Hong Kong Travel Stories

Newsletter sent from Hong Kong and Photos

Lots of problems with the Chinese computers here in Hong Kong, but here is a newsletter with lots of photos.

I Dream of Research

I Dream of Research
November 10, 2005, 5:20 AM Thursday

I dream of research, I dream of being totally organized, of being able to collect information on anything and any subject easily. However, to me the problem with information is to categorize quickly and efficiently. However for sure I strive or dream of doing this properly. I think people like James Michener or Tom Clancy are my heroes they compile or in the case of James Michener who is dead I believe, they collect piles of information and made them into novels. How a person like James Michener did this without a computer is amazing to me, now Tom has a computer and I would guess very good on a computer.

However the process of
- Collection of sources..
- Collection of data

This is becoming easier for me.
Now the compilation or digesting of information is the challenge. I suppose the tearing apart of the data collected and then itemizing and explaining, or categorizing the concepts is the problem.

Police Check Hotel in Hong Kong

Police Check Hotel in Hong Kong
November 10, 2005, 4:38 AM Thursday

NOTE: Quotation Marks will not work on this Chinese Computer, I am using the -- mark to say quoted.

The Hong Kong Police just came and woke the whole Guesthouse by banging on the doors and saying.
--Police, Open the door.--

I did not open the door so they kept knocking, I kept hollering.
--Slide you identification under the door.--

They did not understand English and continued to holler,
--Police open the door.--

What a bunch of idiots and I am annoyed at everyone telling me that everyone speaks English, this is a Chinese country. Theirs English is better than all of Asia except for Singapore where the do speak English good, however if 10 police outside my door cannot understand.
--Slide you identification under the door.--

I believe that 10 police would be a fair representation of Hong Kong ability to speak English.

I started to hear multiple police type radios and knowing how real police are in any country of the world, I got dressed and started worrying about them breaking the door in. Therefore, I made a quick check of my stuff, all was locked up in the bag, chained to the table, the camera and all were locked up.

I cannot put a lock on the outside of the door; therefore, I lock my items of value up inside the room in my bag. My bag was designed by me and made by me and is ok for this, the next model will be better.

They said,
--Where are you from?--
I said,
--United States of America--

As soon as they seen my white face they stopped and backed off from the room. I proceeded to give them a lecture.
--Why is not Calvin the manager with you?--
--Why don you have identification out?--
--Why don you slide the identification under the door?--
--Why don you speak English?--

They were very polite and tried to answer the questions.
They said,
--Can you see we are police?--
I said,
--Not with my door closed.--

I think they were all more or less Chinese although one did speak good English. He wanted to know where police knocked on my door and were not police. I said, it is the best way in the world for a criminal to get someone to open the door.

However, I said,
--India, Mexico.--

The chance of me having problems is number one with the police, I am probably more afraid of being grabbed and accosted by the police than these United Nations Group of cultures here in the building.

I do have to admit, and when I asked,

--What are you looking for?--
They said,
--Illegal aliens.--

I said,
--Not more than HALF the building.--

The police are 100 percent correct in searching this building for illegal Aliens, this place is probably full of them, and however most of them probably have illegal passports. There is a world travel problem. My Japanese friend Kent in Vietnam said, when I asked why there were so many Africans in Vietnam.
--They are up to no good.--

The building has many Islamic people here and for sure in my opinion, this is the number one problem with Terrorist on the planet, Islamic people. Therefore, the police I am thankful.

Thank you Hong Police!

I am glad they are searching the building and trying to solve the problem, because for sure this building is full of both Islamic and African people, this is the border of China where one group of smugglers meets the other group of smugglers. This building is the right one to search.

Calvin said,
--The World Trade Conference is next month.--

He is an ostrich, putting his head in the sand, trying to say that there cannot be problems. The End of War has come to the planet; the day of the small guy, trying to blow up the big guy has begun.--

Anyone that feels small is trying to organize and blow up anyone they believe is big and powerful. Therefore, in some stupid aberration of Freud, they hate their Father so they blow up an Authority figure.

