Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Magic Carpet Ride

The Indian and his American bride are about to embark on a new adventure! We bid farewell...no...see-you-later, to our beloved New York that has been our home for many years. We'll be back, don't worry (and I say that mostly to myself as I have a bit of a love affair with this city).

We'll board an eastward (very far eastward) bound magic carpet which will fly us over the North Pole (quite a sight from above). Then heading south we'll glide like eagles above the majestic mountains of Mongolia.

We will eventually land (after about 16 hours...eek...you really start to feel it around hour 12) in a distant exotic land in the Orient: the glittering city of Hong Kong.


And they say New York is the city that never sleeps - they obviously haven't been to HK. When it comes to speed, if New York City is a BMW, then Hong Kong is a Ferrari.


Upon landing, we'll automatically be transported into a time machine to the year 2050 to the ubermodern Chek Lap Kok, Hong Kong's International Airport. HKIA spent $70 billion on airport related infrastructure like major reclamation of land and also boasts an impressive suspension bridge that funnels people to and from this busy hub. Go shove it, La Guardia! I will not miss you.

Like most airports outside of the US, HKIA offers free--yes free, my American readers--baggage trolleys.

We will then be transported into town to the magical land of Hong Kong Island on a little quiet hill away from the hustle and bustle where the handsome and wonderful father of my Indian husband dwells with his lovely wife. Here we will stay until we hop on our magic vessel again for the next leg of our adventure. I will be doing much exploring of the city and surrounding areas during this extended holiday. First on my list: find the perfect yoga studio. I have my priorities.


Many more adventures to come in Singapore, Kaula Lumpur, Pulau Pangkor, Penang, and more. Of course how could any adventure be complete without INDIA! That country hasn't seen the last of me.


Stay tuned...

9 comments:

Chandan said...

Hey, you going to be in my city... Hong Kong!... have a wonderful trip....

Here, There, Elsewhere... and more said...

Bon Voyage ! Can't wait to follow your trip - if you find time to blog.
Enjoy this wonderful opportunity..:)

Manasa said...

Bon Voyage. Lovely set of pics :)

Angel.Pearls said...

Interesting trip..take care out there..Best wishes// Eva

Shireena said...

Chandan, Great! We'll be neighbors. You have a quite a city here, huh? I've been enjoying exploring.

Hi Here, There, Elsewhere. Thank you!

Manasa, Thanks for stopping by.

Hi Angel Pearls, Thanks for the warm wishes.

Take care!
Shireena

mimi said...

WHAT!!! Really? WONDERFUL! Only I miss you!!! I was just going to recommend an Indian-themed dance show, and poof! You guys are gone! We want detailed descriptions of your adventures!

Braja said...

Oh I know a fantastic yoga studio in Hong Kong; and I love Penang...

mYoga at Kowloon, on Nathan Road. They've teamed up with Yoga Works from California, and also have Iyengar teachers.

Braja said...

Woops :) Here's the link for mYoga and the good news is they're in Malaysia too...since you're island hopping:

http://www.myogaonline.com/club.jsp?lang=en&country=hk&dtype=mongkok

Braja said...

Hey Shireena...Thanks for visiting :) All the yoga studios in HK are utter crap (excuse me). They don't seem as interested in yoga as a culture/ lifestyle as they do another business venutre. That's how the majority of them in HK approach it. Consequently they're not nice places. YogaWorks in California is an amazing outfit that I've been to many times (the Santa Monica studio above Starbucks: it's torture lying in savasana and smelling those beans :), and if they're involved in mYoga, then it's a reputable place, you can be sure. I've been in there on a visit to HK but never attended the classes. I think you'll like it though. Let me know :)