Monday Mystery Photo – Last time – Hong Kong

Each Monday, I post a mystery photo, or occasionally a mystery object. I encourage you to leave a comment if you think you might know where this week’s mystery photograph, is located, or what it is.

Where might you find this tourist attraction?


Last time we were in Hong Kong, at Hong Kong International Airport, which was opened in 1998, and employs around 73,000 people! It is located on the island of Chek Lap Kok, an island made from reclaimed land.


Thanks goes to MOSY and Ted from Recipe Reminiscing ,

Drake, and Breiflabben for their correct answers from last week. Well done!

Can you guess this week’s location/country? Any bites? (LOL)

Monday Mystery Photo – Something ‘trivial’ to Ponder About

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Good Morning Winter


August Morning
Winter more like Spring.
A heavy dew.
Fresh cool air.
Bird and I check out the nearly perfect reflection.

His view so infinitely different to mine.


We both have Something to Ponder About

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Sea Glass by Anita Shreve – Book Review


New Hampshire, 1929, and an eager young salesmen proposes to a young bank worker he hardly knows. He thinks she is beautiful and she lays aside his flaws, as she might a small stain on a beautifully embroidered tablecloth. Pure and dignified, she begins her new life as a married woman, with high hopes, but both the Wall Street crash and oppressive working conditions for the city’s mill workers (who are readying to strike), mean that the newlywed’s love and resilience is to be tested to its limits.

Honora reaches down to touch the fabric in the carton. Faded chintz, and something else. A framed photograph tucked in to the side of the box, as if snatched from a dresser at the last minute.  A photograph of a woman and a boy. Years ago, Honora thinks, studying the dress that falls nearly to the ankle. The stairs creak under her weight, which even with the bedding isn’t much.  At the top of the stairs a sense of emptiness overwhelms her and for the first time she feels the enormity of the task ahead of her.


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This is one of Anita’s better texts, and captured my attention, particularly for the excellent and subtle way she not only describes the scenes but in addition, conveys the emotions of the characters and the atmosphere and life of the era.

Though McDermott is just twenty, already he is a loom fixer. Her has been in the mills since he was twelve, the day his father pissed off. Every day, except Sundays the din rises up around him and makes a hollow sucking sound in his ears, as if he had dived in to the ocean and was trying to come up for air. He repairs broken looms and checks others to make sure the cloth is weaving properly. He hates his job, since the bosses have ordered the machines to go at a faster and faster speed.


This novel also gave me a snapshot of the difficulties of everyday life and the stoicism of the women living in that era. The ingenuity of their saving ways: how every last object was saved and turned into something useful. Nothing was wasted.

The people of this time were the original recycling environmentalists!  A woollen jumper full of holes can be un-ravelled and knitted up into a new jumper! A coat that has seen better days or has stains can be un-hemmed, reversed and then transformed into a smaller skirt. These people lived through hard times and not only survived on very little but made very little go a long way.

Communication was reliant on the written word and the postman. Families received invitation for get-togethers, months in advance. Hardship was a common theme, Rich men became poor overnight. And throughout it all, Honora remains composed and unflustered, collecting beautiful pieces of sea glass on her daily beach walks.

beach sand (Small)

The early twentieth century is not that long ago and yet, lives are so very different from then. Thank you Anita, for writing a delightful tale that left me with a smile on my face and something to ponder about.

Rating: 8.5 /10



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Proverbial Thursday – Global Words of Wisdom

I find there to be profound wisdom in proverbs, sayings and quotes and I marvel at the way they are so succinct in communicating messages to the reader. Mostly anonymous, they come to us from past generations and from across cultures. They speak of the experiences of lives lived and lessons learned. Quotes, like proverbs, make us think more deeply about something.

Each Thursday, I post a Proverb or Saying and a Quote that I find thought-provoking. 

I hope you will too.

A painting of a rice cake does not satisfy hunger. Zen saying

“Many people  die at twenty five and aren’t buried until they are seventy-five.”  Ben Franklin

What do you make of Ben Franklin’s quote. Do you agree?

And is the saying very “Zen?”

I hope to give you something to ponder about this Proverbial Thursday

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Winter in South/Autumn in North


When you have had a series of rainy days there is nothing better than a good hearty stew, and we can thank the Irish for the basis of the stew that I cooked this week, which satisfied 8 teenage appetites.

