Posts tagged with "Hong Kong"

The Tao Character

Tao character 5

Thumbnail: Tao character 1
Thumbnail: Tao character 2
Thumbnail: Tao character 3
Thumbnail: Tao character 4
Thumbnail: Tao character 6
Thumbnail: Tao character 7
Thumbnail: Tao character 8

A few spot­tings of the “Tao” char­ac­ter while I was in Hong Kong. The word is some­what ubiq­ui­tous, since it can mean “road”, “path”, or “way”, and so marks road signs every­where. This is the same char­ac­ter that I got tat­tooed on my right wrist.

It’s inter­est­ing to see how dif­fer­ent Chinese char­ac­ters can look, whether they’re engraved, painted, writ­ten, or stamped.

Little Hong Kong Differences

I’ve been back from my trip to Hong Kong for a lit­tle over a month now. Here are some lit­tle dif­fer­ences I’ve noticed between there and here.


Space is at a pre­mium in Hong Kong, so park­ing spots are tiny. Most cars have fold­ing side-mirrors, and prox­im­ity sen­sors that beep faster the closer you are to some­thing when back­ing up. Vans and SUVs have mir­rors on the back win­dows that lets a dri­ver see the back bumper through the rear-view mir­ror. That way, you can squeeze into a space with­out any guess work, although it takes about three or four turns, Austin Powers style.

Parking sensors

Some park­ing lots also have these lights above the spots that let peo­ple know if a car is parked in the space — green means it’s avail­able. That way, you can see what spots are free with a quick glance, instead of dri­ving around and hunting.

Taking care of the elderly

Workout area

In the parks, there are work­out areas for the elderly. They include things like Gazelles, bench step­pers, and wheels you can rotate for flex­i­bil­ity. This is so awe­some. Canada should have some­thing like this. My grandma used come to this park to work out before she had colon cancer.

Bench stepper station

Fitness guide

How cool is it that the sym­bol they use is the sil­hou­ette of some­one doing sin­gle whip. I found this sym­bol in many parks actu­ally, and I think it means that it’s a pub­lic park.

There are also speak­ers that beep at the traf­fic lights to let blind peo­ple know when to cross, and sub­way esca­la­tors that click con­stantly, so they know where to get on.

Continue read­ing “Little Hong Kong Differences”…

Goodbye, Hong Kong

Boats in harbour

Thumbnail: Cell phone message
Thumbnail: Alley walk
Thumbnail: City Hall construction
Thumbnail: Bakery goods
Thumbnail: Abalone

Drinking tong sui

Thumbnail: Door shrine
Thumbnail: Barista
Thumbnail: Billboards
Thumbnail: Candy stand in mall
Thumbnail: Chinese checkers stone

Street and people

Thumbnail: More City Hall construction
Thumbnail: Dessert booth
Thumbnail: Expensive shoes
Thumbnail: Flower vendor
Thumbnail: Grandmas holding hands


Thumbnail: Mirror self portrait
Thumbnail: Murray House
Thumbnail: Music listener
Thumbnail: Neon sign
Thumbnail: Open area

Street person

Thumbnail: Pacific Coffee Company
Thumbnail: Roadside snack
Thumbnail: Seaside properties
Thumbnail: Smokers
Thumbnail: Soccer against mountain

Chestnut stand

Thumbnail: Temple doorway
Thumbnail: Apartment view
Thumbnail: Holding hands
Thumbnail: Water shipper
Thumbnail: Wedding photos

Cracked turtle shells

Thumbnail: Stanley Market
Thumbnail: Stanley waterfront
Thumbnail: Sundries stand
Thumbnail: Taking blood pressure
Thumbnail: Tea machines

Airport waiting

I’ll miss the way you com­fort me with crowds. I’ll miss the smells of your streets. I’ll miss your alleys and their sto­ries. I’ll miss your mix of clas­si­cal and con­tem­po­rary. I’ll miss the diver­sity of your food.

You made me feel com­fort­able, like I belonged some­where, and with all your rich and some­what mys­te­ri­ous cul­ture, renewed my pride in being Chinese.

It’ll be a long time before I see you again.

Goodbye, you beau­ti­ful city. I miss you already.

