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The most beautiful Christmas tree I ever did see ❄️🎄⛸
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Christmas Angels in my favourite city ❤️🌠 Ten sleeps till Christmas 🌃🎄
A Hampton Court è Natale e la visita è ancora più magica: canti di Natale, racconti di fantasmi, improvvisazioni teatrali a tema e decorazioni profumate di cannella e arancia candita ovunque nel castello. Se venite a Londra visitatelo!
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Another spot on Christmas Decoration 🎅🏼
Even in miserable weather, London shines ✨
The beautiful view from Trafalgar Square. Too bad Big Ben is covered with scaffolding right now 😥 | 📸 @romophoto | #itssolondon #trafalgarsquare #bigben
Today calls for a double post because I just have to tell you about my latest blog post. I’ve been looking forward to living it, creating it, and sharing it for months! . It’s all about London at Christmastime on the blog today. It’s truly the best time of the year in the city. We had so much fun walking the streets (taking 21k steps, to be specific) a couple of weeks ago to see all the decorations all over the city. From twinkling lights to lush greenery to oversize baubles, London definitely does not skimp on the holiday decor. . Find the post through the link in my bio and then do yourself a favour and book a trip to London next December to experience it for yourself! . Link in bio.
The real challenge today, was not negotiating London in the rain, but ensuring that I only bought Christmas presents and didn’t blow my budget on myself at Persephone Books. . . . . . #christmasinlondon #mydarlinglondon #londonatchristmas #storefrontcollective #sharingaworldofshops #bestbookshop #persephonebooks #prettycitylondon #bookshops #bookshopsofinstagram #londonintherain #lambconduitstreet #bookstagram #londonist #booklovers #prettybooks #postitfortheaesthetic
Christmas in London 🎅❤🥂🎄
Moving house in December was crazy! But wonderful to say we’ll be “driving home for Christmas”. 🎄 •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• @coventgardenldn #coventgarden #christmas #londonatchristmas #drivinghomeforchristmas #housemove #newhome #giftwrapped #bestgiftever #christmastime #londonist #lovelondon #visitlondon #theprettycities #prettycitylondon #morrisminor #passionpassport #photooftheday #secretlondon #timeoutlondon #beautifuldestinations #ukpotd #bbcbritain #visitengland #gloriousbritian #lpfanphoto #bestunitedkingdom #welivetoexplore #thatsdarling #postcardsfrompd
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One more week until my holiday begins! 🎄🎆🎁 I also realized how hard it will be to find some floral backdrops in Toronto 😂 Please let me know if you have any suggestions! 🌸🌼🏵🌹🍃 Happy weekend! #floral #visitlondon #travellondon #travelgirls #countdown #christmas #holiday #winterlookbook
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" Hong Kong Diaries (XXXVIII) - Dragon Boats and Sampans " (3 images) © 🕉 www.aumphotos.com. 2018. All rights reserved. Any unauthorised copying or redistribution will constitute an infringement of copyright. Further photographs may be seen at: ॐ www.aumphotos.com 📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸 FOLLOW @aumnamahshiva for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material 📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸 🇨🇳 A dragon boat (image 1) is a human-powered watercraft ( here the HK Police team ) originating from the Pearl River Delta region of China's southern Guangdong Province. These were made of teak, but in other parts of China, different kinds of wood are used. It is one of a family of traditional paddled long boats found throughout Asia, Africa, the Pacific islands, and Puerto Rico. The sport of dragon boat racing has its roots in an ancient folk ritual of contending villagers, which dates back 2000 years throughout southern China, and even further to the original games of Olympia in ancient Greece.Both dragon boat racing and the ancient Olympiadincluded aspects of religious observances and community celebrations, along with competition. 🐉🐉🐉🐉🐉🐉🐉🐉🐉🐉 A sampan ( 舢舨, images 2,3) is a relatively flat bottomed Chinese wooden boat. The word "sampan" literally means "three planks", referring to the hull design, which consists of a flat bottom (made from one plank) joined to two sides (the other two planks). The design closely resembles Western hard chine boats like the scow or punt. Some include a small shelter on board, and may be used as a permanent habitation on inland waters. Sampans are generally used for transportation in coastal areas or rivers, and are often used as traditional fishing 🐟🐟🐟 boats.( Image 2 ) shows bright lights on the side of a boat designed to lure squid to the surface🐙🐙🐙🐙 . It is unusual for a sampan to sail far from land as they cannot survive rough weather.
