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    Right to left, I think that's a Morris Cowley, Austin A40, Beetle & a Mini Clubman!

    Nice thread katie. I love how they have trees and stuff in their malls. It would make a nice change from the tacky plastic stuff that we have to put up with back home. Thanks for sharing those great pictures!

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    Your an interesting sheila katie,would love to meet up with ya next time we are in the PI. GREAT THREAD TO, im of to hongkong this month so i will try to bang up a thread about that. havent been there for about 25 years so i reckon im in for a surprise, and the wallet will probably take a bit of a hammering to. but fuk it its all good fun eh

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    Great thread, Katie.
    Quote Originally Posted by beerlaodrinker
    im of to hongkong this month
    are ya ? when, I'm in HK now.

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    @danno - What/who is tun razak & why is there a street like that in most cities? (am lazy to google now, lol) Re: pic thread abt PI - please do so! It would be interesting to see, I'm sure. I haven't been to some of the places that you went to. I use photobucket for the pics, but you can use any hosting site. I was too confused with the instructions on putting pics in the TD gallery first.

    @vocalneal - I didn't go to Tanjung Aru, but I read about it during my research abt KK. Must've been great there.

    @cdnski12 - yes, the city was very clean. It was very pleasant to just stroll around. I also liked the vibe there - relaxed beach town vibe, and not as hectic as KL and not as touristy as Bali.

    @loombucket - wow, thanks for identifying the cars!

    @BLD - thanks for the compliment! I'm trying to do my travelling now, while I'm not too choked up with responsibilities yet. It's easier to be an independent traveller now than 20 yrs before, since there's google, blogs, fora, and of course cheap promo flights. Re: meeting up - that would be lovely, I think. I might even be in Vientiane later this year, if my backpacking trip pushes through. (fingers crossed)

    @KW - are you in HK for work or tourism? Is it still cold there? A colleague was there for a conf 2 wks ago and it was too cold for him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly
    are ya ? when, I'm in HK now.
    departing vientiane on the 19th have 1 night in guangzhou then take the train to kowloon back to guangzhou about the 25th you still around? staying in causeway bay

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23
    @KW - are you in HK for work or tourism? Is it still cold there? A colleague was there for a conf 2 wks ago and it was too cold for him.
    Work. It's cool, not cold. But then again, I'm wearing a jacket and clouds everywhere. about 19 degrees.

    Quote Originally Posted by beerlaodrinker
    departing vientiane on the 19th have 1 night in guangzhou then take the train to kowloon back to guangzhou about the 25th you still around? staying in causeway bay
    I return end of this week.

    Staying in Aberdeen, this time around.

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    Katie
    you would be most welcome if you show up in vientiane, we have a lot of filipino freinds here, they have passed on some culinary skills to my wife to so you can be sure of a blinding adabo( Lao style)) pm me because im sometimes in the province working

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    Ok catch ya next time KW. any HK tips?

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    Okay, back to the pics.

    From the KK harbour, we rode on one of these boats to go to Manukan Island. I think it was 9 or 9:30am. This pic was taken in the afternoon, when we got back to KK - it's good there's a timestamp! Helps me remember things as this was some months ago.


    Manukan Island is part of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Park - a group of small islands off the coast of KK. Those 2 guys at the doorway were in the same boat with us from KK. You have to pay a small "conservation fee" at the counter.




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    Manukan Island is ~20 min away from KK by speedboat. Before playing in the water, we took a stroll around the island first.




    There are some cottages that you can rent if you want to stay O/N there.




    Sorry for the bad editing. For the beach pics, please excuse my bad photoshopping, I had to cover up either myself or my friends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beerlaodrinker
    Ok catch ya next time KW. any HK tips?
    The ferries are good for a cheap boat ride, at wan chai you can buy Long Island Ice Teas for takeway on the ferries.

    The subway is sensational. If you're heading out, the expats start in Lan Kwai Fon (spelling) - street bars and tapas, dress smart casual or Soho. - some good live music pubs.

    Everyone eventually ends up in Wan Chai. - mostly Thai and flipper whores, but still can be good fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beerlaodrinker View Post
    Ok catch ya next time KW. any HK tips?
    Temple street, Ladies Market, Avenue of Stars, Victoria Peak (nice views), Madame Tussaud's (sp?). I also liked the Big Buddha in Lantau Island - you can go there via cable car or by bus. Will you be going to Disneyland with the kids? And yeah, HK is hellishly expensive, but no doubt your pocket can handle it. Re: VTE, will contact you if I ever go there.

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    Very nice beach on Manukan island. The coastline is bigger/longer than that of Sapi island, which we visited later that day.



    Some beach moms for you.


    This is the jetty at Pulau Manukan.


    Cottages for rent. I covered up guy-friend with plants.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23
    Victoria Peak (nice views),
    Restaurant up there is sensational.

    HK Racing club, The peak tram. Stanely markets.

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    We were to be picked up by the boat at noon, so while waiting at the jetty, we enjoyed the fish.


    Now on to the boat to go to Sapi island, ~20 min travel too.


    Views while on the boat



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    Pulau Sapi = Sapi Island, still part of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Nature Park


    Near the jetty


    Sapi Island is smaller than Manukan (I think). If not smaller, then it has a smaller coastline than Manukan. But there were more people when we arrived. This large Chinese group was there, complete with their own catering group!


    Some lifevests left to dry, from the Chinese group.

    I jokingly told my friends that we could try to queue with the Chinese to get free food. Alas, my friends were too "brown" to be Chinese, and they had large eyes. I'm brown but I have smaller eyes, so I can pass for Chinese (and have been mistaken sometimes).

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    There's a souvenir shop


    It was almost 1pm, and we were famished, as we just had a light breakfast (toast, fruit, coffee) at the hostel. This was all that was left of our lunch when we remembered to take a pic. We shared this plate of seafood/veggies + rice.

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    Beach scenes at Pulau Sapi




    Some warning signs


    Beach babe & beach hunk for you

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    These crocs were a few meters away from the beach


    And now, for my fave pic, some Chinese beach babes!

    These gals were having a photo shoot and had a jolly time of it. It was amusing to watch them too.

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    We were picked up by the boat at 3pm, then back to the KK harbour...




    On the walk back to the hostel, we passed by a beer garden and some open-air eateries. Unfortunately, I did not take a pic. If you're a drinker, it would be pleasant to spend some time there while people-watching.

    We also passed by this gate. It leads to the governor's (or mayor's) mansion, I think.

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    There were showers at Sapi Island, but they were out in the open, so you can't really clean up well. There were changing rooms too, but just adequate. After a good shower and some resting at the hostel, we walked back to Centrepoint Mall to have dinner.

    We all decided to have soup. This was mine.


    This was girl-friend's.

    Both soups had the flat, thin rice noodles, similar to those used in pad thai.

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    After dinner, we decided to take another route back to the hostel. We saw this crafts exhibit and decided to have a little look-see.






    That's it for day 2, beach day. Then it was back to the hostel for some facebooking and social media for my friends. Can't remember what I did - I think I read a guidebook which was in the TV room. But we all were a bit tired from the sun & sand, so had an early night. No partying or bars for us - we were boring Asian backpackers. Besides, bars & beers cost money, and we were on a budget.

    Day 3 was zoo day. Hope y'all have enjoyed so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly View Post
    The ferries are good for a cheap boat ride, at wan chai you can buy Long Island Ice Teas for takeway on the ferries.
    @BLD, you can also go by ferry for a day trip to Macau

    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly View Post
    Everyone eventually ends up in Wan Chai. - mostly Thai and flipper whores, but still can be good fun.
    Seems flip hoes are all over SEA. Good to know we're spreading the luv. lol I've heard they're even in Dubai (covertly). Oh well, business is business, I guess.. <shrug>

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    Dont mind willy katie. hes often not PC
    but yeah, the kids arent coming, fortunately ive got a great mother in law who absolutely adores the rugrats and she is more than happy to look after the little buggers, ( Happy days i reckon) the cablecar is high on the list of things to do as is the big buddha, we only have 4 days in hongkers and the wifes passport is Lao so she needed a hongkong visa. i reckon we will be flat out trying to see all the bizzo and probably wont have time for macau (which requires another visa for her)even though its only an hour away, anyway ive heard its just casinos, dont want to get her started on the gambling, might put of my early retirement

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    I got a right bum deal when I went to KK, got given a "fruit shake" which turned out to be magic mushrooms, not funny I'm telling you ..

    cheers

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