A Year In Hong Kong

So after spending a couple of months sabbatical over in South-East Asia, I packed my bags again, this time along with my suits and headed over to Hong Kong as an expat. Back in Asia again but a much different lifestyle and routine. It was like living in an alternate reality – I only had one focus and that was work. I had no regular bills to pay except for my prepaid mobile and Octopus travel card. Accommodation was taken care of and I had my per diems to fund my ongoing daily expenses. I chose to live down on Kowloon side just to get more of the local urban feel. One of the most amazing yet simple pleasures was being able to duck downstairs, grab food and be back in my apartment in under 15 minutes!

A Slow Day

A Slow Day

Temple Street, Yau Ma Tei, HONG KONG.

Temple Street is located in the areas of Jordan and Yau Ma Tei in Kowloon, Hong Kong. It is well known for its very local night life and in particular the night market. Complementing that are the numerous food stalls lining the sides of the street. Best to avoid that if you’re in a rush as it gets very crowded at dusk.

On the other hand, Temple Street during the day is a little slower, as seen outside the New Melody Lounge Karaoke.

Chungking House

Chungking House

Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, HONG KONG.

Located at the heart of Tsim Sha Tsui along Nathan Road, this is the best known guesthouse due to its prime location. Chungking House has been around since 1962 providing accommodation to budget conscious travellers. Word on the street is this is a popular ‘first stop’ for migrant blue-collared workers.

Smoke Messages To Heaven

Smoke messages to heaven

Tin Hau Temple, Yau Ma Tei, HONG KONG.

Slow-burning incense coil is popular amongst Chinese culture – they can burn for extended periods, sometimes up to a few days. It is the smoke, not the scent which is important in carrying the prayers of devotees to heaven.

Cart Pusher Taking A Break

Cart pusher taking a break

Lan Kwai Fong, HONG KONG.

Was checking out the lane behind Yung Kee, a culinary institution famous for its roast goose, in Lan Kwai Fong, I noticed this elderly gentleman taking a breather from pushing his cart. As he pulled out a cigarette, his other hand was reaching into his pocket to find a match. Just happened that he was standing in front of a shrine and it provided a good backdrop to the shot. There was something about his cool demeanour…

He Stands Still

He stands still

Wong Tai Sin, Kowloon, HONG KONG.

First day of Chinese New Year and it was exceptionally busy at Wong Tai Sin Temple, one of the famous Taoist shrines in Hong Kong. Masses gathered to offer their prayers and light incense sticks. Along Lung Cheong Road, between MTR exits A and B3, stood a man with no arms writing calligraphy on the sidewalk with chalk in between his toes. Unperturbed by the crowd, he stands still and continues writing…



4 thoughts on “A Year In Hong Kong

  1. Very interesting uncounter. It would be nice to know what he is writing. Could you have talked to the walkway calligrapher to learn more about him? Is he begging for money? Would it have been possible to take a close up of his foot with the piece of chalk between his toes? Any other shot of the man, his face, his body, his bag, his back, the stumps of his hands? Maybe not the last one, a little intrusive unless he accepts your request to photograph them.

    • Thanks for the comment.

      I wasn’t sure what he was writing but the board around his neck was a traditional Chinese New Year greeting wishing everyone wealth and health. I think he was more of a ‘street artist’ rather than a beggar but he did have a container for donations. For that shot, I did put some money down.

  2. I like this. I’ve always admire people who tries to make up for their shortcomings by using their other attributes. I’m glad you managed to capture it. 🙂

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