30 July 2013

Hong Kong at a Glance {2}

We also made it to the Big Buddha.  I haven’t been to the Big Buddha in over 10 years, not since before I lived here.   This time, though, we took the Ngong Ping cable cars to get there.  I don’t know if it’s because it was a Sunday when we went, we had a looooooong wait just to get to the cable cars and an even longer wait for the cable car back.


That said, we all had fun.  The stroll through Ngong Ping Village on the way to the Big Buddha was pretty interesting.  While we waited in line (for over an hour!) for our ride back, a group of young ladies who were in line behind us got some of those bubble fans and were blowing bubbles, much to the delight of the kids.  They were too busy chasing the bubbles and trying to pop them to complain about being in line for so long.

25 July 2013

Caught Ya!

Been busy, busy, busy…
Playing tourist, mostly,
and playing stage mother in-between.


It’s been raining on and off here, but we’re off to sunny shores for the next few days.  Hopefully, I’ll have sunny summery photos to share after we come back.  In the meantime, I have a few scheduled posts for the next few days with more glimpses of Hong Kong.

Linking up with Little Things Thursday.

23 July 2013

Hong Kong at a Glance {1}

We have family in town these few days and it’s been wild and hectic and tons of fun.  It was a chance to explore Hong Kong and play tourist.  

On the cousins’ first day in Hong Kong, we tried to take as many modes of transportation as we could.  We started with the double-decker bus, claiming the front rows on the top deck.  From the bus, we transferred to the Star Ferry to take us across the harbour to Tsim Sha Tsui, where we walked along the Avenue of Stars.


We were lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the Aqua Luna (unfortunately not with all its sails up) as it made its way back to Tsim Sha Tsui.

After the walk, we took the MTR (subway) back and then switched to a mini-bus.  Four modes of transportation in one day. 

16 July 2013

We Did It!

We finally got to play in the rain!
Well, only Zoë did.
Josh was too comfy at home watching his Star Wars videos
to want to go down.


There were not many people out, but what few people there were to witness our little folly were looking at me probably thinking what a strange mom I am to be out there in the heavy rain with my girl, taking pictures –with both of us getting soaking wet! 

Nothing like not having a care but simply enjoying the raindrops on our faces and the splash of puddles on our legs.

11 July 2013

Black Bean and Corn Salsa

I had first tried this two years ago at my sister-in-law’s.  I’d asked for the recipe and never got  around to making it until this week.  It is just as good as I’d remembered it to be!

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(Serves: 4   /  Prep time: 10 minutes)

¼ cup light mayo
2 tbsp lime juice
½ tsp ground cumin
1 can (19oz) black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (11oz) whole kernel corn, drained
1 cup quartered grape tomatoes or cherry tomatoes
½ cup chopped red onion
2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
1 tsp chopped jalapeno pepper (optional)
1. Combine mayo, lime juice & cumin in medium bowl.
2. Stir in remaining ingredients.
3. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

Me, being me… I added in a whole lot more coriander and cumin than what the recipe calls for.  (I just love coriander and cumin!)  I substituted lime juice with calamansi juice –because that’s what I have and I couldn’t be bothered going out to get some lime.  We skipped the jalapeno pepper.

Josh loved it; Zoë was okay with it, but said that she was not very keen on the black beans and the cherry tomatoes.  Oh, well. 

10 July 2013

For me, blurred pictures are tossers… usually.  They remind me of what the world might look like if one is very drunk (not that I would know, ahem!).  I generally love my photos tack-sharp and the only blur I want is usually background blur (bokeh).    Sometimes, though, some people deliberately take blurred photos and I do have to admit that blurred photos sometimes do give us a different perspective of things.

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Imre explained it very well. 
Shooting blurred photos can be considered opposite of black and white photography - while black and white is about hiding colors to bring out shapes and shadows, blurring helps to reveal colors by hiding shapes and shadows.

This could be used for several purposes, like
  1. - to hide boring shapes that have interesting colors;
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  1. - to give feeling of motion;
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  1. - to evoke memories - colors alone can trigger some memories stronger than same image with details - because only the colors match memories of other people, not the details;
  2. - to initiate curiosity - a blurred image and a catchy title might induce a person into taking some action, like reading accompanying article;
  3. - to differ from the ubiquitous super-sharp photography;
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  1. - to suggest a hurried "caught moment";
  2. - to suggest that someone is leaving (walked out of focus);
  3. - to create some new shapes with light sources leaving stripes in the frame.

As an example, Michael Orton is a photographer who has taken lots of great blurred images. The roots of creating blurry images are, however, much older, starting with (pre-)impressionist painters like Joseph Mallord William Turner (aka "the painter of light") and Claude Monet.

Go on and head over to Katherine’s blog (Most People Exist) and check out her blurred photos and then follow her link to the next one in The Creative Project’s circle.  Do visit us on our Facebook page and share with us some of your blurred photos, too!

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09 July 2013

Lego had a very cool Piece of Peace Word Heritage exhibit on Sunday, with Lego creations of World Heritage sites / features across the globe.  Some took but a few days to complete, others more than 20 days.  Most were done by one person, but a few were a team effort.

The exhibits were behind glass enclosures, hence the reflections.  There were so many people that taking photos of the each of the exhibits was a bit of a challenge, but I’d wanted to share some of them with you.

Egypt, The pandas in Sichuan (China), Guanajuato (Mexico)
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Temple of Heaven (China), A pyramid in Egypt, Mt. Fuji (Japan)
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Kathmandu (Nepal), Taj Mahal (India)
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(Edit: Thanks to AO for letting me know about the Nepal UNESCO World Heritage Site.)

05 July 2013

Heavenly Macarons

A good friend brought over these Paul Lafayet macarons
and they are
absolutely heavenly.


04 July 2013

Just Clouds

…that are fluffy,




…like giant cotton candy,





…floating in the sky.




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02 July 2013


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