We can also thank the Naxon company in Chicago for first developing a rudimentary slow cooker or Crock pot which has since been refined to the wonderful appliance we have today. This means the ingredients can be placed inside and albeit forgotten until hours later when the slow cooker has worked its magic and produced a tasty and nutritious meal completely without supervision. In the current supercharged world, this is a wonderful advantage and fantastic alternative to fast food dinners.

“Ever since man first tamed fire, slow cooking was discovered as a way to soften up and tenderize those tough slabs of meat and fibrous ‘root vegetables. In prehistoric times, indigenous peoples often cooked wild root plants in a slow burning fire pit for a full 24 hours. This released the nutrition locked into the bulbs and made them much more tender and tastier to eat. Tough meat cuts especially benefit from slow cooking. Slow cooking these chewy cuts broke down the collagen in the meat and turned it into a gelatinous broth. As the fibers of the meat separated and shrunk during slow cooking, the juices would moisten the meat and turn even the toughest cuts into a mouth watering meal.” (click here to read more)

Family Stew Recipe

♠ Place a selection of diced vegetables in the base of the cooker, including:

3 sticks celery

3 onions

3-4 carrots

1 capsicum (green)

3-4 small new potatoes

I also add the following for flavour:

1 swede or rutabaga

1 turnip

1 parsnip

2 zucchini

You can also throw in any leftover vegetable you have in your fridge; Spinach or Silverbeet leaves or corn kernels might be nice.

♦ On top of the vegetables place diced Mutton chops or Blade steak (I use blade myself)

(trimmed of excess fat)

♦ 2-3 cups of beef or chicken stock (I use chicken to avoid Mad Cow Contamination – but then I may be too paranoid)

♦ seasoning of your own choice

♦ 1 teaspoon thyme

♦ a few celery stalks with leaves intact

♦In the morning, set the Slow cooker to Auto for 6-8 hours, or Low for 8-10 hours. (Auto setting will simply adjust the cooking time from high initially to low in the later stages of the cooking time)   Cover and let it cook. When you come home in the evening, add:

♠1-2 cups frozen peas (or beans)

♦ 3 tablespoons cornflour mixed with 1/3 cup cold water (and a little stock from the pot)

Cook on high till thickened ( about 10-15 minutes)

Voila! Dinner is done…

Serve with rice or noodles, and it will feed at least 8 people comfortably.

Something Delicious to Ponder About


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Hidden Lives and Human Resilience



When visiting Auschwitz concentration camp and the Birkenau selection facility in Poland, the sobering reminder of man’s inhumanity to man, was painfully obvious. It was then that I was reminded of a transcript of an interview, I had read some time ago. This transcript discussed the surprising fact that suicide occurs less among those people, who lived in severely impoverished/low socioeconomic areas and those in concentration camps, as opposed to those who have resources and perhaps live in more comfortable circumstances. What can be learnt from the incredible resilience of survivors, who when faced with extreme brutality or hellish circumstances, continue on and survive?

Johanna Reiss explains it like this:

“the middle class and the upper class are much more likely to commit suicide than those who have to find their daily bread, so to speak, (In) Elie Wiesel’s book.  In concentration camps, the biggest goal for most of them was to get the next crust of bread. And they were already being punished by the Nazis and so they didn’t think they had to punish themselves too. And so there were very few suicides in concentration camps, which is strange when you think about it, it surely seems like a place you’d want to get away from.”


Kitty Hart a survivor of Auschwitz, in her documentaries, speaks of how she trained herself not to “think,” but just to do – just to live in the moment and do that, without thinking anything about the future, or indeed the next day.


Flowers outside Birkenau

Impact on the Victim’s Circle

A parent’s mental state is forever changed when the tragedy of depression or suicide involves their child, no matter the child’s age, nor whether the child recovers or not. Many of those persons, closest to the victim, experience anguish that seems to leave a permanent scar, for which there is no miracle cure, perhaps only amelioration. How can we promote resilience for these people, who suffer a daily living hell?

“I think you can say that when there is a suicide the entire family becomes totally unhinged. And even though we all seem to go back to normalcy, something has been broken forever. In my own case, having been abandoned by my father in a way – he never was much of a father,and then having being abandoned by Jim. The only person who never abandoned me except when he died was Johan Oosterveld, the farmer in the Upstairs Room, the man who saved my life. He was always there for me. He even left a closet, in his attic, with a hole that you could crawl into, where I had hidden from the Germans. Because he always said: ‘You never know – it might come in handy again, and then Annie you can come back from New York and you can get right back in there.”

