The start of a new Solar Calendar Year, the end of the Lunar Calendar Year.
Goodbye Christmas Tree – The scaffolding is just as impressive
Early January – Heading to Lamma Island for Work.
On the Boatride over
Arrival at the quaint Lamma Island
Community Meeting 1 – the design of the future Lamma Quarry (website: http://www.ex-lammaquarry.hk/)
Prepping for the big event
Posters designed by colleagues from work
And the event begins.
Reminds me of moderation class in grad school
End of the day
One of those was our restaurant
And this was our food (courtesy of another colleague)
Hong Kong’s DADA equivalent evening, good Drum & Bass
Amelia swung by, dinner at the Brickhouse
Daily life at the office – crossing the bridge
View from the other side
Week 2: Site visit in New Territories – Idols left on the street
The neighborhood we walked through (pedestrian-friendly?)
Rust and Decay. Big change from the ritz of HK Island
I liked the colors
Mirella came to visit – at Carnegie’s (1-HKD beers!)
Week 2 – Community Engagement #2 at Lamma Island
View of the ICC from the docks
On the boat
I can get used to this, any day
Arrival at Lamma
No cars allowed.
Community meeting 2, again, good turnout
On our departure
Lippo Building – HK
Korean Dinner Night in Park Island, Mawan Island
Another day in Festival Walk, no trees, just a maze of stairs….
Another set of stairs in the building…. seen from above.
Chicken Hot Pot Dinner with the Office
Chicken Hot Pot
Fun quick read – Part of the New Years resolution
Foster’s Building in the Background
Pick your Facade
Elevated Walkway, Central
HK Government Offices
Inside the IFC Shopping Mall -
View from Sevva – when Jenie came to visit
Lan Quai Fong prepping for CNY
Dusk til Dawn…. typical
At the Hong Kong Urban Planning Exhibition Center – Part 3 of the community meeting
Largest Turnout !
Model of Hong Kong – well lit – Shanghai’s could learn a bit from this one…
Crazy Shopping mall in Mongkok
Another insane escalator, this time running up 8 flights
Dinner in Yaumatei-Mongkok Area
Rooftop terrace somewhere in TST
View from the other side
HK Island in the background
Next stop: Seoul, South Korea
I keep getting reminded everywhere I go that the year is coming to an end. It doesn’t feel like it just yet- maybe it’s because I’ve been completely absorbed into the work culture. I can’t believe that in a week Christmas has come; my birthday has passed; we’ve survived the end of the world, and entered lucky year 2013.
The last couple of weeks have been in every way eventful….
Christmas Tree at Festival Walk
Lights Shining in Central (Admirality)
Mongkok Shopping Center
Went there on Dec. 23, possibly the worst possible day to go…
Bought a Muji Christmas Tree
Heads of the Office doing the Lucky Pig Ceremony
View from the rooftop of the LKF Tower
Lan Quai Fong during Christmas Eve
People cueing to get into the LKF street! madness
Christmas Dinner at the East Hotel
Christmas Dinner at the East Hotel with new and old friends
IFC Shopping Center with Tacky Christmas ornaments but nice choir
View from above
Celebrating my December Birthdays at the Office
Happy Valley Celebrations
Birthday at Happy Valley
There go the horses
Fun evening continued….
And our group grew
Headed to another rooftop restaurant/bar at the Crowne Plaza Hotel
On the street, looking for a place to go
And then there was Wanchai
And Wanchai continued for a while….
Next morning Dim Sum treats
Followed by dinner in Central
Dec 31st, our ride to the next year.
Goodbye Hong Kong Island, see you in 2013.
And then closer…..
Phone ran out of battery soon thereafter. No pics to upload… but i can say it was a whole lot of fun. Bring on 2013!
New and old discoveries in HK::
Kowloon city – the best thai food in HK, only 5 minutes away.
Colleagues from work took me to this estate for lunch; the place translated to ‘fast cheap noodles’
Rush hour to get to TST from Hung Hom
Run Run Shaw Creative Media Center – Daniel Liebeskind
Mongkok on a saturday night = hell
Cattle Depot Artist Village
Hong Kong Design Institute (awesome building; a pity most of the venue was closed)
“Colors of Asia” art exhibition @ HKDI
From Bauhaus to Globalization – exhibit on German design through the ages (and a lot of Porsche)
Couldn’t go up there…..
View from the overpass
Yes, I went to the beach in December. it was 27 degrees today!
Stanley promenade 2
Public sculptures on the promenade
Afternoon @ Stanley
Stanley promenade 3
Jockey Club Creative Arts Center Handicraft Creativity Fair – it was like a compressed 798 district. Awesome.
More of the Handicraft Fair.
Bought a smartphone, now photography-mobile everywhere I go. Maybe doing a little too much instagramming…..
Shatin – It’s like being in a completely new city!
Christmas in HK
Design 2012 in Review – Hong Kong Heritage Museum
Detour 2012 – Old Wan Chai Police Station
Every Prison cell is an installation
View from the Peak
Bank of China tower at Night
Random rooftop terrace bar in Mongkok
Circus comes to Festival Walk
MC’s for the Evening
Holiday Party at the Hong Kong Exhibition Center
Hong Kong Island
View from my office
Festival Walk Christmas Tree- 1 month in the making