Sunday, September 30, 2007

Kuala Lumpur

Hi and welcome back.

I am now back from my trips to Malaysia and Russia.

In Malaysia I had very little time. Just a few hours on the Sunday afternoon I arrived to have a walk and take some photos. It was a very cloudy afternoon so not the best weather. The rest of the time I was in a hotel participating in a Management development course. Lovely hotel and far too much food!

The Petronas Towers are the famous landmark of KL. They were the tallest towers in the world until 2004. This is the modern face of KL. There is also an area which shows the more traditional side of KL. The famous Sultan Abdul Samad Building was built in the late 19th century to house the British administration and is now home to the Supreme and High Courts. This flamboyant and intricate example of Moorish architecture faces Dataran Medaka (Medaka Square) - the centre for National Day celebrations

This year Malaysia celebrates 50 years of independence from the British and the Malaysian flag was flying everywhere!

I had a great time in Moscow and took loads of photos. Come back in a couple of weeks to see the Red Square, the Kremlin and Gorky Park!


Saturday, September 08, 2007

Lantau Island Hong Kong

Hello and welcome.

This week I am posting photos of Lantau Island, Hong Kong. We spent a day there. You get there by ferry from Hong Kong Island very easily and the slow ferry is better as it is an open boat. It only takes about an hour.

On Lantau island we went to see Tian Tan Buddha. It is very big and you have to climb lots of steps to get up close. I’ll let you read all about it at the Wikipedia link.

While we were there we had a vegetarian meal at the monastery in the grounds beneath the statue.

Then we went to Tai O. We were told that it is known as the Venice of Hong Kong. The reason is, as you see from the photos,that the village is built up on stilts. While we were there it was low tide, but when the tide comes in the village is sitting on water.

A very old place with people living pretty much as they have done for the last three centuries. Although TV antennas were evident! They sell everything that is fish or associated with fish. And they dry it.

We had a great day there and the ferry trip going back to Honk Kong Island as the sun was setting was great.

Tomorrow (Sunday 9 September) I am flying to Kuala Lumpur for a week. I will be participating in a management course there. I come back to Singapore next weekend, have one day to get ready, and then I am off to Moscow! I will be running a course with a colleague of mine on Team Management. I come back on 26 September. An exciting 3 weeks ahead!

So my next posting will be in 3 weeks. Don’t miss it!