What I saw today then

Boy from a small country comes to the big city, well Hong Kong, it is a big city after Wellington. I suppose it’s a big city after just about anywhere, except maybe Tokyo, New York, Jakarta, well you get the idea.

Today I had to go to the place where some of our stuff is stored out by one of the container terminals. This was rather an experience. This was a huge building. Until I got inside I didn’t realize how big. Got out of the lift on the 8th floor of a 20 floor building and thought, “hmm, really high ceilings in here” walked around the corner and out a door into, well, hard to describe, imagine a parking building crossed with a loading bay, crossed with a warehouse. Except the parking building is for articulated trucks shifting 60 foot shipping containers. And there are about 20 floors of this. And it’s busy, and by busy I mean really, really busy. So busy it needs traffic lights and traffic control people.

End result, I now have a much better understanding of the Hong Kong economy, the amount of stuff that must go in and out of here is mind boggling. The manager of the shipping and storage people said that today was very quiet. Lots of people leaving early for the long weekend, (May Day on Monday). I would love to see it on a busy day!


Its hot

Just thought you might all like to know that. Temps in the high 20's to high 30's with high humidity...... yuck.

Makes doing anything fun. You learn to walk slow and drink a lot of water.

Just so you know.

Also, my new mantra, well for this week anyway:

The enemy of creativity is fear. In the long run, the enemy of fear is creativity.


OK, OK ,enough already

For those of you who have emailed me and said, when is the next post, well here it is.

We have been busy settling in and working (for money) and working (creatively). We have moved in to our apartment. The process of getting the contents of our house into a small apartment has been…. fun, challenging, downright frustrating.

Still, enjoying Hong Kong and all that it has to offer, and I promise this blog will not become one of those, “you can’t guess what I saw today blogs”. If you want links, I can supply them. There are enough expats here who run them. It is an interesting place, big, fast, and an interesting combination of east meets west. A cliché, but true.

Have been meeting people and getting to know some of the local artists. There is a small but active group of contemporary artists here, most associated with John Batten www.johnbattengallery.com and Para/Site www.para-site.org.hk/ John has, after running a gallery for a number of years, just closed his space and will be working as a guerilla curator having shows in interesting spaces.

Para/Site is great and is run by Tobias Berger who used to run Art Space in Auckland. They currently have a show running of New Zealand art. Come on over to have a look!

Anyway, enough for now, will start to make this regular, I promise.