" Hong Kong Diaries (XXXV) - Double take and mandalas in Hong Kong 🙏 ( 3 images ) " ❤ " © 🕉 www.aumphotos.com. 2018. All rights reserved. Any unauthorised copying or redistribution will constitute an infringement of copyright. Further photographs may be seen at: ॐ www.aumphotos.com 📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸 FOLLOW @aumnamahshiva for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material 📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸 🇨🇳 What's happening here ? Look carefully ! Two women at the Pacific Place Shopping Mall interchange ( image1). Loss of identification is a part of buddhist enlightenment. A chic beret on a perfume shop assistant (Image 2). Hong Kong Park near the tribute to 8 doctors and health care workers who died looking after patients with SARS. 🇨🇳 A mandala (मण्डल – "circle") is a spiritual and ritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism, representing the universe. In common use, "mandala" has become a generic term for any diagram, chart or geometric pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically; a microcosm of the universe. The basic form of most mandalas is a square with four gates containing a circle with a center point. Each gate is in the general shape of a T. Mandalas often have radial balance. The term appears in the Rigveda as the name of the sections of the work, and Vedic rituals use mandalas such as the Navagraha mandala to this day. Mandalas are also used in Tibetan Buddhism. 🙏
" Hong Kong Diaries (XXXIV) - Night ( Ten images) " © 🕉 www.aumphotos.com. 2018. All rights reserved. Any unauthorised copying or redistribution will constitute an infringement of copyright. Further photographs may be seen at: ॐ www.aumphotos.com 📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸 FOLLOW @aumnamahshiva for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material 📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸 🇨🇳 The Hong Kong night skyline has inspired the film's Blade runner and The Dark Night. Images are shown of the Admiralty district (Images 2,4 and 8) near Victoria Harbour, the IFC building (International Finance Centre, image 3) and the curvaceous Exhibition Centre (Image 6) where HK was handed back to China by UK governor Sir Chris Patten. Iconic Toyota Corona taxis ( image 7) ply their trade in Lockhart Road ( image 1 ), home of some risqué night clubs. The road outside HK FOOTBALL club and HK jockey club, the most profitable in the world is lit up with art deco lamps ( Image 10). Image 9 shows high jinks at the Happy Valley Race course which has weekly Wednesday night races.
" Hong Kong Diaries (XXXII) - Indonesian helpers ( 2 images ) " ❤ " © 🕉 www.aumphotos.com. 2018. All rights reserved. Any unauthorised copying or redistribution will constitute an infringement of copyright. Further photographs may be seen at: ॐ www.aumphotos.com 📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸 FOLLOW @aumnamahshiva for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material 📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸 Young Indonesian women in demure traditional garb stroll through Hong Kong Park on Sunday. Indonesians in Hong Kong, numbering 102,100, form the second-largest ethnic minority group in the territory, behind Filipinos.80 - 90% are women; most Indonesians coming to Hong Kong today are those who arrive under limited-term contracts for employment as foreign domestic helpers. The Hong Kong Immigration Department allows the Indonesian consulate to force Indonesian domestic helpers to use employment agencies. Employment agencies in Indonesia sending workers to Hong Kong provide up to six months of training in household work, including a basic course in Cantonese and extract high fees, comprising 6 months of salary (US$2,709).😪 Camps in which the young women migrants are made to stay for the duration of their training also double as a system of incarceration. Following the period of training, the workers will spend up to a few years (sic) detained until a job offer is made in order to prevent pregnancy and ensure that workers will be available when jobs are requested. 🤔 Living conditions in centres are poor. Women are made to sleep on the floor packed tightly against each other, and only one bucket of water is afforded per person for bathing. There is little medical care for illness that result from these conditions, and physical and sexual abuse occurs. 😱 Even the trip from home to the migration center often involves being sexually abused by the training center recruiter. Money is remitted home via friends or informal networks such as hawala ( value transfer networks). Money remitted allows relatives to start businesses, creating employment for up to 6 people per helper. #rpscontemporarygroup
