Hong Kong Diaries: One the Way to Soho

Above ground. Underground. Dim. Lit.

Affluence Escalates Homesickness.

Backyard. Bamboo. Soho.

View from our room - Goodbye Hong Kong, Hello Soho!
View from our room – Goodbye Hong Kong!
dim...mmm...sum
dim…mmm…sum
Central station
Central station
Apple pit stop
Apple pit stop
At first glance, we thought these were homeless women. But when we noticed how many there were (everywhere!), and also how organized they looked (many playing card games with each other; delicious meals prepped and being served…) we realized there must be another story. Here it is: Filipino migrant workers in Hong Kong recreate urban spaces

Soho escalator
Soho escalator
Bamboo scaffolding
Soho scaffolding
scaffolding
scaffolding
behind Soho
behind Soho
Sooo Soho
so long Soho

Closing the Hong Kong Diaries.

– April 2013

Hong Kong Diaries: Wandering the Streets

Tradition. Red. Haze. Hustle. Bustle. Lights. Stars.

Tin Hau Temple
Ladies' Market
Ladies’ Market
The Great Wall
The Great Wall
Victoria Harbour
Victoria Harbour
Bruce!
the one and only
Double-deckers and the night haze – walking away from Avenue of Stars

April 2013

Hong Kong Diaries: Settling in

Imagination. Reality. Convergence. Hong Kong.

Macau to Hong Kong
Arriving in Hong Kong from Macau: April 2013
Tonight's Dinner
Our first meal in Hong Kong was as much a feast for the ears as it was a feast for the stomach: loud, Cantonese, food.
A little Hong Kong luxury
Living in luxury for a few nights. Yes, that is a harpist.

Trip date: April 2013

Weekly Photo Challenge: Objects of Nature

In my last entry for the “Object photo challenge, my objects were more on the abstract, unnatural side. Now we go back to the beach on Tioman Island, Malaysia and find objects that are still abstract, yet this time, all natural.

The objects are worth a close look. Click on a picture to see a slideshow of the gallery.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Object

After a long hiatus from WordPress’s Weekly Photo Challenge, this week’s prompt has pulled me back in: object. During my family’s recent trip to Tioman Island in Malaysia, I found many curious objects washed up on the shore.

Based on my pictures, you may think the beach was filthy. This is not the case. This is how beautiful the beach was.

Tioman Island

I just happened to find a small treasure filled patch. Perhaps, the rough rainy season waves were the cause of these little quirks.

I’m just keeping the legs

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Taking out the good china

Didn't like the china

Then on a little hike to “town”, I found this bike chain melted into to asphalt. It was a hot day, but not this hot.

Bike chain in asphalt

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea (East or Japan?)

For this week’s challenge, a few shots on our way to and from Fukuoka, Japan via the waters of this sea that shall not be named.

Names are a hot topic here…

… except mine I think. ;-P

boarding pass

Leaving Pusan

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leaving Pusan

Leaving Fukuoka

view from the ferry

Photos taken in August 2012

Weekly Photo Challenge: Carefree

Carefree. An excellent word to represent how we spent this past weekend: beaching, lounging, swimming, and eating in Phuket, Thailand. Perfectly timed for this week’s photo challenge: Weekly Photo Challenge: Carefree.

first dip

carefree at Patong Beach

fresh mango? Why, yes. Thank you.

Phuket sunset
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Bliss

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not worried one bit about the mopeds zipping by

P1030581street scenery 

P1030588Last day. Taking it all in.

P1030620Seahorse fountains? Who could resist.

P1030626Ahhhh…

P1030635Final round of pad thai and tom yummmmm!

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