Tomorrow, May Day is a public holiday, hereabouts.
Vive La Fête!
[The image above is from La Dialectique Peut-Elle Casser Des Briques? (Can Dialectics Break Bricks?), a 1973 film produced by French director René Viénet. A Situationist critique of cultural hegemony, it used the 1972 Hong Kong film The Crush (唐手跆拳道) by Tu Guangqi for its visuals. Probably only of interest to the politically literate.]
Monday, April 30, 2012
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A little island in the South China Sea begins its annual Bun Festival tomorrow with Cantonese opera at the temporary bamboo/tin opera house newly erected in front of Pak Tai Temple.
A couple of days from now the place goes "vegetarian", although what counts as vegetarian is somewhat idiosyncratic. Oysters, anyone?
This year, the pièce de résistance -- actually, there are two: the procession through the village and "bun climb" -- is on
Just so you know.
Monday, April 23, 2012
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Monday, April 16, 2012
Around 4:20pm this afternoon it got real dark. Dark enough the street lamps turned themselves on. Then the rain arrived, seriously torrential rain. Oh, and the wind picked up. So much so that soon enough it was bordering on typhoon-type wind.
Not the sort of wind nor rain you want to be out and about in.
Twenty minutes later is was back to "normal": the wind dropped and the rain became once more the kind that pitter-patters. It's still raining as I write.
The above photo was taken at the height of the storm (5:00pm) and from the comfort and safety of the flat. For me, it was too hazardous to venture out.
That said, I am still trying to work out how to capture such rainstorms in a way that "works", because I'm not there yet.
Sunday, April 15, 2012
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Sunday, April 08, 2012
Tin Hau festivities, 2012
During daylight hours for the past four days, dragon/lion dance crews have been criss-crossing the village. There has been much beating of drums, crashing of symbols, and blowing of cornets.
Why? It's the run-up to Tin Hau's birthday, which this year falls on 13 April. Tin Hau, Goddess of the Seas.