Hong Kong : love in times of tear gas

In shocking developments, on July 22, 2019, suspected triad gang members attacked and beat up protesters, people clad in black or even passerbys at Yuen Long MTR station, in the New Territories. As a response, on 27 July, protesters decided to go to Yuen Long to protest against the violence by triads. It was there […]

Hong Kong protests: how Beijing lost sight of the reality

An interesting article published in the South China Morning Post this morning talks about the reaction in China to the Hong Kong Protests. What emerges from the account is a tale of how Beijing lost sight of the reality on the ground in Hong Kong. Deficient “intelligence gathering” It seems that the intelligence apparatus of […]

“No Photo!”: on the Shatin barricades

The Hong Kong protests took a familiar but delicate turn on Sunday 14 July, when I covered the protests of Shatin. Everything went fine, until the moment that one masked woman asked me if I was “press” as I was flying my drone. As I confirmed I was not she became aggressive and said “no […]

Hong Kong: the weekend protests

As the Hong Kong government has been gradually giving ground as the mobilization continued, protests have not weakened. Despite Carrie Lam, the Chief Executive vowing that the Extradition Bill was “dead”, it appears that legally, it can be brought back before the Legislative Council (LegCo) in a matter of days. Hence, the moving on to […]

When the (young) lions roar: the invasion of the LegCo in Hong Kong

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about the Lion’s spirit which animated Hong Kong. Today, it would seem that the (young) Lions’ roar was heard until Beijing. On Monday 1st July, anniversary of the retrocession of Hong Kong to Beijing, a certain number of young protesters took the Legislative Council by assault and defaced […]

A day in the life of a refuelling ship

Hong Kong is one of the biggest world harbours. As such, it is one of the huge transiting places for container ships. On the way, these ships need to refuel. It was thus that I had the opportunity of sharing the life of the crew of a refueling ship for a few hours, during one […]

Barefoot hike on Tung Yeung Shan and Maclehose trail

On a nice Sunday, my friend Matthew and me, both decided to go for a hike around , but an exploratory hike, without knowing too much where we were headed. In the end, it took us across some less traveled trails all the way down to the Maclehose trail. Starting with a climb Of course, […]

The Monastery of Monserrrat

During our trip to Barcelona, we took advantage of having a car to drive all the way to the Monstery of Monserrat. A beacon of Catalan culture since the IXth century, when it was founded, this Monastery survived one millenium of upheaval. The most serious threats to the monastery being the depredations by the Napoleonian […]