Sailing on Hong Kong’s oldest ketch. Spot the future sailor. #hongkong #latergram

Rooftop hopping at the start of the rainy season. Hong Kong, March 2014.

Street fashion at the National People’s Congress, Beijing Street fashion at the National People’s Congress, Beijing

Street fashion at the National People’s Congress, Beijing

龙潭公园, Dragon’s Pool garden. #nopollution #beijing #china #onassignment #latergram

First assignment in Beijing: air pollution. This is a view from the AP bureau on the thick haze that surrounded the capital today. It prompted the authorities to issue a yellow alert - the first one since Beijing launched in October its emergency plan to tackle air pollution. Many people were wearing face masks, but the thin kind. Not sure how effective they were. #china #beijing #air #pollution #video

On assignment, Feb. 15: A dragon dance.
About 11,000 people sat down inside Cheung Sha Wan playground to eat a Hong Kong traditional dish called Poon Choi. The event marked the Lantern festival, aka the end of the Chinese New Year celebrations.
Poon Choi is a dish which originates from the walled villages in the New Territories, and it consists of a giant basin inside which are layered several ingredients such as tofu, radish (bottom layer), pork and dried mushrooms (middle layer), abalone, seafood and other more expensive ingredients (top layer). People dip their chopsticks inside the pipping hot broth and eat layer after layer. The dish also became popular among the urban residents of Hong Kong in the 80s and 90s, as people felt the need to rediscover Hong Kong’s traditional culture and heritage, as deadline to the handover back to China, 1997, was approaching. #hongkong #china #AP #history #food

From Shatin Pass road, gazing over to Diamond Hill, Wong Tai Sin and Kowloon Tong. #HK #hiking #nature #china #Kowloon

'Happy (in Hong Kong)'

After the original music video “Happy” by Pharrell Williams (from the ‘Despicable Me 2’ soundtrack):


Looks like the WSJ talked about us:

We constantly interrupt our experiences to make a record of them.

Two interesting quotes to reflect on:

“ The selfie makes us accustomed to putting ourselves and those around us “on pause” in order to document our lives. It is an extension of how we have learned to put our conversations “on pause” when we send or receive a text, an image, an email, a call. When you get accustomed to a life of stops and starts, you get less accustomed to reflecting on where you are and what you are thinking.”

"These days, when people are alone, or feel a moment of boredom, they tend to reach for a device."

This may be the only article I’ll post on my Tumblr, which is normally dedicated to images, but it has captured so well the spirit of our times that I could not help it.

I currently live in Hong Kong and everyday I see people on the streets, on the subway, checking their cellphone like it has already become an extension of their arm. This is depressing when you know that the MTR (Hong Kong’s subway) has recently started broadcasting security announcements telling people should look where they are walking to instead of looking at their device. 

I hate that it has become the new normal to take out your cell phone whenever you have to wait in line or feel bored or to check your messages in the middle of a conversation. Since when has it become embarrassing to look idle and let your mind wander, since when has it become okay to stop mid-sentence, check your phone, and let the other person wonder whether what he/she is saying is interesting at all?

Ferry commute on a bright morning, Hong Kong.

The night before Chinese New Year, a child lights up fireworks outside his home in a village located in Henan province. His aunt and uncle, both migrant workers in a factory in Shenzhen, have come back home for the Chinese New Year.

Photo taken in February 2013 while on assignment. 

Fishermen in their tilted house in the seaside village of Chaungtha, Myanmar, 2012.

People can hire a motorcycle and drive from there to Ngwesaung, the next beach, in one of the most scenic rides ever: white sand, two rivers to cross on a small rickety boat, stretches of empty beaches and wooden houses lost in the lush forests. 

A trip down memory lane: inside the UK Pavilion, Shanghai World Expo 2010