" Hong Kong Diaries (XXXI) - Death and Buddhism ( 3 images ) " ❤ " © 🕉 www.aumphotos.com. 2018. All rights reserved. Any unauthorised copying or redistribution will constitute an infringement of copyright. Further photographs may be seen at: ॐ www.aumphotos.com 📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸 FOLLOW @aumnamahshiva for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material 📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸 🇨🇳 A sad young woman, wearing Chanel earings and Ray Ban aviator sunglasses gives obeisance to a departed ancestor in the multifaith cemetery in Chun Wai on Remembrance Sunday. Morning sunlight glints on the graves of the departed who gave their all, that we may be free. 🙏The cemetery looks over Central Hong Kong skyscrapers in the distance, a symbol of resurgence 🏯🏭🏬🏫🏪🏩⛪🏰🕌🕍🏨🏦🏥🏤🏣🏢🏛🏗🏘 @highflyingheels
" Hong Kong Diaries (XXVIII) - Chilling " © 🕉 www.aumphotos.com. 2018. All rights reserved. Any unauthorised copying or redistribution will constitute an infringement of copyright. Further photographs may be seen at: ॐ www.aumphotos.com 📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸 FOLLOW @aumnamahshiva for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material 📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸 🇨🇳 Three tourists look out to sea, beers and mobile telephones at hand. Behind them, up a climb is the Giant Buddha of Lantau and the Po Lin monastery. A passing boatman observes them and is perplexed.
" Hong Kong Diaries (XXVII) - HONG KONG TAXIS " © 🕉 www.aumphotos.com. 2018. All rights reserved. Any unauthorised copying or redistribution will constitute an infringement of copyright. Further photographs may be seen at: ॐ www.aumphotos.com 📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸 FOLLOW @aumnamahshiva for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material 📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸 🇨🇳 The Chinese name for taxi used in Hong Kong, dik si(的士), is a Cantonese transliteration of the English word "taxi". The earliest pioneer of the modern taxi service may have been Wu Zung (胡忠). In 1941, he is believed to have owned 40 taxis, including 10 white cards, which he leased to the government. When the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong began in December of the same year, he suspended his transport operation. He resumed his business after the war with 100 cars. Prior to 1974, taxi liveries were chosen by licensees, with a proliferation of colours and mingling with private vehicles. On 13 September 1974, the government gazetted standard colours – silver for the upper half and red for the lower half – for all taxicabs in Hong Kong to weed out illegal taxis. From 1976 onwards, "ordinary" (red) taxis would be allowed to continue to operate in the New Territories as well as Kowloon and Hong Kong Island, while New Territories taxis – silver for the upper half and green for the lower would be forbidden from venturing into urban areas. A batch of 20 blue taxis serving Lantau Island started operating in 1983. The majority of HK taxis (Toyota Coronas) are owned by 17 independent taxi companies that rent out taxis on a shift basis to 40,000 self-employed drivers. As of 2017, there were 18,163 taxis in Hong Kong, of which 15,250 were urban taxis, 2,838 were New Territories taxis, and 75 were Lantau taxis. Every day they serve about 1.1 million, 207,900 and 1,400 people respectively.
" Hong Kong Diaries (XXV) - GOING TO SCHOOL " © 🕉 www.aumphotos.com. 2018. All rights reserved. Any unauthorised copying or redistribution will constitute an infringement of copyright. Further photographs may be seen at: ॐ www.aumphotos.com 📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸 FOLLOW @aumnamahshiva for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material 📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸 🇨🇳 British missionaries saw schools in Chek Chue (modern-day town of Stanley), Shek Pai Wan, Heung Kong Tsai (modern-day Aberdeen) and Wong Nai Chong on Hong Kong Island, when they arrived in 1843. Li Ying College was established in 1075 in present-day New Territories. Wealthy Chinese sent their children to Canton. In 1862, the first government school, Queen's College (then Government Central School) was set up, with Stewart serving as the first Headmaster. 🚉 Young children travel to school unaccompanied, using pre-played octopus cards for travel and snacks.
