Saturday, 31 March 2012

Caught in the act

I love to take candid street shots of people at work, and tend to point my lens at anyone doing anything vaguely interesting (bit of an umbrella category for me). Sometimes though, my 'sneaky' candid shot turns out to be less than candid to the subject.

Who's really been captured with a camera here?

Take a closer look:

And here:

My absolute favourite candid-that-turned-out-not-to-be is the roast meat man.

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Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Girl in the corner

Broken moments.
Click to enlarge.

More kids in the corner - here.

Time Out HK's issue 101 is out today, featuring Shu Qi, Dame Edna, Charlotte Rampling, and... HK dog walkers!  (click to enlarge pic). Also, do you know where in HK that sculpture is? If so, write to the magazine (letters at timeout dot com dot hk) and tell 'em.

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Monday, 26 March 2012

Walk / don't walk

Another pair from A City of Opposites on Land of no cheese's Time Out HK page. This one appeared in the 1 Feb 2012 issue:

Don't walk (Yuen Long)

Walk (Macau)

If you think this is cute, you might like this post too.

Here's another pair of opposites from the Time Out page.

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Sunday, 25 March 2012

Culture kids

Nowadays, an outing can't be fun unless it's educational.

Dare I suggest that what HK kids need is ...

... a little less education ...

... and a little more fun? 

Meet the (doting) parents.

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Saturday, 24 March 2012


反光 = faan gwong: reflection (of light)

More buildings acting strangely here.

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Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Walking the bird

Want to get a bird as a pet, but have doubts about keeping it cooped up in your tiny cubicle apartment? No problem. You can just throw a sheet over the cage and you're ready to take your feathered friend out for a stroll to the local bird garden to hang out with the other birds.

Nearest bird hangout not within walking distance of your home?  Piece of cake. Just use public transport. What else do you think those 'multi purpose spaces for passengers with special needs' are for?

And if anyone asks, just pretend you're delivering a secret surprise blackbird pie or a cuckoo clock to Por Por. No one will suspect a thing.

What's under the sheet? Here.

More rulebreaking on the MTR. Here.

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Sunday, 18 March 2012

Asia's waste city?

Today's anti-incinerator protest saw hordes from (mostly) Lantau disembark at the ferry piers, and march, via Pacific Place, to the new Legco headquarters at Tamar.

Why? For her future...

and for his:

It's for the environment too - click here to see what's at stake

(Update on 19/3) One of the photos from the Land of no cheese flickr stream is the current featured photo on the cool China expat site, Lost Laowai. Go and see!
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Saturday, 17 March 2012

Arches and departures

Elegant scalloped arches to see you off on a journey from Ma Tau Kok to North Point...

...and from North Point to beyond the blue.

More quirky architecture under azure skies here.

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Friday, 16 March 2012


帆船 = faan syun: yacht

Sailing in Victoria Harbour: freedom in confinement?

Or just going round and round?

Iconic maroon sails.

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Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Friend or foe?

One of the sections of Time Out HK's Hidden Hong Kong page is called A City of Opposites. It consists of two photos showing a pair of opposites every time. In the last issue, the theme was 'friends and enemies'. Here are the pictures I took:

United against a common foe:

It's our turn, not yours:

More photos from the vantage point above.

The latest issue of Time Out is out today - the100th issue special edition! After you have perused The 100 Greatest Hong Kong Films, turn to Hidden Hong Kong for my pictures of ghost homes, archaeological fragments, and a little lost kitten ...

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Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Facing the music

In certain parks and public places in Hong Kong, local people can be heard playing Chinese instruments. The evocative song of the bamboo flute or or the plaintive strains of the erhu floating on the air have the power to transport you into an oriental fantasy world as you stroll along.

Until you turn a corner and bump into one of these chaps.

More pastimes for men in parks.

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Monday, 12 March 2012

入閘後 ...

= yap zaap hauh: once past the barriers ...

= yan yan yan hau:  resist the mouth!

More rulebreaking here.

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Saturday, 10 March 2012


一線光明 = yat sin gwong ming: ray of light

The suns' rays shine down on the living...

...and the dead

(click on the photos to enlarge)

This is the kind of weather we have been having for the past month though. I'm still waiting for the sun to break through!

In other news, new tab: Hidden Hong Kong

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Friday, 9 March 2012


Two different parks,
two different days,
same group of girls?

(click to enlarge)

New tab - Hidden HK. Have a look.

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Wednesday, 7 March 2012

A letter to Shanice

Love letter poetry made of car licence plates ... as seen in HK.


You are so ,

Will you be my ?

I may not spell,

But  give you the world

If you'll be my 

And not 's.

 give you my heart,

give you,

 be your,

your as ,

I don’t mind ,

Patience is a,

And I have a of time,

long as you choose me

And not...

I’m not just some,

Some naughty,

 buy you a painting

By Andrea,

buy you the

So you can get a,

And tickets

To see ,

 give you an
Or maybe a,

 long as I’m

And not that idiot  ...

take you to a  place,

Somewhere over the,

Where awill play


take you to 

So we can go,

I’m all onnow,

Ohyou please choose?

Say you’re mine and not 's



love and, from

, for reading


The master of the genre, Haitch Kay.

Like this? Then you may like a Hong Kong Christmas carol or some MTR limericks... Or scroll to the bottom for more themes.

You can also see my photos of Hong Kong the strange every fortnight in Time Out HK on the page 'Hidden Hong Kong'.

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