Maui video featured on travelin10 video podcast

Maui Video

By Greg Hung Aug 9 2013


Greg is a World Explorer, Film-maker & Travel & Technology Serial Entrepreneur has directed, shot, edited, and produced over 30 high definition travel and lifestyle related videos on Youtube videos in addition to producing ChicVoyage in Asia – modern travel adventures on the Amazon.com store. He has been instructed by globally renown SLR Director and film-maker Phillip Bloom.

Greg Hung World explorer, film-maker & entrepreneur
Greg Hung World explorer, film-maker & entrepreneur

I want to share a Maui video produced recently this year. During 2012 I returned to the office in Vancouver and the conversations in the office on Friday’s or before vacations often led to sharing of stories about Maui. I had heard about this beach paradise, and yet at the time I didn’t find a whole lot of quality videos on this destination to see what is it like. I traveled to Maui in May 2013 and decided to share part of the experience of traveling here by creating this Maui video. Memories of Maui include the wonderful hot weather, the oceanfront condo’s, pretty beaches, friendly people, and how beautiful and unspoiled this destination is. I’ve decided to partner with Vancouver travel podcaster travelin10.com available here. Enjoy

 

 

 

 

Melbourne Australia tour

a melbourne walking tour

By Greg Hung Aug 6th 2013

Melbourne Australia Tour


Greg is a World Explorer, Film-maker & Travel & Technology Serial Entrepreneur has directed, shot, edited, and produced over 30 high definition travel and lifestyle related videos on Youtube videos in addition to producing ChicVoyage in Asia – modern travel adventures on the Amazon.com store. He has been instructed by globally renown SLR Director and film-maker Phillip Bloom.

Greg Hung World explorer, film-maker & entrepreneur
Greg Hung World explorer, film-maker & entrepreneur

Is Melbourne the most livable city in the world? According to the The EIU’s Global Liveability Report it is, but is it actually like to live there for 14 days like a local. I set out on a journey to answer this same question for some one the worlds most livable cities: Sydney, Auckland, Vancouver, Adelaide, and Melbourne. To give you a taste of Melbourne I decided to start with a walking tour video of Melbourne. After doing a google and youtube search today for Melbourne Australia walking tours I see there isn’t many professional videos out there. I hope this fills the void and offers something entertaining and informative for the views out there.

Melbourne Australia tour
Federation Square - A central meeting square near the South Bank to meet friends and surf the free wifi

During my time at their place I got a chance to know my Airbnb hosts, Gretchen and William quite well. I came up with an idea and inspiration to do a walking tour video of Melbourne hosted with my Airbnb hosts that I could also pitch to Airbnb for a future show. William and Gretchen thought it was a good idea as well and so we got it done.  As you can see they are very friendly and knowledgeable about Melbourne and I would recommend to stay them in South Bank if you can.

Melbourne Australia tour
One of many picture opportunities in the grafitti alleys of Melbourne

Melbourne has a strong coffee culture; however you may be surprised how difficult it is to find a regular drip coffee. They call it a pour over coffee and in Australia it was quite rare to find in contrast to the long black and flat whites. In the video we try out a coffee flight and get you watch the unique way and attention that is given during the preparation of the coffee flight. Melbourne also has a popular grafitti culture. William and Gretchen take us to the croft alley in chinatown where you’ll get to glimpse of these alleys from your computer without having to deal with the smell. We finish off at a diner where William will explain the popular style of burger found in Australia and Singapore called the wagyu burger. Food is generally expensive in Melbourne , but at this diner we show you where to find these quality burgers starting at $10.

Melbourne Australia Tour
The coffee flight tasting experience in Melbourne featured in the video

If you enjoy this video please do your part and share it with your friends. I would like to partner with Airbnb and do more of these videos worldwide and a larger viewership will bring me closer to that.

