Just noticed that Picasa Web Albums added a new feature where you can link your photos directly on to Google Maps… the idea is not new but again, the simplicity of their interface wins me over every time. Click HERE to see an example.
Trying to catch up on my posts here…After touring the bay in Hong Kong as I mentioned, I took a random ferry and ended up in Lama Island. Basically a fishing community + a power plant and a single wind powered generator. Walked around and shot this little film:
Bizar to see all the signs in Portuguese and in Chinese. Like Hong Kong, Macau was handed over back to China about 10 years ago but it is still under Portuguese law (hence a huge number of lawyers in the area) and will have a formal border for the next 50 years… part of the hand over agreement. But unlike Hong Kong, the Portuguese have been here for the past 500 years while the British were in Hong Kong for only about 100 years.All in all it is a small area full of casinos – that and construction are the … Continue reading “Macau” →
Just got home (3am) after an early start – went to Macau and met with Diana and Miguel, a Portuguese couple (interior designer and architect) friends of Andrea’s. They took me all around Macau, had a great traditional Chinese lunch, saw the other islands and outskirts of Macau and came back to Hong Kong. Went straight out to meet with Thomas, Mirada + friends at a restaurant then to the nightclub JP’s magazine was hosting a party. Great time… too tired to fill in the details, select and upload pictures… so tomorrow there will be more details.For now, here is … Continue reading “Quick Post” →
Started out as a very lazy day in bed sadly watching the rain pour out of the sky wondering what the heck I was going to do if the rain did not stop. Went down for breakfast, came back up, watched some more TV… at around 11 the color outside changed… the sun is out!Got my “gear” together (minus my wallet) and went out. This time my money and credit card in my pocket. Started going up the escalators to the Mid Levels – there must be 20 or 30 escalators that take you up and up and up. Incredible … Continue reading “Long Day!” →
After waiting a little for the morning rain to stop I started walking around the area close to my hotel and taking some pictures.It is a mixture of high rises and of tiny shops on the streets.One of the things that impressed me the most are all of the pedestrian walkways on top of the roads connecting all of the buildings… and every single building has shopping malls…Met with Thomas for lunch – a friend from college who has been living here for the past two years. Had some great Chinese food.Then went to the Peak – a viewing area … Continue reading “First pictures” →
Ah… so organized and clean! Tall and thin buildings… the streets are bustling with people and the fresh produce markets are incredible – fish, fruits, meat, vegetables and all that you would expect from Chinese street vendors. Still getting my bearings around – tomorrow I will start to explore.
So it goes on… wanted to check the web site for the French Photo magazine (www.photo.fr) and it is BLOCKED by the government!! So rich yet so backward… Quick fact – Qatar is the country that has the most natural gas in the world… even more than Russia. By 2010 they expect to have tapped into these reserves and be the world leaders in natural gas. They are currently building 70… yes 70 processing plants at the moment.
To start off I must say that I am glad to leave Doha… the prices here are absurd! I had one clean t-shirt left in my bag so I had to do laundry. I searched town for a laundry but found none. Had to do it at the hotel. Came out to be USD 100!!!!! I complained and all I got was that I should have asked before hand.Then at the the airport my bike was in excess weight… fine… it was 25kg over the 30kg allowance. Turns out that I would have to pay USD 500!!!!! I complained and … Continue reading “ABSURD” →
So… drove around some more and went to a fort about 20km outside of Doha called Umm Salal Mohammed Fort – as per the guide’s description it was built during the late 19th century and has high thick walls and an “impressive” facade. “Inside the fort, you will find several examples of architectural and decorative elements.”Well… couldn’t go inside anywhere.In any case, took some more pictures of all the construction that is going on around town. Very impressed by how much of it is going on… I also lost track of how many bridges are already erected with no roads … Continue reading “Doha last day” →