第57屆澳門格蘭披治大賽車 The 57th Macau Grand Prix

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每年的11月, 澳門格蘭披治大賽這個盛事對車迷和攝影迷都是一個大日子!

我今年同樣有去趁熱鬧, 當然是為了拍我最愛的格蘭披治電單車!

希望大家能從照片感受現場熱烈的氣氛吧!


November of each year, the Macau Grand Prix event is a big day for racing fans and photographers!

I also went to this exciting event, of course to shoot my favorite Motorcycle Grand Prix!

I hope everybody can feel the amazing atmosphere of there from these pictures!
 
 
 

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Magic Moment

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這個11月真的非常之忙碌, 因為要為新屋裝修...

好難得在月初能夠為好友豬仔和Josephine拍了一輯照片。

希望他們會喜歡, 也請大家欣賞!



This November is really very busy, because of the new home renovation ...

I had a great opportunity in the beginning of month,

be able to shoot a series of photographs with my good friends Chu Chai and Josephine.

I hope they like it, also hope you appreciate these pictures!
 
 
 

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Capoeira video clip

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I know have many readers want to see the video of Capoeira.

This is the video clip of Capoeira I made, is a bit late but I hope you like it!

Id like to say a big and special thank you to Josephine.












Capoeira Part III

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Music is the most important element of Capoeira.

They are singing during their performance.

Let's learn this Afro-Brazilian art from their music!

I can see you're flying! What is this song and art of fighting!



Bem-te-vi vôou, vôou Bem-te-vi vôou, vôou Deixa voar

Lá lauê lauê lauê lauê Lá lauê lauê lauê lauê

Que som o que arte é essa de luta e brincadeira

Que roda maravilhosa é essa é o Batuque Capoeira

Em cada som, em cada toque em cada ginga, tem um estilo de jogo

Em cada som, em cada toque em cada ginga, tem um estilo de jogo

Lauê lauê lá... Lá lauê lauê lauê lauê
 
 
 
 
 

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Are you ready?

Capoeira Part II

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Here have more Capoeira action pictures in the open roda in the Westin Resort Macau!

They were singing and dancing, this was a very exciting performance!

If you want to know more about Capoeira or want to learn it, here is the link to the Group

Axe Capoeira de Macau 澳門巴西戰舞 - Mestre Eddy Murphy in the Facebook:

 
   
 
 
 

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Singing and dacing like fighting is the charateristic of the Capoeira!

Capoeira Part I

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Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian art form that combines elements of martial arts, music, and dance.

My friend Josephine is a Capoeira student, so I had a opportunity to watch and take photos of their

lesson and performance. They were following the music and dancing! It was very interesting and exciting!





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Capoeira training in the Westin Resort, Coloane, Macau

The China National Day Dinner

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I was glad that I celebrated a China National Day Dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel in Hong Kong.

The 1st of October was also my friend's birthday, so we decided to celebrate his birthday at the Four Seasons.

Everything was so perfect! We celebrated at the Caprice, a Michelin star restaurant.

Finally we went to poolside to watch the China National Day fireworks display!
 
 
 
 
 

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Caprice in Four Seasons Hotel, with three Michelin stars, offers authentic French cuisine

The China National Day Fireworks Display, Hong Kong

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On the 1st of October - China National Day, I went to the Four Seasons Hotel in Hong Kong

for my friend's birthday dinner. I also watched the beautiful China National Day fireworks

 over Victoria Harbor from the Four Seasons pool area. This is the video I took. I hope you like it!








Glassware in the Crown

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In the Crown hotel room, I found some beautiful wine and drinking glasses.

I like taking shots of glasses because you are able to see the fantastic transparency of the glass.

Usually the hotel room has nice glasses and cups. I hope you all like this series of pictures!





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Birthday celebration in Crown (Part II)

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I celebrated my birthday at the Lung Hin Chinese restaurant because, they have a Michelin star chef.

The Maitre de recommended the fried lobster salad roll for the appetizer. It was absolutely delicious!

They also had a nice roast pigeon and Shanghainese dumpling that were both, of a very high standard.

I also recommend the coffee at the Crown. It was good!






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The view of the Venetian Macau from the Crown

Birthday celebration in Crown (Part I)

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The Crown hotel is one of the best hotels in Macau.
It is located on the COTAI strip in the City of Dreams complex next to the Venetian Macau.

The Crown, Grand Hyatt and Hard Rock Hotels make up the City of Dreams complex.

