January 05, 2011
New hotel for hikers in Tai Po

I found that most country parks or trails are not that easy to get to unless you know the mini-bus or drive in HK. A hotel will be built near Ting Kok Road1, close to a trail called Pat Sin Len2. Read more...
(Source: The HK Standard)

1 Google maps - Ting Kok Road

2 Lonely Planet - Pat Sin Len

Posted by whykay at 04:13 PM
December 26, 2010
Mainland Chinese gets a helping hand to find their way around HK

What a nice story to read today. A Mainlander new to Hong Kong found herself shy of asking for directions especially on buses (this goes for most of us anyway), but she didn't want to be seen as ignorant, often gets lost on the buses. A volunteer program from KMB and Friends of KMB to help newcomers how to use the bus system, check routes online and phone. It really is a good idea.

More info:-
* Kowloon Motor Bus Company
* Friends of KMB
* “FRIENDS OF KMB” won Championship in “2009-2010 Best Corporate Volunteer Service Project Competition”

(Source: The Standard)

Posted by whykay at 11:03 AM
August 27, 2010
Erroneous BA plane announcement

Long flights are not normally comfortable at best, but plane passengers on-route to Hong Kong on a BA flight on Tuesday evening were more terrified than uncomfortable. A mistaken announcement that the plane is about to crash while they were over the North Sea. I'd say the cabin crew had some job trying to keep everyone at ease after that erroneous announcement.

Posted by whykay at 04:08 PM
August 23, 2010
You think stuck on M50 was bad

Stuck on Beijing-Tibet Expressway enters its 9th day!

Posted by whykay at 02:00 PM
May 10, 2010
HK/China border

An experience for anyone, crossing border from HK to China (vice-verse).

Posted by whykay at 01:28 PM
May 07, 2010
Cnn's reporter's fav HK spots

Interesting interview with a CNN reporter on her favourite places around HK.

Posted by whykay at 04:17 PM
April 21, 2010
Ah yes, nothing like the...

...smell of instant noodles on a long flight to/from HK, as most people on any flight to Far East would experience. I'm being sarcastic, by the way. I hate the smell of instant noodles on an already not-so-comfy 12/14 hours flight.

Posted by whykay at 07:45 PM
March 11, 2010
Google streetview for Hong Kong

This will come in handy! Google streetview for Hong Kong. Try it out for yourself.

Posted by whykay at 02:52 PM
March 09, 2010
Get to Beijing from London in two days by train

It would take about 10 hours by air, but as the crow flies from King's Cross to Beijing is an ambitious plan pushed by China along with India. A train that travels nearly 400km/h was unveiled recently in China, linking Wuhan and Guangzhou. The hi-speed rail network will have trains travelling up to 322km/h. It all sounds super-scary fast thought. The Eurostar and the Shinkansen can go to 300'ish km/h. Hmm, those are pretty fast as well, and I've been on the former and you don't normally feel the speed, although would going an extra 100km/h be comfortable on a train?

Posted by whykay at 09:11 AM
February 02, 2010
Yearly trek for most going home for CNY

Yikes, I don't feel so bad getting the train down to Limerick, people in China travel much longer on less than comfy seats, and millions are on the move as well. Read more...

(Source: http://www.irishtimes.com

Posted by whykay at 01:46 PM
For all those who travel.. some changes

Dublin airport is changing its boarding gate numbers.

Pier D will convert to a 100 number range

Pier A will be renamed in a 200 number range

Pier B will be in a 300 number range

The new Pier E, which is part of T2 and is due to open in November, will have boarding gates in the 400 range.

And the other thing to be aware, mainly if you are travelling through UK, body scans at Heathrow yesterday. If you are picked for scans and you refuse, then you are not entitled to fly. It was voluntary. Manchester has the scanner as well.

Other EU airports are bringing it in as well, i.e. France and Italy. The article mentions that Schiphol airport has 15 scanners.

