I HOPE ..

MAKE NO MISTAKE .. I FULLY REALIZE HOW BLESSED AND HOW LUCKY AND HOW FORTUNATE I AM TO BE ABLE TO TRAVEL AS I DO. THE ENTIRE POINT OF MY WEBSITE HERE IS TO REALIZE MY DESIRE THAT .. IN SOME SMALL WAY .. ONE OF MY POSTS OR ONE OF MY PHOTOGRAPHS WILL MAKE ONE PERSON'S DAY JUST A LITTLE BIT BETTER.

TO FEEL GOOD .. DO GOOD !

I HOPE THAT SOMEONE VISITING MY WEBSITE WILL SEE SOMETHING ON IT THAT THEY WILL NOT EVER BE ABLE TO SEE OR TO DO OTHERWISE .. AND THAT THIS EXPERIENCE WILL MAKE THEIR DAY OR THEIR LIFE JUST A LITTLE BIT BETTER !


IF YOU HAVE YOUR HEALTH AND ADEQUATE MONEY TO FOLLOW-YOUR-DREAM .. WITH DISCERNMENT .. FIND THE COURAGE AND HAVE THE GUTS TO DO WHAT GOD IS CALLING YOU TO DO!


TRULY THIS IS MY DOXOLOGY .. MY PRAISE TO GOD!

YOU CAN ALSO VISIT .. http://babakaps.net .. TO SEE MY OTHER WEBSITE.

Sunday, 25 January 2015

JAN 25, 15 .. HONG KONG .. EBENEEZER'S ..

So you all believe that the only thing that I eat when I eat at local restaurants here in Hong Kong are Singapore Rice Noodles.

Below is a map of the HOMY INN area here in Kowloon.


Ebeneezer's Restaurant on PRAT AVENUE is the focus of this Post. The HOMY INN is on HART AVENUE one street away from and below PRAT AVENUE on the above map.

Kind of below the Circle K sign is a line of six red globes located on the front of the building on the left side of the photo. Below the third red globe is the colorful A+ Restaurant marquee.


When Patti was here in Hong Kong with me .. we two really enjoyed eating at the A+ Restaurant you see below.



On the other side of Prat Avenue is a McDonald's that is located almost directly across the street from the A+ Restaurant.


On the left of McDonald's (above and below) we have Ebeneezer's Kebabs & Pizzeria.



If you look carefully at the left edge of the above photo you can see that there is an entryway that I show below into a building lobby.





Odd how things happen.  I went into the Multifield Plaza to use their public restroom.  I have done this countless numbers of times because many restaurants in Hong Kong do not have restrooms. To compensate for this shortcoming they have working agreements with neighboring buildings to provide their customers with toilet facilities.

Why this entry into and exit out of the Multifield Plaza lobby was different I shall never know. Was it because I was hungry (I was hungry!)?

For the first time in over two months of passing by the below scene many times! .. I NOTICED IT!


MY! Doesn't this look GOOD!



Several additional looks at Ebeneezer's exterior.


Because of the above Parking sign one can not get a good straight-on photo of Ebeneezer's!

Well! You CAN get an excellent straight-on photo of said sign!




Hi There Parking Sign!



Now let's go inside for a look-see!



Very nice ambiance indeed.  Comfortable. Low Key.


What's in a Menu? In my opinion the below Menu says-a-lot about Ebeneezer's!



YES!  I am going to stay and order a Greek Salad!


Oh My THAT was good!



Waiter! My Good Man! Please bring me an order of your .. 


OH MY!




Oh My Patti .. I think you would like Ebeneezer's!



I had finished my two entrees and was just chilling out and relaxing when a pair of elders came to join me sitting down at the table on my left.

Tall and well proportioned .. The gentleman (John) had just run a 'Half-Marathon'. He and his wife (Connie) had then dropped into Ebeneezer's for a well deserved meal break.

And we three began to talk and to talk and to talk some more. The two of them have been in Asia since 1970 when they left Oregon to venture out-into-the-world.

John asked me how I stay-in-touch with Patti. So I dialed up Patti on my cell phone and Patti and Connie and John had a pleasant chit-chat!


Connie! Your meal sure looks good!




Then Connie 'passed the cell phone off ' to John ..

The pen marks on John's left palm are his 'splits' for the 'Half-Marathon' he'd just run.





What a very attractive couple the two of them are. If I had to guess I would guess that they are of Scandinavian ancestry. They are in their early 70's. 

John is a Man-Of-The-Cloth. We three had much to chat about. John and Connie live in the New Territories North of Kowloon. John has learned written and spoken Mandarin and gives sermons in Mandarin. 

Our meeting and engaging visit of almost an hour has stimulated my interest in going to his town .. Sha Tin .. on the Hong Kong MTR to expand my knowledge of the New Territories and to perhaps renew our new acquaintance. 

We three agreed that our visit was providential.

While in India I often write .. "Do you all see what I love about India?" 

I may add to my tune!

"Do you all see what I love about Hong Kong?"

Blogspot is very happy that I have put up a new Post only four days after my last Post on January 21st.

Smiles and More Smiles .. Cap ..

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

JAN 21, 15 .. HONG KONG .. MONG KOK ..

Technically .. to be letter perfect correct .. the title should read as I show below ..

JAN 21, 15 .. KOWLOON .. MONG KOK ..

Mong Kok is a District within the greater Kowloon Metro Area.

But I do have an 'escape loophole'. Hong Kong (as I am using it in the title) means the Greater Hong Kong Metropolitan Area .. NOT just the City of Hong Kong. As such the Greater Hong Kong Metro Area includes everything within a large radius from Hong Kong's central business district including the City of Kowloon and all of its districts .. one of them being Mong Kok.

