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
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
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
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
T: +974-33997019
Hilton Goa Resort
Hilton Goa Resort
This hotel will open on 01 Dec 2019
Pilerne Candolim Road, Saipem Hills
Candolim 403515
T: +91-832-6649800
Hilton Guiyang
Hilton Guiyang
This hotel will open on 01 Apr 2020
277 Jinyang North Road Guanshanhu District
Guiyang 550081
T: +86-851-82277777
Hilton Hurghada Plaza
Hilton Hurghada Plaza
This hotel will open on 01 Jan 2020
Gabal El Hareem Street, Red Sea
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
T: +48-91-4040900


Hilton Clark Sun Valley Resort
Clark Freeport Zone
Pampanga 2023
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.


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.





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.