Friday, September 29, 2006

Eck comes to town...

more pics...

Last week my mate Eck , whom I used to work with on the Rigs came out to see us with his girlfriend Julie for a week.
We headed off to Ocean Park on Tuesday and had a good time touring the aquariums and various rides.
Now Eck is a hardened offshore man having spent years on the rigs but there is nothing I enjoy more than taking him on a roller coaster and hearing him squeal.
Anyway after a good day out we went to the Korean BBQ which I think opened Julie's eyes a bit when she saw the chickens feet laid out to eat.
All in all a good week was had and they headed back home last Thursday morning.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Happy Birthday Janicel

It was Janicel's birthday yesterday so we both took the night off from work and all the family went out for dinner at one of the local Hotels.
I'm not going to tell you how old she is or she will kill me.

Saturday, September 16, 2006


Hong Kong hit by 3.5 earthquake
Sep. 15, 2006 (China Knowledge)
Hong Kong was hit by an earthquake measuring 3.5 on the Richter scale last night, with tremors reaching all the way to Shenzhen and Macau, media reports said today.Fortunately, there have not been any reports of injuries or casualties and the only effects that the earthquake left on residents were a swaying of the region’s high-rise buildings, a power outage in Central, and a rude shock that took many residents out of their homes and to the streets.According to media reports, the city’s Observatory said that the earthquake took place at 7.53 p.m. Hong Kong time last night and was centered around the waters of the Dangan Islands, about 36 km south-southeast of Hong Kong.Last night’s quake was the first to hit Hong Kong since the year 2004, and although papers described the quake as a relatively mild one, it was also one of the most widely felt quakes in Hong Kong’s tremor history.The special administrative region has had a history of quakes with an average of two happening every year since the year 1979. Since that year, a total of 51 tremors measuring up to 4.0 on the Richter scale have been recorded.The strongest earthquake that the city has ever felt was on Feb. 13, 1918 when an earthquake measuring 8.0 on the Richter scale hit the area and killed 1,000 people in Shantou, Guangdong province, about 300 km east-northeast of the territory.Hong Kong, with a population of about 6.8 million people, is not located squarely on a seismic belt, experts say, although it often feels tremors from surrounding areas. Most of the city’s high-rise structures are built to be tremor-proof.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Saturday, September 09, 2006

More Holiday Pictures

The Manse on Jura (where I grew up)

Eck with Jamie in Aberdeen

A Red Deer Stag on Jura

View from above Small Isles Bay, Jura

A cloudy Paps of Jura

Hannah thinking about walking

Jamie met his Hero.Thomas the Tank Engine

Jamie with Percy

Janicel & Jamie with Desperate Dan in Dundee

Back from Holiday...

Mum and Jamie at Edzell Castle

St Andrews Aquarium

Jamie with his cousins,Caitlin & Anna

Boarding the Jura ferry

Jamie & Hannah

On the Jura ferry going to Islay

Waiting for my turn!

Janicel and Hannah

Out for a hike..

in Edinburgh

at home

Family at home.

Finally I have a chance to put up some pictures of our holiday.
We flew back to Hong Kong on the 30th August after two weeks in Scotland.It was great to see all the family and also to visit some old friends as well.
It's been 22 years since I left home as a keen 16 year old heading off to sea in an old fishing boat from Stornoway,which meant it has been around 18 years since I had last set foot on Jura.This has been bugging me for many years so off we went.I must admit it felt strange to be back and how everything looked so small compared to when I was younger.We only stayed for one night which wasn't long enough to show Janicel and the kids where I had grown up.Anyway it was good to see old friends again after so long and I promise not to leave it another 18 years before returning again.
All in all it was a great break which we all enjoyed.The weather stayed good for most of the time, and just being in open spaces like fields or on top of a hill with fresh air really made me realise how cramped and polluted Hong Kong really is.Now we are back to our flat with a lovely view of concrete all around.
Am I getting itchy feet you ask? Yes!