I stayed 2 nights at the Crown to celebrate my birthday. The view from the room was awesome!

I also had dinner in the Crown, one night in one restaurant and the other night in another restaurant,
 which was managed by a Michelin star chef from the Altira Macau (formerly the Crown).

I want to share my happiness with you all!





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COTAI strip of Macau

Phuket Holidays (Part II)

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Merdeka! Merdeka! Merdeka!

You’ll know this word if you’re Malaysian.

The 31st of August is Independence Day for Malaysia.

The Malaysians will have Merdeka month to celebrate it their Independence.

I also celebrated my birthday today!

I will share some pictures of my birthday dinner in the coming post!



Phuket Holidays (Part II)

Patong Beach is around 15-20 minutes from Phuket Town by taxi.

There are two big shopping malls called Jungceylon and Robinson s Mall.

There is a food street with many restaurants, pubs and bars!

I had a very nice relaxing day in Patong!




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Jungceylon is the biggest shopping mall in Patong

Phuket Holidays (Part I)

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I went to Phuket after visiting the Shanghai Expo for my remaining holidays.

After the busy trip of Shanghai I was getting tired. I decided to relax more in this trip.

I didn't took many pictures during this trip. I was enjoying my shopping and eating in Phuket!


我參觀完上海世博後,我去了布吉島渡過餘下的假期。

經過行程緊密的上海之旅,我也累了。我決定在此行要更放鬆。

此行我沒有拍很多照片。我很享受在布吉島的購物和美食!
 
 
 

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Sometimes had a shower in Phuket but usually was sunny

Manila Tragedy

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The Philippines is a corrupt country and the police extort money from whoever they can...

It happened to me when I went to Manila in 2009. A traffice cop stopped my taxi,

 took the driver's license and demanded money from the taxi driver who in turn asked me.

 I couldn't believe it and I just got out of the taxi and waved down another driver.

 The policeman realised that I wasn't going to give any money and he gave the taxi driver's license back.



On the 23th of the August, 8 people died in the bus hijacking, kids lost their parents…



The police smashed the windows of the bus just to cover the letters that

 the kidnapper wrote instead of trying to save the hostages first.

Phuket Cultural Centre

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Phuket Cultural Centre provides an exciting comprehensive sample of the life

and culture of all parts of Thailand with their special attractions and unique life-style.

In the theatre you will find the old Thai culture, Thai material arts,

Thai classical dances and Phuket island's native culture.


Their cultural performers will present examples of the culture of all parts of the kingdom -

but with the emphasis on the unique aspects of Phuket and the south.

You will thrill to the long pole fighting and the Thai boxing; you will be charmed by Thai

classical dances from 4 regions of Thailand and you can join the dancers in the "Ramwong folk dance".

The "Bai Sri Soo Kwan" is a unique welcome ceremony. The victory Sa Bat Chai Drum and parade,

amazing southern show and the colourful island dance will leave you with warm meomories of their culture.











Shanghai Expo Highlights (Part II)

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To view the Expo at night is the most spectacular time to be there. When all the pavilions turn on their lights!

It’s an amazing scene! You see and get a feel for the unique designs of each pavilion
and of the different countries. It’s like being in a City of the future!

I went to Expo Boulevard to take some night shots.

The China pavilion is the most attractive one. The Macau pavilion is like the moon orbiting around the earth.
It makes the China pavilion more brilliant!

Of all the pavilions I went to, I recommend the Theme pavilion!

It includes the Urbanian pavilion, the pavilion of the City Being and the pavilion of the Urban Planet.

You can see some awesome light effects and a 360-degree movie that you view on the ceiling.





要參觀世博會在夜間是那裡最壯觀的時間,當所有的展館都亮燈時就最漂亮!

這是一個驚喜的場面!你可看到和感受到每個展區和不同國家展館的獨特設計。

這就像到了未來的城市!

我去到世博軸拍攝夜景,中國館是最有吸引力的一個展館。

澳門館就像繞繞著地球的月亮,它使中國館更加亮麗!

在所有我去過的展館中,我建議參觀世博主題館!

它包括了括城市人館,城市生命館和城市地球館。

您可以看到一些很棒的燈光效果和360度的電影,您更可以看到在天花板上精彩的影像。







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Shanghai Expo

上海世博會

Shanghai Expo Highlights (Part I)

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The Shanghai Expo is like a big amusement park!

There are so many things to see. You need to spend a lot of time there to see everything.

