Archive | February, 2013

Kung Hei Fat Choi

7 Feb

Only a few more days to Chinese New Year and everything seems to be decked out with red lanterns, gold chocolate coins and colourful lion masks. The energy in Hong Kong is brimming with excitement as the city counts down to the year of the snake. Here are some of the beautiful sights to see during this auspicious time.

chinesenewyear Temples are bustling with people who come to pray for good fortune in the new year. Sik Sik Yuen Wong Tai Sin Temple is home to Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism. The grand temple is adorned with intricate carvings, large archways and bright red, gold and blue hues as far as the eye can see.  chinesenewyear2The wishing trees at Lam Tsuen are a favourite spot. People write wishes on paper and tie it to a clementine. The wishes are then tossed onto the branches of the tree, in hopes that the higher the tree branch, the more likely the wish will come true. The wishing trees have become so popular that imitation trees have been set up nearby so that the real trees do not become overburdened. chinesenewyear3Lion dances can be seen all over Hong Kong during this time of year. Led by clashing cymbals and beating drums, the mix of martial arts with bold colours and fringe are really a sight to see. Business entrances will hang green vegetables, usually lettuce, high above the doorway for the lions to eat. Skilled dancers are known to perform acrobatics to reach the greens and are rewarded with red envelopes of money. It’s one of my favourite parts of Chinese New Year and is always a stunning performance. The dance is thought to bring good luck to companies. 

chinesenewyear4There is also the much anticipated firework show on the 1st of the lunar year. Celebrations will be erupting worldwide on Sunday and I hope you get the chance to enjoy it!

photos via Discover Hong Kong

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Alain Delorme

1 Feb

I am into full packing mode now with just a week to go until I leave for Japan. Sure, I’ve made lists of things I’ll need but then I look at everything piled up around my room and and wonder, how is all of that going to fit in my suitcase?

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It was a humorous sigh of relief seeing Delorme’s Totem collection. These manipulated photos elevate the working people in Shanghai to superhero status with their incredible balance, strength and perseverance. In a city strongly focusing on its economic growth and urbanization, the images show the material, burdensome and precarious nature of city expansion. The towering pile of goods are the totems they carry and are set up against the city’s ever rising totems of condos and office buildings. Take a look…

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Alain Delorme

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