Outlying islands in Hong Kong

I noticed that my posts about Hong Kong are generally negative so it’s time to post about some of the things that I like about this city. Top of the list is the outlying islands in Hong Kong, which are pretty laid back and good for day trips to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. There are over 200 islands in Hong Kong, but most of them are small and uninhabited. I’ve been to the larger islands and enjoyed all of them. The best time to go is between October and March, when the weather is cooler.

Lamma

Lamma is a small island which has a rather ‘hippie’ feel to it. It is made up of two main areas – Yung Shue Wan and Sok Kwu Wan. The ferry from Hong Kong Island reaches piers at both areas in about half an hour. My preferred itinerary is to head out in the morning to Yung Shue Wan, where there are restaurants and cafes for lunch and shops selling knick knacks to wander about. After 2-3 hours in Yung Shue Wan, we then head onto the gentle walking trail which leads to Sok Kwu Wan. It’s called the Lamma Island Family Walk which takes about 1-1.5 hours and goes through lots of greenery, some nice views and also the beach (which, strangely enough is facing a power plant). Continue reading

The ridiculously overpopulated city that I live in

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A government poster advocating burial at sea

Let me apologise in advance for covering a bleak subject in today’s post, but I find the situation in Hong Kong so unique that I had to share it. This poster which was on display in the MTR (subway) stations recently caught my attention. I’ve never seen a government advocate one type of funeral versus another, it’s so personal that it doesn’t seem right. I’m certain that one of the reasons that the Hong Kong government felt the need to promote burial at sea is due to the top issue that this city is facing – extremely high density. Continue reading

What if…..

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What if I had studied in Australia instead of the UK?

What if I pursued my dream to become a doctor?

What if I went back to Malaysia right after university?

What if I never met my husband? Continue reading

Promote and grow your blog here! – reblog

Hello all! Hope you had a great weekend! MakeItUltra, a great blog which I recently discovered is hosting a blog networking event. Please take the time to check out MakeItUltra and also the other blogs there, also to take the opportunity to join the fun! Here’s the original post:

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My two year old is going for an interview today

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My hubby is taking our daughter for an interview today. This is already the second time that she’s been interviewed, at the tender age of two. Now why would a two year old need to go for interviews? This is part of being in Hong Kong, which has a highly competitive education system with toddlers having to attend interviews just to get into kindergartens. Our daughter has had it easy with just two interviews so far. Some of our friends’ children have already been to 5-10 interviews at this age. Education is such a focus in Hong Kong that even companies host sessions with education consultants (I didn’t even know this job existed!) to help their employees and clients understand and navigate the education system. Continue reading