Thursday, April 22, 2010
HongKong Weekender 2
The nicest thing about working for a company with 50markets worldwide -- anywhere you go, you will always find a local Nu Skin office, where you can feel right at home. On our 2nd day, we visited the spanking new office of Nu Skin Enterprises, Hongkong. It's at Lee Gardens along Causeway Bay. Needless to say, the area is a throve of fabulous brands. The ground floor houses, the Mercedes Benz Showroom, and luxurious boutiques of Prada, Channel, Tods, Christian Dior, Gucci line the side streets. Exactly, the kind of market niche that we want to cater to.
Here's just some of my favorite spots in the center:
Touch Screen LCD TV to Read / Browse Stories of Successful Distributors in Two Languages, Chinese or English
The Wall of Fame
Free-standing Macs to Check your Volumes and Genealogy
Every girl's dream vanity.. all-laden with everything Nu Skin
As usual, we can’t help but compare their beautiful showroom to our humble Walk-in-Center in the Philippines. Sad, but then, we are a work-in-progress! NSE Hongkong has been in the business for more than 20years! They continue to grow double-digits year over year, despite being in the business for more than two decades. NSE Philippines is barely on its teens, we just celebrated our 12th year anniversary. So, much room to grow! I can't wait to see what NSE Philippines will be like, say 10years from now!
Our next stop was Ocean Park. I’ve always loved Ocean Park. I’ve been there twice but I still look forward to the experience every time! My impression of Ocean Park now – it’s more compact, more colorful, more child-like... there are several new attractions, and they have improved the old classic ones. Clearly, they are not taking the threat of Disneyland sitting down!
How to Tame Your Dragon
Artificial Island in Atoll Reef
One thing I love at Ocean Park, they try to make everything educational. They many interesting trivia in the exhibits for both kids and adults. My favorite -- hands-down is the Atoll Reef. Four stories of elliptical underground Aquarium, with an array of sea creatures from Sharks, Tortoises, Manta Rays, Sturgeons, Blow Fishes, etc. etc. they claim totals to more than 3,000 with 250 species. It’s really a sight to behold. Too bad they don't capture well on still cameras.
Sea Lions taking a Break from their Routines at the Pacific Pier
The Sea Lions never fail to capture my heart. They only have a few Sea Lions, and most of them are trained for the shows. Quite a far cry, from the Seals at Pier 39 in San Francisco. Those seals that flock to that area looks lazy, smelly, humongous and stupid. Sea Lions in ocean park are athletic, active, smart and they earn their keep. Hahahaha
Shh.. The Panda is taking a power nap.
Needless to say, the most pampered creatures in the park are the Pandas. If they sea lions and the dolphins have scheduled shows. The Pandas, earn their keep, by just doing the most natural things in the world -- poop, eat grass, or take their afternoon nap... in a perfectly temperature-controlled environment. They also have in their collection, the Red Pandas, who also look adorable.
Red Pandas which look like orange to me, but hey, who cares? Red brings luck to the Chinese, so Red it is.
Jelly Fish Galore
I've never seen sooo many jelly fishes, than the exhibit called Sea Jelly Spectacular. It's an awesome collection of more than 1,000 species of jelly fishes, from the tiniest speck to the bigger ones. The presentation is simply spectacular -- the room is dark, and the the flourescence of the jellies lit up the circular aquariums. The scene is overwhelming. Galing sobra! I don't take great photos, better go to www.oceanpark.com if you want to see what I'm blabbering about.
Waa... Enough! Get me Outta here!
We didn't bother going to the portion of the park, where there are rides. Looking at them from afar is already making my knees weak. The only adventurous thing that we did was ride the cable car. I've only ridden cable cars in two other places in my entire life -- Great Wall of China, and the Olympic Park in Utah.. Nothing beats Ocean Parks' loooooooooooonngg cable ride. My heart would really skip a beat whenever the wind blows, or the cable reaches the posts, as it rattles.
Hongkong Weekender,3 ... next! If I still have the energy...