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    • Day 8


      October 4, 2019 in Hong Kong ⋅ 🌙 27 °C

      Today's plan was to visit the island of Macau, the biggest gambling centre by value in the world, so I shouldn't have been surprised when my gamble of leaving after 10am didn't fully pay off. First of all we had ridden two MTR lines and were heading for the ferry terminal when I remembered that because Macau is technically a different territory to Hong Kong, we would need our passports. Guess where those were. Yep, safely locked away in our hotel room. Good news is I got to enjoy another two Star ferry rides, two taxi rides and a run up to the hotel and back to fetch them.

      Secondly, I did know that this week is Golden Week, the Chinese national day celebration, and had planned accordingly for it in Shanghai. However, because of the ongoing protests in HK Chinese tourists have been avoiding here and going elsewhere. Guess where it seems they have all headed instead? Macau! I have never in my life seen such unrelenting swarms of tourists!

      We had ridden the Cotai Water Jet express ferry the hour to Macau then jumped on one of the free casino buses to get to the Cotai Strip, the local equivalent of the Vegas strip. So far so good, but the minute we stepped foot in the Venetian Hotel and Casino we knew we had entered another dimension. Chinese tourists by the thousand packed every inch of the facility. They were even sitting on the floors against the walls eating their lunches. It slightly detracted from the grandeur and opulence of these temples to extravagance. The Parisian and the Venetian, the two casinos we visited, were even bigger than their namesakes in Las Vegas, which was mind blowing, but even they weren't big enough to hold this human king tide. This amount of tourist overload slammed the brakes on my plans to tour the sights of Macau literally, as traffic was worse than I have seen anywhere. I decided to pull the pin on this ill-timed excursion and we caught the fast ferry back to Hong Kong island.

      Exiting the Macau ferry terminal we headed for the mall that would lead us to the Star Ferry only to find it blocked off. Heading back out onto the street it became obvious what was causing the closure. One side of the road was completely blocked by thousands of marching protesters. At this point they were all peaceful, so I hope it remained that way.

      Eventually we crossed the harbour and concluded a less than perfect day, with a near perfect feed at the Cheescake factory. Day over.
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    • Day 95


      March 26 in Hong Kong ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

      Um 8 Uhr in hongkong. Mit ubahn nach lantau Island mit einmal umsteigen. Seilbahn eine Stunde angestanden. 30 Minuten seilbahn durch den Nebel. Big Buddha und Kloster angeguckt. Mit ubahn und seilbahn zurueck bis Hongkong Island.
      Rolltreppe und zu fuss zur atram auf den Peak. Tolle Aussicht. Mit ubahn zurück und faehre nach Macau gesucht. Laser Show
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    • Day 7

      I like big bus, and I cannot lie...