Oh whoop-dee-doo, joys of travelling. Holidaying to relax, not if you fly.

Posted by whykay at 01:31 PM
November 12, 2009
10 things about my trip to HK
  1. The weather, definitely not Irish weather anymore, it's the mid-20s and sunny, so I am wearing tees everyday.
  2. You know you are in HK because of the cheap and yummy food.
  3. I hear Cantonese (and some English) everywhere instead of Mandarin and English.
  4. For some reason, Starbucks has sprung up everywhere, not much fun hunting for them anymore.
  5. The prices of video games are half the price of the cheapest retailers at home.
  6. It's still super-clean everywhere in HK. Handles, lift buttons, etc. are cleaned every couple of hours.
  7. Lighting joss sticks at my ancensters table at home.
  8. Old people doing Tai Chi early in the morning.
  9. The haziness when you look out of the window, and even more noticeable when you look across the harbour at Tsim Sha Tsui. (It's worse in Beijing, we cannot even see across the street!)
  10. Getting bitten by mozzies in November, now that's just wrong.
Posted by whykay at 09:52 AM
August 17, 2009
For all your foodies and if you are in HK

Found this site via friend in Facebook, it's a blog called Joyful steps: Hong Kong and has entries on places he visited for food... mmmm... yummy just thinking about it. Lots of pics as well. Handy for those visiting HK and have no clue where to go, or what pressies to get.

Posted by whykay at 10:26 AM
August 07, 2009
Pre-clearance flights from Shannon to U.S.

Handy, for those travelling Stateside from Shannon airport, full customs and immigration inspection done in Shannon before departing for America.

Posted by whykay at 09:11 AM
July 15, 2009
They did not take away the common travel area

Read here that the common travel area here and UK will remain. At least there is some good news.

Posted by whykay at 05:05 PM
January 14, 2009
Gmail, BA and HK

Since I booked British Airways online before, I get the usual spam, this one is very specific. It's a nice one though, because now I miss Hong Kong!

Image opens in another window.

Posted by whykay at 06:58 PM
December 23, 2008
Shannon-Heathrow flight times

From Indo because I could not find it on the Aer Lingus site.

The new flight timetable


Heathrow-Shannon at 6.40 and 19.10.

Shannon-Heathrow at 8.45 and 21.10.


Heathrow-Shannon at 6.40. Shannon-Heathrow at 8.45.


Heathrow-Shannon at 19.10. Shannon-Heathrow at 21.10.

And 1-way ticket prices for EUR19.99.

Posted by whykay at 10:10 AM
December 22, 2008
Shannon-Heathrow flights to resume as early as March

That's what I heard from Newstalk this morning. I did a quick search, not many news sites picked up on it yet, as the official announcement won't be made till later today according to The Irish Examiner.

There will be 2 daily flights between Shannon and Heathrow. Great news for my family who lives quite near to the airport and use to fly to Heathrow for their connection flight to Hong Kong.

It'll be great news for businesses (who are left) in the mid-west who were badly hit with the cancellation of the service.

Update: Indo - London calling as Aer Lingus prepares for Shannon U-turn

Update: Indo breaking news - Aer Lingus to resume Shannon-Heathrow flights

Posted by whykay at 11:10 AM
November 20, 2008
AerLingus strikes averted... for now

Good news for now, but for how long until the outsourcing issue is resolved. See reuter's article.

Posted by whykay at 09:14 PM
November 11, 2008
Aerlingus strike looms

Industrial action will happen from November 24th, and travel agents are advising people not to travel with AerLingus this Christmas (Irish Independent).

It issued the notice of action after management walked out of talks on its plans to make €74m savings by outsourcing and cutbacks. Under the terms of an agreement with the airline, the union cannot take industrial action before November 24.


Posted by whykay at 09:41 AM
November 04, 2008
Limits on liquids lifted in 2010

I'm referring the annoying liquid restrictions at airports, at least it will be lifted. I'll try and update more on this as time goes by.

