figured out that we went on a little FAMILE vacation a few weeks ago.
And if your ignorant or just plain poor at identifying place, let's just say
we went to Hong Kong.
Yes, it's a mansion but not the pricey kind.
It's a mansion in the sense that the buildings within are a collection of
inns and guesthouses.
We prebooked (via agoda) a room at Tom's Guesthouse.
The room itself looked pretty sweet.
You're not there to admire the panoramic views from your window,
a large portion of your trip takes place outdoors. Where all
the people are.
free-wifi. Not public wi-fis but room exclusive wi-fis. Making updates on
social media a breeze.
And despite the bad reputation the place had been receiving over the years, at no point in our stay did I ever feel unsafe.
Convenience is definitely top priority, for the first floor alone is packed with various stores,
at this place but everywhere else within the said country.
And since it's December, yuletide-y stuffs are being displayed everywhere.
Case in point....
At Harbour City:
Point Cut HK)
At Hong Kong International Airport:
but you get the general idea.
And no trips to an asian country would be complete without spotting out some
funny store/street names,
DO have a gun at Noonday Gun. Well, more like an artillery cannon but at least they weren't lying about the gun part.)
So, when are we having LAM?
Tsyeah right, more like Wu-Tang Land!typos/Engrish/Chinglish,
Vandalism laws do apply and HK Authorities were definitely
everywhere but are more concerned with enforcing road and public safety. And as always,
slap with caution. A large number of our slaps could be found around the Harbour area. Where local names like Xeme and The Black Eye Patch rule the land.
We've also spotted a couple of Shepard Fairey slaps at Causeway Bay.
And according to ARTSY, we were at the right place and at the right time!
Getting from point A to point B
I'm amazed as to how many robots there are in Hong Kong. I guess they are quite prepared for the impending Robot Singularity.
But still, the bestest way to go around town is thru good ol' fashioned WALKING!
Food could also be both a tasty treat
Tall buildings were everywhere!
But worth pointing out were some of the more odd looking ones!
Like this block for example.
Or this one that looks like a Rubik's Snake.
That one's definitely a famous Hong Kong landmark, it's the Bank Of China Tower to be exact. The fourth tallest skyscraper in Hong Kong.
Which is also celebrating it's 100th year anniversary.
This futuristic looking building,
The view from within the Catbus:
Metro Comics & Clark's Comics
And, what's this???
Are you trying to tell me something.
Oh Mona, you cheeky little bastard, you!
And just a corner away from the centre, you would find: The Commercial Press.
It still is considerably cheaper than the ones being sold at Asahiya Bookstore (Sogo).
Well, these are relatively inexpensive.
Equally expensive Jordan sneakers.
You could actually purchase some of it's content provided that the owner of the said
case is still within the area. We arrived a little late hence we weren't able to buy anything.
Golden Computer Arcade
Golden Computer Arcade used to be our go to store for all our SNES (Super UFO days)and GAMEBOY (Pirated Multicart days) needs.
FC Pocket 88s were being sold everywhere and so are these 2 player arcade sticks
loaded with retro or Capcom figting games.
Is where you'd go to for all your legit CD needs.
The store also sells speakers,earphones, phonographs, vinyl records, band shirts and a few TPB comics from both Marvel and DC Comics.
They also do have an Ultraman and Gatchaman display cabinet.
Which incidentally is the only place you could photograph since everywhere else is off limits.
Hence, good job, BigBoysToys HK!
The three Hollywood films that were being promoted at the time of our visit:
The two songs that I kept on hearing at McDonalds and every other trendy place I went to:
The two event/exhibition that we discovered by accident but was more than glad to have been a part of.
Indulging In Imagination: Exhibition Of Old Master Q's Comic Works
Which is 4 huge ass floors worth of exhibition spaces, cafes and a public libraries. Which was one of the coolest area in the entire building but I'll get to that in a little while.
And boy, was it more than what we've expected!
Most of his strips are comedic and could be understood thru his strong visual style alone.
All four floors features an interactive Old Master Q installation art of some sort.
But the 2nd floor would by far be the most jam-packed section of the entire exhibition area.
Character descriptions and history are then showcased side by side with the said character's first or best appearances.
We've entered the area through the backdoor,
hence all of our photographs are in the reverse order. Old Master Q should've been first, then Big Potato and so on and so forth....
Quite noticeably, they've decided to exhibit the original pages as opposed to reprinting them.
These pieces were pretty exciting to see up close for Alphonso's precise inking and lettering skills closely mimics the one we do get to see on print.
There were also a few standees
and unfinished pieces up for display.
And now for the BEST part of this trip, remember that mini-library we were telling you a while ago? Well, here it is:
True to it's name, it really is a HOME BASE for comic books.
And not just eastern comic books, they really do house a collection of books from around the world.
And best of all, the place is open 24/7. I don't even know how the place earns money now that it's fully air-conditioned and doesn't charge a cent for admission. Some of the books were donated by library patrons. The place missed out on a grand opportunity to make itself self-sustainable by including a small store that actually SELLS comic book. Comix Home Base was built on a restored building. Most of it's interior still reflects it old city vibe.
On a related note, we seriously noticed a decline on both sales and general interest of the Hong Kong public towards comics. I guess our sentiments were best shared by a fellow Hong Kong comic artist named : Chichoi Lee.
Most of the big manga libraries had closed down.
Tankobons by the bundles were nowhere to be found.
The streets no longer carry the usual "muscular dudes with big swords" (totally not a gay euphemism for something else!) titles that the Hong Kong comics were popularly known for.
These photos were taken from 9-10 years ago. Comics might have fizzled out but big tits and pornography are still everywhere.
There was this one old lady in Temple Street and another old man in Kweilin Street. (No personal photo available, out of respect to these individuals, I guess?)
But this photo closely resembles the said person:
And a slightly hidden one on King's Road:
I guess, there are four other places I kinda missed out on while I was there:
1. Hong Kong Avenue Of Comic Stars
2. Old Master Q Restaurant
3. Ani-Com Park@Harbour "FUN"
(Photo courtesy of http://www.ubearymuch.com/ani-com-parkharbour-fun-the-new-attraction-in-hongkong-wan-chai/)
4. Sino Centre
And despite looking like a boring old building that sells watches. In it holds countless treasure troves just waiting to be unlocked.
And last but not the least,The 51st Hong Kong Brands & Products Expo:
Yet another accidental discovery while trying to find more bookstores in Hong Kong.
An annual event, taking place in Causeway Bay's Victoria Park.
Entrance ticket cost around $10.
And it was well worth it! With all the free taste
and free drinks and all..
It is what it is,
a food and beverage expo.
Ranging from candies, local delicacies, beef jerky, dried/canned goods,
winter clothes and even UNDERWEARS!
Nothing out of the ordinary I guess,
but my god were the booths and signages elaborate as hell!
OK as well!
And with that in mind, thus concludes our rather lengthy (and image heavy) retelling of our humble little trip to Hong Kong. And no, we did not prance around like a god damn tourist for this wasn't exactly our first time in the said country so yeah...
Join us again on our next entry as we share to you the few things we got (while on a tight budget) for ourselves and quite probably for friends and relatives.
Ta-ta, fine folks of the interwebzzzz!!