hong kong, the scene

hong kong is incredibly varied – it can be expensive and excessively luxurious, or fiercely local and hometownish. it wears both personas just as easily, and you pick what suits your mood (or more likely, your budget).

just a few photos from the trip – from the mandarin oriental, which is the epitome of elegant chichi;

at the ferry terminal for the tourist experience;

and amidst the colorful bustle of the streets.

can’t wait to be there over christmas!

merry (belated) christmas!

this is going to show you how ludicrously far behind I am in my photo-processing and blogging – not that I’ve really been absent from the blogosphere, really. that must actually mean I eat out far too much.

but I thought this was worth sharing with you, a day-and-night view of the giant christmas tree they put up at the roof of the vivocity shopping mall at harbourfront. if you’ve ever been to asia, you’d realise that consumerism takes pretty strong hold here: we don’t really celebrate christmas in this region (bearing all those with religions that do) but there are huge christmas trees and decorations put up here, I think all to create a festive atmosphere and get you into a spending frenzy – there’s just something about occasions and holidays that encourage what I call ‘necessity shopping’.

I hope this reminds you of the great times you had during the festive period!