 

Johnny walkers oldest for sale – A rare treasure discovered during my travel’s in South Africa

johnny walker oldest for sale

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Greg Hung - a modern marco polo for the 3rd millenium

Dear whiskey connoisseur,

Similar to the famous world traveler Marco Polo I am a world explorer and adventurer traveling to new destinations and have done much to introduce Asia to the world. Think of me as the South African Canadian Chinese Marco Polo for the third millennium. My name is Greg and during my second travel adventure I sold almost all my possessions to continue to pursue to passion and dreams of travel and film.

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During my trip to South Africa my grand mother recognized that I enjoyed beverages such as wines and whiskeys and helped her to appraise some bottles that she and my late Grandfather William Hung accumulated throughout the years. My grand father had been known to have many business connections within the South African community and globally and my grandmother shared that it was common to receive these bottles as gifts from diplomats and politicians.

Due to the gift of the Internet I was able to discover that this unopened bottle of Johnny walker’s oldest is the finest of Johnny walker’s premium blue label that has been referred to as a significant piece of whiskey history period. According to the whiskey exchange ” this is one of the first ever bottlings of Johnny Walker Blue Label. These old bottles are not getting extremely rare and difficult to find.” My grandmother has kindly allowed to take ownership of the bottle and bring it to Singapore. I’ve decided to make it available to someone that will appreciate something this special and rare for the right price.

I’ve opened the seal so that I may take pictures of the unique serial number for authenticity for your benefit.

coincidentally the colors of the bottle and packaging are the same imperial blue and gold. I’ve also had some difficultly finding which method to find a buyer so I’m trying through my website.

Please contact ChicVoyage if you are interested in purchasing.

 

 

 

 

Vancouver Kickstarter project for Canadian Expat in Australia launches

Vancouver Kickstarter project for Canadian Expat in Australia launches

Vancouver Kickstarter project
Vancouver Kickstarter project

By Greg Hung and Samantha Zhang


Greg Hung is a World Explorer and a Travel & Technology Serial Entrepreneur. Originally from South Africa, Greg moved to Canada in 1988 and has called Vancouver, BC Canada home since 1995.  He developed a successful IT corporate career and has filled roles such as Network Manager for CORIX and Business Team Lead for Worksafe BC. He developed a strong entrepreneurial drive during the MBA Technology program at Simon Fraser University Beedie School of Business, which led to the creation of a series of Internet Travel information & entertainment  related companies under the ChicVoyage Group

Click here for the Kickstarter campaign

The video for the Canadian Expat in Australia Kickstarter campaign

In December 2011, Greg left his managerial job, sold his apartment and traveled to Asia for a month and a half with his SLR camera, filming modern high definition Asia footage during this trip. When he returned to Vancouver in January 2012, a friend introduced him to the Departure’s travel show and the idea of creating a travel show of his own took seed.

He returned to the corporate world in April 2012 for a year. For seven months he worked during evenings and weekends during his free time to produce 30 high definition inspirational travel videos and a modern Asia travelogue called “ChicVoyage in Asia”.  The ChicVoyage in Asia blu-ray is now available on Amazon.com and the digital download of the series can be found on the ChicVoyage Productions website.

The next chapter: Down under

Greg has a strong belief about staying true to yourself and following your heart and passions. For Greg this translated into a strong internal pull to Australia throughout the year and he began to envision a travelogue adventure web series in Australia. The global livability rankings from EIU had listed 4 of the top 10 cities in the world in this region. This solidified the plans for Greg.  He began attending a popular local Internet Marketing meetup called Internet Masterminds.  There he met Samantha Zhang, an American entrepreneur that enjoyed some of the videos.  They agreed to partner on a Kickstarter Project called “The Canadian Expat in OZ” – a series of Cinematic travelogue adventures available in 4 of the most livable waterfront cities in the world (Sydney, Auckland, Melbourne, and Adelaide).

