Personal Project: Photobook on my Vietnam Trip

As mentioned earlier, I had the opportunity to travel to Vietnam for business purpose, and I was able to squeeze out some free time to travel  around Hanoi and it’s nearby provinces during my short stay there in April. Since then, I had compiled some of the pictures and my writings into this book. It’s more like a sharing of my thoughts, feelings and emotions while travelling to Vietnam for the very first time.

And again, I would like to apologize that this book was written in Chinese instead of English. As with my other personal projects, I’m more comfortable to write in Chinese, as I felt that I can express myself better through this language. For those who are interested to check it out, please feel free to click on the link here to download and read on your own leisure. Hope you enjoy this book of mine. Do drop me a comment if there’s any.

Thank you and have a nice day!

Books x Photography

Just completed a small project recently. Nothing major, just spending some time playing with my camera while I am free and home alone. Did some table top pictures for some of the books that I am reading lately (or going to read soon, hopefully), and adding a little twist to the shoot by introducing some extra elements that juxtapose or compliment the books’ title.

It was a fun little project, and I’ll probably keep adding more pictures to it as my book collections keep growing day after day. All pictures were taken with the Fujifilm X100F with the TCL-X100 conversion lens. First time toying with this and still exploring it’s possibilities. Till then, hope you enjoy the pictures and the books, let me know if you have any questions and I will be glad to help.

The Other Side of Hong Kong – Ma Wan

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Ma Wan is another hidden gem in Hong Kong. This offshore island is located close to Tsing Yi (青衣). Ma Wan is a small island that you can explore on foot. It’s suitable for a short day trip when you are in Hong Kong.

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You can reach Ma Wan by either taking a ferry from Central Piers, or you can ride Hong Kong MTR and alight at Tsing Yi (青衣) station, then board the bus 330 at Tsing King Road exit bus stop. This bus serves between Park Island (a private residential housing area within Ma Wan) and Tsing Yi MTR Station.

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What to do in Ma Wan? You can pay a visit to “Noah’s Ark” to enjoy some of the activities and attractions such as visiting the exhibition hall and it’s nature garden. You can take a stroll to the old fishing village of Ma Wan, which was abandoned as people moved away to the new housing estate. You can spend some time on the sandy beach and enjoy the sunrise and sunset. You can also get up close to the Tsing Ma Bridge here in Ma Wan. It’s a good place for a casual getaway, so do drop by the next time you are visiting Hong Kong.

The Other Side of Hong Kong – Shek Lung Kung Mountain

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The second “off the track” location I visited was “Shek Lung Kung Mountain” (石龙拱山) located some where in “Tsuen Wan” (荃湾). Yes, you probably have not even heard of this place before when you are in Hong Kong. It’s one of the Hong Kong MTR train station and it’s fairly easy to access from everywhere, but it’s right at the far end away from the city.

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Once you arrived at the train station, exit the station and head to the bus stop below the train station (not the bus terminus opposite), look for bus 39M or 39A, board it, and then alight in front of a hospital. From there, you will then take the staircase located opposite of the hospital, and slowly climb yourself up the slope. You will see signboard stating “元荃古道” (which simply means old path that connects Tsuen Wan 荃湾 and Yuen Long 元朗), just follow it and hike your way up to the top.

Along the way, there are a few small resting area for you to catch your breath, otherwise it is a fairly steep but well maintained stairway that allows you to hike at your own pace. When you are nearing to the top, the path is not fenced up at the side, so please be extra careful when you walk through this area.

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Once you reached to the top, there’s a small resting area with a signboard stating “Shek Lung Kung Mountain”, and from there you can catch the magnificent view of the three bridges that connect cities within Hong Kong, namely Tsing Ma Bridge (青马大桥), Kap Shui Mun Bridge (汲水门大桥) and the Ting Kau Bridge (汀九桥). Weather plays an important role here, sadly it was rather hazy when I managed to climb to the top that day. Nevertheless, it was a torturing yet enjoyable hike.

From here, you can choose to continue your path which will leads you descending to another town call Sham Tseng (深井), but I decided to head back from where I came from as I was running out of supplies and water. Perhaps I will be back here some other days to complete the whole path.