You also need to queue up! I decided to go to those pavilions that didn’t have long queues.

I guess I made the right decision. I managed to get into the pavilions and I saw many cool things!



上海世博會就像一個大遊樂園!有很多東西參觀。

您需要花很多時間,才能看那裡的一切。

您還需要排隊!所以我決定去那些沒有大排長龍的展館。

我想我做出了正確的決定。我進入一些展館,還看到很多很酷的事物!






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Shanghai Expo 2010

夜上海 Shanghai Nights

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上海的夜晚真的令人印象深刻, 而我覺得最難忘的就是外灘和南京路的

西式古建築! 當華燈亮起時, 它們份外華麗壯觀, 令上海這個不夜城更顯魅力。

當大家在外灘步行時, 可以看到新舊建築的對比, 真是色彩斑斕而且充滿震撼力!

外灘的古建築正代表著上海過去的輝煌, 令我想起一些老上海紫醉金迷的畫面。

而對岸的浦東就代表著上海現在的繁榮, 成為上海歌舞昇平的新天地。



The Shanghai nights were really impressive. The old western-style buildings in
the Bund and along Nanjing Road were architecturally very special for me!

When the lights were turned on, the buildings were gorgeous and spectacular and
they made Shanghai even more charming and attractive.

When you walked around the Bund you could compare the old buildings
with the new constructions. They were really colorful and impressive!

The ancient buildings in the Bund of Shanghai represents the past splendid,
reminds me of some old images of Shanghai.

Pudong on the other side of Shanghai represents the present prosperity,
as Shanghai's new area of brilliant night life.




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Nanjing Road, Shanghai

上海南京路

Shanghai Day and Night 上海的日與夜

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這次是第二次來到上海, 除了可以參觀上海世博,

也可以一再次看到上海的夜景, 相信是我看過最漂亮的城市夜景!

今次也見證了上海的高速發展, 有很多摩天大廈都是從前沒見過的。

在日間看到的上海, 已經是多麼繁華的城市。


入夜後華燈初現更顯華麗, 上海的夜景絕對令人難忘!

由於這次旅程正是上海的夏季, 夜晚外出特別覺得清涼,

所以這次拍了特別多夜景, 希望大家會喜歡。



This is the second time that I visited Shanghai, besides to visit the Shanghai Expo,

I also can see once again a beautiful night view of Shanghai,

I believe this is the most beautiful city night scenery!

This time I also witnessed the rapid development of Shanghai,

there are many skyscrapers were not seen before.

During the day in Shanghai, you recognize how prosperous is the city.


The early night was even more gorgeous when the lights turn on,

Shanghai night scenery is absolutely unforgettable!

Since this trip was Shanghai's summer, was particular cool to go out at night,

I specially took more night shots, I hope all of you will like the pictures.





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Shanghai city view during the day

上海的日景

Shanghai Expo 2010

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Dear all, I just came back from Shanghai! Now I will prepare for my next trip to Phuket!

I want to share the great experience I had with you at the Shanghai Expo.  There were so many people...

This is the video I made! I will share more pictures after my holidays!








Night Street

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現代城市總是有一個特色, 就是到了夜晚依然燈火通明。


城市人每日都忙忙碌碌, 入夜後又是一日的另一個開始。


雖然人和車都在夜街中穿梭, 但仍是有一種安靜的感覺。



There is always a characteristic of the modern city. It is to remain illuminated at night.


City people are busy every day, night is day after another began.


Although have many cars and people in the night streets, but there is still a tranquil feeling.
 
 
 
 
(All pictures were taken with Canon EOS-5D Mk II + EF 135mm f/2.0 L USM)
 
 
 



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A cool summer drink

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This year appears to have a particularly hot summer.
High temperatures have been recorded all around the world.


We all need a glass of cool summer drink, I hope you will like it.


今年的夏天好像特別熱似的, 世界各地都錄得高溫。


大家都需要一杯清涼的夏季飲品, 希望大家會喜歡。





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The beauty of clouds

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有什麼東西每次看都不一樣的?

Have anything always change every time you see it?

我想只有天空上的雲。

I think that only the clouds in the sky.

我仍相信有一天我能觸摸它!

I still believe that one day I can touch it!




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Lotus Flowers of Macau - Senado Square

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新馬路(Avenida Almeida Ribeiro)議事亭前地(Largo do Senado)是澳門的地標,
因此在這裡經常人山人海, 而且有很多活動擺設和節日裝飾。
其實我覺得最簡單的新馬路是最漂亮的, 在夏天的時候這裡會有少量荷花擺設,
在夏日更覺漂亮!

