I hate running in gym, it's so boring to face to a group of peoples who bathed in sweat on rows of running machines. Instead of running, I like to have a walk on the street or natural environment cos you will never know what interesting thing you will meet, maybe a pair of lovely dogs, maybe a sweet and young couple. Last night, we have a walk at Central-Mid-Levels escalator after dinner and met a foreigner who play his bamboo flute.
The Central-Mid-levels escalators in Hong Kong is the longest outdoor covered escalator system in the world. The entire escalator system covers over 800 metres in distance and elevates over 135 metres from bottom to top. It was constructed in 1993 to provide a better commute by linking Central and Western District on Hong Kong Island
I have been living in the same district for over three year, but this is my first time to 'meet' this post box, can I say it's a "post box"? After all, it's not small in size! I think this kind of post box is quite common in Hong Kong, however, it's weird that I think I never post letter with it.
I could not remember the last time that I post a letter... maybe over ten years ago when I was in secondary school? I wrote letters to my schoolmates at least once a week, with lots of lovely cartoon stickers on it, it's funny that we actually see each others at school everyday! Haha...
I still treasure the letters now, they are my lovely memories...
Max Ma is a painter from Suzhou, China. We visied his art exhibition in Tsim Sha Tsui on last Sunday.
I love this art gallery inside "Harbour City", a famous shopping mall in Hong Kong. With a long row of window face to the Victoria Harbour, sunshine go through the windows, lighten the entire gallary, also lighted up each paintings.
I specially love the artist's paintings of hydrangeas... in blue, lilac and white colors... it's a mixture of harmony.
Woke up at 10 am and watched the movie "The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec" at AMC Festival Walk, then we started our shopping trip from Kowloon Tong to Tsim Sha Tsui, Shatin and end the trip at the supermarket nearby our home.
We took this photo at Tsim Sha Tsui, the Clock Tower with beautiful sunset. The Clock Tower is a landmark in Hong Kong. It is located on the southern shore of Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. It is the only remnant of the original site of the former Kowloon Station on the Kowloon-Canton Railway. Built out of red bricks and granite, the Clock Tower peaks at 44 metres, and is topped by a 7-metre lightning rod.
The tower has been listed as a declared monument in Hong Kong since 1990.
You may be amazed to hear that 100 years ago there was a stream from Happy Valley to Victoria Harbour which was widened to became a canal in the mid-19th Century, long and curved like the neck of a goose. This was Goose Neck River, and Goose Neck Bridge stood over it. In 1979, the market facing the bridge was re-built and became the first Hong Kong Street Market Food Centre.
The fish store in this photo selling fresh fish and seafood caught from the sea around Hong Kong and China. Somebody said there are so many chefs from hotel or classy restaurant buy their food in this market.
Had enjoyed a Chaozhou cuisine for lunch with business partners yesterday, yummy!
Chaozhou cuisine is particularly well known for its seafood and vegetarian dishes and is commonly regarded as being healthy. Its use of flavouring is much less heavy-handed than most other Chinese cuisines and depends much on the freshness and quality of the ingredients for taste and flavour. As a delicate cuisine, oil is not often used in large quantities and there is a relatively heavy emphasis on poaching, steaming and braising, as well as the common Chinese method of stir-frying.
The tote on a single night at Happy Valley Racecourse is often equivalent to an entire year's betting at racetracks in the West, and indeed, on race days, it seems that everyone in Hong Kong is participating. Gambling on the horses is Pastime Number One here (and it's taken very seriously), with thousands of spectators flocking weekly to the impressive track, a green expanse with an electric atmosphere surrounded by high-rises: Residents host lovely parties on their balconies while looking down on the action.
Night races are particularly interesting, with bright lights, a frantic atmosphere, and the winnings for picking the right horse can be rather huge.
Hong Kong's favorite sport is making money, and in horseracing you have Hong Kong's favorite money sport. Billions are spent every year at the Happy Valley racecourse, an oasis of green in the middle of the city. The season runs from September to June and meetings are usually held here on Wednesday evenings, and occasionally on Saturday or Sunday afternoons when the other course at Sha Tin is being repaired or prepared for a big international meet.
Happy Valley has been home to Hong Kong horse racing since 1846. The city virtually grew up around the racecourse.
This photo is captured in 1st Race on 17th Nov, 2010.
As my office is far away from home, I usually got no time to prepare dinner in weekdays, so I love to cook at home during weekends, this is Michael favorite dinner - steak, vegitable salad with extra virgin olive oil & parma ham, and last night we had some blackberry wine too.
