Thursday Doors: More Macau

This post is a continuation of the one last week; my trip to Macau with my son.  Previously, when visiting Macau from Hong Kong, we had to take two ferries from the island I currently live on.  Last week, we took the longest sea bridge in the world, 55 kilometers, by bus. The bridge was opened…

Thursday Doors: Senado Square (Macau)

Yesterday, I took another trip 60 km southwest of Hong Kong to the territory of Macau, a former Portuguese colony, now a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China. I always enjoy visiting, especially in the company of my son.  My family lived in Macau for one year, within 1999-2000.  As you might…

Thursday Doors: Peng Chau

A pleasurable, easy outing is to take a 20-minute ferry ride from my home to the island of Peng Chau.  Peng Chau is under one square kilometer and was formerly a hub for small industry.  Today, it is a sleepy fishing community. No cars are permitted on Peng Chau so it’s a peaceful place to get…

Thursday Doors: Flagstaff Museum

The Flagstaff House, built in 1846, was once called Headquarter House.  It served as the residence of the Commander of the British forces in Hong Kong. The building is a reminder of Hong Kong’s colonial heritage. Today, it is the Flagstaff House Museum of Tea Ware and sits in the middle of the lovely Hong Kong…

Thursday Doors: The Helena May

The Helena May sits along Garden Road in Central on Hong Kong Island, across the street from the US Consulate. In 1916, Lady Helena May, the wife of the Governor, Sir Henry May, established The Helena May for the promotion of the welfare of women and girls in Hong Kong.  To this day, members are…

Thursday Doors: Tung Chung Market

This post is a continuation of the saga of my lost passport from last week.  Before the consulate could process my application for a new one, I was required to fill out a police report.  Taking a thirty-minute bus ride and a twenty-minute walk, I arrived at the Tung Chung Police Station. When I finished…

Thursday Doors: St. John’s Cathedral

Having lost my passport for the first time in thirty plus years of living overseas, I felt disgruntled making my way to the consulate to apply for a new one.  The trip from my flat took nearly two hours.  It involved a bus, a boat, a train and lots of walking.  The last bit included…

Thursday Doors: Be

After visiting with a long-time friend, I hadn’t seen in years, I wandered through the malls in Tsim Tsa Tsui waiting for my daughter to get off work.  I’m not much of a shopper, so instead, I looked around for interesting doors.  I didn’t find what I was looking for, exactly, but found what I…

Thursday Doors: Back to Mongolia

It’s been six years since I traveled from Hong Kong to Outer Mongolia.  Arriving at Chinggis Khaan Airport, long-time friends waited in the concourse to welcome me back to Mongolia.  The wonderful reunions made me wonder why I stayed away so long.  The people are incredible and the land is amazing. Besides seeing friends, one…

Thursday Doors: Star Ferry

A bit of old Hong Kong includes a trip on the Star Ferry.  This famous ferry has carried passengers back and forth across Victoria Harbor from Hong Kong Island to the Kowloon side since 1888. Per a recent news article in the South China Morning Post, before the Star Ferry was established, individuals crossed the…

Thursday Doors: Statue Square

The other day, my husband and I enjoyed a walk around Statue Square.  Stepping off the bus and onto the square, the joyful chatter and laughter swirled around us from visitors and domestic helpers relaxing on their day off. The square was created at the end of the nineteenth century on reclaimed land.  It is…

Thursday Doors: Macau

Macau was a Portuguese territory from 1887 – 1999 when it was handed over to China.  My family and I lived in Macau in the late nineties.  In the fall of 1999, we watched the celebratory parade and military vehicles roll in.  The Chinese people of Macau stood along the streets, waving a People’s Republic…