mama said staying up late is not good for your liver…
some medical study claimed night owls have a higher chance of catching diabetes, given the former need to burn more energy and are likely to consume higher amount of carbs…
but late night in most cities bring out interesting characters…
the people (or the lack of), the landscape, the occasional drunks,
the homeless…

more relentless than others are the billboards and signs , the claws of global capitalism, shouting at you in the wee hours when other forms of communications are taking a break!

whatever brand name

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花 、fleurs、 華

新年鮮花年年鮮,可知價值是多少?

年初一的淩晨兩點多三點,又是買平嘢嘅時候!
剛剛才聽見老闆說賣五十蚊的大桔,眨眼已買廿蚊,可惜屋細和沒有拖車仔的我,只能拍下照片留念。
農夫辛勞的工作,只能換來幾十元,是禍是福,是苦是甜,也許不足爲外人道也!
大吉大利 大

From those tangerines of unbelievable bargin that I didn’t took in for the Ram year, I did menage to recuperated a bouquet worth of flowers from the street, as one of joyful by-standers when passers-by spotted a grad-opening of a store/office (I dont know to-this-date what it was) was throwing away, or at least letting people take home all those flowers delievered to their doorsteps just hours before.
quel fleur colore' Photography

Trashed after an hour or so of spotlight, they are now in a vase, on a table, for an extended fortnight of their lifespan.
une composition interessante

from capitalistic middle and uppper class hipster sh*t to civil disobedience rage.

So this has been a weekend loaded with activities I attended haphazrdly. The Kowloon City Bookfair, which is running its 6th annual leg, finally fit into my junky, over-the-head, boisterous music-by-the-habourfront weekend. Organised by young literary connoisseurs, back by a creativity-oriented high school, a think tank, etc., the bookfair is a mélange of talks, roundtables, flea market, mini-bookfair and a mini-concert. Free of charge to everybody, coarse but ever-evolving, it’s what this overcrowded and over-developped city needs if Hong Kong were to slow down and smell some roses, or fresh air!

Thanks to a random gift of kindness, I set foot in West Kowloon waterfront for Clockenflap, probably the last time in a while by the West Kowloon waterfront since constructions will be swung into actions in the coming years.

My previous impression of this “music festival” has been some gweilos replicating rock concerts spiced with burning man. Upon entering I was upset with the overfloated plastic recycle bin with all types of trash. A day later however, a politically charged performance by “my little airport” sort of eased my displeasure. Well, in a non-perfect world, room for improvement is the key!
books_n_veggies

sleep

clocken-junks

occupy hong kong 2014 (i)

This might be the first in a series, for a duration not yet known, on the latest civil disobedience in Hong Kong in 2014. Let’s build up curiosity by looking at media, especially state media first!

Maybe Russia and China really are secretly in love, or are they not-so-secret buddies?

Russia Today said “protest turns violent” at the title of its piece posted September 28, 2014 16:33(Moscow time?)

http://rt.com/news/191324-hong-kong-protesters-clashes/

even though it did use the words “pro-democracy” in the report.

Hong Kong police used tear gas and pepper spray on a crowd of pro-democracy protesters who ignored warnings and blocked the city’s main highway. The violence came after several days of student protests.

Meanwhile, China’s official news portal labelled the protest “spun out of control” http://www.china.org.cn/china/2014-09/29/content_33643206.htm

Agence France Presse en español wrote one of its headlines”

Manifestantes prodemocracia paralizan puntos neurálgicos en Hong Kong

https://es.noticias.yahoo.com/manifestantes-prodemocracia-paralizan-puntos-neur%C3%A1lgicos-en-hong-kong-074511202.html

Paralyse it we should, not neuro-logistical centre of Hong Kong, rather the injustice of puppet electoral systems, oligarchy and neoliberalism! Can we?

below: screenshot of online spreadsheet of the call for supply materials at the occupied sites
online spreadsheet of call of supply materials in the struggle

8 heures de travail

2014年的五一勞動節前後於網上找到差不多一世紀前的舊照片: 歐洲在1919年爭取8小時“標準工時”的海報,在一個世紀後的亞洲居然一點也不過時。真諷刺!

1919年 我們只要8小時 ;en 1919, on veut 8 heures seulement

1er mai, Journée internationale des travailleurs

J’ai tombé sur cette photo de 1919 quand la lutte était pour 8 heures de travail par jour? Malheuresement, Un siècle plus tard, en 2014, en Asie, dont la Chine et Hong Kong RAS, il n’y a pas des heures ‘maximum’ fixées par semaine. Plus loin en Europe, le taut chomage augmente sans arret, tandis que les Asiatiques, ou même des gens ailleurs travaillent comme des chiens avec des heures supplémentaires contribuées mais rarement recompensées! Ou est le progrès alors?

religions: not equal opportunity

What did you do on Christmas Eve? For me this year it was sprinkled with solitude as I walked mostly alone during the day, passing by a Buddhist temple in the afternoon, spending well over an hour looking at its architecture, the free literature they are giving away (mainly the Sutras)

Towards midnight I descended into the town centre, blended into a sea of tourists, excited teenagers and took a few pictures, then had into a midnight mass. While most attendees were indulged in their prayers and hymns, the entrance looked a bit like a circus, with the curious but not the religious parading in and out taking pictures and videos. Festive indeed and I applaud the church and its open door policy – showing everyone that those who don’t believe or are not familiar with their protocols or etiquette are still very welcomed, which is a first step in preaching their beliefs, if not getting to world peace !