Vancouver Kickstarter project
City of Auckland, New Zealand. One of the world's most livable cities. Image courtesy of TheVirtualNetwork.com.au

Unlike the popular Departure’s  travel web series. The Canadian Expat in OZ travel web series will feature attractions, hidden gems, food, local perspectives and some surprises along the way. This is not a backpacker hostel type trip, but instead of staying at hotels Greg plans to use AirBnb almost exclusively for a completely different travel experience. Think of a Sandstone apartment 300m away from the famous Bondi beach or staying with a local couple in the Southbank Arts Precinct in a modern apartment in Melbourne. We can expect storytelling and high cinematic production value.  If we have a successful Kickstarter campaign, Greg is excited about the possibilities of bringing a cinematic style with a strong story to the travel genre.

Our audience is in for a treat as the Canadian Expat in OZ will also be featuring the up and coming Australian city Brisbane and the town of Cairnes, where Greg will be sharing the Great Barrier Reef experience. Have you wondered what it’s like leaving your job, friends, family and home behind to pursue the adventure of traveling in Australia? If you have, but didn’t want to take the risk yourself, here is your opportunity to experience it from the comfort of your home.

There will be some valuable perks such as special backer access updates which will provide an itinerary with maps with the exact co-ordinates of the places visited with a geo-log trail that will display the journey that Greg has traveled within a city.

Vancouver Kickstarter campaign
Vancouver Kickstarter travel film campaign video. At Olympic Village with Greg Hung and Samantha Zhang

Greg says “I’m excited about the adventure and sharing a modern cinematic Travel adventure in Australia and my life.  I’m happy to meet Samantha and can’t believe that this Kickstarter campaign is going to launch soon!” She has provided great input and we have put together some interesting and useful perks for backers of our campaign. Technology has made a lot of this possible. The power to create with cameras, Meetup groups, AirBnb, YouTube, Vimeo, and Kickstarter. We are living in a time of amazing opportunity. I hope that Samantha and I have good timing!

Greg will be setting off for his adventure at the end of April 2013.

How can you help?

The most direct way would be to contribute to our Kickstarter campaign. Other ways you can help are to spread the word using social media by clicking any of the social networks you belong to on the floating bar on the left. Thanks in advance for your support!

Travel and Technology: Live Speech translation demo English to Mandarin Chinese is almost here

Next time I'll talk about these topics Could I build a life and friends in Taipei and what adventures did I have ? How did I survive and figure out the basics such as how to eat and find a place to live ? Was Taiwan what I thought it would be?

Language can play a huge factor in shaping the experience you have on your travels. If you can’t speak the primary language it can become a barrier for simple things such as getting directions, ordering food, and more complex things such as having conversations. This was the experience I had traveling to Beijing where almost all the people I came across did not speak much English. I had trouble ordering my lunch (good old pointing didn’t work) and finding eye drops. I decided to check the Internet today to see how technology has evolved to help us conquer these language barriers. It turns out my timing was good.

In November 2012, Microsoft’s Chief Research officer demonstrated technology that translates English to Chinese Mandarin in real-time. Watch the youtube video (start at the 7:30 mark).

You can get more information here

There is another technology in the form of a smart phone application for iphone and Android that has some early potential. I was first introduced to it by a friend who demonstrated the app called “Word Lens”. The application allows you to point your smartphone’s camera at a written Spanish word and instantly convert it to English on your phones display. Very Cool. Unfortunately Chinese is not yet available, but language such as French, Italian, and Spanish are. For more information on Word Len’s I’ve include a link to the application on the Apple store click here. There is a video below with a live demo.

We’re Back – The blog is back, new website and new adventures

 

The ChicVoyage website is now complete. Our website has been in development for the past year and was a larger project than originally planned. I hope you enjoy the new site and find it Chic and a place you will come to visit for high quality travel content.

The first draft of the website actually came up while I was in Xian, China and around that time we lost the original blog. So this is our first blog post since late in 2011, and before that the blog was the most active area of the Chicvoyage website. I hope to use the blog as an active channel to share valuable content related to travel and film with you.

