Friday, January 30, 2009

Hong Kong Food

What is a visit to any country without showing their food. I was a little disappointed with the variety of food in Hong Kong. Hoping to experience some interesting fare, I was instead faced with the usual, Wanton noodles and Tim Sum.

There were really no roadside stalls but I suppose Hong Kong has modernised and improved their hygiene levels after events like SARs and the Avian flu.

Anyway, here are some fare that I had during my stay there.

My first Hong Kong meal was this bolw of spicy noodles. Called the Mala noodles, it comes in 3 levels of spicy and this here is the lowest level..still quite potent.

Hong Kong is famous for their Tim Sum and this was at one of the more famous Tim Sum restrants in Tsim Sha Tsui, another district in Hong Kong. This is the standard Tim Sum fare and tasted good enough but really expected a better quailty after all the raving from friends.

This here is a stall at the Mong Kok area. The smell of the octopus tentacles was good and the crowd queuing made this stall one of the more popular in the area.

Hong Kong First Sights

I'm back from Hong Kong. It's was a really tiring holiday with lots of walking at the theme parks and the shopping/exploring. I ended up taking about 500 photos and I have split a selection into several topics so it'll be easier to view. Also, I've hit my mothly upload allocation on Flickr so it'll be a day before I can upload more.

Oh, during this trip, I ended up with a new lens..the Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8. It was at a really good price I could not refuse and really recommend if you happen to be in Hong Kong, visit "Wing Shing" for your camera needs.

In this part, here are the some of the first sights I saw on arriving to Hong Kong. All shots were taken inside the bus on the way from the airport to the hotel.

This is a shot of a toll booth on one of the bridges in Hong Kong, cost of this was HKD$10. It wasn't the last toll on the way to the hotel though.

A Hong Kong sea view.

These are residential apartments in Hong Kong. It seems to be the norm that there are so densly packed. If you thought Singapore was bad, this is really takes the cake.

Now in Kowloon, one of the many districts in Hong Kong. This shot was taken while we were at the traffic light under a flyover.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

I'm Away

Ok..this blog is going quiet for about a week while I spend some time holidaying in Hong Kong. It'll me my first time there so I really don't know what to expect but I have finished packing my trusty cameras and lenses and hoping for the best.

I hope to have some good shots to share with everyone. In the meantime, to everyone a Happy Lunar/Chinese New Year. Gong Xi Fa Xai (wishing all good fortune and wealth).

Monday, January 19, 2009

Weekend Out

It's been awhile since I last posted any shots of my boy. I have tons of them but they are in RAW format and have not got around to converting them. However, here are some taken on Sunday while we are out. I don't know, I kinda like Black and White shots for candid.

The boy and his nap time.

No child can resist sweets and cakes...First stop after waking up from his sweet nap.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Unexpected Rainbow

This morning while waiting for the wife and son, I managed to take a few quick snaps around the Beach Road area. This was taken outside the Suntec Convention Centre (SICEC) and I was aiming for the the flag poles but caught sight of a fading hasn't rained here for weeks so I was quite surpised with this find.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Happy 2009!!!

Happy New Year to all visiting this blog and hoping that 2009 will be a good year for all the good folks.

The Christmas season has kept me somewhat busy so, I have not been able to go out and update my Blog with new photos but with the holiday season now over, I should find myself able to take more shots soon.

This very early morning, I decided that I would get some photography done and went down to the Marina Bay area to get some shots of the Carlsberg Wishing Balls. All these balls in the water were written with the wishes of people and floated in the waters near the Esplanade...It was really nice with the morning sun just touching them so early in the morning.

It was low light and with a light breeze blowing, the balls kept moving so it was a challenge getting a clear shot but I still like them.

Here in the background, you can see the construction site of Singapore's upcoming "Intergrated Resort" or the Marina Sands Casino. I think the mess behind kinda adds to a conflict here, the busy activities behind with the calm and quiet of the water and balls.

In the background, you can see Singapore's famous "Merlion". An icon of Singapore that I for one really love and feel very proud of.

Just to get a feel of the area used for this promotion by Carlsberg. I am not very sure how many ball are in the water but it sure looked like a good number there.

This one ball caught my attention with the words "Family"...I think that is really sweet and agree that family is important and that well wishes should be made for family.