Friday, 29 July 2011


天橋 = tin kiu: overhead walkway (sky bridge)

Things I have seen people doing on this bridge:

1. Taking a photo
2. Having a cigarette break 
3. Practicing Tai Chi 
4. Taking a nap 
5. Eating rice from a lunch box 
6. Carrying out a land survey 
7. Flying a remote-controlled model helicopter

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Monday, 25 July 2011


Sport or art form?



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Saturday, 23 July 2011

Esculent swallows?

Swallow's nests are a delicacy in China and Hong Kong. Used in soup, they are said to be everything from immunity-boosting to aphrodisiac and are thus highly-prized and expensive. If that's what your after, head to Wing Lok Street in Sheung Wan where you'll find shop after shop of the things.

The 'nest' is actually a small crusty-looking cup made of the bird's saliva. The red nests, purportedly containing blood, are the most valuable of all. The nests were traditionally harvested in caves in South East Asia, now purpose-built houses like gigantic dovecotes attract the birds to nest in Sumatra.

Meanwhile, along King's Road in Hong Kong, tucked away under a cantilevered shophouse building, the real thing was taking place this week. It must have taken some pretty strong saliva to stick this whopper to the wall...

Three cheers for Mother Nature!

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Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Fat cat, skinny cat

In Hong Kong, some cats are more equal than others.

These two live on the same street.
Cat lover?

It you are in HK, turn to the 'Hidden Hong Kong' page of today's issue of Time Out magazine to see some more of my pictures: Newspaper vendors, dawn and dusk, and a puzzle one: 'where in Hong Kong is this?'

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Tuesday, 19 July 2011


傢俬舖 = ga si pou (Cantonese): furniture shop



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Saturday, 16 July 2011

Up close

Frantically elbowing other visitors out of the way in order to get a close-up shot of a miniature building is a popular way to spend a rainy Saturday, judging by the hordes pullulating around two recent exhibits in Cityplaza, Taikoo Shing. In fact, the shopping mall seems to be turning model worlds into something of a specialty.

Hong Kong miniatures (finishes tomorrow):

Lego (in April):

Perhaps peering into these small-scale universes fools us into thinking that our own tiny apartment homes are veritable palaces. 

I'm guilty too - photographing models is irresistible.

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Friday, 15 July 2011

Marking one's territory


New Territories:

You'll be interested to know that they gave the Yuen Long spin-off a different Chinese name, at least; a finely-chosen one too, loaded with all the style and sophistication that the name 'Landmark' speaks: Happy Shopping Mall.

So happy shopping...

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Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Art imitating nature

Plastic birds straight out of a Disney film attempt to entice passers by into the hills:

An emphatic bald eagle endorses a government-generated aphorism:

Any interpretations?

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Friday, 8 July 2011

In memoriam

Last month was particularly hard on umbrellas.

Many were sacrificed.

They will not be forgotten. Until we find the nearest seven-eleven.

My photos appear in this fortnight's issue of Time Out Hong Kong, as a newly-created page, Hidden Hong Kong, dedicated to Hong Kong in pictures. Themes: 'Illegal structures', 'movement/stillness' and a mystery photo: 'where in HK is this?' If you're in HK, grab the magazine and have a look.

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Sunday, 3 July 2011

Future living

The noughties were the decade when humankind stepped into the future. Local property developers quickly latched onto this sci-fi air du temps and dreamed up fitting new developments.

These exclusive houses near Fan Ling have bathrooms equipped with virtual reality headsets and built-in webcams as standard.

And here in Discovery Bay, one of the exclusive penthouse units of this block can actually be launched into orbit.

You can spot the inhabitants of these places by the blue-tinted glasses they wear. The outside world looks too retrograde otherwise. Must be those windows.

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