First day of school this morning back in Shanghai. Maybe we'd be better with a boat tomorrow.Read More »
Hong Kong may be lacking in some things - space, affordable housing, income equality and competition...
The good things in life don't always come easy. That's as true in the world of Cooked Food Centres a...
So here we are again, back with another quiz (if you can call it that). Another ten Chinese characte...
That’s entertainment! At first, there were just two guys holding a bunch of monkeys attached t...
On sticks or in a pot, in a bag or in the hand, Hong Kong street food is a curious mix of the tradit...
If you've visited Bangkok's Chatuchak Weekend Market recently, you're almost certain to recognise this guy. Looking like the epitome of a cartoon Spanish chef, this is in fact Fernando Andrés Yusta, the genial face of Chatuchak institution Viva 8 Spanish Restaurant.Read More »
What's worse than having a tree almost fall on you? Having a tree with a nest full of red ants almost fall on you, I reckon. And that wasn't even the first calamity to befall me on this day of rain-soaked disaster.Read More »
Apparently, he's much more chilled out than he used to be. Just don't cut him up while he's driving.Read More »
I've received a couple of emails recently asking my thoughts on photographing people in Hong Kong. Are people generally quite open about having their photograph taken when I'm out and about on the streets? Do I ask permission from the people I photograph beforehand or am I trying my hardest not to be seen when I'm there?Read More »
The good things in life don't always come easy. That's as true in the world of Cooked Food Centres as anywhere else. Sure, you could stick around the island and poke your head into Tung Po Seafood Restaurant or Bowrington Road Cooked Food Centre every once in a while.Read More »
It always surprises people when I mention the fact that the thing I love most about Hong Kong are the mountains and the hiking. "Hong Kong has mountains?" they say. To which I usually reply with something geeky like quoting the number of country parks and ...Read More »
There are wartime tunnels all over Hong Kong. You wouldn't know it if you weren't looking, but I guess any tunnel worth the digging should strive to make itself at least a little tough to find. The Japanese were evidently pretty busy during their three years and eight months occupation of Hong Kong ...Read More »
In my previous Japanese Tunnels post, we looked at the two tunnels on the north-eastern slope of Jardine's Lookout as you head down from the peak towards the quarry. The second of these is perhaps the largest and certainly most intriguing of those discovered to date - with its cavernous interior and resident brood of bats - but ...Read More »
Here he is again. Fresh out of Lightroom. And I’m rather bloody pleased with this one. Taken a few months ago when I was still in Hong Kong, ticking off photos from my list of those that still needed taking, now he’s sitting pretty in my Hong Kong Portfolio. Check it out!Read More »
I’ve said it before, and if this were the search for the Higgs Boson we were talking about, we’d almost be at our five-sigma point by now, such is the level of inevitability. Because seemingly without fail, whenever I travel in China, the adventure begins pretty much as soon as ...Read More »
Chatuchak market; market of markets; Bangkok bargain behemoth. No other place can claim such legendary status when it comes to Bangkok shopping as the 8000-stall labyrinth that is JJ. You can try and limit your time there. You can set yourself rules. But ...Read More »
When Rupert Murdoch attended a dinner in Beijing in the late 1990s, he remarked that in all his visits to China, he had yet to meet a Communist. A strange remark indeed considering he was dining in by far the largest Communist state in the world ...Read More »
1986. Mao Zedong was ten years dead, the Tiananmen Square 'incident' was still three years away, and China was optimistic about the future. Only a few years before, the country had been all but inaccessible to foreigners. Still struggling with the trauma of the Cultural Revolution ...Read More »
With the 25th anniversary of the events of May and June 1989 just past, , and all the talk that went with it, it seems an appropriate time to take a look at an account of those momentous few weeks from the vantage point of someone who was actually there.Read More »