My editor and good friend Shannon Young from Hong Kong, is launching her first e-book this week. If your interested in adventure, travel and what it was actually like to be at the Beijing Olympic games: buy her book! Actually buy her book anyway and support a writer it’s only .99c Also, you might get inspired to go to an Olympic event one day – instead of just watching them on telly!
Shannon and her father (who has had a lifelong, love affair with China) teamed up together and they went on an adventure of a lifetime together. In China without the filter of a small screen they became hypnotised, not only by the games but by a great nation unveiling itself to the world. Get on line and BUY IT!!!! Now available from Amazon.com
Also contact Shannon if you need editing work. She’s fab– and can work with you wherever you are in the world through Skype or FaceTime…
Here are Shannon’s links.
Her YouTube stuff
Her Linked in.
Good luck Shannon!!! I think YOU ROCK! ( This is when Shannon Young and I went to the eye-glass market together in Shanghai.)
This is an event in Hong Kong well worth going to see or flying in to see if you are loaded: The Hong Kong International Art Fair. This year 2012 it is on: 17-20th May.
Here are some pictures I took last year.
Spend a day walking around Hong Kong, in the Kowloon markets. It’s easy to do with children and old people too, as if the grommets or oldies get exhausted, there are MTR stops all along the way – so you can go home whenever you want.
I’ve attached a good picture map below worth downloading. Just follow the pink dots on it for a good walking tour and you could look at my video on my You Tube Channel to see what it’s like too.
If you leave home by 9a.m. and cruise, you will be able to shop till you drop, have some lunch and be home by 4p.m. You will see: The Flower Market, The Bird Market, The Fish Market, The ladies Market, The Jade Market and Kitchen Street.
TIP: haggle well in the ladies and Jade market (actually haggle well in all of them). A necklace, they offer you in the Jade Market for $200 HK is often is only $50 HK.
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I was never into cats, much preferred dogs. I always found cats too independent and they never seemed to give enough love… but then I found Boo in Hong Kong and I think she is actually a dog, in a Himalayan cat-suit.
She was sick in the pet shop with a shitty bottom when I found her. I would go in and visit her everyday, hold her lovingly and hoped that I could transfer life into her. When my husband said maybe we should get a friend for Maisey (our independent and unloving cat) I didn’t say anything, but jumped straight out of bed and I was at Boo’s pet shop early that morning waiting for it to open.
At the vets with my newly bought Boo on my lap, a man sitting next to me was very excited: he had a Himalayan cat too and showed me a picture of what Boo would look like when she grew up. The picture freaked me out. I couldn’t believe my cute little thing could turn into the monster below.
Now two year later, with a pretty version of the hairy Garfield above, I’m a confirmed cat lover and I think: Himalayan cats rock!
But – please don’t get me wrong. I love our Scottish Fold cat Maisey as well, but I only get to be nice to her when I put her food on the floor and give her a quick stroke. Also I would not suggest buying pets from pet shops: find a reputable breeder instead or go to the SPCA in Hong Kong, they have lots of animals who are in desperate need of a good home. Or go to this great website: HK Animals Speak. It will tell you of all the animal welfare organizations in Hong Kong, where loving animals are in need of your help. Or, If you live in Shanghai go to this website, Second Chance Animal Aid. Or if you live somewhere else in the world just Google: pets in need of a home (and your country).
I must say, the dressing-up of pets I do find interesting here. When I lived in Hong Kong there was even a cafe where you could have a latte whilst your dog was served a doggy pizza. On Saturdays the cafe pumped like a fashion show, girls oooed and ahhhed at the best-dressed pooches and birthdays were also celebrated with doggy birthday cakes and candles. I would take tourists there as part of my alternative Hong Kong, tour-guide service. In China and Hong Kong they also put shoes on their dogs: they don’t like their feet to get their dirty. You will also see dogs in prams.
But the best fashion-prize must go to a neighbor of mine in Shanghai, who makes panties for her dog out of g-strings.