Wednesday, 18 December 2013

In and out

At Shek Pik.



- A reservoir from the air -

This fortnight in Time Out HK: the stuff of the city, and the return of a duck.

Land of no cheese is taking a break for Christmas. See you in 2014!

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Thursday, 5 December 2013


Sticking with the theme of deserted places: the remotest shores of Yuen Long district are a haven for birds and other wildlife at low tide. 

I don't know what was more surreal: the seemingly endless expanses of mud, the mirage-like outline of Shenzhen in the distance or the fact that there was not a soul in sight.

If only it could stay this way forever.

- more emptiness -

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Monday, 25 November 2013


黑沙 = hak sa: black sand

The not-very-black "black sand beach" on Coloane is perhaps the only place in the SAR with a sense of space and emptiness. Despite Macau's miniature size, few tourists, it seems, make it this far south.

The natural black sand can be seen at the shoreline as the waves sweep away the artificial yellow sand, added by the Macau government in an attempt to prevent beach erosion.

Golden sands relentlessly losing to the waves... there is a probably an analogy in there somewhere about Macau's other, more popular tourist attractions.

- a visit to Hac-Sa beach in the very early days of this blog -

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Friday, 15 November 2013


Some wedding shoots are more fun than others.

- another kind of photoshoot -

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Monday, 11 November 2013


Fewer sharp corners and more neutral tones for a happy home.

Shau Kei Wan

Luk Keng
- more matching buildings -

In Time Out HK this fornight: things you can do at the pier. And a model car racing track.

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Wednesday, 23 October 2013

At the pier II

If asked where in the world these photos were taken (and you didn't know already ;-) where would you say?

- urban piers -

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Wednesday, 16 October 2013

In defence of diving in HK

Whoever says scuba diving in Hong Kong is boring is wrong. Or rather, inaccurate.

Admittedly, it's not the Great Barrier Reef. Many sites do look a bit drab and dull a lot of the time, like this:

Oh look, a fish!
But Hong Kong has its good days too:

That's certainly not boring to me.

- more in defence HK's underwater world -

Also, apologies if Land of no Cheese has been a little intermittent in the past weeks. This will continue to be the case until mid November, when I hope I can resume more frequent posting.


Out now in Time Out HK, I'm sticking with the underwater theme for the Hidden HK page. These coral pictures were taken before I took the two above or they'd have been featured!

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Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Wind power

What if they made these...

Jordan Valley Park
...on this scale?

Lamma Winds
- less peaceful skies -

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Friday, 27 September 2013

Friday, 13 September 2013

Star teachers

You know it's the start of term when cram school adverts promising glorious HKDSE results begin to pop up all over the MTR.

A commonly used marketing strategy of these cram schools is to entice teenage customers by featuring superstar teachers with bucketloads of sex appeal on their posters. See fig. A.

Fig. A

However, this strategy is not always entirely successful. See fig. B.

Fig. B
- more MTR poster entertainment - 

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Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Small people


- more views from above -

This fortnight in Time Out HK: butterflies (before the summer ends), a grandiose school (but where is it) and the colour yellow.

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Monday, 2 September 2013

Against the wall

'Wall diving' refers to swimming along an underwater cliff face. The cliff plunges down to unreachable depths and you admire the fauna as you glide along with a sensation of flying, as you can see here. (Moalboal, Cebu)

Hong Kong's dive sites are notoriously flat with sand or muddy bottoms. But in some special places, you can do 'wall diving' in Hong Kong, too! Hooray!

- More HK-Philippines diving comparisons -

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Tuesday, 27 August 2013


排隊 = pai deui: to queue

Even when people are doing absolutely nothing, there are things going on.

- families -

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Sunday, 18 August 2013

Wednesday, 14 August 2013


家庭 = ga ting: family

The heat before the typhoon.

- Yes, kids float. Click here -

A new layout for Hidden HK in Time Out this fortnight:

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Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Street theatre

- food theatre -

Land of no cheese has made it into the current issue Discovery, the Cathay Pacific inflight mag (Aug '13) with a couple of underwater photos (click to enlarge). Both 100% taken in Hong Kong! Really!

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Friday, 2 August 2013

It's more fun in the Philippines

Philippines octopus - white, delicate, and about the size of my hand. Quite cute, as far as cephalopods go.

Hong Kong octopus, or rugby-ball-sized beast from outer space. It's coming to get you.

- the same applies to STARFISH -

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Monday, 29 July 2013

Spot the difference

The first is taken by night, the second by day. Other than that, can you spot the difference(s) in these two photos of the same spot taken a few months apart?

- More grafitti -

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Saturday, 20 July 2013

Washing day

When it's too cramped indoors, just move your household appliances to the outside wall of your home. Simple.

- wash then dry -

My page in the current issue of Time Out HK - urban roots:

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Friday, 12 July 2013

HK's drinking water

High Island and Plover Cove reservoirs, from about 500m in the air. The colour difference is in part due to the depth, apparently - High Island, though smaller in surface area, is the deeper of the two and has the greater volume of water.

 - more shades of emerald -

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