Weaving together various observations and musings -- usually pertaining to aspects of Hong Kong (life) but sometimes beyond.
Monday, January 30, 2023
Chinese New Year flower and critter spotting on my second Chinese New Year hike of 2023 (Photo-essay)
Saturday, January 28, 2023
Say I Do To Me is not the kind of work one expects from the director of Revolution of Our Times! (Film review)
Thursday, January 26, 2023
A Guilty Conscience is a far more serious film than one expects a Chinese New Year movie to be! (Film review)
Tuesday, January 24, 2023
A Chinese New Year hike with various interesting sightings
Sunday, January 22, 2023
A new rabbit year has come around -- and attendant Miffy madness in at least one part of Hong Kong! :D (Photo-essay)
Thursday, January 19, 2023
Leaving Hong Kong -- even for just a vacation, rather than permanently -- is not something to be taken lightly these days!
Travellers who want to go outside Hong Kong during the upcoming Lunar Chinese New Year would find themselves paying much more than it was before China started allowing its citizens to travel after nearly three years of travel restrictions.
Friends leaving for Japan, the always No.1 destination for locals because of its proximity, nice surroundings and above all, food, said they are paying double, if not triple, room rates than last year"!
If travel cost is not an issue, flight capacity might be.
HK Express, the budget airline owned by Cathay Pacific, cancelled dozens more flights to Tokyo, Osaka and Okinawa in the first two weeks of February as Japan imposed limits on the number of flights each carrier can operate from Hong Kong to Japan.
For those planning to go this month, chances are their itinerary would be disrupted by Cathay’s union work-to-rule strike starting 19 January.
The union complained about manpower cut on flights, reduction in welfare and excessive workload. Flights between Hong Kong and Japan, for instance, had only four flight attendants, instead of the usual seven crew members to serve 288 passengers in the premium economy and economy class on each flight, the union reportedly claimed.
Tuesday, January 17, 2023
Sedition law arrests on a day when Article 23 and the national security law also figure in the news
Sunday, January 15, 2023
An afternoon on the Dark Side of Hong Kong during which I saw darkness but also hope
In the past few years, the social and media environment in Hong Kong has undergone tremendous changes. Several influential mainstream media and online media have suddenly ceased operations. Become a freelance photographer.
However, while facing the changes, the photographers still only stayed at their posts until the last moment, shooting wonderful news works with historical significance, and witnessing the transformation of the city together with the citizens.
Some of the photographs give one a real sense of the yeoman efforts and work of Hong Kong's press photographers. Truly, there are times when I think that they (along with many a journalist, editor (like former Stand News chief editor, Chung Pui-kuen and publisher (notably Next Digital's Jimmy Lai) truly have been pretty heroic; with many of them going beyond the call of duty to make sure people see what's been going on in the world of Hong Kongers.
I also got the sense from the exhibition that many of the photographs were of people that the photojournalists and/or curators of the exhibition respect and admire, and consider heroes too. These include Olympians who've brought glory to Hong Kong, notably fencer Edgar Cheung Ka-long and swimmer Siobhan Haughey, and also the likes of singer-activist (and former 612 Humanitarian Relief Fund trustee) Denise Ho and filmmaker Kiwi Chow.
More re Kiwi Chow: his protest documentary, Revolution of Our Times, may never be allowed to be screened in cinemas in Hong Kong but his latest effort, a Chinese New Year comedy entitled Say I Do To Me(!), is scheduled to play in local cinemas over the festive period (and beyond). And for those who didn't realize: yes, he has remained in Hong Kong all this time. And it's good to see that he -- and the likes of the similarly openly pro-democracy Anthony Wong Chau-sang -- still are able to find work and an audience in their home city... which may be down and facing dark times but really ought not to be counted out (just yet)!