Wikipedia enlightens us as follows:

Mong Kok (also spelled Mongkok) is an area in the Yau Tsim Mong District, on the western part of the Kowloon Peninsula in Hong Kong. The Prince Edward area occupies the northern part of Mong Kok.

The area is characterized by a mixture of old and new multi-story buildings, with shops and restaurants at street level and commercial or residential units above. Major industries in Mong Kok are retail, restaurants (including fast food) and entertainment. It has been described[1] and portrayed in films as an area in which triads run bars, nightclubs, and massage parlors.

GET THE FOLLOWING: 

With its extremely high population density of 130,000 people/km2 or 340,000 people per square mile, Mong Kok was described as the busiest district in the world by the Guinness World Records.

To go to Mong Kok I use either the Hong Kong MTR ..


Do you all see Mong Kok on the below MTR route map? I am living in Sheung Wan (Shen Wan) located at the EXTREME lower left corner of the below route map to the left of Central on the Blue Line.



The crowd is still intense even though I took a break to insert the above MTR route map!



I love .. I love .. I LOVE HONG KONG!



If I am in a hurry and my time is short .. because I am living in the Sheung Wan (Shen Wan) District of Hong Kong across Victoria Harbor from Kowloon .. I will use the MTR because the MTR is MUCH FASTER.

If I ride the MTR this is my station!



All other things being equal I much prefer to ride the bus.

The 1A bus originates from the Star Ferry Bus Terminus.

The Star Ferry Bus Terminus is where I like to board the bus because it is empty and I can get a seat front and center in the upper deck. I call it my cat-bird seat!



Mong Kok here we come!



I love the Hong Kong buses! They are magnificent!



It seems odd-to-me that I never have to fight to get one of the front seats in the upper deck.

Looking forward from the lower deck of the bus the stairs to the upper deck are visible on the right below.



Below is our 'circular stairway-to-heaven' .. the upper deck.



And around and around we wind to the upper deck.


The below photo faces towards the back of the bus. The circular stairway is on the left below.



I can NOT ever recall seeing people standing in the upper deck. For some reason the upper deck is seldom crowded.


Here is what I seek! MY cat-bird-seat in the front row of the upper deck.



As you can see in these photos .. in general .. the Hong Kong buses are immaculate and spotless!

We are underway with some photographs from the 1A bus on the way out to Mong Kok.

All buses leaving the Star Ferry Bus Terminus pass the Salisbury Road YMCA where I have stayed for many years. The YMCA is ahead on the left.


I have many happy memories within the Kowloon YMCA!




Passing the YMCA we turn left and 
start up Nathan Road ..


A scant few blocks after we turn up Nathan Road we pass my friend the CHUNGKING MANSIONS where I have spent several pleasant nights.



A tad-tight BUT my rooms were spotless in the CHUNGKING MANSIONS. A wall-to-wall bed!



The 'greenery' in this enormous Metro Area absolutely amazes me!


Below is a close-up view of the above greenery.


Amazing! Well .. I think it is amazing! Here we go up Nathan Road on the way to Mong Kok.





Below is the street scene as I pan-down from the above photo. 











We have arrived into the Mong Kok District!












Chinese New Year is coming to China!




It is amazing when I 'click' with someone! 

"Ruby .. Where can I get these two towels hemmed?"




Mentioning that "Ruby sent me!" inserted me right inside of the ACTION!





Can you all believe that .. here I was .. INSIDE of a real garment shop! I could smell their breath I was so close to them!



And you KNOW that back I went to Thank Ruby!

"Ruby .. Do they have any hobby shops here in Mong Kok?"





And back again I went to Thank Ruby!


"Ruby I need some carpet samples for my studio apartment."





"OH YES INDEED FOR SURE!  I WILL say Hello to Ruby for you!"



And back I went yet again to say THANK YOU RUBY .. YOU ARE ONE AMAZING LADY!

"Ah-h-h-h .. Um-m-m-m .. Ruby have they any lumber yards here in Mong Kok?"











"Ruby .. Ruby .. Ruby .. You are like a magician!"


"Ruby one Rabbit after another Rabbit you keep pulling them out of your magic hat!"

"THIS I DO NOT BELIEVE RUBY!"




In the below photo .. Ruby is on my cell phone IN Mong Kok and is TALKING TO PATTI in Anchorage!!



"Lord God what happened to our Captain?"

Rabbits in Mong Kok !!!

He said .. "IF I get any happier I will explode!"

And that was that for Captain! Poof and he was gone!

We think that our Captain was HIT HARD with a sudden recollection of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA !






Where was I ?  Got it ! MONG KOK ..













The time has come to wrap up this Post about Mong Kok.

Below are three photos of a small sort of off-beat out-of-the-way grocery store in Mong Kok.





At best this small shop is non-descript. The road on which it is located is on the very edge of Mong Kok and it certainly is not the most unique or interesting road in the area.



The name of this shop is the PrizeMart.




So what exactly is the big deal here? I have shown you many photos of Mong Kok and most are more interesting than this store.

In the United States we have a large chain of stores that go by the name of COSTCO.

COSTCO has a store-brand that it calls its KIRKLAND brand.

There are those in the U.S. that think that the name COSTCO stands for ..

Chinese Over Seas Trading COmpany.

It just happens that both Patti and I love COSTCO Almonds. Further .. I have been looking for something that I can snack on that I feel is healthy.

Can you all imagine what I felt like when I stumbled into this store instead of just walking past it and discovered the below?








I STRUCK WHAT IS CALLED THE 'MOTHER LODE' !

In Mong Kok !

WOW HUH ?

Time to call it a wrap and press Publish ..

SMILES FROM EAR-TO-EAR ..

Cap !