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Latest trip and new feelings......

Open your eyes and respect others.
I try not to use my own value and judgement on other cultures.

There are moments during my trips which are so memorable. It forever remains in my heart.....

First time in Europe in 1998
Had a birthday chinese meal in the middle of the mountains in Sri Lanka
First sight of the Acropolis which perched in the middle of Athens City...
Walking in the snow in the mountains near Nikko, alone....
Sunrise at Angkor Wat
Starry sky above River Nile on the way from Luxor to Aswan
Spent a nite in the Libyan desert, Milky Way was my blanket.....
Awaken by the Koran prayer 6am in Siwa Oasis
Lying on a path covered fully with cherry blossoms in Kyoto
Twinkle little stars like millions of diamonds in the sky, while enjoying body massage on the long white sandy beach of Boracay, with crispy sea breeze brushed lightly on my face....
Diwali Festival on the River Ganga, millions of tiny little lights on the water
First time to have the Himalayas before my eyes in Darjeeling!
Homestay on Lake Titicaca in Peru - 3800m - only then I know stars in the sky are as crowdy as people living on earth!
Awesome scenery and picturesque towns in Norway
Oh my shangrila ... Bhutan
Amazing Islamic architecture in Iran

Besides travelling, reading also open your eyes to the world. Below are the books I read:

2008, now I'm reading..

To-read list!
History of Art - E.H. Gombrich
Three Cups of Tea - one man's mission to promote peace ...one school at a time - Greg Mortensen
Yoga School Dropout - Lucy Edge
The History of Middle East

Read in 2008
The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
Kappa no Tenouchi makunouchi - Senoh Kappa (chinese version)
Chocolate - A bittersweet Saga of Dark and Light (chinese version)
Sahara - Michael Palin
The Miracle at Speedy Motors - Alexander McCall Smith
Crime and Punishment (unabridged version) - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The Last Lecture - Randy Pausch
A very short History of the World - Geoffrey Blainey
Brida - Paul Coelho
Good to Great - James C. Collins
Gweilo - Martin Booth
The Girl with the White Flag - Tomiko Higa
The Growing Pains of Adrian Mole - Sue Townsend
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole - Sue Townsend
Adrian Mole - the Cappucino Years
Guns, Gems & Steel - Jared Diamond
The Importance of Being Lazy - Al Gini
Qirkology -- Richard Wiseman
Warrior of the Light - Paulo Coelho
Leaving Microsoft to Change the World - John Wood

Read in 2007...
My home in West Africa - Liangzi [chinese book]
Oracle Bones, A journey betwen China and the West - Peter Hessler
For One More Day - Mitch Albom
Sherlock Holmes - complete novels and stories, volume I - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Leadership Wisdom from the Monk Who Sold His Ferrari - Robin Sharma
The Orange Girl - Jostein Gaarder
Morality for Beautiful Girls - Alexander McCall Smith
The Kalahari Typing School for Men - Alexander McCall Smith
"Huo Zhe" Yu Hua [Chinese Book]
Banker to the Poor - Muhammad Yunus
The Full Cupboard of Life - Alexander McCall Smith
Blue Shoes and Happiness - A;exander McCall Smith
"No aim beautiful life" [chinese book]
The Witch of Portobello - Paulo Coelho
Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
Hitorigurashi-m gonen-me - Naoko Takagi [japanese author]
False Impression - Jeffrey Archer
The Bookseller of Kabul - Asne Seierstad
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows - JK Rowling
Eat Pray Love - Elizabeth Gilbert
The Third Ear
A Thousand Splendid Suns - Khaled Hosseini
The River Town - Peter Hessler

Read in 2006
By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Swept - Paul Coelho
A Little History of the World - EM Gombrich
The Measly Middle Ages - Terry Deary & Martin Brown
The Groovy Greeks & the Rotten Romans - Terry Deary & Martin Brown
The World in Flat - Thomas Friedmann
The Art of Travel - Alain de Botton
Lotus - Angel Babe [chinese book]
Brother - Yu Hua [chinese book]
Travellers in Bhutan - Chen [chinese book, featuring the Bhutan movie "The Traveller and Magician"]
Bhutan, Deep breath - Chen [chinese book]
Walden - Thoreau
Buttertea at Sunrise [A Year in Bhutan Himalaya] - Britta Das
Indulgence - Paul Richardson
44 Scotland Street - Alexander McCall Smith

Hong Kong from my office, Jan 26, 2003

The picture is taken from my office window overlooking the Admiralty and the Victoria Harbour at the back.

Hong Kong nite from the Mid Level

I'm addicted to travelling. Too many places to go and see, the list is long enough to reach the moon!! With limited time, money and, I will try my best to travel to as many places as I can when health still permits [well...I'm still young, but you never know!]

Be happy and young at heart! Happy travelling!

