Wednesday, September 30, 2009

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Saturday, September 26, 2009

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Friday, September 18, 2009

All the tea in China

When you read this, I'm on vacation but has arranged for this post to appear on this date. On my last day in Kunming, I walked into a tea shop, it was packed with all kinds of tea. There was this kid who was minding the store. I started taking pictures, a lot of pictures. He didn't care, he was only the hired help. Besides it was lunchtime and he was busy slurping noodles in the back. He was so absorbed in it, it was amazing, he didn't even look up or said anything.




















It is very amazing to see the tea leaves all rolled up into different shapes and form. I guess this is how they can tell them apart, what is which tea. The subject of tea is beyond this post.







Wednesday, September 16, 2009

I'll be leaving for a while

I found this incredible quote by Mark Twain from one of the blogs that I read sometimes.... 'Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.' That's exactly what I'll be doing in 2 days. Before any trip, this is what happens, books are read, dreams are fomented, plans are made and then sails are being cast off. This is the place where they all originate... home. I'll be leaving home for a little while and be on another journey to the geography of bliss.
Sometimes eating foreign food helps like wolfing down a Cornish pasty and a Scotch egg. I remember a very delicious Cornish pasty that I bought in Victoria station, London.

And of course, and, drinking some 'Eight treasure' tea from China.






























































The dishwasher, after a party, I had to unload this and thought to myself, I'll take a picture of it first. There's still a lot of work to do before I leave, my work at work is never done. A little trip, like a spoonful of sugar, always help. I can tolerate my job because of the trips and the job pays for the trips, so one thing feeds off the other.
This blog may still be active because I'll post some miscellaneous pictures.











Monday, September 14, 2009

Coming home

Here am I at Hong Kong Kaitak airport, on a 5 hour layover, waiting for them to ready this plane and take me home. I flew from Los Angeles to Hong Kong and from Hong Kong to Kunming. The amazing thing about China is the numerous airports that has been built recently and that made visiting China much easier. The major gateways into China are Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing. Hong Kong airport is huge and not as busy as I had anticipated. One thing I love about it is one can find lounge chairs all over and practically lie on them to rest during a long layover which was what I did when I took these pictures.
I must say I'm impressed with Cathay Pacific, they took a whole row of seats out of this 747 and there is so much more leg room. Everything was slick and I never once bumped into any hard metal surfaces as I often do when I travel on British Airways. Together with Lufthansa, it ranks very high in my books.