Friday, May 30, 2008

It's Off to See the Nunnery

The Chi Lin Nunnery was founded in the 1930s and reconstructed in the 1990s. It is quite the oasis of peacefulness in an otherwise hectic place. We went on the weekend celebrating Buddhas birthday (a.k.a. the Queen's birthday) so there were quite a few visitors. The nuns all have shaved heads, wear lose grey robes, and ear pieces. We weren't able to figure out the significance of the ear pieces unless they were to allow them to hear each other chant.

The mad mad coy . . .

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Monday, May 26, 2008

Can You Figure Out What is Wrong with this Picture?

This "young man" is the protagonist in an upcoming HK film - it appears however, that he can't carry the role without the addition of CG chest hair!!! EWWWWW!

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Checking Out Plover Cove and the Bride's Pool

So we recently bought a hiking book so we could better explore the more natural sides of HK. Our first hike was to Plover Cove, created by blocking a sea inlet and and replacing the water with fresh water.

We actually spent about 2.5 hours hiking, most of it up up up through the Pat Sin Leng Nature Trail.

But we saw some lovely trees and streams along the way.

We also saw the Bride's Pool. As the story goes, bride was being carried to her new husband in a sedan chair when one of the bearers slipped on the rocks. Both sedan and bride fell to their deaths. Not a very happy story but quite a pretty spot.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

More Island Hopping

Lamma Island is another island accessible from HK via ferry. It too is a fishing island and does not allow motorized vehicles. We walked from one end to another, ending at the fisheries side. FYI - also the island that Chow Yun-Fat grew up on. His family continues to run a seafood restaurant on Lamma.


M at the Wind Power Station (a.k.a. Lamma Winds)

View of HK

Half Way Across the Island

Approaching da Fisheries

Harvesting Seaweed

Pick Your Own DinDin

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Cheung Chau Island

We recently spent a day at Cheung Chau Island, a 55 minute ferry ride away. The island is essentially a fishing village and due to its proximity to HK Island, is a bit touristy. But the food was cheap and delicious!

drying some shrimpies

Yummy roasted chicken

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Happy Belated Mother's Day

This exhibit (at our local mall) is called "Daring Mom" . I find that nothing quite captures the spirit of Mother's Day quite like sexy disco ball mannequins with peacock-feather angel wings...

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Food in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is world-known for its food - Cantonese, Shanghainese, Sichuan, Hunanese - as well as international flavors like Japanese, Indian, Italian and French! There is no way to demonstrate vast variety of foods available, from cheap street foods to high-end culinary experiences. Instead, below is a small pictorial representation. Bon Appetit!

The takeaway case at 7 Eleven.

And the accompanying beverage case.

The takeaway hot food counter at Circle K - just the name makes you want to order 2 of everything!

Vending machine on waterfront promenade.

All sorts of "balls" at a local supermarket - just heat and eat

Teriyake spam burger (with egg)

A local chain - clearly not so creative with the names

And Outback Steakhouse is also out here . . .

Friday, May 9, 2008

Buddha, Buddha, Buddha - As Far as the Eye Can See

At the Monastery of the 10,000 Buddhas, there are literally over 13,000 representations of Siddhartha, each one unique. The monastery was only founded in the 1950s but they continue to add to it and the number of Buddhas is on the rise.

And, just to mix it up a bit, a happy monkey!

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Trip to HK Disneyland

Umanling and I checked out HK Disneyland. It was so much fun we decided to make a movie!

(give it a bit to load up for full effect!)

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Back to the Box

Another trip to MEGABOX was required - as were more pictures.

Umanling and Yao Ming - WHAT A TEAM!

Monkey see, monkey do.

FYI -on a clear day, you can see Megabox from our guestroom. It's the red number to the upper right, in case you don't recognize it.