Jim Siano

May 182013

May 18, 2013

Was at my son’s football matches game for the morning. His team’s coach is notorious for having a bad temper. But he is not alone. They played against a local team whose coach was very hot tempered and continual screamed at his team. (BTW, they won).

A hot-headed coach

A hot-headed coach

May 172013

May 17, 2013

In the evening we went to a restaurant in Wan Chai to celebrate my third daughter’s birthday with her classmates. Haven’t been in Wan Chai at night for many years. The nightlife is still there which was a bit  surprising since there is so much talk about the ‘upgrading’ of Wan Chai. When was the last time that you were in Wan Chai at night?

Wan Chai

Wan Chai

May 162013

May 16, 2013

Popular among today’s youth is the increasing use of tattoos. Now I could go on about how they regret it when they get older, I won’t since it may date me. But Hong Kong seems to be a bit behind the global trend. While increasing it does not appear to have the popularity of other countries. But I saw this fellow without his shirt and he definitely is into tattoos. I wanted to photograph him from the front but did not. There is something about all those tattoos……

Displaying the tattoos

Displaying the tattoos

May 152013

May 15, 2013

The Happy Valley Racetrack has a long history that dates back to 1845. The first race was in December 1846 and was originally intended for British people in Hong Kong but became very popular with the Chinese population. In Australia they are fond of saying that their gambling paid for the Sydney Opera House. But I read somewhere that one day of racing in Hong Kong brings more revenue than one year in Australia. And Hong Kong’s population is less than half of Australia. Gambling is certainly popular in the territory.

The jockeys 'jock' for position

The jockeys ‘jock’ for position

May 142013

May 14, 2013

One of the interesting things about Hong Kong is that it seems all of the first grade buildings have human window washers. In a city like New York, since labor costs are quite high, most of the new buildings have automated window cleaning systems that are designed before construction. In Hong Kong the window washers must sit in a one day class and pass a test to get a license -a Construction Industry Safety Training Certificate [colloquially referred to in Cantonese as “safety card”]. Now for someone afraid of heights, dangling 50 stories above the ground does not seem like fun to me. Although I am someone not to break another person’s ‘rice bowl’, I cannot help but think that Hong Kong’s office towers could be cleaned more frequently if the process was automated, something that I believe is essential due to the ever increasing air pollution.

The fearless window washer

The fearless window washer

May 112013

May 11, 2013

The digital age is definitely upon us – try to live a few days without connection to the Internet, not sure that many people would survive. But people did survive without the Net, smart phones and even computers in the past. Today’s youth seem to have a collectiveness about them, witness all middle school boys playing Mindcraft. The digital age was supposed to bring all of these freedoms and learning opportunities, and although that still may be true, I can’t help but thinking that the youth of today would develop their critical thinking skills by reading a good book. What do you think?

The digital age is definitely engrossing

The digital age is definitely engrossing

May 102013

May 10, 2013

One of the many things that I love about Hong Kong is watching the people – they come from all walks of life as well as locations. Take today’s photo, I see an Indonesian (or perhaps Philippina) spotting the camera and trying to be glamourous; a Hong Kong housewife minding her own business; and a Hong Kong student that is deeply suspicious. Is that what you see?

All different walks of life

All different walks of life

May 092013

May 9, 2013

After living in Hong Kong for more than 22 years, I can honestly say that there are not many things that I miss from home. However, one of the things that I do miss, and in a major way, is a good pizza. Now they make pizza all over the world, but unfortunately, it invariably does not measure up to New York pizza. In 2009, Paisano’s opened in Hong Kong and they now have 6 outlets. I even happened to meet Mr. Paisano one time during my many frequent visits to his establishment. Now it is not exactly a replica of New York pizza due to a softer crust (something that seemed to upset Mr. Paisano when I discussed it) but it definitely is the closest pizza to the authentic New York pizza that exists in Hong Kong. Try it, you’ll like it.

The friendly staff of Paisano's

The friendly staff of Paisano’s