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28 Aug 2012

Something is fishy in Sai Wan

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Stepping out from my apartment I am affronted by the strong smell of fish. For several hundred metres in either direction, shop after shop of vendors selling nothing but dried fish of all descriptions; and then as if there is a sign saying “ENOUGH” the street transforms and becomes vendors selling nothing but insence. Now if they would just get together and intersperse the insence and the fish we could all breathe a lot easier.

You wouldn't be in Hong Kong if you didn't do a bit of shopping. The Lomography shop is way too cool — hundreds of different colourful retro plastic cameras with quirky designs and lovely soft plastic lenses. Guaranteed to take softly focused, poorly exposed pictures every time. And you have to load film. But they are fun, cheap and all the rage. I'll stick to digital!

Mammoth carvings are also all the rage. They are made from the tusks of extinct (are there any other kind) woolly mammoths. The woman in the mammoth shop followed us around like a hawk, ensuring we didn't touch, photograph or break anything. Now where's the fun in that? They command big bucks in Mainland china and even a small piece, centimetres high will set you back thousands of dollars. Good mammoth carvers are in strong demand. Now there's a career opportunity Paul!

The galleries near Hollywood Road are also cool. We bumped into Chow Karhoo and chatted about his current and previous exhibitions. Now he is my superhero. You can check out more of his amazing photos here.

 

25 Aug 2012

The high point thus far

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There is no bad way to eat soft shell crab, but perched on a barstool at the narrow window's ledge counter in the funky open rooftop Ozone bar in Kowloon, 118 floors up and overlooking Hong Kong island, while sweating the equivalent of a beer every 10 minutes, takes some beating. With a tall drink in hand I was feeling positively high. The view is stupendous and the nightly laser light show between competing buildings, like duelling swordsmen, is also amazing.

Half a kilometre below, the Star Ferries all lit up, criss-cross dimly lit Sampans heading out for a catch.

Paul is feeling a little “Lost in Translation”, but to his dismay Scarlett Johannson is nowhere to be seen.

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21 May 2010

On A Clear Day …

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… the view from ‘The Peak’ across Victoria harbour would have been stunning. Alas it wasn’t to be as the whole city was shrouded in a cloud of grey.

Hong Kong is a great city, full of energy … and people.

We escaped on the Star Ferry across to Kowloon to the Hong Kong Art Museum. We are now full bottle on the Qing, Tang and Ming Dynasties – go on ask us a question. You know you want to!

And then as evening set in, we settled in a small bar on the waterfront, beer in hand and watched the world go by.