A Word A Week Challenge: Orange

Colors and lights are always tricky little things.  On Saturday`s events, I had exhibit the first tulip to bloom.

In case you missed it, here it is:

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It looks pink, right?

Its actually more of a coral orange.

When I went up close on Sunday, it looked like this…

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I love the tint of the interior of that flower…So beautiful 🙂

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The symmetry and the contrast of yellow, orange and black really make this tulip so awesome!

This is my response to Sue @ A Word in Your Ear’s A Word a Week Challenge: Orange! If you want to check out more entries or join in, please see them HERE!

Seeing all these flowers blooming now and making the garden all colorful makes me crazy happy! How about you? What flowers are blooming where you are? What are your favorite spring flowers?

A Word A Week Photo Challenge: Old

This week, Sue at A Word in Your Ear‘s dictionary landed on OLD.

Its actually perfect because I’ve been wanting to show some pictures from Burlington, but didn’t really know how to do it appropriately or how to tag it.  This definitely works out fine!

A display window full of old and used cameras…

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Then we go to the next display window with an actual old camera

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I think these displays are actually really catchy.  It makes any camera lover turn their head to look at it and then seek out where this store is.  And I`m guessing it needs something like this seeing as this camera repair store is located on the second floor of the building!

In a world, where replacing our “old” gadgets for newer technology seems to be the constant trend, this really makes use nostalgic for the actual old things in this world that remind us of the past.

Oops…I’m getting a bit sentimental with this ;)! Pack rat alert!

A Word A Week Photo Challenge: Music

I was going to post this tomorrow morning but seeing as Sue at A Word in Your Ear already posted up the next challenge, I’d better hurry up and put this up! This week’s word is MUSIC!

Music is my life.  I did write a whole post with August Rush theme based on its quote that I love: “But I believe in music the way that some people believe in fairy tales”.  You can check it out HERE if you haven’t read that post 🙂

Street musicians always get me! At night in Hong Kong’s Mongkok area, we have closed off streets with performers with their bands.  I always want to join in with the crowd and listen to them because some of them are truly talented.

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A little music at events always cheers the crowd up and gets the party started 🙂

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And live DJ performances at the beach to initiate the start of a new season! That picture below is from last year at the opening day of the beach. Hopefully beach days will be soon-ish!

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Lets tone it down a little and enter into a calmer area and we have church organ music.  The organ pipes stretch high up…

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Now getting a little more personal, daily music to my ears is LAUGHTER! Don’t you just love hearing others happy and laughing whether its with you, at you or at something else like a movie, someone else, etc? Its music that rings out happiness in some form.

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Sorry for the late entry, but head on over to Sue’s awesome blog and check out this challenge and the responses.  Its been a very musical week!

Just saying, next week will be one colourful one with TWO challenges with the same theme 😉 I’ll be out and about with my camera and no more using old ones! PROMISE! 🙂

A Word A Week Photo Challenge: Parade

This week Sue@A Word in Your Ear chose the word Parade in her dictionary.  Thinking back, I haven’t seen a parade in years and years.  The last one I remember was back in 2009 and that I still have on my computer.  There was another one that I remember in 2011 or so, but my computer died shortly after and I hadn’t backed up those pictures so they are all gone.  As much I always talk extensively about this, I have no choice.  I missed the St. Patrick’s Parade and I’m pretty sure we don’t have an Easter one 😉 So on with digging for parades!

Here I present to you the Disney parades at Christmas season in 2009 at Hong Kong Disneyland.

Walking past the Lion King props parading down the path..

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I don’t know these people with the animal puppet..they just happened to be in the picture…

Aside from that, we had the actual Christmas parade with a lot of our faves…

Toy Story cast

Toy Story cast

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Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Goofy

Daisy Duck and Pluto (in the back)

Daisy Duck and Pluto (in the back)

After the parade, to follow the joyous theme, we head into the Its A Small World ride and guess what?!?!?

A Small World band parade

A Small World band parade

At night, we had a parade of sorts with elves to welcome in the lighting of the tree.  I had seen the elves running across Disney Main Street earlier in the day and caught one of them to take a picture with so just a little personal touch 🙂

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Please excuse the abundance of Christmas. I spent 11 hours with Christmas gifts selling stuff at the gift show, so I’m fed up with it too…but Disney characters are always so happy to look at and its the last parade I have photos for 🙂

On this happy parade mode, its the long weekend coming up. I have a 3 day weekend and its going to be super fun! 🙂

A Word A Week Challenge: Action

Action is a big word! Last night was intense. If you saw my twitter feed, I said a bit about it.  There was so much action around here.