因為我工作的地方就在新馬路附近, 每年6至7月份都會見到很多人在這裡影荷花。
所以我會都提早上班, 順道在新馬路議事亭前地拍照, 早上的新馬路陽光普照,
天色非常之漂亮, 而且早上荷花開得特別靚, 加上行人不多, 可以慢慢享受拍攝的樂趣。
這在裡種分享這兩年我在新馬路拍到的荷花, 希望大家會喜歡!


Senado Square of Avenue Almeida Ribeiro is the landmark of Macau, so often have huge crowds here,
 furthermore here have many activities setting and holiday decorations. In fact, I think the simplest is the most
 beautiful, here in the summer will have some lotus decorations, in the summer here is even more beautiful!

Because I work nearby Avenue Almeida Ribeiro, I saw many people were shooting the lotus here around
 June and July. I had to go work earlier, to get the opportunity for taking pictures in Senado Square,
in the sunny morning, the sky was very beautiful, and the lotus bloom especially pretty in the morning,
with few pedestrians, you can enjoy the fun of shooting . Here are the lotus pictures I took in the passed
 two years, I want to share with you all, I hope everybody like it!




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Lung Kwu Tan 龍鼓灘

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Macau has a famous beach called Hac Sa Beach. The sand there is black.

I found out that Hong Kong has a black sand beach too,
called Lung Kwu Tan and it’s located near Tuen Mun!

The sand in Lung Kwu Tan is black, and it reminds me of Macau’s Hac Sa Beach.

Most people would probably go to Butterfly Bay Beach,
so there weren’t many people at Lung Kwu Tan.

It feels very relaxing there. You can also climb to the
Lung Kwu Tan observation deck and enjoy the scenery!



在澳門有一個有名的沙灘叫黑沙海灘, 因為那裡的沙都是黑色的。

原來香港都有一個黑色沙的海灘, 它就是位於屯門附近的龍鼓灘!

龍鼓灘的沙全是黑色的, 特別令我想起澳門黑沙海灘。

可能大多數人都會去屯門蝴蝶灣海灘, 因此來到龍鼓灘的人不多。

感覺真是相當舒服。你們也可以登上龍鼓灘附近的瞭望臺欣賞風景!




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Lung Kwu Tan

Green Life 綠色生活

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Life is stressful for urban people. To have a break on the weekend in the park,
 to have a breath of fresh air is very satisfying.

I came to Tuen Mun Park in Hong Kong for a walk and to take pictures.
The park is very large, and the greenness of the scenery is very comforting.

There are areas for people to sing and dance. I found it very interesting!
Many families go to the park to play and rest.

I hope that you will get a feel for the warm inviting atmosphere of leisure!


對於生活緊張的都市人來說, 能夠忙裡偷閒在週末到
公園吸一口新鮮空氣, 已經是非常的滿足。

這次到了香港屯門公園散步和拍照,
這個公園十分之大, 綠油油的景色令人很舒服。

這裡有部分區域是給市民唱歌和跳舞之用, 非常有趣!
也有一家大小到公園玩樂和休憩的。

希望大家看到照片後都可以感染到一些歡樂休閒的氣氛吧!




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Lotus flowers of Macau 澳門的荷花

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The lotus was selected as the Macau city’s flower. It has become the symbol of Macau.

In summer, you can see many beautiful lotus flowers blooming in the parks of Macau.

The lotus therefore has become one of the major subjects in summer, for photography lovers.

These are the lotus flowers I photographed this year. I hope you enjoy them!


荷花被選定為澳門的市花。也成為了澳門的標誌。

到了夏季, 在澳門的公園都可以看到一朵朵漂亮的荷花含苞待放。

拍攝荷花也成為了一班攝影發燒友在夏天的重要活動之一。

這些都是我在今年拍到的荷花, 希望大家欣賞!




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Rafael's Roma Vacation Final Episode - St. Peter’s Basilica and Vatican Square

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Final Episode


St. Peter’s Basilica and Vatican Square


聖彼得大教堂和梵蒂岡廣場




St. Peter's Basilica is the largest Church all over the world. We came here and took some shots of the
 Vatican on the first day of our Bus tour but we only got to see the Vatican Museums on the following
 Wednesday. We came to St. Peter’s Basilica after visiting the museums, in my opinion, the interiors,
 are the most beautiful I’ve ever seen! The building is enormous, and all the statues are huge -
some of them are near 10 meters tall! One of the most important statue of Michelangelo is exhibited
here on the right of the entrance, is the Santa Maria with Jesus called “The Pieta”, a work made by
 Michelangelo when he was only 24 years old (1499). It is definitely a ‘must see’ if you ever visit Rome.