Posted by whykay at 09:42 AM
October 24, 2008
Dublin airport's bid for a direct route to Beijing

This certainly will be great news, certainly for people travelling to Asia who normally travels from Shannon via Heathrow to, say, Hong Kong. So a direct route to Beijing from an Irish airport will skip that extra hop in Heathrow and other major airports.

More about this bid here.

Posted by whykay at 09:16 AM
October 16, 2008
BA and Lufthansa reduced fuel surcharge

Amidst all the gloominess of tax increases from the budget, there is some good news from two large airlines who are reducing the fuel surcharge to reflect the drop in prices of oil.

Lufthansa reduced its fees for domestic and European flights by 11 percent to 24 euros and long-haul flights by 5 percent to 92 euros. The reductions apply to all tickets bought starting Oct. 20 [...]

British Airways said the fee for economy passengers on long-haul flights longer than nine hours will be reduced to 96 pounds (€123) from 109 pounds as of midnight today. World Traveller Plus premium-economy customers will pay 114.50 pounds, a decline of 5.4 percent

(Source: Independent - Two big airlines reduce fuel surcharge on falling oil price)

Posted by whykay at 08:47 AM
September 26, 2008
Ireland welcomes not everybody

All the recent news about immigration officials in Dublin airport treating certain visitors to strip searches, detaining them, humiliating them even though the visitors have valid visas. The article today from the Irish Times highlights all the recent incidents and some experiences from various interviews. I'm one of the luckier ones that gets a "how are ya?" and a half-nod. But this is only in recent years, and mainly when I travel back to Dublin airport. No one actually mentioned about other national airports, such as Shannon airport. I'd remember I would get wave passed, but not before I get a discerning look of disapproval. Maybe it's just my imagination, I am very sensitive to any reactions around me in those situations.

Other unpleasant experiences that I remember (not that many, thank goodness):

  • Frankfurt airport - Immigration was scrutinising my passport, I thought he was going to take it apart. I was with my then boyfriend (now husband).
  • Austrailia - Got sent to another desk with all the other non-whites (yes, I noticed that everyone was non-white), took another 30 minutes for them to get to me and check my passport.

Recently I was in Seattle, and the immigration took my passport, chatted a little and said "Welcome home!" by accident before changing to "..erm.. United States of America. Enjoy your stay.". That was funny, maybe because I have some American twang in my accent. I think it's most likely that they are use to seeing Asians travelling in and out, and there were alot of Asians working in the airport. Obviously, they did not bat an eyelid in San Francisco.

Any experiences, opinions? Chat about it at the IBC forum.

Posted by whykay at 10:00 AM
July 20, 2008
Top airports in the world...

... are Asian. Guess what? Hong Kong International airport is the top airport according Skytrax after

collecting 8.2 million questionnaires from passengers over a 10-month period last year and this year.

Posted by whykay at 10:34 AM
May 12, 2008
Dublin Airport in talks with Asian Airlines

This would be very interesting indeed. For example, my mother normally flies to Hong Kong via London Heathrow from Shannon Airport. Handy for her, as she is only 20 minutes drive from Shannon Airport. Now, Aer Lingus pulled out from flying to Heathrow, plus they are not part of One World, therefore no direct transfer of luggage to HK anymore, so much for ease of travelling. And normally it's the flight prices were the best flying this route, it's all changed now. If these talks work out, this means flying via Dublin, but if it flies direct to the Far East, it'll be much handier. So fingers crossed (it'll be handier for me, for sure!).

Posted by whykay at 12:05 AM
February 06, 2008
We were this close to...

