About / Copyright

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

This blog is for sharing my thoughts, moods and photos (all taken by me, except otherwise noted) with my friends.

I am retired and based in Hong Kong. I have taken up part-time teaching at a local university and helped out in preparing a book.

Writing this blog (first time ever) is a challenge for me as:

1. English is not my native language.

2. I have never written anything. Pre-retirement, the only thing I need to write were emails.

3. Writing is not my best of skills.

Nevertheless, there were many things I wish I would have written about before my retirement.  I am happy to take up this challenge as from 1 January 2012.

I hope you would enjoy my blog.

2013 Update – I have started a daily morning hike into the woods, learning Chinese calligraphy and Spanish, and watching more movies in cinemas.

Copyright

All images on this blog are copyright (C)

a) In case you want to reuse any of the photos in this blog, please notify me and provide a link back to this blog with full and clear acknowledgement of all items used.

b) All photos and text or part thereof are not to be used for commercial purposes.

c) All photos must be used in their original form, no addition or alteration are allowed.

1,401 comments on “About / Copyright

  1. Hi, Michael! Long time no see! How are you?

    I am ahead of you by a year. I started to take pre-retirement leave on 2.1.2011, retired on 1.7.2011 and have lazed for one whole year enyoying my own life with my family without becoming bored.

    Looking forward to meeting you on the 14th.

  2. I have really enjoyed looking at your photos, and just wanted to say that I think it’s awesome that you are writing in a second language. Living in Europe for the past eight months has really helped me appreciate the value of multilingualism. My goal is to become proficient at French and Spanish, but I don’t think I’ll ever be able to blog in any language but English!

    • Thanks for stopping by my blog! I am thinking of learning sufficient Spanish to get by while travelling in South America. I would be travelling to Budapest soon!

      • Hi 1life196countries, thanks so much for the nomination which I understand is an important award. I have decided not to pursue or accept any nomination / award during my retirement and for this reason, I have already turned down all similar awards. Knowing that my blog is read in many places of the world (over 160 countries) is already my biggest reward. With regret, I have to decline the nomination. Thank you once again for the nomination which is very much appreciated! Best wishes to you also, Michael

  3. Hi! Thank you for stopping by my blog! English is not my native language as well, but I think these challenges make it more interesting for us. I am enjoying reading your travels! Have you made it to Estonia when you visited Lithuania? (I am from Estonia… :) ) Good luck!

    Yulia

    • Hi! I think writing the blog in English is a good way of keep using this language after I retire. We spent a few days in Estonia (our first visit) and find it delightful; computers are very widely used and people are friendly, but unfortunately, it has been raining heavily and I didn’t have much chance to take good photos. I have enjoyed reading your blog and I didn’t realize that English isn’t your native language.

      • Hi Michael! Thank you for your comment. Yes, Estonia is delightful isn’t it? I’m sorry that the weather did not cooperate, but it is pretty common. We even have a joke about it: “The summer is over, why are you not tanned? Oh, I was sick that day.” :)

      • Had been sightseeing in Tallinn and visited the Parnu Beach. The beach was very windy that day but I enjoyed the atmosphere. My impression was that Estonia is more modern than the other Baltic countries. I also like the architecture. One building I saw was cladded in rust free steel (actually it was a bit rusted but would not further deteriorate) which I had never come across before. It was a wonderful trip!

      • This is a very keen observation, and I tend to agree with you – I think Estonia has had more successes to become independent than her two neighbors. Glad you enjoyed it! :)

      • It was the loss of professional identity after decades of dedicated work that was somewhat not that easy to get over. Yes, blogging, teaching, assisting to prepare a book, hiking, travelling, photography etc have actually helped me to transition from work into retirement. I am glad to have retired!

  4. Hi!
    Thanks for liking my blog. I can assure you that your English is much much better than my Cantonese, which is rather cobbled together because I had to learn how to speak it for a job in Scotland.
    Great photos!

      • I was posted to work in London in 1985 and did some travelling around UK but never had the chance to visit Lake Windermere. Your photos of Lake Windermere are just great! I would be pleased to practise Cantonese or Mandarin with you if I am in the area.

  5. English may not be your first language, but you certainly could have fooled my on that point. And if writing isn’t one of your best skills, then you must be very, very skilled in other areas.

    I’ve been to your beautiful city (before reversion back to Chinese control) and very much enjoyed the experience. I hope to return one day.

    • Thanks for your kind comments. I know my English is only functional and because of professional needs, it tends to be precise rather than appealing. I am relearning how to write and keep on polishing my English. HK is constantly changing, hope you will like it when you return.

  6. Lovely blog and pictures. You are living the life I crave for- maybe a few years in the future! I am 3 years in my profession, works hard, but spend any free time travelling. I hope to earn enough to not have to worry financially in future, and to retire in a secluded place in the world where no one knows me!

    • Thanks for stopping by my blog. Like you, I have been working very hard when I was young and spent time travelling and learning. Travelling has helped me to view the world and myself in a different light. It is important to save up and invest wisely so as to gain one’s financial freedom as soon as practicable.

    • Yes! I am enjoying every moment of it. I started up the blog wanting to talk about this important transition, the psychological journey, what it does to longevity etc. I have digressed somewhat into travels and photos. Would like to write more about this subject later. Anyway, many thanks for stopping by my blog!

  7. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and liking my post on Stratford-upon-Avon! Your blog is wonderful and your photos are absolutely amazing, thanks for sharing them!

    • Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am glad that you covered Startford-upon-Avon so well in your post, a place which I have always intended to visit but still have not been able to do so.

  8. Thanks for visiting my new blog and liking it!! I like your pictures as well, beutiful places. I understand what you mean about writing in English, I am in the same boat!!!

  9. Your English and writing seem really good, especially since English is not your first language! Good luck with all your retirement endeavors – it’s an exciting time for a new chapter in your life! Thanks for checking out my blog!

    • Thanks for liking my blog! I am hoping to polish my English through writing and would be grateful if anybody can point out how I may improve. This is indeed an exciting time and I really enjoy the complete freedom I now have.

  10. You use your camera very skillfully. The photographs are beautiful, and have the effect of making us want to visit the places you have been! I’ll be back to look around and read about some more of your adventures.

    • I am flattered by your comments on my photographic skills as I am still a learner. My wife’s usual comment on my scenic photos is that they are boring. In any case, I am very happy to share my travel photos with all those visiting my blog. Many thanks for your comment!

    • Hope you have enjoyed Hong Kong. It seems, in my retirement, I have found something which combine traveling, photography and writing. Thanks very much for stopping by my blog and liking it!

  11. Thank you. I had thought what you are living in Langkawi. I understand why there are Chinese in your article. I am looking forward to the travel writing of your trip.

  12. I love travelling around; be it in Japan, Malaysia, China, Europe, infact, anywhere. From the responses I am getting, like me, many of the readers also like Langkawi. Thanks for following my blog and have a good weekend!

    • It looks like you’re having fun. Keep it up. You’ll soon wonder how you ever had enough time to go to wokr.

      • Enjoying total freedom for the first time and treating time (the present) as the most valuable asset. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  13. Thanks for visiting one of my blogs. I am glad you enjoyed today’s post on Collioure. You do very well for someone who is not native to speaking English. I hope you will stop by again.
    Léa

  14. Gorgeous photos!!!! I am envious of your many travels … many of these places I plan to get to, one day…. Thank you for visiting my blog! Cheers, PK

    • The field you are in is really interesting. I would also like to pursue it if I am still young; would be nice to know how to reduce morbidity and increase longevity. Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking the posts!

  15. Hi Michael, I’m glad you checked out my blog because it enabled me to discover yours! Your photos are great and I’m very jealous of your travels. All the best!

  16. Hi Michael, I am pretty close to you, I’ve been living in the Philippines for the past 5 years. I hope to visit Hong Kong some day soon, maybe take my kids to Disney there.

    I look forward to reading about more of your adventure on your blog. Like you, I am new to blogging, good luck on your journey!

  17. Hi Michael. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and I’m glad you enjoyed it. I look forward to catching up with some of your posts here too. I am pretty new to blogging too so every new post is a learning curve. Best wishes, Phil Max

    • Hi Phil. I love your bear. I am also new to blogging and as you say, am still on the learning curve. Sometimes, I don’t know what to write or how to present . Maybe, that’s part of the challenge.
      Thanks for stopping by my blog! Reagards, Michael

  18. Thank you so much for liking my blog post! And very best wishes from Jamaica! By the way, your English is excellent. And by the way, I am retired too! I am now one of your followers! Best regards,
    Emma

    • Apologize for the belated response. For unknown reason, your comment was classifed as Spam. I enjoying reading your posts and it is nice to know you are from another part of the world which I don’t know much about. I trust you are also enjoying your retirement. Thanks for following my blog. Regards, Michael

  19. Hi Michael, thank you for stopping by my blog and liking my post. I adore as well your post and also your English..pretty well done I think, and in the option of being still flourish in retirement..amazing and it’s great! Hope you’ll get wonderful time on your next vacations, and can’t wait for your holiday stories in my country Indonesia (so many places to choose)..hope so..:D..

    • Hi, Have been to Borobudur and Mount Bromo many years back, but still have fond memories of those places. I look forward to visiting your country and maybe Lake Taboa as well. Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking it! Michael

  20. I retired early last July and have been feeling my way. you liked my blog on trekking in Nepal – this was my first adventure in retirement. I have been to many of the places you have talked about – the west coast of Japan, Hong Kong, many places in China and Taiwan, as well as the standard western Europe countries. I believe that travel should be more than just checking off another country on the list; in each place I hope to find some new piece of beauty, truth, humanity – or why go?

    It will be interesting to compare our experiences of “retirement” – which is a misnomer, I think, as i hope to be more engaged with the world and its inhabitants, not less.

    • I believe that it is important to give something back to the society and for this reason I am doing part time teaching at a local university. I also believe that we should contribute as much as possible to our profession. My contribution to a book under preparation is perhaps one of the things I can do using my previous experience / residual value. Travelling to me is opening myself up to new ideas, situations, environment and understanding of the world and its inhabitants so as to see what and where we can be of some assistance. Regards, Michael

  21. Hi Michael! Great blog you have here! I love your whole adventure, I wish I get to travel to the same places you have as well in the future (like Egypt!). There’s just so much to discover out there and it’s great that you’re taking time to discover them all :D I look forward to reading more of your blog :)

    • Hi, I suppose that there are more places than we can travel in our life time. I hope you will be able to travel to all those places you love, including Egypt and other unforgettable places. Thanks for visiting my blog and liking the posts!