聖彼得大教堂是世界最大的教堂。我們坐觀光巴士的第一天來過這裡,
在梵蒂岡拍了一些照,但我們只在下週三才來看到梵蒂岡博物館。
參觀博物館後,在我看來到聖彼得大教堂,它的室內設計,是我見過最美麗的!
建築物是巨大的,所有的雕像也是巨大的 - 其中有些更接近10米高!
其中最重要的雕像是米開朗基羅在這裡的右面入口展出,是聖瑪麗亞與耶穌被稱為
“The Pieta”,是米開朗基羅在他只有24歲時的名作(1499年)。
如果你會到訪羅馬這肯定是'必須要看'的。



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St. Peter’s Basilica and Vatican Square

The Vatican Museums 梵蒂岡博物館 Part III

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The Vatican Museums

梵蒂岡博物館

Part III




This is by far the biggest museum I have ever been to! I couldn’t see everything inside.
I just visited the displays I really wanted to see and I was very keen to see Raphael (Rafael)
and Michelangelo’s works and of course the famous Sistine Chapel. I just couldn’t get to the final
 section fast enough! It took some while to get to the Last Judgment and the Genesis but… I finally made it!

The room was dark and there were so many people standing there. This room is very special and
 everyone there was supposed to be silent and you weren’t allowed to take pictures, but, people
 were talking, sitting and using flashes when taking pictures, so I took some pictures too, although
 without a flash. Then, there was an announcement telling people to keep quiet and to stop taking
pictures and by this time I was really tired but it was certainly one of the best things I did in Rome.
 I was very satisfied with my trip there.



這是迄今為止我去過最大的博物館!我沒法看完裡面的一切。我只能參觀了我真
的很想看的展品,我非常渴望看到拉斐爾和米開朗琪羅的作品,當然還有著名的西斯廷
教堂。我無法快速到達最後的一個部分!需花上一些時間才可看到《最後的審判》
和《創世紀》,但...我終於做到了!

房間裡一片漆黑,當時有很多人站在那裡。這個房間是非常特殊的,每個人都應該要
保持沉默,你不准拍照,但是,人們在談論,坐著和使用閃光燈拍照,我也拍了
一些照片,然而沒有閃光的。然後,有一個公告,告訴人們保持安靜,並停止拍照,
這時候我真的累了,但它肯定是我在羅馬做了最好的事。我很滿意我在那裡的旅行。



Stanze della Segnatura decorated by Raphael


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The Vatican Museums 梵蒂岡博物館 Part II

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The Vatican Museums

梵蒂岡博物館

Part II




The Vatican Museums trace their origin to one marble sculpture, purchased 500 years ago.
The sculpture of Laocoön, the priest who, according to Greek mythology, tried to convince the people
 of ancient Troy not to accept the Greeks' "gift" of a hollow horse, was discovered 14 January 1506,
 in a vineyard near the basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome. Pope Julius II sent Giuliano da Sangallo
 and Michelangelo Buonarroti, who were working at the Vatican, to examine the discovery.
On their recommendation, the pope immediately purchased the sculpture from the vineyard owner.
The pope put the sculpture of Laocoön and his sons in the grips of a sea serpent on public
display at the Vatican exactly one month after its discovery.

The Museums celebrated their 500th anniversary in October 2006 by permanently
opening the excavations of a Vatican Hill necropolis to the public.

(Information from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vatican_Museums)



梵蒂岡博物館的起源可以追溯到500年前購買的一座大理石雕像。這座名為拉奧孔與
兒子們的雕像於1506年1月14日在聖母大殿附近的一個葡萄園裡發掘出來。
教皇儒略二世派朱利亞諾•達•桑迦洛(Giuliano da Sangallo)和米開朗琪羅去查看發掘成果。
在他們的推薦下,教皇當機立斷從葡萄園主那裡買下了雕像。在發掘出雕像整一個月後,
教皇就在梵蒂岡向公眾進行了展示。

2006年10月梵蒂岡博物館慶祝建館500周年之際,
向公眾開放了梵蒂岡山丘上公墓的發掘現場。

(資料來自http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vatican_Museums > 港澳繁體)





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The Vatican Museums 梵蒂岡博物館 Part I

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The Vatican Museums

梵蒂岡博物館

Part I




The Vatican Museums (Italian: Musei Vaticani), in Viale Vaticano in Rome, inside the Vatican City,
are among the greatest museums in the world, since they display works from the immense
 collection built up by the Roman Catholic Church throughout the centuries.