[Johanna Reiss, author of a Hidden Life.]  Click here to read more
Developing Resilience

I think this is a really important thing to remember if we are to combat suicide rates in all levels…. that the sufferer is not left feeling alone, feeling abandoned. Could it be that if an individual has a sense of responsibility towards another person more vulnerable, or if that person feels that the other absolutely needs them, the victim might cope better/ hang in there/be more resilient, no matter what? Might a reason to stay alive, be that they can then feel hope; that there is somebody or something that is so important, the victim cannot contemplate leaving, no matter how bad things become?

Elie Wiesel wrote about his experiences in a concentration camp as a boy and that he “was considering running into the barbed wire once, but he didn’t because his father needed him.” And that’s the only time he mentions the ‘allure of suicide.’


Oswiecim (Auschwitz)

In reflecting on suicide in today’s world where it appears to be a hidden spectre, together with my own experience with a close friend’s depression and suicidal behaviour, I wonder if the resilience/coping strategies of people such as those mentioned, might just be something that could potentially encourage resilience and give hope to victims, where often there seems none?

Something Serious to Ponder About


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Proverbial Thursday – Global words of Wisdom

I find there to be profound wisdom in proverbs, sayings and quotes and I marvel at the way they are so succinct in communicating messages to the reader. Mostly anonymous, they come to us from past generations and from across cultures. They speak of the experiences of lives lived and lessons learned. Quotes, like proverbs, make us think more deeply about something. First up, I have found a bit of tongue in cheek with a hidden lesson!

Praise Allah, but first tie your camel to a post. Sufi Saying

and a reminder of our unique place in the universe –

It is in your act that you exist, not in your body. Your act is yourself, and there is no  other you.   Antoine de Saint-Exupery

What do you make of these words?

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Proverbial Thursday gives you Something to Ponder About

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Monday Mystery Photo – Last week Hardangerfjord

Each Monday, I post a mystery photo, or occasionally a mystery object. I encourage you to leave a comment if you think you might know where this week’s mystery photograph, is located, or what it is.

Where in the world could this view be found?


Last week, we were at a lesser known location on the Hardangerfjord, at Utne, in Norway. Despite the unusual location, TidiousTed from Recipereminiscing and SeeNorway were able to pick out the various clues I left in the photograph, to determine that it possibly could be Norway.

The Mermaid herself, a mixed media art project by Essi Korva, is made of shells, and can be found along the shore below the Hardanger Folk Museum, at Utne.


Last week’s photograph

Ironically, See Norway has recently posted a beautiful panoramic photograph, taken from the ferry’s destination, (in the above photograph) – Kvanndal, which lies on the other side of this same Hardanger fjord in Western Norway.

Monday Mystery

Essi’s art and MMP gave us Something to really Ponder About.

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Finding my Feet in Finland

I was surprised with what I found. Can I say that?

I knew so little about Helsinki or Finnish history.


The Nordic regions weren’t a focus of the Australian school curriculum at all. In fact, you would be considered a bit of a nerd, or at least a well-read child, if you even knew of the country called Finland, growing up in Australia in the sixties, (unless you had Finnish heritage or a ‘Euro-vision’ Song Contest fanatic in your family).

Armed with this startling lack of knowledge, and the little I had gleaned from my post school readings, I flew into ‘Vantaa’ airport in Helsinki, en route to Norway. And let me say again, I was pleasantly surprised with what I found.


First impressions of Helsinki:

There is something about the smell of the place that I can’t quite put my finger on. It has the smell of Scandinavia, or at least that is what my nostrils tell me…. but I can’t be sure if this, so I challenge my thinking a bit more. It is then I realize, it is not the smell of a country per se, but the smell of clean, crisp, fresh air unadulterated by the pollution that besets many cities today. The proximity of Finland, both to the North Pole and the Baltic sea, as well as its clean energy sources have clearly given Finland this privilege and I for one, reveled in it.


Looking out of the airport bus window, heading into Helsinki after my long flight via Singapore, I see so much GREEN, and it is not the same green; there are 101 varieties of green.  Brilliant green, apple green, mint green, moss-green, and of course, leaf green in the many trees, plants, grassy fields and forest.


