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Hong Kong (very late update)part 6

Here I am in Sham Shui Po again for some more shopping.

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2. Yes, they’re selling fake stuff. No, I did not get ripped off thank you very much for your concern.

3. This is in Mong Kok. Funny is it’s actually pronounced “Wong Kok”. The shops here are all grouped together. This street only sells shoes, the competition is fierce but us consumers love it. Good bargain and we don’t have to go far, the store right besides might offer a 10-20HKD extra discount. This isn’t Foot Locker were they try and make you buy extra useless junk!

4. Unfortunately, with limited space, Hong Kong must go higher. This building will be demolished soon to make space for a taller, more economically viable one

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5. Mercedes C-class on Volks CE28N’s WIN!

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6. Right in the middle of a concrete forest

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7. Supra MKIV on BBS LM. I stopped to listen as we WOT out of traffic.

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8. This is on Shanghai street were like in Mong Kok, there’s a bunch of small stores that sells kitchen accessories. While waiting…

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9. The next day, we went to the Hong Kong side. Few restaurants this old is still in existence. And this one is in prime location, don’t go in with sandals and a ripped shirt.

10. Luk Yu Tea house as it’s called in English.

11. Man Mo Temple. What’s up. No bad, my uncle usually shoots medium format cameras. And he hates my crop body Canon.

12. From the inside, you’re not supposed to take pics. But since there were 15 guys with 5DMK2, 7D, and 1D, I said why not.

13. Somewhere in Sheung Wan, waiting for the bus.

14. There was a bunch of fish fins drying by the street.

15. Alfa Romeo. my my, I love these cars. Alfa 156.

16. In Tai Koo, by the sea. The weather was horrible.

17. From the balcony. I don’t think we get to see something like this in Canada.

18. Waiting for the minibus to go….? That’s going to be for another day.


Hong Kong May 2010 3 months late now.

lol. I fail at updating. Let’s play the blame game. I was looking for these following pics on the internet. I finally found…

Kowloon walled city before its destruction in 1993. Here’s a copy paste of Wikipedia:

Kowloon Walled City was a densely populated, largely ungoverned settlement in Kowloon, Hong Kong. Originally a Chinese military fort, the Walled City became an enclave after the New Territories were leased to Britain in 1898. Its population increased dramatically following the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong during World War II. From the 1950s through the 1970s, it was controlled by Triads and had high rates of prostitution, gambling, and drug use. In 1987, the Walled City contained 33,000 residents within its 6.5-acre (0.03 km2; 0.01 sq mi) borders.

In January 1987, the Hong Kong government announced plans to demolish the Walled City. After an arduous eviction process, demolition began in March 1993 and was completed in April 1994. Kowloon Walled City Park opened in December 1995 and occupies the area of the former Walled City. Some historical artifacts from the Walled City, including its yamen building and remnants of its South Gate, have been preserved there.

The following 8 pictures are not taken by me. That being said:
1. A Boeing 747 barely avoiding the building as it landed at the old Kai Tak airport

2. The maze from the outside

3. There were no running electricity, phone lines, nor fresh water.

4. A bunch of dentists most likely without permit

5. 80% of the fishballs sold in HK in the 70’s and 80’s were made inside the walled city.

6. Another one from the top

7. Maybe this shot?

8. last

Now. my pics.

Fast forward to 2010.
9. The entrance to the Kowloon walled city park. There’s nothing left of the past.

10. more

11. Here’s a scale model of what it used to be

There’s really nothing left. There’s a mall, a beautiful park with many pictures of the past. I’m surprised there’s barely anyone.

12. Hong Kong side on a Sunday.

13. money shot: Rolls Royce escorted by S-classes.

14. In Wan Chai, small streets with lots of small markets. Here’s an health inspector doing his job. And we all know why his job is important: SARS, avian flu, swine flu, etc.

15. Living is cheap if your standards are low.

16. The cheapest means of transportation in HK: trams. For 2 HKD, it’s very cheap.

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18. still in Wan Chai

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20. Causeway Bay on my way to pick up new glasses.

21. Good old Rebel XT barely holding it together in the night shots.

22. Waiting for the red to cross…

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25. street with lots of small restaurants.

