Showing posts from July, 2014

Hong Kong 2014 16th Anime Comic (Video)

I went to comic con today thinking it wouldn't be so crowded since it's a Monday. Boy, was I wrong?! I waited in line for about an hour just to get to the ticket counter. Good thing it was only $4.50usd. Totally worth it for that price. It was definitely a bit different than the states. I had the privilege watching fake Japanese performers dancing in cosplay lip syncing to Japanese anime songs, while quite a few male audience were dancing in the crowd with their glow sticks. It was quite entertaining. Video below.

Shek O: Dragon's Back Trail & Big Wave Bay Beach (Video)

Lauren, Nathan, and I met up the following day to go for a hike (8.5K). It was an absolute perfect day. Sunshine, ocean, and butterflies. No complaints about that. Just watched the video below!

After the hike, we went back to Central. Nathan had to go back home because he wasn't feeling well. Lauren and I went to Central to meet up with her host that night. Her name is Ophelia and she is a store owner that sells organic, natural soap, shampoo, lotion... Etc. The soaps that she sells are made out of herbs that she planted in her home garden. I thought that was pretty cool. This is her website:

She took us out to dinner to one of the older style looking restaurants in Hong Kong. It has been around for thirty some years. It's called Lin Heung Tea House. The food was delicious. gave it a pretty good review:

Climbing At Central Crag

About a week ago, Lauren from Cali sent me a message on couchsurfing asking if I will be available to go climbing when she is in Hong Kong. Lauren is a PHD student at the moment, got her degree at MIT, and here for an engineering conference in Hong Kong.

I decided to take Lauren and Sarah to a climbing spot I have never been before. It is close to the city and suppose to have an excellent view of the city from what I have heard. We ended up only climbing two easy routes because they had to get back for dinner by 6pm. 
I brought my gopro up hoping to get some good footage, but I forgot to charge the battery the night before. I had only enough battery power to take this photo. It worked out. =)

Best time to go to the Infinity pool? (Video)

About a month ago, I went to the "Natural" infinity pool for the first time. It is a man made dam that was built in 1958. It used to be a drinking water reservoir for the locals, but the town/village no longer uses it. The spot is getting quite popular among travelers and locals to go relax on a hot summer day.

This past Monday, I took Vanessa and Hong there since they have never been. Personally, I don't like crowds too much so if I can avoid it, I will. The best time to get there is mid to late afternoon. By the time you get there, everyone else are getting ready to leave. You will probably end up the only few people there.

This time, we didn't get there until around 4:30. Perfect! As we were hiking up, we passed by at least 10 other people that are leaving. I overheard a girl saying to one of her friends "Why are these people coming up so late?" By the time we arrived, there were only 4 other people there besides us. It's peaceful and quiet. Best of…

Sorry to say, but I really like the GoPro

When I was traveling last year, I carried my precious Nikon D90 DLSR camera with an awesome 16mm-85mm wide lens. I took thousands of amazing pictures with it. However, I've come to realize that  I also really enjoy traveling light. Even though it took pictures that a normal point and shoot camera could not, I no longer want to carry the weight with me. There were times that the DSLR took up so much space in my backpack and added a few extra pounds on it. It doesn't sound much, but it is a lot of weight for a person traveling long term. I ended up selling it on Craigslist once I got back to Boston. I've been happily using my Nikon waterproof point and shoot since.

A few months have gone by, a man will get bored and sooner or later will look for a new toy. For the past couple of months, I've been trying to find a good deal on an action cam. Hong Kong is not the best place to buy them since these products have to be imported from the states. The GoPro sells for an additi…

Hong Kong Correctional Services Museum

Stanley Prison is one of the six maximum security facilities in Hong Kong. It was opened in 1937 and is  currently the oldest institution still in service. Hong Kong officially abolished capital punishment in 1990. Before that Stanley Prison had been a place of execution. One hundred twenty-two criminals were executed there between 1946 and 1966. 
I have wanted to come here since I've been in Hong Kong. The museum is a bit far from the city, but easy to get to. We took the MTR to Central station, then took bus number 6x all the way to the last stop. The bus ride itself was about 45 minutes. Best of all, admission to the museum is free. 

Pirate suspects captured in China. The court and the police of HK transferred the pirates to the territory on the opposite shore ruled by the Chinese government. The reps of the Qing Dynasty at Kowloon City had the pirates beheaded in public. During the same period, murderers, pirates, and other offenders were hanged to death in public. I'm gues…