I hadn’t seen my parents for over 6 months and, when they arrived for a 2 week visit, we went to a swish bar in Hong Kong to celebrate being together again. Even the elevator was fancy – this was the view looking up towards the ceiling of it. The image has been tampered with to create the interest as the inside of the elevator was actually very dark and moody.
Shanghai’s Pudong Airport is a massive, modern and very impressive structure. With expansion to 5 runways due over the next few years, it can surely only grow from its current position as the world’s 20th busiest airport. However, there are 2 major issues here which will potentially restrict growth; firstly there is, like elsewhere in mainland China, the problem of the appalling pollution which reduces visibility and slows down operations. More serious at the moment is the problem of ‘airspace ownership’ – the Chinese military effectively ‘own’ all the airspace over China and are not too good at releasing it to the commercial operators, hence commercial travel into, out of and within China is subject to regular delays of indeterminable length. This photo was taken during one such delay – by the time we got going, we were close to running out of our allowable duty hours for the day and there were at least 15 aircraft ahead of us, a similar number waiting behind us, and all facing the same problems – let alone the inconvenience to passengers expecting to travel on something close to scheduled times. Things must change!
This is Man Mo Temple in Hollywood Road, Hong Kong. Built in 1847 it is dedicated to the worship of the Civil/Literature God Man Tai and the Martial/War God Mo Tai. The combined worship of these two gods was particularly important for scholars seeking to enter the civil service of the Imperial Chinese Court. It remains a popular place of worship today and presents an appealing mix of devoted locals, gawking tourists, fortune tellers and trinket sellers. Bright colours, lots of noise and, pervading all, the overpowering smell of innumerable burning incense coils – it is a real assault on all the senses!
If in doubt, post a cute picture of an animal; dogs and cats seem to be favourites. This one was taken earlier this month, featuring this cat seemingly acting as the smug proprietor of a shop full of interesting foodstuffs in Hong Kong’s Sheung Wan area
At the Eastern end of Hong Kong’s Chek Lap Kok airport, construction work is underway on a really big project; this is the future transit facility for the Hong Kong end of the Hong Kong/Zhuhai/Macau transport link. This system will comprise 50km of tunnels and bridges that will link these important Pearl River Delta trading cities. The main bridge will be over 22km long and the cost is estimated to be over US$10 Billion and rising. Incredibly, the Hong Kong Government agreed funding for the project on the same day that the contract was signed with contractors and work actually began within days – try doing that under the UK planning system! The entire structure is due for completion in 2016. At the time that this photo was taken, other passengers on the ferry that I was on were enthusiastically pointing out the pair of pink dolphins that were hunting right on the edge of the construction site at the left hand side of the image. What a contrast!
On our trip down to the Philippines last month I had my first chance to have a good play with my new camera – the Olympus OMD. One of the things I like about the camera is that, along with it’s small size, I can take photos using the touch sensitive screen, whilst not holding the camera to my eye. This means it is relatively easy to shoot candid photos of people. Here’s a few shots of people taken during the week in this manner:
Some regular readers might recognise the identity of the ‘Bond-Girl’ emerging from the beautiful blue waters of the Verde Island Passage, off the equally stunning White Beach, Puerto Galera on the northern tip of the Island of Oriental Mindoro in the Philippines. Other readers can just enjoy the photo!
A relaxed ferry boat crewman enroute from Batangas to Puerto Galera in the Philippines. Punctual, polite and proficient; he and his banca crewmates got my money.