17.11.16

PMQ 元創方

February 2018

Another fabulous ceramic plate form Yokky.  It is a gift to her relatives seen in Facebook.




September 2017

The first article says I went to PMQ on my birthday.  You may be curious if I bought any birthday present for myself. Yes, I did.  Here it is, a beautiful green plate with ripples quietly flow into my heart with tranquillity.




I visited PMQ another time to visit my school friend who ran a pottery shop Flow+ Living 好器色with two partners.  Then I bought another plate of a collection called Knot Situation.  Yokky used her mother's hand knit top to lay over the clay.  It became a unique design which connects to her memory of her mum.  Want to have a look?  It's the one underneath my homemade muffin.  I always like to serve my food with beautiful plates to enhance the joy of eating.  As a coincidence it matches the mind of Yokky's creation.  The word 器 means utensils. The four months 口denote 4 people eating together to enjoy a nice meal.




Shortly after my birthday this year, 2017, I visited PMQ with an intention to buy another plate from Flow+ Living.  Not only one but I also bought a pale green bowl with rice stencilled at the bottom. They add calmness to my heart.  I wish I will extend the purchase of homemade pottery from Yokky on all coming birthdays.




July 2015

It was my birthday.  I spent it with my second family in Nürnberg the previous two years.  This year I was in Hong Kong and would like to do something special.  PMQ was the idea to spend a nice afternoon, to be close to creativity and energy.  It looks like a residence from the photo.  Yes, historically it was a school, then married police quarter and lately a place for creative stores.


PMQ brands itself as 'a stage for creative happenings'.   It is home to 100+ create-preneurs.  Major categories are men, women, kids, homewares and interior, gifts and premiums, design services and resturants and cafes. Examples of minor ones are workshop, product design, art, etc.  I prefer the minority.  It holds exhibitions with different theme on an ongoing basis.  It's sort of a magnet to younger people.

A school friend of mine runs a ceramic shop there: Flow + Living. It sells artistic handmade ceramic dining wares.  I fell in love with her art out of the first sight.  Yes, I bought one on my birthday.


I like the place as it is very open. You can observe the surroundings through the terraces, windows at the staircase. And there are places for the green, to relax and take a deep breath.


Of all shops, here are some which delighted me:  home decoration, gifts and a bakery with guests playing mandolin. Lovely!

 
 
 


By chance I watched a TV show highlighting some stores there.  Click here to have a view in Cantonese.

Address:
35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong


12.11.16

Shing Mun Reservoir 城門水塘


If you ask me what is the most memorable part of visiting Shing Mun Reservoir, I will definitely say monkeys.  They are kings, pirates and robbers.  And they are everywhere. Be careful, don't take any food with you.  We saw a crew taking wedding photos with their car.  A group of monkeys was making nuisance, sitting at the top of the car, staring the human beings and was close to war.


We descended to an area with tall trees and like a peninsula surrounded by water.  Soon we were there we heard big screams. No need to tell but you can imagine what happened possibly. A few monkeys came to our area and blocked the way back to the main street. We enjoyed the silence and beauty there but had to wait a long time till they were calm down and left the area.   It was about half an hour. Their patience was greater than ours.





The second most impressive is the area we were stuck, photos shown above.  It was tranquil, relaxing and beautiful.  And we have monkeys as companion. See the crawling tree roots occupying a lot of the area.   Amazing!

There are other animals other than monkeys. Birds. They are not often seen but we heard them always. There we saw two golden ones resting on a big tree.





Near the water was a turtle.  Looked curiously and moved slowly.  Along the way, there were often people taking big cameras to shoot butterflies.



As I talk about fauna I should also mention flora around the reservoir. The surrounding of Shing Mun Reservoir is very green. Big trees everything and sometimes with blossoms.The most striking is the giant tree roots surviving stiffly. Plant with white leaves and strange form dotted the area.




Walking around is often under tree shade.  A pleasant walk, although it can be demanding sometimes.


Though not walked under the sun, we were often sweating by going up and down.   But it is rewarding with the beautiful green and superb views on the reservoir.  

 


If you see the Pineapple Dam, it means you are close to the end of the walk.  You can have a view of the Lion Rock.
 

Our walk took 3 hours including rest and waiting for monkey to go away.  The net was around 2.5 hours.  If you like to have a nice walk too, go to Tsuen Wan MTR and take minibus 82 at Shiu Wo Street. Wish you a nice trip!


At the end of the walk, the new friend of my hiking partner was waiting near the minibus station, looking at him sadly and saying farewell.