Friday, November 16, 2007

I Love ____ (This week's Photo Hunt theme)

One year ago today, I started writing this blog. Looking back at my first blog post, the mood it captured seems serious and a bit wistful, sad even. These days, I like to think, my blog entries are written in a generally cheerier vein and spirit. And, indeed, early on, I did hope that this blog would help release my inner Pollyanna. Hence my trying to write to focus on that which makes me happy, like and love.

Which brings us to this week's Photo Hunt theme: one that I very much enjoyed thinking about and mulling what to especially focus on. At the end of the day though, it's really impossible to go beyond the fact that I Love Hong Kong (and being in Hong Kong). Hence my going ahead and putting up a couple more photographs taken in the part of the world that I am ever so happy to be able to currently call home.

More than incidentally, this pair of photos were taken on the type of day in the Hong Kong which I particularly love: i.e., those of low pollution and beautiful, bright blue skies. Much as I would like for it to be otherwise though, over here in the Pearl River Delta, such days aren't ones that can be taken for granted any more. Instead, when they do occur, they get cherished all the more and compel me, even more than usual, to want to be out and about and enjoying being in the ample public outdoor spaces that the place that likes to call itself Asia's World City is rather unexpectedly able to offer up.


ellen b said...

Beautiful photos! Happy hunting and weekend to you...

Yen said...

Beautiful photos! Great write ups too:)
Mine is up here;
Photo Hunter:I Love
Happy Weekend!

crazy working mom said...

Happy Bloggiversary! :)

Great shots. Here's to another great year of blogging.

tegdirb92 said...

wow, how beautiful!! Have a great Saturday.

Natalie said...

HK looks so great! I want to visit there so bad someday!

Carver said...

Those are wonderful photos and make me see why you love Hong Kong. I hope you have a great weekend.

Moe said...

Great post for the theme!

Heather said...

BEautiful post.

Liza said...

Beautiful! Cheers to another year of blogging!

Lynn said...

Hongkong is a shopping haven! :)

SnoopyTheGoon said...

Great stuff you come up, as always, YTSL!

A. said...

Those are superb photos, both of them. The top one seems to encompass everythign Hong Kong as to offer. The second one is just beautiful in its own right.

YTSL said...

Hi Ellen B --

Thanks, and happy hunting and weekend to you too! :)

Hi Yen, Moe and Heather --


Hi crazy working mom and Liza --

Thanks and yeah, I hope I'll still be actively blogging (and enjoying doing so) one year from now. :)

Hi tegdirb92 --

Hope you have a wonderful Saturday too! :)

Hi Natalie --

Definitely recommend that people come and check out Hong Kong for themselves. In the meantime, hope I continue to whet people's appetites for a visit! :)

Hi Carver --

Thanks and I'm glad you can see why I love Hong Kong! :)

Hi Lynn --

Hong Kong is so much more than a shopping haven... ;)

Hi Snoopythegoon --

Thanks for the compliments and your continued visiting! :)

Hi A. --

*Blush* *blush* re your compliments. At the same time, have to say that you echoed my thoughts about their content! :)

Dragonheart said...

Beautiful photos. :) They clearly show why you love Hong Kong. :) Great choices!

Here's what I Love.

Andrée said...

It's so important that we live where we love to live. Not that many people are that fortunate.

Chen said...

Happy 1st Blogiversary.

Nice photo. I would love to visit Hong Kong :)

YTSL said...

Hi Dragonheart --

I'm glad I managed to communicate why I love Hong Kong to the likes of you. :)

Hi Andree --

Hear, hear. It's been my dream for some years now to live in Hong Kong. Only got here a few months ago but, well, so far, so good -- and, actually, even better than I had hoped! :)

Hi Chen --

Hey, Malaysia is not that far away from Hong Kong. So maybe you'll come over to visit sometime soon? :)

CRIZ LAI said...

I love Hong Kong too. It have been many years since I last set foot there. Maybe I'll visit the Disneyland there somewhere next year :)

lissa said...

I do like visiting your site to see and read about Hong Kong. You always seem to find such wonderful places to photograph.

Who doesn't sound wistful when talking about themselves and the place we live in? I don't think you sound too serious with your writing, even your interviews for the magazine that you write.

Those are some great photos of Hong Kong and the sky looks quite beautiful with the blue and the clouds.

jmb said...

Wonderful that you love where you are living. It sounds like a very vibrant city.

YTSL said...

Hi Criz Lai --

You should visit Hong Kong again, though not necessarily for its Disneyland (which I've not been to and don't intend to visit!) ;b

Hi Lissa --

I'm glad you like to see my Hong Kong posts. I worry sometimes that I've become too Hong Kong centric but, OTOH, there's so much that's wonderful to share about it, I feel. :)

"I don't think you sound too serious with your writing, even your interviews for the magazine that you write."

Am glad to know that I don't sound too serious (I aim for "interesting" most of the time) and that you're reading my magazine pieces! :)))

Hi jmb --

Hong Kong IS a very vibrant city. All in all, it's a very work hard but also play hard place -- my kind of place, really! :)

Gattina said...

Hong Kong must be an amazing place, the people I have met who have seen it have told me about ! I always remember the fear when China took it back again, but apparently everything went smooth. I love my Waterloo too I live in this little town very close to Brussels (only 15 km) and it's very international too ! One third of the population are not Belgians.

ladynred said...

Love the photos. It's beautiful. I've never been to HongKong yet!

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YTSL said...

Hi Gattina --

Agree that Hong Kong is an amazing place -- and one amazing aspect of it is that it can feel so Chinese but also not much at all like it's part of (Communist) China! ;b

Hi ladynred --

Am mindful that many of this blog's visitors have yet to visit Hong Kong. At the same time, hope that they feel that they learn something about Hong Kong after they visit here... :)

Hi Kissedalotoftoads --

Wow, so the Pogo addiction comment *was* serious (or, at least, genuine)! ;b