Thursday, December 25, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
My office building, Hutchison House (real tree):Kowloon Tong:Mong Kok is blue and white this year with a huge dessert tower and some girls posing as reindeer (I think?):Exchange Square with beautiful poinsettias:Finally, the most beautiful display is in the long hallway of the subway station where I walk everyday. It is an advertisement for Swarovski crystal, and the whole ceiling is covered in crystal snowflakes the size of my palm. It is hard to capture with the camera, because as you walk, all the snowflakes glitter and sparkle. (Yes, this is a normal volume of people for rush hour.)
Monday, December 22, 2008
The HSBC building is normally red and white but is red and green for Christmas.I'll post more Christmas decor in the next few days. I have heard that the east coast has been having very cold weather. On Sunday, it was almost 80 here.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
The beautiful bride in one of her 4 dresses. The bride changes clothes several times during the reception. Beautiful centerpieces: The menu showing the 12 courses:The suckling pig was presented whole with the head. It is then portioned out by the waiter. I didn't eat mine. This shrimp dish was excellent. I didn't get a picture of the next dish, the taro. Taro is a starchy root vegetable that is rather popular in SE Asia.Here is the infamous Shark Fin Soup. I ate a few bites, and I've had it before. Despite the inhumanity, it is still ultra popular in China, and it would be unheard of not to serve it at a wedding banquet. The taste is OK, rather bland, but the texture is very slimy.
By this point in the meal, it was midnight and there were still two more courses. Since we had to work the next day, we left before the end. It was a good time, and I think the bride and groom enjoyed it too.
Monday, December 15, 2008
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Around the base of the tree is a large electric sign--you can see it being constructed in the previous photo. The strange blue glow at the bottom of the tree is from the sign.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
I had to wait almost an hour in line to register and enter the show. It was that busy. I was completely amazed at how much people were buying. I am talking about multi-carat diamonds and tens of thousands of dollars. People were crammed three deep to push up to the glass cases. I saw wads of cash, many inches thick, crossing the counters. While there were some people buying wholesale, most were simply shoppers. The badges were different so you could see who was shopping for business or pleasure.
I guess someone forgot to tell all those shoppers (buyers) that we are in a recession. It was actually quite refreshing.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
See me in the distance in the magenta shirt?
Good perspective of the trail and mountain.
Getting close to our destination:
Gore guys leading the way: