Saturday, 30 June 2012

Strike a pose

Nothing like a water feature to set off your rosy cheeks.

That which we call a rose...

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Friday, 29 June 2012

Eye in the sky and other pictures

I took a walk in the park after work in an attempt to capture some candid shots of people in the evening light. As I arrived, the sky was just beginning to change as Tropical Storm Doksuri rolled in. Despite not having the 'right' lens with me, I quickly turned my attention to the drama of the impending storm:

Conclusion: any lens you have on you is the right lens when it's sunset and a typhoon is heading your way.

- Wondering why Doksuri's paying us a visit on the eve of the bank holiday weekend? Office lady lore has it that it's all the fault of Li Ka-shing's force field...

- Wondering what that little T3 symbol is? No it's not just T for Typhoon upside down. It's one of these, actually.

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Sunday, 24 June 2012


沙灘 = saa taan: beach

Who needs a bucket and spade when you can have just as much fun with an old plastic bottle at the beach?

Hell, it doesn't even need to be a real beach!

Whoever said kids nowadays had no imagination?

How to keep an eye on your kids at the beach.

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Friday, 22 June 2012

Walking the turtle...


This proud owner regularly takes her 5-year-old red-eared slider down to the local park to stretch its reptile legs. She transports him using a convenient terrapin-sized plastic shopping basket.

Once on the ground, should the stoic slider veer off course (possibly in an attempt to make a slow-paced dash for freedom) the owner gently nudges him back on track with the tip of her trainer!

Bah, humbug!
I wonder what happens when an inquisitive poodle gets too close? This, possibly.

Another unusual pet to take for a stroll.

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Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Hoist it!

Typhoon season has rolled around again with our first typhoon signal of the year 'hoisted' this week, although Tropical Cyclone Talim turned out to be a bit of a damp squib for Hongkongers. If you have ever wondered about the use of the verb hoist, as I did at first, wonder no longer. These exhibits in Macau's Guia Fortress and at the HK observatory HQ in TST revealed all to me: 

These black wire objects are in fact the same as the familiar T or triangle-shaped typhoon symbols we are used to seeing on the TV or online weather report. In the past, before such newfangled technologies as the internet existed, these signals were literally hoisted to the top of a mast for all to see the state of meteorological affairs (assuming visibility was more than a few metres!) at 42 signal stations across the territory. The last of these, Cheung Chau, was only decommissioned in 2002 apparently.

Officially, the verb 'hoisted' has been replaced with the verb 'issued' by the HK Observatory, but old habits die hard. I rather like its nostalgic, nautical ring and will endeavour to perpetuate its use where possible! Mwahaha.

More about Hong Kong typhoon signals on Wikipedia.

The esoteric side of Hong Kong typhoon lore.

Another Time Out HK page out today, in 'the sixties issue'! Take a look at this fortnight's retro signage (sixties and earlier!) and at least one blogger I know knows the answer to where in Hong Kong is this? Click to enlarge.

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Monday, 18 June 2012

What you see is definitely not what you get

The MTR currently features a wildly photoshopped advert for the Ngong Ping 360 attraction, in which the crystal cabins of the cable-car appear to soar over Big Buddha (and possibly off into outer space). Whilst sorting out some old photos, I found another depiction of a tourist destination on an MTR ad that is rather creative with the truth: 



MTR poster for Nikon - Feb 2011/Stonehenge, UK - June 2012. (And no, I don't use that camera.)

The posters of the posters.

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Saturday, 16 June 2012

Clearing the urban jungle

The 'illegal structures' on the roof of a building in the North Point-Quarry Bay area have been demolished.
Rumour has it that the entire building is soon to come down as the area is in metamorphosis.
Although living conditions in these rooftop shanties are very bad, I can't help but feel a twinge of nostalgia for the disappearance of this urban ecosystem. I also wonder where the people have gone.

Luckily, I got some 'before and after' shots, for the record. The 'before' shots were taken in June 2011, the 'after' almost a year later (click to enlarge):





My first 'Hidden HK' page for Time Out featured a study of these the rooftop dwellings.
Here's a retrospective peek (click to enlarge):

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Thursday, 14 June 2012

Hanging in the sky 2

Sadly, you cannot ride a real hot air balloon in Hong Kong (due to military restrictions, apparently) but all the same, you can sometimes look up and see a huge sphere of gas hanging in the sky:

Hanging in the sky 1.

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Tuesday, 12 June 2012

'Suicide pink'

If the Hong Kong Government was a colour it would, in my opinion, be this.

I'm sure I could trademark the name for this iconic yet prizewinningly dismal shade.
Look out for it on a paint pot near you soon. Then, your home can look like a wet market, waste services building or other nondescript government utility too!

Another classic (more retro) HK colour.

Rather more inspired HK Government architecture.

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Sunday, 10 June 2012

Special delivery

Just not your average carry-on item (on the MTR):

Portable aquarium for the day's catch...

Bag of money for the dead...

One of these certainly breaks the MTR's rules. Here's another guy breaking the rules.

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Friday, 8 June 2012

Christians / Muslims

Last fortnight's City of Opposites photo pair from Hidden Hong Kong in Time Out magazine.

Domestic helper ladies on their day off, gathering together in faith groups. Same difference?

More from city of opposites: seaside and pigeons.

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Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Second nature

Some Hong Kong mammals:
1. Manis pentadactyla (Chinese pangolin), nocturnal, shy, forest-dwelling
2. Sousa chinensis (Chinese white dolphin), playful, occasionally spotted off the coast of Lantau
3. Photographus fanaticus (pictured below) occurs widely, frequently spotted among rocks at Shek O

Fig 1: Photographus stalking its prey

Fig 2: Photographus is able to use simple tools

A sub-species native to HK - here.

Land of no cheese has just published a guest post on Sassy Hong Kong: a walking tour of East HK Island with lots of photos! Check it out here.

Also, another Time Out HK page is out today - HK buskers and more! Here's a peek (click to enlarge):

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Sunday, 3 June 2012

Left. Left. Left right left.

Or, military discipline for HK teens.

Right foot:

Left foot:


More kids in formation.

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