Jake Wyman, Photographer

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

It's all relative, but the weather is brutal here. Especially for an "arctic wolf", as my friend Kelly calls me.
Due to the heat (88-90 degrees), humidity (90-95%), and a camera bag that weighs about 25 pounds, I shower and change clothes two to three times a day.
My typical breakfast consists of dim sum at the same nearby traditional restaurant which my small hotel had recommended. I sit at the same table with a retiree named Mr. Lee, and his wife, and another man whose name I cannot recall, along with three or four others. Mr. Lee speaks English well enough so that he can help me order those dishes which do not include pork or beef.

The waiters now know to deliver my favorite dim sum dishes: a vegetable dish, a prawn dish, and and fish balls. I love the taste of them all! (The manager of my hotel has told me that I MUST try the chicken feet, which is a traditional Cantonese dish. Maybe tomorrow.)

More of my images of Hong Kong will be posted in the next day or two.

The traditional Dim Sum restaurant that I visit for breakfast each morning.

Chicken's Feet

Dim Sum

More later!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Back in Hong Kong

After a four hour mechanical delay, and a sixteen-plus hour flight from Chicago on a tired and well-used 747-200, I arrived in Hong Kong on Thursday night. Paying a bit extra for an exit row made all the difference in the world, as far as legroom was concerned.
It's now 2:00 am on Saturday morning and the first image that I'm posting is an image which I made last night, from the back window of my hotel, 60 West Suites.
I couldn't be happier with my room and my great fortune in finding this hotel in the center of Hong Kong-a city which is notorious for affordable hotels with tiny rooms. When I arrived at 10:30 pm local time, the desk clerk couldn't find my room key and after about twenty minutes I was given the key to room 1504, which is a two bedroom apartment with a small kitchen area. I'm learning that patience is indeed a virtue and in this case I was rewarded with a great "room" with huge windows in front and back.
Typical for this time of year, the weather is hot, humid and very overcast, so after an breakfast of dim sum in a small restaurant nearby, the afternoon was spent walking and riding the trams around the island, trying to reacquaint myself with this incredible city. I think that Hong Kong stimulates more of the human senses than almost any other city that I've visited. The sounds, smells, tastes are incredible!
And of course, there are the things to see and capture....
Over the next eleven days, I will try to share my experiences in this vibrant and exciting city with pictures, as often as I can. Stay tuned.

Soccer being played under the lights, in the middle of Hong Kong.