Selected New Hotels for New Year Holidays 2020

Hilton Algiers
Hilton Algiers
This hotel will open on 31 Oct 2019
Pins Maritimes El Mohammadia
Algiers 16000
Algeria
T: +213-21-219-696
Hilton Beijing Daxing
Hilton Beijing Daxing
This hotel will open on 31 Jan 2020
RM 101, No. 19 Building, Gaomidian South, Daxing District
Beijing 100162
China
T: +86-10-80223955
Hilton Clark Sun Valley Resort
Hilton Clark Sun Valley Resort
This hotel will open on 31 Dec 2019
Clark Freeport Zone
Pampanga 2023
Philippines
T: +63-45-5985400
Hilton Doha The Pearl Residences
Hilton Doha The Pearl Residences
This hotel will open on 02 Jan 2020
Abraj Quartier – Pearl Boulevard Tower AQ-07
Doha
Qatar
T: +974-33997019
Hilton Goa Resort
Hilton Goa Resort
This hotel will open on 01 Dec 2019
Pilerne Candolim Road, Saipem Hills
Candolim 403515
India
T: +91-832-6649800
Hilton Guiyang
Hilton Guiyang
This hotel will open on 01 Apr 2020
277 Jinyang North Road Guanshanhu District
Guiyang 550081
China
T: +86-851-82277777
Hilton Hurghada Plaza
Hilton Hurghada Plaza
This hotel will open on 01 Jan 2020
Gabal El Hareem Street, Red Sea
Hurghada
Egypt
T: +20-65-361-5755
Hilton Swinoujscie Resort & Spa
Hilton Swinoujscie Resort & Spa
This hotel will open on 03 Feb 2020
Baltic Park Molo 4
Swinoujscie 72-600
Poland
T: +48-91-4040900

 

Hilton Clark Sun Valley Resort
Clark Freeport Zone
Pampanga 2023
Philippines
T: +63-45-5985400 / Opening 31 Dec 2019

The “Macaron” that has been longing for at Hong Kong airport

My wife and I were attracted to visit the CX lounge at the HK airport after watching some nice introductory footages on YouTube about their very nice macarons.

However, we found that macarons were not available during our several visits over the past 2 months. Neither the CX lounge near Gate 2, nor the one near Gate 63, could we find a trace of them.

Finally, we found them here today and tried four flavours. They were actually quite good – not too sweet, and the texture and softness are just about right. Not sure from which shop these macarons come, it would be good to know though. Compared to my wife’s favourite Pierre Herme, they come very close in overall rating. They go perfectly with the HK milk tea, after a light brunch before boarding.

So tempted to have a couple more. Cheers!

How old trees are preserved in Japan

These days I was in Kyushu Japan. As the place did not bear the brunt of typhoon Jebi, I could tour around a bit.

I was in Dazaifu where I came across this more than 1,500 years old tree. It was a stunning scene to spot. And if we think about the tree in terms of human life, it was awe-inspiring. If a man has an average life of 80 years, this tree then has been living almost 20 lives. If 30 years is a generation (when people give birth to their children), this tree has witnessed 50 generations of human evolution.

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But what amazed me most was not having a tree this old, but how it was conserved. If you looked carefully at the branches at the top, you could see they were all mounted with some sort of protection. I was uplifted by the efforts the Japanese government made in conserving old trees. By protecting valuable trees, natural, historic and cultural treasures can be conserved. Cities with oldest trees should aspire for better preservation.


日本的古樹保育

最近去了日本九州,該地並未受到颱風飛燕強烈影響,讓我可遊玩一番。

我在太宰府時遇到這棵逾一千五百年歷史的古樹,實在蔚為奇觀。假設一個人能活到八十歲,這棵古樹已活了差不多二十個人的一生了,若三十年是一代的話(假設人們大概在這年紀生下下一代),這棵古樹已見證了五十代人的進步了,想想實在讓人嘖嘖稱奇。

但最讓我留下深刻印象的,並非一棵樹木能活上這個年紀,而是它的保育工作。如果你仔細看,會發現古樹頂部的樹枝護着保護物料,日本政府的樹木保育工作實在值得學習。透過保育珍貴的樹木,我們同時保護了大自然、歷史和文化瑰寶。需要進行古樹保育工作的城市應當仿效。

A serene afternoon in Coloane, Macau

Having transformed from a fishing village to a metropolis, Macao shares a similar history with Hong Kong. Now the city is famed for high-end casino resorts, so it is hard to imagine its humble past. If you’re interested in experiencing its history, Coloane is the perfect place. It is also a delight to spend a comfy afternoon there.

Coloane is part of a southern island of Macao. Because of reclamation, the once standalone Coloane island became connected to Taipa. It is easy to travel to this quiet fishing village of Macao. Several bus routes go there, such as lines 15, 21A, 26, 26A and N3.

The Coloane Village was a must-go. It was a residential area along the coast of Coloane. Near the dock, there was the colourful settlement of houses made of iron sheets. I was lucky to be there on a sunny day. It was a delight to see the colourful houses floating on the muddy beach against a bright sky. Sometimes people fished at the dock. What a relaxing afternoon.

The landmark of the area was the Chapel of St. Francis Xavier. The chapel was 90 years old, recognisable in the baroque architectural style and its yellow and white facade. It was built to commemorate the local people’s victorious fight against the pirates in saving a group of children held captive. The chapel used to house some Christian relics which were then transferred to other churches.

If you’ve seen enough of the urban hustle and bustle, this serene part of Macao would sure make your day.


在路環感受澳門舊時的漁村風貌

澳門和香港同樣從漁港發展而成國際大都會,看着澳門華麗的賭場度假酒店實在難以想像其漁港歷史,但一些地方仍保留昔日漁港面貌,路環就是其中一個體會其漁港歷史的好地方。

路環位於澳門南部,原本是個獨立島嶼,但因為填海的緣故已與氹仔連接起來。到路環的交通十分方便,數條巴士路線如15、21A、26、26A和N3都能到。

路環村是沿海發展的民居,十分值得一遊。在此處閒逛,偶爾還有人在碼頭釣魚,近着碼頭有不同顏色的鐵皮屋民居,剛好當天風和日麗,各種顏色的鐵皮屋在蔚藍天空的映襯下,一派趣味盎然。

來到路環必定要參觀聖方濟各聖堂,外型是典型的巴羅克風格,黃白色的明亮外表是其特點。聖堂已有九十年歷史,為了紀念當時村民擊敗海盜救回一群被綁架的小孩而建。聖堂曾存放聖方濟各的手骸聖鐲,後被轉送到其他教堂。

如你看夠熱鬧的城市,來寧靜簡樸的路環感受澳門舊時的漁村風貌是不錯的選擇。