Pope Julius II founded the museums in the 16th century. The Sistine Chapel and the Stanze
della Segnatura decorated by Raphael are on the visitor route through the Vatican Museums.

(Information from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vatican_Museums)



梵蒂岡博物館(意大利語:Musei Vaticani)位於梵蒂岡城內,由羅馬梵蒂岡大道
(Viale Vaticano)可達。梵蒂岡博物館是世界上最偉大的博物館之一,
其中的藏品是多個世紀以來羅馬天主教會收集、積累的成果。

16世紀時,教皇儒略二世創建了博物館。遊客在遊覽梵蒂岡博物館時會經過由
拉斐爾裝飾的西斯廷禮拜堂和拉斐爾房間(Stanze di Raffaello)。

(資料來自http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vatican_Museums > 港澳繁體)





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The Build 4 Asia tradeshow

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Asian Building Technologies co-locating with Asian Building Interiors, Asian Elenex and Asian Securitex
 were staged on 2 – 4 June 2010 at the newly-expanded Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.
 The perfect partnership of 4 related biennial trade exhibitions attracted 497 exhibitors from 34 countries
 and 11,525 regional buyers at its last edition in 2008 and will continue to provide the ultimate
sourcing platform this year. Display will embrace a cross-section of new technology and equipment
 from across the globe ranging from building automation, building & facility management,
 lighting & interiors, electrical supply, transmission & distribution to security & safety.

Because of work, last Friday, I had to attend an exhibition with two of my work colleagues.
There were many displays there and these are the most interesting ones I photographed that day.




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摩羅上街 Upper Lascar Row

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在永利街和樓梯街之下還有一條很有特色的小街名為摩羅上街,

是這次去永利街的最大發現, 這條街有很多擺賣中式紀念品和陶瓷製品的商店和攤位。

如果喜歡攝影的朋友一定對這些色彩繽紛的精品十分喜愛, 因為可以可拍攝到不錯的效果,

而且這裡遊人不多, 還可以看到商店主人和老街坊的人生百態, 真是一條直得參觀的街道。

下次再來這裡, 除了拍照之外, 一定要買一些有趣的紀念品!
 
特別要說的就是Canon EOS 5D Mark II 配合Canon EF 135mm f/2.0 L USM 定焦鏡頭的
 
效果實在令我有好大的驚喜! 不論色彩, 銳利度和散景都達至最高水準, 真的很滿意!
 
 
Under the Wing Lee Street and Ladder Street is a very characteristic street called Upper Lascar Row,

It was the biggest discorver when we went to Wing Lee Street. This street has a lots

 of Chinese souvenirs and ceramics in the shops and the stalls. If you like to shooting some photos,

these colorful handicrafts can give you a very nice effect. Moreover haven' t many tourists here,

you can also see the routine life of the store owners and the old neighbors, is really worth to visit this street.

If I come here again, besides to taking pictures, must buy some interesting souvenirs!
 
Particularly want to say that the images qualities of Canon EOS 5D Mark II with
 
Canon EF 135mm f/2.0 L USM prime lens are superb, it is indeed a big surprise!
 
Regardless of colors, sharpness and bokeh, both are reached the highest level, I am really very satisfied!
 
 
 

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摩羅上街 Upper Lascar Row

永利街 Wing Lee Street

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因為一套獲獎電影 “歲月神偷”令好多人都認識了永利街,

這裡是該電影的拍攝地點, 一個充滿70年代舊香港味道的小街。

從上環碼頭往禧利街方向, 步行15分鐘左右就可到達永利街,

由樓梯街步行上永利街是一條長長的石級, 有點像澳門一些石級小街,

感覺很特別。其間會經過麼羅上街, 一個賣中式紀念品的地方,

這條街也很有特色, 十分值得參觀, 之後會到文武廟, 再上石級就會到達永利街。

這一帶給我的感覺就是進入了過去的香港, 成市裡的一個大博物館,

所以永利街等小街道的建築真是值得保留的, 因為這裡最能代表香港過去的文化和回憶!
 
