Saturday, September 6, 2008

String(s) (This week's Photo Hunt theme)

I don't know whether it's the case for many other Photo Hunters but one of the by-products of Photo Hunting for me involves my checking out English dictionaries more often than usual (to do such as find wider and more potentially creative definitions of a term that's the theme for a Photo Hunt!). Take this week's theme as an example: i.e., upon consulting the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary entry, I found that the word string can be a noun, verb and adjective; and that definitions for string in its noun form include not just "a cord usually used to bind, fasten, or tie" but, also, "a series of things arranged in or as if in a line string of cars> string of names>".

Thus, I present to you a pair of photos of one more aspect of Hong Kong I love: ample along with great public transportation! More specifically, the first photo in this blog entry are of a string of green (as opposed to red)-topped mini buses -- that I happened to have taken while on another popular mode of public transportation, a double-decker bus! ;b -- while the second are of strings of red taxis (along with a short string of red minibuses).

And while we're on the subject of Hong Kong mini-buses: It'd be totally remiss of this Hong Kong movie buff to not take this opportunity to recommend that people check out a worthy drama called Lost in Time whose female and male protagonists both are mini bus drivers. And for those who don't know it yet: Yes, Hong Kong cinema really does comprise more than just action movies!!! :)


ellen b said...

Oh I love this take on the theme strings of cars! well done...

Napaboaniya said...

That's a sight of peak hour in HongKong! Hahhahahaa...
Great take on the theme string :)

Snap2Days said...

Great take on the theme. I wouldn't have thought of that one. Thanks for visiting us at snap2

genny/mine is here said...

Yes thats a cool entry there and pretty shot too.

marie said...

Thats lotsa taxis!So beautifully taken!:)

H e n r i c k said...

A very special "strings" you have there compared to everyone else. Nice work! Happy weekend. :)

jmb said...

I'm with you on consulting a dictionary for inspiration for these theme. I'm not above doing a google image search either to look for ideas.
I think this was a very good take on the theme. Have a great weekend YTSL

Gattina said...

Before reading, I was looking desesperately for strings on your car pictures, lol ! I thought they are maybe tied together with a string ! I had never heard this meaning either ! Looks like heavy traffic !
In Belgium we have the four seasons, but lately I get the impression that we have only one, it rains in summer, fall, winter and spring ! But the UK, Northern Germany, Northern France have the same problem !

Lilly's Life said...

I love what you did with the theme - very, very clever indeed!!

Corey~living and loving said...

I love you different take on the theme. very creative. :)
Mine's up! Thanks for the visit to my blog earlier today. :)

sho said...

great take on the theme! One of my favourite!

Picturing of Life said...

I love to go to Hong Hong someday :D

Please stop by also in my PH post : in HERE and HERE Thanks

Leslie said...

Well done! That's a great take on this week's theme. :)

jams o donnell said...

What a really nice take on this week's theme. Happy weekend

Colin Campbell said...

Very unique take on the theme.

Anonymous said...

That's clever - I like that.

YTSL said...

Hi Ellen B --

Are mini-buses cars? In any case, glad you like my Photo Hunt entry! :)

Hi napaboaniya --

Actually, both photos were taken during the weekend -- so not peak hour! ;b

Hi snap2days --

Thanks and you're welcome! :)

Hi Genny --

In the past, I've been accused of writing over-long entries. Have learnt my lesson and, at least, try to vary lengths these days! :)

Hi Marie --

Yep and thanks! :)

(BTW, was rather surprised to find your link leading to a business website rather than a personal blog!)

Hi Henrick --

Thanks for appreciating and happy weekend to you too! :)

Hi jmb --

Haven't tried google searches for inspiration yet! Maybe in future I will! :b

Hi Gattina --

Traffic was heavy but actually moved quite fast. Also, I wasn't headed to work or anything like that, so felt able to be relaxed about it. :)

Hi Lilly's Life --

Thanks (and *blush* re the fulsome praise)! :)

Hi Corey --

Nice to see my effort at originality getting recognized! :)

Hi Sho --

And again! (Thanks!) :)

Hi Picturing of Life --

Hope that when you come and visit Hong Kong, you'll have a good time! :)

Hi Leslie --

Thanks! :)

Hi jams o'donnell --

Thanks and happy weekend to you too! :)

Hi Colin Campbell --

Glad you appreciate! :)

Hi Aileni --

Thank you -- and thanks to the dictionary for assistance! :)

June said...

