jo the spectacled caiman

 

and other happenings…

The other day, I finally managed to catch up with Jo who was relaxing in the sunshine and being cooperatively¬†still. Usually it’s just the turtles out and about and Jo nowhere in sight. Lots of hiding spaces I read in the sign.

 

 

Pineapple Bun and friends had their home cleaned yesterday. I heard some commotion next door so popped over to have a look. Later in the afternoon, Oak Ye (or the other unnamed Bengal Monitor) was checking out the window now with a clearer view.

 

Looking out from the Art House is Tai To Yan staring back. I need to hike over there one day soon for some views of Kam Tin, Tai Po and of course a look back over at Kadoorie.

I also made a new sign for my workspace : ).

haut-commissariat du canada

IMG_4983Hooray to the arrival of ten year Canadian passports…and art on the pages! My favourite is 30-31showing Nellie McClung of the famous five, and Terry Fox‚Äďread their stories in the page dropdowns. I got mine back in February but we went to the High Commission of Canada yesterday so my sister could collect hers.

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I¬†poked around One George Street as I couldn’t be bothered¬†to sign in, go through security, etc. to head up. A not so windy day in Singapore but finally figured out the other flag is for New Zealand¬†as their High Commission is in the next tower…Commonwealth neighbours.

IMG_4944Here’s a map of all Commonwealth countries, many more than I knew of. I also did¬†some reading up on embassies and high commissions and learned the latter is what we find in Commonwealth countries.

IMG_4986These beauties were near the flagpoles and captured during my wait. I find the plants here are sculptural, vibrant, and pretty much everywhere. Beautiful and rather magical.

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later in the morning as we explored Fort Canning Park

Social Acupuncture

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Social Acupuncture in the Tai Ping Shan Area¬†is part of the West Kowloon Cultural District’s New Works Forum, “a platform for Hong Kong artists working across different fields who are interested in expanding their practice into new areas, to explore innovative ways of creating and performing, thinking and discussing topics around contemporary performances.”

I’ve been thinking a lot about what community art is and how the meeting of history, people and social issues are remembered, shared and celebrated.¬†The event was¬†a good place to start to see what is going on in Hong Kong. How is it that we engage people through the arts to speak up/out and tell their stories?¬†Their “open notebook” session concluded their five day workshop facilitated by Darren O’Donnell. Groups shared their learning journey and project¬†ideas they wanted¬†¬†to put in place. It’d be interesting to see next steps and what direction the projects are actually taken in.

The Tai Ping Shan area is well worth exploring. The Hong Kong Museum of Medical Sciences has a walking medical heritage trail map you can pick up and use, follow one of the heritage trails from the Antiquities and Monuments Office, or just go down Ladder street and check out the intersecting streets. Some unique stores around Square Street area as well.

 

 

what would you like from the US?

A  visit from you and everything here.

salome food

 

It’s strange the things you miss living abroad…from a place like home but not really home yet feels so much like home. A summer without North America has left me somewhat off-kilter.

What would be on your list?

Am¬†awaiting the imminent arrival of goods…and friend.

summer travel sketches

Some quick sketches from summer in north america

mainstreet unionville, ontario
garden doodle

 

central park, new york
point lookout beach, new york
poet’s landing, connecticut
guggenheim
ferry building clock tower, san francisco
hummingbird atop strawberry hill, golden gate park

what’s your story?

Watching people and wondering what their stories are…

Minh’s Jazz Club, Hanoi
MTR, Hong Kong

 

Starbucks opposite the National Zoo, D.C.
field by Conservatory of Flowers, SF
Coffee Bar, SF
SFO, headed to Edmonton and then Yellowknife

dog or kid?

I kind of forgot how entertaining running outdoors can be. Saw a man doing tai-chi and fishing, rowers, dragon boaters, photo shoots with dogs/kids/significant others, and dodged quite a few bicycles and dog pee.

But it’s the suspense of a dog/kid that gets me every time I see a perambulator…and there were plenty out today.

And then at the point where I turned around, this mountain…something I saw most days in highschool.¬† Looking up, serene and peaceful.