When I was in grade school I lived in Hongkong for a year. At that time, there were still rickshaws in the street, and you could cruise the harbor in a boat driven with a paddle by an old woman. The Philippines was richer than Hongkong then, just imagine! We had a maid named Asi and a driver named Tong, who once ate with us at the table and slurped so much, we each quietly and discreetly went our separate ways. I loved Hongkong then, it was a fairyland for a child. the pagodas, the people sewing in the streets, the Chinese writing, the mountains.
The second time I visited Hongkong was 15 years ago. It was still under the British. We didn't do much shopping, but we took a tour and visited a friend of my husband's and went to church. We were comfortable and happy.
Last December, we went again, and it was quite cosmopolitan. The bridges, the buildings, the shopping. But I also found out why I loved Hongkong so much. The singsong quality of the language (I love words), the way they write in pictures, the way their words, when translated, seem to be part of a song.
These are some signs I took photos of in Hongkong:
Who puts a sign to say a place is for passing? It does have a lilt to it, though:)
The stores enjoy adding adjectives to their names.
Makes me wonder how different it is now from old generation vegetarians:)
I first thought they meant something else when I read "manure bucket". Then I realized it must have been fertilizer, kasi what i originally thought of is what they had spitoons for.
Fishmonger -- nice word:)
Carp, but the text font makes the word have melody.
Yes, I will, I would have even if you didn't say please.
The phrase i liked here is "Chan Clan"
A nice way to announce the entrance to a museum:)
"advice of the Antiquities Advisory Board" Can you hear the lilt? And I like the use of "Antiquities" unlike saying "Museum Advisory Board" or "Antiques"-- wait, would there be an advisory board for antiques?
"Apart from paddy", love the "P" sound, just like "Passing Place"
"Lion Land". Did there use to be lions here?
A nice way to remind us to be considerate
We saw some signs like these just left standing on some streets. I think they were political statements.
This one made me laugh.
All the above were part of a list of instructions before you enter the toilet. "Use less water" "caution: wet floor" And the rest of it is below, "No video taking or photo taking".
Nice to know there is a dispensary like this:)