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Today is the summer solstice

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The longest day and shortest night of the year. This photo was taken at around 1030pm in London and the distant horizon is still light. This is quite amazing for a Malaysian, where this doesn’t happen at the equator.

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Sunrise in Bermuda

Sunrise over the Airport Harbour

Sunrise over the Airport Harbour

Today is the first day I’ve been awake early enough to catch the sunrise.. and this was because I had a flight to catch.  Sunrise is from 715am onwards.  The sky lights up like gold and the clouds seem to break apart from the heat of the sun-rays.  This is a fluke from a moving taxi and taken as we reached the Bermuda Airport.  The airport sits on a tiny island called St David’s and we have to cross a bridge from the main island to reach the airport.

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You must be a Bermudian, when…

  • You know that Ginger Beer is much better than Ginger Ale
  • You say ‘inna’ after almost every sentence
  • You know Johnny Barnes
  • You know the difference between Hamilton and Hamilton Parish
  • You have an “Ace Boy” or “Ace Gurl”
  • Your house has a name
  • 30 mins in a car is a stretch!
  • You’ve only ever bought gas from Shell or Esso
  • You know the significance of the colours, “Blue and Blue” and “Red and Blue”
  • You use the car horn to say hello
  • You know 90% of the country’s population
  • You have bought a Christmas tree, shirt, fish or lobster out of a truck on the side of the road
  • Dark and stormy isn’t just a term to describe the weather
  • You don’t swim until 24th May (at the earliest)
  • You can identify a tourist without even talking to them
  • You can wear pink shorts with knee socks and still feel manly
  • You know that “up the country” is west and “down the country” is east
  • You’ve lived through at least one hurricane and therefore the names, Felix, Emily, Fabian and Florence all have a deeper meaning for you
  • You’ve risked your life climbing a weak tree that’s in someone else’s yard JUST to reach that juicy loquat
  • If you know why Seagull Racing does not involve birds, or racing, you must be a Bermudian
  • If mayonnaise is both your favorite condiment and your preferred method of removing beach tar from your feet
  • If you’ve ever been “Guilty with an explanation”
  • If you never notice the tree frogs at night
  • If the telephone directory listing includes your nickname because no one knows your given name

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Things slow way-down in Bermuda

One of the first things I noticed is how slow everyone moves here… in comparison to Hong Kong.  At first it irritated me, e.g. I was on the bus and a man had pressed the bell to get down.  When the bus stopped, the man leisurely got up and ambled slowly off the bus.  I caught myself mumbling at how inconsiderate he was to hold up the whole bus! In Hong Kong, before the bus came to the stop, everyone would be queuing-up at the door to get-off.

In just over a year, I’ve become so Hongkie in that aspect, always busy, always rushing, so much so that it’s become habit.  My pace is so quick that I’ve upset some local Bermudians with my hurried manner.  The good thing is after spending a week here, I’ve noticed myself slowing down… a little.  I’ve made a conscious effort to stop and look at the sky for just a few more minutes, chew my food gently, rather than swallowing it whole, walk a little slower, not look at my watch so often, speak slower and spend more time just chatting casually (or aimlessly).  These are all positive changes, which I’m sure will do wonders for my stress-levels and heart.

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Sunday in Bermuda

Almost everything shuts down on Sunday – no retail shopping (except maybe the supermarket), in some places the bus only operate from 10am to 5pm and most restaurants are closed, except the ones in hotels.  This was a problem for me, as I wanted to see Bermuda on Sunday.

In terms of logistics, I had to time myself so that I didn’t miss the bus, as the frequency is less and I’d have to wait 30 mins for the next one.  In terms of food, I had to check that the place I wanted to visit had an opened restaurant.  It was quite sad that when I wanted to buy dinner in the City, the only place that was opened was KFC!  Be prepared for sullen service at restaurants that open on Sunday… who would blame them, I’d rather be outdoors than serve another.

The best thing to do on a Sunday is enjoy the beach, soak up the sun and get tanned…. and order Room Service.

Here's how I spent my Sunday - lazing on Elbow Beach

Here's how I spent my Sunday - lazing on Elbow Beach

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Photolog: Sunset on Elbow Beach

Caught this image on a stretch of Elbow Beach, as the sun was setting.

Caught this image on a stretch of Elbow Beach, as the sun was setting. Despite diminishing light, the sky and sea remain so blue.

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Bermuda in the 1930s

A Bermudian friend sent a link to some photos of Bermuda in the 1930s.  Bermuda is such a small state that it’s hard to imagine it any smaller.  I was told that there used to be a railway track that ran the length of the state.  The railway has since given way to roads and other forms of transportation.  The railway track has turned into a trail for walkers and runners.

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