Sunday, October 24, 2010

Game for a laugh (or some smiles at least)?

Typos on signs often make me laugh

...but I've also found that certain other Hong Kong signs
can make me laugh (or, at least do a double take)
even though they don't contain any typos

...and then there are those signage that speak to
the Big Lychee's kawaii as well as Nanny State tendencies
that make me smile, if not laugh out loud

As I write this line in this blog entry, it's just 9.26pm but already, I'm feeling tired and thinking I will call it a day soon -- and this despite my only having gotten up from bed after 10am today. For the truth of the matter is that I've been feeling run down lately and so much so that when I went to see my doctor this past Wednesday, she very unusually recommended that I go on three whole days of medical leave that, when coupled with the weekend that followed, has seen me off work for five consecutive days.

Although I feel much more well rested now than I did a few days ago, I have to say that I still don't feel completely A-okay yet. But rather than get depressed by this, I've determined that I'm going to try to see the funny, if not brighter, side of life -- this not least since, as the saying goes, laughter is the best medicine (and it's actually been scientifically proven to be so for the heart by a group of American university scientists).

And since another saying goes that "smile and the whole world smiles with you", I figured it'd be cool to put up a post in which I share images that make me smile, if not laugh out loud. And for good measure, here also offering up links to a couple quirky videos that tickle my funny bone every time. (In the case of the Matt Harding video, the Tonga segment gets me particularly seeing the funny side of things. As for the other video (which features a figure that will be familiar to regular visitors to this blog), here's feeling a need to state for the record that it really was made by someone else other than me -- honest!!! :D)


Diana said...

I love those type of things too.

Sorry to hear that you are so rundown. But it is good that you are listening to your body and getting the rest it is asking for.

I wish I had something funny and uplifting to share to help you keep your spirits up.

Feel better soon!

Anonymous said...

Take it easy, YTSL. From what I know about you, you seem to follow the typical HK lifestyle of work hard and play hard -- which will eventually take its toll. Make sure to regularly schedule some downtime for yourself.

And on a totally unrelated note, last night I saw Monga, largely because of your recommendation, and I totally loved it. :)

Kingwho? said...

Get some rest YTSL! I recently went through the same thing and i took a day off of work connected to my weekend. Three days in a row of rest was very helpful.

And, besides, you need to rest up for your photo hunts! I really enjoy them =)

Feel better! =)

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

where am I expected to leave my bicycle ?

Anonymous said...

Focusing on the typo in that first pic, I overlooked the absurdity of the picture sign. It seems to be saying that people walking their bikes are not allowed, but the word sign suggests that it's now okay to get on your bike and ride. If the latter is the intended message, I find it quite funny that the end of a restriction is visually expressed as the restriction of that restriction. ;p

YTSL said...

Hi Diana --

In the most recent film I viewed (Hou Hsiao Hsien's "The Time To Live And The Time To Die"), a character proclaim something to the effect that "health is real; everything else is an illusion". I was really struck by that comment. So yes, am definitely listening to my body -- and hoping that in doing so, I've taken one step to feeling better soon...

Hi duriandave --

It's all relative -- as I know many Hong Kongers who lead a more gruelling lifestyle for me. But yeah, have scheduled some downtime for the near future.

And am glad you loved Monga! :)

Hi Kingwho? --

Didn't realize you liked my Photo Hunts! Thanks for telling me that!!! :)

Hi Ann --

Er... I think you don't HAVE to leave your bicycle anywhere... ;b

Hi again duriandave --

Good point -- i.e., is the sign saying "End of cycling. Restriction" or is it "End of cycling restriction"? :DDD