It's Sat! It's time to take a break from work, and Michael came back from his business trip, COOL! We usually do shopping for dinner at supermarket, if we are going to have 'western style' dinner. Sometime we do shopping at traditional market for Chinese food. Today we went to YATA which is a Japanese style supermarket in Shatin (the district we are living in). Though YATA is a Japanese style supermarket, it's not owned by Japanese. We enjoy shopping at YATA cos you will not only find Japanese but also many kinds of goods from different countries.
Michael took this picture at the Japanese wine section. If you think this photo shown many kind of Japanese wine, I can tell you they're just part of it!
Mao Zedong, Chairman Mao, (December 26, 1893 – September 9, 1976) was a Han Chinese revolutionary, political theorist and communist leader. He led the People's Republic of China (PRC) from its establishment in 1949 until his death in 1976. His theoretical contribution to Marxism-Leninism, military strategies, and his brand of Communist policies are now collectively known as Maoism.
Mao remains a controversial figure to this day, with a contentious and ever-evolving legacy. He is officially held in high regard in China as a great revolutionary, political strategist, military mastermind, and savior of the nation. Many Chinese also believe that through his policies, he laid the economic, technological and cultural foundations of modern China, transforming the country from an agrarian society into a major world power. Mao's portrait continues to be featured prominently on Tiananmen and on all Renminbi bills. And also at our home, inside a clock! I bought this clock in Beijing, China.
Michael will come back from his business trip tomorrow, I'm so excitied, thinking what shall we have for dinner, and what movie to watch till mid-night... we can escape from work on coming Sat and Sun... yeah!
Work work work! I am very busy for work lately, as a Marketing Manager, I'm responsible for the yearly marketing and budget plan for the next year. I was surrounded by hundred of documents, my space for working is smaller than an A3 paper now!
It's bad that Michael told me he cannot access blogspot in China... but he had a weird dream the other night, he dreamed that he was viewing this blog! Obviously, he miss this blog so much!!!
This is the view from the window of my office lift lobby. I used a special filter to take this photo, therefore the scruffy metal houses and factory building looks like LEGO toys.
Shau Kei Wan (traditional Chinese: 筲箕灣) or Shaukeiwan, Shaukiwan is a town in Eastern District, Hong Kong. Literally, Shau Kei means a pail, and Wan implies that the town is developed along the coast. Nowadays it is a relatively densely populated town compared with some developing areas.
This four bays of balcony type tenement buildings form a continuous facade verandah facing Johnston Road. It is quite likely that certain parts of the buildings could date from around 1888. They're now renewed under Hong Kong Government's "Urban Renewal Strategy", several high-end restaurants moved-in to these buildings now.
The 4 pre-war residential blocks are unique Chinese-styled tenement houses, Tong lau, that were occupied exclusively by Chinese and predominantly seen all over southern Chinese cities and town in the nineteen centuries.
In 1966, the Yu Clan purchased the building at 64, Johnston Road and inscribed the Chinese name of The Hong Kong Yu Clansmen Association on the top verandah facade. Woo Cheong Pawn Shop at 66, Johnston Road was originally owned by the Lo family, a well-known local pawnshop trader for over a century.
It's so enjoyable to have such warm and delicous "pork bones hot pot" with friends, specially on a cool Autumn night! You can see the big pork bones, mushrooms, chicken feet (you must think it's terrible if you are not Chinese or Hong Konger!), pumpkins, carrots and spring onions etc., over ten ingredients inside the wok!
Percival Street (Chinese: 波斯富街) is a street in the East Point and Happy Valley, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong. The street spans from Gloucester Road in the north to Leighton Road in the south. Between Hennessy Road and Leighton Road, the street is with a branch of Hong Kong Tramway leading to Happy Valley. Michael walk through Percival Street to his office located in Happy Valley everyday.
The road was named after Alexander Percival, a 19th century taipan of Jardines. The land of the present-day Times Square was a tram depot at Matheson Street. Trams returned to the depot via Perceval Street and Russell Street. The historical building at the left hand side of this photo is Lee Theatre Plaza.
Tian Tan Buddha (traditional Chinese: 天壇大佛; Mandarin Pinyin: Tiāntán Dàfó), also known as the "Big Buddha", is a large bronze statue of a Buddha, completed in 1993, and located at Ngong Ping, Lantau Island, in Hong Kong. The statue is located near Po Lin Monastery and symbolises the harmonious relationship between man and nature, people and religion. It is a major centre of Buddhism in Hong Kong, and is also a popular tourist attraction.
This is our first theme day photo, and today our city photo blog has been approved by City Daily Photo, this blog is now appeared on the portal, yeah! we're so excited! After the dinner, we went to the "Fo Tan" MTR (Mass Transit Railway in Hong Kong) station to take this shot, "Fo Tan" MTR station is just 2 mins walk from our home. You can see the lightings and tracks of the train from this photo.