Like my cat playing with the strap of my bag…

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BUT NO! That’s not the action I’m talking about… it was just to loosen the mood first!

Around 9pm, as I was in the basement playing some DDR to exercise away, lights started flashing outside my window. So my boyfriend and I went to check, and then sirens came. In the next 5 minutes, my street filled through a good section of the road with police cars and their flashing red and blue lights and the fire trucks were coming in from both sides.

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As we peeked from the upstairs windows, we saw them disappear further down the street where my big pine tree obstructs the view.

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 Eventually, I saw a neighbor get out of their house, so I grabbed my coat and put on my running shoes and went outside.  The house at the curve of the street was in flames.  We stood outside as a few neighbors gathered around and we talked about whether the house was empty, which apparently it was.  This house was next to one of my long time friend’s house so his brother was the first to realize it or something.  Somehow there were more and more trucks that arrived in the next 30 minutes or so.

We eventually went back inside even though the house seemed to still have flames on the roof that weren’t going out, probably because the wind was preventing the water from hitting it directly.  They closed off the parameters with tape right up to my house (excluding it).  This lasted for about another 3 hours with all the investigation and checking the house, etc.  and around almost 1am, all the cars and trucks finally  pulled out and left.

This was hard to look at even if I didn’t know the owners of the house.  Just the thought of how a structure could just be burnt to its frame in a matter of 20-30 minutes or whatnot.  Its pretty devastating to watch.  Excuse for the poor dark pictures, I would’ve captured the house on fire but the police was watching everyone closely and it felt wrong to do it.  This morning, they still had a police car stationed outside as surveillance for the burnt house, so I couldn’t do it either.  This was my action of the week and it took away all my energy by the end of the night.

This is my response to Sue @ A Word in Your Ear’s  A Word A Week Challenge.  Check it out!

A Word A Week Photo Challenge: Hat

I’m not a big person for hats.  The closest one is my awesome cap that I bought at Disney with Stitch written on it and I wore that in a few of my pictures already when I went to Egypt in 2010 and Hong Kong in 2009.  Then this winter, I bought myself a winter hat and it was my gravatar for the longest time and it had little Hello Kitty silhouettes all over it.  Adorable-ness! I’m more into hoods as you can see…from my current gravatar.

But..Sue at A Word in Your Ear did give us this awesome word this week, Hat.  This is my response, so go check out her challenge.

I went and dug through my pictures and found these ones 🙂

Friends with awesome hat and shades relaxing near the water

Friends with awesome hat and shades relaxing near the water

Birthday party hat! Remember those?

Birthday party hat! Remember those?

Weird party getting on the ferry in Hong Kong with their funky hats!

Weird party getting on the ferry in Hong Kong with their funky hats!

No hats on me but notice the lower left corner :) Those wouldn't have fit my head..so I stuck to a cute headband!

No hats on me but notice the lower left corner 🙂 Those wouldn’t have fit my head..so I stuck to a cute headband!

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Taiwan 2007

2007 seems so far away! Taiwan is so beautiful and I made some awesome friends.  (Jellifishie, do you remember?) I think Jellifishie even took this pic!

How about to end with some colorful hats from Its a Small World in Hong Kong Disneyland display.  Because it is a small small world or else I would never have met all you awesome bloggers and with some, I talk to via comments everyday…thats more than I do with my own friends!

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Its a Small World

Happy Wednesday!

A Word A Week Photo Challenge: Zoom

Zooming with my cameras to capture details…sometimes, its really all in the details, sometimes, it just brings out the beauty or the ruggedness or maybe even the necessity of knowing the little things…

Here are some shots where I zoomed to see better for whatever reason!

Looking at these pictures mostly from last year brings back some pretty awesome times.  Fun concerts, eye opening trips, beautiful weddings, awesome encounters with nature and outdoors…even if there are some bad, but it always works out in the end.

Sometimes, these pictures may have lots of zooming done in them, but pictures themselves remind me to zoom into those fine moments time and time again!

This is a response to the A Word a Week Challenge over at Sue’s A Word in Your Ear challenge.  Please drop by her beautiful site right HERE!  She just came back from Tasmania and is sharing her trip and discoveries with us.  She’s at Part 11 right now so go on over and check it out!

A Word A Week Photo Challenge: Industrial

This week’s Sue has chosen the word INDUSTRIAL! I spent a whole week taking forever to get this post up…hoping that I would get a chance to walk around Montreal and snap some pictures.  However, work still seems to have rules my life.  At least, I have a long weekend, so what can I complain about?

