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03/17/2012

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American Football is the focus.Pictured here: the Accidental Travel Writer, a.k.a. Michael Taylor (3rd from left), reppin the Raiders in Koh Samui, Thailand.
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What I’m Listening To ...

As I milled through a crowd of students protesting in the streets of Hong Kong for universal suffrage, a few people started to sing - and within moments, everyone (but me) was singing along loudly and enthusiastically. I was later to learn that this song, 'Under a Vast Sky' - sung by the late Wong Ka-kui, a.k.a. Beyond - an icon of Canto-pop, has become the unofficial anthem of Hong Kong's student-led democracy movement. ENJOY!

During a recent trip to China, these amazing musicians from Paraguay were performing at the hotel I was staying at! I listened to them, I danced with them, and I even got to SING with them (em chines!). Introducing Andrea Marina singing 'Que Bello Cumbria Paraguay'. ENJOY!

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What I'm Doing ...

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Michael Taylor, a.k.a. the Accidental Travel Writer, at the Michelin 2015 Hong Kong and Macau press conference at the Four Seasons Hotel in Hong Kong
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Mass Luciano, 2014 Mr Gay Hong Kong (left) with Michael Taylor, a.k.a. the Accidental Travel Writer at the Ovolo Southside Hotel in Aberdeen on 18 October 2014.
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Michael Taylor (left) and Nan-Hie In at a Media Preview at Gaucho, a new Argentinian restaurant at Central on Hong Kong Island.
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Michael Taylor, a.k.a. the Accidental Travel Writer (left), with Betty Grisini at the AbsolutVodka Andy Warhol launch in the LKF Hotel in SoHo on Hong Kong Island..
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Michael Taylor, a.kl.a. the Accidental Travel Writer, checking out the action at Umbrella Square on Hong Kong Island.
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Jerry Lai (left) with Michael Taylor, a.k.a. the Accidental Travel Writer, at the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer product launch at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wanchai on Hong Kong Island.
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Posing with models ...
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Hamming it up for the camera ...
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Fantasising about our new cars ...
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Attending a menu sampling dinner for the media at NOME in SoHo on Hong Kong Island.
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Hanging out with Men in Leather at a shopping mall in Seattle, Washington.

What I'm reading ...

Finally finished it. Wouldn't recommend it. But for 2 books that I would WHOLEHEARTEDLY recommend, please scroll down!

- Accidental Travel Writer, 11 August 2014.

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Sometimes books get better. You never know. Also, I did want to know how things turned out.

- Accidental Travel Writer, 4 August 2014.

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Why do you keep reading the book if you don't like it? Books don't appeal alike to all no matter how many prizes they may win.

- S.Z. in Orange County, California (via Facebook), 4 August 2014.

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After 433 pages I decided to fast forward 100 pages ... I DID want to know what happened next, but I didn't want to plod through what had already happened to another character to find out.

Seems to be taking me an awfully long time to finish this book. That should tell you something ...

- Accidental Travel Writer, 4 August 2014.

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It's sh***ty, crappy, and weak writing ... lazy and hackneyed ... I really don't think she wrote it. There's something missing.

- S.F. in Macau (via Facebook), 31 July 2014.

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After 354 pages, I can't believe I'm still reading. I honestly thought I would have given up by now. Sometimes I feel as though I'm reading a book that was written in another language and sloppily translated into English ... because the story is interesting (and keeps me wanting to know what is going to happen next) , but the writing is sloppy ... and it FREQUENTLY annoys me!

- Accidental Travel Writer in Hong Kong, 28 July 2014

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I had almost given up on the book but after 116 pages I'm finally starting to get interested in the story.

- Accidental Travel Writer in Hong Kong, 25 July 2014.

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Picked up this book at the Hong Kong Book Fair, and - after 36 pages - it has so far failed to captivate me the way 'Joy Luck Club' did 25 years ago. Will it get better? Not according to S.F. of Macau. We're both wondering if it could possibly have been written by someone else!

- Accidental Travel Writer in Hong Kong, 22 July 2014

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What I've read ...

A footnote in 'Red Star Over China' led the writer to research the murder of a British teenager in Peking in the run-up to the city's invasion by the Japanese. Reads like a well crafted novel. I highly recommend it! Can't wait to read 'The Badlands' by the same author.

- Accidental Travel Writer in Hong Kong,18 July 2014

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What I've read ...

A page turner if there ever was one, and my introduction to Ian Hamilton and his Chinese-Canadian heroine, Ava Lee, a forensic accountant with an appetite for adventure. Couldn't put it down. I highly recommend it! Looking forward to reading other mysteries in the Ava Lee series.

- Accidental Travel Writer in Hong Kong, 15 July 2014

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