 
Many people were awared of the Wing Lee Street because of a award-winning movie "Echoes of the Rainbow".

Here is the film location, a full of 70's Hong Kong street characteristic. From the Sheung Wan Ferry Pier,

 on the way of Hillier Street, walk about 15 minutes you can reach to the Wing Lee Street.

Walking on the stairs of Ladder Street to Wing Lee Street is a long rock steps,

it's a bit like the rock steps in some side streets of Macau, its make me feel very special. 

Here is a Upper Lascar Row through the streets during our destination, a place to sell Chinese souvenirs,

this street is also quite distinctive, and well worth for visiting. Followed the steps to the Man Mo Temple,

and then climb the stairs will arrive to the Wing Lee Street.

This area gives me the feeling like going to the past of Hong Kong, like a large museum in the city. 

So, these old  buildings of Wing Lee Street and other small streets are really worth to preserve its,

because this is the best representative of the Hong Kong past culture and memories!




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永利街 Wing Lee Street

My dream lens Canon 135mm F2 L

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On the 22nd of May I bought my second professional Canon L lens - the 135mm F2 L prime lens.
I am very satisfied with my first L lens, the Canon 24-70mm F2.8 L zoom lens. It provides a wide
 angle for landscape shots and it takes very nice portrait shots as well.
 However, I also wanted to have a telephoto lens that could take snap shots of people from a distance.
A zoom lens with a wide aperture is too heavy for me to carry so I have been looking
for lighter but good quality wide aperture prime lenses for nearly 6 months now.
After much research I found that the Canon 135L is one of the top 10 lenses in the world
and it is also one of the top three Canon lenses for taking sharp clear photos!
Therefore I bought one. I found it to be a very good lens for taking portrait shots.
I took many and I was very impressed with the quality of the photos.
The first day I used the 135L, I could feel its fast focus and I could see the sharpness
and clarity of the images. Some of the reviews about the lens commented on this point.

Most of the pictures I took were with the wide-open F2 aperture,
and it creates a fantastic smooth, creamy bokeh in the background.
The sharpness is nearly as good as my Canon 24-70L lens using the wide-open F2.8 aperture.
If you are using the F2.8 aperture the picture is sharper than most of the zoom lenses.
To give you an idea of what I am talking about, some of the pictures I have posted are
the original ones with the same pictures cropped. As you can see the pictures are very sharp
 and clear and I don’t think therefore that I need a zoom lens under 200mm.



在5月22日我買了我的第二支佳能專業L鏡頭 - 135mm F2 L 定焦鏡頭。我很滿意我的第一支L鏡頭,
佳能24-70mm F2.8 L變焦鏡頭。它提供了一個廣角的景觀,以及很好的人像照片。
不過,我也想有一支長焦距鏡頭,可以從一個遠距離拍攝人像照。
擁有大光圈的變焦鏡頭對我來說太重了,所以近6個月我一直在尋找一支輕便而優質的大光圈定焦鏡頭。
經過一番研究,我發現佳能135L是世界十大銘鏡頭之一,也是佳能三大最銳利和清晰的鏡頭!

所以我買了它。我發現這是一個很好的鏡頭,以拍攝人像照片。我拍了很多照片,
照片的質量令我非常印象深刻。在我用135L的第一天,我能感覺到它的快速對焦,
我也可以看到照片驚人的銳利度和清晰度。一些鏡頭的評論也提到這一點。
大部分的照片是我在全開F2光圈拍的,並得到光滑,奶油味,夢幻般的虛化背景。
清晰度幾乎和我的佳能24-70L 變焦鏡頭在F2.8光圈時一樣的好。如果您使用的是F2.8光圈,
照片的銳利度已經比大部分變焦鏡頭好。為了讓您們更易了解我說的,在我張貼的照片會有一些
是原有照片和裁剪照片在一起的。正如你可以看到照片都是非常銳利和清晰,
因此我認為我不需要200mm以內的變焦鏡頭了。




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Pompeii 龐貝古城 (Part II)

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Pompeii 龐貝古城 Part II


Pompeii is a ruined and partially buried Roman town-city near modern Naples in the Italian
 region of Campania, in the territory of the commune of Pompeii. It was destroyed and completely
buried during a long catastrophic eruption of the volcano Mount Vesuvius spanning two days in 79 AD.
The eruption buried Pompeii under 22 meters of ash and pumice, and it was lost for nearly 1,600 years
 before its accidental rediscovery in 1592. Since then, its excavation has provided an extraordinarily
 detailed insight into the life of a city at the height of the Roman Empire.
There were many fascinating stories to listen to and things to see and if you have
the opportunity to see it, I recommend you do so!

