Monday, January 14, 2008

in Hong Kong

I had a pretty packed schedule in HK with scheduled meetings with colleagues at our HK office, as well as with other investment bankers. Nevertheless, I still managed to have some fun with my camera.

The times we were free, I dumped my colleagues and ran out to the streets to take in the sights and sounds. I reckon I must have looked pretty tourist-y toting my Crumpler messenger bag and with DSLR slung around my neck.

But who cares.

Like every aspiring photographer, I was after only one thing - the perfect shot.

I have always loved taking pictures from the plane as the I enjoy the surprises that new perspectives bring to common things.


Tsui Wah char chan teng. Apparently a favourite supper haunt for HK celebrities. We didn't see any. Or at least none that we recognised.

Yung Kee is a must-go gastronomical destination in HK. The roast goose here is to die for! !

The Mid-Levels Central Escalator - the longest escalator system in the world. Takes pedestrians up and down the hilly streets of Hong Kong.

Lan Kwai Fong. Entertainment hub of the city. A smörgåsbord of people and cultures. I certainly could get used to hanging out here!

Took the Star Ferry to Tsim Sha Tsui just to snap a picture of this already world-famous view of Hong Kong Island. Electric!

The lobby of the place I call Home in Hong Kong, which I sadly hardly spent much time in.

Sweet dreams. Another new day beckons.

2008.01.09 Trip to Hong Kong

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

drama at the airport

What a day. The one thing that I had thought would NEVER happen to me...HAPPENED today!


And to think that I had nonchalantly walked up to the check-in counter even, before an unsettling cloud of doom settled over me as I watched my colleague flip out his passport. It was almost surreal.

Thankfully, Cathay Pacific still had seats on their 1.35 pm flight to HK. Still, I first had to run around the airport to re-schedule my flight, then take a taxi all the way back to USJ to get my passport, and then head back to the airport to catch the next flight. And now I blog while waiting for my flight. I need a breather man.

On the bright side, my sticky situation was a chance for me to celebrate the wonders of technology once again! As no one will be picking me up upon arrival in HK later, I went online, checked out my alternatives to get from Chek Lap Kok to the city, ran through the schedule and route of the Airport Express train, then went to Google Maps to check out where my hotel is located. So assuming all goes well, I should be at my doorstep at the Ritz-Carlton at about 5.30 pm.

And now, with all that done, I shall go check my Facebook account =)