" Hong Kong Diaries (XXII) - Turning Japanese 🇨🇳🇯🇵 ( 4 images ) " © 🕉 www.aumphotos.com. 2018. All rights reserved. Any unauthorised copying or redistribution will constitute an infringement of copyright. Further photographs may be seen at: ॐ www.aumphotos.com 📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸 FOLLOW @aumnamahshiva for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material 📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸 The Battle of Hong Kong (8–25 December 1941), also known as the Defence of Hong Kong and the Fall of Hong Kong, was one of the first battles of the Pacific War in World War II. On the same morning as the attack on Pearl Harbor, forces of the Empire of Japan attacked the British Crown colony of Hong Kong. The attack was in violation of international law as Japan had not declared war against the British Empire. Within a week the defenders abandoned the mainland and less than two weeks later, with their position on the island untenable, the colony had raised the white flag of surrender on Christmas Day 1941. 🇯🇵🇨🇳 🇯🇵Today, 78 years later, Hong Kong embraces Japanese work ethics, culture and products. Multinational dancers, dressed as Japanese, entertain residents at a night at the Happy Valley racetrack, surrounded by wealthy skyscrapers. Locals purchase Japanese lenses, eat sushi and drink Asahi beer.
dad call me to do morning exercise oh no, i am going back to bed now💤
" Hong Kong Diaries (XIX) - HANDING OVER POWER AND INFLUENCE ( 9 images ) " ❤ " © 🕉 www.aumphotos.com. 2018. All rights reserved. Any unauthorised copying or redistribution will constitute an infringement of copyright. Further photographs may be seen at: ॐ www.aumphotos.com 📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸 FOLLOW @aumnamahshiva for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material 📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸 🇨🇳 21 years ago, on the 1st July 1997, the last British Governed, Chris Patten, handed over power of Hong Kong to China in the exhibition centre shown in Image 1 ( view from the water). High resolution image is on www.aumphotos.com. A declaration was made under which the former colony’s way of life was to remain “unchanged” for 50 years after 1997. The following images show how life in HK remains vibrant and fun. Hong Kong views have inspired the sci-fi classics Blade Runner and The Dark Knight. The stock exchange is booming and foreign banks continue to ply their trade profitably. @shashank5241
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" Hong Kong Diaries (XVII) - Chinese Abroad " ❤ " © 🕉 www.aumphotos.com. 2018. All rights reserved. Any unauthorised copying or redistribution will constitute an infringement of copyright. Further photographs may be seen at: ॐ www.aumphotos.com 📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸 FOLLOW @aumnamahshiva for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material 📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸 🇨🇳 Chinese tourists from more than 100 cities went to more than 1,000 destinations in about 100 countries and regions. They have a love for western brands, including cultural and folk - here Harry Potter, the boy wizard creation of J K Rowling. Trips from female tourists accounted for 56 per cent of the total outbound trips during the holiday, 42 per cent from families and 30 per cent from couples. Bicester Village, an outlet shopping area near Oxford in the United Kingdom, the Dotonbori commercial area in Osaka, Japan, and Australia’s Sydney Airport were cited as the top three locations for Chinese consumers to pay using their phones. The number of transactions using Alipay at these three locations jumped 90-fold, 70-fold and 55-fold respectively, which helped outbound per capita spending to surge 30 per cent year-on-year. When new Harry Potter books were still coming out, Chinese publishers did a brisk business in fake Harry Potter books. Who can forget “Harry Potter and the Hiking Dragon,” “Harry Potter and the Chinese Empire,” or “Harry Potter and the Big Funnel”? These books sold millions of copies. China’s enforcement of copyright infringement has now improved – in large part because large Chinese companies like Baidu and Alibaba and Tencent now control the rights to a great deal of content and their business models are based on people not getting such content for free @shashank5241
" Hong Kong Diaries (XVI) - Happy Valley Race Course" © 🕉 www.aumphotos.com. 2018. All rights reserved. Any unauthorised copying or redistribution will constitute an infringement of copyright. Further photographs may be seen at: ॐ www.aumphotos.com 📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸 FOLLOW @aumnamahshiva for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material 📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸 🇨🇳 Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated areas in the world, with an overall density of some 6,300 people per square kilometre. At the same time, Hong Kong has one of the world's lowest birth rates—1.11 per woman of child-bearing age as of 2012, far below the replacement rate of 2.1. It is estimated that 26.8% of the population will be aged 65 or more in 2033, up from 12.1% in 2005. Hong Kong recorded 8.2 births per 1,000 people in 2005–2010. According to the 2016 by-census, 92% of the Hong Kong population is ethnic Chinese and 8% are other ethnic groups, including a large number of Filipinoand Indonesian foreign domestic helpers, making up approximately 4% of the population. 🐎🐎🐎🐎 It was first built in 1845 to provide horse racing for the British people in Hong Kong. The area was previously swampland, but the only flat ground suitable for horse racing on Hong Kong Island. To make way for the racecourse, Hong Kong Government prohibited rice growing by villages in the surrounding area. The first race ran in December 1846. Over the years, horse racing became more and more popular among the Chinese residents.