    • Hi Yulia, I feel very honoured to be nominated for the award. However, in my retirement, I have decided not to pursue or receive awards of any nature. Writing and sharing with others from all over the world already give me the highest pleasure I have ever found in my life. Your encouragement and inspiring comments will never be forgotten. I found many bloggers write long articles which I am unable to do as my skills in English is rather limited. I have also not followed those bloggers who have put in a lot of photos as usually I can only find a handful of pictures which look reasonably good.

      With regret, I have to decline the nomination , hoping that you will understand. Regards and take care! Michael

  22. English is my 1st language, but that rarely means that I will say what I am truly attempting to communicate :0) Thanks for stopping by my Post today!

  23. for someone who has not written before you are doing a great job! please keep up the good work! and also, thank you for the support on my blog, it means alot :) great encouragement for any student!

    • Hi, My writing has been lousy since high school days. Maye, this is just a happy punishment. . . . . . in any case, I have been keeping my posts short.
      Thanks very much for following my blog which is appreciated. Regards, Michael

  24. Michael – Thanks for liking my post and picture on pecorino. I see we share the same theme! and same interest in evocative fotos. Your pictures are amazing! I enjoyed them very much.

  25. Dear (retired) Professor Michael,

    I can very much relate with the writing part as English is not my mother tongue. That’s one of the reason too why I created a blog to hone my writing skills while sharing my travel adventures. I dream of becoming a writer and hopefully I could write a book someday :-).

    You’ve got a beautiful blog + photos! Wishing you always good health so you can travel more :-).

    An aspiring student,
    Mafey

    • Hi Mafey, blogging is a good way to polish up my English. I hope you will be able to become a good writer some day. Thanks for your comments, good health and safe travels! Michael

  26. Hi Michael, Thank you for popping in. Your blog seems very interesting and I can’t wait to hear more. :)

    • I always wonder how moving from one place to another changes our lives. Will be interested to see how things develop for you. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Regards, Michael

    • Hi Mark, I have vistied both sites and found the photos amazing! I thoroughly enjoy them. Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting! Regards, Michael

  27. Thank you for discovering and liking my latest post, because it has allowed me to discover your blog as well. I applaud your attitude to “retirement” and I put the word in quotes, because you have not retired from the world, you have simply changed focus and means of engagement. Like you, I no longer work at a defined paid employment, but I am fully engaged in the world — perhaps more than ever, certainly more broadly than before. We are in what I call the Golden Overlap: we now have the time to explore new opportunities, and we still have the physical and mental ability to do so. Lucky, lucky us.

    • Hi Penny, well said, we are now in the Golden Overlap. Not too many readers have viewed my postigs on retirement, many of them liked the travels section. I am glad that we share the same attitude. I hope we are only at the beginning of the Overlap and that we have many andd varied opportunities in front of us. Thanks for stopping by my blog and offering insightful comments! Regards, Michael

    • Hi Andre, Thanks for the nomination. I have decided not to pursue or receive any nomination during my retirement. As such, I have already turned down three similar nominations. Knowing that my posts are read throughout many parts of the world is already my biggest reward. With regret, I have to decline the nomination. I thank you for visiting my blog and the kind and supportive comments. Regards, Michael

    • Hi Lissa, I am struggling with it; in any case, I treat this as a challenge. I am learning from other bloggers how they write and how they have skilfully taken their photos. Thanks for the kind comments! Regards, Michael

    • Hi, many thanks for that. I love your description about my blog. As I have promised myself not to pursue or receive any award during my retirement, I will not be participating. Thanks again for your kind comments and the support! Regards, Michael

  28. My son lives in Hong Kong, and I see you have been to Hungary, and Budapest. A great place for photos, I’m off there again in a few weeks.

  29. Hi Michael, thanks for reading my blog on Granada, Nicaragua. I cannot imagine writing in another language, I am having a lot of trouble just trying to speak in Spanish. Good luck to you and have fun.

    • The idea of livng in a place and learning the language appeal to me too. I am also thinking of learning Spanish which is so widely used in the Central and South Americas. Good luck with your learning and your work! Michael

  30. Mike, you seem to write quite well, after all you retire after the running the world :) for ages I guess. OK seriously – your writing is short, simple and clear. The kind of writing I like – brevity. I haven’t had much chance to read your other posts but this is the feeling I get from your About page.

    • Hi Benjamin, I think I can only write functional English and things that make sense to me; not necessarily those things appealing to others. So, I have always tried to write in simple English. Thanks very much for stopping by my blog and share your kind comments! Regards, Michael

  31. Thank you for liking my post. I really enjoyed looking at your China photos and look forward to reading more of your blog!

    • Looks like you have been enjoying your time in China. Hope I will be able to travel into mainland China again this year. Thanks for following my blog! Regards, Michael

  32. Hi Michael, just wanted to say thanks for liking my post about traveling in Africa. It is inspirational to see someone so ready to see the world and be open to all its beauty and mystery. Good for you and keep on inspiring all of us!

  33. Hello Michael,

    I want to thank you for stopping by my blog. I give you much respect for writing a blog that is not in your native language! Bravo! I look forward to reading more of your posts!
    Best, Margie

  34. I have a the same challenge, writing this blog in English, which not my native language. I opted for that, because it gives me global reach and I use English in business every day anyway. Your posts are really good and your layout fantastic.

    Greetings from Munich to Hongkong. I had a short consulting project HK Electric 1999-2000 and I remember the city well. I am also a big fan of Wong Kar-wai.
    Good luck and happy writing.

    • For the same reason I am writing my posts in English; it is nice to know that one has readers from all over the world. In fact, I do not have many readers when I wrote about Hong Kong. I am happy that you also read my post on HK. HK still remains my favourite place where I call home. I understand Munich is a very attractive place in Germany to live in. Greetings from HK as well! Many thanks for your inspiring and kind comments! Michael

  35. Hi, Michael. You’ve been too modest with your introduction. You are a great writer and photographer.
    BTW, my husband is now visiting HK for the first time. Anything place of interest that he ‘must’ visit?

    • Hi Sutira, I would suggest going up the Victoria Peak (or sometimes called the Peak), a ride across the harbor in the Star Ferry and if he has the time, he may like to go to visit the Big Bhudda at Lantau Island by taking the Ngong Ping cable car at Tung Chung near the airport. Regards, Michael

  36. Hi Michael,
    Thanks for visiting our blog and liking my post. I have enjoyed reading your stories – you have done some really interesting things!
    Jo

  37. Hi Michael,

    Despite the fact that English is not your first language, you write beautifully! I love the name of this blog (very clever) and I can’t wait to read everything and travel vicariously through you. I’m glad you’re enjoying retirement so far!

    Happy travels!

    Nancy

    • Hi Nancy, thanks for your kind comment, I am flattered. I hope I can maintain, if not improve, my English in my retirement and keeping myself busy. I also enjoy reading your posts. Regards, Michael

  38. Thanks for reading and liking my most recent blog post. Enjoy your travels. You’re lucky to be able to take advantage of your retirement in this way.

    • I count myself lucky to be able to travel during my retirement; this makes up for the many leave days not taken when I was busy at work. Regards, Michael

  39. Thanks Michael for visiting my blog and liking my posts on Paris and London. I’m also discovering the power of the English language every time I’m writing for blog. ;)

  40. Thanks for stopping by my blog, Michael. Your pics of Hong Kong are lovely! I now know other places to go to when I next plan a visit to Hong Kong :) Wishing you many happy hours of blogging and photography!

    • I think I have written too much oversea travels instead of writing much at all on Hong Kong. I will try to include more photos on HK later. Thanks for following the blog. Regards, Michael

    • Hi, in my days, students who are good in mathematics and bad at English / language would go for an engineering career. I was one of those. After blogging for several months now, I find that quite a few of the bloggers are engineers or IT professionals. Maybe, the lack of opportunities of writing to express ourselves (and not our projects) is the main driver for writing. Thanks for your encouraging comment! Regards, Michael

      • for me, blogging is a way to capture my memories..the good ones.. and putting them in one place where I can see it for years to come and share it as well. some of my posts are from 15 yrs ago too. Whatever I can recollect, I quickly type them out. I travel a lot too..my experiences from my travel make their way in my posts. while at it, I learn from all blogs that I can read. Read many of your posts by now !

      • Hi, only after retirement do I have the opportunity to write. Many of my posts are quite contemporary; I have lost almost all my old non-digital images. Yes, you must have read quite a few of my posts; very few people would go back to my post no.1 on “Retire Tomorrow”. Thanks for perusing my posts, knowing that I have readers like yourself is a already a great encouragement to continue blogging. Have a good weekend, Michael

  41. Greetings, Michael! Thanks for liking my post. It is nice to know you are from Hong Kong as well!! Your writings and photos are beautiful, and I am sure you have enjoyed the new and exciting world of blogging. I look forward to reading through your travels, and also exchanging great encounters in Hong Kong. Best wishes, SC

    • Hi SC, I’m still learning how to present my photos and text in my posting. Blogging is indeed interested; I hope I’ll not become addicted to it. Will look forward to exchanging our encounters in HK. Regards, Michael

  42. Michael, it’s great that you have started this blog — great concept to have a retiree journal (although it sounds like you’re quite busy!) I love your photos and looking at them give me the travel bug! Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking my post on kangaroo road kill.

  43. Hi, thanks you for visiting my blog and for the like. Really liked yours and keep writing. English is not my native language either but it is a good way to challenge yourself. All the best

    • One thing I’m not accustomed to when writing in English is that I can’t use Chinese proverbs and idioms or do it in a colloquial manner. As you said, this is a challenge. I like your blog, please keep blogging! Michael

  44. Hi Micheal,
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking my post Špilberk Castle in Brno. I find your approaoch to retirement really interesting.

    • Hi Janet, I am still in my early stage of retirement – the Go-Go stage. I am happy with my present life and hope that I can continue with this for some years. Thanks for stopping by my blog! Regards, Michael

  45. Thanks Michael for visiting my blog and liking my post. I like your travel stories and photos. It is also my dream to travel to different countries someday. And I wish I could also blog in English. You are an inspiration to other retirees. Keep on blogging.

