Sunday, October 30, 2005

Hong Kong

Spent the weekend in Hong Kong with David, Riki and Alex. It feels like New York, a little like Europe, the best of Asia and a short ferry ride to one of the nearby islands leaves you thinking you may have just been to a small fishing village in Mexico. The Hong Kong Airport is probably the most convenient in the world. Literally, I stepped off the plane and onto the Airport Express which whisked me into downtown Hong Kong in 40 minutes. Soho is minutes away and boasts a wide variety of cuisine and nightlife from around the world. In one club I walked about 3 meters and heard atleast six different languages. English is very common and the locals speak it well. Diversity everywhere. Very nice!

Lamma Island

Alex and David stop to do a little shopping on this lovely little path on Lamma Island (about a 30 minute ferry ride from Hong Kong). We hiked from one side to the other in about 2 hours. Lush green forests and rocky hillsides with panoramic views of the ocean make this Island an ideal getaway from the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong.

Shark Attack

The most obvious advice seems to be missing (i.e. Don't go in the water - EVER!)

The Peak




Views from the The Peak of Hong Kong.

Sunday, October 23, 2005

63 Building

Took this picture of the 63 Building (Korea's tallest building) while traveling by taxi to Marche (a restaurant) for lunch with friends on Saturday. We entertained ourselves in the afternoon by playing a word game at Ron's house. Hwan and I enjoyed dinner at Our Place in Itaewon later that evening.

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Summerhill

Summerhill is a school like no other. Anthony De Mello introduced me to A.S. Neill's vision for raising "free" children. As I read, it was impossible not to contemplate my own childhood. Mr. Neill's ideas are indeed radical - freedom beyond what most of us can imagine - even more radical when you learn this book was written in 1960 and the school was opened in 1921. The book is currently out-of-print, however used copies can be purchased here. It is scheduled to be republished in 2006.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Big Ball

It's not the world's biggest soccer ball, but it's still quite impressive. World Cup Stadium is a nice place to relax, enjoy some Starbucks coffee, shop, see a movie or just hang out.

Spaceship?

Spent the morning reading John Grisham's The Broker at World Cup Stadium.

Monday, October 10, 2005

3M

He's either praying, bowing or trying to hide from the camera. Nice try Hwan (3M)! Enlarge the picture to see the man behind the mask.

Magnetic Personalities?

Hung out at Annie's in Itaewon after Paul's birthday dinner Saturday night.

Saturday, October 08, 2005

Vancouver - LIVE!

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada - my home from 2002-2003. And once again, from 2006 to present.

Friday, October 07, 2005

Calgary - LIVE!

Macleod Trail

Calgary, Alberta, Canada - my home from 1988-2002.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Mind Bender

Here is another mind bender. Enlarge the photo first. Good luck!

The Human Mind

Enlarge the photo and give it a try. The mind is truly amazing!

Monday, October 03, 2005

Bigger is Better?

I thought cell phones were suppose to be smaller in Asia? Upon closer inspection, I discovered the teleportation function (very convenient for the business traveler).

Hang ON

I have always said that riding the bus in Seoul is a terrifying experience. I think Marie, Tanya, Alison and Ron would agree!

Sunday, October 02, 2005

Ancient Stream

Korea definitely has no shortage of people. Do we even have this many people in Canada? This ancient stream was recently restored in the heart of downtown Seoul. It's about 3 km long, however the weekend is not the time to see it.

Seen One, Seen 'em All

The two things I love the most: visiting yet another palace and carrying things. "Thank you" Lance for showing me there are still a couple of palaces in Korea I have not seen. When can we visit another one? I cannot contain myself with all the anticipation.

Glass House


Sorry princess, that is not the palace, it's a green house.

The Placenta Burial Marker


Now this is just not something you see every day. Despite my (you've seen one, you've seen them all) attitude regarding palaces, this was a notable find.

Millennium Plaza

Millennium Plaza located in the JongNo district is one of Seoul's more interesting buildings. Scroll down for some extraordinary views taken from the 33rd floor.

That's a long DROP




This is a useful place to test your fear of heights. The outstanding views make the overpriced drinks palatable.

Saturday, October 01, 2005

The Way to Love

It is no secret that I am a huge fan of Anthony De Mello. After recommending Awareness, I think it is also appropriate to rant a little about The Way to Love. It consists of 31 very short chapters filled with insights which you will ponder for hours. If you have any doubt, simply read the excerpt conveniently provided for you by Amazon.com.

You're Fired

Phil, Tanya & Alison. Phil joined us for dinner LATEr, actually everyone was late except for Marie and I. We always seem to be on time. Phil has recently joined us from Eastend, Saskatchewan (actually most recently from Calgary, Alberta), but Eastend looks like more fun!

Goodbye Tanya!


Another fabulous dinner with friends (Alison, Ron, Paul, Marie, Dan, Antaek, SungHo, Lance & Tanya) at Our Place in Itaewon last night. Tanya will be heading home to Calgary, Alberta this Thursday. You rock Tanya!

Seoul Subway System

The Seoul Subway System is excellent, although all the stairs can be a little daunting.