... going to Disneyland Hong Kong. Not sure why, since we went to Disney World in Orlando Florida a few years back for Christmas. But here is what Disneyland in HK will be offering for CNY 2008:

Posted by whykay at 03:54 PM
January 12, 2008
Just typical

Heading off to Hong Kong today, it's nice and sunny and in its mid-20s in Hong Kong today. Sounds good so far (and going to HK is good, yes, I know that), but we will be greeted by rain and temperatures in the mid-teens. The HK government weather site even had a wooly jumper and says "it will be cold". At least it won't be as cold as here. Wahoo... HK here we come! It's like deja-vous, 'cause my hubby and I were in HK this time last year as part of our dropping-over-and-say-hi-to-relatives before heading on to our honeymoon.

Posted by whykay at 08:52 AM
January 07, 2008
2 hand baggage minimum back in some UK airports

UK Department for Transport has approved the re-introduction of allowing passengers to have two carry-ons to some UK airports from 7th Jan 2008.

  • London Heathrow
  • London City
  • Aberdeen
  • Edinburgh
  • Glasgow
  • Manchester
  • Newcastle

Amongst the airlines that allow 2 pieces of hand-carry are British Airways and Cathy Pacific.

(You may need to check airlines on their hand-carry policies.)


Posted by whykay at 09:08 AM
November 19, 2007
Dublin bus routes back

Yay, finally, all routes normal again. (Now I can get more buses to DCU.)

Posted by whykay at 01:00 AM
November 11, 2007
Dublin Bus service disruption - Mon Nov 12 2007

From RTE News, further confirmation of Dublin Bus strike tomorrow: Dublin commuters face disruption

(From Dublin Bus Homepage)
Due to industrial action by bus drivers in Harristown Bus Garage, services operating from this garage will be disrupted on Monday 12th November 2007.

The main areas which will be affected are Finglas, Swords, Ballymun, Blanchardstown, Donabate, Portrane, Dunboyne, Littlepace, Tyrrelstown, Damastown, Portmarnock, Kinsealy and Kilmore.

The following routes will have NO service:
4, 13, 13a, 17a, 27b, 33b, 37x, 39x, 39b, 40, 40a, 40b, 40c, 40d, 70x, 83, 102, 105, 127, 129, 142, 230, 237, 238, 239.

The following routes will have a LIMITED service:
27x, 37, 38/a, 38c, 39, 41, 41c, 41x, 43, 70/a, 270

All other services will operate as normal.

For more information click here or phone 01 8734222 on Sunday 11th November between 12noon and 22.00hrs and on Monday 12th November from 6am.
Posted by whykay at 07:57 PM
November 04, 2007
Travelling to US getting more complicated

It's a joke. Homeland security are tightening entries by Irish visitors. So for all those going for a cheap xmas shopping trip to NY, be prepared!

It is now likely to be replaced with a new system called "Electronic Travel Authorisation", much like the controversial "Computer Assisted Passenger Pre-Screening" that was introduced on internal flights in the US two years ago.

If the system were introduced here it could mean that anyone who shares a name with someone imprisoned for IRA or other terror group offences, could be stopped from boarding flights. Thousands of people could be affected.

Now, didn't I say it is crappy now! Hopefully more information will come along about this new security measure.

Posted by whykay at 12:51 PM
October 16, 2007
Some faux pas to avoid when travelling

Interesting read, some funny bits, and some that I know of are true. Good to know the cultural differences. Check it out!.

Posted by whykay at 12:31 AM
August 01, 2007
EU airport eases on liquid restrictions

As you all know the annoyances of buying something for someone at a Duty Free shop outside of EU and getting it confiscated, regardless the fact that the item such as perfume, bottle of liquor was bought in a Duty-Free shop in the first place!

So the good news:

The European Commission said yesterday that it expects to announce this autumn which airports will be exempted from having the goods they sell confiscated.

But the bad news is:

Likely initial contenders are the US, Singapore and Russia.

This is just so stupid, isn't it?

(Read more - Indo: Airport liquid rules to be eased)

Posted by whykay at 01:20 PM
June 15, 2007
Cable car attraction closed

Follow on from my last post on the cable car plunge, seems the attraction has been shutdown for now, and the HK tourism board is seeking compensation of HK$1m , now that the promotional material for the attraction is not going ahead. Such a pity, it was really good when I was on it with my hubby. I hope they get this resolved and re-open the ride again.