  46. Greetings! Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking one of my posts. I’ve enjoyed viewing some of your photos — superb! I’ll be checking out more of them. Looks like you are enjoying a lot of travel in your retirement. :-)

  47. Hi Michael, you have a lot of amazing pictures in here and now I think I want to retired soon :D
    PS. Your English are just fine, more… it was a great one ‘holding dictionary just to type this comment’ :)

    • Hi Ansella, you won’t be surprised if you occasionally find some grammatical errors in my writings or if the English is structured in a rather strange manner. Many thanks for stopping by my blog. Regards, Michael

  48. You sound like you’re having a fun. Don’t spoil that with concern over grammatical or writing or any other language errors. You’re doing fine and keep on trekkin’.

    • Hi Wendy, very true, normally we may have 10,000 days in our retirement. It would be a long time if we don’t like it. Thanks for your comment! Michael

  49. Thank you for visiting my blog. In return, yours looks much more interesting than mine! I love to travel, and I would love to do what you’re doing someday. Keep posting, please. Your photos are awesome!

  50. Hi Michael. Rex Crum, aka rexpresto here…Just wanted to thank you for the “like” of my post, The First 662.7 Miles Are Always The Easiest, at Your Dad Did. All the best to you!

  51. I only looked at the most recent 2 posts from you and from what I’ve seen so far, it looks like great travel blog already! I will read some more tomorrow, keep it up and enjoy your retirement! You’ve been to places that people can only dream of.

  52. Looking through your blog is very inspiring! I am a new blogger, trying to focus on traveling, and dabbling in other topics too. Thanks Michael!

    • Hi Katwin19, I started blogging 6.5 months ago; therefore I am also new to blogging. Indeed, I would also like to diversify into other areas. Best of luck with your blogging! Regards, Michael

  53. Thanks for the like at “Memories on the Journey” – we spend many days looking for God’s lessons in our new life here in Hong Kong, hopefully some of them bless & encourage others along the way! Next time you visit, please let us know your thoughts! – Blessings, jk.

      • Thanks so much! *oops* I just realized the comments were disabled on that page. fixed it now. :) Guess we all have much to learn about the blogging world! Glad you decided to write too, I think your English is very good – compared with many we work with here!

    • Hi Managua, thanks very much for the nomination. I have decided not to pursue or accept any nomination / award during my retirement and for this reason, I have already turned down several similar awards. Knowing that my blog is read in many places of the world is already my biggest reward. With regret, I have to decline the nomination. Thank you once again for the nomination which is very much appreciated. Regards, Michael

  54. Thanks for stopping by and visiting CTB :D Good for you and your English is very good! Much better than my Chinese will ever be. After 2 years in China I can only say a few words, never would I be able to blog in Chinese!

    • Thanks for your kind comments. English is so much different from Chinese, I think to be proficient in it is not that easy. Hope you have enjoyed your stay in China! Regards, Michael

  55. Hello! Thanks for the like on my post! You take nice photos and I think your English is pretty good as far as I have read :) I really like your night shots, for me those are hard to do!

    • Hi LyannV, thanks very much indeed for the nomination. I have told myself not to puruse / receive any nomination / award during my retirement and for this reason I have turned down several similar nominations. Knowing that my posts is read in many countries is already my biggest reward. So with regret, I have to decline also this one. Many thanks once again and regards, Michael

      • Hi LyannV, many thanks for the kind comment. It is reader like you that keeps me go on blogging (until I run out of photos and things to say). I also love reading your blog! Have a great weekend, Michael

  56. I envy you Michael. I dream of travelling different country as well but my main priority now is to explore different places in my country. I hope you’ll have a chance to travel here in the Philippines and I’ll assure to you that you’ll find many beautiful places here. By the way, we Filipinos are known as very accommodating people so you’ll enjoy staying here.

  57. Hello. Please forgive my tardiness, but I took two short trips and have lost track of keeping up with my blog stuff. I stopped by to (finally!) thank you for liking one of my recent posts. I always get a kick out of it, and I appreciate it. So—thank you. :)

  58. Thanks for reading my post! You got beautiful pictures. Sorry about your bad experience in Hungary! (There is a reason why I don’t live there any more…) It’s great that you have undertaken blogging in a second language in your retirement.

    • Hi Monica, understand that there are too many people who have left their homeland and and crowded into Budapest. I suppose this is the universal trend of urbanization and Budapest just don’t have sufficient number of jobs for its residents. I don’t blame them. Thanks for the kind comments. Regards, Michael

  59. Thank you for dropping by! For a moment there I thought you were my cousin. :) My family is Lai too and I have a cousin who goes by that name.

    You take beautiful pictures! You have been busy since retiring! You do write well. I only hope one day I can work up the courage to write in another language. :)

    Keep up the great work!!!

    • Hi, Lai ia not an uncommon surname in the southern part of China and perhaps also in Vietnam and other SE Asia Chinese communities. I am seeing more blogs in languages other than English. Thanks for your kind comment!Regards, Michael

  60. What a great blog! Love the name!!! Your blog makes me want to run and buy a ticket somewhere and start my own adventure! Best of luck to you in completing your book. I’ll be living vicariously through you as I look at your photos and keep tabs on your latest trips. Best Regards!

    • Hi, many thanks for your encouraging comments! I wish I can have you skills in macro photography; your photos are just amazing / awesome. I am also living vicariously through you to look at the world in a more detail manner. Regards, Michael

  61. Loving your blog – thank you for sharing, sure glad you gave my blog a like so I could discover your blog. My husband are starting to plan a year long Europe trip and I am just in heaven reading about your journey!

  62. Wishing you all the joy, fun and satisfaction in the blogging world, Michael. Glad you liked and discovered my blog; otherwise, I would not have come across yours. Thanks.

    • Hi, thanks very much for the nomination. I have decided not to pursue or accept any nomination / award during my retirement and for this reason, I have already turned down several similar awards. Knowing that my blog is read in many places of the world is already my biggest reward. With regret, I have to decline the nomination. Thank you once again for the nomination which is very much appreciated. Regards, Michael

    • Hi Bernice, we were tossing between going to Spain or Croatia this year and in the end we went to Croatia. This is partly due to the fact that my aged father in law couldn’t stand having late meals in Spain and that some of us have been there before. I very much enjoy Seville, Cordoba and Granada and will surely like to re-visit these places and Barcelona. Will drop you a line when the time comes. Thanks for the encouraging coment! Regards, Michael

  63. Thank you for visiting my blog. It gave me an opportunity to discover yours in return. Your photos are lovely and I’m impressed with your ability to write on English when it is not your first languguage. Bravo!

    • Hi Anna, if you are careful you may spot the clumsy way in my writing or an occasional grammatical mistake. Many thanks for your encouraging and kind comment! Michael

  64. Hello Michael, thanks for visiting us at Around the World in Eighty Wickets. I’m inspired by your energy and your courage to blog in a foreign language. Thanks for the wonderful photos, too. Best, Merryn

    • Hi Merryn, my source of energy comes from a redirection of it from my previous work. As for the courage of writing in another language, it comes from ignoring how difficult it might be and knowing that my readers will forgive me for my funny English. Thanks for the kind comment! Regards, Michael

  65. Michael, I too have recently retired (July 1, 2012) and begun writing. I have a great editor (my daughter-in-law). It’s difficult to edit your own work, even if English is your first language.

    I wish you success. I love your pictures and can’t wait to see your next post!

    • Hi Bmpiller, welcome to the world of the retired. I’m sure you will enjoy your retirement. My writings are unedited, so forgive me if you spot any grammatical mistakes. Many thanks for your encouraging comment. Regards, Michael

  66. Dear Michael, Thank you so much for “liking” my blog at http://www.artteachtravel.com . I was so encouraged today to see that you’d read quite a few of my blog posts. I am fully impressed with not only your blog, but your learning the English language so well. Also your photographs are wonderful! I see that you are based in Hong Kong and that is a city I’m considering moving to. I will enjoy looking through all your photos. The very best of luck to you and enjoy your retirement! I can’t wait for that day to come for me! :)

    • Thanks for taking the time to read my blog. HK is indeed a fascinating city. It has just been ranked number one in terms of Liveability by the Economist. Hope you will have the chance to move here!

  67. Hi,
    This is just to let you know that I have nominated you for the beautiful blogger award. If you chose to participate, (I understand completely if you do not wish to), please pick the award and rules from here: http://wp.me/2ys6I
    Luv ,
    Cynthia.

    • Hi Cynthia, thanks very much for the nomination. I have decided not to pursue or accept any nomination / award during my retirement and for this reason, I have already turned down all similar awards. Knowing that my blog is read in many places of the world is already my biggest reward. With regret, I have to decline the nomination. Thank you once again for the nomination which is very much appreciated! Regards, Michael

  68. A fellow traveler! If you journey to the Southern of the two Koreas in the future, I hope we could meet up. But I’m sure there are many other places you plan to visit. Looking forward to reading more of exploits!

    • Hi Albinogoth, thanks for the good gesture. Travelling to Jeju is on my wish list; although I don’t know too much about it. Thanks to your kind comment! regards, Michael

  69. Just looked at your January images, Michael; as w/ the rest, simply amazing. (Figured I’d grab a month at a time in order to not have a sensory overload.) Love the title “retireediary” as well; great choice – if this is what you are producing as a retiree, then you should have retired a long time ago!

    • Wow! I have another look at your blog, your photos are just amazing. I envy your skills on Photoshop, Lightroom etc which I know nothing about. I was born in an age when we still use punched cards and later magnetic tapes for running computer programs. If I were in the States, I would also like to take up some proper photography training. All the best with your future blogging! Michael

  70. I really enjoy to read your blog .. specially “ABOUT” this one is similar to me ” 3. Writing is not my best of skills.” ;D you are not alone Michael .. im with you ;)

    - Pinaybyaheras

  71. Hi, thanks for visiting my blog. I’ve been to hongkong once and it was a great visit. Btw, English is not my mother tongue too, but the best part, we try to keep up!

    All my best,
    Criselda

  72. Thank you for stopping by my blog – and no, English isn’t my first language either, so we have that in common. Your blog looks like fun, well done for starting it and keeping it up.

  73. But you write so well Michael! English is not my native language either, but it’s the one I’m most comfortable with. By the way, nice photos! Ah, to have time to travel!

