Tuesday, 29 March 2011


These long-term Yuen Long residents were deep in conversation but fell silent as soon as I approached with my camera.
 I can't tell you what they were saying as I don't speak chair.

However, the wall says: village vegetable production and sales co-op,  vegetable collection point which suggests to me that these two were quite possibly having a rhubarb.

Lonely chairs are always seductive.

Friday, 25 March 2011

Below the surface

Crouched on the surface like water boatmen, small fishing trawlers seem to go about their business in a mundane and innocuous way in the coves of the outlying islands.
At least, that's what I thought until I noticed, from a higher vantage point, the trail of sea-floor silt they stir up, as this photo I've tweaked reveals:

A perfectly ordinary daily catastrophe.

Sunday, 20 March 2011

Perpetual guardians

In the abandoned homes of old villages, sometimes the only remaining inhabitant seems to be the local god.
Kat Hing Wai

Luk Keng

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Bright young things

The recent 'tiger mom' debate has highlighted the rift between Asian and Western parenting approaches.  In Hong Kong, despite its mix of cultures, the high expectations of children typical of Chinese child-rearing are firmly entrenched, and perpetuated by unsubtle advertisers who would have parents believe that their progeny will be prodigies from toddlerhood onwards.

Formula milk with academic promise:

Cleverly-branded lifestyle products:
(ok, so this one's just an air sanitiser but the product name and smug kid picture suggest otherwise, don't they!?)

Surely some parents might be tempted by a quick fix rather than have mini Menuhin practice until midnight?

Saturday, 12 March 2011

No kidding

Are you the kind of shopper with a tendency to wander into a hardware store when your fridge is running low? Here's the place for you:

Or perhaps you're the kind of patient who finds himself walking out clutching a prescription to treat a case of fleas? You haven't been here yet then:
Even Mr Muddle wouldn't go astray in Hong Kong!

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Money = ?

One of the less appetising facets to the land of no cheese is its materialism. Recently, car manufacturers have outclassed themselves.

You can't get a much less subtle money message than that of this BMW billboard, which looms over drivers queueing to drive under the harbour:

Or that of Father Christmas with a diamante-encrusted Merc for a sleigh: