Hong Kong: Kowloon Park Fountain

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This video is about our little stroll through Kowloon Park in Hong Kong. We start off near the fountain and make our may past an aviary with some spectacular toucans. When I Googled and YouTubed “Hong Kong” before our first trip, results like “Top 10 Things to do”, “Top 12 things to See”, “13 tips for an Awesome time in Hong Kong”, “Top 6 things to do during a long weekend in Hong Kong”, etc.. all came up as happens with all well known cities. For sure, Gracie and I engage in those activities… the “tourist attractions” right? They are cool… To some degree… They are entertaining for the most part and after enough weeks/months/years of travel you get good at avoiding the crowds and the lines and the nonsense… for the most part. There will ALWAYS be imperfections and as a guy on YouTube once said, “If you are not at least a bit uncomfortable, you are Not traveling… you’re just on vacation”. I prefer to travel as much as I can. During this trip to Hong Kong, our first trip, actually we did about 1/2 tourist stuff and about 1/2 just walking around doing travelers stuff. For sure I almost Never claim “living like a local”… I think that involves a commitment of at *least* one full month… however, in most places, I don’t think you can really “get it” until you have been there 3 months. That said, I have also discovered that coming and going several times can really expand your expertise. All of these videos finally made their way up to YouTube after several months of constant travel. During which time, both as a couple and solo, I traveled in and out of Hong Kong more than 3 times in less than 2 months. This also happened with several other South East Asian Cities: Singapore, Kuala Lumpur… and many others, you will see videos from.. and hopefully enjoy. Thanks for watching. As always, I hope you are Living the Dream, if you’re not, you’re doing it wrong!
Peace. 🙂


Hong Kong: Check-In from Times Square/Causeway Bay Alibaba Offices

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This video is me just checking in on a Tuesday morning from the Times Square building/area in Hong Kong. Hong Kong Island is probably the area that many people think of when they thing of “Hong Kong”. Although, Hong Kong Island is a series of islands and a significant amount of life and work occurs on the Kowloon side (as people refer to it). Gracie and I ended up getting an AirBnB in Tsim Sha Tsui area of Kowloon for a VERY reasonable price. Meaning, for less than $100/night we had a nice, safe, quiet, clean place that (while INCREDIBLY SMALL) had hot water, cold A/C and we got great night sleeps each night. Good stuff!
[from Wikipedia: Tsim Sha Tsui is a shopping and nightlife district in Kowloon. Casual eateries and eclectic local shops are packed along neon-lit Nathan Road, while luxury malls line nearby Canton Road. The Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade, on Victoria Harbor, is a popular spot to appreciate Hong Kong’s skyline views, while mainstream concerts and musicals are performed at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.]

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Live the Dream!
~mikes & Gracie

Hong Kong – Do Waterfalls when there is No Peak Tram

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This video is about an afternoon we spend in Hong Kong when we didn’t want to wait for 6pm to use our Peak Tram tickets. I incorrectly clicked on the wrong tickets on the KLOOK app and realized that I bought the 6pm tickets for the Peak Tram… as we were arriving at the Peak Tram entrance… at about 10am. WHOOPS!!!

First FULL Day in Hong Kong : Peak Tram Try #1

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This video is about First FULL Day in Hong Kong. I really took a shine to Hong Kong, even after less than 24 hours here. Over the course of the next 2 months, I will have come back here another 3 times: 1) a few days of lay-over heading to the Philippines to meet up with Gracie, 2) another layover on the way back to the US after spending over a month in the Philippines with Gracie, 3) as well as a few days of meetings with various companies and 3.5) even a meetup with current and alumni students from USD… half way around the world and I get to see some co-workers I see in the hallways of my workplace as well as fellow students and alumni… from San Diego to Hong Kong – what an honor!!! What a gift. What a GREAT trip.
Thanks for joining Gracie and I on our journey.

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Next Stop: Hong Kong – quick check in: MTR to South Horizons

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Just a quick intro on our first few hours in Hong Kong.
While manly Novembers have been spend in Thailand, so many so that Thanksgiving is now THAISgiving, Gracie and I decided to meet up in Hong Kong this November. I was pretty tired after the initial leg of the trip BUT that didn’t stop us from exploring at least a little bit off the beaten path.
Fear not, for sure you will see videos from us at Victoria Peak and many of the other “tourist attractions” – which are indeed quite entertaining.
For this video, we get on the MTR near our AirBnB at the Jordan station on the Tsuen Wan (red) Line and take that toward Central. Transferring at Admiralty to the South Island Line (lime green) and head all the way to the end of that line to the South Horizons stop. This is one of the many, Many, multiple 60+ story building communities that is part of a very well planned and executed community by the MTR corporation.

Here’s a cool map of the MTR lines (as of July 2019): http://www.mtr.com.hk/archive/en/services/routemap.pdf

What really surprised me about the MTR corporation was they are WAAY MORE than just a subway system. As subways go, they are easily in the top 5 in the whole world. As of this writing they have a 99.5% on-time rate. That is UNHEARD of in the US’s largest and most well-known subway/public-transit systems (e.g. New York Subway system, Boston’s MBTA system, etc…) The MTR owns real estate, malls, huge condo/apartment buildings, roads, schools, and additional retail. I’m VERY impressed with the leadership, vision and follow through of the MTR corporation. Its not something you really pay attention to going from place to place but doing a little bit of “non-tourist” digging, I soon realized that THIS organization Really had their act together.
I dare say it is what Makes so many people’s daily lives in Hong Kong so well architected.
Thank You MTR!!!

And Thank You for joining us on our journey.
Hope to bring you more perspectives and adventures and we Live the Dream! …cuz if you’re not Livin’ the Dream – you’re doing it wrong!

~mikes & Gracie

Bermuda morning wrap-up: Flying home.

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Every time, I’ve come to Bermuda, be it solo or with Gracie, I always say to myself, “I (we) need to come back here again… its SO easy!!!” Just a 2 hour flight on either JetBlue or Delta from Boston and BLAM: Paradise!!! Such a great and Easy long weekend!!!

Thanks for watching – stay tuned for more fun and travels.
Live the Dream!
~mikes & Gracie