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February 2007

In Bangkok!

well almost...

sunny 30 °C

Written on Wed Feb 28 at 18:30.
I "lost" another hour by coming to Thailand, so whatever time difference we had before, add 1 hour.
I'm actually in a little...I guess suburb, the name I couldn't even start to pronounce... for the first 2 nights. This place, although very "rustic" is quite nice, with my own private room and spring mattress (a luxury that I haven't enjoyed since I started this trip) which I get for the same price that I'll pay to stay in a 12 bed dorm with hard beds (shitty little hard foam) downtown for the following nights. It's not too bad (a 12 bed dorm) as this is what I have lived so far and it's a great way to meet people. In any case, laundry is free here (yay!) and 1 hour internet per day. So many little luxuries!!! I guess it doesn't take mucht o get me excited anymore!

It's getting dark so I'll wait until tomorrow to go explore the surroundings. The hosts are a family who live here and have 10 rooms as a hostel. They are soo nice and gave me a very comprehensive map, suggestions or things to do, how to get there, useful words in Thai, etc. Anyway, happy so far!
P.S. I fianlly made it to tropical weather, with a nice 31degrees!! :-)

Posted by Mistrale 03:18 Archived in Thailand Comments (0)

Pics part 2

a few more

Year of the Pig - this pic kinda had to be included
Bauhinia Blackeana tree. The national emblem tree of HK. Endemic to here (meaning only found here).
I wasn't able to take pics of the many many many butterflies that fly around here, and it's apparently not even the "main time of the year"!!
Big Buddha, 35 meters high, made of copper. Me_full_in..t_of_HK.jpg
Because I was asked to provide a few pics of my super self...
me again...taken at the peak
View from front of the building where my hhostel is.
Street during the day

Alright, enough for this for today. Next pics from Bangkok!

Posted by Mistrale 05:10 Comments (0)

Pics finally!!!!!!!


Alright, thanks to my cousin, I found out about that there were adaptor cards in which you plugged-in your camera memory card and it converted it to USB, allowing to have easy and convenient access to my pics! I went and bought one and it worked! yay!!! Thanks Rafale!!!
However, I have over 200 pics taken already, and after naming each of them, selecting a few good ones, converting them to a lower resolution and uploading them onto this web site, we're almost 2 hours later and I'm quite fed up!! In the future, I'll make sure to keep up with this much more often, which will make the process faster, as well as reminding me of things I wanted to talk to you about. So here's a random list of pics. As mentioned, future entires will have little descriptions and explanations and stuff, but these today will be quite short!
hehehe, talking about weird food stuff, I had to take a pic of this one when I saw it at the supermarket!
New Year Celebration show
Head of a dragon boat
Financial district at night
View from the peak at night. The Peak is a tourist attraction located at the top of one of the highest mountains in HK. the view is awsome.HK_from_the_Peak_-day.jpg
View from the peak during the day
Man Mo Temple, one of the many throughout HK
Cool contrast of old and new building
Original road to the Peak. Some cars still use it (local residents only)
Pretty red flower
Statue offering to big Buddha
Street at night
Inside view of a temple
Pretty tree with HK in the background. One of my fav pics so far.
View from the balcony of New Garden Hostel (where I currently am)
View of HK from the Peak
View from the hostel I stayed in for a couple of says only. It was too far to be convenient, but certainly very pretty!
Ok, I think I've reached the limit for this entry, it's getting very slow. I'll start another one right away.

Posted by Mistrale 04:52 Comments (0)

The Peak -HK best attraction

On a clear sunny day/night only

Written on Sunday Feb 25...
Well, didn't think I'd write again, but why not!
Today was great, I went to "The Peak", which is essentially a tourist resort at the top of one of the highest mountains in HK, with an incredible view. I took some pics which you might get the privilege of seeing if I can beat this computer into submission. You can get up there via a bus or a tram, I took the tram to go up (reaches an angle of 45degrees) and the bus to go down (a windy road) and it was pretty cool. There's also a walk around the top of the mountain (took me approx 1 hour) on a "road", which exists since the 1800. It's less than 2 meters wide, which made sense "back then" when they used rigkshaws (or is it rigshaws...?) to get around, but now it's comical. At the time, it apparently required 8 different men to get to the top (I imagine in kinda of a relay-race). It's still being used by the few residents on that road (I saw cars parked in alleys) and the view/vegetation is absolutely gorgeous...talk about the life of the rich and famous! They've since build a second "much larger" 2 way road, for us common mortals. So it's a definite reccomend if you come to HK and only have a few hours/a day, as long as the weather cooperates, otherwise it'd be very ordinary.

