Category Archives: Hong Kong

New airplane

Yesterday Mark and I were able to fly on the new Airbus 380 super-jumbo Thai aircraft with two floors.

It holds 507 passengers and this was the second day in use from Hong Kong to Bangkok.

The enormous plane is being used for short term bedding flights to train the crews for longer international flights.

The flight was so smooth and quiet.

The food was good,

and the dessert was tasty.

I think Mark enjoyed the flight a little more than I did.

Exotic food from our trip

Laura had a fabulous time trying out all the different regional foods.

Cheese and tomato salad at the Russian Restaurant.

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Egg and spinach dish in Thailand.

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Eggplant in Laos

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Not my favorite.

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Soft shell crab in Hong Kong

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We loved the excitement of opening the box lunches on the airplanes.

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A perfect meal for the food pyramid.

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Mark and Laura only needed a dozen of these cute little waters.

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Delectable hot chocolate in Hong Kong.

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Initialed apple in Changzhi.

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Restaurant meal in Laos of soup, look at all those healthy greens to add to the soup.


Day trip to Macau China

One afternoon while in Hong Kong the clouds set in so our sightseeing from the mountain tops was limited so we decided to make a short trip to Macau by super-jet boats. We were there in an hour.


Macau is a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China since 20 December 1999, and, like Hong Kong, benefits from the principle of “one country, two systems”. The tiny SAR is growing in size – with more buildings on reclaimed land – and in the number and diversity of its attractions. The greatest of these continues to be Macau’s unique society, with communities from the East and West complementing each other, and the many people who come to visit. The first people to settle Macau were Portuguese.

Macau is turning into a small Las Vegas as many people travel there to gamble since it is against the law in China. I wanted to check out the Venetian Resort as I heard it was the same as the one in Las Vegas.


In many ways it was identical except that all of the gambling is out of sight (behind the short walls behind Laura and Mark).  So more family friendly as the children are unable to see any of the gambling. You were not allowed to take pictures so I took this one going up the escalator. (quick get away)

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I almost thought I was in Las Vegas until I saw the signs written in English and Chinese

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On the jet boat we paid a little extra so we sat upstairs and received a meal during the short one hour ride.


Laura wasn’t too sure if she wanted to eat the fish dish with rice. I thought it was quite delicious. Mark and Laura loved the small containers of juice :) They would have liked many more.

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It was a fun afternoon outing and would love to go back again.

Pictures from Hong Kong

We had a wonderful time in Hong Kong even though the weather was a little cool and rainy. When it rained we just went inside and shopped. No complaining!

The sky cleared in the evening to see the beautiful sky line which was great.


We had to pose for at least one picture.


Laura treated us to a delicious seafood dinner.


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In the morning we walked around the park.


Loved all the colorful flowers and scenery.


Even the turtles were looking for a sunny spot.

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We took the trolley streetcar to the top of Peak Park but just to overcast to see the city. Laura will have to return to see the amazing city view.