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Last Night in Hong Kong

It’s our last night in Hong Kong, we fly out tomorrow evening. Over 100GB of captured images and video and this little netbook is starting to struggle. It’s become quite a chore digging through them each night. This task will be much easier using Lightroom on the home PC.

We spent two nights at the Disneyland resort and our last two at Tai O, on the West Coast of Lantau Island. It’s a picturesque fishing village with most of the houses built on stilts over the water. I’ll add more after we return.

Disneyland

Disneyland

Tai O Hong Kong

Tai O Hong Kong

Tai O Hong Kong

Tai O Hong Kong

Hong Kong…..Continued.

First, some contrasts…

Versace Hong Kong

Versace Hong Kong

Maserati

Maserati

Beggar on Nathan Rd

Beggar on Nathan Rd

The wet markets are like nothing we see here in Australia. Live animals are slaughtered and butchered on the sidewalk. At least you know the produce is fresh.

Hong Kong Wet Markets

Hong Kong Wet Markets

Hong Kong Wet Markets

Hong Kong Wet Markets

Hong Kong Wet Markets

Hong Kong Wet Markets

And some funny signs…

Unusual Sign

Unusual Sign

Unusual Sign

Unusual Sign

Unusual sign

Unusual sign

Unusual sign

Unusual sign

Unusual Sign

Unusual Sign

Unusual sign

Unusual sign

Unusual sign

Unusual sign

Unusual sign

Unusual sign

The next one is not a sign as such, but it’s still funny.

Oops, If we put a bin here no one will notice.

Oops, If we put a bin here no one will notice.

Hong Kong Day 6

Today we spent another day on Hong Kong Island. The “Ding Ding” tram is a great way to have a look around and give the legs a much needed break.

Ding Ding Tram Hong Kong

Ding Ding Tram Hong Kong

Hong Kong Traffic

Hong Kong Traffic

I’m glad there is still quite a lot of old Hong Kong to be seen. It’s only a short walk from the glitz and glamour of the high end designer shops and modern sky scrapers to find quaint little stalls like this.

Food Shop in Hong Kong

Food Shop in Hong Kong

It’ll take more than a sign to make me put my camera away.

No Photo

No Photo

No Photos

No Photos

There are lots of these old fig trees around Hong Kong. I found this one in Stanley, right near the markets.

Old Fig Tree

Old Fig Tree

Struggling to find a place live.

Struggling to find a place live.

Another Day in Hong Kong

We all headed to Ocean Park for the day and really enjoyed it. Many of the shops in Hong Kong have Australian Products like wine and honey on their shelves. I didn’t expect to see a little bit of St Kilda in one of their biggest theme parks.

Ocean Park Hong Kong

Ocean Park Hong Kong

I came across a sign while I was there that said “Sea Jelly Spectacular”. Now I’ve seen jelly fish before and spectacular is not a word that I would usually use to describe them. Let me just say that I was quite amazed with what I saw when I walked inside! These strange creatures were quite mesmerising, like a living art form. Have a look at the next few photos.

Sea Jelly Spectacular Ocean Park Hong Kong

Sea Jelly Spectacular Ocean Park Hong Kong

Sea Jelly Spectacular Ocean Park Hong Kong

Sea Jelly Spectacular Ocean Park Hong Kong

Sea Jelly Spectacular Ocean Park Hong Kong

Sea Jelly Spectacular Ocean Park Hong Kong

Hong Kong is buzzing with people. The roads are busy, the footpaths are busy and the railway network, the MTR, is bustling with people. I was lucky here that I could actually raise my camera. I’ve just hopped off a train I had no hope of raising my arms in, it was absolutely packed – Indian style.

Hong Kong Traffic

Hong Kong Traffic

Hong Kong MTR

Hong Kong MTR

This is the clock tower only a hundred or so meters from our accommodation. It’s a landmark in Kowloon that dates back to 1915.

Clock Tower at Tsim Sha Tsui Hong Kong

Clock Tower at Tsim Sha Tsui Hong Kong

Hong Kong 2013

The travel bug has bitten again and this time we find ourselves in Hong Kong. This place is buzzing with activity, but is not as busy as I’d guessed it would be. The transport system is very efficient and the large number of people in the city are moved around easily and cheaply.