All this greenery is punctuated haphazardly here and there by massive granite rocks, seemingly flung around like a giant’s marble set that is over 560 million years old. The remnants now lying still and intractable, polished smooth by glacial action and natural forces through time. Houses, trees and modern infrastructure has simply no alternative, but to work around these stoic, granite monoliths.
But please don’t visualize a stark moonscape of rock, because it is not like that at all, purely because there is so much greenery and interesting architecture. Shading almost each and every boulder, you will find the ever graceful Birch trees. Being summertime when I arrived, the Birch branches let their long leafy tresses sway gently in the sea breeze, like a welcome party, beckoning me forward.

BIrch in Helsinki

Yes, there is something wonderful here. I feel instantly comfortable, even though I am an alien in this environment and a solo female traveler. ‘Hey,’ I remind myself, ‘I don’t even know any Finnish words!’ Yet it is only a matter of minutes after setting down in my hotel, at the harbour, that I quickly understand ‘Moi’ is ‘Hello’ and ‘Kittos’ means ‘thank you.’  Essential language if one would like to eat!!


If you fly into Helsinki from the west, you will undoubtedly spot the coastline of Finland, dotted as it is with thousands of islands and small skerries. Maritime navigation must be a nightmare for the inexperienced sailor!  Particularly as: “The southern islands in the Gulf of Finland are mainly of low elevation, while those lying along the southwest coastline may rise to heights of more than 400 feet (120 metres).”


But, perhaps I should tell you a little more about Helsinki, other than what you find in the usual tourist brochures?

Finland share its borders with Russia, Sweden and Norway and I do think the history with these neighbouring powers is reflected in the capital city, Helsinki’s architecture. Think glass conservatories, crisp white, copper green and red painted domes and turrets, lemon yellow and eggshell-blue buildings with white window detailings, echoing Swedish or Russian imperialist regimes and their respective architectural styles.


The clothing, lifestyle and culture in Southern Finland also evokes the typical Scandinavian summer day: cool and crisp in the morning, warming towards a lazy long afternoon where time becomes confused, (it may be 10 pm and some are only thinking about dinner). Imagine also long shafts of golden evening light and cool glades of shadows resting languidly behind the festive main street atmosphere, before the night makes its slow descent to darkness with the onset of twilight.


The capital city Helsinki seems to be a fashionable place… a secret I am sure is kept from the rest of the world. In the storefronts, I see elegant dresses, unique and beautiful designs, bold bright colours…of which Marimekko is famous for. [And if anyone knows me, they will tell of my preference for this exact thing: bold, bright colour]. So I wear a happy smile!!!

20160528_160903Gorgeous dresses with a distinctive, personal flair, not seen in my corner of the world, adorn the formal wear shops in Helsinki. Who would have thought I would find this so far north? I also spot delicate botanical, Linnean- inspired prints in sheer, lightweight fabrics, all with that indefinable something, that says ‘Scandinavia.’ It is so light here and like the beech and birch wood, summertime in Finland also seems free and tolerant…  a little like the mentality the Scandinavian summer landscape seems to suggest. Helsinki has me feelibg all romantic!!!


Mind you, the Finns do seem a little reserved with strangers, but this will only be a bother if  you expect  American or Australian open-mindedness towards strangers. Despite the staging of a multicultural music and ethnic festival held in the city during my stay, I could still feel the Finnish character: that Scandinavian essence, but with an inner stoicism that visitors may find a little aloof. Rather, than thinking this, I preferred a more romantic view that Finns guard their privacy and others’ with the respect it deserves.


In the next post, I will share something of the most iconic sites and foods found around Helsinki and the UNESCO World Heritage site of Suomenlimma Fortress. For me it is   Something to Ponder About.














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Proverbial Thursday – Global Words of Wisdom

I find there to be profound wisdom in proverbs, sayings and quotes and I marvel at the way they are so succinct in communicating messages to the reader. Mostly anonymous, they come to us from past generations and from across cultures. They speak of the experiences of lives lived and lessons learned. Quotes, like proverbs, make us think more deeply about something.

Each Thursday, I post a Proverb or Saying and a Quote that I find thought-provoking. 

I hope you will too.

In action, anxiety disappers. Unknown proverb

That is one of the remarkable things in life, It’s never so bad that it can’t get worse.

Bill Watterson

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Proverbial Thursday gives you something to ponder about.