  74. Hi Michael. Thanks for visiting my blog. Great to read yours – loved the photos on your last post in particular. I wouldn’t have guessed about non-native English as it read really well. Hope you keep enjoying the writing! Annabel

  75. Hi, thanks for paying a visit to my blog today. Lately I’ve been considering early retirement but my problem is I what to do with all that time, I must have something to do at least a couple of days a week; otherwise, I am afraid I’d be climbing the walls. LOL

    • Hi Marcia, I know the concern and I pondered about it before retirement. I have a draft (more like a checklist) of what people do in their retirement. I Hope I can put it to shape and publish it soon. Best wishes, Michael

      • I have some ideas of things to do, what I want to find is a way to produce a good income working from home, LOL
        But.. I will still welcome your post on the subject!

  76. Hello, this is so late but thanks a lot for liking my post. I can’t reveal my real name yet as I am not retired yet.. If I reveal my name, it won’t be good for my job. Your photos of China are fascinating to me!

  77. Hello Michael
    I am glad you found my blog. Hong Kong was the place we almost moved to (as described on my About page) and although this move is not happening just yet, we enjoyed a fabulous visit there in October, and have not ruled it out for the future, if the opportunity arises. You write well! I look forward to reading more. Good wishes, ItchyFootMum (UK)

    • Hi ItchyfootMum, it will be interesting to stay here in this exicitng place; think you would like it here. Hope the chance will come up again. Thanks for the kind comment! Regards, Michael

    • Hi Laurie, thanks very much for the nomination. I have decided not to pursue or accept any nomination / award during my retirement and for this reason, I have already turned down all similar awards. Knowing that my blog is read in many places of the world is already my biggest reward. With regret, I have to decline the nomination. Thank you once again for the nomination which is very much appreciated! Regards, Michael

  78. Thanks for your comments Michael. English is my first language but according to Mrs Spouse that is debatable after the third glass of red wine. Or….was it the fourth?????? How I admire anyone who has 2 (or more) languages at their finger (tongue) tips. Love Hong Kong but compared to New Zealand it is just a little busier. Thanks again for looking at my Blog.

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  80. Hi Michael, Thanks for stopping by and liking one of my posts in my blog. Reading some of your trips really wow-ed me.. The kinda retirement I would love to have someday :)
    Cheers, Rie.

  81. Thanks for visiting my blog and liking my post earlier today! Your photography is breathtaking and I admire your taking the plunge to start a blog. I just started mine as well after a lot of thought.

  82. Hi Michael,
    Thanks for visiting my blog again, and for the like on my post “Sunrise at Anacortes Marina.” I’m still enjoying your photography.
    Alice

  83. Dear Mr. Lai,

    Your blog is absolutely beautiful, from the thoughts, to the photos and to the written word. i admire your willingness to continue to challenge yourself. And I find myself wondering, “HOW does he take such gorgeous photos?” I look forward to following your blog!

    • Hi Mindfulmagpie, thanks very much for your encouraging comment! In my previous life before retirement, I have always tried to challenge myself. Now, this blog is my major challenge as this is the first time I actually write and show my photos to others. Thanks also for following my blog! Regards, Michael

  84. Hello Michael, I’ve lived in several cities in China, even in Hong Kong and visited Yunnan (Dali, Lijiang, Xizhou, Kunming) 3 times while I was working but now I am retired and loving my tranquil life in Yunnan. I too have taken up writing. Just finished writing a Chinese Cookbook and waiting for the final parts to complete and then it will be epublished. Amazing what you have time for when you don’t have to work!!!!
    -Regards, Roz

    • Hi Roz, it appears that you are very active in your retirement and enjoy writing and publishing. All the best with your retirement and hope that your book will be a success! Michael

    • Hi Thisfloridalife, thanks very much for the nomination. I have decided not to pursue or accept any nomination / award during my retirement and for this reason, I have already turned down all similar awards. Knowing that my blog is read in many places of the world is already my biggest reward. With regret, I have to decline the nomination. Thank you once again for the nomination which is very much appreciated! Regards, Michael

  85. Hello, your blog has got fantastic pics and to think they are all taken by you is humbling. Thank you for liking my blog too and the article on tourism in Uganda. You should get sometime and visit Uganda. We are a beautiful country! You can also get me on twitter @masakeonline or @ugandatourstrav for any questions on Uganda. Kind regards!, Masake

  86. Thanks for sharing your world in stories and pictures and thanks for taking time to stop by my blog. I believe I will learn alot following your adventure into retirement.

  87. Michael,

    I am very inspired by reading your story. It sounds like you have lots of fun and adventure ahead of you! Good luck with writing it all down. And good for you for doing it in English, which is not your first language!

    I want to thank you as well for your “likes” of my blog post on The Dairy Free Traveler, and ask you for a favor. Recently, I left WordPress.com and am now self-hosting my blog on BlueHost. It is better for the most part, but one thing I have lost is the ability for people to “like” my posts. So now I can see people are reading but I don’t know who! Could you please leave me some comments now and then to let me know you are still reading? Even a short sentence would be a big help.

    All the best,
    Karl

  88. Michael, Thanks so much for taking the time to visit my blog and “like” my pages. I just subscribed to your blog because I love your photos and adventures…I hope you will do likewise. I’m a novice to blogging but not to the love of travel! How much fun to “meet” other wanderlusts across the continents!
    Victoria

    • Hi, I have much respect for cabbie drivers in London who know the back streets so well that they can always avoid the congested roads. I also love their manners and the design of the London taxis – ability to turn tight circles and spacious seat arrangement. Some of the models(T4?) are now being made in China under licence and some people have tried to import them into HK for use of disabled persons. It is my pleasure of meeting you! Michael

  89. Michael,

    Great blog! Good to see people sharing their adventures with the world. We are very fortunate to be able to travel.

    Thank you for stopping my blog and liking an article.

    Until next time…
    Wyman

  90. Thank you, Michael, for liking my blog post. I agree with Claudia : VERY impressive travel list. And I admire your skill, writing in another language than your own. English is not my mother tongue either but at least we use the same alphabet. Don’t skip Belgium on one of your travels : we have a great “cuisine”. :)

  91. Having read your posts, I’d say you’re doing a great job regardless of any preconceived obstacles. I enjoy your stories and photos. I look forward to more posts!

    • Hi msherice, in my retirement, I am relearning my photography, my English and writing skills. I thank you very much for your encouraging comments and would do my best to overcome the perceived obstacles. Best wishes, Michael

  92. Hello Michael,
    thanks for stopping by! Beautiful photos! I have been to HongKong in 1997, just before it went back to China and landed at the old airport. Remember flying through the city at night. Wow!
    I enjoy your blog and think your English is amazing! Hats off to you for doing a blog that is not in your mother tongue! :-) I have hit the “follow” button.
    Best wishes from sunny Vienna :-)

    • Hi happyface313, landing at the old airport after making a tight turn in the air is not for the faint hearted! The night views here is always amazing, hope you enjoyed that. Thanks for following and for your encouraging comments! Michael

      • Dear Michael, it is so long ago, but it was really amazing. Haven’t been to HK since, but maybe next spring. So I trust I will read and see a lot of your diary until then :-) Encouragement is very important and underestimated. All the best! :-)

  93. Breathtaking photographs. Your pictures speak for itself, so writing is redundant I may say, although i don’t quite see you lacking in it either :) Wonderful blog, keep it coming.

    • Hi AnilCm, thanks very much for the nomination. I have decided not to pursue or accept any nomination / award during my retirement and for this reason, I have already turned down all similar awards. Knowing that my blog is read in many places of the world is already my biggest reward. With regret, I have to decline the nomination. Thank you once again for the nomination and your following which is very much appreciated! Regards, Michael

      • Dear Michael,
        No matter for non-acceptance of the nomination. Truly speaking, I too not much interested for such awards. I have already declined one recently and this the second one, which I accepted. So don’t get disturbed by declining the nomination. Its absolutely fine.
        Have a nice time.
        Regards,

  94. Hi Michael…first of all…it is amazing that you are writing this in a language which is not your mother tongue. I could never do something as challenging. A special thanks for liking my post on my India Journal Blog and also for bringing me here to explore yours. It is wonderful. You might also like another one of my several blogs which has lots of inspirational posts about life’s journey but also many photos. Continue to enjoy every moment of your retirement. I have been enjoying mine for several years now and it is a true blessing. Hope you continue to enjoy my adventures in India as well.
    with love light and JOY

    • Hi Jane, I have retired for a year now, I know I am getting more satisfaction out of it than from my previous work and am enjoying every moment of it. Your other blog on life’s journey is really inspirational; will visit it again. Thanks for your kind comment! Michael

  95. It does look like you’re having a great, rich life being a retiree. Congratulations! Thank you so much for visiting my blog; I’m glad you liked the one about sustainable lifestyle in Germany. Best regards.

    • Hi Rebecca, I like the sustainability topic you posted which is quite unique and interesting. I am trying to make more sense out of my life than in my previous work life. Thanks for the kind comment! Michael

    • Hi Gabriel, thanks very much for the nomination. I have decided not to pursue or accept any nomination / award during my retirement and for this reason, I have already turned down all similar awards. Knowing that my blog is read in many places of the world is already my biggest reward. With regret, I have to decline the nomination. Thank you once again for the nomination which is very much appreciated! Regards, Michael

    • Hi Baywife270, thanks very much for the nomination. I have decided not to pursue or accept any nomination / award during my retirement and for this reason, I have already turned down all similar awards. Knowing that my blog is read in many places of the world is already my biggest reward. With regret, I have to decline the nomination. Thank you once again for the nomination which is very much appreciated! Regards, Michael

    • Hi Hayleens, thanks very much for the nomination. I have decided not to pursue or accept any nomination / award during my retirement and for this reason, I have already turned down all similar awards. Knowing that my blog is read in many places of the world is already my biggest reward. With regret, I have to decline the nomination. Thank you once again for the nomination which is very much appreciated! Regards, Michael

  96. Hi Michael,

    I’m just discovering your blog, and thusfar I’m loving it! You are so privileged, being able to see the world. That’s my biggest dream! Keep up the good posting for us travel junkies :)

    • Hi Shanothaine, thanks very much for the encouraging comment. I feel myself blessed to be able to see the world. Will do my best to share the best views in my travels. Regards, Michael

  97. Michael:
    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I applaud your plan to start a blog and making your golden years more fruitful and satisfying. Please do not stop. I am talking from experience that it is most gratifying to hear from people who you have never met telling that they liked something you created. Keep it up.

