Thursday, February 23, 2012

Awesome Chocolate Exhibitions

Many people like eating chocolate, but you can also feast your eyes when it is molded into awesome shapes. Explore and enjoy the creativity unleashed.

Chocolate could be a wonderful ingredient for arts and crafts. Besides enjoying the delicious taste, let's imagine walking into a Chocolate Wonderland. The visual impact could be stunning. If you can’t think of such an amusing place in your mind, take a look at my photos and enjoy the fantastic journey.

Time: February 2011
Venue: Harbour City

Chocolate Manneken Pis
(Doesn’t he look like the one in Belgium?
Only that he looks naughtier and fatter. LOL.)
(Wear me before eating,” the dress said. Ladies, are you dare to give it a try?)
(Men may like to see their women wearing this on Valentine’s Day.)

Time: 1-19/2/2012
Venue: Gallery by the Harbour, Shop 207, Level 2, Ocean Centre.
Theme: Chocoholic’s Surreal World Art Exhibition

The trunk of a tree

Huge bird cage (This is the largest chocolate artwork in the exhibition. Decorated by Chocolate butterflies, the cage is big enough for visitors to get inside, stand straight and take photos.)
A weird clock

All the huge chocolates artworks were exhibited at different periods in Harbour City or Ocean Centre, Tsim Sha Tsui. When you visit Hong Kong, don’t forget to check this big shopping mall see if there is any new exhibition available.

After touring the Chocolate Wonderland, why not create one in your life? If you are interested in making your own chocolate artworks, start with a small size one for it will be easier to handle. What you need to learn is molding. Master the skill so that you could mold chocolate into many creative shapes. The finished product will be unique and serve well as a wonderful gift to others.

Author’s note:

Some people may find the chocolate artworks in this article too large and dare not take some bites for fear of toothache afterwards. If so, you may like to enjoy food and drink in a normal portion but with delicate decoration. Click into the two photo links below and let Charlie Brown fulfill your wish.

A Lovely Charlie Brown Coffee

Charlie Brown Tiramisu Cup

Monday, February 6, 2012

Lantern Carnival in 2012

This year the Lantern Festival is on the 6th of February. I saw many Chinese style big lanterns in display and took some photos to share with you.

Every year a lantern carnival will be held at Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong to celebrate the Lantern Festival, which is the Chinese Valentine’s Day. The default location is next to the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. This time the displayed area is larger than usual, extending to Sausbury Garden as well.

The lantern carnival keeps changing theme, for example, the Chinese Zodiac has been adopted for 2012. Visitors could see big lanterns of the 12 animals in the Chinese Zodiac. My photos are arranged according to the standard sequence – begins with rat and ends with pig.

1.      Rat
2.      Ox
3.      Tiger
4.      Rabbit
5.      Dragon (2012 is the year of Dragon. Its lantern is the biggest. 
What a pity for not capturing the whole lantern in one picture!)
6.      Snake
7.      Horse
8.      Goat
9.      Monkey
10.  Rooster
11.  Dog
12.  Pig

Besides the Chinese Zodiac lanterns, visitors will also see big lanterns of some famous Chinese characters that symbolizing wealth and good fortune.

Fish (The Chinese name has the same pronunciation as another Chinese word, surplus. Thus, people will bless one another with the symbolic meaning “surplus every year”.)
The God of Wealth
The Chinese believe that seeing peacock fully opened will bring good luck to its viewers.

Wish you a prosperous year of Dragon and a happy Valentine’s Day!

Author’s note:

Big lanterns are eye-catching. Special flower arrangements and mall or shop displays are also peculiar enough to attract people’s attention and provoke their enthusiasm to take photos. Click into the two articles below and feast your eyes with amusing beauties.

When Animals and Flowers Fall in Love Together

Toy Story Franchise and Collection