Japan – The Country side of Yamagata Prefecture (1)

This is my trip to Japan way back in Nov 2005 (8 years already!!. wow!!).

It was one of my business trip and also my first trip into Japan and as usual it was always short and a rush visit. I was heading to Yamagata prefecture; a small country town up in the center of Honshu island.

My flight into Narita Airport was from Hong Kong. Upon arrival, I have to find my way to catch the train from Narita Airport to Tokyo Station, and then catch my Shinkansen to Yamagata Prefecture. Oh yes.. I bought my Shinkansen ticket way before I landed in Japan. So, good planning was required else I would have missed my ride. The total trip would take me close to 5 hrs just by train.

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When I arrived at Tokyo Station, I was surprised to see the sign had English too. It was a relieved as I could not read or speak Japanese. Moving around the Tokyo station and finding the right platform was daunting task especially in the evening when everyone is rushing to go home after work.

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One of the Shinkansen arriving at the station ….

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A typical kiosk on the platform where the local Japanese will buy thing before boarding for their trip on the Shinkansen.

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This Shinkansen look like a duck….. 😄

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This is the coach.. a double decker. In fact, it was my first time sitting in a Shinkansen (a few years later, I have also managed to sit in the bullet train in China and also the one in Taiwan)

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My dinner on board the Shinkansen which I purchased from the lady goes around from coach to coach selling food and drinks.

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This is the view from the hotel in Yamagata over looking the beautiful hills in the foreground.

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As usual, I will take the opportunity to walk around the town before heading to the office.

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… Very quaint place.

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follow me on my next posting in Yamagata, Japan.

Hong Kong – An evening view from the Peak (3)

This is my final part of an evening view from the Victoria Peak.

When the sun goes down….. it really goes down fast.

Enjoy the pictures of the sunset and also the night lights of the city of Hong Kong.

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A shot of an airplane flying over the Peak.

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The lights in the city is slowly lighting up……

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Ligthed Terrace 428….

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… and the fully ligthed city of Hong Kong .

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Hong Kong – An evening view from the Peak (2)

This is my 2nd part from the visit to Hong Kong’s The Victoria Peak. The weather was nice and also the sky was quite clear. Guess it was me lucky day. =)

To wait patiently and take pictures of the sunset from the Peak is really worth waiting for.

The city view from the Peak……

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The view of the sun slowly disappearing into the horizon..

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Hong Kong – An evening view from the Peak (1)

During my trip to Hong Kong, I also had taken the chance to go to the Victoria Peak. We wanted to take the Peak tram up from the Peak Lower Terminus but instead we took the bus from the ferry terminal brought us directly up to the Peak.

We were there early before the sunset as I heard and seen pictures taken during the sunset is beautiful. I wanted to take this chance to see it myself and take pictures too.

Sign board…. hmmmm where should I head to?

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An old tram converted to a Visitor Information Center.

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Beautiful sight of Hong Kong from the top…..

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The Sky Terrace 428….

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Stay tune for more……..

Hong Kong – A walk in Kowloon area… (1)

This trip to Hong Kong was last year along with my Macau trip and Shenzhen. Guess Hong Kong is smack in the middle  (nearly) of these 2 places.

Anyway not much to tell but just enjoy the snap shots taken…..

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… all the different signs

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.. and all sorts of T-shirt design with the word ‘Hong Kong’

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A walk along Ladies market..

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Hong Kong – Bus trip to Tai O (1)

While we were still in Hong Kong, we wanted to get out of the city and to see what they have out in the country side. So we decided to go to Tai O.

Tai O is a fishing town, partly located on an island of the same name, on the western side of Lantau Island in Hong Kong. We took the MTR to the last stop and continued by bus to the fishing village.

View from the MTR….

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Upon reaching Tai O … a sign greeted us.

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Seafood streets vendors all along the alley

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Stilt houses ….

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Follow me on the next part of Tai O…….