这条铁路从武吉知马铁道站以南不远的地方，最先在金文泰路与Lorong Gaung （今Maju Drive 一带）横越金文泰路，然后沿着旧金文泰路（今金文泰邻里公园所在）北面穿越斜阳大道（Sunset Way) 再,横越乌鲁班丹河。铁道沿河向西南方向，从花柏岭、花柏林和花柏径住宅区边缘经过，至班丹河与乌鲁班丹河交接的不远处，横越班丹河，向西而去。从这里，铁路沿亚逸快速公路的北面至旧亚默依布拉欣路（今改名亚逸拉惹快速公路）交接处转向南面，继续往西。最后，铁路横越裕廊河，直通裕廊渡头路站。
There is a Peter Parker, who has been serving in Hong Kong’s friendly neighbourhood as their local-Spider-man since 2016. After an exhausting day at work, the young man breathes a sigh of relief in his bed. Then his “spider-sense” awakes, he puts on the world-renowned costume and leaps to the street – the hustle and bustle of Tsim Sha Tsui. For him, this costume is not merely a source of income, but also his own way of doing good, like his comic book counterpart.
When interviewed, i realised the two Peters share a similar childhood. They were both victims of bullying at school, due their introvert personalities. The Hong Kong's Spidey recalled that he was living with his mum on a tight budget when he was young. The Spider-Man movies toughened him up. He said he wants to share the power with others which is one of the reasons why he took up the costume. Hong Kong Spidey says he just wants to bring happiness to the stressful Hong Kong. He hides his identity to his family and friends.
Standing on the streets for more than two hours during summer is unbearable for most, yet sweat and tiredness never stop him. Hong Kong Spidey is able to perform outdoor for up to six hours a day, regardless of season, simply because he enjoys what he does. Spidey insisted that his purpose is to bring joy to everyone. He declined when people gave him tips at first. Later he thought of a meaningful idea, which is to use the tips from the public to help the needy. Despite the strict regulations of fund-raising activities in Hong Kong, Spidey finds his own way of doing charity, works as a street performer and spends all the money he makes for donation. We first met in the Star Ferry Pier when he was surrounded by people who were taking turns to take selfies with him including myself !
My photo essay under pen name 蓝天游 on urban street art in Singapore and Hong Kong《转角遇上艺术新加坡与香港街头涂鸦节日》is published in today's LianheZaobao 联合早报缤纷版 dated 24 February 2018! 感谢、感恩! Thrilled to see it being featured nationwide in print! Special thanks to Lianhe Zaobao, you have made my day! :)
Before the start of my blog story on a place visited in Taiwan last December, i would like to first express my sympathy. I have learned with profound sadness over the earthquake in Hualien in Taiwan which has caused loss of lives and enormous devastation of properties. I encourage all of you to please dig deep and let's stand strong behind the people who need it the most and those who have given up the most to be there for others in their greatest time of need.
The Light to Night Festival is back this year with an even bigger line-up! The annual Light to Night Festival has returned to the Civic District over the weekend as one of the marquee events of Singapore Art Week 2018.
In its second edition based on the theme of Colour Sensations, you can expect a sensory overload as major cultural institutions and parks in the Civic District, including The National Gallery, The Arts House, Victoria Concert Hall, Asian Civilisations Museum and the Esplanade, will be transformed into dazzling, multi-sensory art exhibitions. Besides a stunning multimedia projection show on the buildings’ stately exterior, you can chase literary happenings and performances for an all-round artsy experience.
If you only have time for some exhibits at this year's Light to Night Festival, be sure to make a beeline for these few.
For me, travel and photography have always worked in perfect harmony. They go hand in hand. Capturing great moments and transforming what I’ve seen into something new and artistic while strolling through a new city with fresh eyes is a rewarding experience.
Hong Kong is famous for its distinct urban skyline, comprised of towering skyscrapers and futuristic office blocks – some of the tallest in the world. For this reason it's long been a favourite subject of artists and photographers, eager to capture the sprawling, bustling metropolis.
I develop a passion for photographing the striking architecture of Hong Kong a few years ago. I took these photos last year while on vacation. Being interested in architectural photography, I always see various attractive buildings in Hong Kong. Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated areas around the globe. Faced with this limitation and the impossible prospect to expand horizontally, builders are forced to look simply upward. Buildings, housing apartments and condominiums are stretching more into the skies as developers hurry to provide more living space.