    • Hi ashokshenolikar, quite true, if I got as many “likes” from my previous company as from my readers now, most probably I would have never retired!
      Well said, these are my golden years when I rediscover that I could write something and show a few pictures which people like and I also enjoy. Regards and all the best! Michael

    • Hi Corinne, nice to meet you too! I have retired for one year now and find retirement interesting and more rewarding. In the initial stage of my retirement, I did find it somewhat difficult to adjust to my new life psychologically, this is described in my post on the Psychological Journey of Retirement in the blog. Will be happy to compare notes. Regards, Michael

  98. Hello Michael, thanks for visiting Featherglass. What a blessing it is to be able to see the world! Keep writing and taking these lovely pictures. : )

    • Hello Ming, each day is already a blessing and I count myself extremely fortunate to be able to travel and share the joy with others. Thanks very much for the comment! Michael

    • Hi Steve, thanks very much for the nomination. I have decided not to pursue or accept any nomination / award during my retirement and for this reason, I have already turned down all similar awards. Knowing that my blog is read in many places of the world is already my biggest reward. With regret, I have to decline the nomination. Thank you once again for the nomination which is very much appreciated! Regards, Michael

  99. Dear Michael

    I totally relate to being self – taught and having had (still having) many challenges in putting up blogs and websites, as well as to having travelled extensively and loving Gaia, our beautiful mother earth!

    English is also my second language as (I lived most of my life in Australia, although I was born in Venice – Italy and am back here in Umbria now, between Rome and Florence which are only about an hour and a half by train).

    I am passionate about life and with a lot to share myself, which I now try to do via photgraphy, writing and the B & B set-up I have helped with here in Italy where I hope like minded individuals will soon come, to visit a wonderful slice of Paradise where there is so much to learn and photograph!!!
    As a matter of fact, my first friend to visit me here was Noriko M. from Osaka (where I was at her home,for a month many years ago) and she absolutely loved the places, nature and culture of the areas we went to.

    Anyway, I just wanted to thank you for liking my post and who knows, if you come to Italy one day it’d be great to meet you in person. I love your photos on the coloured flowery fields and wish you the best. My other website is indicated below although it was through http://marinacpublications.wordpress.com that I found out that you liked what I had set up, thank you!!! It does motivate one to continue sharing!!!

    • Hi Marina, whereabout in Italy are you based? I have not visited Italy before and would like to visit it one day. You obviously have a lot of talents and hope that you would achieve what you have set out to day one day! Thanks & regards, Michael

  100. Thank you for stopping by my blog and liking my post. All the best to you in retirement. I look forward to the day when I can do the same. By the way, English is not the easiest language to learn, but you’ve done wonderfully!

    Best,
    Nett

    • Hi Nett, it is not easy to learn a language well, but by comparison, English is an easier language than Chinese. Thanks for your best wishes and your kind comment! Michael

  101. Hello Michael
    Thank you for “liking” many of my posts. I too started really started blogging earnestly in January because my son suggested I do it. I, too, have found the experience of meeting people from around the world a very rewarding experience. The internet has shown us how many good people are in this world – how much we can share with each other. Thank you for sharing your photos and thoughts. Carla

    • Hi Carla, my pleasure. I also found meeting international bloggers very interesting. I would like to share my posts with others as well as to be inspired! Regards, Michael

    • Hi Oli, thanks very much for the nomination. I have decided not to pursue or accept any nomination / award during my retirement and for this reason, I have already turned down all similar awards. Knowing that my blog is read in many places of the world is already my biggest reward. With regret, I have to decline the nomination. Thank you once again for the nomination which is very much appreciated! Regards, Michael

  102. Hello and welcome to the retirement club. I joined about 7 yrs ago. It is nice to be able to engage in some of the activities that you always dreamed about. Thank you for visiting and liking my post Nearing the End.

  103. Thank you for sharing your travels and your beautiful photos and thankyou for visiting my blog. I’m putting Dubrovnik on my future travel list!

  104. I think you are doing a great job and I see no problem with your English and you take beautiful pictures. Keep on doing what you enjoy the most.

    • Hi travelgardeneat, thanks so much for the nomination. I have decided not to pursue or accept any nomination / award during my retirement and for this reason, I have already turned down all similar awards. Knowing that my blog is read in many places of the world is already my biggest reward. With regret, I have to decline the nomination. Thank you once again for the nomination which is very much appreciated! Regards, Michael

  105. Hi Michael. Thanks for visiting thefirstgates to like a post. You have a wonderful blog, and I would not have known that English is a second language or that you had little previous writing experience. Nice job!

  106. Hello Michael,

    Your posts always give me so much pleasure that I have just nominated you for a Silver Quill Blogger Award. You can read more about it on my latest post, 26 September.

    • Hi icelandpenny, thanks so much for the nomination. I have decided not to pursue or accept any nomination / award during my retirement and for this reason, I have already turned down all similar awards. Knowing that my blog is read in many places of the world is already my biggest reward. With regret, I have to decline the nomination. Thank you once again for the nomination which is very much appreciated! Regards, Michael

  107. Hi Michael

    How are you? I am so glad to see you are a regular visitor to soulsnet. I hope you are enjoying reading it as much as I am writing it. It is wonderful to discover such an absorbing and creative activity in the world after work!!

    I am preparing a post on “Silver Surfers” and the challenges that retirement and new technology presents for some of the more mature amongst us, and of course I thought of you!!

    I have looked through your incredible array of photographs and I can’t begin to choose. There are so many but would it be alright if I share some from time to time. I will always let you know when and which and of course always link back and credit you.

    I have become an enthusiastic amateur photographer and will always be grateful to blogging for introducing me to another way of seeing the world, but for something really lovely to look at I will always want to share a photograph from an accomplished photographer, and you are one of my favourites.

    You are obviously having a wonderful retirement and have found a lovely way to share it with others. I always look forward to new posts from you and I am sure all of your followers do too.

    Warm regards
    Corinne at soulsnet.com

    • Hi Corinne, I am alright with what you suggested in your third paragrapph, provided it is not for commercial use. I am a retiree still looking for a meaningful way of life and wouldn’t mind at all sharing what I like / love with the world of bloggers and friends. I feel flattered with what you said about “accomlished phtotgrapher”. I am still an amateur, hoping to shoot pictures so that beautiful views can be shared. Thanks for liking and following my posts as well as your inspiring comments and your posts in Soulsnet which I am happy to followed. I am also prepared to be guided. Thanks & best regards, Michael

      • Hi Michael

        Thanks for that. It won’t be for commercial use, just for sharing with friends and the blogosphere.

        All of my posts come out of something that I have either struggled with or found interesting and “Silver Surfing” is a poem that I wrote ages ago when I was deciding whether or not to try to keep up with the modern world or let it go on without me.

        I want to try to work it up into a post because I think alot of my friends seem to be facing the same dilemma. Actually starting a blog for me was not only about sharing thoughts and ideas it was also a commitment to trying to stay in touch with new technology. I am not finding it easy but I am surprised at how much I have been able to do.

        Warm regards
        Corinne

      • Hi Corinne, will await to read your inspiring post on Silver Surfing. I am a dummy on IT. When I was at college, we used punched cards for running programs, then we switched to preparing command statements, then using magnetic cards and self written programs on calculators. At work, I always have a secretary so I didn’t have to type myself. Retirement means I have to type, prepare all powerpoints for part time teaching, using Excel spreadsheets for my personal matters etc. The world has moved on and retirees have to do the same! Regards, Michael

  108. Hi Michael

    How reassuring to know I am not alone. That’s what’s so good about sharing. We always think that everyone else is doing so much better than we are and then we find that more often than not we are all in the same boat.

    Thanks so much for this

    Corinne

  109. Michael! My parents were both born in Lithuania, so I particularly like your pics of Trakai! I was there a few years ago myself. Keep up the good work!

    • Hi foodnotherstuff, thanks so much for the nomination. I have decided not to pursue or accept any nomination / award during my retirement and for this reason, I have already turned down all similar awards. Knowing that my blog is read in many places of the world is already my biggest reward. With regret, I have to decline the nomination. Thank you once again for the nomination which is very much appreciated! Regards, Michael

  110. Just wanted to let you know I have nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. I hope this will be welcome news for you. If you prefer not to accept the award, I certainly understand, but I hope you will visit the other nominees, and they will visit you, just the same. To see more about the award and accepting this nomination, please visit my post at http://wp.me/p2ekZU-E4. All the best!

    • Hi The Retiring Sort, thanks so much for the nomination. I have decided not to pursue or accept any nomination / award during my retirement and for this reason, I have already turned down all similar awards. Knowing that my blog is read in many places of the world is already my biggest reward. With regret, I have to decline the nomination. Thank you once again for the nomination which is very much appreciated! Regards, Michael

  111. Hi Michael

    Lovely to see you at soulsnet today. I hope you enjoyed the post. As you could see I had had some technical issues which nearly drove me demented so it seems opportune to make the next post the one that we discussed previously “Silver Surfing”. Thank you for allowing me to share one of your lovely photographs, I shall be spoiled for choice. I will obviously link back and credit you and I hope you will enjoy it.

    Warm regards
    Corinne

  112. Hi Michael

    I have just posted the latest from soulsnet. I do hope you enjoy it as to a large extent you inspired it. I have so enjoyed following your blog, not just your wonderful photography but also your journey post retirement which you share with us.

    Warm regards
    Corinne

    • Hi Corinne, a great post – I thoroughly enjoy reading it and would recommend it to any retirees or readers. I look forward to one day when my hair is all silver rather the dirty grey at the moment! Warm regards, Michael

    • Hi tiny lessons blog, thanks so much for the nomination. I have decided not to pursue or accept any nomination / award during my retirement and for this reason, I have already turned down all similar awards. Knowing that my blog is read in many places of the world is already my biggest reward. With regret, I have to decline the nomination. Thank you once again for the nomination which is very much appreciated! Regards, Michael

  113. Josh here from the BlinkPack blog. I like the concept of your blog, and I am so glad you are spending time sharing your thoughts through writing. Thanks for that, and for visiting the blog. Wishing you all the best! Happy trails.

