Thursday, June 30, 2005

The stone dragon


The dragon, a mythical creature with strong connotations of the chinese culture. This creature is often associated with the ancient emperor, as they always referred themselves to the dragon, son of the heaven. The dragon is also associated with water and is believed to be able to bring rain. It's representations can be found in all forms of art, from stone carvings (what you see here), sculptures, emblems, portraits etc.

Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Celine


This is in line with the one I put up 4 days ago. LV, Celine, Fendi were all side by side each other. Oh, I really need to get my butt out to take photos this weekend. I've been wanting to take sunset or sunrise photographs. I've got to do this soon before my workload piles up. However, I've yet to figure out a good place to take sunset photos. sigh...

Tuesday, June 28, 2005

yellow rose


My mind is too busy with other thoughts at the moment. Plus, I'm still coughing ... Sigh.

Monday, June 27, 2005

Help me ...


It's interesting to see a variety of expressions in this picture. It was taken at the famous Wong Tai Sin temple in Hong Kong. The temple is considered a must-go when you go to Hong Kong. One need not be a believer though. As you can see from the photograph, there were some korean tourists in the background. They looked happy, weren't they? So interesting to visit a place of worship, eh? What about the locals? Some came happily, perhaps to thank the god for answering to their queries or solving their problems. The two ladies in the foreground were obviously there to ask the god for help. Their facial expressions tell it all. The can they are holding contains a lot of sticks. There's a number on every stick, and every number corresponds to a story. The person has to shake the can until a stick falls out. The person then reads the number and collects a piece of pink paper, containing the story. Usually, there are experts around to help people to decipher and interpret the story to other ple. The people may have different questions in mind, be it love, work, health etc. The story will help to answer their questions. Oh, although the story may be the same, it does not apply equally to all sorts of questions. One that is good for love, may not necessarily be good for work, or health.

Sunday, June 26, 2005

Opposite Times Square


This is the street just outside Times Square, Hong Kong. It's interesting to have Times Square, a high class shopping mall on one side of the road, and ordinary housing blocks and little shops on the other side. Lots of young people frequent there.

Saturday, June 25, 2005

Louis Vuitton


This is one of the few street shots that I like. Took this impromptu across the street. Well, I was together with my relatives on this trip and I felt bad when they had to stop and wait for me to take a picture. So, I didn't have much time to think or take a second shot.

Friday, June 24, 2005

Night view


It's taken at the Peak. Isn't it nice? It overlooks both Hong Kong island, Kowloon and the mountains beyond. Everywhere is so bright that it's difficult to find stars at night. The night sky is just too bright!

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Amethyst


This Amethyst is actually huge. However, I only took a macro shot at a particular spot. Actually, my camera wasn't great enough to get all that details in. But, I didn't know how to shoot the entire piece of stone beautifully. So this is it. oh, it's also taken in Hong Kong.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Hong Kong street snapshot


Hong Kong street snapshot. The signboards really look kinda dangerous. I wonder if they ever dropped and hit somebody or some cars. The pedestrain walkway is so close to the road, kinda unsafe too. One thing I really dislike about walking on the street is the water droplets falling down from the air-conditioners above. At first, I thought it was rain, then I realised it came from the buildings above. Will the air-con fall as well? Well, this is Hong Kong.

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

clothes stall


This was taken at Ladies Street, Hong Kong. Stalls lined the sides of the streets. This one sells T-shirts. Really cheap. One for 10HK dollars! [ oh, I'm having fever...=( ]

Monday, June 20, 2005

old grandma


I was at the famous Wong Tai Sin Temple on the third day. It's amazing to see lots of believers and tourists there. It seems that this deity answers to the calls of his believers and provides them with reassurance. This old grandma here here is preparing to pray with the joss sticks.

Sunday, June 19, 2005

my cousin


My cousin looking intently out of the cable car at something else below. There's a little bit of fear in her.

