Jim Siano

May 062013
 

May 6, 2013

Hong Kong is a dynamic and vibrant city, with the majority of that vibrancy coming from its people. You never know what you will see in the city. Today I saw this model being photographed outside our office building.Now, do my readers think she is beautiful?

An impromptu photoshoot

An impromptu photoshoot

May 052013
 

May 5, 2013

The Bond Center was completed in 1988 and feature two towers designed by American architect Paul Rudolph. It became Lippo Center after the collapse of Alan Bond and his company. It was the first building that I worked in when I came to Hong Kong in 1991. Guess it still has sentimental value.

The Lippo Center

The Lippo Center

May 042013
 

May 4, 2013

The Hong Kong Games continued and the game watched was Yuen Long versus Tai Po. I invited many people from work and we had a very good turnout. Unfortunately the game was quite boring so I guess I will have to recommend a different sport for the Hong Kong Games. Anyone for badminton?

Futsal at the Hong Kong Games

Futsal at the Hong Kong Games

May 032013
 

May 3, 2013

Yesterday we featured the rubber duck, today it is the genuine duck. With so many restaurants in Hong Kong, there is countless varieties of food to choose. But a perennial favorite is Beijing duck which I might add is favored by many over the original up north. What is your opinion – is Beijing duck better in Hong Kong or Beijing?

No rubber duck serve at this eatery

No rubber duck serve at this eatery

May 022013
 

May 2, 2013

After much anticipation and hype, the rubber duck has sailed into Hong Kong Harbor. It is created by a Dutch artist named Florentijn Hofman. Now I am a big fan of the Dutch Masters, with Van Dyck being one of my favorite artist of all times, but I am not sure that this qualifies as art. Perhaps the Dutch were much better when they were conservatives, perhaps their relatively recent change to liberalism has had a profound and sad effect on their artistic abilities. Having said this, though, I must admit that the crowds were enthralled by the six story rubber duck. Perhaps its success is that it can evoke a trip down memory lane to early childhood .

The Six Story Rubber Duck in Hong Kong Harbor

The Six Story Rubber Duck in Hong Kong Harbor

Some additional photos of the duck:

On route to Ocean Terminal

Escorted by numerous boats

The crowds gather early at Ocean Terminal to ‘witness’ the duck.

The six story duck near a cruise ship

It became a family affair with many wanted to be photographed with smaller ducks

The seafront became more crowed than usual due to our visiting guest

With Hong Kong’s beautiful skyline as background

A closer view

Everyone wants a photo of the massive duck

May 012013
 

May 1, 2013

The Hong Kong Games were started in 2007 and run every other year. From their site this is what they say about the games:

To further promote the “Sport for All” culture in the community, the Sports Commission has organized the Hong Kong Games biennially since 2007.  The Hong Kong Games, or “HKG” for short, is a territory-wide major multi-sport event with the 18 District Councils (DCs) as participating units.  The objectives of the HKG are to provide districts with more opportunities for sports participation, exchanges and co-operation, and to encourage active public participation in sports.  Apart from improving sporting standards at the district level, the HKG can also strengthen the public’s sense of belonging to the district they live in and help promote community cohesion through facilitating communication and fostering friendship among the 18 districts.

I visited the volleyball event today and that’s where the photo comes from. The idea of promoting sports in Hong Kong is a good one – I can only hope that it builds momentum. Now to my readers, have you been to a Hong Kong Games event yet?

A volleyball player at the Hong Kong Games

A volleyball player at the Hong Kong Games

Apr 302013
 

April 30, 2013

The British ruled Hong Kong from 1841 until 1997. One thing that they needed after they seceded sovereignty back to China was a consulate. Today it sits opposite Pacific Place in a very nice building. Now you can say may things about the Brits but most would agree that they are experts in managing colonies, invariably for the better.

 

The Union Jack adorns the front of the British Consulate

The Union Jack adorns the front of the British Consulate

The plaque outside the Consulate is interesting. Is reference to the Joint-Liaison Group suppose to allay fears or save face?

The plaque outside the British Embassy

The plaque outside the British Embassy

Apr 292013
 

April 29, 2013

Hong Kong started as a trading post and developed into a financial center which reputation continues to this day. However, Hong Kong also is developing technology, or at least its use. This includes multi-media and other animation techniques. Being an open port, Hong Kong is able to import any newly developed technologies. Today, we examined a new type of projection technology that we are planning to use in one of our events.

Testing New Tech

Testing New Tech

Apr 282013
 

April 28, 2013

Today I had the pleasure of photographing a wonderful little girl named Alicia, who is approaching her third birthday. Alicia is a happy child with many smiles which makes the photographer’s job much easier. My method of photographing children is to follow their mood and attention span (which is usually quite short). Once the attention span ends a break is essential, but even then, the shoot may be over until another day. Another method I use is to act completely goofy and stupid (something that comes naturally) in order to make the kids laugh or at least smile.

A happy child makes photography easy

A happy child makes photography easy

Apr 272013
 

April 27, 2013

In this blog, I often speak about the importance of sport on the development of our youth. Equality important, is that young people learn to play within the rules. To know the boundaries and respect them. Perhaps some individuals in the financial sector need to take up the game of soccer.

Playing by the Rules

Playing by the Rules