Instead of Montreal, I bring in more Hong Kong pictures.  I took a lot of pictures so its turning out to be quite useful.  Hong Kong is quite an industrial place filled with industries because of its geographic location and it differs from where you are on the main island, or outlying islands.  The public transportation is very varied.  With the handover, the phenomenon I hate the most and probably could ramble on forever would be the land filling operations. In order to expand the economy, they only way for them to have more space is to fill in the ocean with land.  I extremely hate this.  Hong Kong is essentially a harbor, and what is the meaning of some day just closing up the water.  It wouldn’t be a harbor anymore, right? Anyways, enough of this rambling, it’ll just get me all worked up.

Here are the industrial Hong Kong pictures!

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Ocean side industry and plant

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Not the MTR but another form of train KMR…New Territories public transit

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Boats, cranes, water…My guess is they are filling the ocean…

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Preparing for business

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Fishing Boats (I think)

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Plant on outlying Lamma Island

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Double Decker Bus

Here we go! My interpretation of INDUSTRIAL.  Everything industrial has its good and its bad.  We just always have to hope that industrialization will bring more pros than cons to the society and all other elements involved.

Drop by Sue’s blog A Word in Your Ear to check out this challenge and other responses, or even join in this fun challenge right HERE!

A Word A Week Photo Challenge: Garden

I love gardens. I have this huge adoration of taking pictures of flowers.  In most of my travels and even just around Montreal, I love to go to gardens.

Here we are with a bundle of gardens that I’ve been to.  Anything that has flowers or vegetation of some sort in an enclosed space large or small is a garden to me. From to the lavender fields in the Quebec’s Eastern Townships…

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Blue Lavender

or overseas in Nan Lian Gardens…

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Nan Lian Garden

and Hong Kong Park.

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Hong Kong Park

Heading back into the West Coast with the gorgeous Butchart Gardens

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Butchart Gardens

Butchart Gardens

Butchart Gardens

And then, back home to Montreal based Botanical Gardens taken during the Lantern Festival with the Japanese Pavillion Evening Route

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Botanical Gardens

Zen Garden

Zen Garden

and finally ending with an  pumpkin carved garden for Pumpkin Inferno at Upper Canada Village.

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Pumpkin Inferno Garden

I’ve posted about the Lantern Festival and Pumpkin Inferno last year so I linked it in case you’d like to check out those posts.

I just couldn’t decide which photos to focus on but all of these created some pretty beautiful “garden” moments for me and some pretty sweet memories.  Thank you to Sue for landing on this word in her dictionary for this week! Flipping through my pictures to select them for this challenge was so much fun and I’m just saying, she’s absolutely awesome! If you are interested in joining her challenge or checking out her entries and/or other entries, you can click HERE!

Which gardens that you’ve been to do you like the most? Where was it? I’d love to hear about it!

A Word A Week Photo Challenge:Island

This week’s word from Sue at A Word In Your Ear’s dictionary is ISLAND.  It got me thinking about how many islands I have been on other than the one I live or should I say work on.  Montreal is an island which is why we are surrounded by close to crumbling bridges.  A problem that stresses me out since I live on the island.  But we are not talking about that, my point being, I have been quite a few islands.  They are all around the same areas in the world but still, here we go on a little Island adventure.  But before that, I’d like to urge you to go check out Sue’s beautiful challenge HERE.  If you’d like to take part in this challenge or see other wonderful entries, just click the link.

First up:

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Vancouver Island at Mile 0

Very beautiful view looking out onto from Mile 0! Canada is a beautiful country, full of hidden treasures.

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Vancouver :Granville Island

Technically, its not an island from what I heard.  Its just part of the name, but it is surrounded by water

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Taiwan

A beautiful location but I’m not exactly sure where this is..perhaps Fisherman’s Wharf?

Its been a long time and Taiwan is an island so its beautiful looking out any location

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On the surrounding waters of Hong Kong

I am not ON that boat but I am on another boat.

In 2009 when I went back, I went out to try to seeing the endangered pink dolphins and this was on the way.

Giant Buddha at Lantau Island

Giant Buddha at Lantau Island

Hong Kong is surrounded by outlying islands and this is a famous landmark on Lantau Island

Lamma Island

Lamma Island

I did an extensive post back in November on my Hong Kong trip and 3 parts dedicated to this wonderful Lamma Island

You can find here: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3

Macau

Macau

Looking out on the waters of Macau at night was just beautiful.

My old camera didn’t do a great job at capturing its actual beauty but still, its amazing.

Montreal

Montreal

For the final stop, I take you back home to the island of Montreal, intertwined with the waterways of St. Lawrence River.

These waters are from exactly there looking out of Old Montreal.