Hong Kong
A Ma Wan

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  • Day176

    Surfing the world famous Uluwatu

    March 23 in Hong Kong ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Got up for the start of breakfast at 8am. I was starting to feel better from stomach pains now, so felt up for a bit of a surf.
    Walked down to Uluwatu beach. (World famous beach which breaks onto a shallow reef producing hollow barrels).
    All places where you could rent a board were closed! Can you believe it, almost empty world class surf and I couldn't get in. Uggh.
    Walked back through town to try to find somewhere. No good. All closed. A bit frustrated we went back to call up the airlines to ensure the flights were still going.
    At about 3 we set out again to see if any surf rental places had opened.
    Only 1 had, and was taking full advantage of it with her prices. Rented one for 2 hours and jogged down to the beach.
    Within a few mins of me walking over the reef and paddling out i heard a load of whistles blowing on the shore, with people waving to come back in.
    Initially no one moved. But then a few of the locals went in and the rest started following. I managed to catch one average wave before paddling back in.
    Not quite the surf ending I was looking for.
    Got back and the beach was closed. It sounded like this was going to be a permanent ban on beach access for the next few weeks. Definitely time to head home. Good that we changed our flight to tomorrow. The evening was spent watching films and worrying about the news that Hong Kong (our transit location) was to close 15mins after our flight was due to leave. Definitely could not have left it any later.
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  • Day173

    Going to Amed for freediving training

    March 20 in Hong Kong ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    With 10 days left of the holiday we decided to do 3 days of diving / free diving and 7 days of surfing.
    Took us ages to figure out which area to go to for the best free diving, best courses, location etc.
    Eventually settled on Amed. Near to (but far enough away from) an active volcano.
    After much faff of finding a taxi, we selected a free dive course to do and got them to arrange a driver to pick us up.
    The driver told us all about the upcoming silent festival where the whole island shuts down and no one is allowed on the streets. (Well I guess that is one day of surfing out the window already).
    Arrived at our lovely hotel, got upgraded to a nice big room over looking the pool and the sea. All for only 17 quid a night. We were the only people in the restaurant with a meal costing £2.50. Bargain.
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  • Day177

    Time to go home to the UK.

    March 24 in Hong Kong ⋅ 🌙 22 °C

    Checked out after breakfast and heard police in the street on loud speakers saying things are locked down. Our accommodation was saying there would be no taxis to the airport.
    Although our flight was not until later this afternoon we thought it would be best to just get to the airport so quickly got the lady at the counter to take us to the airport.
    All looked on time... so far so good and all ok with a temperature check to enter the airport!
    Waited for a few hours until check in and then successfully Checked in for the first leg to Hong Kong. Whoop!
    Easy flight but full.
    Hong Kong was going into lockdown at 11.59pm for all people going through transit.
    Our flight was due to leave to Heathrow at 11.45pm. Cutting it pretty fine! We didn't explore the airport, just headed straight to the right gate, passing another temp check on the way.
    It took off and we were away! Yes! So all should be fine as long as the UK doesnt go into lockdown on the way back.
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  • Day174

    Freediving day 1

    March 21 in Hong Kong ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Had a simple breakfast of toast as my stomach was feeling a bit average.
    Walked 30 seconds to the Fusion freediving school.
    Met our instructor for the day, an Aussie called Dave. Taught us freediving theory and some of the breathing techniques. I managed a 3min 15 hold out of the water. Hannah about 30 seconds.
    Then went diving in the ocean and did some freedives both pulling down a line and swimming near the line down to about 15m. I really enjoyed it and felt very comfortable being able to have a 'float' at 15m down to look at the fishies.
    The evening was at our restaurant with no one else around. Went down to the beach to show Hannah the nearby active volcano. Manage to get her 'I'm not happy with being so close to that' face.

    We did much discussing about the pace of lockdown of various countries and decided to bring our flight back from the Saturday to the Tuesday.
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  • Day175

    Freediving day 2

    March 22 in Hong Kong ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Started with more stomach friendly toast and met our new German instructor called Verona.
    A good bit more theory before going to the pool for some more training. We did some rescue practice which was one of the key things I wanted to learn. Then a max breath hold underwater test.
    Hannah got a massive improvement with a 2 min hold. I got my max ever of 4mins underwater. (The time required to become an instructor apparently).
    Then out to the sea for more rescue drill practice and and some more fun dives to 15m.
    One exam later we were both qualified to freedive level 1. Whoop.
    With the changed flight to be much sooner, I organised a taxi back to Uluwatu surf spot for hopefully one final day of epic surf before heading home.
    He managed to get lost on the way back. So the 2.5 hour ride ended up taking about 3.5 hours. Passed classic rice paddy field terraces with active volcanoes as a backdrop. Very pretty.
    They drive super close to each other everywhere with continual scooters zooming past and honking. Not the most relaxing. Also made less fun again by Bali belly and excess accelerating and braking.
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  • Day17

    Hong Kong airport

    December 11, 2019 in Hong Kong ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Before leaving Xi'an, did some impulse shopping and checked out the local motorcycle courier spot. Really would like to bring home a scooter pictured.
    Robocop is a bit of an 'in joke' which I will share in only person. Suffice to say that security is very tight.Read more

  • Day4

    Steps

    June 9, 2018 in Hong Kong ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Bereits wieder 26000 Schritte auf meinem Zähler, die Hälfte davon geht auf das Konto des Airport Hongkong ✈️ wie alles hier - riesig! Ich bin begeistert von meinen Füssen und hoffe, dass Lisa das liest 🙋🏼‍♀️. Auch heute ist das Wetter wieder heiss und feucht, ich muss ab und zu in einem Shoppingcenter abkühlen, und ein bisschen Wasser nachfüllen 💧Ich bin die längste Open Air Rolltreppe der Welt von Central zu den Mid Levels hochgefahren( 20 Minuten ) und dann den ganzen Berg wieder runtergelaufen. Das war ziemlich eindrücklich. Die Treppe wurde für die Bewohner Hongkongs gebaut, welche am Morgen von ihren Hochhäusern zu den Bürotürmen runterfahren ( bis 10:00 fährt sie runter, ab 10:00 nur noch hoch ). Beim Runterlaufen ging ich durch die Strassenmärkte. Es gab dort eine Strasse mit Blumen, eine mit Stempel und Schuhmacher, eine mit Kleider und Schuhen etc.

    Nun sitze ich am Airport und warte auf meinen Weiterflug nach Perth. Ich freue mich auf 🇦🇺 Ich habe eine grosse Sehnsucht nach diesem Land. Es hat mich vor Jahren schon in seinen Bann gezogen, die Natur, die Menschen, diese Weite. Morgen früh um 6:00 bin ich dort und treffe mit Nadine zusammen, welche direkt aus Malaysia kommt. Hello my Girl 🙋🏼‍♀️
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  • Day6

    Tag 5

    September 5, 2018 in Hong Kong ⋅ 🌧 32 °C

    Guten Morgen Welt....

    Der letzte Tag ist angebrochen, heute am späten Abend geht es wieder nach Hause.
    Wir werden die letzten Stunden am Pool geniessen und noch ein wenig Sonne tanken.🌞
    Und freuen uns auf die "Daheim Gebliebenen"...Read more

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