Greetings from Hong Kong. I have been that busy here with family activities and a couple of business meetings, that I didn’t get a blog post back to you guys – sorry!
I posted in 2 other blogs about my stock market trading as I spend about 10 minutes every workday looking at the charts. Even when on holidays, this is not much of a chore. Normally I do this before breakfast and have the rest of the day to relax.
I must say that Hong Kong is much different to what I imagined. It’s funny how impressionable we are by propaganda and news that is imposed upon us. I have noticed some areas (many, actually) where the Hong Kongers beat us westerners hands down on quality of life. Of course, there were also some that I wouldn’t want to duplicate in my life. I will post a longer blog about this when I get back to Australia, when ‘I’m back at work’.
Hong Kong Disneyland
This is the hotel we are staying at. Everything is absolutely immaculate and the staff are even friendlier than the locals – and means REALLY friendly! We have been very comfortable around the Cantonese speaking citizens of Hong Kong. Many of them speak fluent English but even when they don’t, they still treat us as another one of them.
The level of politeness is evident in their culture. Even though I am about 12 – 18 inches taller (30 – 45cm) than the average person here, it seems to go unnoticed, though every now and again, I see a quick stolen glance with a “Holy Crap” look on their face. That is pretty funny!
One kid, yesterday at Disneyland, turned around and looked at my knees, then proceeded to look upwards, and upwards, and upwards – and the look on her face was hillarious! This cute little girl just saw a Giant. Her mum politely smiled at me with a “she’s just a little girl and doesn’t know not to stare” smile on her face.
They are beautiful people.
In The City
Of course, in the city, you get the people walking up to you in the street trying to sell imitation Prada handbags and Rolex watches, but by now I know how to politely brush them off in a quick “No Thanks”. In the past I have been caught out in other countries getting dragged into stores for the big selling procedure to the silly tourist.
It’s amazing how easy it is to simply say “No” and hence save yourself and the other person any grief. On many occasions, I have failed to say no to someone and gotten further and further into a situation I never wanted to be in – both in business and in my personal life.
Saying no, is not a bad thing. Sometimes it’s the best answer for everyone involved.
The Disneyland Hotel is spot on and I can highly recommend it. Check out the picture of a maze above in the hotel gardens. Small kids could get lost in there – and a few local adults!
We had breakfast with Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Pluto and Daisy Duck. Daisy took a fancy to me, I think, but she sort of took a fancy to everyone. But we don’t need to tell anyone that!
The Disney Parade
The Disneyland Parade was spot on. I filmed a fair bit and took stacks of pics. Do you think I stood out with a camera around here? No way! These guys put Japanese Tourists to shame. Man, do they love their cameras! And posing, well these guys are the masters of posing for a camera. I have some absolutely hillarious mind images of girls posing for cameras. Pretty funny stuff for a westener. Well, Australia is further East than mainland China, but we will still take the tag of ‘Westener’ because… I suppose someone gave it to us. 😉
I’ll be back with another post about Hong Kong when I get back to Australia. Have fun and I’ll see you soon.
Until next time…
Have a most outstanding day!
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