Category: Big Foot Tour

May 18

Hong Kong Guide : Seeing Hong Kong with Big Foot Tour!

Here’s a lovely write-up by Sue Frause, a travel writer and photographer, who went on our Hong Kong Private Tour recently.

One of my favorite ways to see a city is on a walking tour. After doing a fair amount of research before our trip to Hong Kong, I signed my friend Sandy and I up for a private tour with Big Foot Tour. It turned out to be our favorite daytime activity…

Sue Frause - Hong Kong Tours - Big Foot Tour - Walking Tours

Click here to read the full article.

Come and join us on a Hong Kong walking tour! We love making it fun and easy for our guests to immerse in a real Hong Kong environment. Book your Hong Kong tours at Big Foot Tour today!

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Mar 13

Big Foot Tour – We are Hiring!

Hello there,

At Big Foot Tour, we promise to bring our guests on lovely Hong Kong walking tours. As such, we are always on the lookout for sincere and sociable people, with a BIG love for Hong Kong, to join us in making it fun and easy for our guests to immerse in a real Hong Kong environment. We are hiring Hong Kong walking tour guides now!

Here are some of the key qualities that we think you must have:

  • A passion to share and inspire
  • Great relationship-building skills
  • Fluent in English
  • Possess an in-depth knowledge of Hong Kong’s history, culture and cuisine
  • A valid Tour Guide License issued by the TIC

Here are some of the key benefits that we provide:

  • Meeting awesome people from all over the world
  • A friendly working culture
  • Regular learning & development courses 
  • Flexible working hours
  • Strong and sexy legs – obviously! 

If all of these sound great and you would like to be part of our team, we would love to hear from you soon. Please get in touch with our founder, Ski Yeo, via email – hello(‘at’)bigfoottour.com – with the following documents and information:-

  1.  Resume AND your cover letter.
  2. A short description, in English only, on:
    • Why do you think you will be a great Hong Kong walking tour guide?
    • What do you like most about Hong Kong and why?
  3. Our tours run on a daily basis. Which days of the week would you be available to work?

Only completed application will be considered. Suitable candidates will be notified via email.  For more information, you can visit: http://www.bigfoottour.com/

Good Luck!

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Dec 15

Hong Kong Guide: Helping SoCO

At Big Foot Tour, we have always been actively looking for ways to help and do our part for society. If one observes carefully, there are many signs in our daily lives which reveal the less-than-optimal living conditions in Hong Kong. Often, these are hidden behind the facade of fancy malls and tall buildings.

Did you know?

  • 1 in 5 people in Hong Kong live in poverty
  • At least 170,000 people live in subdivided inadequate housing such as caged homes, roof tops or coffin homes. Here’s an article – Coffin House – which was written by us previously
  • 1 in 4 underprivileged children do not get 3 meals a day
  • The median household income of Hong Kong’s lowest income group in only HK$4,000 per month
  • 1 in 3 seniors are living in poverty. To make matters worse, many elderly workers are either being kicked out of the labour market or being given low wages and are not protected by labour laws

Here’s a recent news article from South China Morning Post: 1.3 million Hongkongers live in poverty, government says, but offers no solution.

Hong Kong Guide - Giving Back @ SoCO - Big Foot Tour - Hong Kong Tours

Hong Kong Guide - Giving Back @ SoCO - Big Foot Tour - Hong Kong Tours

We thought long and hard about how we can extend our help to these people. One welfare organization caught our attention recently when we became aware of the many great things that they had done for the less-privileged.

Introducing SoCO:

Hong Kong Guide - Giving Back @ SoCO - Big Foot Tour - Hong Kong Tours

“SoCO is a non-profit welfare organization which was set up in 1972. Its funding comes from overseas churches, the Hong Kong Community Chest and donations from individuals. 

For more than 40 years, we in SoCO have witnessed the various changing faces of Hong Kong’s social and economic transformation. During our daily work, we deeply feel the hardship faced by those from the poorest levels of our community. People who have worked quietly over the past decades and survived by living from hand to mouth and yet, they now neither live with dignity nor share the fruits of economic development. Under the surface of prosperity lives a community that has fallen into oblivion. In cramped and crowded cages and dilapidated private tenements are found, lonely old people, residents in old public housing estates, new immigrants, children living in poverty, street-sleepers, people recovered from mental illness, low-paid workers and common people whose voices are not heard. They have long been the targets for our service.

We firmly believe that everyone should enjoy the same rights. We are also convinced that an equal chance of development and a system which reasonable allocates social resources is the basis for protecting citizen’s rights. For many years, we have organized people at the grassroots level through community organization and social action to fight for policy change and a decent living standard.

For the people we care; for justice we act. With this mission, we strive to realize our dream: establish a society in which human dignity is respected and social justice is upheld. ”  ~ SoCO, verbatim.

“Policy changes are important,” says Irene, a staff from SoCO who has generously offered us her time when we wanted to find out more about their initiatives. “The last we want is to make the people that we are helping feel that we are just expressing sympathy. We hope to make a bigger impact through policy changes. That’s the way to ensure these people are better taken care of in the long run.” She patiently explained SoCO’s perspective, whilst bringing us around to witness the projects that they are undertaking.

