I am here. I have decided to get one extra blog simply because I lost my previous blog with my web hosting account was hacked into … I will be uploading some of my previous posts, though I have a number that are lost forever… What a bummer!
Since coming back about 10 days ago, I have been spending my time geeking and nerding around. First I had to transfer all my Bali and Hong Kong blog entries into WP and it took a while what I finally got that done. I have also been up loading my photos on Flickr and thought that has also take some time, I am just about caught-up with photos. I am still behind with my emails but that’s ok.
Finally, I have been converting my server to a desktop machine. Actually the process started before I left for vacation. That happened was I installed some new software that needed a good video card. But on getting the video card, I found that the software was still very sluggish on my computer. Then I saw a really good sale on a dual Intel processor motherboard combo that I went an got immediately. But there were two problems, First, the motherboard did not have an AGP slot, only PCI express slots. Then I find out that the motherboard was totally bogus and essentially that the retailer was doing was selling the dual core processor and throwing in a free motherboard so I had to go get a real (Intel) motherboard. Then I find out that my IDE hard drives will not work with this board so I had to go get a 160 GB SATA II hard drive. To power all these, I then had to upgrade my power supply to a 450W supply simply cause the 300W supply was not really enough. With my desktop server running, the power supply was pretty noisy and my second CDRW does not seem to be reading any CDs at all, crap!
Then last week I went and bought a copy of Windows XP and reinstalled everything. Not only has the performance dramatically improved over the Windows 2000 server but the power supply is now really quiet. Also the Windows 2000 was only able to recognize less than 120 GB of the 160 GB drive but XP recognizes the whole hard drive so I am really happy with that. There are a couple of things that still need to be done including getting a new CD-RW and also a DVD RW drive, a secondary SATA II drive for data storage and eventually a new ATA box. But that will have to wait a bit till I get more money.
Once I have finished configuring my desktop, then the next step is to start working on a couple of web and software development projects that I have been thinking of doing for a while now…
Today we spent the first part of the day doing the Hong Kong tour. Once we went to all the different hotels where we picked up the rest of the parties we went to Victoria island which was the tour that we had chosen to do. The tour consisted of driving up to Victoria Peak for a grand view of the city and a brief history of the area and some of the famous houses on this peak, we then went to a gold and silver factory to see how the stuff is made (or in other words, captive audience, hopefully we would buy something) that was the lamest part of the tour. After than we went to the floating fishing village, though the farmers don’t fish any more and the lifestyle is actually dieing out so in a few years one can expect it to be no more. Finally we went to the market, not a farmers market but more like the tourist market. There really wasn’t much there that I would have been interested in buying. But all in all the tour was really nice simply because you see quite a few things in a short time and it helps give you context for if you decide that now you want to explore on your own … which we planned to do that afternoon.
I forgot to mention that earlier that morning when we started the tour we noticed that the streets were rather empty and our guide told us that was because it was a national holiday, Hong Kong’s birthday, the 9th anniversary of the island’s return to China. However now in the afternoon, the streets were once again bustling with tons and tons of people and that was nice in a way. One thing that is evident in Hong Kong to is that there are a lot of tourists and foreigners.
Certainly we did a lot of walking that afternoon.We had planned that in the afternoon we wanted to check out the jade market where we bought more than a few things, and I also wanted to check out the various electronics stores to check out what kinds of cell phones (and memory) were for sale and also simply to see the city on foot too.
In the evening after a little rest we walked down to the Star ferry pier to checkout the fireworks that were going on. Every Saturday the city holds a laser light show, however this month they have also added fireworks to the show. By the time we eventually got back to the hotel it was around 11:00 pm or so.
Tomorrow we come to the end of our vacation and we leave for the US.
We are back in Seattle, via San Fransisco and once again Mark picked us up from the airport. I am rather tired since I didn’t really sleep on the plane from Hong Kong to San Fransisco, a 13 hour flight, and it seems a little strange to think about getting back into the routine and all that, but that’s the way it goes. I am really eager to download my pictures and see how they turned out on the computer.
Its about 2:00 am on Saturday morning and we just go back into the hotel. We actually arrived in Hong Kong about 8:00 pm (about 6 hours ago) last night and by the time we got through customs and all that, took the train into the City then the shuttle to the hotel and checked in, it was almost 11:00 pm. We were feeling rather hungry so at about 11:45 pm we decided to go get something to eat. First of all I must say that it is really warm even though it was midnight. In addition to this, the streets are really full of people. If I didn’t know that it was past midnight I would have thought that it was still early in the evening. There were plenty of small restaurants and other eating establishments open and lots of people especially the locals out eating. This is much more different from Bali where it obvious that there are not so many people eating out at all especially tourists.
On the way up to the room, we saw some brochures showing the different half and one day tours of Hong Kong and considering that we will only have one full day (and two nights) here in Hong Kong, we think this is probably the best way to see a good bit of Hong Kong.