Hong Kong from my office, June 23, 2003

Again from my office window I took yesterday, you can see new buildings coming up in just six months......

Hong Kong from my office, May 4, 2004

It's an ever changing place!

Hong Kong from my office, Oct 31, 2004

New and last pic from my office window. So, the big building on the left finished construction.....and I'm going to move into it in November! It's called Three Pacific Place. One and Two are on the other side of the road. All of them are connected to the underground Admiralty station and have three 5-star hotels within the complex.

Admiralty at nite

Okay now, I moved into the new building and here is the view from my office window. It overlooks Admiralty, BOC Building and the highrise IFC etc. On a fine day, I can see the awesome sunset - which is reflected on the United Centre and the Police Headquarters mirror walls.

Where did I travel in these years?

1998 May UK/Holland/France
1998 Dec Australia
1999 Sep Russia
1999 Nov Australia
2000 Feb Sri Lanka
2000 Sep Taiwan
2000 Sep Greece
2001 Mar UK
2001 Jul Guam
2001 Oct Japan [Izu/Hakone/Takayama]
2002 Feb Japan [Nikko/Fuji]
2002 Apr Japan [Kyoto/Yoshino]
2002 Jul Japan [Tokyo/Aomori/Hakodate/Biei]
2002 Nov Cambodia
2003 Feb Boracay (Philippines)
2003 Jun Japan [Tokyo]
2003 Jul Scotland/London
2003 Nov Egypt/Taiwan
2004 Mar Lijiang (China)
2004 Nov Delhi/Agra/Kajuraho/Varansi/Sikkim/Dargeeling (North India)
2005 May Japan [Kiso Nakasendo (Nagano)]
2005 Jun Czech/Austria/London
2005 Oct-Nov Peru/Argentina/Brazil
2005 Dec Christmas London
2006 Jan Taipei
2006 Feb Holland/London
2006 Mar Cambodia
2006 Apr Yangshuo/Guilin (China)
2006 July Finland/Norway/Sweden/Denmark
2006 Oct Bhutan
2007 Jan Taiwan
2007 Apr Japan [Takayama/Shiragawa-go/Gero/Matsusaka/Arima]
2007 Oct Iran
2008 Feb Taiwan
2008 Mar India [Rajasthan state]
2008 Jun Japan [Magome/Tsumago/Kamisuwa/Oshino/Tokyo]
2008 Nov Japan [Karuizawa/Shiobara Onsen/Tokyo]
2009 Jan Guam
2009 Apr Japan [Kyoto/Kanazawa/Tateyama/NaganoPref/Koyama]
2009 Oct Greece [Zante]
2010 Feb Japan (Yamagata Pref/Fukushima Pref]
2010 Jul France [NIce/Provence]
2010 Nov Taiwan [Kaohisung]
2011 Mar Cuba
2011 Jul France [Paris]
2011 Dec Japan [Nagoya/Takayama/Shiragawa-go]
2012 Jun London/Belgium
2013 Apr Japan [Kyoto]
2013 Jun Japan [Takayama/Shiragawa-go/Gero]
2013 Nov Norway
2014 Sep ....

Wish list....
New Zealand
Morocco/Tunisia
Central Asia

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  • CEP1863's Profile Photo
    Feb 6, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    Avis, wishing you a very happy birthday and a year filled with exciting travel!

  • toemayn's Profile Photo
    Feb 6, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    Hope your birthday is filled with all the fun you can handle!

  • kingip's Profile Photo
    Feb 6, 2014 at 2:42 AM

    Cheers for your B/D!

  • Martin_S.'s Profile Photo
    Feb 5, 2012 at 11:58 PM

    An impressive list of travels per year.
    Enjoy.
    Martin

  • kenHuocj's Profile Photo
    Feb 8, 2011 at 10:56 AM

    Happy Birthday, albeit late ;-))) when are you visiting our part of the woods?

  • Swades's Profile Photo
    Feb 6, 2011 at 10:27 PM

    Happy B'day..smile..vivek

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Feb 6, 2010 at 4:36 AM

    Hi ! Happy Birthday! You are very, very welcome for Euromeet 2010 in Krakow, Poland (28-30 May, 2010)! Details and links on my homepage. Please, think over it! We need you in Krakow! Smiles from both matcrazies ---> :-)))

  • Sharrie's Profile Photo
    Dec 31, 2009 at 4:45 AM

    Happy New Year, Avis! Wanna have a VT Meet in the new year? Let me know when you are free, I'm living in SZ for now. Very convenient!

  • a2lopes's Profile Photo
    Feb 6, 2009 at 11:23 AM

    Happy birthday Avis and many happy returns of the day. Greetings from Lisbon which is waiting for your visit next May for the Euromeeting. It will be fun with vteers from all over.

  • kentthuan77's Profile Photo
    May 19, 2008 at 12:44 AM

    great page of hongkong! i will visit hongkong next week after 12years, cheers!

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