Oct 29, 2016 – [Saturday] Is this what you call art? – Alighting

Guangzhou, China, taken on April 10, 2015

Guangzhou, my hometown, is a city full of rich histories and hidden secrets. The busy commercialized area of the Shangxiajiu pedestrian street, while attracting shoppers and tourists, also hides many a sculptures depicting life in old Guangzhou city, known as “Xiguan”. This particular one of a seemingly rich and elegant lady alighting from a poor man’s rickshaw drew my attention and makes me wonder what a typical day was like back in the days in my hometown. Time to ask my dad for story time…

Oct 02, 2016 – [Sunday] WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgia

Guangzhou, China, taken on April 8, 2015

To me, nothing screams “nostalgia” more than food from my childhood, especially the cow offals (internal organs) – we call them “ngau jap” in Cantonese – that were ubiquitous on the streets of Guangzhou. Nowadays I can get this in Canada as well, but the ones sold at food carts in random corners or alleys in Guangzhou are still the best because they’ve retained the original taste and smell that fill the streets before you even reach them. And it’s the taste and smell of long-forgotten childhood that restore all of those buried memories, so precious and so nostalgic.

Oct 27, 2015 – [Tuesday] Black & White: Elderly men

Guangzhou, China, taken on April 12, 2015

Two elderly men were sitting in a park nearby where I was waiting for my dad to arrive near a museum in Guangzhou. They might have both noticed that I was taking a photo of them and promptly gave me a stare that says, “Hey! No unauthorized photos allowed!” (Nah, it was probably just an accidental moment of eye contact 😛 ) (See the original photo in colour.)