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Monday, October 31, 2005

Reports from Fiji, 1998

We've just posted a story and some photos about our passage to Fiji and arrival in Savu Savu. Click here.

We went to Fiji on a fast track to sail in the Musket Cove Regatta. Click here to read about our fun visit to Malolo Lailai

After racing at Musket Cove, we set off on a tour of Fiji. Click here to see where we went.

Watching nightly fires burning on the hills of Fiji's sugar farming district disturbed us, and the fires themselves became symbolic of the racial divisions in Fiji, read the essay, here.

Fred & Judy, SV Wings, Hong Kong

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

October 25, 2005-Take a trip to Sha Tin

Every Day Judy commutes to her job in Sha Tin by riding three buses, from the Discovery Bay Marina Club on Lantau Island to the New Territories Satellite Town of Sha Tin.

You can follow along on her commute, and then take a short tour farther along to the end of the line on one leg of the Kowloon Canton Railway, the town of Mah On Shan, by clicking on the links to the photos, starting here.

Click Here for all the Hong Kong photos

Fred & Judy, SV Wings, Hong Kong

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Friday, October 21, 2005

October 22, 2005-China Destiny?

China Flash Back

Some of you might remember the wedding party Judy and I had back in 1990.

It was held in the Chinese Room at the top of the Smith Tower.

Now we are in China, and we are confronted with scenes which bring back the memories of that room with its Chinese motif.

Does this mean that our arrival in China has more meaning than just another stopover?

Should we stay to meet our ultimate fate in China?

Maybe we are going against destiny to consider leaving.

I read a book about some foreigners who lived in China.

And they died in China.


I am not inclined to stay here to await any fate like that.

I am not inclined to die in China.

There is more to see of the world than I have seen,

And I wish to see more of it.

This business of The Chinese Room in the Smith Tower in 1990,

And the meaning or our arrival in Hong Kong…

It’s just coincidence.

Fate or destiny be damned,

We’re moving on.

Click Here for all the Hong Kong photos

Fred & Judy, SV Wings, Hong Kong

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Thursday, October 13, 2005

October 14-Dai Pai Dong; A Passing Scene

They are part of the exotic feel of Hong Kong, the cluttered streets thick with smells of boiling noodles and steaming Duck, vegetables, or dried fish. Dai Pai Dongs are the traditional street restaurants, and while we've never got up the courage to sit down and eat, we enjoy the ambiance as we walk along shopping on the sidewalks. Looking like they were just thrown up with folding tables, and a portable cooker, the Dai Pai Dong's actually have been here for decades, often run by the same family in the same location. Licensed by the city and treasured by the locals, sadly, the Dai Pai Dongs will be phased out. Hong Kong's government has decided to cancel the licenses on each as its current license holder, often the family matriarch, dies.

If you want to see one, you'd better come soon.

Fred & Judy, SV Wings, Hong Kong

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Sunday, October 09, 2005

October 10, 2005-Newsletter Changes

Cantonese Opera in Hong Kong

We are planning to resume our cruise in November, heading to The Philippines, Borneo, and Singapore.

For a far longer time than we've had this web blog, we've been sending email newsletters about our cruising adventures and well continue to do that as well as update this blog.

Right now we are redoing our newsletter mailing list. Readers who wish to receive these newsletters can send us an email and we will put you on our list.

Fred & Judy, SV Wings, Hong Kong

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Samoa Newsletters from 1998

Click here to read an account of a fast passage to Samoa. We don't often make the speed of bigger, faster boats, but we can get it on, sometimes.

Then, click here to see what we found when we arrived in the "armpit of the Pacific".

Fred & Judy, SV Wings, Hong Kong


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