Argh I missed last weeks photo challenge again. This week is all about Sea, this could be about the sea of despair that I am in with all the work I have to do!

For most people when they mention the Sea they think of the ocean. I love the ocean, especially at night when you have the crashing of the waves and the cool breeze. But that would not make for a good image.

Instead I am going to talk other types of “sea”.  Mongolia is about 1000km to the nearest stretch of sea (960Km from the easternmost tip to the yellow sea. But I love Mongolia because of the fact that it has two seas. in the south it has an ocean of desert and in the rest an ocean of grass. SAM_0170

In the Desert there are “ships” otherwise known as camels. SAM_0173

And then we have the “islands”. Also known as signs of habitation.SAM_0130

In the rest of the country there is grasslands. With the camels still in tow. SAM_0438

I am always impressed by the fact that no matter where you go in the world you can find some hardy soul living by the side of the “sea”.

 

And that is my post for Sea.

 

 

So I have not posted on here for several weeks, so much for keeping up with the weekly photo challenge.  It was due to a combination of factors including work, working on my masters, travelling and just being a bit of a lazy so and so. Well I am back to school and along with my plan to shed the pounds that I gained over the summer I am going to commit to posting again.

Carefree. Something I wish I was most of the time. But invariably with work and other issues this is often not the case. But over the summer I was in Canada catching up with friends who were former colleagues (one of the perks of being an international school teacher.) As part of the trip I was staying with some friends at a cottage in the woods by the Rideau Canal system. It was incredibly beautiful both in scenery and company that I was with. I was carefree, spending time stacking wood, swimming in the lake, eating fresh picked corn and generally just chilling. Whilst I was there I managed to catch a sunset from the friends cabin across the lake and it reminds me of that carefree summer.IMG_6864_HDR

To next week.

 

 

 

So the weekly photo challenge is Sign.

I live in Asia and I could have linked lots of signs that are of really bad English (Sometimes called Chinglish) or just weird imagery. One springs to mind of a toilet in Beijing’s forbidden city, a picture of how to use a squatting toilet that if you followed it you would end up covered in your own business.

But instead I decided to show you some images of the Hong Kong skyline from the night when we had the fireworks for China’s national day. As you can see, there are lots of advertising that happens on the buildings with the neon signs.

But why the fireworks?

Well I like the images for one, but if you look at the third image you can make out a figure of 8 star bursts. In China the number 8 is considered to be lucky because the word rhymes with money. It is the same reason why the Number 4 is unlucky because it rhymes with death.  So by having a figure of 8 in the burst it becomes a sign of good luck for the coming year.

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Anyway another short post due to work commitments. We are getting to the business end of the year, but soon it will be over and I will be off for the summer holidays.

So the weekly photo challenge is Background.

I have decided to go with some pictures I took in Berlin from the roof of the Reichstag building. The first one is from the mirror reflection in the inside of the dome. As you can see I am reflected off of the mirror but in mad house kind of way. IMG_2167

the second image was taken from outside and I only added it because of the amazing storm that appeared to be forming in the background. But what was amazing was that there was no rain the whole time I was in Berlin. IMG_2153 (1)

A short post this week due to work demands.

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So the weekly photo challenge is Escape. I was thinking about sharing some more images from Mongolia which is my idea of escape from the crazy world that I love in Hong Kong. It is definitely different from Hong Kong and an escape fro the craziness of the high pace. But in the end I decided to share some images that I took in Melbourne a couple of years back.

I was in Melbourne a few years back for my summer holidays along with the Gold Coast of Australia. Australia was an incredibly beautiful country with some amazing scenery and interesting wildlife. But the point of this post is about what I saw in the urban part of the country. I will be honest here and say that I do not believe that any city comes close to the imagery that you can get in Hong Kong. No where else has the skyline of our harbour or the dramatic back drop of the hills behind all of the skyscrapers. But one thing that we do not have as much of is street art. I am always fascinated by street art ( what some call Graffiti), not the kind that says bob loves sarah but the amazing art that can be found. For example the art found on the Duke of Lancaster. I know that some of this is preplanned and has permission from the owner of the property but in a lot of cases it does not.

So why do I believe there is a link to Escape? Well a lot of these images are an escape from the reality that surrounds them. They add brightness in a world of modern greyness that is often found in any city.

I found the following street that was covered in graffiti completely by chance. I was looking for an apple supplier as I needed to get a charger plug for my iPhone. Anyway as I left the shop I took a wrong turn and was walking along when i happened to see this out of the corner of my eye. IMG_1270

Now normally I do not go down dodgy looking alleys where even the bins are painted. but then I saw this image on the corner and so decided to explore more. IMG_1271

Anyway as I walked down I took a few snaps and they are below.

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But I feel my favourite of them all is this one.

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Just the surreal feeling I get with the scooter in the foreground.

Anyway there you have my take on escape.

 

So I am in a bit of a rush this week with everything that is going on at work.  So today is going to be a fairly short post about  pattern. So I am going to share some photo’s of what I will be wearing later on today.

As some of you may be aware I work as a teacher and tonight is High School Prom. As always I will be attending as it is a really good evening in a very good hotel with students that I have worked with for the last four years. I always look forward to seeing who has had the biggest transformation on the night and which of the boys will wear the wrong shoes on the night.

I am a bit of a traditionalist when it comes to formal events and believe that I should wear a Tuxedo with all the black tie stuff. but this year I am changing it up a little bit, I still have the Tux but the bow tie and cumber band are slightly different.

Below is the reason why, first off it is not black and secondly it has a rather interesting pattern in it. IMG_6220

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Anyway that is my post for pattern. But I also wanted to share another image with you from the most amazing gardens in Hong Kong. It is from the Chin Lin Nunnery in Choi Hung. I have more to share on this but no time at the moment.

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Anyway that is all for me. And yes I will be taking a camera with me tonight, just not sure if it is going to be my little point and shoot or DSLR with the 50mm lens on.

 

 

 

So the Weekly photo challenge is from above. Take an image of something from above and show it in a different light.

Some of you may be aware of the rubber ducky that is Hong Kong at the moment near the star ferry in TST. It is doing a world tour at the moment to promote peace and harmony and is the work of Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman.

Well being a typical Hong Konger I had to go along and see the rubber ducky and feel better about myself. off I went with some friends and we decided to take some pictures from the area that most people are trying to get them from, but then decided that we would get some pictures from the car park above Ocean Terminal. So below are the images I have taken from the original position. SAM_1535

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The following is the image that I took from above in the Ocean Terminal building car park. In the image you can see all the people down below trying to get pictures of the duck, there is not a great deal of peace and harmony in the flailing elbows.

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Whilst I was up here I also noticed the sunset over the new bridge that connects the down town area to the airport. SAM_1550

And the final image is for those who say that the duck is not taken from directly above. Enterprising individuals have started selling miniature ducks along the waterfront, I was given one of these by a friend. It is much easier to get an image of that from above.

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I hope you all feel more at peace having seen the rubber ducky. Have a great weekend.