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SO I met a man in the Kowloon Walled City park today and he start describing a new community that is being build in Kowloon. He said is would be a perfect place for me to live. I said maybe I should get a job out here in Hong Kong. He replied, “Life is full of chances… one needs to act on opportunities as the are present. Without taking risks you’ll never become great!”

Outstanding advice!

Monday 02/16/2009

So tonight is my last free night in Hong Kong. I had to spend an extra day to clear up some last minute issues. It’s funny how fast a week can pass. Guess it escaped my colleagues as well! Tonight it’s Sushi at Unkai. They have a really fresh selection and the companies not bad either. The chefs are always friendly and they’re interested in where you come from!

The museum is in a farmhouse built by Chan Yam-shing. The Chan clan moved from Guangdong to Hong Kong to engage in rice farming in 1786. The term Sam Tung Uk means “three-beam-dwelling” which describes the original floor plan. The building was modified through the course of the years. The museum houses an exhibit on rice farming in Hong Kong or more specifically, the Tsuen Wan region.


Rice has been farmed in the Hong Kong region for more than 1000 years. It has been noted that rice was the principle crop as far back as 1688. Prior to World War 2, paddy fields covered 80% of cultivated land in the New Territories.


A stamped used for the packaging of rice.


Will making friends wearing the traditional hat woe by farmers in the Tsuen Wan region


Alder having some fun!


A group of students we befriend while touring the farmhouse… Good Kids!


Me looking for some sun!

One of the things I really wanted to do this trip was to see Hong Kong as the people who live here do. I’ve been to the Po Lin monastery on Lantau Island many times. It too is a peaceful but I needed to see something new. Today we visited a Tang Dynasty (618-907AD) timber monastery. It is a Buddhist monastery located at the based of Diamond Hill. It’s a bit miss leading as the Nunnery was founded in the 1930’s and the actual monastery as it stands today was only dedicated on the 8th day, of the 12th Lunar month, of the year of the Ox (1998)! At first I was disappointed when I found out the monastery was recently built but that feeling was soon replace with feelings tranquility. The garden was very special.


The four ponds as you enter ‘First Yard’ are filled with various colored water lilies. The sound of the babbling water and bonsai trees that fill the garden all lend to the inner peace of the quiet surroundings.

The monastery is divided into two sections which represent the Buddhist idea of harmony between Heaven and Earth. Wisdom is represent in the architecture of the buildings surrounding the gardens.It is said the by using wood in the construction of the monastery that you extend the life of the tree which in turn fills the build with life.


The Hall of Celestial Kings

As one enters the hall, it is Maitreya Bodhisattva (the future Buddha) that welcomes all to the Nunnery. In each the four corners of the ‘Second Yard’ are statues of the celestial kings. They represent the four cardinal directions: Vaishravana (North), Virudhaka (South), Dhritarashtra (East) and Virupaksha (West).

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Each of the celestial kings are the protectors of Buddha’s teachings. Skanda is the chief guardian of the monastery. The entrance to the Hall of Celestial Kings is flanked by two large white marble Sutra Pillars and a collection of beautifully formed stones.


The Outer Gardens – Nan Lian Gardens

Directly across the street from the monastery is the Nan Lian Gardens. In keeping with the monastery the gardens were designed with the feel of the Tang Dynasty. The design of the Jiangshouju garden can be traced back to the 2400 years to the Tang Dynasty. The garden is filled with many stones and trees.

Daoists aspire to the peace and simplicity of Nature; and Buddhists seek enlightenment through insight into the way of Nature.


Well today is the start of everything that I’ve taken this trip for. We’ll be updating the servers in Hong Kong today.


Setting up DNS, OpenDirectory, AFP shares and then migrating the user accounts over. Hopefully if all goes well we’ll be done by 10PM… hopefully!

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6:15PM – Start Time
6:30PM – Got all users off server
7:30PM – Finally got the machine to boot from DVD
7:45PM – Got McDonald’s for dinner
8:00PM – Config’d host
9:10PM – Finally got DNS working… Hate DNS!
9:15PM – Started patching machine
9:30PM – Still waiting for the updates to download… Moving user data!
9:40PM – Downloads are done… Let’s bind to OpenDirectory!
10:00PM – Anyone know what a 1077 error is?
10:25PM – This network sucks…
10:40PM – Oh hey let’s test the Riverbed Device…
11:09PM – Strong passwords? Why bother?
11:34PM – Setting up Network Homes!
11:36PM – Oh wait… the directory doesn’t like diradmin any more.
12:19AM – Finished patching server
12:40AM – Fixed a few login issues
1:10AM – Tested all logins… They work.. I’m out of here!

So today after breakfast I ventured out to visit Repulse Bay… I’ve been to Hong Kong many times but never bothered to spend any time at the beach. Many of the beaches around Hong Kong have a shark barriers which I find interesting. Ever since Jaws, I’ve always wondered… Is there sharks swimming out there somewhere? The answer to that is very clearly… YES there is!



I’ve always had a connection with the ocean… relaxing looking out over the South China Sea.


Just on the other side of the breakwater is the Hong Kong Life Guard Club. It was built in 1964 in a traditional ornate Chinese style.


Guarding the Life Guard Club are two statues, one of Tin Hau the Queen of Heaven and the other Kwun Yum the Goddess of Mercy, bothare protectors of fishermen.

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Walking through the gardens reveal many interesting statues.

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From Repulse Bay I headed over to Stanley Market. One of the things I do every time I’m here is get a new chop. Normally, I’d walk the market waiting for time to pass before picking up my new acquisition, this time I decided to wait around a bit to set how they are carved.


On this trip, I arrived just after Chinese New Year. All the lanterns are still hanging. What a beautiful sight!


So I’ve been on the plane for 8 1/2 hours… Slept a little but not really.

It’s funny ways people deal with flights of this nature. My game plan was to eat dinner, write a term paper and then float away for 8 hours in an Ambeim induced haze. Oh well for thought out plans, sometimes the body doesn’t do what you want it to. It’s has given me the opportunity to look around at my fellow passengers. Most are sleeping peacefully, eye masks on, ear plugs in.

In all my travels out to Asia I’ve never been awake for the Chinese noodle bowl… It was refreshing though it brings me back to all the meals I’ve had in places I don’t remember. The Chinese prepare there food a lot differently than in the west. We’re used to too much MSG and salt. The taste here is much simplier.

We finally coming back into daylight… Most of my trips over have been in total daylight. The sun never goes down during the entire flight. This is the earliest I’ve ever gone. February. Guess the sun hasn’t climbed high enough in the sky yet.

Were more there than home now. All my loved ones are home sleeping. I look out of the window and watch was it snakes around itself in unending coils. I guess we’re over land now. One would never know it looking over the blanket of white beneath us.

6 hours later after finally getting some sleep, the day over China is turning to night. It’s only an hour before landing and the cabin is alive again. It’s strange how time transforms itself. My family back home are still resting in their cold New England bed… Stirring for the fort time… And I’m getting ready to get off the plane, have dinner and get into bed.