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2011 September : Bruce Peck Adventures
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Things I’m Grateful for: Lines

As we’ve traveled, we’ve seen countless differences in the way individuals and groups behave in the course of their daily lives. Some make us wonder why we don’t do it that way at home, but others make us grateful we do it the way we do. Today, I’m grateful for lines — the kind that people stand in. Lines that have approximately 2 feet of space between people. Lines where you might strike up a conversation with your neighbor. Lines that are orderly... Read More

Reunion In Hong Kong

One of the best parts about this year on the road has been meeting new people and seeing old friends. Including friends from the Ursuline Convent boarding school I attended in England before migrating to the U.S. I saw Amz in the Philippines and in Hong Kong and Macau I was able to catch up with eight familiar faces from school days. The Ursuline, what we called it, had girls from all over the world, including a large contingent from Hong Kong, still a British protectorate then,... Read More

The Monte Carlo of the Orient

The Venetian Macau. Ten years ago, with the exception of a riverboat and one run-down casino, gambling essentially didn’t exist in Macau. But following Portugal’s return of Macau to China in 1999 the law granting gambling rights to only one family was repealed allowing competition. That caused a gambling explosion and in 2007 Macau surpassed Las Vegas in gaming revenue. It is now home to the largest casino in the world, also the worlds largest air conditioned building,... Read More

Yum! Dim Sum

Sure, we experienced Hong Kong, but it was our stomachs that led the way. The city is delicious. And though hotels and housing are expensive, pretty much everything else is super affordable. The food in China has been good, but between a combination of language and not knowing what to order to finding most things coated in a thick sea of oil, we were over the moon for both the culinary diversity of Hong Kong and the ability to communicate almost anything in English. Rice noodle... Read More

Domestic Helpers in Hong Kong

  Taken at Hong Kong airport immigration, the sign identifies a lane only for "domestic helpers." In Hong Kong “domestic helpers”, as they’re called, make up 3% of the population. Over 90% are from Indonesia or The Philippines.  As I understand it from friends who live in Hong Kong, these workers live with their employers and perform jobs like child-minding, cooking and cleaning. Hong Kong apartments are small, even when you have money. So they’re... Read More