Sunday, 29 July 2012

國民教育


國民教育 = gwok man gaau juk: national education

A major demonstration took place on Hong Kong Island today against the proposed new Chinese national education programme, and I ran into it.

Prisoner

Many were indignant:
No 'brainwashing' education




Others were indifferent:




Placards for a different cause ...
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友情

友情 = yau zing: friendship





Friend and foe...

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Friday, 27 July 2012

Palimpsest


A palimpsest of the undisputed king of plumbers (there one day, gone the next):


...and another of the late king of Kowloon (at a spot where my friend saw him painting some years ago ... this is all that remains):


HK street legends whose legacies are patches of white paint.

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Thursday, 26 July 2012

On the wall


Which of the following outdoor mosaic murals is not in HK? Bonus point if you can tell me where (which country) it is from!




A newer form of wall art.

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Sunday, 22 July 2012

Threshold of night


As yesterday's thunderstorm hit, I happened to be on a kaito ferry in remotest Sai Kung.
I was privileged to see nature in action as I had never seen it before.
(Click to enlarge)

Ko Lau Wan before the night
No-man's land
Clouds boil
water reaches for water
the first rain bands lash in
What followed was the most terrifying ferry ride of my life and surely the closest I have ever been to a lightning strike (in the sea a few metres away)! A humbling experience.

I also caught the edge of our recent typhoon (from dry land) - here ...

Where was Li's force field when I needed it?

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Saturday, 21 July 2012

租 / 售


租 / 售 = jou / sau: to let / for sale 

As property prices increase, small shops and businesses close down.


A patchwork of estate agents' signs briefly flares up on the shopfront, like a fungus ...


Until another 7-Eleven, Gong Cha or ... property agency moves in.

A red plague on the city streets - something you should also know about.

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Friday, 20 July 2012

Life in plastic




Plastic animals!


EXTRA, EXTRA:
Turn to page 12 of Time Out's Olympics Issue this fortnight and you will find... the Hong Kong daily Olympics
(Click to enlarge)


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Thursday, 19 July 2012

Hole in the wall


I've always been fond of the fantasy fiction paradigm of the doorway into another world, from CS Lewis's Magician's Nephew to Philip Pullman's Subtle Knife. Even the most prosaic opening could be a passage through the very fabric of our world!



Or, er, maybe I have just walked past these spots one time too many ...

More nondescript corners of the city.

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Sunday, 15 July 2012

Parlez-vous ...


Over the past few years, I have been told variously that there are 8,000 / 10,000 / 15,000 registered French nationals in HK. Whatever the number, it is not insubstantial, if the frequency that I hear spoken French in the street (on HK Island, at least) is anything to go by. Many French people are here on 'expat contracts' with banks or other major French firms in the city. Others may need to be a little more resourceful to support themselves:




I wonder if there can be much demand for their services ...

More streetside self-promotion.

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Saturday, 14 July 2012

Lightning tree and tumbleweeds


Two stunning light installations by Simon Heijdens are on public display in Hong Kong and are well worth a look.

樹 (syu; tree) is a double art installation on either side of the entrance to Artistree art space in Taikoo Place. Two eight-metre-high trees are projected on the walls and 'sway' in the wind (of the air-con, maybe?); one loses a leaf every time a visitor walks past, small heaps of light leaves appearing on the floor nearby; the other houses a flock of starlings which fly back and forth between tree and adjacent wall. Visit after dark to appreciate them best.



花園(fa yuen; garden) is an interactive wall of weeds, one of six public artworks inside the new Tamar LegCo HQ (which can be visited); the weeds sway as you run your hand 'through' them, though our tour guide said that they 'broke' after an enthusiastic group of kids had a go. Just like real weeds then.


In the artist's own words: tree and lightweeds

Recent exhibitions at Artistree -

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Friday, 13 July 2012

The importance of being ...


It's good to know that property businesses in the area are, by all appearances, squeaky clean: 



And I'll certainly steer clear of those dishonest camera shops now that I've found this place:


Or if you prefer sheer awesomeness ...

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Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Funny bones


No self-respecting bone-setter's shop front is complete without a bit of osteopathic ornamentation to show passers-by that he knows his coccyx from his humeroradial joint.


Like the pub signs of yesteryear, these streetside skeletons can also serve as convenient waymarkers for when you are too plastered to be able to read building names, as testified by my friend whose building entrance is enhanced with this pleasant appendage from the adjoining shop:


"Turn right at the pelvis and you're there!"

More streetside treatments.

The remedy to cure all ills.

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Saturday, 7 July 2012

傻豬


傻豬 = soh jyu: sweetie/darling (term of endearment; literally: 'silly pig')




Six trotters dangling (and other delights)

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