Friday, August 26, 2011

Company of the Future

I think it is the perfect time to introduce my new baby. I just opened a brand new blog about yuppies, The Yuppy Directive. My new website will discuss the modern day young urban professional's stories like those working in a cloud computing companies and perhaps give tips and ideas on  how to create a strong and positive relationship with your boss, clients and colleagues in the most effective and innovative way.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

My Life is my Message

Whoa, that was a long pause. Sorry guys, my internet connection was down for quite some time. Now its back and I am connected again. I'm so excited to tell more stories about my China trip. I'm more than happy.

I'd like to share this quote from Mahatma Gandhi "My life is a message". I read it on Quotes about Life. from now on, I vow to share my life and hopefully give y'all great message.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Ngong Ping 360 and the Tian Tan Buddha Statue

Finally, the half day compulsory city tour was over. We headed to Ngong Ping 360 to ride and experience the famous cable car. Unfortunately,  cable car ride was under maintenance that day so we had no choice but to ride the bus.

Framed against its tranquil backdrop of the North Lantau Country Park. The Tian Tan Buddha Statue possesses a quiet power that you can't help but admire.

Seated atop 268 steps outdoor, the Tian Tan Buddha Statue is the world's largest bronze Buddha statue. Located on the Ngong Ping Plateau, Lantau Island, this majestic statue is adjacent to Ngong Ping 360's Ngong Ping Village and the Po Lin Monastery.

Tian Tan casts his serene gaze towards the North, making this statue unique amongst its peers because most Buddha statues face South. The statue is positioned on a lotus throne, surrounded by eight smaller bronze statues representative of the gods, or immortals. 

Our DIY sidetrip to The Tian Tan Buddha Statue provided us an ultimate escape from the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong. I guess Marilyn Monroe's best quotes ""I am not interested in money. I just want to be wonderful." is right.  Somehow, although I am not Buddhist, its serene presence is a gest for my soul.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Sampan Tour Point, Aberdeen, Hong Kong

The compulsary Hong Kong city tour was not all fun. Our tour guide brought us to jewelry factory and a store that sells pricey local products, it was a waste of time. The last destination we visited though was the Sampan Tour Point in Aberdeen harbor. Aberdeen Harbour is between Aberdeen and Ap Lei Chau on Hong Kong Island. Sampan tours depart from the ShumWan Pier opposite Jumbo Kingdom, it's a naturally protected harbour that houses a large fishing community and is a safe haven for boats during typhoons

Sampan is a traditional Chinese wooden boat. All boats for hire were operated by old women. We paid HK$50 each for the ride. The sampan take us past huge wooden boats that are tied together in rows and are floating homes as well as places of work they still go out to sea to fish during the season.

We pass by the Hong Kong Yacht Club and  the Jumbo Kingdom Floating Restaurant, a famous and aptly named Hong Kong icon of literally monumental proportions, which featured in the 1974 James Bond movie, The Man With The Golden Gun.

With the dizzying skyline as a backdrop, we spent 30 minutes more around the fishing boat village. It offers a rare opportunity to take a a quick look into the day-to-day lives of the fishermen and their families. We saw women washing clothes, men repairing fishing nets, children playing, dogs running around and families cooking and eating on deck.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Colors of the Wind

Let us have a break about my Hong Kong whereabouts and take a closer look at the colors of the wind. Anney's keen eye captured this colorful moment of my niece, ykaie against the colorful windmill toys in Ngong Ping Village

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Avenue of Stars, Hong Kong

We had city  tour the following day. Along with other Filipino tourists we departed the hotel at 7 am. Our first stop was at the Avenue of Stars. The Avenue of Stars was modelled like of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Kong. It honours celebrities of the Hong Kong film industry. It is located in an easily accessible section along Victoria Harbour waterfront in Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade , next to the southern end of Salisbury Garden.

According to the website, the Avenue of Stars will be lit up in the evening. Its special lighting effect will turn the Avenue to a glittering galaxy. We wernt able to witness this because we came in early morning.

There's a lot of movie-related sculptures displayed at the Avenue which is ideal for photo shoot. Featuring commemorative plaques, hand imprints of movie celebrities, descriptive milestones, kiosks with movie memorabilia, a towering Hong Kong Film Awards replica, and a life-size statue of the legendary kung-fu action star, Bruce Lee.

Martial artist and movie star Bruce Lee's sculpture

Jackie Chan Hand Imprint

Along the Avenue, you will see 7 cutely-designed mobile carts selling light refreshment. There are also 3 kiosks at the Avenue of Stars, offering a wide collection of souvenirs, including films and movie-star products  for sale.

A breathtaking view of Victoria Harbor was I think, the highlight of the place.