07 December, 2014

Hong Kong 2014 Day 2

I seem to be hanging in there in the fight against jet lag.  I managed to get a full night's sleep last night.  We took it pretty easy today though.  First a little breakfast and some actual work... you know, the reason I'm actually here in Hong Kong.  Then we headed off to get foot massages.  One of the best things about Hong Kong.  Sounds silly I know, but they're amazing.

Yes, I know, that has nothing to do with foot massages.  Just a random picture of little fish.  We passed one of the many fish markets on our walk and it just seemed like a good picture.

We then decided to meet up with a couple of clients and head south to Stanley market.  Some of you may remember Stanley from last year.  Lovely beach front area with a fun market.  We ate lunch, had a little too much vino and then shopping!

So apparently there was some kind of race going on while we were eating.  Various groups of people would run by with a handicapped kid in the sedan chair.  This particular group was all dressed in santa costumes for some reason.  (see yesterday, mad about Christmas)  Most everyone seemed like they were having fun though.

Yet another amazing tree just growing out of a wall.  It's pretty spectacular.  We spent some time wandering around the market.  Just a couple of the random things for sale:

Angry Babies

Squishy fake baked goods, with faces.
Can't say it isn't interesting around here.  And yes... I had to buy some of the fake buns.  They were squishy!  But I got the mini ones, not these biggies.

So clearly, I wasn't taking a lot of photos today since I'd been to Stanley before.  I just enjoyed the day and had a good time.  So before we get to some nerdy photos, here are some night shots of the view from my room.  Still amazing.

And keeping up with tradition, here are today's #TravelingDean photos from Stanley.

I probably won't be writing for the next few days unless I'm really lucky and have some time.  Thanks for reading and safe travels!

06 December, 2014

Hong Kong 2014 Day 1 part 2

Well I promised you more and I didn't realize how much more you were going to get!  So my boss and I decided that since we had a little spare time today, we'd head out to Kowloon and maybe check out something we hadn't seen before.  Off to the Ferry we went!

On the Kowloon side, we took a few photos and did a little shopping.  Some of you may remember this lovely bell tower from previous trips, it's the original terminus for the Orient Express.

Some of the trees here are just amazing.  They'll grow through anything.  This is one of my favorites and I take pictures every year.

If I haven't mentioned it before, they're Crazy about Christmas here in Hong Kong.  That means all types of Christmas music plays everywhere and the displays get a little out of hand.

We stopped by the always lovely Peninsula hotel for a tiny bit of shopping.

Then we hit the subway and headed out to the Nan Lian Garden and the Chi Lin Nunnery.  Simply beautiful.  It must be amazing to have such a lovely green space so carefully taken care of right in the middle of a residential area.  You can learn more about both places here: http://www.discoverhongkong.com/ca/see-do/culture-heritage/chinese-temples/chi-lin-nunnery-and-nan-lian-garden.jsp

And now the Garden...

I felt like we could have just wandered here in silence for hours.  But alas, there wasn't time, so we headed across the bridge to the Nunnery.  Unfortunately because it's an active place of worship, we couldn't take photos of some of the stunning altars that filled the main building.  So you'll have to make do with just the exteriors.

Simply breathtaking.  Well here's the part where those of you who aren't nerds can close this post and go on about your day.  For those of you who will continue to indulge my #TravelingDean series, here's what Dean go up to today.

This last one was JZ's idea.  I think he started to have fun with it too as he told me to put my "gnome" on top of this sculpture and then helped out when I was too short.

So I hope you've enjoyed today with me.  We're headed out to dinner before this crazy week gets going!

05 December, 2014

Hong Kong 2014 Day 1

Hello from Hong Kong... again!  I have to apologize to any readers who missed the photos from NYC and Florida, I was quite remiss in posting.  I promise to try better from here on out.  So, I never in my life thought I'd be on my fourth trip to Hong Kong, but here I am.  Today is going to be a little time hanging out with the boss.  I'm sure I'll post a few pictures tonight, but in the meantime... here are a few shots of the newly upgraded rooms and my view.

Yep, the bathroom looks right into the bedroom.  LOL But there is a shade to pull down.  As someone I know once said, it makes it easy to roll out of bed and into the tub.

Last of all... for anyone who also follows me on Instagram or Twitter, this will be a repeat.  I've started a fun, nerdy series of photos with my Funko Dean Winchester.  I'm going to see if I can take pictures of him just about everywhere I go.  So if you want the instant updates, just search #TravelingDean and you'll find us.  For everyone else... here's a sample of the trip so far.  And if this is far too nerdy for you, just skip the end of the blogs from here on out.

I'm off to enjoy the city!