Thursday Doors: Star Ferry

A bit of old Hong Kong includes a trip on the Star Ferry.  This famous ferry has carried passengers back and forth across Victoria Harbor from Hong Kong Island to the Kowloon side since 1888. Per a recent news article in the South China Morning Post, before the Star Ferry was established, individuals crossed the…

Thursday Doors: Statue Square

The other day, my husband and I enjoyed a walk around Statue Square.  Stepping off the bus and onto the square, the joyful chatter and laughter swirled around us from visitors and domestic helpers relaxing on their day off. The square was created at the end of the nineteenth century on reclaimed land.  It is…

Thursday Doors: Macau

Macau was a Portuguese territory from 1887 – 1999 when it was handed over to China.  My family and I lived in Macau in the late nineties.  In the fall of 1999, we watched the celebratory parade and military vehicles roll in.  The Chinese people of Macau stood along the streets, waving a People’s Republic…

Thursday Doors: Squeeze

I’ve kept this door in reserve.  It was taken a year ago by my lovely daughter, Sarah.  Each week, she and I walked the same path to arrive at a community center in the middle of the Fortune Town neighborhood (Bacolod, Philippines) where we taught various classes. This little guy heard us coming when the children…

Thursday Doors: Happy Door

The photo was taken by my son, Nathan! This red door lives in Kowloon Tong. The neighborhood it resides in was and is home to some of Hong Kong’s most famous celebrities. Well-known martial artist and movie star, Bruce Lee, lived there. Currently, Chow Yun Fat and Jackie Chan live in this area. The color…

Big Smiles

via Photo Challenge: Smile Big smiles make the world a brighter place! I love this week’s Daily Post photo challenge, “Smile,” because big smiles make me happy.  They are contagious and bring me joy.  So, I hope to pass a little of that joy along to you!

Thursday Doors: Family Home

Inspired by Thursday Doors, hosted by Norm Frampton. For more interesting doors from all around the globe, check it out. ~~ Taking a recent trip from Hong Kong back to visit family in the US, I can’t seem to shake the feelings of nostalgia that have been awakened. Arriving in Ohio, I was pulled back…

Thursday Doors: Kung Hei Fat Choi!

Inspired by Thursday Doors, hosted by Norm Frampton. For more interesting doors from all around the globe, check it out. ~~ Kung Hei Fat Choi (Happy New Year) to you!  This post is about Chinese New Year, or as it’s also known as Spring Festival.  Romping around Hong Kong lately, I’ve enjoyed the festive air and…

Fragrant Harbor

Tour Guide In response to The Daily Post weekly photo challenge “Tour Guide,” I wanted to take you on a tour of my neighborhood.  When people ask me, “Where are you from?”  I pause.  Then, I pause some more, shift my eyes up and to the right.  “Hmm, that’s complicated.” I grew up in the…

Blood-red Moon

“Friday Fictioneers” is a weekly challenge by Rochelle Wisoff Fields.  The challenge is to write a story using only 100 words in response to a photo prompt.  It has been a lot of fun to join in with this fantastic and encouraging group of writers!  Other stories can be found here. ~~ Arriving home after being away, my…

Thursday Doors: Inside my Building

This post is Inspired by Thursday Doors, hosted by Norm Frampton. For more interesting doors from all around the globe, check it out. ~~ The building I live in has twenty-four floors with six flats per floor.  As I thought out-loud what my next Thursday door post should be, my husband suggested, “There are a…

Night Buses

I enjoy. When the sun sets, ordinary colors blur into something special.  The nighttime buses in motion just outside my window pass by in bright dreamy lights. I wonder. Where are the blurry bus riders going?  Where are they arriving from?  Are they returning from a hard day at the office or dashing off to…