This is a common sight along the miles of water’s edge in Hong Kong – a man casts a line in his search for dinner and the rain will not deter him.
These young men are just 5 of the 9 ‘old boys’ of the school who performed a concert for parents and invited guests in the school multi-purpose hall today. This piece was from Schumann’s Piano Quintet in E flat major. As well as being incredibly accomplished musicians, these 9 comprise 4 Cambridge University scholars, 1 Oxford, 1 Imperial College London and 3 University of Hong Kong students. Their lists of school academic qualifications are truly staggering and amongst their current studies are Medicine, Law, Economics, Engineering, Physics and Maths. Dammit, they’re even nice guys to chat with!
I have to go to work this evening and won’t finish until 3.30 tomorrow morning..ugh! However, life on the boat starts at about 6 a.m. and there’s very little sound proofing, so I had no choice but to be awake at that time this morning. In an effort to prepare myself for an afternoon snooze we set off early to try and find some trails to run on and to wear myself out. As we are acclimatising to the heat and exercising more, we are able to run further afield and this is opening up some much better areas to exercise in. Very local short runs of up to 30 mins restrict you to concrete and traffic; 1 hour or more gets you, briefly, onto this type of terrain around Tai Lam Chung reservoir – no contest! Wear me out it certainly did (we are a long way away from the fitness levels required to run the full 15km around the reservoir) and the afternoon nap came very easily. Poor Mrs daybydaybyphoto now has to cope with Friday evening teenage sleepovers with much less respite.
Us parents got a chance to visit the new school today and very impressive it was too. Enthusiastic teachers: polite, intelligent kids: great facilities and 440 years of tradition have got to be some pretty tasty ingredients for success – only time will tell of course, but the initial signs are encouraging. This is an upper school biology class – can you spot the double entendre in the title of today’s blog? Regular blog readers might just recognise one of the faces in the classroom……parents can be, like, well embarrassing!
When either our, or the neighbours’ engines are running, these wine glasses rattle away in their racks. When I went to try and stop them making a noise today, I thought that the view through them and out through the doors at the back of the boat might make an interesting image. It’s not quite what I had in mind, but as the rest of the day has been very busy, this photo will have to suffice as my offering for today.
The neighbours are very friendly and helpful, but when they are parking their toys barely one metre away from your house you tend to take a more interested view of their driving skills, rather than their social skills. I needn’t have worried – these guys are pretty slick and we are still able to give a friendly wave and smile at each other !
Sam Shing Hui seafood market is a well known local outlet for all types of seafood. It supplies an expensive restaurant next door that has been rated in the top 10 restaurants in the whole of Asia. However, a more common and cheaper local practice is to buy it live and fresh, then walk over the road to one of the many smaller and basic family-run restaurants and ask them to cook it for you; tank to dinner plate in about 25 metres and 10 minutes! We discovered the place on the way home from a run this evening so will be visiting again soon to partake in this local custom. This particular tank of crustaceans could well have been an inspiration for Aliens in a Hollywood movie – quite weird and ugly looking things (however nice they taste!)
The sky has been mostly a monotone, leaden haze on the few occasions I’ve seen it today. However, crossing the bridge on the bus on the way home, a brief hole in the sky appeared, allowing this shaft of light to pierce the scene. I had just enough time to whip my camera out of the bag, set the aperture and shutter speed (I always try to shoot in manual mode) and fire off a few shots in the hope of getting one without any of the bridge’s supporting wires in it – this was the best of a very small bunch!