Saturday, July 20, 2013
Really and What is your favorite household appliance? (This week's Photo Hunt themes)
At first glance, the three photos at the top of this week's entry for Sandi's and Gattina's Photo Hunts may not look like they have that much in common. But look closer and you'll notice the multiple appearances in all of them of what may well be my favorite household appliance -- especially during Hong Kong's hot and super humid summer months. Really.
If you haven't guessed by now, I'm referring to air conditioning units! But while there are very few Hong Kong households without at least one of them in their homes, I've really got to realizing while searching through my photo archive that they are in fact hidden from (obvious) view in quite a few residential buildings! That and my really not having that many photos of residential structures -- my own included.
Actually, what it amounts to is that I have greater difficulty dealing with those Photo Hunt themes that work on the assumption that people spend a lot of their waking hours in their homes -- because, in all honesty, I really don't. On a more general note: those folks who look in horror at photos of Hong Kong residences and liken them to rabbit hutches need to bear in mind that many Hong Kongers really often don't spend that much time in their homes!
One reason is that Hong Kongers look to have longer working hours than people living in other parts of the world. On a happier note, it's also that there is so much to do in public spaces here -- not least because, as I've long maintained, Hong Kong really is not a cultural desert in addition to also having a lot more country and, for that matter, urban and marine -- parks than many people realize!
Heck, there are plenty of things to do even when it rains -- and I don't just mean hiking in the rain either! In point of fact, some years back, I was inspired to blog about what to do in Hong Kong when it rains and that post proved so popular (to judge by the number of hits it (still) gets) that I subsequently wrote -- yes, really! -- another post with additional suggestions re what to do in Hong Kong when it rains! ;b