Welcome to the last in the 4-part series of my photo essay of Hong Kong. So far, I have chosen to reflect on some key highlights from a photographer’s perspective, and why I felt led to capture a particular frame on film. I am using Flickr to upload a select bundle, which you can find here at: www.flickr.com/photos/indescribablelove (select Hong Kong from the Albums tab).

Okay, I am cheating here by adding a bonus photo, but all the cakes and pies were calling out my name and screaming “EAT ME!” Hong Kong bakery is somewhat unusual in the sense that sugar is used very sparingly in cakes and delicacies. Sugar isn’t cheap, and I am sure there are cheaper alternatives. The typical taste buds among Asians will find Western bakery and confectionery far too sweet. Hong Kong cakes are very colourful, creative and tantalising. One of the reasons for sharing the photo with all the pastries is actually to contrast the size with Western pastries, which is actually smaller in size than British pasties. I can only imagine American pasties are larger yet again!

A picture of Starbucks… nothing special you say. Well look again, and you will actually notice a chef to the far left preparing and cooking hot foods from the bar. Yes! Starbucks in Hong Kong serve hot foods, alongside your traditional over-priced bakery and snacks. The way you are served is a bit different compared with the West, especially if you do decide to order any foods with your drink. They come to you with your foods. All they ask is that you grab a seat and make yourself feel comfortable. Now that’s service!

The fancy building to your left is actually the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, which I managed to gain entrance to observe the latest in tomorrow’s technology. The place was packed out with thousands of international buyers and stands showing off the latest products in electronics and computer gadgets. Strangely, I lost interest after several hours, but I enjoyed the lovely walk there and back. The day after my trip to the HKCEC, my legs were sore after the amount of walking. I think I counted more than 6 hours worth of walking. A good workout on the eyes and the legs!

When I finished attending the HK Convention and Exhibition Centre, I wanted to visit the Hong Kong City Hall (the tall-ish building behind the far right of the forefront building). To my surprise, the traffic lights were slow to change for pedestrians to cross at this junction (around 3-5 minutes waiting for the lights to go green for pedestrians). The Hong Kong City Hall is where my parents tied the knot in Hong Kong at the registrar. Sadly, it wasn’t at a church, because my Dad didn’t have a church membership certificate (talk about church policies back then). Nonetheless, a lot of friends and family from Mum’s local church came out to support… and for Dad, well he represented his family (himself).

Who would have thought… a real ice cream van in Hong Kong selling soft scoop ice cream. It was playing this annoying music… so much so that I had to buy ice cream. My excitement and delight for the soft scoop ice cream drowned away the irritating background music. The ice cream van was situated outside Pier 5, which is the ferry pier that allows one to travel to Cheung Chau and back. And yes, I even took a photo of my ice cream!

I want to close this 4-part photo essay series of Hong Kong not with a stereotypical view of the Hong Kong skyline, but a picture of the restaurant where we had our family meal… the so-called “Last Supper”. Restaurants are actually the hub of Chinese gatherings, and in ways a central highlight to Hong Kong culture. The skyscrapers you see outside is the result of the booming economy. The real buzz take place inside these fancy buildings. The Chinese love eating, and they often eat out in large parties. It’s a special time of fellowship and banter with friends and family, and it’s typical for people to eat out on-demand on a regular daily basis. This is Hong Kong culture! This restaurant was unique in the sense that it featured a mega fish tank, where you can choose what fish to have for your meal. You can see our last family photo via: Days 8-12: Farewell Hong Kong. From the family photo, you will notice that I am wearing a photojournalist vest. I wouldn’t normally wear a photojournalist vest, but since it was our last day in Hong Kong and I was carrying all the travel documents and looking out for my Mum, I wanted to look the part.

~Richard