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Archive for October, 2010

Hong Kong: Ten Thousand Buddhas Temple

I went to this temple in 1993. It’s still there, but there are a lot more Buddha statues. Now the whole trail up the mountain (some 460 stairs) is lined with life-sized gold-painted Buddhas in astonishing variety: These are the ones you can see from the main pavilion about two thirds of the way up. […]

Hong Kong – Lamma Island

As you could probably see from my previous post, we saw a lot of Hong Kong from the surface of the surrounding water.  Hong Kong is a bunch of islands, some of which are largely uninhabited.  We visited Lamma Island to do some hiking, swimming and sightseeing.  Pix below. One thing I didn’t get pictures […]

A Trip to Hong Kong

Singapore is always comparing itself to Hong Kong, and imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Singapore’s train system is the MRT; Hong Kong’s is the MTR. I haven’t been to Hong Kong since 1993. It’s changed a bit. For instance, these buildings used to be on the waterfront. Now, thanks to land reclamation and […]

Financial District Squiggle

I like this one. It’s abstract, symmetrical, nicely finished, and a good swirly contrast to the right angles all around it.

Popular Bullock-Cart Statue

This is a nice, if nostalgic, sculpture on the River Walk across from the Asian Civilizations Museum. Thisis what used to happen in this area, before it became tourist eateries and financial buildings. And people love it – they stroke the bullock, they pat the shoulders of the laborers, they’ve rubbed it shiny in lots […]

Fat Bird Sculpture

This is on the River Walk, a prominent tourist area downtown. It’s enormous and bulbous. I think it’s ugly, but apparently this scuptor has some pull – there’s another ugly bulbous piece near the Hilton on Orchard Road. Below is the rear view: I don’t think anybody really likes this statue. You can see that […]

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