Hong Kong Harbour from the YMCA Salisbury

Hong Kong Harbour from the YMCA Salisbury

Hong Kong Harbour

Hong Kong Harbour

Dried Lizards

Dried Lizards

I’m not sure what these are used for but I am quite sure I wouldn’t be able to get them through Australian Quarantine.

A big bear

A big bear

Nova and Rob’s Wedding

On the First of September I had the wonderful opportunity of photographing the wedding of Nova and Rob. This lovely couple were a real pleasure to be with and everyone involved had a ball. Alice Roughley did a great job as celebrant. Here are just a few of the photographs I took on the day.

Nova & Robs Wedding Nara Park Lennox Gardens 1st September 2012

Nova & Robs Wedding Nara Park Lennox Gardens 1st September 2012

Nova & Robs Wedding Nara Park Lennox Gardens 1st September 2012

Nova & Robs Wedding Nara Park Lennox Gardens 1st September 2012

Nova & Robs Wedding Nara Park Lennox Gardens 1st September 2012

Nova & Robs Wedding Nara Park Lennox Gardens 1st September 2012

Nova & Robs Wedding Nara Park Lennox Gardens 1st September 2012

Nova & Robs Wedding Nara Park Lennox Gardens 1st September 2012

Nova & Robs Wedding Nara Park Lennox Gardens 1st September 2012

Nova & Robs Wedding Nara Park Lennox Gardens 1st September 2012

Nova & Robs Wedding Nara Park Lennox Gardens 1st September 2012

Nova & Robs Wedding Nara Park Lennox Gardens 1st September 2012

Farewell Nai Yang Beach

We’ve only been here a few days, but we are going to miss this place. Nai Yang is much more friendly and laid back than the busier tourist beaches.

Farewell

Farewell

Nai Yang Beach Phuket Thailand

Nai Yang Beach Phuket Thailand

Indigo Pearl Nai Yang Beach Phuket Thailand

Indigo Pearl Nai Yang Beach Phuket Thailand

Thailand 2012 – Day Eight

Today was our last day at the Pacific Club Resort in Karon and our first day back at Nai Yang Beach, staying in the Indigo Pearl. Many of the architectural influences for the Indigo Pearl come from Phukets tin mining past. The architects have done an excellent job blending rustic and modern styles. The owner of a local shop recognised Danielle and I from our trip last year.

We had an early morning dip in the pool to start our day.

Waterfall Shower

Waterfall Shower

Indigo Pearl Nai Yang Beach Thailand

Indigo Pearl Nai Yang Beach Thailand

Indigo Pearl Nai Yang Beach Thailand

Indigo Pearl Nai Yang Beach Thailand

Indigo Pearl Nai Yang Beach Thailand

Indigo Pearl Nai Yang Beach Thailand

Thailand 2012 – Day Seven

Today is day seven and our last night at Karon.

Four Farangs Travelling Thai Style on a Motobike

Four Farangs Travelling Thai Style on a Motobike

Karon Cable TV

Karon Cable TV

Express Pancake Delivery

Express Pancake Delivery

A Sidecar Full of Coconuts, a Baby and a Banana. Of Course!

A Sidecar Full of Coconuts, a Baby and a Banana. Of Course!

Five on a Bike

Five on a Bike

A Thai witch and one in training

A Thai witch and one in training

The Road Home

The Road Home

Thailand 2012 – More from Day Five

An afternoon walk rewarded me with another bunch of good photos. These twin girls were the daughters of a stall holder at the Wat Karon Fair.

Little Thai Girl at Wat Karon

Little Thai Girl at Wat Karon

Little Thai Girl at Wat Karon

Little Thai Girl at Wat Karon

Twin Thai Girls

Twin Thai Girls

Food Vendor at the Wat Karon Markets

Food Vendor at the Wat Karon Markets

Sunset over Karon

Sunset over Karon

Dragon at Karon Beach Thailand

Dragon at Karon Beach Thailand