    • Hi Debbie, thanks so much for the nomination. I have decided not to pursue or accept any nomination / award during my retirement and for this reason, I have already turned down all similar awards. Knowing that my blog is read in many places of the world is already my biggest reward. With regret, I have to decline the nomination. Thank you once again for the nomination which is very much appreciated! Regards, Michael

      • That’s fine, Michael, I totally understand. I’ve had several others that I haven’t bothered with before, but this one just caught me in the right frame of mind to follow through! Thanks for letter me know though, and keep on blogging! Best wishes, Debbie

    • Hi Pia, I am glad to have discovered your blog which has valuable information and beautiful photos of the Dodecanese islands which have aways been my dream destinations. I look forward to reading more of your posts. Regards, Michael

  114. Welcome! Thank you for subscribing to follow my blog. I hope you are encouraged, inspired and enjoy the photos I take of life events as seen through the lens of my camera.
    BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!

  115. Hi Michael, Thank you for following my blog. I hope my photos inspire you. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your blog and learning about your retired life! Great photos.

    • Hi twoblackdoggies, thanks so much for the nomination. I have decided not to pursue or accept any nomination / award during my retirement and for this reason, I have already turned down all similar awards. Knowing that my blog is read in many places of the world is already my biggest reward. With regret, I have to decline the nomination. Thank you once again for the nomination which is very much appreciated! Regards, Michael

    • Hi Sara, thanks so much for the nomination. I have decided not to pursue or accept any nomination / award during my retirement and for this reason, I have already turned down all similar awards. Knowing that my blog is read in many places of the world is already my biggest reward. With regret, I have to decline the nomination. Thank you once again for the nomination which is very much appreciated! Regards, Michael

  116. Thank you very much for stopping by my blog and taking the time to like some articles. I started reading some of of your posts and I am hooked ! Your pictures are marvelous ! I loved the ones of XiXi, Hangzhou in winter :)

    • Thank you for reading my blog; I also love perusing some of your articles and was interested in knowing why you call yourself “anonymous”. I understand Mr. “anonymous” did exist and I have a picture of his staute in my post “Budapest – Of Heroes and Castles”. Regards, Michael

      • I read your article about this mister “anonymous” and I admit I knew nothing about this man, but I may start looking into his work !
        I chose to call myself anonymous as I believe that once you start traveling (properly) you are no longer only a people of your native country, but a citizen of the World, a chameleon and you adapt your behavior depending on the country you are in. I believe being anonymous makes you travel better ! But that’s just my point of view.

      • Yes, we are just world citizens in a world without boundaries (except visa requirements), the absence of any pre-conception / discrimination and travelling with an open mind are perhaps the best way of travelling. Regards, Michael

  117. Thank you for liking my Big Lobster! I can certainly relate to what you have said about yourself. I too am writing in my second language, I am not a professional writer (or a photographer), and I am semi- (i.e., about to be) retired. My Blog is my experiment. I certainly like your photography. I’ll follow your Blog, and hope you will with mine too and drop by again.

  118. Thank you for stopping by and liking a verse on my WordPress site. I plan to look at and perhaps be inspired by your photos. Continued good wishes on your retirement…I have many years to go before I can retire. My WordPress site was also an experiment in recording small daily observations. While we cannot follow every blog…I do plan to put your site on my favorites list so I can find you easily. As I enjoy photography too. Though I haven’t quite figured out all the computer details about posting it.
    Cheers from Pennsylvania – The United State of America.

    • Hi Jules, thank you so much for your encouraging and kind comments. Hope you will enjoying blogging and posting, will meet you on this platform again! Michael

  119. I would be surprised if no one has nominated you yet for the Beautiful Blogger Award. I just did because I really like your site. You write very well and your pictures are so beautiful. Keep on blogging.

    • Hi bebs1, thanks so much for the nomination. I have decided not to pursue or accept any nomination / award during my retirement and for this reason, I have already turned down all similar awards. Knowing that my blog is read in many places of the world is already my biggest reward. With regret, I have to decline the nomination. Thank you once again for the nomination which is very much appreciated! Regards, Michael

  120. You have great eye for color, light and shadow. There is an elemental balance in your photography that really catches the essence of the subject. Thanks for stopping by The Brass Rag. Come back and see us again soon. Meanwhile, happy writing!

  121. Hi Michael, thanks for stopping by to read. Not only is the sheer quantity of your output inspiring, but the quality is just fantastic too. I look forward to more!

  122. What an interesting life you lead! Thanks for the like on my own blog. I’m thankful too that I checked yours out here. Your English is as good as any native speaker!

    • Hi Stacey, life only started to be more interesting upon my retirement. Thanks for the kind and encouraging comment. Will stop by your blog more often. Cheers, Michael

    • Hi Otrazhenie, thanks so much for the nomination. I have decided not to pursue or accept any nomination / award during my retirement and for this reason, I have already turned down all similar awards. Knowing that my blog is read in many places of the world is already my biggest reward. With regret, I have to decline the nomination. Thank you once again for the nomination which is very much appreciated! Regards, Michael

      • i will go amend that…i think you can only like it on facebook as the ilovelucca website has some functions of wordpress but its hosted separately….try ilovelucca.wordpress.com…its soley the blog

    • My main objective is to share and be inspired by others, so I am not too concerned whether my post got freshly pressed. In any case, I feel flattered by your kind comment!

    • Hi author4u, I like Okinawa and have written a couple of posts about it. In particular, I like the aquarium. In my retirment, I like travelling around and taking photos. Thanks very much for the encouraging comment! Michael

  123. Thanks for stopping by my blog Michael. We share some life experiences-no longer working full time, blogging for the first time and having to prepare any slides and such all by ourselves. That is life beyond full-time flat-out work. That is a wonderful life. I am using my blog to describe life and thoughts beyond full time work too. barbstruestories.wordpress.com

    • Hi Barb, indeed we have many similarities. While working, I always have my own secretary, I didn’t even have to do much typing or preparing slides or PowerPoints. I am now being thrown into a different world but am enjoying every bit of it. Preparation of PowerPoints for part-time teaching is my biggest challenge. I think I could have made my blog a lot more attractive if I have more computer skills.
      Best wishes on your retirement and please keep in touch! Michael

  124. Interesting travels and photos! I have found I like following the blogs of people from countries other than my own as it provides a different perspective on travel and other issues. Your English seems quite good to me. I think you write in English better than a lot of Americans!

    • For the same reasons, I also like following blogs of people from other countries. No doubt, you will find a mistake or two here or there in my text; hope my readers will pardon me. Thanks very much for the perusal and kind comment!

  125. Congratulations on writing a blog in your non-native language. I think it is fabulous way to improve your English (though yours already seems very good). I was only yesterday encouraging a student of ours to do the same thing. All the best for your blog, photography, travels and retirement.

    • Hi Fae, thanks so much for the nomination. I have decided not to pursue or accept any nomination / award during my retirement and for this reason, I have already turned down all similar awards. Knowing that my blog is read in many places of the world is already my biggest reward. With regret, I have to decline the nomination. Thank you once again for the nomination which is very much appreciated! Regards, Michael

      • Dear Michael, I sincerely respect your choice. Though it was obvious having viewed your blog, nonetheless, I wanted you to know that your blog was one of my choices for the blog award of the year. I appreciate your talent and am always in awe of what you capture with your lens. Fae.

  126. Good morning Sir! Just wanted to stop in and say thank you for your support of The Brass Rag. Your blog looks beautiful and I love seeing your pictures. Looking forward to your comments…meanwhile happy photographing and writing.

    • Hi The Other Side of Ugly, thanks so much for the nomination. I have decided not to pursue or accept any nomination / award during my retirement and for this reason, I have already turned down all similar awards. Knowing that my blog is read in many places of the world is already my biggest reward. With regret, I have to decline the nomination. Thank you once again for the nomination which is very much appreciated! Regards, Michael

  127. Hi Michael,
    Thanks for having a look at my Bucket List. I had a look at your blog and the first thing I’ll say is your pictures are giving me a twinge of homesickness (my parents live n the countryside, I’m studying in London), your photography is really beautiful. Secondly- I think it’s great that you’ve picked up writing- even as a retiree! I absolutely adore it, my blog is the place I find myself, and develop my creativity. Interviews with poets, fashion designers, and making bucket lists etc are helping me find myself- people like you reading them is just a bonus! Keep up the good work, I hope you stop by again soon.
    Regards,
    Rhiannon

  128. Hi, Michael,
    I’m finally getting around to thanking you for taking time to read (and like) my blog posts. Also, thank you for your lovely and thought-provoking photos here. I really enjoy your blog. Best wishes, Paula

  129. Hi Michael Lai!!! Thank you for stopping by my blog. may you find some words in my blog that is less understood. This is because my english is not good.
    I love your travel experience, especially Shirakawa-Go.
    By the way, do you have plans to visit Indonesia. if you come to Indonesia you should visit Belitung Island and Raja Ampat
    Warm regards from Indonesia

    • Hi Bella Remy Photography, thanks so much for the nomination. I have decided not to pursue or accept any nomination / award during my retirement and for this reason, I have already turned down all similar awards. Knowing that my blog is read in many places of the world is already my biggest reward. With regret, I have to decline the nomination. Thank you once again for the nomination which is very much appreciated! Regards, Michael

  130. My dad says writing is just organizing your thoughts. You seem to do that quite well, from what I’ve looked at so far your writing is good!
    That is so cool that you get to travel so much and take such great pictures. How often do you travel?

    • Before I retired, my job involves quite a lot of thinking and organizing; maybe those help. However, my English is mainly functional and does not contain a lot of colloquial language, simply because I don’t know them. I am in my early stage of retirement and therefore would travel as much as possible while I am still mobile. I have been to two short trips and one long trip this year. Regards, Michael

  131. Sorry, I disagree w/ one more thing – you said writing is not your best of skills. Your stories are great. And thanks for the quick response/like of my ” ‘Shrooms” and “The Old Fisherman…” OK, I’ll leave you alone now…Have a lovely evening (or day???)

    • Hi Laurie, I try not to use too many words. Sometimes, I am not sure whether I am gramatically correct or whether I have mis-spelt. I hope my stories are not boring ( I am sure some of them are, if not for the photos!). Best wishes, Michael

  132. Hi Michael!
    I have nominated you for the Blog of the year 2012 Award. Thanks for all your great photos & fantastic insights. Also for ‘following’ my blog and all the ‘likes’, it is much appreciated & inspires me to blog more everyday!
    Check out my blog for your Award ;-)

    • Hi Milka,
      Thanks so much for the nomination which I understand is an important award. I have decided not to pursue or accept any nomination / award during my retirement and for this reason, I have already turned down all similar awards. Knowing that my blog is read in many places of the world (150 countries) is already my biggest reward.

