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Showing posts from January 16, 2011

Graffiti Hong Kong Style

(Camera: Ricoh A12 28mm)

Among the many creative ways to put up an ad for free in Hong Kong, writing or stamping ads on the external walls of buildings is probably unique in Hong Kong. Interestingly, as if ruled by an unspoken agreement, these ads on the walls are invariably about plumbing, disinfestation and household appliances repair services. The most well known of them is the plumber's ad. An example is the one close to the right margin of the above image.  The two big Chinese characters say, "Clearing Blocked-Drains"
The plumber's ad is so ubiquitous that, if you know Chinese, you may have the impression that Hong Kong has tons of blocked drains. Does this make the plumber's ad famous?Nope. It is because of one person, Stephen Chow.An actor, screenwriter, film director and producer, Stephen has produced numerous blockbuster comedy movies which won him several movie awards and grossed great proceeds in Hong Kong, China and from most Chinese speaking communitie…

28mm Arena: DP1x vs GF2 vs GXR A12 28mm

The battles between camera makers over the mirror-less camera market share have heated up much over the past twelve months.  The war has become a full-scale one where brand-name makers compete over every aspect from camera size to optical performance of the lenses. The high velocity of the production of new cameras and lenses may be taken to mean that this market segment has grown to an sufficiently large size for a wider array of lenses. This is a good news especially for photographers who have a penchant for prime lenses.The prime lenses have perfectly utilised the small size of these mirror-less machines. Two of the makers, Sigma and Ricoh, have produced their niche market mirror-less cameras fitted with a 28mm prime lens. DCwatch has published a comparison review for the DP1x, GF2 and GXR A12 28mm. If you are unsure about whether to choose the DP1x or GXR A12 28mm, or if the 28mm prime lens is tickling your fancy, go here for the Googlish translation. There are plenty of side-by-s…

He Is Here

(Camera: Ricoh GXR A12 28mm)It's not the armour that makes the curiosity, but the man inside. This guy appeared in the busy pedestrian precinct  in Mongkok.  He walked to and fro, stopping to the cheering of the curious bystanders.People were excited for the photo opportunity. When the flocks grew larger, the Iron Man guy would turn to people asking for a hand, "Could you give me a hand? The LED lights on the palm are running out of batteries. Could you get him new ones?" He kept asking this same kind-of-humourous question to people after each "photo session" on the street. But this is not the weirdest thing about him.He was spotted driving his (or rental?) BMW coupe in this costume! The following two shots were found on the Facebook. Wonder the police would stop him for dangerous driving if detected. Welcome to Hong Kong!

Lower Deck

(Camera: Samsung WB600 @ Lower deck of Star Ferry)

Probably no comparable international city can boost about cheaper public transport fares compared to Hong Kong. Take for example the ferry crossing the Victoria Harbour. For as cheap as two Hong Kong dollars, you can enjoy a breezy trip between Central and Tsim Sha Tsui and the fantastic view of the harbour. If the trip is too short to you, take the Wahchai-to-Tsimshatsui route for just 50 cents more. Actually, the ferry ride was voted the "Top 10 Most Exciting Ferry Rides” in a 2009 poll held by the Society of American Travel Writers.
There are two decks in a ferry.  Head to the cheaper lower deck cos it will definitely give you a more sensory experience. The seats are more cramped. The air is filled with the foul smell of diesel wafting through the humming of engines which are exposed before your eyes through the middle void. It is closer to the water level; so close that sometimes the droplets will be blown onto your face -- so…

Old-style Street-side Delicacies

(Camera: Sony a55)

Stir-fry chestnuts and baked sweet potatoes are two of the most loved old-style delicacies among the locals. Nowadays the sight of hawkers selling these choice foods is few and far between, let alone one who sell both.  But look, here is one in Wai Chai near Li Chit Street (dubbed "Toys Street" for the numerous toys shops flanking the open market).

The gigantic wok and stirrer is iconic of a stir-fry-chestnut hawker.  The wok is filled with dark grit, and sugar which prevents bursting of chestnut shells. A variant to do this cate is by roasting in the unmistakable metal roller.  But the chestnuts will not be as crispy or sweet-smelling.

Now the surprise! Their well thought-out cart is actually designed as a mobile oven! It has a rarely seen drawer in which the raw sweet potatoes go. The baking starts when the drawer-tray is closed. Sure enough, this creative design is new.
When you have a chance in town, visit this couple in Wai Chai and try the steaming ho…

Impression in a Corridor

(Camera: Ricoh GX200)

No more to add in addition to the title. Enjoy!

Rest In Peace

(Camera: Sony A55)

What a peaceful mind this guy had to have as he managed to ignore the traffic and indulge in the sunlight and his iPhone in this armchair miraculously appeared on the sidewalk along the busy Queen's Road on Hong Kong Island!
This is Sunday.  Find yourself some peace of mind.