After a year of blog-linking & occasional email exchanges, I finally met my island neighbor Dr. Marcus Scheutz at his spacious seaview office in Cyberport. Hong Kong U has just launched a satellite campus there, and I stopped by to check it out and discuss design ideas.
Afterwards it was a scenic bus ride through Pokfulam and Central to my printer's in Sheung Wan. I had to make negatives for artists proofs, in order to submit them to the Ministry of Information & Culture in Hanoi (more on that soon).
Then off to Pacific Coffee off Hollywood Rd to meet up with my publisher who's always launching into new ideas, every time we meet. He had a new project for me, and also a large (A2-size) negative from one of my photos. It was a beautifully-printed transparency, thick enough to withstand even my rough handling under glass.
Then visited the essential oil shop in Sheung Wan where I get my cyan chemicals, to order a kilo of Ferric Ammonium Citrate
A few shops away I had a lush little salad of smoked salmon, avocado & mango with freshly squeezed orange juice at a little cafe on Jervois St.
I was drawn in by the interior paint job; after the faux-finishing work I've done it's always good to see how others handle a wall. More often than not in small restaurants, they tend to disappoint. These painters had kept their glazes dark, which made the texture pop out dramatically.
As the sun set I stopped by City Super in IFC for my favorite guilty secret: blueberry smoothie with a vodka kick. I headed upstairs to an underexplored spot with a million-dollar view, little blue bottle in hand.
Sculpture/skylight by a Korean artist on the terrace
The tables on IFC's terrace look like they belong to the poseur posh clubs next door, but if you look carefully, each table has a small label that says: "For the use of the general public."
lights beneath the sculptures
So I sat back for awhile before my ferry ride home. A private happy hour. I let slide to the floor my bag of half-defrosted frozen vegetables and "export shop" clothing finds for Roy & me, and sipped a frothy berry concoction as lights changed color beneath the trees.