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Monday Mystery Photo – Last time Piedmont

Each Monday, I post a mystery photo, or occasionally a mystery object. I encourage you to leave a comment if you think you might know where this week’s mystery photograph, is located, or what it is.

Where in the world could the following photo be located?


Last time, Monday Mystery Photo was located in Piedmont, at the Albaprovincia di Cuneo from a photo submitted by Margaret Rose, a prominent blogger in WordPress a few years back.

Albaprovincia di Cuneo, regione di PiemonteMR

. Tidious Ted had a great guess last week and I would love to compare the location he suggested, with the photograph M. R. supplied. It will be interesting to see what the guesses will be for this week.

Monday Mystery Photo is Something to Ponder About

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The Legacy of Olav and Nidaros

Nidaros Domkirken

Nidaros Cathedral – the northernmost cathedral in the world

“Olsok (literally “Olaf’s Wake” or “Olaf’s Vigil” – that is the eve of St. Olaf’s Day) is now the Norwegian name for 29 July, traditionally the date of the death of King Olaf II Haraldsson of Norway, in the Battle of Stiklestad, east of Nidaros (Trondheim), Norway, in 1030.

  Olaf II Haraldsson (995 – 29 July 1030), later known as St. Olaf, (or St Olav), was King of Norway  1015 to 1028. Born in Ringerike, he was the great grandchild of Harald Fairhair, the first King of Norway.

Even as a young boy, Olaf had a strong conviction that he was going to lead Norway and be their eternal King that would unite them into one Kingdom. As a Viking chieftain, he went raiding through Estonia and Scandinavia, but it was whilst awaiting the close of  winter in Normandy he was baptised in Rouen Cathedral, (now Notre Dame), by Robert the Dane, Archbishop of Normandy.

Nidaros Cathedral

Nidaros Cathedral side door


The year 1015 saw Olaf back in Norway and with the support of the five Kings of the Uplands, Olaf declared himself King. Furthermore, he then conquered the south of Norway, founding Borg, (now the town of Sarpsborg), and even made peace with the King of Sweden.

However, his reign over a united Norway was not to last, and he was forced to flee into exile, from Canute the Great who had the support of discontented Norwegian nobles. When Canute’s Regent was lost at sea, Olaf took the opportunity to seize back his kingdom, but died at the ensuing Battle of Stiklestad.


Stiklestad Church where Olaf fell in battle Source: Wikipedia

It is said that Olaf’s body is buried somewhere near the present day site of Nidaros cathedral,  by a stream. Some time after the burial, legend has it that Olav’s coffin rose up out of the ground, and was re-interned. Rumors begun to circulate in the community about Olaf’s exploits and his legendary status, and when the coffin again rose up out of the burial site as second time, the people opened it and it was said to “smell like roses”.

Burial place of St Olav

Burial place of St Olav

A year after his death, he was canonized as a Saint. Construction  began on the Nidaros Cathedral in 1070 over the burial site of St. Olaf. The oldest parts  of Nidaros, still in existence date from the middle of the twelfth century, as fire has reduced the cathedral to ruins until the Reformation.

As the northernmost cathedral in the world, it is a site of pilgrimage even today.

Nidaros Domkirken

Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, Norway built to honour St Olav


Olaf was canonized by Bishop Grimkell in Nidaros on 3 August 1031, and is remembered as Rex perpetuus Norvegiae, the Eternal King of Norway. [He is, however, remembered] more so than his attempts to finally and forcefully convert the country to Christianity, Olaf’s martyrdom at Stiklestad appears to have contributed decisively to establishing the Church in all parts of the country.” [Odd Steinar]


Pilgrims would leave their mark on Nidaros cathedral walls to ward off evil

It seems that Olaf, like many Scandinavian kings, used his Christianity to gain more power for the monarchy and centralize control in Norway. The cult of Olaf not only unified the country, it also fulfilled the conversion of the nation, something for which the king had fought so hard. [Wikipedia]


And today the Olsok legacy lives on, not only in Scandinavia, but also in many parts of the world, where Scandinavian heritage is honoured. Whether this was Olaf’s primary or secondary intention, it is clear that he is remembered as Norway’s patron Saint:  the King who united Norway for the first time.

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In Trondheim

Something to  Ponder About



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Proverbial Thursday – Global Words of Wisdom


In the current climate, perhaps these words will resonate and give us Something to Ponder About

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Monday Mystery Photo – Last time Faroe Islands

Each Monday, I post a mystery photo, or occasionally a mystery object. I encourage you to leave a comment if you think you might know where this week’s mystery photograph, supplied by Dudda St., is located, or what it is.

