Archive | October, 2012

Ciao! Hong Kong

31 Oct

After enjoying a popular almond dessert at a local shop in Hong Kong, it’s time to say goodbye!
Piggletino shall be writing about his new adventure soon! Ciao!

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Mysterious case of the missing Piggletino

29 Oct

While the scout is busy at work, where is Piggletino?

Enjoying the comfortable beds and pillows of Holiday Inn Express Hong Kong!
Convenient location, reasonable rates and definitely a luxury for Piggletino!

Continuing the journey in Hong Kong

26 Oct

 

Next visit: Wong Tai Sin temple, with its foundation in Taoism. Wong Tai Sin is known for his abilities to tell the future and many visit this site to get their palms read and fortunes told. An organisation, the Sik Sik Yuen, was founded to undertake charitable work involving education, clinics and more.

During the Chinese New Year season, the temple is filled to its brim with worshipers visiting to pray for an auspicious year ahead.

Behind the area of worship sits a peaceful garden and pavillion to rest at.

The Wong Tai Sin Temple is convenient to visit by train (there’s a stop by the name of the temple) and a shopping complex right next to the train station too!

Hong Kong: Che Kung Temple

22 Oct

Piggletino recently went on a trip to Hong Kong with his photographer. As the places of interest were largely religious, Piggletino sent his scout in to take photos in respect of the culture.

This is a trip to Che Kung Temple, built in honour of a deified Song Dynasty general. Within the temple sits a golden fan-blade, believed to bring good luck for those who would spin it three times. Many visit this temple during Chinese New Year, in hopes of welcoming good fortune for the following months.

 

Macau Day 2: Ruins of St Paul’s & Mount Fortress

19 Oct

Ruins of St Paul’s is one of the most symbolic sites of attraction in Macau. The Ruins of St Paul’s is actually the facade of the original church and St Paul’s college which had been destroyed by a fire in 1835. The Ruins bears a unique blend of biblical and oriental motifs, emphasizing the impact of Portuguese rule in Macau. Piggletino took many steps to get up there!

Taking a turn to the right of St Paul’s, Piggletino decided to check out Mount Fortress, which was once a military defence structure against Dutch invasion by sea in the 1600s. You can still see several cannons on the fort that overlooks the city at all angles. Today, the Macau Museum sits at the Fortress.

Very quickly, Piggletino decides to take a trishaw off to somewhere else! Goodbye Macau!

Macau Day 1: Senado Square

17 Oct

Piggletino’s first trip to Macau and he lands in the Historic Centre of Macau. There are lots of casinos in the city but Piggletino decided to look around town instead.

First stop: Senado Square. Check out the wavy pavement design that is supposedly of Portuguese tradition!

New Zealand: Farewell!

12 Oct

It’s time to leave New Zealand and head off to the next adventure! Farewell!