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.

Friday, 20 March 2015

MAR 20, 15 .. THE CHI LIN NUNNERY ..

I begin this Post with one of my rhetorical questions. A rhetorical question does not want nor require an answer.

Rhetorical Question :

Why is it that the local residents of a city or a town or a place often do NOT see all of the 'local sights' of their own area?

Now this may seem odd to some of you but I consider myself to be living here in Hong Kong at least for the time being. After all I have my own small studio apartment and I have a Hong Kong mailing address and I do have a Hong Kong cell phone. So as a local resident I have the right NOT to know what the local sights are! Said with a wink and a giggle!

A month or so ago .. on Saturday the 7th of February I welcomed Patti's niece Eryn and Jason to Hong Kong as their 'wanna be' host.

Meet Eryn (aka Patti's princess!) and Jason!


After we traveled into the city from the airport we dropped their luggage off at their room at the HOMY INN in Kowloon and immediately dashed off to enjoy a meal!


The two of them were very impressed with the nightlife on a Saturday night at 12 o'clock midnight in Hong Kong! 

As I have written many times .. I am an active financial contributor to WIKIPEDIA. I think the work they do is absolutely phenomenal. 

I use GOOGLE to find the wealth of information on the internet and usually end up at WIKIPEDIA!

The Chi Lin Nunnery (Chinese志蓮淨苑pinyinZhìlián Jìng Yuàn) is a large Buddhist temple complex located in Diamond HillKowloonHong Kong

"Captain how in the world have we gotten to a Buddhist Temple named the Chi Lin Nunnery?" 

Not said as a rhetorical question! YOU want an answer don't you?

"Ah Captain .. Have you forgotten you are on blogspot NOT dot net?" 

Sunday morning February the 8th dawned bright and sunny and off we dashed for breakfast!

We joined my friend Mr. Yuen for quite a 'Breakfast' .. Quote Breakfast End Quote!




Two plates of Singapore Rice Noodles (Eryn and Cap) and Jason had 'something else' that kindda sortta looked like this ..


After breakfast off we dashed .. Jason in the lead with Eryn and myself following closely behind!

AND?

We ended up in a most incredible place ..

Thanks Jason and Eryn .. I name Jason first because it was Jason who planned this Sunday February 8, 2015. I the 'local boy' am now aware of one absolutely phenomenal local sight!

I will Thank You now Jason and Eryn and I will Thank You when I finish this Post! I will Thank You for the gift to me of .. 

THE CHI LIN NUNNERY

First a little overview.




In the above photo the CHI LIN NUNNERY is on the left.

The below photographs pretty much 'speak for themselves' ..

I begin by placing the CHI LIN NUNNERY into its proper perspective! IF I had not shown you the below photo .. when viewing many of the photos to follow .. because as I snapped the photographs I did my very best to carefully edit-out the background buildings that you see below .. you would just assume that the CHI LIN NUNNERY is in some extremely remote and far-away quiet and serene place.

Quite the opposite. The CHI LIN NUNNERY is slipped in between the skyscrapers of Kowloon!



The skyscrapers not withstanding .. the nunnery is most certainly and amazingly quiet and serene!


Ah-h-h-h .. Gaze upon the below scene and just feel the quiet and the peace and the serenity!


To get you all in-the-proper Buddhist Mood ..


Below is a small 'fresher-upper' for you who are learning Mandarin!



What's that 'Zilla? .. Not fair you say? .. OK! .. Below I am giving you the Mandarin with the English 'sub-titles' to assist you!



It makes me more than a little bit crazy when we in the West seem to think that we have all of the answers for the rest of the world! Um-m-m-m where exactly are our great thinkers and wise philosophers I wonder?



Better? .. You like the English Sub-Titles .. Thank You 'Zilla!








There we have a skyscraper or two peeking in on us below!













The below photo may not go with the above writing about the goddess ..






No photographs were to be taken of the Hall of Celestial Kings but I wanted to show the below plaque.







I am sorry that this Post is now complete. Just putting up the photos has put me into a quiet and calm frame of mind.


A Promise Made Is A Debt Unpaid .. Robert W. Service .. The Cremation of Sam McGee ..

AND I PROMISED Jason and Eryn one last Thank You for taking me along with them to the CHI LIN NUNNERY.

Taa-Daa ..

THANK YOU JASON AND THANK YOU ERYN FOR THE GREAT GIFT TO ME OF THE CHI LIN NUNNERY!

Signing Off as a calm and serene .. Cap ..

Well Patti My Dear One .. do you think that you would like to accompany me to the CHI LIN NUNNERY when you arrive back in Hong Kong ..