      I read your post on your impressions about my blog. I feel very happy and honored. I know if I write something which is not from my experience or from my heart, usually, the response is not good. I have a phobia for writing – when I was a student, I always hated the “compostion” examinations as I don’t know and could not make up my mind what to write.

      With regret, I have to decline the nomination. Thank you once again for the nomination which is very much appreciated!
      Regards, Michael

  133. You are such a wonderful friend and encouragement.
    Thank you for your kind comments and likes on my blog.
    Yours is absolutely beautiful and very well done.
    Your friend Amber……

    • Hi mavimet, thanks so much for the nomination which I understand is an important award. I have decided not to pursue or accept any nomination / award during my retirement and for this reason, I have already turned down all similar awards. Knowing that my blog is read in many places of the world (150 countries) is already my biggest reward. With regret, I have to decline the nomination. Thank you once again for the nomination which is very much appreciated! Regards, Michael

    • Hi miriamtroxler, thanks so much for the nomination which I understand is an important award. I have decided not to pursue or accept any nomination / award during my retirement and for this reason, I have already turned down all similar awards. Knowing that my blog is read in many places of the world (150 countries) is already my biggest reward. With regret, I have to decline the nomination. Thank you once again for the nomination which is very much appreciated! Regards, Michael

  134. Michael,
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking my Christmas post. Your photos are excellent. I love the recent “oils,” especially the “Fields of Gold” one. Looks like retirement is treating you well! Look forward to following.

    • Hi KZ, thanks so much for the nomination which I understand is an important award. I have decided not to pursue or accept any nomination / award during my retirement and for this reason, I have already turned down all similar awards. Knowing that my blog is read in many places of the world (150 countries) is already my biggest reward. With regret, I have to decline the nomination. Thank you once again for the nomination which is very much appreciated! Regards, Michael

  135. Thanks for visiting my recent blogpost… It’s been a pleasant journey…http://3rdculturechildren.com/2012/12/27/looking-back-at-2012-remembering2011/ Thanks for stopping by and liking! Much appreciated! Happy Holidays! Greetings from La Paz, Bolivia!

  136. So how did it go since last January? ;)
    I have to say, your writing is just fine; it is impressive to know that you have not written before, especially that English is not your mother tongue. I wonder if you have an easier time with your first language, or is it harder?
    Thanks for liking my recent post.
    Lila

    • Hi Lila, I have never expected that there are so many hits / followers. My training and career were in engineering. As I have not written before, it does not matter whether I was to write in Chinese or English; I have to struggle with both. However, I cannot do Chinese posts as I don’t even know how to type in Chinese! Shortly into blogging, I realized that there are very few readers from HK as they don’t normally read English blog posts. The advantage of writing in English is that there are a lot more audience and I am happy with that! Many thanks for the perusal and comment, Michael

      • I understand completely. Writing is an art; it doesn’t matter if you use ink or water color The struggle of art has nothing to do with the tools we use.

        English is predominant now. I am Canadian from Arab origin and even in the middle east, there are people who studied English for so long that they can only write well in English.

        And it’s funny how there are English born speakers learning Chinese/Mandarin because they believe it will soon be the predominant language! Can you believe that?

        I’m happy you write in English so we could meet and communicate. It’s great to meet you.

        Best to you in the new year!
        Lila

      • Hi Lila, China has a population of 1.3billion, in addition, there are many migrants in SE Asia ( including Singapore, Malaysia) and the Western world, they speak and / or write in Chinese. Some people are learning at least to speak in Chinese, so they can do business / work in China. The difficulty of learning Chinese is that the writings are more diagram like and not related to the sound, this is the biggest hurdle in Chinese becoming the most prdeominant language. I am sure that there will be more and more people who can read / write Chinese but not sure that it will be the most commonly used language. Happy New Year to you! Michael

      • At 1.3 billion, it already is the most spoken language, and English is the most dispersed around the world. I think it’s a great idea that people are learning it. It’s Interesting that you speak the top spoken languages in the world. You’re quite lucky!

        The way you described Chinese reminds me of hieroglyphics. It sounds fascinating, I love it; you taught me something new about the Chinese language :)

        Lila

      • Hi Lila, I have started learning Spanish. By the time I have some profiency in this language, I will be able to communicate with a big percentage of the people in the world! Michael

      • Haha, you’re a genius, Spanish is huge!

        I am working on increasing my French skills now, only because I love it so much and I am also Canadian! But the next language will either be Spanish, Chinese or Japanese!

        How are you studying?

      • Hi Lila, I have started on a Basic Spanish class which involves attending 12 lessons each of 1.5 hours. Back home, I do homework and listen to the CD attached to our textbook. I have now enrolled the Intermediate classes in Spring too. Kind regards, Michael

      • Excellent. I am at fault with my languages since I have no one to talk to for practice. Language is just a skill we need to repeatedly practice for excellence. I use audio daily.. Seeing others who practice like you motivates me even more to excel (: Thanks!

        Lila

    • Hi muZer, thanks so much for the nominations which I understand are important awards. I have decided not to pursue or accept any nomination / award during my retirement and for this reason, I have already turned down all similar awards. Knowing that my blog is read in many places of the world (150 countries) is already my biggest reward. With regret, I have to decline the nominations. Thank you once again for the nominations which is very much appreciated! Regards, Michael

      • No problems at all. I did give that option of accepting or not so totally understand it. This was just my way of showing appreciation for your blog and the amazing photos I get a chance to look at, so thank you for that! :-)
        Regards,

    • Hi ideflex, thanks so much for the nominations which I understand are important awards. I have decided not to pursue or accept any nomination / award during my retirement and for this reason, I have already turned down all similar awards. Knowing that my blog is read in many places of the world (156 countries) is already my biggest reward. With regret, I have to decline the nominations. Thank you once again for the nomination which is very much appreciated! Regards, Michael

    • Hi Sarah, thanks so much for the nomination which I understand is an important award. I have decided not to pursue or accept any nomination / award during my retirement and for this reason, I have already turned down all similar awards. Knowing that my blog is read in many places of the world (160 countries) is already my biggest reward. With regret, I have to decline the nomination. Thank you once again for the nomination which is very much appreciated! Regards, Michael

  137. Hi Michael! Thanks for dropping by my blog and liking my posts. I was looking at your photos… so nice! I was also reading your post on joys and jokes of retirement. Got a good chuckle out of the part about getting a watch when time is no longer as important as it was before. Good point.. I never really thought about that. :)

    • Hi Shelley, thanks very much for reading something which I wrote almost a year ago when I first retired. In a sense, time is now all the more important as all time is now in our hands ( and no more in the hand of the employer) and as always, it is running out! Michael

  138. I’m so happy to have a WordPress friend in China! I am a tea reviewer and student of Chinese tea. I love your photographs and your spirit for travel! Congratulations on making your transition to retirement. I will read your blog with delight!

    • In my retirement, I am getting to know more about China through travelling and lately learning Chinese calligraphy. I may try Chinese tea tasting too. Thank you!

    • Hi LBcruiseshipblogger, thanks so much for the nomination which I understand is an important award. I have decided not to pursue or accept any nomination / award during my retirement and for this reason, I have already turned down all similar awards. Knowing that my blog is read in many places of the world (160 countries) is already my biggest reward. With regret, I have to decline the nomination. Thank you once again for the nomination which is very much appreciated! Regards, Micha

  139. Michael,
    Very interesting stuff. I can see you have an appreciation for life, nature, and the mystery surrounding it all. Thanks for taking an interest in my work as well.
    -Joe

  140. You have a wonderfully interesting blog here and I am impressed with your command of English, as you write clearly and with fairly good grammar too. The subjects of your little articles and the photos are very interesting and I can see why you have so many followers. I am only in first week of blogging, so still have much too learn. Will return often!

  141. Cheers for liking my post about airline meals! Which were your most memorable ones?
    Will be curious to see if you post photos of Shenzhen and Kowloon Tong, since I used to live in both of those areas!

    • My most mmemorable meal was not the one when I was upgraded to first class but some roast goose with noodles served on CX. Unfortunately, I do not have any photos of Shenzhen or Kowloon Tong. Thank you for the kind comment!

    • Hi Vladimir, thanks so much for the nomination which I understand is an important award. I have decided not to pursue or accept any nomination / award during my retirement and for this reason, I have already turned down all similar awards. Knowing that my blog is read in many places of the world (160 countries) is already my biggest reward. With regret, I have to decline the nomination. Thank you once again for the nomination which is very much appreciated! Best wishes to you also, Michael

  142. You have a very interesting and rich blog Michael, as evidenced by the number of positive comments that you’ve received here. Well done; and thank you for your appreciation of what I’ve posted so far.

  143. Michael, I think I know your response since I’ve read the comments in this section. But I nominated you for the Shine On! Award prior to reading these. Just know that you are appreciated and mentioned. Here’s where you can read about your nomination: http://wp.me/p2l4j8-s2
    Best wishes for continued success!

    • Hi Rusha, thanks so much for the nomination which I understand is an important award. I have decided not to pursue or accept any nomination / award during my retirement and for this reason, I have already turned down all similar awards. Knowing that my blog is read in many places of the world (160 countries) is already my biggest reward. With regret, I have to decline the nomination. Thank you once again for the nomination which is very much appreciated! Best wishes to you also, Michael

    • Hi Opalla, thanks so much for the nomination which I understand is an important award. I have decided not to pursue or accept any nomination / award during my retirement and for this reason, I have already turned down all similar awards. Knowing that my blog is read in many places of the world (over 160 countries) is already my biggest reward. With regret, I have to decline the

      • I can understand and I respect your decision, Michael. It’s taken me a while to decide whether to dip my feet in these awards blogging too. I consider myself a participant observer to find out about blogging, and hence, I am in. Bog on!