      October 3, 2019 in Hong Kong ⋅ 🌙 27 °C

      The circadian rhythm has a lot to answer for. No, not those insects that rub their legs together all night long in summer, your internal body clock. You know the one, it tells you when to go to sleep and when to wake, except when you mess with it, by doing something like flying five time zones East. Yep, I'm still waking up at 'Oh f*&k o'clock'. First world problem I know, but it may explain some of my more erratic behaviour.
      Anyway, where were we? Oh yeah, Hong Kong.
      This was our first full day in HK and I had scheduled to the minute what my campaign would include. First call was the inclusive hotel buffet breakfast. I often book hotels based on the quality and range of their breakfasts and the Intercontinental had rated highly on both scales with fellow travelers. After this morning's calorie frenzy I would give it two thumbs up, if I could raise my hands. I'm still Christmas day full from this morning's Buffet battle round 1. The day's most important, or free-est meal consumed I headed out on task one, redeeming two tickets on the Hop-on/Hop-off Big Bus Tour of Hong Kong. This meant a mere 1.5km stroll along Ocean Promenade. A doddle you say, so would I if it wasn't already 31 degrees by 9am and moister than Aunt Betty's chocolate cake. In less than an hour I was back with the tickets and a kg lighter from water loss. Fortunately the Kowloon bus route had a stop right outside our hotel. What a stroke of luck! What wasn't so lucky was deciding to sit on the open upper deck of the double decker tour bus. Soon feeling crispier than a piece of the Colonel's special chicken we scurried for the sanctuary of the covered area at the front of the bus. This provided minimal respite from the relentless heat and humidity, and this is Autumn! Enduring the elements we rode the tour round Kowloon enjoying the informative commentary on the local landmarks and history. We hopped off (see what I did there?) the bus by the Star Ferry terminal and caught the next ferry across to Central where we resumed our Big Bussing, this time on the Hong Kong Island route. This is a much older area than Kowloon and is rich in history. At the fourth stop we left the bus to ride the Peak Tram to the summit of Victoria Peak. The funicular hauled us to the crest of Hong Kong's highest hill where we oohed and aahed at the impressive 360 degree views, then took time out to process the majesty of the location by consuming Bubba Gump's finest shrimp. Shrimped to the gills (do they have gills?) we rode the tram down to the terminal and waited to catch the next Big Bus. You can track these buses using an app, so that you know when the next one will arrive and my app told me the next bus was 3 minutes away. Now brace yourself for a truth missile kids, apps sometime tell bloody porkies. The bus took more than 15 minutes to arrive. That's 900 seconds with no air-conditioning, the cruelty of it all! Eventually we were happily seated on our bus, downstairs in the AC, because we're not stupid, despite what Mr Gump says. And this time we got to enjoy aforementioned AC for much longer than anticipated as the traffic around 4pm HK time was glacial in speed. After several millenia we arrived back at the Star Ferry terminal, sailed back to the safety of Kowloon and then went and spent a silly amount of money on new smartphones. Guess what I'm setting up now while writing this? It's not flatpack furniture. Tomorrow we hit the seas bound for the gambling den of Macau.
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    • Day 12

      Plans B through 27

      October 8, 2019 in Hong Kong ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

      Due to ongoing disruption of the MTR system and an inclement weather forecast, featuring thunder and monsoon rain, the planned Hong Kong Disneyland excursion was postponed until today. Instead of Disneyland we got all intellectual and hands on at the very impressive Hong Kong Science Museum. Time well spent.

      Luckily for us by this morning most of the MTR system was back in action, apart from a few stations which were too damaged to be safely opened. None of the closed stations were on the route I was taking from Tsim Sha Tsui to Lai King, then Tung Chung and finally onwards to the Disneyland Resort.. This meant I could use my Octopus card instead ponying up the $600HK taxis would have stung me. Score bonus points for the tightarse that I am.

      Arriving at the park in time for rope drop, which unlike the US Disney parks was at the leisurely hour of 10:30am it was already 32 degrees, so shade was highly sought after unless you fancy seeing photos of a shallow Celtic puddle on the ground. (that would have been me after more than ten minutes in this relentless tropical sun!)
      Although I was at the park for rope drop it was the least populated park opening I've ever seen, which was great news for wait times. Basically there were no wait times, you could just walk straight on to any ride. It was a dream run. There had to be an upside to the strife and chaos which had disrupted lives and schedules throughout Hong Kong! In no time Big Grizzly Mountain Runaway Mine train had been ridden twice, Mystic Manor, Fairy Tale Forest, Jungle Cruise, Space Mountain, It's a small world (for the air conditioning of course!) The Iron Man tech showcase, Ant Man and the Wasp Nano Battle had all been tested and approved by this Disney veteran.

      Along the way, and in between rides, every Disney store had also been thoroughly investigated and I even found time to squeeze in some fine Disney vittles at the Starliner Diner.

      It was a surreal experience having so much space at a Disney park, I almost miss the crowds for some of the atmosphere they generate, almost. So in a mere five hours the resort had been conquered, then it was back on the MTR a final fast retail splurge at Citygate Outlets before riding the 45 minutes back to Kowloon.

