Monday, 21 December 2009

Inhabited homes

Not all village homes are deserted though. Sometimes, owners have just popped inside to fry some rice.
Tap Mun village, an active fishing community.
On the southern corner of Lamma Island.

Monday, 14 December 2009

Ghost homes

One of the most striking and melancholic aspects of hiking in rural Hong Kong are the homes of families that have moved away to seek a more prosperous life in the city or abroad. Some dwellings are now just ghostly shells, but others still contain the junk of daily life that only a generation ago was still in use.

Here in Yim Tin Tsai...

and here in the Sai Kung area, near Wong Shek pier.

Monday, 16 November 2009

Paper sprites

From vivid lanterns to fragile papercuts, endless magic is made out of paper in China. Here are two sprites I recently encountered - a flying ghost and a fairy...

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Eat in, eat out

Starting the day with food in a Sai Wan Ho café...

...and rounding it off in a Mong Kok backstreet

Tuesday, 3 November 2009


The Chinese moon is so beautiful, no wonder there is a public holiday to celebrate it. Here are a couple of recent moons...
hanging over Silvermine Bay...

and floating up through woods over Phoenix Mountain.

Saturday, 24 October 2009

Small town

Sometimes Hong Kong feels just like a small town.
Take a closer look.

The island café...

The well-stocked stationers'...

The working-class district...

Have you noticed?

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Monday, 19 October 2009

Sweet sweet café

Assorted café delights: milk tea, egg tarts, coconut tart (Pak Ho café and cake shop, Sai Wan Ho)...

Iced milk tea and pineapple fruit punch (streetside café, Cheung Chau)...

Tofu flower (Gung Wor cafe, Shek Kip Mei)

Sunday, 11 October 2009


The government takes a supreme, almost parental concern in the daily activities of people:

Signs everywhere encourage, cajole, kindly recommend...

..or in some cases, pile on the restrictions!

Monday, 28 September 2009

Shau Kei Wan prepares for National Day

Flags are going up in the neighbourhood in preparation for the 60th anniversary celebrations. Nearby Shau Kei Wan district (temples, fishing boats, good curry) has pulled out all the stops.

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

Midday heat

It's hot at midday in Hong Kong in summer by any standards, but on the city's streets, with blasts of heat from passing traffic, air-conditionning outlets and the temperature radiating off the concrete, it's particularly uncomfortable. That's why I'm always amazed to see girls about town determined to wear jeans or little jackets, even if they are probably just ducking out of one refrigerated shopping complex and into another.

Saturday, 29 August 2009

The coke-can effect

I get the coke-can effect after hopping off an over-refrigerated bus into the ubiquitous Asian 30-ish degrees - my skin feels instantly coated in clammy condensation. My camera agrees. Above Macao, below Taiwan.

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Surreal food

Time to add a new thing. Here is a complimentary green jelly desert provided on the Macao ferry. Sweetcorn flavour, with sweetcorn congealed into it. I say no more.

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

Electric town

These lightbulbs...

use this power

(Coal power station on Lamma Island, powering all of Hong Kong)

Thursday, 16 July 2009

Pink dragon fruit

I encountered an extraordinarily pink dragon fruit in a salad I made yesterday! I had only come across the white variety before, but this one was explosive fuscia. the camera does not do its beetroot scarlet justice. Dragon fruit is like a lot of things - all about external appearance. It's pretty boring when you actually take a bite.

Luckily the mangoes, kiwis and dragon eye etc made up for it.

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Washing line

A popular way to dry your clothes in HK is to hang washing outside, which is fine when you live in a village and have a pretty balcony:
But slightly more problematic when you live on the 23rd floor.

Sunday, 5 July 2009

Shek O

In between torrential thundery downpours, I managed to take some pictures in the village of Shek O today. The top one is a typical old HK letterbox.

Tuesday, 30 June 2009


Here I am, friends, and here is the view out of my living room window.

I live in a little flat on the 23rd floor of a tall, skinny and vaguely pink tower block. As the title of this blog reflects, one of my concerns about moving here was the potential absence of dairy products. I am happy to announce though that a source of calcium can be found in the local supermarket...

The purpose of this page is to keep you updated with pictures of the weird and wonderful aspects of life in Hong Kong. Stay in touch.
Emilie xxx