A Travellerspoint blog

November 2020

Last days of the pool.

Sadly, we have reached the last day of our outdoor pool before it is closed for winter. We could not agree which of the two pools to swim in, so we decided we'd swim in both: Sienna in the morning and the Residents Club in the afternoon.

Swimming in Sienna in the morning.

Swimming in Sienna in the morning.

Looking across infinity towards Hong Kong Island.

Looking across infinity towards Hong Kong Island.

On the walk back home from Sienna, I noticed the bauhinias were a bit past their best but the hibiscus were thriving.

Hibiscus.

Hibiscus.

Hibiscus.

Hibiscus.

Hibiscus.

Hibiscus.

Hibiscus.

Hibiscus.

The Residents Club in the afternoon.

The Residents Club in the afternoon.

After all that swimming we were hungry and thirsty, so we decided to go out for a Chinese meal. We had chicken cashew nuts and shredded pork with crispy noodles, washed down with bottles of Tsingtao.

Dinner out in Island Cafe.

Dinner out in Island Cafe.

Dinner out in Island Cafe.

Dinner out in Island Cafe.

Dinner out in Island Cafe.

Dinner out in Island Cafe.

Dinner out in Island Cafe.

Dinner out in Island Cafe.

Dinner out in Island Cafe.

Dinner out in Island Cafe.

Maybe our sports club is more knowledgeable than I thought as the day after the swimming pools closed, winter arrived. It's cold, foggy and raining here. Covid cases are shooting up again. They are saying it's the start of our fourth wave. Schools are shut for kindergarten, reception, primary one, two and three. I'm back on zooming again. This latest outbreak is being blamed on celebrations at several dance clubs.

The harbour under winter skies.

The harbour under winter skies.

The harbour under winter skies.

The harbour under winter skies.

On a happier note a few signs of Christmas are appearing through the gloom.

Christmas is coming.

Christmas is coming.

Christmas is coming.

Christmas is coming.

Christmas is coming.

Christmas is coming.

Now all schools here are shut. There have been several covid cases in my school so I have not been going out a great deal. Our dreaded fourth covid wave is raging. One of my few outings was to the main post office in Central - exciting stuff.

Sir Thomas Jackson.

Sir Thomas Jackson.

To get to the post office I walked through Statue Square. There is now only one statue here. It is of Sir Thomas Jackson, a former chief manager of The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation. His statue stands quite close to the headquarters of HSBC. Other statues disappeared during the second world war, though the Queen Victoria statue which was here was saved from a rubbish tip and placed in Victoria Park.

HSBC and Bank of China towering over Statue Square.

HSBC and Bank of China towering over Statue Square.

The post office is near Jardine's House.

The post office is near Jardine's House.

Jardine's House is an iconic building in Hong Kong. It is famous for its circular windows, reminiscent of the portholes of a ship. Jardine Matheson was a Far Eastern company founded in 1832 by William Jardine and James Matheson, both of whom were originally from Scotland. They sold opium in Asia in return for tea and silk. Jardine Matheson established their headquarters in Hong Kong in 1844.

Windows of Jardine's House.

Windows of Jardine's House.

Reflections in buildings near Jardine House.

Reflections in buildings near Jardine House.

Post office.

Post office.

Post office.

Post office.

On my way home I passed through Sunny Bay Station. This is the station where you can catch a train to Disneyland. The Disneyland train had just arrived. It's very distinctive with its Mickey Mouse windows. Since then theme parks have closed down yet again due to covid.

Disneyland Train.

Disneyland Train.

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Looking at views, wildlife and street scenes.

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There's been something very appealing about the light here recently. As I make my way to work, the sun is still rising, adding patches of colour to the sky and sea.

Sunrise.

Sunrise.

Sunrise.

Sunrise.

Damp Sunrise on a different day.

Damp Sunrise on a different day.

Damp Sunrise on a different day.

Damp Sunrise on a different day.