This is a great take on the theme! I love it when I come upon a different interpretation than what most are doing.

Enigma said...

I get it! I had the same idea at my site. Thanks for the contribution!

2lives said...

I like your take and I also look up the photohunt words just to see what other meanings are there

green buses - don't see those here in New York, we have blue and white and red tour buses

Hootin' Anni said...

strings of traffic. great idea.

My strings are strung and strummed...stop by if you can find time. Happy Hunting!

YTSL said...

Hi June --

Thanks and I share with you the happiness of coming across unusual and interesting takes on Photo Hunt themes. :)

Hi Enigma --

Yes, you too did go for "strings of..." ;b

Hi 2lives (Lissa) --

Also get the feeling that New York doesn't have the mini/light public buses that Hong Kong has in addition to regular (and double-decker) buses!

Hi Hootin' Anni --

Thanks and yep, have gone and visited! :)

EastCoastLife said...

Wah, you climbed onto a high building to take photo of these? hehe...

Brine Queen said...

I was wondering how you took those shots too... Unique idea for the post!

Anonymous said...

Oh, beautifully colour coordinated! Very impressive. Excellent public transport systems you have. I really struggled this week.

Patricia said...

Excellent take on the theme. Cool photos, too.

Carver said...

I like your shots of the strings of cars a lot. Happy weekend.

Liz said...

'Ample' - that's an aimportant requisite for public transport and it certainly seems to be in Hong Kong judging by your photos!

me ann my camera said...

Oh I so relate :-) regarding the use of a dictionary for the finer meanings of a word. String: a series of things attached to each other. Your cars are perfect for the prompt, and your photos are lovely creating enjoyable viewing.

Thanks for having stopped by mine.

PastorMac's Ann said...

These are a great take on the theme. I thought it was a tough one this week. I like your creativity and your photos are great.

tanabata said...

Nice take on the theme. Looking up different uses of the theme word is a good idea. :)

LibertyBelle said...

Great idea for the theme!
A string of cars!!! Super.
Happy Weekend

Dragonstar said...

Clever! I agree, a dictionary is invaluable under these circumstances. I'm glad I don't have to cross those roads.

Anonymous said...

i never thought these are strings too

good one :)

YTSL said...

Hi eastcoastlife and Brine Queen --

FYI, the first photo was taken from a front seat at the top of a double-decker bus while the second photo was taken from a pedestrian walkway while. :)

Hi A. --

Yeah, the color coordination is what caught my eye and yes too re the excellence of the public transportation here! :)

Hi Patricia --

Thanks for reading and commenting as well as looking. :)

Hi Carver --

Happy weekend to you too! :)

Hi Liz --

To give you an idea of ample: People complain when they have to wait for more than 5 minutes for the next train to arrive down in the underground! ;b

Hi me ann my camera --

Nice to know I'm not the only one who uses dictionaries when coming up with a Photo Hunt idea! :)

Hi PastorMac's Ann --

All in all, people have been pretty creative this week -- coming up with a lot of pictures of things that didn't come immediately to my mind when I saw the word "string"! :)

Hi tanabata --

Thanks! :)

Hi LibertyBelle --

Slight correction: StringS of vehicles! ;b

Hi Dragonstar --

Actually, crossing the roads isn't too bad -- there often are zebra crossings and overhead pedestrian walkways around to help! :b

Hi antzworld --

English is an amazing language -- more interesting than one might first think! :)

Criz Lai said...

Well... I will always play with the word.. either as in the different meaning of as an item. Yours is definitely unique :)

YTSL said...

Hi Criz Lai --

I don't always play with words but I do try to go for something different if I can -- so thanks for opining that my entry this week is unique! :)

Horsoon said...

I like the way you interpreted Strings and your presentation with the pictures (and writing too)!

YTSL said...

Hi Horsoon --

Thanks for your compliments and repeat visits to the blog. :)