寻访台北城市的老树、老屋、老青田街 Tranquil Times at Qingtian Street in Taipei City With Old Trees, Old Houses and Humanity
Taiwanese people are entirely accustomed to having residential and commercial spaces mixed together, as is evident in the presence of convenience stores at every street corner. Some streets in Taipei bear such historical vestiges that one forgets time. The verdantly shaded Qingtian Street for example, is still flanked by wooded dormitories built during the Japanese Ruling Era.
Qingtian Street is where noise fades into tranquility, and leafy giants stand quietly before rustic wooden houses of the Japanese style. While time passes by, Qingtian Street still retains its elegant look in a gentle attitude. Not only you can feel the historical inheritance, but also feel its vitality.
We always want the New Year to bring bigger and better things, and 2018 will be no different. Every year, we make resolutions. Every year most of us break them. But, it seems that keeping resolutions that are tied into things that you enjoy and appreciate, like travel, are much easier to keep as they’re achievable and you want to accomplish them. Travel New Year resolutions are in fact fun, encouraging and exciting. Making minor changes and creating goals can help travel infatuated humans achieve and tick off the biggest bucket-lists to date and help set you up to do even more. How satisfied and stoked will you be?
One ultimate list of travel tips for the budding adventurers is to stay in the moment. To me, that’s most important thing. Take your time and enjoy yourself. Travelling should be fun not hectic, so have a simple plan and stick to it. While you can sightsee all seven wonders of the world in a month, you can’t really experience their majesty if you are on a plane every four days. Find a place where you can truly enjoy yourself and stay there for a time. Look up information about the place you are in and learn something new, even if no one cares but you, it will be worth the effort. A month in a single country is better than running across an entire continent.
Last but not least, i always remind myself to be happy always. Happy travels in 2018 :)
I know Taipei is not well-known for being at the top of many Asians’ travel bucket lists. I haven’t visited Taiwan since the last in 2013. But after almost two weeks affair with Taipei, I really love Taipei. So what made Taipei special to me? It’s just a feeling that I get; a feeling of knowing a place even though I’ve only been there for a while; a feeling of belonging somewhere. I collect such places, as someday I’ll settle down and I’ll do it in a place that I feel like I belong to.
I stumbled upon a sort of street art park, the gray skies making the colorful murals pop. I knew then that Taipei and I were going to get along just fine. It reminded me of Tokyo, where as a foreigner you feel like a fly on the wall even when you're in the middle of the action. You overwhelm your senses trying in vane to absorb your surroundings. I remember thinking, "I should move here to live and work" with so little trepidation that it scared me.
I write about my travels all the time. When I write for this site I delve into my discoveries, feelings and learnings. For most, a journal is the place to hold both kinds of memories. You’ll want the details of what you did and where but at the end of a trip, it’s also nice to have a journal rich with the meaning of your travels. I found the journey to Mt Hehuan in Taiwan soul inspiring. Mountain climbing is something you have to experience for yourself, and once you have, it’s unforgettable.
Mt Hehuan means mountain of harmonious joy in Chinese. And you will totally experience this joy when you reach the top. When I was there, the weather was surprising good albeit windy. The sky was vibrantly blue, forming a stark contrast with the passing white clouds. At the top, the actual scenery is far more beautiful than a photo can depict. One should really should pay a visit to witness and enjoy the spectacular view and feel the sense of joy.
A few months ago, when i learnt that i had to fly to Tokyo in early December on a work trip, i was extremely excited. I've just returned to Singapore recently after spending a few days in Tokyo. After a full day of presentations, I thought it might be a good idea to head out into the hustle and bustle of the city to wake myself up and brush away the cobwebs.
Almost exactly two years ago, I headed off to Yoyogi Park to look at the golden ginkgo leaves, I was unable to forget their beauty. Since then, I made a mental note to myself that I would always visit the place when the leaves were turning. So I decided to go to Yoyogi Park again this time round. To my consternation, the sky was already turning dark at 5pm. Nonetheless, the golden ginkgo leaves were still there. One of its highlights at the Yoyogi Park is seeing trees change color and be filled with “momijis” (red maple leaves). What is unique in Yoyogi is the ginko forest that turn into a breathtaking golden shade in autumn. From mid November to mid December is the perfect period to enjoy the unique colorful leaves. The main entrance of Yoyogi Park is located only 5 minutes walk from JR Harajuku Station.