龐貝古城是一個破壞了和部分埋藏了的羅馬城市,它就在現代的意大利境內的
那不勒斯地區附近。在公元79年,它被維蘇威火山跨越兩天徹底的災難性火山爆發所摧毀
並長期的埋藏著。火山爆發把龐貝城掩埋在22米的火山灰和浮石下,
它是失去了近1600年才在1592年偶然下重新被發現。
從那時起,它的發掘提供了羅馬帝國全盛時期一些非常詳細的生活細節。
這裡有許多引人入勝的故事,可以聽和看到的東西,如果你有機會來看,我建議你都這樣做!



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Pompeii 龐貝古城 (Part I)

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Pompeii 龐貝古城

I had read many stories about the history of the ancient city Pompeii.
I was so keen therefore and ecstatic in having the opportunity to visit it.
We were lucky to have a very funny guide and she showed us all the main sights of Pompeii.
We came at the right time because the rain had just stopped and the sun came out
and we were rewarded with blue skies and white clouds.

我讀過很多有關龐貝古城的歷史故事。因此,我是如此渴望和欣喜有機會參觀這裡。
我們很幸運,有一個非常有趣的導遊,她給我們介紹了所有龐貝古城的主要景點。
我們來得十分合時,因為雨剛停,太陽出來了,我們穫報以藍天和白雲。



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Napoli (Naples)

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I went to two places outside of Rome, Napoli (Naples) and Pompeii. I went to a big shopping centre
(Galleria Umberto I) and it was a building with a huge glass dome. It was a very spectacular building.

Naples is one of the oldest cities in the world and it was the most bombed Italian city during World War II.
When we arrived here, there was a light rain. I can still feel this old city.
We started at the Castel Nuovo, and finished in Piazza del Plebiscito.

We had lunch near the ancient and famous city Pompeii. We had nice Italian spaghetti, meat and drinks.
One of the restaurateurs sang “Volare” and “O Sole Mio” which I thought were very impressive.

The next stop was Pompeii and the weather had definitely turned for the better. We had sunshine!


羅馬以外我還去了兩個地方,那不勒斯(那波里)和龐貝古城。我到了一個大商場
(名為Galleria Umberto I) ,這裡建有一個巨大的玻璃圓頂。這是一個非常壯觀的建築。

那不勒斯是世界上最古老的城市之一,也是第二次世界大戰期間被轟炸得最多的
意大利城市。當我們抵達這裡時有點小雨。但我仍然能感受到這個古老城市。
我們在Castel Nuovo古堡開始行程,在Piazza del Plebiscito廣場結束。

我們在龐貝古城附近午餐。我們食到很好的意大利麵條,肉類和飲料。
其中一個餐廳歌手唱“Volare”和“我的太陽”,我認為是非常令人印象深刻。

下一站是龐貝古城,天氣有明顯的好轉。陽光正照耀我們!


 

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Castel Nuovo

St. Lazarus Church 望德聖母堂

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5月9日我參加了http://www.fevershot.net/ 的活動 "婆婆媽媽風景團",
地點是望德聖母堂與瘋堂斜巷一帶, 這裡有很多古舊的葡式建築物,
而最有名的就是「仁慈堂婆仔屋」, 也是好多藝術展覽的地方。

這天氣十分好, 又出現藍天白雲, 所以我都拍了很多照片。
我也教受了一些攝影技巧給我的影友, 這一天也是母親節,
活動在7時左右結束,  然後大家都回家吃晚飯和媽媽吃飯慶祝!


On the 9th of May I attended my photography groups activity (www.fevershot.net) termed "A Sentimental Landscape Tour".
The location was set at The St. Lazarus Church (Igreja de São Lázaro) and the Mad Inclined Lane area.
There are many old Portuguese style buildings there. The most famous is the "Old Women’s House" where they hold many art exhibitions.

The weather was very good that day, there was a blue sky and lots of white fluffy clouds, so I took many pictures.
It was also a time for me to offer my friends some photography tips! That day was also Mother's Day.
The day finished around 7:00pm and then we all went home for dinner and we celebrated Mothers Day with our mums!




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St. Lazarus Church 望德聖母堂

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