Snowden and Sinicisation of the States

If you are USA citizens (many nationalities are Americans, you don’t need me to lecture you in this particular post, do you?), you shouldn’t be so proud that gay marriage seems to be making grounds, nor that you have re-elected your first Black president for a second term. Nothing worth going jubilatory about.

Ari Fleischer, former press secretary of George W. Bush, had tweeted as around the time when Snowden’s leak surfaced:

“Drone strikes. Wiretaps. Gitmo. [Obama] is carrying out Bush’s 4th term. Yet he attacked Bush for violating Constitution,”

Well a few short notes for those of you, that might mean MOST of you who haven’t noticed.

Chinese dissidents flock to foreign media such as BBC, Radio Free Asia, RFI, VoA and the like when they have something to say.

And this time the news broke with The Guardian, a British newspaper, a foreign media for the people of ths USA. The journalist, who is American, seems to be based in Brazil these days. I bet North American soil is too safe and free for him these days.

While China has its Great Fire Wall to block out bad influence websites for her citizens, the USA seem to be catching up by blocking the entire Guardian website for troops stationed abroad.

Hmmm Did I say Sinicization?

And the rhetoric of US officials on Snowden while is not identical, but definitely rhymes with that diffused by the Chinese government when Liu Xiao Bo was honoured with the 2010 Nobel peace prize.

Perhaps Evo Morales was “meddling on the internal affairs” of the USA that the Western European countries citing technical or diplomatic difficulties and did not allow the president of Bolivia to pass through their airspace. Boy I thought “meddling on the internal affairs” is patented by the Chinese government. Apparently not, or Beijing failed to follow up with the ptent office.

hmmmm did I say Chinalization? LOL

I dunno whether Dick Cheney was correct on Snowden as a “Chinese” spy, but I am curious as to how much backbone the Nobel committee will have should Snowden receives a nomination for the Peace Prize in the coming years. Afterall, Obama had his during his first year in office.

So be faithful to your country, dear US of A citizens, for the government is doing everything to promote you and your liberty!

hmmmm Did I say Sinification?
Wait a minute, I might be wrong afterall. Google, whose offices in Beijing got a sea of flowers when Chinese netizens sent in their condolences. Google took the moral high ground to leave China because the Chinese government likes to breathe down the necks of her citizens. Now, by the same token, Google, MSN, Facebook and the like must find refuge somewhere OUTSIDE of the USA if NSA/Prism are acting like overprotective parents. But where could these companies go tomorrow?

See you in DC! Oops I really meant Peking LOL.

六四的前言和後語

這裡的前言是指2013香港特別行政區特首梁振英先生於1989年北京的軍人開火屠殺學生後發表的譴責。當然說那番話的人已經被今天的那個政客如當年坦克車壓人般推倒。梁生這陣子跟很多豐衣足食的人一樣基本上不敢說後語!歷史看來還要黑暗一段長時間。

2013 的梁振英 無言以對 1989 的他

2013 的梁振英 無言以對 1989 的他

10 March, not quite a “teabag”

甚麼是公義,或我從前跟一位朋友聊天時提及的“選擇性公義”。對於講“價值”,講“道理”的香港人,西藏似乎是那麼遙遠。幾十年的血腥鎮壓下,藏人的生活還是不足為“漢人”道。其實現在中國對其少數民族,跟過去的美國、澳洲、和台灣等地的大舉移民到原居民的地方和控制他們經濟的手法一模一樣。 香港人對這西域高地上的所發生的,知道得不多。

10 March, uprising anniversary 三月十日,抗暴紀念日

10 March, uprising anniversary 三月十日,抗暴紀念日

從2009年到現在自焚的藏人數以百計。這絕對是極端的“不合作運動”。如果不是活在水深火熱之中,用了斷生命來發聲是絕望的呼喚。

candlelight commemorating those who passed 逝去者的燭光

candlelight commemorating those who passed 逝去者的燭光

也許要像英國這樣的“強國”給蘇格蘭公投機會套在一個能真正“自治”的西藏還要多個一世紀以上的時間。到底還要花上多少條命?

over 100 self immolated 過百人已自焚

over 100 self immolated 過百人已自焚

alimenter 補給

十六塊的葱爆羊肉拌面,總比15元起的麥當勞快餐健康和更地區經濟。在北方吃麵較多時,漸漸地發展了自我對麵條的感覺和喜好。因為自家不會弄刀削麵,所以吃得很多,而引至對一般的寬麵條也比較喜歡。百物騰貴的環境下,二十元以下能吃得像樣的館子越來越少了。

Sauté de mouton aux poireaux servi avec des nouilles froides? Vous, les francophones, pouvez corriger ma traduction. En tout cas, c’était que j’ai bouffé il y a quelque jours dans un resto halal à Pékin. C’est de plus en plus cher de manger à Pékin, même si pour 16 kuai il ne coûtait pas trop par rapport à la junk-food chez McDos.