Where in the world could the following photo be found?

Albaprovincia di Cuneo, regione di PiemonteMR

Last week’s Mystery photo was a difficult one. It was a statue located outside the local swimming hall in Thorshavn in the Faroes. Here is a reminder of what it looked like:


As the Faroe Islands are part of the Kingdom of Denmark, Gerard  answer was correct!  Thanks Gerard for participating!!! Well done!!

Who will be the next winner of Monday Mystery Photo on Something to Ponder About?

Monday Mystery

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Travel Tuesday – Hong Kong Airport

20160715_164828.jpgSpending long layovers at airports awaiting international flights can be a real drag and whilst the Airport in Hong Kong is far from the best I’ve visited, it does have some extra comfort features which others often lack.  If you are heading to Hong Kong in the near future, knowing the following could make your wait time a more pleasant experience.

Power Access

There are power access and charging points located at stations throughout the seating areas, at all the departure gates. Lift the tiny slot and insert your USB charging cable from your device or smart phone for a quick re-charge. Especially handy if you have your boarding pass saved on your device and your phone shuts down due to low battery!

Where can you Rest and Relax?

The departure gates have large seating areas and alternate rows of 3- seater continuum, (i.e. seats without inside armrests), for passengers with long layovers who really need to lie flat to rest. You can also find reclining lounges in the ‘snooze area,’ sectioned off, as it is, amidst potted plants, in a quiet zone behind the shops. Please note that there are only about ten of these highly sought after lounges, so it might be necessary to stake one out, if you wish to secure one, when it becomes free. The reason: many passengers, (annoyingly), place their bags on the vacant lounge and walk away to explore the shops, leaving other family members to guard both the bag and vacant lounge, which they do, in a way not dissimilar to a rottweiler trained to kill any contender who comes a bit too close.


There is a pay-to-use lounge open for all departing passengers, upstairs, and this along with the airline’s business lounge, looked to be a fairly basic affair. Massages and the usual gym are also available at a price.

Get Connected

If you are without a smart device of your own, there are still plenty of free internet stations in both terminals, that will grant you web access in free 15 minute blocks (renewable). Just remember to log out of social media/sites to protect your privacy as it is a public computer and stores your history.

Anything Special?

Chek Lap Kok is a very busy airport and the massive glass windows, lining both sides of the departure hall, not only let in lots of natural light, they also allow departing passengers to view the spectacular landings and takeoffs of planes at close proximity compared to many modern airports. In fact, you can see quite a bit of Hong Kong in the distance, again unlike other airports, that I find, are often situated far out of the city areas. A bonus if you are merely transiting through Hong Kong.



Another feature you won’t find in many other airports, is the provision of hot, cold and warm water, on tap – gratis. This is particularly useful if you like your own special type of tea or have a spare teabag/cocoa from generic hotel chain stays or even need to warm the baby’s bottle.  It was a godsend for me. I know the Workplace health and Safety workers are uttering loud audible gasps right about now, but of course quite sensibly, there is a child proof lock on the hot water tap, so it is all good.

Starbucks maintain a store here, as well as several high-end fashion stores. Usual pricing prevails.

The Down Side

Transit passengers at Hong Kong Airport, must go through security a second time before they access the shopping areas. Furthermore, a manual check of hand luggage is often conducted at boarding time, as you pass through the departure gate itself. At least they have safety in mind!

Since the airport’s redevelopment and the Chinese government officially re-gained control over Hong Kong,  there are now many more street and advisory signs written predominantly in Chinese. English language signage is present, but you won’t find it on every corner,  so at times one needs to make use of the picture icons to make sense of the sign, in particular those detailing the airport layout and direction of movement for some of the 68,488,000 passengers that pass through its hall.

Smokers have a specially designated area at the airport but I have, unfortunately, noted that the disabled toilets often reek of tobacco, despite signs prohibiting smoking in those locations. Hefty fines are imposed if caught, so beware!

New Zealand TeMata

And my final tips for an enjoyable layover, are to remember to drink plenty of water or fluids other than tea, coffee and alcohol, (which dehydrates the body), and, walk around the departure hall prior to your flight, as maintaining fluids and exercise are important to reduce the risk of flight related health problems, such as Flight- related Deep Vein Thrombosis.

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