le mal de terre en los tiempos de la corona

 

疫情之中,經朋友又發現一可以抽水的影片。吸引我是多人戴口罩的一幕。

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話說歌曲唱的是環境問題、市民參與等等,但若果把covid-19放遠點跟愛滋病毒hiv、伊波拉ebola比較,人類愈來愈大的足跡,跨進少接觸動物嘅生態環境,是否一次又一次生化危機的幕後黑手?

a seemingly unrelated song on citizen engagement and environmental pollution, but the snapshot of everyone in masks caught my attention and brought us back to the current covid-19 crisis. are our footprints too big that the present and further problems are unavoidable?

歲晚收爐至另行通告?temporarily closed til god knows when

能夠令極端資本主義減慢下來的,不是社會運動,而是新冠肺炎。你有否見過黃昏七點便關門的麥當勞快餐店?如果不是商場阻止,麥記打十號風球都不會停下來。然而今次這商場因為過境的碼頭停用,內裡的商舖也頓變冷清。停止營業的計有銀行、餐廳、中醫、藥房等等,但看看通告便知各家的公關手段。個別受疫情影響生意難做的,幹嘛寫成“裝修”呢?大環境影響,又不是自己錯也不敢寫出事實,這些公司內部文化真是有啲問題喎!

neither typhoon signal number ten nor the prolific social movement of 2019 can barely touch upon the religiously capitalistic machinery of hong kong. then came covid-19, who made a steady and rapid ascent with the year of the rat, and like stepping on brakes did it achieve in sabotaging the capitalistic rat race with just a few dozens of cases and counting, in february 2020. whether it is tcm clinic, restaurant, bank or pharmacy, their branches in this shopping arcade which serves also as a ferry terminal to mainland china and macao decided to temporarily close the doors until perhaps the community outbreak of the virus retreats, if their leases last that long. what perplexed me was the lie a few of the notices posted “renovation” as the pretext, what were the management thinking? it wasn’t the company’s fault, but external, uncontrollable circumstances that require cost-cutting measures. if there is anything, it makes me think thrice about the integrity of these corporations for if they need a pretext foe something they didn’t do, imagine when they really make an error or put their customers in harms way, they probably would find tons of excuses to rid themselves of responsibility! so consumers beware, separating the good crops from the rotten few in the time of covid-19.

戲玩鬥獸棋 unintentional animal combat

農曆新年,開玩笑的放隻貓係度鎮壓疫症,另一邊廂我庚子年的首日封發行當天給朋友用生肖郵票寄了一個象形設計的手機套。不自然的串連了貓,鼠,象 如鬥獸棋的格局。今年的生肖倘真喻疫情,那希望貓兒能把它鎮壓下去!

there is a childhood boardgame called jungle, i could easily call it animal combat in a more word for word and vivid translation. i assembled a three-party food chain when i posted a feline on social media for chasing after this lunar new year’s rodent while the little mascot can easily sneak into the big ears of flying jumbo’s cousins…
such is the a trumps b trumps c sequence here.

wishing everyone staying away from forest fires, viral outbreak or any other troubles in the year of the rodent!
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rats sourire si, souris non!

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small hours laundry

not since the days when i was living in astoria or long island city that i went out to laundry at 3am. this time around, almost one and a half decades later, in my hometown of all places, i did it because one of these automatic laundromat chains had a new opening offer of only 5hk$ a load (of 18lbs).5$

everything is automatic, unmanned, and you don’t even have to add detergent. 24hours
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with the options of fabric softerners or what not, usually japanese or korean
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the regular prices are pretty competitive, to full services stores

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it was a clean and tranquil place at 3am, if only it could wash out all the troubles of hong kong in 2019!

