Gpandas' Hong Kong Trip Report

Sep 20th, 2010, 06:21 AM
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I remember landing at NRT in the sort of weather you are having. It was a cat #1, I believe. Rain was coming down sideways... FAs had to sit down during the last hour of the flight... what an experience! And THEN what did we do, we got on another plane and took off for ORD... about two hours later!
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Sep 20th, 2010, 11:45 AM
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There's a great museum on the Kowloon waterfront with lots of carved jades and good stuff like that --- not for sale though!

I didn't find much in Stanley to thrill me and it's a long shag. Can you take the ferry to Lamma? Takes about 30 mins. from the HK pier and is a whole different world -- no cars or buses. A little fishing village with a wind mill, a few temples, sweet little cemetery, dragon boats, great seafood at the pier.
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Sep 20th, 2010, 11:48 AM
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Panda: So happy to hear you are visiting HongKong, you know there is no bamboo to chomp on so go ahead and eat yourself silly!
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Sep 20th, 2010, 11:52 AM
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Andy- my pal in HK just texted me- she said she can't sleep because the rain/wind is soooo loud! hope it doesn't dampen your hols
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Sep 20th, 2010, 12:08 PM
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Glad to know you're surviving the heat and humidity. You've done the tram already, so now just take a taxi to go places.
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Sep 20th, 2010, 04:58 PM
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We did find a laundry place west on Dos Voges, but timing is wrong because we're switching to Kowloon on Wednesday.

Raining too hard to go out, so we ate at the MoMo Cafe in the Courtyard. I had Hong Kong Dumplings and Beth had chicken with pesto. Both were good, but not extraordinary. There was only one other person in the well-appointed room.

Breakfast at the lounge. I stayed with bland items, e.g., toast, muffin. Beth had another omelet and some bacon and potatoes. The lounge is comfortable and nicely laid out. Better than the ROS lounge in BKK. Sorry Kathie.
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Sep 20th, 2010, 05:06 PM
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Lol... it's been a number of years since you were last in the lounge at the ROS, and they have done a complete remodel of the lounge, it's more than tripled in size, but the arrangement of a series of rooms keeps it feeling cozy.

Nonetheless, I'm delighted to hear about your stay at the Courtyard in Hong Kong. We may have to put it on our short list for our next Hong Kong stay, whenever that may be.
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Sep 20th, 2010, 07:50 PM
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will it never stop....another segment....fantastic...

but evidently there is no spell check in HK
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Sep 20th, 2010, 07:52 PM
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sir---remember what your nurse told you about eating---protein, ruffage, etc.....not MORE TOAST, bagles etc...

i'm sending a dozen pensils for you
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Sep 20th, 2010, 09:57 PM
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NO spell check in BOS Bob?
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Sep 21st, 2010, 12:04 AM
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Just lost entire day's report. That's ahat a panda gets for staying at a Marriott when Bob lurks about. WE wnt out, got wet, got a massage and ate lunch. More later after I assault someone.
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Sep 21st, 2010, 01:54 AM
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Ha! Ah, Gpanda, so glad to hear about your travels, and so sorry for your travails. On the breakfast front, protein can be difficult, I know as I've been there. This may not work for you, but I'll throw it out there--I was able to eat some "light" cheese to get something into my system at breakfast that had a protein component. (As you know, I have an egg allergy. Given the recent bad press plaguing eggs in America right now, that's probably my survival instinct.) Anyway, many a morning in hospital was spent consuming a small portion (think of a size between a golf ball and a tennis ball) of cottage cheese. But I'm thinking even mozzarella or a mild provolone would've done the job.

Hoping the weather gods are kinder to you and Beth on the remainder of this trip,
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Sep 21st, 2010, 06:18 AM
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naw, i see that the words are wrong but some of the fun of my posts is figuring out just what they say....or mean..

i misspell many words to see if you really see the errors...
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Sep 21st, 2010, 07:21 AM
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I'm enjoying your report, Gpanda! Hope the rains stop for you! It's making me very anxious to get to Hong Kong--I've done three plane changes there, but never have actually been into the city. Maybe next year...

Have a wonderful time!
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Sep 21st, 2010, 09:12 AM
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Of course you do Bob!!
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Sep 21st, 2010, 11:50 AM
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For heaven's sake, it's Des Voeux.
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Sep 21st, 2010, 01:25 PM
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It's all part of Bob's plan to help me in my new career as a freelance proofreader. BTW, I just completed an assignment today, found several mistakes, and found TWO mistakes in the legal disclaimer!! Yikes! (I'm hoping Gpanda will tell me he's proud...)

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Sep 21st, 2010, 03:02 PM
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It's typhoon not tai fun, although tai fun sounds Chinese.
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Sep 21st, 2010, 03:13 PM
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Found on the wall of a ladies' room at Indiana University:

"Life is one big practikle joke."

"It's a good thing for you it isn't a spelling bee."
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Sep 21st, 2010, 03:58 PM
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Florida1-We too had skipped Hong Kong, but it's wonderful even at a snail's pace.

I'm still mad about losing the post, so I'll describe the modificatiobs to our travel that we've been forced to make. In the past, I would be up early every day and go out exploring the surrouding area to see things that Beth and I might enjoy. That's over. No energy.

Normally, we would make a list of things we were going to do in a day and attack from first light. Now, we have one thing we want to do and need lots of rest while we're out. My fatigue requires me to sit often and gather myself so I can appreciate those things we do see.

My nausea dictates when we can go out. It's never at the same time of day so we ait ubtil it gets to a low level and off we go. This has also changed our eating habits. Instead of the starving panda always on the alert for a goody or two, we eat by my watch. Beth orders a lot and I scavenge from her plate.

Plus, one of the side effects of my chemo is blisters on my feet, so walking can be painful. Howvwe, walking is a big part of our enjoyment, so I just do it and take care of my feet when we get home. I did note that hwen I got my massage, the masseur didn't touch my feet. He was probably scared off by the red blisters.

I'm not complaining, just reporting. These same things happen at home, so there's nothing extra. I had to give this info to provide an accurate picture of our days. Beth has been a rock. She goes with the flow and enjoys what we can do.

BTW, for the regulars, there was a repeat of my Luang Prabang digestive issues at breakfast one day. It was the chemo and not drinking from tap water. The staff was very apologetic and helpful, but I waved them off. Misery may love company, but nausea wants solitude.
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