    • Hi, thanks so much for the nomination which I understand is an important award. I have decided not to pursue or accept any nomination / award during my retirement and for this reason, I have already turned down all similar awards. Knowing that my blog is read in many places of the world (over 160 countries) is already my biggest reward. With regret, I have to decline the nomination. Thank you once again for the nomination which is very much appreciated! Best wishes to you also, Michael

  144. If retired life is as good and globetrotting as yours then it perhaps is something to really look forward to. You are indeed living the dream of traveling and enjoying life after having met its responsibilities. Your photographs are splendid, have character and your narrative reminds me of friends coming back from trips brimming with enthusiasm and stories. Your following is perhaps best reflective of the joy your posts are bringing people. Keep good health, keep travelling and keep blogging.

    Looking forward to your Posts

    • Hi Potsoup, your comments are exceedingly kind and encouraging. I have worked continously for almost 4 decades without any time for developing my interests; so this is a new lease of life. Regards, Michael

  145. Hello, Michael!
    Just wanted to say “Hi” and let you know how much I enjoy your blog. I also appreciate all the “likes” you’ve clicked on my page time after time. I am especially impressed with your photography. I have just finished reading all the comments on your about page to see if anyone asked the question that’s always on my mind…and no one has yet. So here’s the question: “What camera do you use?!” (Of course it’s not always important about the equipment, but moreso about the technique but I’d really like to know what camera you’re using.) All of God’s richest blessings to you and your family thoughout 2013!

    • Hi Andy, for the last 2 years, I only have 2 digital cameras. A Fuji X100 which has a fixed lens (no zoom) for oversea trips and a cheap small Casio EX-H15 which I may carry around locally ( previously, I only have entry level cameras). I quite like the X100 but now Fuji has produced even better cameras, some with interchangable lens. The more recent ones include the X100S, X200, XE-1, Pro1 etc. I am also looking for a new camera as my X100 cannot zoom (that explain why I do not have a lot of close up shots, apart from macros). Hope this information is of some use to you. Many thanks for your blessings . Best wishes to you and family in 2013! Michael

    • Hi, thanks so much for the nomination which I understand is an important award. I have decided not to pursue or accept any nomination / award during my retirement and for this reason, I have already turned down all similar awards. Knowing that my blog is read in many places of the world (over 160 countries) is already my biggest reward. With regret, I have to decline the nomination. Thank you once again for the nomination which is very much appreciated! Best wishes to you also, Michael

  146. Thank you for stopping by on my blog, great to see your photos of China, particularly envious of your trip to Zhangjiajie – my dream place to visit! Please continue to enjoy your retirement to its fullest, an inspiration for us uni kids to work hard and achieve the same. Daisy

    • Zhangjiajie is indeed a breathtaking place to visit. Your certainly have the right philosohy: work hard and reap the harvest when retired. Thank you for your kind comment!

    • Hi, thanks so much for the nomination which I understand is an important award. I have decided not to pursue or accept any nomination / award during my retirement and for this reason, I have already turned down all similar awards. Knowing that my blog is read in many places of the world (over 160 countries) is already my biggest reward. With regret, I have to decline the nomination. Thank you once again for the nomination which is very much appreciated! Best wishes to you also, Michael

  147. What a lovely blog, with some amazing photos! And considering English isn’t your first language and you’ve never blogged before, I think your doing a super job. Thanks for taking the time to stope by my Heggles blog and like it. I’ll definitely be looking out for your blog in future.
    Best wishes
    Heggles

  148. Dear Michael Lai,
    I’m much respect and really appreciate for your kindness. Thank you for taking time to stop by my blog, read and then “liking” my posts, although in Indonesian language.
    English is not our native language, it’s no problem at all. I am happy that we had “connected” by “retiree” language (I was retired in 2002… :) )
    Happy blogging, Michael… All the best to you and your family… !!
    - It’s my dream to visit HK… someday -

    • I admire your proficiency in so many languages. I have just started learning elementary Spanish in my retirement. For me, it is a good mental exercise to keep learning. Happy retirement and hope to hear from you again!

    • Hi, thanks so much for the nomination which I understand is an important award. I have decided not to pursue or accept any nomination / award during my retirement and for this reason, I have already turned down all similar awards. Knowing that my blog is read in many places of the world (over 160 countries) is already my biggest reward. With regret, I have to decline the nomination. Thank you once again for the nomination which is very much appreciated! Best wishes to you also, Michael

  149. The words and photos on your blog are just beautiful – thank you so much for sharing. I look forward to seeing more of your photos and hearing about your retirement journey. Enjoy!

  150. Hello Michael, Thank you for liking my blog posting (I was surprised as I had just posted it moments ago). I’m glad you did though as it brought me to your blog and although I don’t have time just now as I must get ready for work, I look forward to browsing through your beautiful photos and your well-written prose. I see you are a traveller as well and I think you have been to many places I have not yet so I’m sure I have a lot to learn from you:)
    Maureen

  151. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love your photos. I have Croatia on my list of places to visit and your photos motivated me to get planning.

  152. Hi Michael, thanks for always liking my posts. I guess we have similarities:
    1. English is not my native language.
    2. I have never written anything except homework back in schooldays, e-mails, etc…
    3. Writing is not my best skill too :-)

    You have beautiful photos :-)

    • Hi, thanks so much for the nomination which I understand is an important award. I have decided not to pursue or accept any nomination / award during my retirement and for this reason, I have already turned down all similar awards. Knowing that my blog is read in many places of the world (over 160 countries) is already my biggest reward. With regret, I have to decline the nomination. Thank you once again for the nomination which is very much appreciated! Best wishes to you also, Michael

  153. Hi Michael, thanks for stopping by my blog and liking my random posts. I am glad to had visited your blog too and will be back to look some more. I love your pictures too. Tony

    • Yes, I have just done an elementary course in Spanish and like it very much. I have enrolled for the middle level course. Spanish is fun to learn.
      Regards, Michael

    • Hi, thanks so much for the nomination which I understand is an important award. I have decided not to pursue or accept any nomination / award during my retirement and for this reason, I have already turned down all similar awards. Knowing that my blog is read in many places of the world (over 160 countries) is already my biggest reward. With regret, I have to decline the nomination. Thank you once again for the nomination which is very much appreciated! Best wishes to you also, Michael

  154. Hi Sir Michael, Thanks so much for dropping by in my blog and clicked like in my photo challenge post.. I felt great that someone like you,a professional photographer took time to like my amateur shots. You had an inspiring life..I like your blog.

    • Hi Jannece, I am not a professional photographer. I am sure many people would be able to pick up new skills with more practice. You are welcome. Thank you :-)

  155. Thanks for liking my blog post Mr. Lai ! I appreciate the support! Look forward to continued and open lines of communication with you! Let’s drive traffic to our blogs together! Ps. I’m an english major about to graduate from Pennsylvania State University, if you need or desire any help with your English grammar or writing at all, feel free to get in contact with me and I will assist you as best I can.

    • Hi, nice “meeting” you on the WP platform and many thanks for ofering to assist me in my English. Will certainly enlist your help if I am stuck in my writing. Thank you :-)

      • “Offering,” assistance is just in my nature. When I get a moment to sit and go through your travels I will comment whenever I am inspired to! I wish to travel the world and mingle with the natives in every country, learn every language and be a diplomat of nations. Thanks for following my blog, feel free to contact me if you’re interested in traveling at wholesale pricing and becoming a business owner in your retiree years, where you can “work,” if networking can even be called work (chuckles) at your leisure.
        All the best,
        Dominic

  156. Hi Michael,
    Firstly thank you for stopping by my blog, secondly, you have a GREAT blog here which I will be very happy to follow, and thirdly, I completely relate with your 1,2,3 points above :-) !!!

  157. Hello Michael! Can I have the honor of featuring your and your works in my digital magazine? It’s not a commercial endeavor, just an ongoing online project of mine. I plan to come out with Issue #7 by end of March. Here’s a link to the previous issues where I have showcased some photo bloggers: http://junsjazzimages.wordpress.com/digital-magazine/ It would be great to have you in the upcoming issue. Much thanks. I await your reply. Keep on clicking with your wonderful images. Best regards! ~JJ

      • Thank you for the go signal Michael. Since Issue #1 I have always emphasized that I don’t get anything from this personal project of mine. So this is a private, one-man undertaking but with the whole online world as the audience. Anyway, I don’t want to bother you with anything so just trust me to pick out 6 to 7 of the best images in your blog. But I do have a small request. Can you make a short write-up about yourself? 4 to 5 sentences on how you started in photography and what you look out for when taking pictures, stuff like that. Please email me the write up at jazzmanjun@gmail.com Welcome aboard Issue 7! Thanks again!~JJ

      • Hi JJ, As a child, I started learning from my classmate the technique of developing B&W photos underneath a table as a dark room, that made me interested in photography. I got a first and proper Nikon FE camera in the 1980s but did not shoot a lot of pictures, only during journeys, which were few and far between at the time. My photography only started about 2 years ago when I retired. The number of photos I shoot in recent years in fact exceed the number I shot since 1980s. I like shooting landscapes which are looks tranquil and beautiful; apart from photos which are sort of for record purpose only, I hope I shoot from my heart. Regards, Michael

    • Hi Jenny, thanks so much for the nomination which I understand is an important award. I have decided not to pursue or accept any nomination / award during my retirement and for this reason, I have already turned down all similar awards. Knowing that my blog is read in many places of the world (over 160 countries) is already my biggest reward. With regret, I have to decline the nomination. Thank you once again for the nomination which is very much appreciated! Best wishes to you also, Michael

      • Actually I think my engineering background help me with the technical side of photography. Every time I “screwed up” a photo I got so flipping mad that I dived right into my technical manuals and tried to figure out why the photo didn’t turn out like the scene in front of my eyes..LOL:-D. I also had a French photography teacher who kicked my butt real hard:-)

      • You must be really intelligent to understand manuals! Some of them are just unreadable. Iwish I have some formal training in photography. Thank you for the kind comment :-)

    • Hi Justin, I only manage because my writings are short and I use simple sentences. Hope my English is at least functional and understandable. Many thanks for the perusal and kind comment :-)

  158. Your photographs are breathtakingly beautiful…I could look at them all day! I have a Thai professor and was not aware of the colors for each day…he will be impressed that I know, thanks to you. I should be retired by now (ha ha) but decided to go back to school and get my masters. Thank you for visiting my blog! I hope you enjoy my musings…would love to get back East one of these days. I’ve been fortunate enough to visit HK, Singapore, Korea, Taiwan and Japan numerous times for business and am grateful to have had the opportunity to visit so many wonderful cultures. Keep up your wonderful work…