Cat Street

Jewellery stall

Thumbnail: Upper Lascar Row
Thumbnail: Stairway entrance
Thumbnail: Decoration shop
Thumbnail: Examining goods
Thumbnail: Food stand
Thumbnail: Rainy alleyway
Thumbnail: Stair alleyway
Thumbnail: Stalls

Upper Lascar Row, also known as Cat Street, is a nar­row alley­way mar­ket that sells dec­o­ra­tions, trin­kets, and antiques. It’s not quite like other Hong Kong mar­kets because it’s less com­mer­cial­ized (i.e. doesn’t sell as many touristy things), even though the most com­mon buy­ers there seem to be foreign.

The name comes from a joke in Chinese: it’s said that if you have some­thing stolen, you’re likely to find it for sale on Cat Street. Thieves are known as “rats” in Cantonese slang, and peo­ple who pur­chase goods from rats are called “cats”.

Hong Kong Food Diary: Week 3

Buffet plate

Thumbnail: Buffet plate
Thumbnail: Buffet plate 3
Thumbnail: Dessert plate
Thumbnail: Asparagus with beef
Thumbnail: Baby bak choi
Thumbnail: Baked spare ribs
Thumbnail: Barley tea
Thumbnail: BBQ pork buns
Thumbnail: Beef tripe
Thumbnail: Beef tripe noodles
Thumbnail: Beet sweet corn
Thumbnail: Birds nest soup
Thumbnail: Chicken sweet corn
Thumbnail: Chiffon cake
Thumbnail: Chinese doughnut
Thumbnail: Chinese grapefruit
Thumbnail: Chinese greens
Thumbnail: Crabs black bean
Thumbnail: Almond tofu flower
Thumbnail: Cream of garlic
Thumbnail: Curry chicken
Thumbnail: Deep fried fish
Thumbnail: Lotus leaf chicken
Thumbnail: Drunken chicken
Thumbnail: Egg fried rice
Thumbnail: Egg white and milk
Thumbnail: Fish black bean
Thumbnail: Fish Chinese onions
Thumbnail: Fish mixed vegetables
Thumbnail: Steamed red coat
Thumbnail: Four seasons beans
Thumbnail: French hot dog
Thumbnail: Fried egg whites
Thumbnail: Fried onion biscuit
Thumbnail: Fried sesame dessert
Thumbnail: Green beens beef
Thumbnail: Ham egg bread
Thumbnail: Stewed egg
Thumbnail: King soya chicken
Thumbnail: Kiwifruit juice
Thumbnail: Lotus seed paste bun
Thumbnail: Milk buns
Thumbnail: Minced pork
Thumbnail: Stuffed cabbage
Thumbnail: Mushroom chicken
Thumbnail: Ox tail
Thumbnail: Won ton with spicy sauce
Thumbnail: Shrimp cocktail
Thumbnail: Packaged biscuits
Thumbnail: Lotus paste tart
Thumbnail: Phoenix talons
Thumbnail: Pork cold cuts
Thumbnail: Polk rice bowl
Thumbnail: Pork rice noodles
Thumbnail: Rice balls in mango
Thumbnail: Rice spare ribs
Thumbnail: Roasted pigeon
Thumbnail: Sea coconut fruit
Thumbnail: Shanghai dumplings
Thumbnail: Shredded chicken
Thumbnail: Shrimp celery cashews
Thumbnail: Shrimp dumplings
Thumbnail: Sichuan noodles
Thumbnail: Snack platter
Thumbnail: Snake soup fungi
Thumbnail: Lemongrass
Thumbnail: Soya chicken wings
Thumbnail: Spare ribs
Thumbnail: Spare ribs black bean
Thumbnail: Sponge cake
Thumbnail: Steamed beef balls
Thumbnail: Steamed white buns
Thumbnail: Stuffed mushrooms
Thumbnail: Sui mai
Thumbnail: Sweet and sour pork
Thumbnail: Tiramisu
Thumbnail: Tofu shrimp mushrooms
Thumbnail: Tossed noodles
Thumbnail: Won ton soup
Thumbnail: Yakult

The final week of my Hong Kong food diary. It’s safe to say that I gained a few pounds, as I would con­tinue eat­ing even after full. The weight is mostly in my face (good) and mid­sec­tion (bad). Yes, my cheeks have filled out, but now I have a muf­fin top. It was totally worth it though, as I don’t know when I’ll have a chance to eat many of these dishes again.

Other weeks in my Hong Kong Food Diary

Food decisions