Familiar faces

Okay, after a week's break I'm back on the blog train again! You'll have to forgive me, a certain special someone surprised me with a birthday visit so I got a bit distracted. But that's not the only good news- I also had the chance to visit with another familiar face from Toronto and another vocalist as well, Janaia Farrell.  It has been a surreal couple of weeks as we all explored Hong Kong and it's neighbouring island country (albeit a tiny one), Macau. I will be sending pics from Macau to my mailing list exclusively, to receive those pics please sign up using the form on the right-hand side of this page!

But before all of this, my week began with a visit to a tiny wine bar called the Flying Winemaker. Wine is not my poison of choice so my reason for being there was actually to support some live music being provided by a new friend, Australian vocalist and flautist Pete Kelly. His bassist, Sebastian, is from Germany- the majority of jazz musicians I have met here are expats from various countries around the world. Here is a shot of them in this tiny venue wedged at the crossroads of two streets on a fairly steep hill:

That evening I also happened to capture a rather strange juxtaposition, what appeared to be a Buddhist monk walking by in front of a glitzy-looking Hard Rock Cafe.

And speaking of drinking, Hong Kong's drunk driving laws are very strict- something to which those of you in Ontario Canada can relate. As I was walking home one night I spied this cautionary slogan- the message was there even though the wording was somewhat unusual to these Western eyes, it reads "Drug Driving May Be Your Journey to Death".

My visit in Hong Kong with Janaia included a couple of street market trips where she really showed her bargaining savvy- I, being a complete amateur, was content to obtain a few pieces of nice stage jewellery. But the best part of the day was experiencing the best dumplings at a restaurant in Causeway Bay that had been recommended to Janaia- they were outstanding, truly mini works of art.

And on that note, I will say goodnight and proceed to salivate as I dream of the perfect dumpling.

All the best til next we blog again,

J.

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