Some Live Music Places in Wanchai, Hong Kong

August 19, 2011
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There’s an abundance of live music available in Wanchai. Venues range from bars where the music is the primary entertainment, through to clubs, where there’s a live band, but their music is often indistinguishable from the disco with which they alternate. There are also some pubs that occasionally have live music – usually a solo […]

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Some Pubs in Wanchai, Hong Kong

August 12, 2011
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Wanchai is one of the 3 major nightspots on Hong Kong Island, the other two being Lan Kwai Fong and SOHO (South Of HOllywood Road). While SOHO mainly boasts restaurants (and lots of them), in Lan Kwai Fong and Wanchai the emphasis is on bars, live music and, in Wanchai, discos. Most of the action […]

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Trip to Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

February 14, 2011
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On my recent trip to Malaysia to research the property market and visa requirements, I fitted in a trip to the Cameron Highlands. Averaging 5,000 feet above sea level the Cameron Highlands are quite a climb from Kuala Lumpur, where the altitude is less than 100 feet. It’s about a 4 hour drive, of which […]

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Quick Trip to Port Dickson and Melaka, Malaysia

February 7, 2011
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I was in Malaysia with some friends last week. The purpose of the trip was to research properties and visa requirements as we’re considering buying a house (each) there. But as it was Chinese New Year and we got all our business done in the early part of the week, we took the opportunity to […]

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Lows and Highs in Malaysia

December 7, 2010
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I just got back from 4 days in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The main reason for the trip was to attend the last round of the HK Classic Car Club Racing series, which was held at the Sepang F1 circuit. One of our friends was in with a good chance of winning the 2010 series championship […]

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Sun and Fun in Boracay, Philippines

June 1, 2010
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I spent a week in Boracay, Philippines, earlier in the month and loved it. Boracay is a small island just off the North Western tip of Panay Island. It doesn’t have an airport, so getting there involves a flight to either Caticlan or Kalibo (on Panay Island), a ferry trip across the straits (only about […]

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Seafood in Saikung, Hong Kong

April 15, 2010
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The Eastern side of Hong Kong is (at least to my mind) a LOT more attractive than the Western side. It’s mountainous, with lots of forestation and a spectacular coastline: lots of inlets, including some pretty big caves, lots of little islands and beautiful bays. Although you can get to Saikung easily via public land […]

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Hiking on Lantau, Hong Kong

April 7, 2010
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Most people’s image of Hong Kong usually includes high rise buildings, crowded streets and noisy markets. But there are lots of places where you can get away from the hustle and enjoy some real peace and quiet. I already wrote about Mui Wo and Silvermine Bay here – and they’re well worth a visit for […]

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Victoria Peak, Hong Kong

March 31, 2010
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Possibly Hong Kong’s most famous landmark, Victoria Peak (known simply as ‘The Peak’), rises 1,800 feet above the harbour and the city below. It’s the hill (mountain) that figures in the background of scores of pictures of Hong Kong, dating back to the beginning of the 1900’s There are 3 ways of getting up there: […]

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Giant Buddha at Po Lin, Hong Kong

March 28, 2010
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Last week I referred to the Giant Buddha at Po Lin and I promised to cover it in a future article – so here we go. The Giant Buddha is on Lantau Island, and an easy half day out from Hong Kong. There are several ways of reaching it: Ferry to Mui Wo and then […]

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Mui Wo and Silvermine Bay, Hong Kong

March 23, 2010
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In a 45-minute ferry ride from Central you’ll find the peace and tranquility of Mui Wo, on Lantau Island. Lantau is the largest of the 240 odd islands that make up the territory of Hong Kong, and is one of the least densely populated. On the Northern edge of Lantau sits Chek Lap Kok Airport, […]

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Greenbelt: An Oasis in Manila, Philippines

March 19, 2010
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In the middle of chaotic, noisy and colourful Manila is Greenbelt – a haven of upmarket shopping malls, relaxing gardens, restaurants, bars and a church. Situated in Makati, it’s surrounded by hotels of all prices: from the very reasonably priced Prince Plaza 2, which is right on the doorstep, to the Shangri-La, Peninsular, Inter-Continental and […]

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Hiking From Central to Stanley, Hong Kong

March 16, 2010
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A popular impression of Hong Kong is the glitzy, sky-scraping buildings, crowded streets and colourful overhead signs blaring out their messages. But there’s more. A lot more. Hong Kong boasts some spectacular scenery, some of which is just a 10 minute taxi ride from Central. Most of Hong Kong is very mountainous. The city on […]

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My First Trip to India

March 10, 2010
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This incident dates back to 1995. Things have changed a bit since then, but this is my recollection from one evening in Delhi, during my first trip there. Four of us had almost completed a project in India, and all except me were leaving. I was staying to do some final proof-reading and editing. After […]

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