Posted by whykay at 01:21 PM
May 27, 2007
The "ugly" tourist

As you might suspect, newly found rich Chinese are obnoxious, especially if they have got the dough to go touring around the world. And this article from the NT Times point that out loud and clear.

They behave as they would at home — there is a lot of pushing and shoving. Very few speak languages other than Chinese.

You can see the Chinese behaviour when they first descended to HK from Mainland China. Flashing their cash, rolexes, pushing everyone out of the way. Just being rude. And with more and more travelling abroad, I'm afraid this would generalised all Chinese people.

Posted by whykay at 09:10 PM
March 20, 2007
Liquid ban in HK airport

As of Wed 21st March, HK airport is banning liquids that is more than 100ml (like in Europe). Medicine and baby food is exempt.

Read more about it here from The Standard

More information:

Posted by whykay at 02:03 PM
January 12, 2007
Some cool shots of HK

Check it out at : http://archibase.net/archinews/13892.html

Posted by whykay at 08:18 PM
December 25, 2006
Nice pics of Chinese mountains

If you know where to look, you can get some amazing pictures.

And the sixth one from the top looks like a hand, just like the Buddha's hand from the Journey To The West story.

Posted by whykay at 10:53 AM
December 23, 2006
Paris Syndrome

I would call it "Culture Shock", but the Japanese just takes it one step further, and it's known as Paris syndrome. Why? Because many Japanese (mainly women), would go to Paris with this dream vision of romance in the air, and then shattered by rude Parisiens i.e. waiters. So much so, that they go into some sort of psychiatric shock! And the Japanese embassy gets many calls to repatriate the Japanese tourists. Coming from a country that is ultra-polite, it must be strange for them to encoutered rude people, and it must be extreme in the Paris syndrome's case.

London and Hong Kong are cities that I are cities without heart. People just goes about their business. Dublin is going that direction, being cosmopolitan can have these affects, from what I observe and experienced. But would it be enough to cause you mental anguish, breakdown or even suicidal!?!

But are all Parisiens rude? I have been hearing 50-50, and it's just stereotyping them. I think if you go to any other large cities, you will encounter rude people of some sorts. But maybe because I grew up in the west, and encounter all manners of rude people anyway.

Posted by whykay at 12:08 PM
October 28, 2006
HK promo

Even though this was a promo for 2006, I saw this today during an ad break on Discovery Channel. It's cheesy alright, and shows all the usual touristy stuff, including Disneyland, Ngong Ping 360 cable car and so on.

Posted by whykay at 08:21 PM
October 12, 2006
Hong Kong airport best in the world for the 4th time

Even with a computer glitch that caused delays on Tues, Hong Kong airport is voted the world's best again.

Posted by whykay at 08:00 PM
September 11, 2006
No frills to Hong Kong

You read right... no frills flight to Hong Kong.

bq.Newcomer Oasis Hong Kong Airlines on Thursday launched the first no-frills long-haul flight from London to Hong Kong for just 75 ($220), excluding taxes.

At least you still get food. Hmm, it can't be worse than BA? *bleurgh

Posted by whykay at 08:44 PM
August 20, 2006
For all you Hello Kitty fans

A Hello Kitty RFID-blocker card holder.

