Saturday, 29 March 2014

Yip Man's Grave, Fanling

Here is a man who has been much in the news over the past few years thanks to the rather large number (relatively speaking) of films that have been made about him recently – so far 5 and counting, the most recent effort is Wong Kar Wai’s contribution starring Tony Leung as The Grandmaster.

Friday, 28 March 2014

Hong Kong Scuba Diving - a quick guide

As an avid scuba diver, and one who has done a fair amount of dives in local (HK) waters, I figured that a post on such a topic might actually be quite useful to non-locals/tourists who fancy taking the plunge when over here but had no idea it was possible (in HK). Or perhaps even a local resident who wants to learn, but feels that HK doesn’t provide a decent enough environment? Yeah, I know, a post on my blog that might actually be useful to someone!

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Bruce Lee's Hong Kong

It seems only right that one of the main posts driving this blog from its inception should be reinstated here on the new one. When I first started doing Bruce Lee locations it was just a little list of Enter the Dragon locations that I had mashed together from various online sources (it turned out that most of that information had originally come from Paul Li - HK's foremost Lee historian).

More film locations were added as time went on as well as places related to his life. What we have now is a significant list of places encompassing many aspects of Lee's life, from his early years, film work and later life in HK up to his death. I have also managed to knock together a few walking tours, which I will reinstate over the coming weeks. But until then, here is the original post, with a few more recent updates added.

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Love Hotels in Kowloon Tong

Love Hotels are a well-established phenomena that, for some reason or another, seem to be associated with a less salubrious side of life in HK. So let’s see what they’re about and dispel a popular myth.

Walk around the leafy clean streets of Kowloon Tong (I should say that Kowloon Tong is not the only place where these establishments exist, it’s just that here is where you will find the larger ones that cater for car owners) and you will see lots of nice colourful neon signs with various characters on them including these two: 酒店

Friday, 21 March 2014

Rainbow Organic Strawberry Farm, Fanling

A couple of years ago we (the family and I) decided to try out a place in Fanling called Lavender Garden. It’s just down the road from the Hok Tau reservoir and BBQ site and, although being a bit of a traipse, is nestled in a lovely part of the territory. Anyway, we inadvertently made the trip again recently (it's a long story involving a school trip, so I will spare you the details) and this time were immediately attracted to a lady at the back of the garden who had some very ripe and juicy strawberries on display (warning: this post may contain peanuts and various offensive double entendre...).

The Sai Kung Shark Attacks, Early 1990's

As the summer gets closer and the sea temperatures start to rise, it becomes prime time for shark activity in local waters. Don't get me wrong, the shark activity seen in HK is now a rare thing and usually involves some sort of juvenile species that may or may not have begun life in one of the remote bays or mangrove forests that fringe some of the less-developed areas.

Several factors could be at play here such as water quality and abundance of fish life - both have a direct effect on whether or not HK waters are attractive to larger species of fish. HK's sub-tropical climate sees the sea water temperature swing from warm tropical in the summer (it gets to about 30°C July/August) to cool temperate during the winter months (around 15° - 17°C) and this wide range of temperature means at any point over the year various types of sharks would have no problem inhabiting local waters, and probably do, it's just that they are rarely if ever seen. 

However, up to and including the 1990's the presence of sharks in local waters was a given and proven beyond any doubt by a number of fatal attacks by one (or more) unknown species of shark just off the east coast of the territory.

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Welcome to the new home of my old blog

Welcome to the new home of my former Myspace and Wordpress blog, Hong Kong and Macau Stuff.

I've decided to move everything over to Blogger for several reasons, largely because I was getting a bit tired of Wordpress in general. It's a great platform but you need to spend a bit of money to get the most out of it, not something I really wanted to do considering this stuff is really just a hobby for me.

Apologies for those who enjoyed reading the various stuff I had on there but do not despair, I will be posting the majority of my content back on here, hopefully with updates, error fixing and more photos. Some of the stuff on the old blog just doesn't really make the grade anymore and will probably just disappear into the ether. Also, seeing as I have a whole other blog dedicated to film and TV locations in HK, then many of the posts I originally did on that topic will also just be transported over there instead of here.

It's a slow process, so I don't expect any of this to be done anytime soon however, I will start off with the more popular stuff I did and work my way back from there. Until the, stay tuned.