" Hong Kong Diaries (XV) - Reach for the sky; turning Japanese 🇨🇳🇯🇵 ( 1 video and 6 images ) " © 🕉 www.aumphotos.com. 2018. All rights reserved. Any unauthorised copying or redistribution will constitute an infringement of copyright. Further photographs may be seen at: ॐ www.aumphotos.com 📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸 FOLLOW @aumnamahshiva for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material 📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸 The Battle of Hong Kong (8–25 December 1941), also known as the Defence of Hong Kong and the Fall of Hong Kong, was one of the first battles of the Pacific War in World War II. On the same morning as the attack on Pearl Harbor, forces of the Empire of Japan attacked the British Crown colony of Hong Kong. The attack was in violation of international law as Japan had not declared war against the British Empire. The Hong Kong garrison consisted of British, Indian and Canadian units besides Chinese soldiers and conscripts from both within and outside Hong Kong. Within a week the defenders abandoned the mainland and less than two weeks later, with their position on the island untenable, the colony had raised the white flag of surrender on Christmas Day 1941. 🇯🇵🇨🇳 🇯🇵Today, Hong Kong embraces Japanese work ethics and culture. 78 years later, multinational dancers, dressed as Japanese, entertain residents at a night at the Happy Valley racetrack, surrounded by wealthy skyscrapers. @shashank5241
" Hong Kong Diaries (XIII) - Expat life - the HASH initiation " ❤ " © 🕉 www.aumphotos.com. 2018. All rights reserved. Any unauthorised copying or redistribution will constitute an infringement of copyright. Further photographs may be seen at: ॐ www.aumphotos.com 📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸 FOLLOW @aumnamahshiva for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material 📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸 🇨🇳 Hashing originated in December 1938 in Selayang Quarry, Selangor, then in the Federated Malay States(now Malaysia), when a group of British colonial officers and expatriates began meeting on Monday evenings to run, in a fashion patterned after the traditional British paper chase or "hare and hounds", to rid themselves of the excesses of the previous weekend.  The original members included Albert Stephen (A.S.) Ignatius "G" Gispert, Cecil Lee, Frederick "Horse" Thomson, Ronald "Torch" Bennett, Eric Galvin, H.M. Doig, and John Woodrow. A. S. Gispert suggested the name "Hash House Harriers" after the Selangor Club Annex, where several of the original hashers lived and dined, known as the "Hash House". New members are given a hash name, usually making fun of a particular attribute; the initiation ceremony in some HASH groups involves beer poured over the head @shashank5241
" Hong Kong Diaries (XII) - Riding the MTR in Hong Kong 🙏" ❤ " © 🕉 www.aumphotos.com. 2018. All rights reserved. Any unauthorised copying or redistribution will constitute an infringement of copyright. Further photographs may be seen at: ॐ www.aumphotos.com 📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸 FOLLOW @aumnamahshiva for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material 📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸 🇨🇳 🐙 The Mass Transit Railway (MTR; Chinese: 港鐵; Cantonese Yale: Góngtit) is a major public transportnetwork serving Hong Kong. Operated by the MTR Corporation Limited (MTRCL), it consists of heavy rail, light rail, and feeder bus service centred on an 11-line rapid transit network serving the urbanised areas of Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, and the New Territories. The system currently includes 218.2 km (135.6 mi) of rail with 159 stations, including 91 heavy rail stations and 68 light rail stops. The MTR is one of the most profitable metro systems in the world; it had a farebox recovery ratio of 187% in 2015, the world's highest. Purchase a fare using an Octopus 🐙pre-paid card. The same card may be used on buses, snacks, 7-11 stores and even purchase a haircut ! 🚄🚊🚉🚈 @shashank5241
" Hong Kong Diaries (XI) - Nights in Hong Kong 🙏 " © 🕉 www.aumphotos.com. 2018. All rights reserved. Any unauthorised copying or redistribution will constitute an infringement of copyright. Further photographs may be seen at: ॐ www.aumphotos.com 📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸 FOLLOW @aumnamahshiva for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material 📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸 🇨🇳 A mid town travelator takes you uphill to the numerous bars and restaurants, past the old police gaol. A great way to start an evening @shashank5241 @qiamckenna