Friday, 13 March 2015

MAR 13, 15 .. HONG KONG AIRPORT .. INCOMING ARRIVAL HALLS ..

Friday the 13th .. Odd how we attach significance to a day and a date isn't it?

This evening I made my second trip out to the Hong Kong Airport to meet an arriving friend. My buddy Simon was arriving from a business week-of-work in 'KL' ..

What's that 'Zilla? .. What on earth is 'KL'? .. What would I do without you 'keeping me honest' here 'Zilla? Try this .. Just GOOGLE the two letters .. 'KL' .. 

Kuala Lumpur is the capital city of Malaysia and here in 'these parts' everyone just calls it 'KL'.

Just going out to the Hong Kong Airport is a grand adventure for me and when I asked my buddy Simon IF he would like me to come out and meet him as he returned from 'KL' he said enthusiastically .. "Yes Cap!" ..

Up to this point-in-time going to the Hong Kong Airport has consisted of me just buying a HKG $ 100 (US $ 12.90) ticket on the Airport Express Train and sitting back for a lovely ride.

Here-to-fore the first step has been me catching a luxurious Airport Express Shuttle Bus to the Airport Express Station.



Then catching the train to the Hong Kong Airport.



And sitting back and enjoying the ride!



And in about twenty-five or thirty minutes .. Voila we are there!



Well .. Thanks to Jim a visitor who .. never ever having himself been to Hong Kong! .. showed me how to ride the Tung Chung MTR Line ..


So thanks to Jim's teachings I caught the Hong Kong MTR train from HKG Station out to Tung Chung! 

For the grand price of HKG $ 2 (US $ 0.26)!

THAT IS THE GOOD NEWS !

And Captain .. the BAD NEWS?

The Airport Express Train looks like the below .. cool and air conditioned .. quiet .. calm .. 



THE BAD NEWS?

The Hong Kong MTR on a busy Friday rush hour evening at the end of the frantic Hong Kong work week looks like the below ..





Well? 

After a 28-minute ride I actually made it alive and in one piece to Tung Chung!




Then at Tung Chung Station .. with some assistance from a very nice young man .. I found the S1 bus and rode to the airport! The bus fare was HKG $ 1.8 (US $ 0.23).

So my BOTTOM LINE cost was .. 

HKG $ 3.8 (US $ 0.49) .. using the MTR ..

As opposed to the HKG $ 100 (US $ 12.90) .. riding the train ..

It did take about thirty-minutes longer and I did incur a bruise or maybe two or three on the MTR! And I was just a tad 'sweaty' but only slightly the worse-for-wear.

Now there is .. The Rest Of The Above MTR Story.

I could have simply waited for the next MTR Train when I got to the entry door of my train thus assuring I would be among the very first to board the next train. By doing this I would have had a much easier ride. I just opted not to wait. In boarding at the Hong Kong Station I was at the beginning of the Tung Chung line and the following train would be empty upon boarding.

BUT IT WAS NEW AND YET ANOTHER GRAND ADVENTURE!

Before I get to the details of the arrival halls I want to show several photographs of a ..

VERY RARE VINTAGE AIRCRAFT CIRCA THE YEAR 1910!



Will you just feast-your-eyes upon the landing gear! Four bicycle sized wheels with rubber tires!



You really have to see this beauty alive and up close!




And now for some photos of the Hong Kong Airport Arrival Hall.


The large (enormous) Arrival Hall actually consists of two separate halls .. 

Hall A and Hall B ..




The two above photos do not give you a true image of the size of the overall Arrival Hall!




Standing at one end you can not clearly see the other end of this enormous arrival area!





There are several overhead boards that detail the complete status of arriving flights designating which of the arrival halls the passengers of the various flights will arrive into.


Simon's Flight CX724 from Kuala Lumpur is at the top right in the below photo ..




Looking at the bottom line of flights in the above photo you see that Simon's flight arrived into Arrival Hall B ..


Looking down on Arrival Hall B ..




VOILA! 

Below you can all see that we have a very VERY happy Simon!


Patti and 'Zilla are thinking .. WE LOVE YOUR NEW HAT SIMON!



Simon .. We .. All of us .. thank you for the gift of you!

Smiles .. Cap 

POST SCRIPT FOR PATTI ..

My Dear One .. Just so that you will be able to sleep at night as you prepare for your grand arrival here on this upcoming March the 28th ..

RELAX AND REST ASSURED THAT .. 

You will NOT be making the trip into Hong Kong via the Tung Chung MTR route!