I created the ChicVoyageGroup which is a parent company for ChicVoyage Travel and ChicVoyage Productions.  When I first began the website there was just ChicVoyage. You may be wondering what happened since then. Well I traveled in Asia for a month and a half and I discovered a love of travel and video. When I returned back to Canada I decided that the focus for 2012 would be on developing travel films based on my adventures and travels around the world in 2011. So here is a quick  guide

ChicVoyage Travel

  • Experiences – Find high quality pictures and short video tours of destinations around the world. We will provide independent and first hand reviews of our experience to help you plan your visit. You can also expect to find sample itineraries if available and custom maps of the attraction locations.
  • Experience Designer – Create your own idea for a travel experience or create one you have already been on that you would like to share
  • Blog

ChicVoyage Productions

  • Portfolio – A sample of the video work we do
  • Travel Store – A location to purchase and download quality travel films. Currently I have produced films for Shanghai, Singapore, and Providenciales Turks & Caicos Island. There are films for Hong Kong, Xian,  Taipei, Beijing, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Napa Valley, and the Grand Canyon in the works. This is what I’m most excited about for 2012 and recommend you check out. Here are few pictures to spark the imagination.

 

Highlights of a Chic Summer in Montreal 2011

This summer I decided I had to plan a trip to Montreal and experience all that I had heard about the Chic women, the well-known night life, and amount of options of things to do.

The original highlights of my trip

– Just for Laughs festival – Russell Peters
– Jean-Paul Gaultier Exhibit
– Montreal Cycle Tours now known fitza and follwell company
– Fireworks
– Cavalli on Thursdays
– Smoke a Cigar at the Whiskey Cafe
– Jet Boat Water Ride

Thursday

I arrived in Montreal and checked at the St. Paul Hotel, which was a 4 star boutique hotel. Before I arrived I received exceptional service from the manager Eric Pouliot. He volunteered to help pick up my Russell Peter’s tickets before I arrived. The hotel was a Chic boutique hotel, but Eric’s service left a stronger impression on me than the hotel to be honest.

I went over to the Just for Laugh’s festival. I purchased a group of tickets and had to sell a pair with 2 hours to go. I decided to go straight to the source of the highest demand, which was the box office and sold them.

Just for Laughs festival 2011
Just for Laughs festival 2011

I decided to celebrate this small victory with a drink at Cavalli’s as it was a Thursday and the Montreal’s insider blog recommended it. I found the restaurant initially pretentious, but once I sat at the bar it was just a temporary passing. Cavalli’s wasn’t as busy as I thought. There were some people enjoying dinner, but the majority of the crowd were loitering around the bar. My chat with the bartender revealed that there was a music festival called Osheaga that featured Eminem and Lupe Fiasco. This was like a dream match up for me.

The Russell Peter’s show was very good. He introduced some new comedians and he held his own. Poking fun of the crowd and cultural stereotypes. He is entertaining, confident, and amazing what he can get away with saying and spark and still spark a positive reaction from the crowd. What a talent.

Friday

The next day I went to the Montreal Museum for the much anticipated Jean Paul Gaultier. The exhibit was very interesting with striking pictures and fashionable dressed mannequins with animated faces. I felt that my fashion education increased at the end of the visit and vowed to get a sweater with horizontal stripes soon. Photos of the pictures and video footage was not permitted, but I’ve decided to take a risk for you to share this talent with the world. So please enjoy this while you can. More pictures on facebook. I also had the pleasure of meeting a beautiful women and her friend Zina. She provided an exclusive insider interview on Montreal’s hot spots and restaurants in the first release from ChicVoyage productions

After I went to visit Au Pied de Cochon, A French restaurant that had the highest reviews on Yelp so I had high expectations. I was helped by a cheerful naturally beautiful brown haired women named Sarah Jane. She was a good sport and helped introduced the dishes I had in the Montreal video. The food was amazing and felt my still developing palette had been treated to some of the best food that Montreal had to offer. See her in our video.

To top off the day I decided to check out the Eminem. I had to cab to a park island I think it was called La Ronde that resembled Vancouver’s Stanley Park. I somehow managed to get the SLR in without any problems, which you can’t usually do at music concerts. I then tried to make my way to the front, but the crowd was dense, young, and the price for claustrophobia and getting crushed was not worth it. I decided to take the highest point and struck it lucky at the Bacardi bar where I got amazing views of the entire concert and the immense 32,000 plus crowd with a landscape of downtown Montreal.

