The signs are out on the streets of Hong Kong!

By , August 18, 2010 9:00 am

One of the things that never fails to catch my attention wherever I am, are signs, posters and banners. Signs, posters and banners can often provide a perspective on a place beyond the sights and certainly beyond what the guidebooks tell you. They can sometimes show the lighter side of a place, or can be just plain fun to look at. Hong Kong I guess provides that as well. There is in Hong Kong, without any about, an abundance of signs that certainly won’t fail to catch one’s attention. But beyond that, there is much more to see and look at from the perspective of the signs that perhaps show some of the lighter side of Hong Kong, those that make Hong Kong, Hong Kong, and those that seem to be everywhere in the non-English speaking world … signs with English translations that somehow go wrong …

Hong Kong certainly has no shortage of signs to look at!

On the lighter side …

The lighter side of Hong Kong seen on a poster.

A burger shop on the obviously naughtier side of town.

I don't quite believe that this is an effective deterrent!

This is one that has to be left to the imagination!

Acceptable bullying: Bully your stains away with Bully stain removing detergent!

Lost in translation …

Translations to English that somehow go wrong are very much in evidence.

The vehicle will have its day in court!

Life in Hong Kong …

It does look that Hong Kong is as much a "fine city" as Singapore is!

A city that never sleeps especially when it comes to construction and improvement activity.

Certain to have attention drawn to it. A bin for dog poo stands out in the shadows. There also seems to be as much a dependence on foreign domestic help as there is in Singapore.

It's a dog's life! The dogs certainly have it in Hong Kong!

A bus route through a narrow alleyway between old buildings.

The advanced and wired-up society that Hong Kong very much is today: WiFi on the buses!

The creative side of Hong Kong in a shop's sign!

I am always amazed by the creativity in first names that Hong Kong has: a very "faddy" name indeed!

Even the signs we normally see in plastic has an upmarket feel in the very upmarket 1881 Heritage.

A unfortunate combination of signs: Beware! Buying fresh meat might lead you down a slippery slope!

Signs are ignored as much as they are in Singapore!

Rats! Rat poison is used extensively on the streets.

夏游香江 – 香港电影寻景(三)

By , August 18, 2010 8:24 am

我不是港剧迷,但也曾在所看过的旧连续剧中见过几次马场,所以也略懂赛马算是香港人生活的一部分。

从网上和书籍取得的一些资料显示,香港赛马会可以算是香港最大的单一纳税机构,在2007/08年度一共缴纳了差不多130亿港元的税款!而据说香港赛马会回馈顾客的派彩对投注额比例达八成之多,在属于世界级赛马地算是少数那么慷慨的几个。而且深知“取之社会,用之社会”的香港赛马会也打造了“赛马惠慈善”这个口号,把投注额的1%拨款给慈善。。。可能也是那样子,香港人都很愿意地一面做慈善,一面碰运气,另一面还可以参与刺激的赛马赛事,何乐而不为?

但很奇怪的是,看了很多人的香港游记都没有提到这个景点,让我很是郁闷。不过,我是我。。。既然来到了香江,又从那么多香港电影谈话中听过马场这个地方,当然要地道一点去感受一下赛马的热血奔腾啦~

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马蹄型“拱门”的中央,就是由马蹄铁、马鞭和马镫组成的黄色香港赛马会标志。

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看到那绿草如荫的跑道就很想在那里踢球,哈哈~环顾四周,灯火辉煌,看台与四周也打理得很干净。本来想爬到最高层的看台,过后才发现上面的都是包厢。。。咱们这些凡夫俗子最多只能到四楼。不过视野也算是不错了啦。

因为不懂怎么填写那些投注表格,所以也没有参与。所以只是抓着相机,慢慢地融入鼎沸的喧哗声。

距离开赛十五分钟,骑士与马匹们开始入场,在赛道旁边的一个小草坪兜。我不知道是不是暖身的目的,还是让在场的各位可以通过大屏幕电视看看马匹的姿态与状况,再来决定要投注哪匹马。然后呢,骑士就会逐一去到起跑点。而随着所有马匹都集合在开赛的“马槽”后,全场观众开始把焦点移到塞到中央的大屏幕上。在这紧张的时刻,如果你的口水滴在你的脚上,你还是会察觉到的(冷~)。

好啦,只不过几秒钟的时间,闸门就开了!

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身旁的阿叔们开始碎碎念着自己心水的号码,并全神贯注地看着那堆马匹慢慢地移近,又慢慢地远去。。。
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