Monday, June 12, 2017

Odd One Out Gallery

I stumbled on this gallery by chance a few weeks ago, it's in a great little area with a mix of interesting shops in the laneways around. It was closed and I was sad because I could tell by the writing on the shop window that this was a place for me.

So I returned a week or so later on a Wednesday and was met by the lovely owner and stacks of interesting prints and letterpress cards. Such a great way to spend an hour on a hot afternoon and the gallery also has a cafe attached.  I met an artist, found a kindred spirit, flirted with a baby, bought a print and left with a happy heart. 

If you are in Hong Kong over the next few weeks try and catch Yiyu Lam's exhibition. It's a clever little show where he connects ideas and symbols around Catholicism with a myth around minotours. See for yourself:

14 St. Francis Street Wanchai, Hong Kong
Open Tuesday - Sunday 12 - 7.30pm

Sunday, June 11, 2017

I Heart Hong Kong

Hong Kong, the city I once kinda hated on...

I now love the pastel colour buildings filled with people and life. Tiny apartments looking over the city centre and the noise of urban living drifting through the night. Music competing with the hum of the air-conditioning and faint traffic noises and voices below. 

Ice-cream that melts before you can eat it, while being passed by tourists and office workers alike.

Negronis in a small bar, with terrible (but good) playlists to accompany terrible (but good) jokes. And late taxi rides that circle around futuristic expressways that feel like they are driving into the dead of the night.
And then in the daytime the laneways that lead to small neighbourhoods, filled with with street art and old ladies and bars and coffee shops and all that's good. Art galleries where you can make friends with strangers and feel right at home. Then dinner at a bar where you feel like a local, and kinda wished you were.

Then the train ride home dreaming of blue sky, sea breezes and early morning sun light. And the view of pastel high-rises with the harbour beyond.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Pop Bar

For me in Guangzhou, instagram is the source of all things excellent. And thank you to those patient GZ hipsters who answer my never-ending questions, pleading for addresses and specific directions: no... where exactly is it?

Pop Bar was one such find. A neon space of all things cool. Different crowd. Different vibe. No menu. Complementary shot provided in a tube?!?! Much fun.

Pop bar: Shop 408A, 4/F, Lijing Duhui, 28 Jinsui Lu, Zhujiang New Town, Tianhe District 地址 天河区珠江新城金穗路28号丽晶都汇4楼408A

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Rollerskating jam called Saturday

There are pockets of lovely in this town, and just to the east of Tianhe sports centre you'll find a maze of laneways filled with tiled buildings, apartments, mango trees and daily life. It's the one place I've noticed where the sound of traffic competes with the buzzing noise of cicadas.

This hood is home to cafes like Hay and APF coffee, bagel and icrecream shops and funny little pink neon spaces.  A great place to watch everyday life as teenagers do homework, guys working on spreadsheets, friends catch up for coffee. 

On the street there are parents riding mobikes, balancing small children in the baskets, and people walking slowly through the hot hot heat. Posing for photos the girls still look amazing - how is that possible when the temperature feels like 43 degrees? And when I bump into one of the handful of people I know in this place, I think how funny it is when you make a home even in a huge city, you can still find your places, and small circles of life.