A/C in the now I have been told, but this morning we sad on the top, with the windows down - it was very pleasant indeed.

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This building reminded me of the 'triangulum' in New York ... maybe just not as pointed. Try and ignore the McDonalds sign ... alas they are everywhere here also.

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The Local park

There is a really nice small park just by our current apartment, and as we are just moving over the road (sort of) - this will be next to our new apartment also.

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Juliet looking with a degree of humor at the turtles, we all appear to be begging for food, despite signs of "Do not feed (or add more turtles)". There is a shop close by that sells them live, I am wondering if this is somehow connected ... ha ha

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Our new apartment

Somewhere up there on the 25th floor - is our new apartment.

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Kennedy Bus

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We had a busy day planned today, I wanted to accomplish the following

- Ham Radio Shop
- Buy some Electronics
- Go see realtor
- View Properties
- Relax

Alas as we were standing for the Bus, both of our mobile phones developed that horrible 21st century disease - NO INTERNET.

This is what the area looks like.

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Find CSL

We then played the "can you remember where the CSL shop is".

5 mins on a Tram later, and then after asking we pretty much walked back to where we had started !! Laugh ? I almost cried....

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A very pleasant man - showed us the hidden menu on the CSL Web page - so we could activate the data..... And we were cured.

Alas the timescale was rather compromised.

Bus time

I really like the bus in Hong Kong - they drive like racing drivers. Do not ever thing of moving around without having a firm grip of the hand rail here.

Dora - was ready for the day ahead....

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In full exploring mode as you can see.

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Night-time HK

Typhoon ? !

On getting back from the office, I noticed the doorway to the apartment had a prominent sign informing me that there was a Typhoon Level 1 Warning.

Warnings

Alas there seems to be no global standard for Typhoons, In Philippines the range is 1-5 which means "Get Ready"/"Prepare to possibly die". Hong Kong seems to have a little more granularity to this system with numbers from 1-10.

So I have reinterpreted the Typhoon warning to being in Filipino speak "A normal day - no worries." fn

Evening thunder

We did get some good bangs of thunder, which seem to echo rather like your voice in a canyon off the multitude of sky-scrapers that adorn the HK sky-line.

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In normal non BW light.

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Quick exploring HK

Exploring HK

We have been out and exploring for the last day of my retirement.

We came back from looking at more apartments, travelling on the Bus (our new favourite transport mechanism).

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Bikes

I was interested to see what type of bike the Ambulance riders, were using - looks like a big Honda (Pan-European ?) .

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I am a little sad, I was hoping to see a nice BMW.

Kowloom heading back to HK Island

Some massive buildings in Kowloom, no clue what they will be !!. fn

Big buildings

When I mean big - I mean BIG !!

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1st day of work, tomorrow...

Hong Kong day 1

Hong Kong

With a new "first day" at work, approaching. It seemed a good idea to go and get to grips with the local transport system, something which we had read was very efficient and well organised.

Additionally we need to start to try and find an area to live in, and then an apartment.

Apps

It seems a little sad to start of my HK Travel page recommending an App that you can use on your Phone, but if you are visiting HK - please have a look at the app called Moovit, think Lemurs from Madagascar and you will not forget the app.

The MTR

Like most major cities the Metro/Underground/MTR is a quick, cheap and quite comprehensive way of moving around. Our chosen destination was the area called South Horizons, which meant getting the MRT from Admiralty.

This is a new line, and unfortunately required us to walk down 5 levels, which seemed a little not so user friendly. However once on the train, we sped along, passed under the impressive mountain which dominates Hong Kong island, and popped out near Ocean Park.

At this point 95% of the train got off, it is summer time, kids holidays - and a trip to a theme park, with aquatic animals is obviously high on the parents and children's agenda here in HK.

South Horizons

We spend a couple of hours looking around, in fact looking at 2 or 3 apartments almost off the South Island; One apartment looked quite inviting, but as we were on a fact finding mission not a "we must find a place to live" we will go and see some more (guess what we are doing tomorrow ?)

Return to Ikea

Yes, you read that correct. Along with looking for a new place to live, we also need to put some furniture into the place. Dora, who has never shopped at Ikea - was quite excited about this.

To get a different point of view, we decided to take the bus from South Horizons to Ikea in the main shopping area close to Causeway Bay. Normally travelling by Bus as a tourist (which is what we really are still), is very difficult - getting on (and off) the correct bus is not without some issues.

But (last and final plug for Moovit) with a nice App - it was a real breeze. We watched from the top of the bus, the bus stops tick by, and 500m to go we were given a warning that we needed to get off. It could not be more easy. Sadly I did try this app in Oman before we left, and despite the infusion of more buses - there was no data.

Ikea on a weekend

Sadly I can not recommend this experience, shopping has never been one of my favourite pastimes - the Ikea store is large, comprehensive - and was packed. There were people catching a sleep on a chair, bed, it looked like some "young people" were almost having a group date/private party in some of the show-case rooms.

Even Dora, commented this was not a good place to visit at the weekend, sadly I agreed with her saying "I have to work in the week alas"... Let us see if this is the end of the Ikea experience (I doubt it).

Returning home

Feeling braze we again took a bus - this time having to change buses. We did manage to get home, with little hassle - and rewarded ourselves with a rest, promising ourselves a small treat a little later on.

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Leaving Oman

Bye bye Sultanate of Oman

After a couple of "will they go" moment over the past few years, we finally took the plunge and decided to see what life had planned for us outside Oman.

We have had an amazing time in Oman, 25 years and 3 days in my case. It is still a good place to live, so do not hesitate in taking a position in the country.

We thank the people, our friends and the company I used to work for - for being kind, honest and loyal. We hope we have repaid that in our efforts in and out of work.

A new page in our lives now starts....

2017 UK Boxing Day

Boxing Day 2017

After a nice Christmas day, Dora and I went to see the sales in Middlesbrough.

We then headed to Redcar to have some sea air..... Brrrr very chilly.

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