First time to Guam

The past weekend I had a brief getaway with families and friends attending a wedding ceremony at the heavenly Guam, a US island to the west of Pacific Ocean, somewhere between the Philippines and Hawaii. As you can imagine, like Hawaii, Guam is known for its beautiful weather, tropical beaches and an indigenous culture.   Please do expect occasional showers, though.

guam-hotel-beautiful

As we made our booking separately and had different preferences, the gang was not staying in the same hotel.  We were staying in:

They are all nice and beautiful.

Mobility on the island is easy and convenient.  We were glad that we rented a car that made shopping easy, and allowed us to survive from the occasional yet heavy rain showers.

shopping-guam-haveaniceday

In fact, as we’d decided to rent a car before our trip, we started researching which car rental companies had their counters inside the airport. But we could not find too much information about it.  I thus purposely took some photos while I was there and would like to share them here.  They have Hertz, Budget, Avis, National, Nissan and Dollar Rent-a-Car counters plus some others located inside the terminal.

At night we saw a nice performance with brisky music played with the guitar and ukulele. I enjoyed the relaxing atmosphere and nice songs sung by a sonorous voice.

guam-music-haveaniceday


 第一次關島之旅

這個周末我和家人朋友在異國風情的關島出席了一個婚禮,有個愉快的假期。關島是個美國小島,位於西太平洋,在菲律賓和夏威夷之間。關島跟夏威夷有點像,都是陽光普照的好天氣(間中驟雨),有美麗的熱帶海灘和獨特的原住民文化。

我們一行人分開預訂住宿,因為不同個人喜好,分別住在以下酒店中︰

三間酒店都很不錯,環境舒適,服務很好。

島上的交通簡單方便。我們租了車,十分方便購物,又無懼突如其來的驟雨。

我們在出發前已決定租車,本打算預先查看哪些出租車公司在機場有服務櫃位,但在網上一直找不到有用的資料,所以到達機場時特意拍了照片,在此分享。好幾家出租車公司如赫茲Hertz、巴吉Budge、安維斯Avis、國家National、日產Nissan和達樂Dollar等等,都在機場有服務櫃位。

晚上我們看了場音樂表演,結他和烏克麗麗的輕快節奏加上雄厚柔和的歌聲,滿滿的關島風情,就此度過了一個愉悅的晚上。

 

Stay in the east or west in Shanghai

To avoid the traffic going across the river, I chose to stay on the east bank of the Huangpu River, or Pudong, where all my meetings, exhibitions and the airport were.

It was a short trip, but packed and fruitful. This might be the beginning of a mega project. I had a nice chat with my friends the other night on how to face and handle stress. It was a good lesson learned.

Interestingly enough, we three gathered in Shanghai, flying from three different places and staying at three different hotels:

The club lounge of Double Tree was great.  I particularly like the dinner buffet.


上海之行 — 待在浦東還是浦西?

這次到上海我選擇待在浦東(Pudong),即黃埔江(Huangpu River)東岸,因為不但鄰近機場,而且我所有的會議和展覽行程都在浦東,節省了過河的交通麻煩。

整趟旅程短暫但充實,而且收穫成果,可能是個大型計劃的開始。其中一晚忙裏偷閒與朋友相聚,從朋友處學到了如何面對和舒緩壓力,受益匪淺。雖然我們朋友三人在上海碰面,但從不同地方出發,亦住在不酒店︰

從朋友的反饋得知其餘兩間酒店都極好,下次再到上海可以考慮。而我住在上海東錦江索菲特大酒店,服務不錯,酒廊酒吧十分好,我特別喜歡它的自助晚餐!

 

Is Shenzhen a Good Choice to Settle for Retirement

I met my friends from London in Shenzhen this morning. With no surprise, we talked a lot from Brexit, Great Britain Pound, to their retirement plan. They like Shenzhen very much, and feel like they may settle there. They are already enjoying sort of a semi-retirement lifestyle – working on stuff that interests them without worrying too much about business and finance.

During the very yummy dim-sum lunch, we also talked about flight and hotel loyalty programmes. They are IHG and One World fans. This time they stayed at InterContinental Shenzhen.

Looking at the blue sky and the modern cityscape of Shenzhen, no wonder this place is shortlisted.


深圳適合退休居住嗎?

早上我在深圳和來自倫敦的朋友見面,我們一如既往地無所不談,天南地北從英國脫歐說起,講到英鎊,又談了他們的退休計劃……兩個朋友很喜歡深圳,自然想到退休後要移居當地,其實他們已經處於半退休狀態,只做他們感興趣的事,不需要過份擔心業務和經濟狀況。

我們一邊吃着美味的點心午膳,一邊談到航空公司和酒店的忠誠計劃(loyalty programmes),朋友是洲際酒店集團(IHG)和寰宇一家(Oneworld)的忠實客戶,這次在深圳就住在深圳華僑城洲際酒店

仰望藍天、環視深圳的城市景觀,的確是個宜居的城市,難怪那麼多人考慮在深圳退休了。

One Night in Tianjin

After a nice dinner with friends, I was walking back to the hotel along the river.  In my eyes was the  Tianjin Eye, standing like a giant by Haihe (Hai River or the “Sea River”).

When I opened the door of my hotel room, I was caught by surprise. I could see the wheel right in front of me through the window!

A good choice if you fancy this view – book Holiday Inn Tianjin Riverside.


美麗的天津之眼

在天津短暫停留一晚,和朋友吃過晚飯後,我慢條斯理地沿着海河散步回酒店,天津之眼像個巨人般佇立在我眼前,相當迷人。天津之眼是亞洲惟一一個建於橋上的摩天輪。

回到酒店一打開房門就被眼前的景緻震懾住了,天津之眼從我住的房間一覽無遺!

如果你也喜歡這個景觀,到天津可以考慮天津海河假日酒店