Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Exotica


Today was the coldest day of the autumn so far (I finally got my winter jacket out of the storage box.)
In the spirit of warmth, here is some artificial sunshine:

Causeway Bay
Central ferry piers
- the poster guy -

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Saturday, 24 November 2012

Cat eat dog


A relaxing lunch in Causeway Bay's ultimate upstairs theme cafe, Ah mao deih chaan (阿貓地攤; 3/F Po Ming Building, Fu Ming Street, Causeway Bay) today. The theme of the place is pretty obvious:


Now we all know that cats and dogs don't get on. That's why diehard cat fans can show their support and go for the following $40 lunch option:

Definitely a curly black tail there. Or is it an ear?
One less poodle on the planet, one more reason for cats to celebrate!

Mwahahahaha!
- a theme restaurant that is no more -
- funny faces -
- cats -

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Friday, 23 November 2012

River boat


Hong Kong harbour boats dream of rivers.



- bigger boats -

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Sunday, 18 November 2012

Off your trolley


I like these handcarts. When equipped with one, you are ready for anything.




- A handcart mishap -

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Saturday, 17 November 2012

Pink and gold


While sorting through my older pictures I found two different Hong Kong sunsets. I always hold that sunset pictures are insufferably trite and corny, but I still can't resist a snap when one presents itself. In my defence, neither was taken at West Kowloon waterfront promenade where sunset snappers tend to congregate. Can you guess where in HK either of these might be?



- Pre-typhoon sunset -
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Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Under true colours


On Saturday, brightly coloured sails made these yachts look like toys at the tail end of summer.



- Urban sailing on a greyer day -

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Thursday, 8 November 2012

Blue on white


Sticking with the same colour scheme today. Kowloon Park Heritage Discovery Centre has an impressive display of shards of Ming Dynasty ceramic ware unearthed during archaeological digs. It's worth a visit just to check out this room where the fragments are displayed beneath a glass floor so that it feels as if you are stepping on them.


Meanwhile, on a recent dive, I spotted some of my own. (Cough. Possibly.) 


Now Hong Kong's dive sites may not be world famous, but does the Great Barrier Reef have Ming-era antiques nestling under all that exciting coral? Eh? I don't think so!

- More at Kowloon Park - 

EXTRA, EXTRA:
Time for a new Time Out page after a brief hiatus with an extra tricky 'where in Hong Kong is this' (click to enlarge). Know where it is? Write in to Time Out HK!


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Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Large print


It's important for floor numbers in high-rise buildings to be sufficiently large for people to be able to read clearly when they get out of the lift etc. After all, a lot of people in Hong Kong are short-sighted.



- Concealed portals -
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Sunday, 4 November 2012

Under the sea


I have yet to take any half decent shots of anything under the sea in HK. Learning underwater photography is like re-learning to use a camera all over again... in a dream where the laws of gravity don't apply. Anyway while I am still getting to grips with this skill, here are two ubiquitous underwater creatures, for the landlubbers. I'd be a really unlucky diver if I didn't manage to get an identifiable shot of these!
Clownfish - these are everywhere. This one was sleeping in its anemone. They never stray far from their home but they will act territorially if their anemone is approached, even towards a neoprene-clad alien hundreds of times its size. Sometimes you see tiny, baby clownfish in anemones too. Just like Nemo. Aah.

Flat anemones on the sea floor (as opposed to the ones on rocks, above). These also have clownfish in them sometimes. In daytime these look drab and brown but on a night dive (as here) with a powerful torch I realised they actually have weird, b-movie alien type patterns.
If my previous attempts at underwater photography are anything to go by, then I've already improved! Onwards and upwards downwards.
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