26. Ballin’?

27. sorry, it’s just in the way…

28. and a day ends well with a nice dessert.

stay tuned for more.
hopefully soon enough hehehhe


HK 2 months late part 4

Here’s a teaser while I upload the rest of the pictures on wordpress.

Kowloon walled city


Apologies

Imageshack seems to corrupt some of my images AND its loading time is beyond slow. I am in the process of re-uploading the Hong Kong batch to the wordpress server now.

edit: apparently my internet sucks donkey balls.


HK 2 months late part 3

For those of you who are not in it for the cars, I apologize.

Day 5

I went to visit a monastery and on the way, I spotted these. Pretty cool, tucked away like in the Fast&Furious lol.

1. Toyota Sera?

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3. He isn’t fooling around Endless calipers and TE-37’s…

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6. Very special design

7. Toyota Levin AE111

8. Advan RG, also mated some serious stopping power up front

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11. Look what we have hiding under?

12. Pika booo?

13. Mugen RR hood? This is very possibly a FD2 CTR

14. Ok last one.

Day 6

I’m guessing regular program is resumed.

15. Nop. R35 GTR here in Yau Ma Tei, just south of Mong Kok. Note the black Chinese license plate under the HK plate. This give certain cross border privileges I’m very sure of. But I know it cost him quite a lot to get it.

16. Side street with street vendors. This is on a weekday in the afternoon and yet there’s so many people. I’d hate to be out on Sunday’s… ( But I love it, life buzzing around you)

17. In Mong Kok, getting ready for nightlife?

18. ok ok last one. TSX + MR-S

19. At around 6pm when everyone finished work.

20. And it’s still packed with people.

21. On Argyle street

22. Green minibus, the most efficient public transportation. For a similar fare for a bus, it has much fewer stops and once full, zooms past the stops and gets up anywhere within 15 mins.

End of day 6.

Tommorow with day 7 and 8.


HK 2 months late part 2

Day 3 Wong Tai Sin temple also translates to Yellow Big saint temple lol. Anyways. There’s a MTR station to that name also so it’s easy to get there and I would suggest believers/ non-believers alike to visit. Protip: don’t go on Sunday. Here’s why:

1. Don’t let the entrance fool you

2. Main entrance gate

3. Watch out for all these distracted tourists holding these burning scents. A woman got burnt and it doesn’t look very comfortable

4. I have trouble capturing the smoke and the heat that day. July 7th 2010 in Montreal is 34C with humidex of 38. In HK, it was close to 40 with humidex and let’s not forget the 98% humidity.

5. Clearly smoking it up…

6. Once inside, it’s a beautiful park. Free access to the public, something Montreal has to learn.

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8. loving every moment of this wide angle.

9. And just outside, a large public housing complex on a hill.

Day 4

There are bits and pieces missing on my camera lol and I’m in a serious need of a bigger, faster CF card. This is the Sham Shui Po district. It is THE place to get anything electronics: USB keys, computers, laptops, gaming stuff, cameras, lenses, you name it. Golden Computer Arcade is the place to go.

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11. Look around:


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13. It is awesome as a spectator but many shop owners will try to rip you off with their merchandise

14. Sometime in the afternoon, I ended up on Shanghai St. in Tsim Sha Tsui and saw this “new-ish” high-end mall.

15. Old and new collide

16. This is my car nut side taking over. Toyota Previa dropped on some Weds Kranze.

17. pick-up xB?

soon with more photos. Now, bare with me, more cars coming, not HK related.


HK 2 months late part 1

This is week 1 ( 2 months late) of my Hong Kong trip 2010.

1. Day 1 This is what happens when you are in China and want to save a few hundred yuan and take a guided tour to Hong Kong. They will strongly insist you to buy some super high quality [product name] in some not-so-accessible-to-the-public store in an industrial area. If you don’t buy anything, the tour guide gets angry. Yea… ok.

(I was merely passing by and no money were ripped off from me in the process)

2. Day 2 I went to Tuen Mun to visit relatives. First taste of local HK in 3 years. Fun fact: 3 years ago, around this area, a salesman got really angry because I took pictures of him. No sign of him today

3. Small space, yet space for a park. Montreal, watch and learn.

4. Guess who I saw?

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Don’t recognize him?

I will always love you, tasty hamburger!!!!
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7. Who is she? I’d like to know.

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9. yup yup…

soon with Day 3 and 4.