a small island girl takes on the world… one trip at a time

A rare look inside Japan’s Imperial Palace

On my recent trip to Tokyo, I happened to be there for what is literally a once-in-a-lifetime event — the opening of the grounds of the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, … Continue reading

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Tokyo Abloom

The path and the road were covered with a layer of blossoms that were everywhere fluttering down, dying at the moment of their greatest beauty. The General spoke quietly, as … Continue reading

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Let’s go get lost

True trails can be hard to find while hiking in Hong Kong. More and more trails are being paved and manicured to make them ‘safer’ or ‘more accessible’ to hikers, … Continue reading

March 23, 2014 · 4 Comments

The best squid in town

It’s dirty. It’s noisy. The floors are wet and the chairs are plastic. You can barely hear yourself talk over the roar of a gigantic wok on the fire nearby … Continue reading

March 20, 2014 · 2 Comments

Alive not Dead

Fresh, live fish is very popular in Hong Kong. The big restaurants all have massive fish tanks full of grouper, geoduck, lobsters and other edible sea creatures. But personally, looking … Continue reading

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The third tower

Finally, the tower was conquered. Ever since the day I moved into Mui Wo I’ve been seeing that weird, craggy shape up on Butterfly Hill and wondering what it was. … Continue reading

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Along the watchtowers

A few days ago I woke up, looked outside and saw something strange.┬áThe sky was blue. In fact, it was too blue. A kind of blue you never see in … Continue reading

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Okinawa Again

  Twice in one month? Well you know what they say — if it nice, do it twice. So off to Okinawa we went, again, but this time for five … Continue reading

February 3, 2014 · 3 Comments

Awesome Okinawa

Okinawa is the only place I’ve ever been to that has an international terminal which is smaller than the domestic. It kind of reminds me of the airport in Tobago … Continue reading

January 11, 2014 · 4 Comments

Happy New Year

Happy New Year and Happy Year of the Horse to all the readers and bloggers out there. I might be two weeks too late, but what the hell. Actually, considering … Continue reading

January 9, 2014 · 1 Comment

Faster than a speeding bullet

Would it sound bad if I said that my first trip on Japan’s bullet train was a bit…. meh? I wasn’t disappointed, I just wasn’t that amazingly impressed. I’m not … Continue reading

November 26, 2013 · 1 Comment

Buffalo soldiers

The cows and buffalo that roam around in Mui Wo have it made. They are free range cattle — no farms, no milking, no ploughing the fields, nothing. And on … Continue reading

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The Customer is Not Always Right

I live in a village, which means everyone knows everyone, and as a result you tend to err on the friendly side because if you piss off someone, you are … Continue reading

October 24, 2013 · 3 Comments

The Amazing Octopus

As I mentioned in previous posts, convenience is the most important thing in Hong Kong, and this extends, naturally, to its technological innovations. Let me present to you the amazing … Continue reading

October 15, 2013 · 3 Comments

The town on two wheels

In Hong Kong, as in most big cities, convenience is the most important factor, for most people, when it comes to choosing where to live. Within a 10 minute walking … Continue reading

October 14, 2013 · 1 Comment

Running Free

So today was a momentous day — the very first time that I left Tiny Winy home with a baby sitter (other than my husband). She is someone who works … Continue reading

October 12, 2013 · 4 Comments

Is T&T a good tourist destination?

There’s an interesting website that I noticed circulating on Facebook called the Travelice Compendium, which describes itself as “a collection of observations, oddities, travel tips and techniques, facts, foods, dangers, … Continue reading

October 9, 2013 · 4 Comments

Michael Jackson’s not the only one trying to be white

While on a recent trip to Thailand, I snapped a few shots in the local supermarket of all the millions and millions of beauty products and toiletries that have so … Continue reading

September 9, 2013 · 1 Comment

It’s just business, baby

Delta, United, and BA, you can all suck it, because compared to Qatar Airways, you are all rubbish!

August 23, 2013

Mystery Meat – should you buy local in Hong Kong, considering all the food safety scares?

In the few years that I’ve been in Hong Kong there have been many a food scandal coming out of China. Fake eggs, fake meat, fake baby milk (which, tragically, … Continue reading

May 13, 2013

Arty farty — giant poo, an inflated stonehenge and a huge rubber ducky, all in HK!

A lot of interesting things have been floating around Victoria Harbour these days. First it was a huge inflatable poo at the Kowloon waterfront: Then it was a giant rubber … Continue reading

May 6, 2013

Feeling Feral – wild buffalo? in hong kong? really?

So what’s with all the wild cows on Lantau island? Who do they belong to? And how did they end up just moseying around Mui Wo as if they own … Continue reading

May 5, 2013

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