A scene from Eminem Osheaga Festival Summer Montreal 2011
A scene from Eminem Osheaga Festival Summer Montreal 2011

Saturday

I decided to soak in some culture and exercise at Montreal Cycle tours, the highest rated activity on Montreal according to Tripadvisor. I ended up being the only single in a group of thirty something aged couples from the US. The ride was good some of the highlights of our ride were Mcgill, Montreal Public market, La Canal Lachine waterfront, and the Latin Quarter. Our tour guide was knowledge and an interesting character. The lunch served pizza with a beer. The ride went a hour or two longer than we wanted, but overall I felt it was good value. I highly recommend the tour for exercise, to meet people, cultural education, and to see a lot of Montreal which you are at it. Thanks to Shea, the owner for his generosity. I’m sorry my pictures and videos from the cycle tour must have been damaged on my SD card.

I took the train over to watch Lupe Fiasco. This concert was in the hot summer day with a fraction of the energy and the crowds of the previous night. I expected more from the witty introspective lyrics of Lupe Fiasco. The beginning of his performance began with putting down the United States, and he went through some new material and some of his original hits.

It was the night of the fireworks and I decided to try watch it from a restaurant with a cool rooftop terrace called Suite 701. My view wasn’t the best because some buildings were blocking it, but it sure beats fighting crowds at the park to watch it.

Suite 701
View from Suite 701 Montreal Summer 2011 with the Fireworks

I went for a walk down St. Laurent and stopped at a spots bar to watch an MMA fight with Dan Henderson and Fedor. I had a great time here. They played great music, it was a great fight, and I met a friendly group of guys from New Jersey that were there for a stag. I was recommended by the sports bar owner to go to Stogies to smoke a cigar at Crescent St. Stogies was a great time. I was greeted by the owner and explained that I had come from the sports bar. He introduced me to the bar where there was comfortable seating, a well stocked great looking bar, and a energetic bar tender. They had outdoor patio seating that overlooked the buzzing crescent st , but I remained inside and drank real stiff scotch and smoke my Cohíba Siglo. This was the life. I stopped by a restaurant across the street for a delicious chicken schwarma before heading back to the hotel. By this time it was 3am in the morning and I had to wake at 5am to catch my 7am flight back to Vancouver. Great experience. It was too short, but I plan to have a Chic tour in Montreal in the future. Catch the highlights in our video.

TaiwanFest in Vancouver Sep 5th 2011

ChicVoyage decided to provide a little flavor of the Taiwanfest. I decided to provide footage and spotted local celebrity and NBA point guard for the Phoenix Suns, Steve Nash, in Jugo Juice in Yaletown.

Steve Nash and Greg Hung Jugo Juice

There were plenty of tents set up on Granville St. The prominent tents were sponsored by TELUS giving away the sunglasses with green rims that have been seen around town. In my opinion it is the food that is one of the main reasons to check out this event. In our upcoming video you’ll see squid on the BBQ, a local bubble tea stand, and an interview from Oscar providing a reason to check out Chef Hung’s famous Taiwanese Beef Noodles. There is no family relation, so there is no bias for my love of Taiwanese beef noodles. There are no Taiwanese Beef noodle restaurants in downtown Vancouver so this is a great opportunity to try some. I personally didn’t try them at the time of writing, but my friend texted my that this batch was extra special so I’m personally making a second trip to try them out tonight. Chef Hung does have a restaurant in the Aberdeen mall located in Richmond, which is accessible from the Canada line.

Vancouver is home to some good Taiwanese noodle options. Some important qualities are a good and tasty broth. The beef should be tender and lean with minimal fat. Thirdly, the noodles should be firm, but tender and your choice between thin or thick noodles. I like the thick noodles.

More information about Chef Hung’s restaurant.

Another great family owned restaurant to try for beef noodles. It is recommended to pick up if you prefer to sit in a restaurant with a nice atmosphere.
Haung’s Beef Noodle House