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Hong Kong Visit: 2011-1
2011-09-20 - I flew United Airlines direct from Chicago to Hong Kong. Spent 5 days in HK sightseeing and skateboarding. I checked out famous skate spots in Downtown Hong Kong, a skatepark in Wanchai and made some new friends on Lantau Island at the new Tungchung Skatepark. Also took the glass cable car to see the giant Buddha. I got a glass bottom cable car but I didn't think it was worth the extra money since I got the same effect looking out the windows and I've experienced similar glass bottom rides. I found Hong Kong mornings to be incredibly empty and inconvenient but it may have been because I was there close to Chinese New Year, which I learned after moving on to Singapore never to travel during. Everything shuts down during Chinese New Year in Asia and it's hard to find places to stay along with extra CNY fees being added to the prices.


Illinois Visit: 2011-9
2011-09-22 - I was born in a suburb on the southside of Chicago and have spent my whole life this far living in the state of Illinois. It's pretty much a completely flat state with lots of countryside, much like every other state and many parts of the world for that matter outside of cities. Illinois's biggest attraction is without doubt the city of Chicago. America's 3rd largest city with it's tallest building has a lot to offer travelers passing through the Midwest. Chicago is known for its architecture, the Blues Brothers, the Bulls and Barack Obama. If history of the state of Illinois is what you want, head to Springfield for historical sites like Abraham Lincoln's house and even further south near St. Louis, MO to find the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Cahokia Mounds.


Kyushu Region Visit: 2011-9
2011-09-20 - I went to Fukuoka and Nagasaki city. Took a bus from Fukuoka airport straight to Nagasaki city. Checked out the Atomic Bomb Museum and several sites still standing from the bombing. Went back to Fukuoka and checked out the Hojoya Festival for two nights in a row where I ate lots of festival food such as Takoyaki, Yakitori, Shave Ice and more. Short but very expensive trip.


Peninsular Malaysia Visit: 2009-12
2011-09-20 - Visited Kuala Lumpur and Kuala Selangor in Malaysia. Saw the Petronas Towers in KL and got digestion problems from the "Prosperity Burger" at a McDonald's. Had a hard time catching a night bus from KL bus terminal to go out to Kuala Selangor but eventually ran it down in traffic randomly in Chinatown after having pretty much given up hope. Got to Kuala Selangor past 10:00pm and were too late to see thousands of fireflies on the river...without any bribing. For around $50USD we were put on a motorboat and taken out in the complete darkness to see the fireflies. Headed back to KL the next day to catch a flight to Bangkok.
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