Monday, October 31, 2011

Have a seat...

I was recently in Shanghai for work and was lucky enough to have an afternoon to myself to wander the streets of the French Quarter, where I discovered my new obsession: Chairs.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


Curious character and his pup, Shilin Night Market
I was fortunate enough to visit Taipei a week ago and although it was raining, it was still a hustling, bustling city. Especially at night, especially for food...

Shilin Night Market

Ps. I really wished I hadn't eaten dinner as these smelt sooooooooooooooooo, good.

Vegetables wrapped in some kind of bacon...drooling!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Island Life...

It has become very apparent to me in my 4 years as expat in HK that even the most outlying of the islands are still near to land. What I didn't expect was that an island where no vehicles were permitted (except emergency)  there would be a Wellcome supermarket. (No 7 Eleven though, too remote for that).
This was a discovery I made when I reached Peng Chau a mere 30minutes or so from Central by ferry. It was just as the boredom of HK Island was getting too much that I decided to jump aboard to Peng Chau with the hopes of an adventure.
Thankfully I wasn't disappointed. The island seemed to be inhabited by mostly the elderly who sat along the shoreline, people watching or playing Mahjong. It was really quite idyllic. The island's main industry had once been in the refining of lime and some ruins of lime kilns still remain. Now, I could've sneaked inside, but the return ferry was due and I didn't want to miss it. Absolutely nothing to do with the howling dogs and creaking trees...

Lime Kiln Building

Lime Kiln Building

One thing did strike me as odd though, there seemed to be quite a few boats on dry land...are they trying to tell us something?

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Fire? Dragon?

A couple of weeks ago it was the annual Mid Autumn festival, which means the parks and streets are filled with people and lanterns. What I didn't know was that for 3 nights there is also a dragon, not only that its a Fire Dragon! I was excited just at the thought, you should've seen me when I went to witness this amazing spectacle.
It takes place every year in Tai Hang, which although it has tiny streets they were perfect for dragon chasing.
The whole place was swarmed with people trying to get a glimpse of said dragon which was covered from head to tail in lit, smoking joss sticks....made for a pleasant smelling evening but quite sore on the eyes when running after it. Worth it though, even if it did make me look crazy.
Here are the shots I managed to snap...

Ps. Items to take next year:
Step Ladder
Crowd Control Water Jet