I found this awesome picnic basket in a cool vintage/random shop near Caroline Road in Causeway Bay this week. That whole area of Causeway is probably my favorite in the district considering I work near the 100%-crowded-nervous-breakdown part of Causeway Bay. It’s a nice area and I’m glad the crowds haven’t found their way there.
My homecoming visit to L.A. was something I was totally excited for but I had a long week of travels and transfers before I was allowed to touch down on Californian soil. First up was my job sending me to Beijing for a few days for some event filming at Peking University. It was something I was looking forward as I am an editor and had been interested in learning some camera work. With the actual event occurring the day after my Beijing arrival, I had one day to myself. This was great, as I originally did not expect to be in Beijing so quickly after my week stay there earlier this year. With not a lot of time, I decided to go to my favorite area of Beijing, the 798 Arts District and do a walk by at the Forbidden City since I was curious on how it looked at nighttime with all the lights. It was nice wandering around 798 again and saw some nice sights. I won’t post any pictures of the main area since they are already in my previous Beijing post, but I did wander over to some old warehouses towards the end of 798 which were pretty awesome. That area was pretty empty except for some amateur photographers and models doing some photo sessions (some of which looked quite hilariously bad).
I returned to a rainy Hong Kong two days after my arrival in Beijing. I rushed to Causeway Bay to drop off the camera equipment, headed back to my apartment in Kowloon, packed, ate lunch, caught an evening screening to Before Midnight (★★★★) with a friend, returned to my apartment to grab my backpack and headed to the airport to my late night flight to Seoul for connecting to Los Angeles. However, my connection wait time was 10+ hours.
I arrived in Korea around 5am and contemplated sleeping in the airport and wandering around the city. I literally walked through the transfer waiting area before shaming myself for almost not taking the opportunity to see a bit of Korea as it was my first time there. I found an express train to the city and after a sleep-filled 40 minute ride, I arrived in Seoul. I spent the entire morning wandering around and came across a lot of really quaint looking coffee shops and cafes. For breakfast, I stopped by a spicy noodle joint and it was delicious.
The place on the left is where I had my breakfast.
Simon and Garfunkel in Korean!
There was a huge traditional dance a few minutes after taking this photo. But them just standing there looked cooler.
I definitely would like to return for a proper Korean stay soon, without a tight flight deadline and sleeplessness being on my side. But it was definitely an awesome morning. Around noon, I took the train back to the airport and was finally on my way home for the first time since New Year!
Picture above is a free lantern I got from one of the several Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations happening in Hong Kong this weekend. I wandered around the Victoria Park celebration last night while waiting for my friend. While the celebration itself wasn’t really anything special (or to put it more nicely, it wasn’t really anything I haven’t seen before), the free lantern was awesome!
This is my first post in a while but I’m ready to pick things up. I have a few reviews for Mutually Cinematic as well as general blog thingys on the way. In the meantime, for the first time ever, I’ve given Mutually Awkward a splash page! The splash page itself isn’t a marvel, but ever since I’ve decided to organize my postings into specific categories, I was always annoyed at how the main mutuallyawkward.com opened to a mish-mash of everything when that was exactly what I no longer wanted. This will definitely keep things more organized.
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Tagged asia, blog, Blogging, china, Hong Kong, journal, journaling, lanterns, life, mid-autumn festival, randomness, victoria park
I took home my work’s Canon 5D this weekend to get familiar with it for a video shoot coming this week (I usually only work in post-production so I needed to raise my camera confidence). I took this still from looking out my window view in my apartment.
I figured I might as well posted it since, being the non-photo enthusiast that I am, 99% of all other photos on this blog contains pictures from my iPod camera.
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Tagged abroad, asia, blog, Blogging, china, expat, expats, Hong Kong, Jordan, journal, journaling, Kowloon, life, photos, pictures, randomness
Like I mentioned previously, the hills and village of Kam Tin caught my eyes from the MTR a few weeks ago and today I randomly decided to do some wandering in that part of New Territories. I made my decision pretty late in the day, so unfortunately it got dark pretty fast. But wow – this is such a nice area, completely with several paths, creeks and even a small town-like-center (pic below). Continue reading
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After a quick online search showed me that the current book I am looking to check out from the library is only available in Tin Shui Wai, which is an area in New Territories, I headed out to claim my prize today. Unfortunately, I could not find the library friggen anywhere! Thanks a bunch Google maps. Though I was not entirely disappointed as I found Tin Shui Wai to be quite a beautiful area and even got to ride the light rail for the first time! I also took some time out of the day to see some sights in Tsuen Wan West (top picture).
At one point during the MTR ride heading out to Tin Shui Wai, the subway went to ground level and I saw amazing view of Kam Tin. I definitely need to get off at Kam Sheung Road Station in the near future and do some proper wandering.
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What is a worst human? A term coined originally by the good folks of Nice Man, they have defined it as this. And today I saw the perfect example of it by the people of Hong Kong and one terrible young sir especially.
As I was walking home with my bag of delicious secret dinner, the cloudy skies above me had begun to drop light rain. But lo and behold, as soon as these tiny, baby drops of harmless liquid began to fall from above, umbrellas immediately popped up everywhere as if it were actual hard pouring rain.
Of course me, being somewhat normal, did not mind that little bit of dampness one bit and in fact appreciated the light sprinkles falling onto my head. Rain is fun as far as I’m concerned. As I waited at a cross signal to cross the street, there right next to me was a guy around my age without an umbrella looking completely mortified in his situation of being caught right below this light mist falling onto him. He was even covering his head with his hands and glaring at the sky in agony as he stood waiting.
Now c’mon dude, if a sensy like me is telling you to man up, you know something is wrong with your life. Stop being such a douche. I even saw an old couple a few minutes later walking around just fine, LOVING the rain. So you, guy at the crosswalk, for not being able to handle baby sky droplets makes you the worst human. As for everyone else with umbrellas… well I guess they’re just bad humans.
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I’m typing this on a Wednesday afternoon sort of wondering what I should do today because I had no damn idea that it was going to be holiday. Best part so far was sleeping in. Since I knew I would be able to do that, I randomly decided to check out Iron Man 3 at 10:45pm last night. I was at the movie theater in this section of Hong Kong called Mong Kok. This area is pretty much known to be one of the most worldwide places in the world to be PACKED AS FUCK. The movie theater itself was just a bunch of escalators going up into the screening rooms. The room that was playing Iron Man 3 in 2D was really high – like on the 9th floor. At that point, the hallways stopped looking like a movie theater and turned into an abandoned building that needed a paint job.
As we all filed through (because remember, its PACKED) to the screening rooms, I felt like we were cattle heading to get slaughtered. And we kind were…. oh boy did Iron Man 3 suck.
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Tagged asia, blog, Blogging, china, cinema, holidays, Hong Kong, iron man 3, journal, journaling, life, marvel, mong kok, movies, randomness, theaters