Saturday, June 29, 2013

Citrus and With what do you like to travel (This week's Photo Hunt themes)

When I see or hear the word citrus, I tend to think of citrus, particularly orange, trees and groves in Mediterranean countries and places with a Mediterranean climate like Southern California.  But for this week's Photo Hunt theme chosen by Sandi, I found myself thinking of fruit stalls and Buddhist and Taoist temples as places with citrus connections.

While hunting through my photo archive, I was delighted to find the image at the top of this blog entry -- one of fruit stalls whose offerings include oranges and other citrus fruits, abutting the temple in Sai Kung town that's dedicated to Tin Hau (the Hokkien maiden who became the goddess of the sea) and Kwan Tai (the Han Dynasty general immortalized as the God of War).

Although I didn't venture into the temple that day (since I only happened to be in the vicinity because it was near where I was meeting up with a friend to go hiking!), I'm going to assume that there'd have been offerings of citrus and fruits at the separate altars to Tin Hau and Kwan Tai in that temple.  This is because it's pretty much the norm at Taoist and Buddhist temples -- be they in Hong Kong, Malaysia or, as in this entry's middle photo, Macau. 

More than incidentally, the former Portuguese enclave's is thought to owe its name to Tin Hau (who's called A-Ma in Macau).  In addition, Macau is where I took the final photo in this entry -- one chosen to answer Gattina's Photo Hunt query this week of: With what do you like to travel?  And should it not be clear: the answer is -- my camera, a willingness to try the local delicacies (in this case, Lord Stow's Bakery's fabulous egg tarts!) and -- of course -- my beloved big-eyed traveling companion, Puppet Ponyo!!! :b


Trekcapri said...

Hi YTSL, I learn something wonderfully new and interesting every time I read your blog. I love seeing Puppet Ponyo on your travels. And those egg tarts looks so delicious.

Have a great weekend.

Anonymous said...

Yes, I my comprehension went out the door at the sight of the mouthwatering tarts :)

magiceye said...

Cool takes on the themes!

MaR said...

Wonderful tarts, a trip is not complete without the local delicacies!


Gattina said...

What a cute travel companion !

YTSL said...

Hi Trekcapri --

I feel so complimented when you tell me you learn each time you read my blog -- and I love that you also adore Puppet Ponyo. Re the egg tarts: they are my fave in the world -- more so than the egg tarts native to Hong Kong! ;b

Hi ewok1993 --

They taste even better than they look!!!!!

Hi magiceye --


Hi Mar --

Absolutely agree! :)

Hi Gattina --

Puppet Ponyo really is! :b

eastcoastlife said...

haha.... I would love to have you and puppet Ponyo in Singapore.

I was glad to be in Shenzhen when the PSI in Singapore hit 400. I saw blue skies in Shenzhen. I hope HK's air is better. If the haze gets worse in Singapore, I will consider flying to HK to have tea with you. :)

aspiritofsimplicity said...

Perfect of travel with your camera. I don't know why I didn't think of that.

Carver said...

Great shots for the themes and interesting information. Happy Weekend.

Susan Demeter said...

Those look so yummy! Great pics, especially puppet Ponyo!

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Great taste of citrus :-)
Ponyo looks like a lot of fun.
Happy Hunting y'all~

YTSL said...

Hi EastCoastLife --

Awww, thanks. I haven't visited Singapore since... 2003-2004. The Singapore dollar's gone up so much it's scary!

And yes, the Hong Kong air is currently okay -- touch wood. We generally get more clear air and blue skies days in the summer than any other season! :)

Hi Kara --

Can you believe I went through a period when I didn't want to take photos? The idea was that it allowed me to appreciate the experiences more. I did appreciate the experiences, but I wish I had photos to share the memories with others... :S

Hi Carver --

Thanks for reading and looking as ever, and hope you have a happy weekend too. :)

Hi Sue --

Yay, Puppet Ponyo's got yet another fan! :b

Hi Sandi --

Puppet Ponyo is indeed a lot of fun. :)