The fancy "James Bond" trimaran lurking in Deep Water Bay

What on earth is the MTR thinking, the monsterous Peak Tower at the Peak and a totally black Golden Orb spider gives me the creeps

 My name is Bond, James Bond

My name is Bond, James Bond

What a truly magnificent piece of kit, I want one, as does probably every other bloke on the planet, upstaging your neighbours in Hong Kong is pretty hard but this guy  does it with class and aplomb and bravo to him. 

I have heard that it belongs to a Russian chap and I have seen it in Deep Water bay off and on for the past 2 years... perhaps he is the modern day equivalent of Dr. No? 

Yahoo! 

 The lady in orange repeats over and over, "please hold the handrail"

The lady in orange repeats over and over, "please hold the handrail"

I have been ranting for a few weeks about the lack of front line staff in TST MTR Station.. although this image was taken in Central Station, these members of staff are also at TST MTR Station.. their job - to repeat over and over "please hold the handrail" on the escalator. 

This is one of the more stupid ideas they have come up with - surely putting more staff in the chronically undermanned customer service centers and having roaming "question answerer's" would be a better use of resources, it beggars belief...

...oh and in both TST and Central MTR Stations there are escalators out of service being overhauled, why do they insist on playing constantly a message (in 3 languages) over the tannoy system telling you they are out service and will be back in service in 2 / 3 months.. we can see that with our own eyes.

It is about time that the Managing Director of the MTR Corporation went to TST MTR Station for 4 hours and see for himself the issues I keep raising and come up with some common sense solutions because at the moment his (or her's) management team is not performing.

 The Peak Tower at the Peak

The Peak Tower at the Peak

 Very arty

Very arty

 Looks like an anvil to me

Looks like an anvil to me

This is not my favourite building in the world, it is touristy on steroids and in a nutshell a money making machine for the "franchise" owner but hey what do I know... I would say 99.9% of all visitors to the Peak will end up parting with money in this building.

One of my biggest complaints is the woefully inadequate restroom facilities and a very close second, those "gift shops" you have to walk through when you get off the Peak Tram.. oh and I still think it is outrageous that you have to pay US$5 for the view when most of the time you are fighting the huge crowds that flock to the viewing platform.

 Very, very creepy

Very, very creepy

You know, I really do go to a lot of effort to get these pictures of the Golden Orb spider... this was a monster and all black. 

 Also quite creepy

Also quite creepy

The Peak is famous for butterflies and this is a rather creepy looking caterpillar, it would be wise for it to stay away from the Golden Orb spider

 Spandex guy

Spandex guy

This guy's belly was almost as big as mine, he should realise that wearing spandex is not going to look good.

 What a lovely photo innit... 

What a lovely photo innit... 

I am working hard on my composition at the moment.. I do like this one which I took at the Peak.

 The only way to travel

The only way to travel

Whilst lurking in Deep Water Bay I almost got run over by this Peninsula Hotel Rolls Royce, in the back I assumed was a gajillionaire... he certainly looked the part and naturally he looked at me with amused contempt.... you know the bus is actually quite comfortable these days.

 White alligator shoes?? 

White alligator shoes?? 

I would look a proper wally in these shoes... in fact just about every bloke would

 What a happy bunch... 

What a happy bunch... 

I like to see happy tour groups but that is tempered by the fact that they did not see the greatest city view in the world from my spot at the Peak. 

 Located in Happy Valley

Located in Happy Valley

The Cosmopolitan Hotel in Happy Valley actually puts a coating on the windows as you look straight down on to the Muslim and Catholic Cemeteries! I guess it is something they do not want guests to see.

 A picture of concentration

A picture of concentration

The lobby "band" in the Kowloon Shangri - la Hotel - they actually sounded pretty good but I doubt many people listened. 

 Frenetic

Frenetic

The start of the Golden Mile in TST, Kowloon from outside the Sheraton Hotel.. it is a bit of a madhouse. 


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Posted on August 10, 2013 and filed under Spiders, Snakes + Bugs.