Well! I have been having coffee at Pacific Coffee in Hong Kong. Other than being good coffee and great hot chocolate, they also have free internet for their patrons that buy coffee. This has been a god send and has cost me one coffee and two hot chocolates for about 4 hours on the web so far. Not much else to do in Hong Kong on transit.
So how did I get here. Well I landed in Taiwan on Saturday night and was informed, after an unusual look by the young officer and being sent to the main desk, that I am a default passenger. Apparently recently a few of the Asian countries have taken on this policy that a passport must have at least 6 months left before expiry to allow entrance. I was unfortunately 18 days overdue.
I was amazed that it took this far for me to be informed of this as I had been through 4 checkin points via my airline and customs back in Sydney. Fortunately the immigration officers at Taiwan allowed me to speak with my wife and give my 4 year old boy a big huge before having to purchase a Dragon Air ticket to Hong Kong for passport extension. The Immigration Officer commented "A Moment Of Truth." as my some held me for at least one minute before relaxing back to speak with me.
I had the passport rapidly approved today by the very helpful staff at the Australian Consulate in Pacific Centre Hong Kong.
So here I sit awaiting Standby to Taiwan and in 53 minutes will find out the verdict. There is a later flight as well, and then not really sure. I don't think that Hong Kong Airport will allow nightly camp overs like Tom Hanks in Airport. Perhaps the cleaning staff can give me a job.
Anyway, it has been quite an adventure and interesting to spend a couple of nights in the "high class" Beverly Hotel in Wang Tsai. It is the type of Hotel where you can pay by the hour as per services required. Anyway, it was only 1 block away from the consulate and cheap. I did manage to get the ladies at the desk to smile briefly as well and she gave me a $70 Hong Kong Dollar discount on my 1 hour overstay.
Back to the internet, I did have a bit of time to catch up on my internet marketing putting a little more pressure on the keywords that I am working. I surprisingly found a little niche that had been untouched. I will let you know about this in my newsletter when I get back into Sydney. You know! Holiday secrets.
I also stumbled across a little project that I had been meaning to work on last night and it went together like a peice of cake. I made my first movie last night with Microsof Movie Maker. It was just a slide show of Liam with a few cool shots I have taken over the last year or so and blended it in with U2 Elevation. It was very simple and I suggest that you give it a go to liven up your family albums. You can also blend in video & voice overover as well.
It is interesting to watch on the TV the American Election campaign on the CNN all over the place. I am sure that Hong Kong has a huge interest in the American government and economy, so it really is a hot media subject at the moment.
As a father, I am only interested in a leader that will abliterate the rediculous use of Bombs and Psychiatric Medication in an effort to bomb and drug this planet into submission. Destroy the lives of million and squashing the minds of our future leaders. With such human interest on our planetary stabilisation, is really is in the interest of the US citizens to ensure that a sane and worthy leader is posted that is willing to stand up and get on with the job. We all follow American trends with loyalty as of a heard of sheep at times I am sure that you will agree, but if you don't start to get serious about being the opinion leader of this planet, I am sure that we will all be quite fed up with following such a rediculous example.
A woman president! Could work.
A Black President with bold enthusiasm for change! Sound like a nice lift in tone. Let's see how the outcome goes.
OK! That is enough of my political viewpoint. I will be following with blogs and great picture of my Taiwan Tour. I noticed that Blogger now has video, so I will give it a whirl.
Bye for now.
Warmly, Mike King.