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!

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Monday, 24 November 2014

NOV 24, 14 .. PATTI IS .. IN-THE-AIR .. HEADING HOME !

As I begin this Post .. Patti is in-the-air heading from Hong Kong to Seattle Washington.  When Patti lands in Seattle she will change planes and head 'North To Alaska' to settle in and readjust to normal living!

So here we go with photos of Patti leaving Hong Kong.

First .. one last-long-look at her dorm room in the YMCA.

Patti's bed was the lower bed (The 'D' bed in the dorm) beside the window.  The natural light was excellent for Patti to sit beside and read her books.

One last-long-look down the corridor of the 9th floor.

Now a last-long-look by Patti at the view looking out over Victoria Harbor towards Hong Kong as viewed from the 9th Floor of the YMCA beside the Pay Phone.

Turn to your left and you have the below view of the harbor and Hong Kong's skyline.

I can't possibly estimate the number of phone calls that I have made from the above pay phone all-the-while enjoying the above and the below views during my visits to the Salisbury Road YMCA in Kowloon !

Time to rock and Time to roll!  We walked out-of-the YMCA at 7:25AM for a 12 noon flight.

It took an-hour-to-the-minute to debark from the train at the Hong Kong Airport.  We were at the Delta Airlines Check In Counter at 8:45AM fifteen minutes before the counter opened at 9AM.  So Patti was the traditional US Marine .. "Firstest With The Mostest!".. first in line!

Leaving the YMCA we only walked perhaps 200-feet to board the Airport Express Bus that took us to the Kowloon Station Airport Check In Office.  The bus runs on 20-minute intervals.

The fare for a round-trip ticket is approximately $21 U.S. Dollars (160 HKG Dollars).  As I just wrote above .. from leaving the YMCA to exiting the train at the airport was right at one hour.

Is Patti happy to be going-home or is Patti JUST HAPPY to have lived the dream!

IF I live to be 'A Hundred' I will never be able to fully describe to you the state-of-the-art modernization of Hong Kong.




A view or two from the bus.



TOO FUNNY .. the below photo shows a sign on the side of another bus!

Do I like POPCORN ?  Is water wet ?  Is the sky blue ?

I am barely into this trip and already I am missing my POPCORN as in BADLY !

We are now at the Kowloon Station.

I have a theory about the Super Race. The Asian Child MUST use a lot more of its brain to master the incredible mandarin written language than do we in the West to master our simplistic alphabet.

Just look at the character on the right above!  I mean come on! I read that there are literally thousands of these characters to be memorized.  We have twenty six simple very basic characters in our alphabet.  Can any of our twenty six simple letters compare to just the one mandarin character on the right above?

So you don't believe me!  You!  Yes YOU the skeptic!  YOU start mastering the few mandarin characters below NOW!

Human beings in Asia were doing immensely complex things such as developing their language and creating ceramic porcelain works-of-art well before the Eastern Ostergoths and Western Visagoths crossed the frozen Rhine River to begin our Western Civilization!

Where exactly was I when I got diverted here?

Got it .. Patti and I were going to the Hong Kong Airport!
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It is check in time at the Kowloon Station.  

Patti is checking in with Delta Airlines. 

Do you see Patti's bag on the right side of the above photo? Her one bag weighed 15.5 kg or 34 lbs.

Captain!  This IS after all a program of honesty! Half of the weight of 34 lbs was my over packing that I decided to ship back to the States with Patti.

And Captain!  The bag is my bag that I took with us so I shipped my totally unnecessary extra bag back home with Patti!

As you can see in the below photo .. Several airlines time-share counters. 

I know My Dear One .. what on earth is he doing?

Oh come on lad!  This is NOT rocket science!

Happiness is different things at different times in our lives.  When it comes to long-haul International Airline Flights .. Happiness IS being four hours early!

Finally!  Boarding Pass in-hand .. the bag checked .. time to catch the train to Hong Kong's phenomenal airport!




Is Patti thinking about far away places with strange sounding names?

Far away places with strange sounding names
Far away over the sea
Those far away places with the strange sounding names are
Calling
Calling me
Goin' to China or maybe Siam
I wanna see for myself 
Those far away places I've been reading about in a 
Book that I took from a shelf
I start getting' restless whenever I hear the whistle of a train
I pray for the day I can get underway
And look for those castles in Spain
They call me a dreamer
Well maybe I am
But I know that I'm burning to see those 
Far away places with the strange sounding names
Calling, calling me
Me

Isn't copy and paste simply awesome!

We are on-the-platform and the train IS DUE in 4 minutes!

Just like that!  We are ON the train!

At the top of the above photo you see the electronic display showing all riders the progress in going to the airport.

Below is a closer view of this display.  

One passenger (below left) seems to be concentrating on this display.

Tsing Yi Station .. we are moving right along.

Bingo!  We are at the Hong Kong Airport!

