Thursday, 27 November 2014

潛水 Gone diving

潛水 = tsim seui: diving / gone off the radar

As you may have noticed (if you still keep an eye on Land of no cheese, and I thank you!), my posts have become more and more sporadic this year. In reality, recently it has become harder for me to find time to keep this site going. With 428 posts since it began on 30 June 2009 I now feel this exercise in the visual exploration of Hong Kong has now run its photographic course (I'm no HK newbie any more) and it's time for me to put my imagination into other projects. 

One of these is this:
Red team
Yes, this photo is taken in Hong Kong! I have over the past couple of years taken my photography obsession underwater and I was delighted to be awarded an "outstanding award" in the Hong Kong Underwater Photo and Video competition 2014 with the above picture. It's an incentive for me to keep developing my skills in this very challenging form of photography which combines two of my passions.

This site will stay online for the time being, so feel free to browse, either randomly, via the themes at the very bottom of this page, or by following the chain of connections between posts. This post is probably the best and these | two took the longest to do! None of these posts are typical of this project though; what I was mostly doing was this | kind | of | thing. You can also keep following my photos in most issues of Time Out Hong Kong (Hidden Hong Kong).

Thank you all very much for following, and see you in the land of no cheese!

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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

The colour yellow

- Yellow agents -

Apologies for the infrequent posting recently. I have every intention to pick up the frequency in October.

My Time Out contributions are more regular than my blog posts these days! Here's the latest.

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Monday, 28 July 2014

Take a break

This fortnight in Time Out HK: peeking in.

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Monday, 7 July 2014

Snorkelling, Hong Kong style

On your next trip to the seaside, see if you can spot these unusual specimens:

1. The amphibious hiker
Full hiking gear - check. Umbrella - check. Snorkel/mask in hand - check. Thigh deep in the sea - check. Hesitating about going in past the crotch line - check.

2. The survival snorkeller
Actually swimming - check. Face in the water - check. Waterproof backpack of survival gear in tow - check. Bulletproof lifevest protecting said survival gear pack - check.

3. The incognito picnicking frogwoman
Baseball cap - check. Periscope - check. Drinking water supplies - check. Towel carefully positioned so as to stay dry - check. Kickboard-cum-floating picnic table - check. Preparation for any, and I mean absolutely any, eventuality - big check.

Currently in Time Out Hong Kong - rocking rocks.

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Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Crab dinner

And you thought this post was going to consist of pictures of seafood delicacies in Hong Kong huh?

Well, in a way, you're not wrong...

- another kind of crab -

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Thursday, 5 June 2014


- More drying -

This fortnight in Time Out: Tong Gau tales:

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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Getting rusty

Weathered lumps.
Hak Sa, Macau

Shek Pik, Hong Kong
- more from Hak Sa -

This fortnight in Time Out HK: stencil me.

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Tuesday, 1 April 2014


家人 = ga yan: family

Certain hiking trails around Hong Kong are designated as 'Family Walks' by the AFCD. This usually means the path is stroller accessible and/or generally easy. Assuming you don't fall into the water or disturb the sleeping bulls of course. 

- wetland wildlife -

Out this week in Time Out HK - HK's geocaching secrets. And some candy.

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Friday, 14 March 2014


I recently revisited two cool spots in Hong Kong. Or what were two cool spots a couple of years ago. To my disappointment, both are no longer.

This Wan Chai urban ruin is now a building site. Tree memory to be reconstructed:

This literal 'avenue of stars' in Sai Wan Ho has been repaved without its constellations. Midnight magic vanished:

Hong Kong changes fast. Enjoy all things while they last. And photograph them!

- frozen in time -

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Sunday, 2 March 2014

The big ship sails

Two different grades of ship moored at Ocean Terminal today, one on either side. Choose your cruise.

Costa Victoria

Star Pisces

- another mooring place -

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Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Forest guardians

Still life avec joss sticks.

- more guardians -

This week in Time Out HK: phantasmagorical Geopark, and two green things:

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Saturday, 15 February 2014

Valentines day after

Happiness is a bunch of flowers?

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Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Park life

Choose your vehicle.

- more park life -

This fortnight in Time Out's Hidden HK - old schools, and other structures.

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Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Paint the walls III

The secret life of buildings.

Lamma Island

Yuen Long

- Paint the walls I -
- Paint the walls II -

Currently in Time Out magazine: hard working hands.

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Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Free fishy

Dear readers, Happy New Year. Have you ever seen these in coastal villages and wondered what they are?
They are fish traps.

They are simple cages baited with bread, attracting all kinds of small fish. Usually a series of weighted traps are sunk, tied along a line with a floating marker at one end, so that the fisherman can retrieve his catch later. It is very obvious when the traps are freshly set, due to the bread bait. However, littering the sea floor of Hong Kong are hundreds of broken, rusting, abandoned traps that no fisherman is ever going to collect, yet they continue to trap creatures.

Let 2014 be the year of the fish, the octopus and the crab!

- more from underwater -

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