I like Islamic people they are normally more talkative and outgoing, so more of conversationalist however for me to deny or think when I see Islamic person, the first thought in my brain is?hmmmm

I would be lying, of course, I think this, and it is the number one suspect on the planet. I do not believe this would be a perfect place for a car bomb; they could drive the bomb right into the Holiday Inn next door or the Hilton across the street.

There is this huge Mosque down the street so this is a center for the Jihad type people and they would sit around and think?hmmm what can I destroy, easy targets is my goal. Hilton and Holiday Inn, pretty western to me.

Terrorism to me is about terror, just as the word says, and the way it works best is when we keep our mouths shut and do not say what we think, do not define or think possibly, this place could be the place, these people could be the people. However for sure the Police on the planet cause more headaches for the normal people than the terrorist.

Corruption by authority figures is dangerous, and a problem for travelers. I have been having fun trying to earmark or get specific where there is corruption on the planet. By a complicated system of searches, I am collecting now on a blog many links about,

I am collecting on many subjects, Animals, Ken Sites, SEO, Archeology, Travel Tips, Travel Writers, Travel Forums, and on and on, etc. however, one is corruption. I call these research blogs.

I am in some process of some level of creating many research blogs and you can use an Atom type aggregators to link or hook up to them all.


Boots and Cells - Hong Kong

Boots and Cells - Hong Kong

Cow girls in action on the streets of Hong Kong.

The streets of Kowloon - Hong Kong in front of the Chunk King Mansions on Nathan Road.

Cell Phone Cards in Hong Kong

I am sure some of you think I am incredibly stupid about these cell phones. However empathize with your grandmother or grandfather who wants to call their Nieces and Nephews from the other side of the planet.

There presently is very few call centers, only if they pay 100 dollars a night to stay in the Hilton can life be easy. I really can figure this out very fast, however trying to be the devils advocate for research is fun. I am trying to smell or feel the systems that will really work everywhere.

Note, they all lie, none are anywhere, there is so many problems with these advertisements that say worldwide coverage it is ridiculous

Here in the Chunk King Mansions in the Kowloon are of Hong Kong there are people from everywhere. Therefore they sell cards for everywhere.

I tried to ask the vender this morning because he spoke good English, however not good enough to answer why...
"Why do I need a card for every country or location?"

I can buy a card the Philippines like the Cell Phone I have, however what does that mean, I roam at 10 times the normal cost.

Click on this and the photo gets bigger... Mom.

Still huge problems with Yahoogroups.com I cannot send this automatically to readers, therefore my family and those non-technical people are not disconnected. I am going to have to figure out how to connect my Mom and Dad up on an RSS or Atom aggregater, like that is simple.. Crap, not easy for them.

Empathy with people is non-existent, who wants to say,
"I do not know how to use my cell phone."
"I cannot read this newsletter."

You got every 10 year old child doing this... note they are surround by 10 year old children helping. A grownup or your grandfather or grandmother is probably home alone. Confused, frustrated and thinking, this is a systems designed by the inmates of the Asylum.

Bamboo Construction in Hong Kong

There is Bamboo Scaffolding in Hong Kong. It is interesting as I travel around the planet to observe the construction methods. I try to separate the levels of the development of a country by specific characteristics like this. When they use wood instead of steel for scaffolding, then means something. Note there is never just one type, it is always some steel, some wood, some trees, some bamboo, never just one type of material. This is in a high-rise area here.

Bamboo is sometimes hard to find and is becoming a difficult building material to use because of this.

I would say this means labor is cheap, maybe around 10 dollars per day or up to 15 .. U.S. Dollars not Hong Kong Dollars.

All Chinese to Me

I am in the Travellers Hostel in Hong Kong or the Kowloon area of Hong Kong.

The internet is fun here and a challenge, I am glad I know where to click without reading.

Notice that the words are in Chinese.


United Nations of Hong Kong

This is an amazing hodgetpodge of people here in the Chung King Mansions of Hong Kong or the Kowloon Area. I am an extreme minority, I think the Hong Kong people are a minority also. Many people here from India, Africa and about anywhere on the planet, with of course the long cheeked Brits.

I think this is an unusual place in Hong Kong.

China is still here in great force, however this place seems a target for cultures to visit.