" That Obscure Object of Desire " ( 10 images ) " © 🕉 www.aumphotos.com. 2018. All rights reserved. Any unauthorised copying or redistribution will constitute an infringement of copyright. Further photographs may be seen at: ॐ www.aumphotos.com 📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸 FOLLOW @aumnamahshiva for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material 📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸 🇨🇳 That Obscure Object of Desire (Cet obscur objet du désir ) was a 1977 French-Spanish comedy-drama film directed by Luis Buñuel, based on the 1898 based on the 1898 novel The Woman and the Puppet by Pierre Louÿs. In Hong Kong we have discovered no less than 4 shops selling #leica cameras and lenses, including a 3 lens Leica, a rare anniversary Hermes editions of the M6 with Leicavit and a gold plated Leica R6. Similarly you can see the new Nikon 58mm f/0.95 NOCT - Nikon's answer to #leica 50mm f/0.95 and 75mm f/1.25 Noctilux. Equally, as in the film, Hong Kong is a polyglot society where people's of all races mix at work ....and play.
" Hong Kong Diaries (IX) - DaysWork hard, Play hard in Hong Kong 🤩 ( 1 video and 6 images ) " © 🕉 www.aumphotos.com. 2018. All rights reserved. Any unauthorised copying or redistribution will constitute an infringement of copyright. Further photographs may be seen at: ॐ www.aumphotos.com 📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸 FOLLOW @aumnamahshiva for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material 📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸 Horse racing in Hong Kong is a major part of the Hong Kong economy. Started by the British when they first came to Hong Kong in 1841 and has become since then, a sport for the masses and a favourite pastime. Chinese love gambling; the turnover of the jockey club in 2016/7 was HK$216.5 Billion - I.e. an estimate of 1000 GBP per person per year. The Hong Kong Jockey Club, one of the oldest Hong Kong institutions founded to promote and administer horse racing and other betting entertainment, is Hong Kong's biggest taxpayer as well as one of the city's largest charity donors. It recently refurbished the old city police station and gaol as a museum. Happy Valley is a world-class state-of-the-art racing course in the centre of HK. Back in 1846, Happy Valley was swamp land, but the only flat surface in Hong Kong Island, Through the years, the city has built around the Happy Valley race course, and it is now surrounded by skyscrapers. The other site is at Sha Tin. The 5 star Peninsula hotel opened in 1928 picks up guests in a Rolls Royce and is sited near Victoria harbour next to the old railway station, offering waterside views of Kowloon . Interiors include ornate cornicing.
" Hong Kong Diaries (VIII) - Days and nights in Hong Kong 🙏 (6 images) " © 🕉 www.aumphotos.com. 2018. All rights reserved. Any unauthorised copying or redistribution will constitute an infringement of copyright. Further, high res, photographs may be seen at: ॐ www.aumphotos.com 📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸 FOLLOW @aumnamahshiva for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material 📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸 🇨🇳 Hong Kong views have inspired sci-fi classics Blade Runner and The Dark Knight (image 1). Victoria Peak (552m, it's 5⁰C cooler than the city), is the highest point on Hong Kong Island and offers superlative views of the city (Images 4, 5). Three ways to reach the Peak are hiking through Aberdeen's forests, via Asia’s oldest funicular, the Peak Tram (image 3) or by the 15 bus from Central. At the top is an observatory (Image 2). Alternatively, Hong Kong’s highest observation deck, Sky 100 (sky100.com.hk), is suspended 390m above terra firma, on the 100th floor of the territory’s tallest building, the International Commerce Centre (ICC, image 6) in West Kowloon, offering a 360⁰ view covering Hong Kong Island and almost all of Kowloon Peninsula. 18 floors higher on the ICC is Ozone, Ritz Carlton’s bar. A good book to read in the bar is Days and Nights of Love and War (Días y Noches de Amor y de Guerra,1978) by exiled Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano. It chronicles two decades of struggle and perseverance in Latin America, with the 1976 Argentine coup d'état as its focal point. Galeano reveals episodes of his early life such as surviving malaria, loss of faith in God, threats of military coups, dictators and censorship, as well as his experiences living amongst Indians, guerrillas, presidents and prostitutes. He defends his compatriots as well as Brazilian street children and embattled indigenous Mexicans. @shashank5241
