Weekly Photo Challenge: Urban

Living in the suburbs of Montreal, I can feel the difference in urban and suburban lifestyle.  Not only do I mean the livelihood of the city.  Montreal in itself is a party central with lots of clubs, shopping malls, business buildings and all sorts of transportation.  Its a bustling city with lots to do and plenty to see.  In the summer especially, its filled with festivals for everything like Jazz, Just for Laughs, F1, Nascar, etc.

In urban cities, we are surrounded by what determines the city through the buildings and architecture, the cultural aspects, the arts and so on.  Here are a few things I had the opportunity of taking around where I work in Montreal.


View outside the conference room at work

Palais des congres

Street level view of the buildings

With a few views of Montreal, I started looking back at the urban lives of Macau and Hong Kong.  We can see the difference from each of the cities.

The alleys and little streets of Taipa

“Downtown” of Macau

Hong Kong Central–>Background of Shanghai Bank, HSBC Tower and lots of taxis

Weekly Photo Challenge: Through

We walk through doorways and look through windows and peer through spaces every single day of our lives.  For those of us who live on an island, we may drive through tunnels to go to and from work or to see family and friends.  Sometimes when we walk through new passages, we don’t know what waits for us at the other side.  Sometimes, walking through certain passages, we see and experience different feelings and revive certain memories.

I love taking pictures of alleyways, tunnels and passageways when I travel.  I remember a few years ago when I went back to visit Hong Kong to mostly see family and one of my friends went with me, I explored Hong Kong from the view of a tourist.  That trip I visited a lot of places that was new to me.

Yau Ma Tei Police Station

Hong Kong Disneyland: Through the gates into a magical and enchanted place!

In the middle of Hong Kong, I went to Macau for one day to explore, therefore going through some more passages and seeing more interesting things that make Macau unique.

Across from Macau’s Colliseum Replica there was a path lined with a few stores,

walking through it felt a bit like walking through “ancient Rome” (at least my impression of it).

Through the alleyways of Macau’s Taipa area

Through Macau’s Venetian Casino in the shopping district:

An amazing feeling to be walking through the replica of Venice with an artificial sky above and narrow waterways with gondolas