Monday, August 15, 2005

Back on home turf....

What a wonderful feeling to wake up back in Hong Kong!!

Although I was struck last night by just how hot and humid HK is compared to Manila...before I went to Manila everyone told me how the humidity is so bad there....take it from me...it's much worse here....the other difference is that in HKG the airconditioning is arctic, in Manila it is gently cooling!!

Leaving Manila, I was reminded of just how terrible their airport is and what a bad impression it must leave on the average tourist who has had a wonderful holiday enjoying the beaches, sights and hospitality that the Philippines has to offer....and then they have to sit in that awful airport....made particularly worse by the fact that there is a brand new terminal just sitting and waiting to have some life breathed into it...plus think of the extra revenue that could be generated with some half way decent shops and restaurants.

I managed to avoid the whole check in fiasco by checking in online (thanks CX)...makes life that much more bearable when all you have to do is dump your bag and go through passport control.

The final approach into HK is one that will stay with me for a while...why did I not have my camera...? I was sitting on the right of the aircraft and so looking up to Sheung Shui, Fanling etc...the low flying patchy cloud over an incredibly clear night made for some of the most amazing views of the New Territories, it has to have been one of the best landings since I last came into Kai Tak...

So, into Central a quick bit of retail therapy in Causeway Bay....

And today...'at leisure' I believe is travel speak for what I will do...a little ambling around, a little socialising and dinner at the Mandarin...it's good to be back!!!

6 Comments:

Anonymous Solbi-wan Kenobi said...

Welcome back..

11:32 am  
Anonymous alma said...

A few weeks back, after picking up my husband from the airport, I noticed as I drove past the new airport that the airport looked shabbier and to make it worse, children and teenagers living close to the airport, are using the outside/perimeter area as a place to hang around... before we know it, the NAIA 3 would be vandalized...

6:01 pm  
Blogger Madame Chiang said...

Thanks....it's wonderful to be back....my love affair with this city has deepened to a point that I can't bear the thought of leaving tomorrow...anyway...London beckons...so I guess...it's have ticket,will board!!!

Alma, sorry to hear about the new terminal...to be honest...all I have heard is from people who fly the planes into Manila...have not seen the terminal myself...although have seen pictures in the paper....

1:10 am  
Blogger alb said...

madame chiang said... "the other difference is that in HKG the airconditioning is arctic, in Manila it is gently cooling". And I thought maybe the AC in Manila is just feeble! I do prefer your elegant description.

I agree the NAIA is a sad case. So much can be done. There is no place to really relax. It could definitely use a few restos and a cafe, plus a Powerbooks branch. They should get rid of those cheap-looking souvenir stands.

3:42 pm  
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