Hong Kong

Happy 2,578th Birthday Siddhartha Gautama (a.k.a Buddha)

Buddha’s Birthday was celebrated all over East Asia yesterday. Held on the 8th day of the 4th lunar month, Buddhists attended their local temples for free vegetarian meals, sermons and to view fiery hand crafted lanterns.

The big guy has showed up quite a bit in my travels around the Far East. He’s appeared in temples, in picture, on rocks, on mountains, and a whole host of tourist crap. His eyes are usually shut and he looks like he might be sleeping; he seems like a pretty chilled out dude to be honest.

I think it’s pretty clear that I’m not a Buddhist (nor am I much of anything really), though I do like a few of his ideas and have learnt a little about the guy.


This Week Out There – May 11th – 17th

A selection of this week’s expat-related stories

 


 


Hong Kong

Home's Cooking: A Crash Course in Chinese Cuisine

Hong Kong is for lovers. Food lovers, that is. So much so that on my most recent visit, I found myself gorging on local treats up to four times a day. Gluttonous? Sure. But, with the city's infinite number of street food vendors, bustling dim sum bruncheries, afternoon tea times and bakeries on just about every corner (oh, the bakeries!) it's almost impossible not to be constantly stuffing your face.

The fact is that there are few better ways to explore a country's culture than through its cuisine and this couldn't be truer in Hong Kong. So, in an effort to delve deeper into the culture and to pick up a few tips on how to bring local flavors back to Korea with me, I decided to enroll in a cooking class at Home's Cooking for the ultimate market-to-table experience.

The Weekend Warrior’s Guide to… Hong Kong

“A Weekend Warrior: A person who holds a regular job during the week which restricts their ability to party/go on trips/partake in awesome activities, and thus plans epic weekend adventures to compensate.”

So you pile out of Hong Kong International Airport, whisk over to your hotel and ponder at the enormity of Hong Kong. Be sure to follow this Weekend Warrior’s guide to experience the best of the Special Economic Zone before the untold horrors of Monday morning begin anew.

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Hong Kong By Day


Archiving

Over the past couple of weeks I have been busy going through old photographs from travels long since finished and uploading the to my flickrpage.


Queer Links from the Week


Queer Links from the Week


Hike in the sky | The Hong Kong Trail

Nature is not the first thing you think about when visiting Hong Kong. However, there is one place where you can get away from it all and connect with your greener side: The Hong Kong Trail. It starts at Victoria Peak, the most famous scenic viewpoint on the island. As you start the trail, you can see the city’s sky scrapers below, and hear the crackle and din of 7 million people going about their business. Further down the ridge, the trail gets more intimate. You pass through towering tropical trees, a small bamboo forest, statues of Buddha, and an occasional home up on the hill. The 8-section trail continues for almost 50 KM around the peaks and valleys.


Queer Links from the Week 2/22~2/29

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