I Got A Technology Upgrade!

In February I wrote about the nine travel essentials that I have with me at all times. I’m one of the most wired people I know when I travel, thanks to the amount of travel writing I do and the amount of work that I like to leave until last minute (fellow IB students rejoice). Preferably I’d be connected 24/7, though I’d at least like to have working internet when I’m situated at a hotel and need to catch up on work.

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However, over the last week, I got myself a little technology update, which changes the travel essentials that I bring with me from now on – and I hope that I can bring the update towards the effectiveness of this blog as well.

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Troubleshooting At YTHK – Help Us Out!

Lately I’ve been happy to see you guys enjoying some of the reports here at Young Travelers of Hong Kong. I love this hobby of writing about airline travel and will forever be grateful that I get to do this on an almost monthly basis, so I do like to make sure that you guys love the content here (especially with how much my parents sometimes pay for us to have a good time).

Some of you guys actually like reading my broken English, though I get that a large number of you are here for the pictures, so I try to make sure that the photo experience is as great as possible. My parents were kind enough to get me a high-quality point and shoot camera for my birthday last year, so you bet it’s been following me around.

img_5527My camera is one of my nine travel essentials

I’ve also chosen a WordPress theme, Penscratch, that has allowed me to maximise photo size on this blog without having to pay for it (I’m kind of broke so can’t really pay my parents for this right now, though I plan to turn this website into a public domain by next year). However, even though the transition to Penscratch happened quite a while ago, there’s still a little bit of troubleshooting that we’ve been doing – and we need you to help us out.

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Hong Kong Airport Express Prices Will Increase This June

One of my favourite ways to get from the city center to the airport every time in Hong Kong is through the Airport Express. The Airport Express allows check-in at Central, Tsim Sha Tsui and Tsing Yi, and gets you to the airport in around 25 minutes, which is much faster than a bus, and around the same time as a car or taxi would, while saving you all associated parking fees (and the potential HK$300-500 that a taxi would cost, luggage included, as your luggage is sent on its way at the station).

Some of my earliest airport memories include eyeing the progress map of these trains, which is just slightly less awesome than geeking over an inflight map.

Airport Express Progress Map

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One Small Change for the Young Travelers of Hong Kong

Today marks a turnaround in Young Travelers of Hong Kong.

Long time writer Jason has joined since the Hong Kong Airline News-Young Travelers of Hong Kong transition, and he’s written a huge load of trip report installments up here, including his latest Finnair trip report, with his experiences on the Finnair A350 and Cathay Pacific A340 (as well as his amazing ground experiences at Helsinki Airport).

IMG_0319.jpgFinnair Airbus A350-900 Business Class Cabin

So, today Jason, as usual, sent me a picture of his flight in Cathay Pacific business class from Hong Kong to New York. He dubbed the service great but not amazing, so not to the level of the last time he flew the route (the review of that will be on soon).

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Istanbul Airport Attacked, AT LEAST 41 Dead

Following the Brussels attack, Istanbul Akatürk airport has been bombed by what are presumed to be Islamic terrorists. Right now, at least 41 people, including the three perpetrators, were found dead with a further 239 people found injured.

Istanbul Akaturk Airport

Three perpetrators have been killed, while four are still at large.

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Our “Best” and “Worst” Travel Of 2015

Happy new year! Last year, we thought it would be fun to create a post on our “best” and “worst” travel of 2014. After updating our trip report index, we decided to make this thing annual so it would be cooler (i.e. scrolling down and going “woah, that’s Alvin/Jason/Nat’s worst flight of the year”).

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Obviously, this is just a follow-up and all relative, as I’ve enjoyed all my flights this year – each and every one.

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Wishing Upon A Star For Myanmar on Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone! I have a hotel stay to complete next week before I call it a year, and Jason’s singing after his upgrade to Bangkok.


Cathay Pacific Boeing 777-300 Business Class

What are your plans this Christmas?

One of my friends’ plans during Christmas was to visit a few villages around Chiang Mai. He ended up going over the Myanmar border to Tachileik, and over the Laos border to Donsao. He met a few children on the Laos side, and came back talking about the language barrier.

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Follow Young Travelers of Hong Kong on Facebook and Think of Bells and Whistles That I Could Be Using

In a slow and steady integration of travel blogging into my life, I’ve started to get more active on social media. With Young Travelers of Hong Kong, Twitter is where most of the magic happens, whilst I’ve been quite active on Instagram as well. The former was launched further towards when Hong Kong Airline News was still active, and the latter has been up since Easter this year.

I’ve been on both as myself, whereas Jason just has a rather artsy-themed Instagram YTHK-based account (and his own avgeek-based account, too).

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Update on Site Updates

Apologies on being slightly light on posts lately (of course, my trip report to Phuket is rolling out smoothly).

Ultimately substance beats style when writing anything. It’s always disappointing to get on a snazzy, well designed site, only to find nothing close to what you were looking for.

That said, sometimes, for both us and you guys, the blog does need to be updated, and long-time readers may have noticed changes in the blog format.

Appearance Changes

It’s probably noticeable that the blog has changed again in appearance, and it’s merely an update from the Twenty Fourteen WordPress theme to the Twenty Fifteen WordPress theme. I don’t think it’s that big a change, and it’s definitely just for better editing and a cleaner blog, which I like.

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The New Young Travelers of Hong Kong

The layout is slightly cleaner, in my opinion, but currently it’s hard to access the categories, which I’ll try to fix later.

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New Trip Report Index coming up!

At Young Travelers of Hong Kong, we’ve made a lot of changes last November, and I think they’re staying for a while (I’ll just say that we’re taking desperate measures to keep the blog on the line).

We’ve updated the Trip Report Index – well, we haven’t updated it, we’ve just added to it.

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We definitely haven’t finished the update, but from the new “Airlines” page, I think y’all will see where we’re going.

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