" Hong Kong Diaries (V) - Food and Beverage in a metropolitan world culture " ( 3 videos and 6 images) © 🕉 www.aumphotos.com. 2018. All rights reserved. Any unauthorised copying or redistribution will constitute an infringement of copyright. Further photographs may be seen at: ॐ www.aumphotos.com 📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸 FOLLOW @aumnamahshiva for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material 📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸 🇨🇳 Hong Kong has everything : 🇬🇧 Craft Brew with draught beers on tap ( @ at a $ 10 price ) , 🇮🇩 Delicious Indonesian Food at an upmarket restaurant with an art and fashion foyer, English Waitrose ( a brand beloved by the middle class) products. 🇬🇧 Marks and Spencer , and Tescos also have food outlets. Various dried seafood vie with live fish, and perhaps gruesomely for western tastes, fish are sliced open to display a beating heart , indicating freshness. @shashank5241
" Hong Kong Diaries (IV) - A country is defined by its colours and shapes " ( 10 images) © 🕉 www.aumphotos.com. 2018. All rights reserved. Any unauthorised copying or redistribution will constitute an infringement of copyright. Further photographs may be seen at: ॐ www.aumphotos.com 📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸 FOLLOW @aumnamahshiva for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material 📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸📸 Visiting the police married quarters, where there are a large number of pop up shops and restaurants and the superbly refurbished ( by the HK jockey club) courts, police cells. Colours are seen everywhere - even staircases are decorated ( images 2 & 4) ; white is associated with death in the Far East. The architecture of Hong Kong is diverse - No monotonous repetition. Curves are introduced, where appropriate ; for example the HK exhibition and convention centre. The principal design element is a distinctive roof, whose undulating, wing-like forms create an iconic image for Hong Kong. The roof allows for a dramatic, 75-foot-high vaulted ceiling above the convention hall, with column-free spans of 80 meters.  Equally the new railway station in Kowloon allows HK to be linked to the mainland with fast trains. Visa checks are made by Chinese government officials within the station. 🎶🎶🎶🎶 Jefferson Airplane : " When the garden flowers Baby, are dead, yes And your mind, your mind Is so full of red Don't you want somebody to love Don't you need somebody to love Wouldn't you love somebody to love You better find somebody to love " 🎼 @shashank5241
" Hong Kong Diaries (I) " 2 videos and 7 images.© 🕉 www.aumphotos.com 2018 ⛪⛪⛪⛪⛪⛪⛪⛪⛪⛪⛪⛪⛪⛪⛪⛪⛪ FOLLOW @aumnamahshiva for updates, outtakes, unpublished and archive material ⛪⛪⛪⛪⛪⛪⛪⛪⛪⛪⛪⛪⛪⛪⛪⛪⛪ Day 1 : What an amazing place -After flying over the Irrawady river ( image 9), Day 1 in HK - the IFC building - International Finance Centre. Next door are the round windows of JP Morgan . A juxtaposition of polar opposites. Nature trails🤸‍♂️ ( image 5) overlooking a bustling city of 8 Million🏪. A strong buddhist culture🧘‍♂️🏮 - see the four headed Buddha ( image 6) but with many Muslim 🕌 workers from nearby Indonesia and Christians ⛪from Phillipines. Strong capitalism - worshippers rub money 💲💱 on religious icons for good luck. Wealth comes at a price (see video) - beside high end shops selling global luxury brands underneath the world's biggest unsupported Titanium roof ( image 8) , helpers from the Phillipines spend Sunday eating 🍨and dancing💃 together in the street, which has been closed off. The old HMS Tamar building now occupied by the People's liberation Army. Overall fit and healthy people ( sports clubs are popular and we'll used - image 4). The only obese person I saw was an American Tourist. ⛹️‍♀️🤸‍♂️🤼‍♂️🤾‍♂️⛹️‍♂️🧘‍♀️
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