Arriving in Central.

Arriving in Central.

Looking towards the ICC.

Looking towards the ICC.

Looking towards the ICC.

Looking towards the ICC.

Tram trundling past on my way to school.

Tram trundling past on my way to school.

Tram trundling past on my way to school.

Tram trundling past on my way to school.

Tram trundling past on my way to school.

Tram trundling past on my way to school.

Tram trundling past on my way to school.

Tram trundling past on my way to school.

Old Hong Kong scene on tram stop.

Old Hong Kong scene on tram stop.

Typical street scene.

Typical street scene.

Typical street scene.

Typical street scene.

After the children went home from school today, I decided to venture right up to the top floor of our school - a place I never go as it belongs to another section of the school - and to take some photos of the views over Victoria Harbour.

Victoria Harbour.

Victoria Harbour.

Victoria Harbour.

Victoria Harbour.

Victoria Harbour.

Victoria Harbour.

Victoria Harbour.

Victoria Harbour.

Victoria Harbour.

Victoria Harbour.

Victoria Harbour.

Victoria Harbour.

My school from down below.

My school from down below.

My school from down below.

My school from down below.

Later on the walk down from school to North Point MTR station, we saw a huge wild boar. I didn't get great photos as he was snuffling in the bushes and his head was hidden, but I wasn't going any closer. He happily just ignored us.

Wild boar.

Wild boar.

Wild boar.

Wild boar.

Wild boar.

Wild boar.

Later we saw more peaceful wildlife in the form of pigeons by a waterfall.

Pigeons.

Pigeons.

Pigeons.

Pigeons.

The waterfall is pretty on rainy days.

The waterfall is pretty on rainy days.

Making my way to the ferry, I passed through the IFC which was once the tallest building in Hong Kong until the ICC overtook it (they love abbreviations here). I suddenly realized Christmas is on the way.

Christmas decorations.

Christmas decorations.

Christmas decorations.

Christmas decorations.

Christmas decorations.

Christmas decorations.

At the moment we are swimming every day as our outdoor pools close on Sunday. We want to make the most of the remaining days. The flowers above the pool are very beautiful and I couldn't resist photographing them.

Flowers.

Flowers.

Flowers.

Flowers.

Flowers.

Flowers.

Flowers.

Flowers.

Pool.

Pool.

Enjoying the pool.

Enjoying the pool.

Enjoying the pool.

Enjoying the pool.

Enjoying the pool.

Enjoying the pool.

Wending our way home.

Wending our way home.

Wending our way home.

Wending our way home.

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Festivals, Flowers and Fancy Cakes.

Bauhinias - Hong Kong's National Flower.

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We make our own entertainment in school. Today the Indian members of staff treated everyone to samosas to celebrate Diwali - the Hindu Festival of Light. During this festival people pray to Lakshmi, the Indian goddess of prosperity and wealth. They light little lamps called diyas and eat lots of sweets.

Celebrating Diwali.

Celebrating Diwali.

Here 3 Indian members of staff are dressed in Indian clothes and holding diyas.

Here 3 Indian members of staff are dressed in Indian clothes and holding diyas.

Holding diyas.

Holding diyas.

Bauhinias.

Bauhinias.

As I was coming home from work today, I noticed the bauhinia trees near my flat were looking beautiful under a heavy burden of purple flowers, so I could not resist taking some pictures.

Bauhinias.

Bauhinias.

The bauhinia is sometimes called the Hong Kong Orchid Tree. It blooms from early November to the end of March, so adds a lot of colour to the winter months here.

Bauhinia.

Bauhinia.

In 1906 the first bauhinia tree in Hong Kong was found near the ruins of a house by a group of Fathers from the French mission in Pokfulam. Cuttings from this plant were later grown in Hong Kong Botanical Gardens.

Bauhinia.

Bauhinia.

Bauhinias.

Bauhinias.

The bauhinia is the emblem of Hong Kong and is found on the Hong Kong flag and on its money.