Are Sapporo Snow Festival and snow activities like skiing and snowboarding the only winter highlights of Hokkaido? No, not at all. I will count in “Shiroi Koibito Park”. It is less known but a must-see sightseeing spot with fantastic illumination. Shiroi Koibito Park (White Lovers Park) is a theme park by Ishiya, a local chocolate company. The company's flagship product is the Shiroi Koibito cookie, two thin butter cookies with white chocolate in between, a mandatory item on the souvenir shopping list of most visitors to Hokkaido.
I love chocolate factories. When I was a kid, I used to read Roald Dahl’s Charlie & The Chocolate Factory. I also visited a local chocolate factory as part of a school field trip and I remember warm sweet smell of chocolates and us peeking into giant vats of chocolates, just like in the movie.
Of course, I didn't miss a chance to visit one in Hokkaido last year Christmas. Shiroi Koibito Park is a cool place to visit, not your usual factory space as it has a big park outdoors that feature some miniature gardens, houses, bridges, a clock tower, and interesting decors where kids and adults alike can discover. There is even a show of mechanical dolls as well as a working miniature train that runs every hour. The main building is tudor-style and tucked deep inside, you'll find a store, a cafe, a gallery, and the chocolate assembly line where you can only look from above. If you wish, you can opt to try your hand at making your own cookies.
我很喜欢吃北海道知名饼干“白色恋人”，没想到在北海道首府札幌居然真的有一个主题乐园，Shiroi Koibito Park。去年圣诞节，我探秘北海道白色恋人巧克力工厂。工厂并不像我初想想像的常规工厂那样，反而像个美丽的童话世界，古色古香的连体英式城堡、掩映在绿树花丛间的小桥、定时的钟楼表演、会转动跳舞的“厨师”、美妙的八音盒音乐，似乎一下子把我带回童年虚无的幻境中。白色恋人巧克力，是北海道一种着名的巧克力，其背后有一个美丽的传说，代表纯洁的爱。
Given Hong Kong’s surging home prices, public housing flats are increasingly sought after by residents whether or not they are genuinely needy. But how many of us know how the public housing concept works, let alone its history?
The 60-year-old Mei Ho House in Hong Kong stands out in the aging district of Shek Kip Mei with its bright orange exterior that is easily discernible from afar. As the only building left in a defunct housing block that once resettled thousands of squatters made homeless by a fire in 1953, it is an important relic of Hong Kong’s early public planning. Mei Ho House marked the beginning of Hong Kong’s public housing policies, making it an ideal site for setting up a museum focusing on the history of the local community and the evolution of public housing and folk life.
The estate underwent another major facelift in 2000, except Mei Ho House or Block 41 which was preserved for historical reasons. It is listed as a Grade II historic building and has been used as a youth hostel and heritage museum. Hong Kong movie director John Woo was one of Mei Ho House’s former residents and he made his first film at age 26, when he was still living in the housing block. A touching essay about the estate by Woo is now displayed at the museum.
My photo essay under pen name 蓝天游 on the former residence of Soong Chingling in Shanghai and The Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall, a.k.a Wan Qing Yuan in Singapore《走访孙中山夫妇上海与狮城故居》is published in today's LianheZaobao 联合早报缤纷版 dated 23 November 2017! 感谢、感恩! Thrilled to see it being featured nationwide in print! Special thanks to Lianhe Zaobao, you have made my day! :)
Multi-disciplinary Arts Village & Performing Arts Centre housed in Hong Kong's Former Shek Kip Mei Factory Estate, Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre (JCCAC) 香港石硖尾艺术村: 赛马会创意艺术中心
The old Shek Kip Mei neighbourhood may not be an obvious tourist hotspot in Hong Kong but the eclectic Jockey Club Creative Arts Centre (JCCAC) building alone warrants it a visit. The former 9-storey factory estate was built in 1970s. It has been successfully transformed into a community arts centre and turned the building into studio for artists and designers to pursue their creative work. It made a good use of the decommissioned factory building as an arts and cultural hub for the community. In addition to studio space for artists and art groups, the Centre features a black-box theatre, art galleries and communal studios/workshops for resident artists and the community to use.
The inauguration of JCCAC surely is a good start to nurture the local upcoming artists and to introduce arts to the public; it is also a milestone of developing the art and design industry in Hong Kong. I give it a 5/5 because I think this place deserves to be more visited, especially if you're into art. It's a building full of little ateliers / exhibition spaces for local artists. I found it very interesting to see the corridors, as there were interesting art pieces here and there.
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