Monthly Archives: April 2011

Macau for the rest of us

Casinos drive the Macau economy, but what else does the city have to offer those who don’t gamble? Macau is a city at the crossroads of different cultures: the Portuguese heritage of Macau is unique in the region, the city having roots as a trading post in the 16th century. The most iconic example of Macau’s Portuguese heritage is the Ruins of St. Paul’s…

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Macau: the city built on casinos

Macau is an odd city – for foreign tourists the main lure is the mix of Portuguese and Chinese culture, but for the majority of Hong Kong people it is all about the casinos.

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Model railway shops in Hong Kong

While in Hong Kong I visited a number of model railway shops to see if they had anything interesting – so what did I find?

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Japanese collectable models: the random 12 piece collection

During my no-so-recent trip overseas I encountered the uniquely Japanese way of selling collectable models – the 12 piece “collection”. On finding this collection of boxes on the hotel floor, I’m sure that housekeeping thought they had stumbled on some bizarre kind of drug runner.

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Hong Kong Disneyland: not what I expected?

Another place I visited during my not-so-recent holiday was Hong Kong Disneyland: you don’t even need to leave the carpark to realise this theme park is a bit different…

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