2010-07-05 -- Siem Reap to Hong Kong

The arrival into Hong Kong looked very complicated and busy. Despite spending much time studying it the night before...it was it was easy, and very pretty. It was hard to remember that we were flying a plane, and not up here just to lollygag at the pretty skyline.

The FBO in Hong Kong (Business Aviation Company) was really busy, made busier by a small fuel spill while they were refueling someone before we landed. We couldn't get fuel then...they parked us in front of the FBO building, rushed us out of the plane (after we dug out the tow bar from under all the luggage), and threw us into a lovely stretch Phantom to get to the Peninsula (Bond reference; The Man With the Golden Gun refers to the hotel and their former fleet of Rolls').

I really wanted to go for a walk along the Avenue of the Stars, or just anywhere, and convinced Dad to join me. The Avenue is analogous to the Hollywood Walk of Fame; stars and hand prints, a statue here and there (Bruce Lee was a big draw). At the end, we stopped for a beer and a coke, and then were late for dinner at the Felix.

Dinner was near the top of the Peninsula, with the world famous bathrooms (I didn't take a picture; see here and/or here).


Canon PowerShot A3100 IS at 6.2 mm; 1/320 sec, f/8.0, ISO 80
The group (sans Jeffery) in Thailand.



Canon PowerShot A3100 IS at 6.2 mm; 1/640 sec, f/8.0, ISO 125
Remember the balloon over Angkor Wat? You can (barely) see it here. I'm not happy at all with the zoom performance of the Canon PowerShot A3100 IS; it refuses to focus. Thus, you can barely see the balloon.



Canon PowerShot A3100 IS at 7.8 mm; 1/320 sec, f/8.0, ISO 80
Hong Kong!



Canon PowerShot A3100 IS at 7.8 mm; 1/125 sec, f/8.0, ISO 80



Canon PowerShot A3100 IS at 7.8 mm; 1/1000 sec, f/2.8, ISO 80



Canon PowerShot A3100 IS at 7.8 mm; 1/160 sec, f/8.0, ISO 80



Canon PowerShot A3100 IS at 7.8 mm; 1/160 sec, f/8.0, ISO 80



Canon PowerShot A3100 IS at 7.8 mm; 1/200 sec, f/8.0, ISO 80



Canon PowerShot A3100 IS at 7.8 mm; 1/250 sec, f/8.0, ISO 80
On final into Hong Kong.



Canon PowerShot A3100 IS at 7.8 mm; 1/250 sec, f/8.0, ISO 80
We started feeling like little fish right about now.



Canon PowerShot A3100 IS at 11.4 mm; 1/125 sec, f/10.0, ISO 80
More excellent focusing from the Canon PowerShot A3100 IS. Thanks for focusing on the bugs on the windshield. We were waiting for traffic so we could cross runway 25L on the way to Business Aviation Center. We landed on 25R, taxied A7 (sharp right turn off 25R), V to J5 to K4 to K. At least, I think we did that. Anyway, little fish.



Canon PowerShot A3100 IS at 6.2 mm; 1/200 sec, f/8.0, ISO 80
Business Aviation Center. There was a fuel spill just before we got here, so it was a bit of a rushed mess. Little, little fish. Wow, lots of big iron here.



Canon PowerShot A3100 IS at 6.2 mm; 1/160 sec, f/8.0, ISO 80
On the way to the Peninsula (in one of their 14 stretch Rolls Royce Phantoms (photo gallery)) we passed by a new subway station under construction. Either that, or maybe a crane parking lot.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 1/25 sec, f/11.3, ISO 800
Buddy Bears! We saw the whole collection of bears -- bears are usually solitary though -- in Buenos Aires last year. Not sure if I have a picture of the China Bear.

Plaque: United Buddy Bears were created in 2002 by the couple Eva and Klaus Herlitz of Germany to promote love, diversity and harmony. They invited 120 artists from different countries to design the bears -- each shows a particular art style of each country.

Superstar Jackie Chan got to know these adorable bears when he was filming in Germany. He was so impressed by the message it delivers, and decided to bring the meaningful exhibition to Hong Kong.

The "United Buddy Bears" have raised over HK$4,800,000 in donation in Hong Kong. Beneficiaries include UNICEF, Community Chest and Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 75.0 mm; 1/20 sec, f/11.3, ISO 800
One of these things
is not like the other,
one of these things
does not belong!



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 55.0 mm; 1/8 sec, f/4.0, ISO 800
We flew twenty thousand and some change thousand miles, fifty days away from home, eighty and then some hours of actual flying -- probably one hundred and twenty hours of sitting in the cockpit -- all for an excellent beer in Hong Kong. A Chimay!

We ended up half an hour late for diner because of this, well, actually because we went for a walk 45 minutes before dinner and walked a bit too far on the Avenue of the Stars. And because we Just Did Not Care about being on time, It's just dinner.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 28.0 mm; 1/10 sec, f/5.7, ISO 3200
On the Avenue of the Stars, the opposite of Kowloon. The Avenue is quite fun to walk down, lots of friendly tourists, all having fun posing for pictures with Jackie Chan, no peddlers, and only one or two crazy guys wishing you "Happy!" (a guy came up, squeezed our arms, and said something like "happy, happy" along with a bunch of other syllables).



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 95.0 mm; 1/10 sec, f/4.0, ISO 3200
Dinner, though I have no recollection of what this was (I'm writing this eight days after the fact).



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 65.0 mm; 1/10 sec, f/4.0, ISO 3200
Dinner, looks like lamb, but I still have no recollection of what this was (I'm writing this eight days after the fact).



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 58.0 mm; 1/10 sec, f/4.0, ISO 3200
Dessert, berries, gelatin (probably ice cream) with foam on top. Not really sure; I'm writing this eight days after the fact.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 50.0 mm; 1 sec, f/5.7, ISO 400
Back on the Avenue of the Stars, this time with tripod!



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 10 sec, f/9.9, ISO 100



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 90.0 mm; 2 sec, f/9.9, ISO 400



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 2 sec, f/14.1, ISO 400
This is the back of one of the museums next to the Avenue of the Stars. I liked the texture.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 93.0 mm; 0.8 sec, f/5.7, ISO 400
It is a very pretty skyline; these are probably the most lit up buildings here.



Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS at 24.0 mm; 0.8 sec, f/5.7, ISO 400
I was waiting for the lady in the foreground (and her subject) to leave, so I could get the gentleman in the background taking a picture of the clock tower. The opposite happened, and the guy in the background left first. As he was leaving, he apologized for being in the picture. "No, actually, I wanted you in the picture!" -- "OK, thanks."; clearly he didn't hear what I said.



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