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 [...]
Places I’ve Visited in Asia
Here are articles, with pictures or slideshows, on many of the countries I’ve visited in Asia.
Mostly the trips were for projects, usually for at least a couple of weeks, but many times longer.
In each case I’ve recalled the things that stuck in my mind.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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: [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
There are two great places to visit a couple of hours’ drive South-West of Manila: Tagaytay (about an hour’s drive) and Matabungkay (about 2 hours’ drive) Tagaytay is easily doable in a day from Manila. It sits on the Northern edge of Lake Taal, and inside the lake sits the Taal Volcano. The volcano is [...]