More mandarin characters for you to master!



You can't tell the players without a scorecard can you?

You look for the Delta Airlines symbol and the DL designation on the right below.

YES!  I KNOW! I am beating this drum to death! BUT I simply remain absolutely and positively amazed by the mandarin characters!

Daily .. Hourly .. Minute-by-Minute .. I am SURROUNDED by mandarin characters.

Take some time to study them!  Some are SO complex!

There is Delta Airline's counter Patti!  

Step up My Dear One .. you were first-in-line!

Sorry these photo are blurry.  I was .. I MEAN .. I was hopping around like a cat on a hot tin roof to capture Patti's moments!  You MUST slowly squeeze the camera button NOT jerk it.




I am at a total loss to explain Patti's expression or to caption the above photo."

I decided to try!

"Oh My Gosh Cap!  After months of planning and so looking forward to this amazing trip .. it is OVER AND DONE WITH!"

Thank You My Dear One For Hanging In With Me!

Then Patti was gone!  Snap-Your-Finger quick!

Love .. Cap

Got It!  I Will Leave You With This Patti!

So much better!

Saturday, 22 November 2014

NOV 22, 14 .. THE HONG KONG STAR FERRIES ..


There are always 'new' folks joining us here who may have not seen the Star Ferries before!

The Star Ferries DOMINATE HONG KONG FOR ME!  I absolutely love them.  Riding them from Kowloon Tsim ShaTsui across Victoria Harbor to Hong Kong Central or to Hong Kong Wan Chai has to rank at the very top (along with eating Singapore Rice Noodles!) of my favorite things to do when I am here visiting Hong Kong. 

Here we go .. HONG KONG STAR FERRIES .. nice view across Victoria Harbor at the Hong Kong Sky Line !
Here is a STAR FERRY moored and loading passengers at the Central Terminal ..
Where the boys are .. the girls are .. after all .. to have more STAR FERRIES .. you have to have mating-pairs !
SHE IS .. the APPLE OF A LOT OF STAR FERRY eyes ! .. and .. SHE KNOWS IT ! ..
Below is a nice side view profile of a STAR FERRY crossing Victoria Harbor ..
Here is a view of the HONG-KONG-ISLAND CENTRAL-STAR-FERRY-TERMINAL ..
And below .. on the other side of Victoria Harbor .. is a view of the KOWLOON STAR FERRY TERMINAL .. IF you look straight ahead slightly to the left .. the shorter building in the foreground .. you can see my YMCA building .. I am VERY close to the STAR FERRY TERMINAL in Kowloon !
OH YES .. there are OTHER FERRIES out on Victoria Harbor ! .. the below ferry goes to LAMMA ISLAND ..
This ferry goes to Lantau Island I believe ..
And this one in the photo below goes to .. I haven't a clue .. but it sure is a LARGE FERRY isn't it?  I think .. and do NOT quote me on this .. but I think I heard one of the smaller Star Ferries say to another .. "Well .. there goes the BIG DOG ! " ..
OH YES .. OH YES .. OH YES .. there are many MANY other sea-going craft out on Victoria Harbor .. just look at this 'classic' ..
AND .. the always and the ever-present .. 'Cruise Ships' .. I mean they come and they go ..
These ships are just .. State-of-the-Art beautiful !
Below are several shots as you walk into the Kowloon Star Ferry Terminal ..
Directions ..
How lucky .. how very VERY FORTUNATE I AM THAT I AM HERE IN HONG KONG once again ..

The below photos were taken during one crossing of the Star Ferry.

I think they pretty well speak-for-themselves.


How many times (I wonder to myself) have I said that I never .. as in NEVER EVER .. tire of the beauty of Hong Kong!



I never tire of seeing the cruise ships docked here in Kowloon!


The next two photos look back at Kowloon.  Notice the above Cruise Liner in the lower left corner of the below photo.


How could anyone ever tire of this beauty!


A Star Ferry heading from Kowloon across Victoria Harbor to Hong Kong's Wan Chai terminal.


Patti and I are so very fortunate to be here visiting the BEAUTIFUL Hong Kong area!


The two photos immediately below show the view up Victoria Harbor.  Looking at the above photo .. you turn to the left and see the below views.




In the above photo .. a photo I shot primarily of the Star Ferry .. the magnificent Hong Kong Convention Center is behind the Star Ferry and invisible in the above photo.

I then snapped the below photo after the Star Ferry passed to our left and out of our view.



Hong Kong's Central Star Ferry Terminal is visible in the lower right of the below photo.  Note also the new Ferris Wheel now under construction.


A night time photo of the Ferris Wheel.


Notice the Ferris Wheel behind Hong Kong's Central Star Ferry Terminal .. our ride across Victoria Harbor is almost finished.



Beauty?  I rest my case!

With So Much Joy We Are Like Two Giddy Teenagers ! 

Cap and Patti ..