As a self-respectable tourist attraction, restaurants and shops up there are GROSSLY overpriced, so I ended-up at McDOnalds (they're everywhere here). Wanting to try something "local", I opted for their "Chicken Fan-tastik". The picture looked like a kinda whole-wheat, maybe onion bun, with a chicked breast, lettuce and red cabbage. My opions with that were corn (like canned corn), pineapple or fries. I safely opted for the fries. So I get to my seat, open the said burger wrapping only to find 3 patties, 2 made of somewhat sticky rice and brown pieces, acting as the bread over the chicken....hmmm weird... I read the box and there it was: "deliciously roasted mushrooms mixed with rice"...these were my bread.... Not bad, but not good. It felt kinda Atkins, except that it was rice... Now I think I'll try a McDonalds in every country I go, something "local", just to see what they come up with (so far, pretty original!).
Well, there's a line-up for the computer, so that's that for that!

Posted by Mistrale 07:35 Comments (0)

Pics finally?? NOT!

Still in HK

Written in Sat Feb 24.
I'm so frustrated with this whole "downloading pics from my camera" thing. Back home, on 2 different computers, all I had to do was to plug-in my camera, and the PC detected it as a "foreign objects". I could then click on "My computer", whatever drive my camera was, and see my pics. Simple enough. Here, I did the same procedure, the computer prompted (aka forced) me to download the driver for the camera, which I did, but now the only way I have to view them is via this "Imaging" program (I plug the camera in and Imagnig opens up). It's so cumbersome and a pain it's unbelievable. If I retrieve more than 1 pic, I can only save them in .tiff (and it hasn't worked so far, it takes forever and gives me a "not responding" error!) If I save 1 pic only, it works but then Imaging shuts down after finishing saving it and I need to turn my camera off and on again to get the whole process started again...it doesn't make sense! ARRGGHHH! With all of this, even with the camera plugged-in, it doesn't appear in "My computer" and I seem stuck using this stupid Imaging program. Anyone has any suggestions???? I'll wait a couple of days and if you concurr that this si the only way, I'll get started, but will only post a minimum of pics (it's SUCH a pain!!!!!!!)

Today I've reached the point where I'm ready to go. I've seen everything I wanted, including a beach yesterday which reminded me that this is what's waiting for me in a few days only (along with warmer weather - I hope!!!). So if you ever plan to come to HK, plan for at least 5 days, and ideally for 9-10, as it's enough to "soak up" the place without rushing or reaching a point where I'm at. I'm not going to try to change my flight however, as there are only 3 days left...
I should really start taking notes, as when things happen I think that I'm going to tell you about them, but now that I'm sitting here, not much comes to mind...bummer!
I'm still having a good time, meeting a lot of new people (the rotation of people in hostels is incredible!). I'm back to the first hostel in Kowloon which is better as pretty much everything is opened here (the vast majority of shops and stores are closed in other parts of HK for the week of New Year) and Monday marks the "return to work and school" for everyone else.
The weather is cold (well, 15-20celcius) and rainy, so it kinda sucks and makes me the more anxious to leave for a sunny destination. Yesterday morning was the first sun that we have had in a while, and it looked warm, so put on a skirt and decided to go to Lantau Island, where there is a giant Buddha (35 meters high) and some other attractions. It's approx 30 mins away, and one can go via MTR (subway) or boat. I took the boat to go and by the time I got there, the sun had gone and it was guite windy.
At first I went walking through this little somewhat rural village and life was good until a little girl riding on a bike with her dad passed me. The girl (she was probably 4-5yrl old) asked her dad, in english - which surprised me and caught my ear - "dad, why is the woman wearing a skirt?" I didn't hear the dad's answer. Until that point, I was fine with my knee-lenght skirt, but I suddlenly felt very self conscious, but way too far to return to the hostel to get changed, so I decided to go on with my day, wonderng if I was breaking some kind of rule...No need to mention that I noticed I was THE ONLY ONE not wearing pants all day. Later on, I was walking along a path around the Big Buddha when I passed an old chinese couple. The woman giggled and said "somebody's hot today" !!!!!!! I blushed heavily and didn't turn around. In retrsopect, I think that there's a chance she said something in chinese and I just processed it in english in my mind...but I doubt it!! It is very rare to hear chinese people talking english around here, so I normally notice when it happens! hehehe, well, at least I wasn't breaking any tradiitonal rule, I just looked funny because they considered it too cold to wear a skirt (that's my interpretation of the whole thing!) hehehe, it reminded me of guys who wear shorts and sandals in the middle of winter in Vancouver. I used to wonder why...but maybe they're just from another country!! hehehe ;-)
I also went to get a hair cut yesterday. It's quite short now, but I'
m quite satisfied with the result, specially considering that they barely spoke any english where I went (hehehe, I got a bit nervous at one point, but it's all good!). It'll make maintenance A LOT simpler and I was always wearing my hair in a ponytail anyway (due to lack of hair dryer), so I think it looks better overall. It'll be for you to decide (and keep your opinion to yourself if you don't like it! hehehe) when I finally take the several hours I feel it's going to take to get some pics on here!
Hope all is well at your end!

Posted by Mistrale 23:20 Comments (0)

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