Posted by whykay at 01:31 PM
August 12, 2006
New security measures

With the recent scare, airlines have now adapted new security measures. So no hand luggage apart from the following in plastic bags:

  • pocket size wallets and pocket size purses plus contents (for example money, credit cards, identity cards etc (not handbags));
  • travel documents essential for the journey (for example passports and travel tickets);
  • prescription medicines and medical items sufficient and essential for the flight (e.g. diabetic kit), except in liquid form unless verified as authentic.
  • spectacles and sunglasses, without cases.
  • contact lens holders, without bottles of solution.
  • for those travelling with an infant: baby food, milk (the contents of each bottle must be tasted by the accompanying passenger) and sanitary items sufficient and essential for the flight (nappies, wipes, creams and nappy disposal bags).
  • female sanitary items sufficient and essential for the flight, if unboxed (e.g. tampons, pads, towels and wipes).
  • tissues (unboxed) and/or handkerchiefs
  • keys (but no electrical key fobs)

I wonder if my dad can bring is medicated spray for his heart condition, it's for emergency use only. Probably need a doctor's letter with it or something. But I cannot imagine anyone would like to have their laptops placed in the cargo hold! Imagine all the baggage handlers, chucking the bags all over the place! I'm glad we came back from Stockholm this past Monday, Dublin airport is mad. Mick was carrying a laptop. And we had laptops to/from HK as well 2 months ago. This is pure insane. Imagine your typical business/first class traveller be might annoyed if they cannot carry on any of their equipment, especially their laptop. Boy, long journeys will be so not fun now without my DS or iPod.

Here are a few airlines that fly to Hong Kong that you should be aware of (although it seems to be exactly the same on what you can and cannot bring into the cabin):

Posted by whykay at 08:54 AM
December 06, 2005
Some other news

Virgin will be doubling the flights to HK next Autumn. Yay! So much more choice now.

And the HK Science Museum has a mind-boggling exhibition on.

Posted by whykay at 01:15 PM
November 11, 2005
Nearly 23 hours from HK to London...

...non-stop! On a Boeing 777LR. But that is one long haul flight. I wonder, if they can do that, they should have flights from Shannon/Dublin straight to HK. That would be cool!

Since I don't let comments on my blog anymore (stoopid sp@mmers ) So you can discuss this at the IBC board.

Posted by whykay at 08:23 PM
July 02, 2005
First Beijing tourist group to Ireland in July

Follow-on from my post... Came across this article about Chinese tourist group offically visiting Ireland later this month.

Posted by whykay at 11:52 AM
August 03, 2004
[NEWS] Beijing to Step Up Public Toilet Investment

Chinese toilet make-overs in Beijing and better late than never! But there are still some public loos in HK that are still hole in the ground. That is why I never go to public loos! Yeah, I'm picky, but I find them so disgusting!

Posted by whykay at 07:40 PM
July 04, 2004
Travel packages to HK

Was searching for some packages, and found the HK Visa site has a cool offer... Offers and promotions to Macau.

Posted by whykay at 01:20 PM
Be prepared before you go to HK this summer

Treetypie's friendly reminder aboutMOSQUITOES, and the danger of Dengue fever. Oh boy.
And don't forget my last post about Japanese Encephalitis!!!

And also be aware that this is typhoon season in HK, from HK goverment news site - Four to six typhoons expected this summer. Joy!

Posted by whykay at 11:08 AM
May 30, 2004
Hong Kong hotels

Now in the run up to summer, some of us are lucky enough to go to Hong Kong! (Heh). A friend of mine was searching online for hotels, and I found that some hotels are quite reasonably priced! Check out this HK hotel search site (ignoring the fact that the only currency they show is US dollars!).
My mom actually recommends Concourse Hotel, Mongkok (just across from Prince Edward MTR station). Wonder what other hotels locals would recommend for visitors to HK... Just saw the Kowloon Hotel, and it seems reasonable and terribly close to MTRs and other touristy amenities.

Posted by whykay at 11:23 PM
December 07, 2002
I didn't know that Tai Po Mega mall has a website

The appartment I'll be staying in is at Zone C at the Tai Po Mega Mall And it's the food hall! :) Just found out that that I can get cash with my banklink card at : Shop 126-128, Level 1, Zone B, Tai Po Mega Mall, Tai Po, NT. (I know where that is...) More ATMs around HK - Aoen n/w cash dispensing machines. You would not have guessed that I am heading to HK soon, do you? ;-p

Posted by whykay at 01:15 PM