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I’m back! We spent a couple of days in Hong Kong, and then about 2.5 weeks with Annie’s parents in Taiwan over the month of January. Having never been to HK before, we did most of the touristy things, trying to squeeze as much as possible in between checking out their shopping malls, which is kinda like one at every other corner.

But truthfully, I think I’ve only scratched the surface of HK, and probably would need to dig a lot deeper to find the beauty lost amidst the skyscrapers and chaos of the city. And lesson learnt – try not to eat seafood at a dodgy tai pai dong.

Click on the link to see my images, but for those users on mobile phones – it’s a large page!

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Who goes to HK without trying out the food? Couldn’t really stop eating dim sum actually, so here’s some of what we ate.

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Being on a relative-visiting holiday in Taiwan, there wasn’t that much time or opportunity to go photography-crazy. But maybe that’s a good thing. I had lots of time – I slept well, ate well, and had a relaxing holiday, compared to visiting a new country and wanting to go to every tourist location before going home.

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Since HK, we had yet to see any sunny weather – it was more or less always foggy or dreary. But on the last day that we were supposed to arrive back at Kaohsiung, the weather turned for the better. Way better. Sunny and beautiful like you wouldn’t believe could happen on a Taiwanese winter. The next 4 images were taken on the gao tie (high speed rail). Pretty huh.

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So that’s it. People asked me if I bought lots of tech gadgets while overseas. Truthfully the prices were great in HK and more or less similar to Australia in Taiwan, but I concluded that buying stuff on eBay would be a safer bet, despite the 10% price difference. Oh, and I’m hoping to sell my lens used to take all of the images above. It’s a Nikon 18-200mm VR, and it’s been my main travel camera since our wedding honeymoon in 2008. Just goes to show that you don’t need a f2.8 lens to take great pictures.But this year I’ve felt the need to separate my work camera and personal camera (plus the weight was just unbearable when I got sick). So anyway, if anybody’s interested, let me know! 🙂