Saturday, June 18, 2005

view from the cable car


This is my view from the cable car at the ocean park. Nice view, isn't it?

Friday, June 17, 2005

sea lion


I took a number of shots at the Ocean Park. This is the only picture of the sea lion that's sharp enough. gosh.... taking pictures through the aquarium glass window is so difficult! I'm quite happy with this. Managed to capture the ripples and the swimming sea lion. It is hard to predict where it's heading under water.

Thursday, June 16, 2005

The boat people


This is a shot of the boat people living on the seas of Aberdeen. They earn their living by selling cooked noodles. They actually do not have legal status as Hongkongers because they used to be refugees. The Hong Kong govt have been trying to move them out for years. Finally, this is going to happen soon. According to my local guide, they are going to move and stay permanently on land. Their legal status is a big problem. However, the children of the boat people who were born in Hong Kong are given legal status and allowed to go to govt schs on land.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

The laughing Buddha


The laughing Buddha taken at Repulse Bay, Hong Kong.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

The city of signboards!


I'm back. And Very Tired. Actually, I just woke up from a nap. Couldn't take it. and now i'm having dizzy spells. headache. On the whole, my Hong Kong trip was fun. Lots of shopping and Lots of walking around. This photo is so typical of Hong Kong street life. Colourful signboards everywhere!

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

colourful cranes


I'm leaving for Hong Kong tonight. Will be there for 5 days. When I come back, expect pictures from Hong Kong! yeah...

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

pelican cove


The home of the pelicans. Can tell that it's a hot day yeah? Not a bad home for them I think.

red parrot


How can I miss you, red parrot? Parrots are the first to greet visitors at the Bird Park. They are however, difficult to shoot too because they are super active. There's a blue one which I really like and wanted to shoot. It was very close to me too. However, the blue parrot seems to know that I want to take a picture of him and he tried to play a trick on me. Everytime my camera aimed at him, he walked away. And I ended up chasing him here and there. He didn't fly. Just walked up and down and finally hid himself behind a trunk. What a fool I was. hahaha....

Monday, June 06, 2005

Snowy


Snowy, the owl. Its home was very dark and it's difficult to produce a really sharp pic.

Sunday, June 05, 2005

pink butts!


It must be tiring to have long necks. The flamingos seldom raise their necks. From the picture, most are them were resting their heads (including their necks) on their body. I do have a shot with an S-neck flamingo in the centre. But I thought this was cute too. hee

Saturday, June 04, 2005

Ostrich


I went to the Bird Park today. It was a very hot day and I perspired like crazy. However, it was very enjoyable too. Today was special. While I was waiting for the bus to the Bird Park, two tourists approached me regarding the bus fare. They didn't have coins. Their smallest note was $5. But u needn't spend more than $2 actually and I told them it would be a waste of money to use the 5 dollar note. So I got small changes for them and we started chatting while waiting for the bus. One looks asian but he has an American accent. He said he was born in Penang, Malaysia, and came to Singapore to study. It was many years ago. He's now a fatherly figure. Very nice guy. The other was a young caucasian girl. She said she studied in Manhattan, New York. She complained that the subway there was horrible and was amazed to see ours so clean. haha... well, this is Singapore. Everything is so in order. They are really nice people. And to my surprise, he even bought me the entrance ticket and a panorail ride! We didn't even know each other's names... He said he wanted to thank me for helping them. Well, I didn't expect them to return any favours. It was really nice and generous of them. =)
As for this photo, I chose this to start off my Bird Park series because it was very difficult and dangerous to take it. I was very close to the ostrich. You know, they do bite! I waited for it to come close to me and I took several shots before I got this sharp and clear. Many were rather blur because it keeps moving. Otherwise, they were too far away.

Friday, June 03, 2005

orange


erm... this looks like bird of paradise. or is it?

Thursday, June 02, 2005

pond


I'm so so tired today... zzz

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

crowded


It's titled "crowded" because the flowers are clustered together. But is this too messy?