We nodded in unison. After all, rich or poor, young or old, all these people are part of Hong Kong and they should be equally accepted and welcomed by the society. We spent the rest of the evening discussing ways that Big Foot Tour can help. In the meanwhile, for the next 2 years, we have committed to donate a part of our earnings to SoCO. We hope that these money – however little or much – can express our support for SoCO, and more importantly, for people in the grassroots level that need help.

We are not stopping here, for sure, as we are still reaching out to more organisations and more people who are in need.

You have our word.

For more information on SoCO or if you would like to make a donation, please visit SoCO’s website directly.

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References from:

Hong Kong Census and Statistics Department, 2011 & 2013; Action research by SoCO, 2011; and Survey on Subdivided Units in Hong Kong”, 2013; conducted by Policy 21 Ltd with commission of the Long Term Housing Strategy Steering Committee http://www.legco.gov.hk/yr12-13/english/panels/hg/hg_lths/papers/hg_lths0626cb1-1371-3-e.pdf.

 

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Dec 09

Hong Kong Guide : Giving Back @ Siem Reap

Hong Kong Guide - Giving in Cambodia - Big Foot Tour

At the end of life we will not be judged by how many diplomas we have received, how much money we have made, how many great things we have done. We will be judged by ‘I was hungry and you gave me to eat, I was naked and you clothed me, I was homeless and you took me in.’ Hungry not only for bread — but hungry for love. Naked not only for clothing — but naked for human dignity and respect. Homeless not only for want of a room of bricks — but homeless because of rejection. ~ Mother Teresa

Besides devoting our time to share our love for Hong Kong, the team at Big Foot Tour has also been giving back to the society. We took a short break recently to visit Siem Reap, where we volunteered our services to the people in need. We cooked, repaired roofs and planted fruit trees for our host families. This trip has been a very humbling experience for us and we gain so much – a sense of joy from giving, a greater level of appreciation of what we have in life and, most importantly, a new definition for love.

So thank you, our lovely host families from Komphelm Village as well as all the wonderful people whom we have crossed path in this trip. We promise to do much more for the society and we hope to bring more smiles to people from all over the world.

Here’s a short clip where our guide, Joe, learns Khmer and the kids practise their English.

We have posted more photos on our Facebook page. Check them out and like us on Facebook!

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Jun 02

Big Foot Tour: 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Winner

Woohoo! The team at Big Foot Tour is ecstatic to be awarded the 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for our Hong Kong walking tours!

Here’s a big thank-you to every guest that we have met.

Thank you for giving us the precious opportunity to learn from you. The interaction with you have humbled us in many ways by opening and engaging our mind to new perspectives. Beyond exchanging in-depth knowledge on our countries and culture, we have gained a deeper appreciation of the little things in life as well as picked up important lessons on building relationships.

Thank you for extending your warm hand of friendship. Although it had only been a few hours of time spent together, we are grateful to be let into your life through stories that you had generously shared with us. (Psst… We know what you did last summer. Your secrets are definitely safe.)

Thank you for writing a review on TripAdvisor. Not only do your comments provide us with invaluable feedback, they also serve as a big motivation for us to keep working harder to influence and inspire more people to travel like a local.

Last but not the least, as embarrassing as this sounds, thank you for your contribution in giving me the most sexy pair of legs that I can ever imagine! (erm I think… maybe I can speak for Joe too.)

It has been a very rewarding journey. Without you, really, Big Foot Tour could not have gone this far. =)

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Hong Kong Guide - Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence - Big Foot Tour

BIG FOOT TOUR EARNS 2013 TRIPADVISOR CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE 

Honored as a Top Performing Hong Kong Walking Tour Company as Reviewed by Travelers on the World’s Largest Travel Site

Hong Kong – 31st May 2013 – Big Foot Tour – Hong Kong Walking Tours today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Only the top-performing 10 percent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.

To qualify for a Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor, and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.

“Big Foot Tour is pleased to receive a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence,” said Ski Yeo, Founder, at Big Foot Tour. “We strive to offer our customers a memorable experience, and this accolade is evidence that our hard work is translating into positive reviews on TripAdvisor. We are very thankful to our guests for the opportunity to show them around Hong Kong!”

“TripAdvisor is delighted to celebrate the success of businesses around the globe, from Sydney to Chicago, Sao Paulo to Rome, which are consistently offering TripAdvisor travelers a great customer experience,” said Alison Copus, Vice President of Marketing for TripAdvisor for Business. “The Certificate of Excellence award provides top performing establishments around the world the recognition they deserve, based on feedback from those who matter most – their customers.”

About TripAdvisor
TripAdvisor is the world’s largest travel site*, enabling travelers to plan and have the perfect trip. TripAdvisor offers trusted advice from real travelers and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, with more than 200 million unique monthly visitors**, and over 100 million reviews and opinions. The sites operate in 30 countries worldwide, including China under daodao.com. TripAdvisor also includes TripAdvisor for Business, a dedicated division that provides the tourism industry access to millions of monthly TripAdvisor visitors.

*Source: comScore Media Metrix for TripAdvisor Sites, worldwide, January 2013

**Source: Google Analytics, worldwide data, March 2013

©2013 TripAdvisor, Inc. All rights reserved.

SOURCE TripAdvisor

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