Bauhinias.

Bauhinias.

Saturday afternoon we decided to treat ourselves to afternoon tea at the Auberge Hotel. The three-tiered cake stand was heavy on the sweet side. Savoury was cucumber sandwiches, salmon with waffle, melon with ham and finally wonton. Sweet was mango pudding, tiramisu, mini berry tarts, scones, meringue, biscuits, strawberries dipped in chocolate and unfortunately green tea sponge filled with red bean paste, just to remind ourselves this is Asia. Surprisingly it didn't come with tea. It came with prosecco instead, but I'm not complaining about that. Guess the diet has been postponed yet again!!!

Cheers.

Cheers.

Cheers.

Cheers.

Prosecco.

Prosecco.

Afternoon tea.

Afternoon tea.

Afternoon tea.

Afternoon tea.

Afternoon tea.

Afternoon tea.

Afternoon tea.

Afternoon tea.

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Birthday Celebrations.

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School is pretty dreary nowadays. A whole days timetable that would normally stretch to 3.30 is crammed in by 1pm. There are no breaks and everything is rush rush rush. We wear masks all day when the children are around and the children all wear masks. It's almost impossible to know what they are saying. A lot of our holidays have been removed and turned into working days.

Well today was my birthday, and my friends at school treated me to a surprise birthday lunch after the children went home. Then because we are doing a project about schools long ago, starting from next week, we all made our costumes, got dressed up and rather silly. Still it certainly cheered us all up.

Birthday lunch.

Birthday lunch.

Birthday lunch.

Birthday lunch.

Birthday lunch.

Birthday lunch.

Let the silliness begin.

Let the silliness begin.

Let the silliness begin.

Let the silliness begin.

My very romantic husband got in on the act by sending me a surprise bouquet of roses to school. What a lovely day!!!

My beautiful birthday flowers.

My beautiful birthday flowers.

My beautiful birthday flowers.

My beautiful birthday flowers.

Looking over Victoria Harbour from school.

Looking over Victoria Harbour from school.

Looking over Victoria Harbour from school.

Looking over Victoria Harbour from school.

Views from school.

Views from school.

After school I travelled home on the ferry as the sun was beginning to set.

Sailing home.

Sailing home.

Sailing home.

Sailing home.

Sailing home.

Sailing home.

Sailing home.

Sailing home.

Sailing home.

Sailing home.

Then Peter and I went out for a delicious dinner. We had ham and cheese sandwich, jellyfish salad, chicken satay, prawn cakes and a rather chewy cuttlefish cake which I would not order again. All washed down with lashings of Estrella beer - Enid Blyton would be so proud.

Dinner.

Dinner.

Dinner.

Dinner.

Enjoying Estrella.

Enjoying Estrella.

Enjoying Estrella.

Enjoying Estrella.

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Hong Kong Halloween.

If Britain wasn't having such a bad time with covid, we would have returned there for good last summer. As it is, we now plan to return there next summer. I've long since stopped doing touristy stuff in Hong Kong but am tempted to start again, as once we leave, I doubt we will return.

I'll start this blog with a few pictures of Hong Kong at Halloween and see if I find time to add information about other parts of Hong Kong later.

Full moon at Halloween.

Full moon at Halloween.

Apparently it's unusual to have a full moon at Halloween, but this year we had one. It wasn't just full it was also blood red - very appropriate for a spooky time of year.

Halloween is popular in Hong Kong. This year crowds flocked out to celebrate in Lang Kwai Fong and Tsim Sha Tsui prompting fear of more covid infections to come. I did not join the party goers. I just photographed some of the decorations in my local area.

Halloween decorations.

Halloween decorations.

Halloween decorations.

Halloween decorations.

Halloween decorations.

Halloween decorations.

Halloween decorations.

Halloween decorations.

Halloween decorations.

Halloween decorations.

Halloween decorations.

Halloween decorations.

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