|With Shawn (left) and Kevin (middle). Shawn is ever full of creative ideas and Kevin is a walking encyclopedia about cameras. Love working and learning from these 2 amazing graphic designers.|
The company I work for is called Digimagic Communications and we specialise in interactive multimedia production for events, exhibitions, galleries, museums, corporate presentations, as well as but not limited to, consumer-centric marcomm programmes. So we're here to get inspired by new technologies and working them into the solutions for our clients.
So what's my role in Digimagic? I'm a public teapot where leaves and hot water are poured in and I try to infuse a pleasing drink that our clients and their clients can delight in. To say it simply, I'm a teaboy lah.
|Shadow and light at Hong Kong International Airport. It takes about 4 hours to fly from Singapore to Hong Kong.|
To me, Hong Kong is a city forever on its feet. You snooze, you loose; and its people are in such a hurried pursuit of efficiency that basic courtesy and pleasantries are an inconvenience.
But this trip changes my perception quite a bit. For one, the Hong Kongers are definitely more friendly even though they still prefer to mind their own business than to voluntarily come over to help youy when they see you struggling with a map.
In Caucasian countries, I find that if I stood there long enough to try and not get lost, a stranger will come forward and point me in the right direction. So whenever I see tourists trying to make sense of their Singapore map, I would usually go up to them and try to help. I want them to remember not just the sights, but the Singaporean hospitality.
The second unmistakable trait that says Hong Kong is the crowding of tall buildings that try to outdo each other in height and squeezing in as many units as possible within the vertical spaces. It's the Amazon of all concrete forests.
When in Hong Kong, I always feel that so many things are fighting for my attention to do them. As my time here was very skim during this trip, effectively I only had 1 free day, the tourist in me took a back seat. Instead, other than visiting the exhibitors at SIGGRAPH Asia 2011, I
SIGGRAPH Asia 2011
SIGGRAPH, short for Special Interest Group on computer GRAPHics and interactive techniques (the name is so long right?), is an annual convention that brings together innovations in the area of digital visual arts and technologies that enables or enhances them.
|The most unique booth was this white, puffer-fish inspired structure. I thought it looked more like a cross between a sponge and a brain coral.|
SIGGRAPH Asia 2012 will be held in Singapore. If this is the kind of thing for you, do register and check out what exciting exhibitory innovations there are. Else, engage my company to synthesize and create an interactive end-product for your marcomm needs :)
Tight Space, Strange Taste
As I mentioned earlier, I convinced my friends to give me an insight into how they live rather than prowling the tourist trail. Reluctantly, one of my friend who's an investment adviser opened his house to me.
The miniscule size of apartments in Hong Kong is infamous. But seeing is believing. I know they are small. But I didn't imagine they are THIS SMALL...
|The corridor leading to my friend's unit is a sardine jacket.|
|A small flat unit made smaller by hoarding.|
|I always complain that my HDB flat's kitchen is tiny. Now I've seen microscopic. The kitchen in my friend's 1-room-1-hall apartment had hardly any space after I stepped in.|
I've lived in a one-room HDB flat at Jalan Tenteram for quite some time previously. Did I mention that my family was rather poor? So I can understand the lack of space and privacy. My friend lives with his mother. I was staying with my mum and grandmother back then in that postage stamp sized unit.
The only difference was, mine was a government-built public housing for lower income families. My friend's was a private apartment equivalent to our condos. His plankton flat commands a value in excess of S$250,000 at the point of my visit. I really appreciate our HDB flats in Singapore now.
Other than getting a peek of hoi polloi living conditions, my next venture at being local was through my tongue. Here are some simple delicacies that will turn one's tummy into a fragrant harbour...
|HK is famour for its Xiu Mei (roasted meats). I had so much roast pork, roast duck and char xiew during the 2 days, I found that I smelt muskier than usual.|
|Claypot Beef Belly and Tendons Stew with White Raddish. Moo-vellous!!|
|My fave... Roasted Pigeon. It tastes kinda like duck but the meat is finer. Had this at Hay Hay Restaurant along LockHart Road at Wan Chai. Love the glass glaze on the skin.|
|Another must-try while in Hong Kong is their authentic cantonese Tong Suei (dessert). My friend brought me to a local Tong Suei specialist near his place and I had Zha Zha, a thick concentrated soup of several types of beans.|
|Skewered deep-fried pig intestine (HK$10), BBQ teriyaki squid tentacles (HK$13) and salt-and-pepper battered squid tentacles (HK$16) can be found here.|
|But the delicacy I'm really looking for here was the Deep-fried Smelly Beancurd (HK$9)! It stinks like sewer but has this full aroma when bitten into. Yums!|
I guess with living quarters that small, you don't have the space to grow fat.
City of Lights
One of the most bewitching time to see Hong Kong, in my opinion, would be at night. During the day, the tall buildings blocked off any view but by night, the thousands of neon signboards and lighted buildings created a sort of urban magic that is beautiful and disconcerting at the same time.
I love Hong Kong at night.
|I took the ferry across Victoria Harbour for the first time. It's really cheap at only HK$2.50. The ferry shuttles between the piers on Hong Kong Island and Kowloon regular;y and the ride takes only about 10 minutes.|
|Waiting area at the pier. I am amazed that the Casio Exilim ZR100 can achieve this level of depth of field with me sharp and the background wonderfully blurred.|
|Best time to take the ferry across the harbour is 8pm as it coincides with the light symphony show where buildings on both shores will be lighted up. Shot this in EX-ZR100 High Speed mode as the boat was bobbing and the lights were moving.|
|Hong Kong's harbour front night scene is famous for a reason. It's spectacular!|
|Side entrance of Space Museum.|
|Photo taken on the pedestrian bridge leading to the Hong Kong Exhibition and Convention Centre. Shot in Manual mode (f7.2, 2 sec) on a mini tripod.|
Well, this single post wrapped up the happenings during my recent trip to Hong Kong. I was here for a very short time so I didn't get to explore much or take more photos.
Hope the entry provided you with a glimpse of what went on during SIGGRAPH Asia 2011, good eats and the look of Hong Kong as it dresses up in lights and puts on neon make-up for the night.