      Now it's my last chance to enjoy the room's view of the junks, cruise ships and barges as they ply the harbour and the technicolour light show from the skycrapers on Hong Kong island.

      I'm ready to be impressed by Cathay Pacific's Business class on tomorrow night's return flight to NZ. It's already scored more points than Air New Zealand because they'll be flying us in an A350-900, my favourite ride. See you next time from Aotearoa.
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    • Day 9

      Good morning Hongkong!

      February 15 in Hong Kong ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

      Der Wecker hat zwar zu einer sehr unchristlichen Zeit geklingelt, doch das Quälen aus dem Bett hat sich gelohnt. Die Einfahrt in die Mega Metropole Hongkong war gigantisch. Ein Wolkenkratzer neben dem anderen und es wollte kein Ende nehmen. Das werden mit Sicherheit 2 sehr eindrucksvolle Tage in Hongkong!Read more

    • Day 158

      Störsender werden zu zivilen Produkten

      December 17, 2020 in Hong Kong ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

      Vor ein paar Tagen ging ich wie gewohnt zur Arbeit, aber plötzlich stellte ich fest, dass mein Handy und mein Computer das Signal verloren hatten. Ich dachte, es sei ein normaler Netzwerkfehler, aber er wurde in einer halben Stunde nicht wiederhergestellt. Nachdem ich das Problem des Betreibers behoben hatte, kam ich schließlich von dem Grundstück, von dem ich erfuhr, dass das staatliche Unternehmen unten wegen des Störsenders ein wichtiges Meeting abhielt, also benutzte ich den Störsender und es dämmerte mir plötzlich.


      In den letzten zwei Jahrzehnten hat die Anzahl der Benutzer mobiler Kommunikationsgeräte dramatisch zugenommen. Dies hat die Nachfrage der Kulturgesellschaft nach effektiveren und zuverlässigeren Signalverschlüsselern erhöht. Mobile Signalstörsender sind eher zivile Produkte als elektronische Kriegsgeräte geworden. Mit zunehmender Anzahl von Mobiltelefonbenutzern ist es auch erforderlich, Mobiltelefone an bestimmten Orten zu deaktivieren, an denen sie das Klingeln stören können. Zu diesen Orten gehören Kultstätten, Hörsäle, Krankenhäuser, Konzertsäle, Auditorien, Gefängnisse und andere wichtige stille Orte. Mobile Störsender sind sehr effektiv in vertraulichen Besprechungsräumen, in denen wichtige Informationen vom Besprechungsraum nach außen weitergegeben werden können, ohne andere zu benachrichtigen. Handy Störsender sind sehr effektiv bei der Unterbrechung der Kommunikation zwischen Gefangenen in Gefängnissen.


      Führen Sie die optimierte Open Source-Software auf dem Backup-Telefon aus. Daher täuschen sie den Funkantennenmast wie einen Tragbare Störsender und reduzieren die Frequenz auf einen kleinen Bruchteil des Störsignals. Falsche Anrufe können verhindern, dass Textnachrichten und Anrufe an Empfänger in der Umgebung gesendet werden: falsche Identitäten und Beantwortung von Fragen mit seltsamen Namen. Im schlimmsten Fall können Sie sogar Textnachrichten blockieren. Weil der Radiosender Hunderte von Quadratkilometern Statusinformationen sendet, bevor er angerufen wird.


      Das Ersatztelefon beantwortet diese Fragen jedoch und akzeptiert sie, führt Anrufe und sendet Textnachrichten schneller als andere Telefone. Am Sendemast scheint der tatsächliche Empfänger benachrichtigt worden zu sein. Aber er hat nichts gelernt. Im besten Fall gehen nur Anrufe verloren und es werden keine Anrufe getätigt. Im schlimmsten Fall können sogar Textnachrichten aufgrund einer fehlerhaften Verschlüsselung und mangelnder Authentifizierung abgefangen und gelesen werden. Bisher haben Informatiker den GSM-Standard erst vor mehr als 20 Jahren getestet, aber bei Bedarf viele moderne Smartphones verwendet.

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