動盪的七月 juillet turbulent

2019年的七月,是個折騰市民的七月。手機裡、電腦內的相,嚟分門別類,先後排序也許都來不及。差不多每星期的抗議運動,東方之珠的黑衣人、雨遮陣,似在追近法國的黃背心。人流之多令天星小輪大排長龍、癱瘓部分地鐵車站係六月已發生最少兩次。炎熱下這帖子還是留待圖片自說話,聆聽盡在畫面中。

juillet 2019 ne reste que 2 jours mais c’est déjà un moi assez fatiguant pour les hongkongais. les grands défilés ont été commencés en juin. la star ferry a été débordée des manifestants, les stations de métro mtr temporairement fermés etc. sont les situations jamais eu avant, au moins à hong kong, cette ville reconnue pour sa efficacité. j’ai pris plusieurs photos, toujours en désordre, mais ça vous donne un peu de mes idées pour ces dernières journées de perturbations.20190701_191756.jpg20190701_191022.jpg20190701_220328.jpg20190701_194925.jpg20190701_192959.jpg

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農曆新年溫暖又潮濕地過來,年初幾天彷彿回南天一樣!新十五後,竟然乍暖還寒,再加微微細雨。又是時候總結一下花墟年初一早上的所見所聞。lunar-entrance.jpg

浪費的現象仍然有,但某些攤位撤退前義工幫忙告知有免費的花卉、用剩的物資等等。

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但因為過年前天氣實在太暖,桃花則救也救不了多少。很多檔攤未到最後衝刺已經人去樓空。接手的是看看有無靚花可拾的市民。free1.jpg

初一的早上八點多,這商場已經準備燒豬還神!pig.jpg

希望看官有個平平穩穩的一年!

red blue green and cny

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由草根社區到中產兼『離地』的外國店舖行人街

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每個走過又知道利東街歷史之人都應有自己內心裡對夜空中的艷紅的解讀。2111632.jpg

不知你的版本是悲哀的還是節日來臨喜氣洋洋。

Lee Tung Ave, under the new year’s celebrative red was not quite it was for those small business owners and residents who got chased out of the area for this development. Now, full of roman alphabet signage next to the occasional, seasonal tradition chinese festivals’ decor, one must wonder how much of the original characteristics of the community have been preserved, if at all.

meanwhile, over the other side of the pond by  tsim sha tsui waterfront, setting-up and rehearsals for the lunar new year day parade and performances are underway.

相對利東街的紅,彼岸的尖沙嘴則是準備農曆新年遊行和表演的藍和綠。。。223236.jpg

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Mangkhut 山竹

Mangkhut isn’t your typical fruit (name contributed by Thailand) and ravaged the Philippines (where over 100 lives perished) and led to chaos and damages in Hong Kong unseen in recent history.

 

Trees were found two months blocking passageways or dangling next to pavements.  If there is a take home message that get hammered from time to time yet ignored but the majority of the populace, it’s “climate change”. It’s here and it’s not going anywhere anytime soon and it might well get much worse.

如果有不寫不快、時間限定的題目,颱風山竹就是我2018年趕收工前必要寫的!論樹木倒下之量、清理所需時間、延誤交通之程度都應該是近年之最!

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印象中巴士服務很少在8號風球除下以後受阻,但山竹這次使到部份偏遠路線幾日、甚至一星期才恢復!Bus services never missed a bit for anything weaker than a No.8 typhoon signal were seriously disrupted for up to a week for certain remote routes, especially in the New Territories.

不可不談的是樹木本身。作為一個過度發展、過度建築的城市,香港的老樹、大樹真是買少見少。這回我(應該是街坊)『聞』見(粵:嗅覺)某些倒下的大樹竟然是麝香四散沉香之流,更聽說有部份市民在食環署清理時爭相檢走砍下的木塊。我驚訝之餘覺得就算沒有偸木賊,環境變更令到猛烈颱風襲港也令樹木悲慘收場!

And on to the trees that fell, I was surprised to learn some were fragrant emitting agarwood-like that were uprooted. That certainly was the case near a bus terminal in my neighbourhood where many trees were down. A breeze with the pleasant scent not normally there signaled the end of those trees, which took years to grow to their considerable grandeur and more likely irreplaceable in this over-built city.

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