Using its rudimentary camera, Mohan roamed the streets capturing fleeting, everyday moments in the city—from dried fish hanging from ropes to sunbathers at Shek O beach to taxis criss-crossing over an intersection. Filters dramatize the colors, rendering them bright and saturated. The result is a panoply of photographs published in “Vivid Hong Kong,” a new 128-page hardcover book that offers glimpse after glimpse of the city’s colorful underbelly.
Though Palani Mohan is a professional photojournalist whose credits include publications from The New York Times to National Geographic, he undertook his latest book project with laymen’s equipment: his iPhone.
Photography is all about telling a story, and “The Underground Scene”— an exhibition spotlighting Hong Kong as a haven for street photographers and celebrating photography’s exciting and endless evolution—hints at the epic story behind the culture of street photography in Hong Kong.
Experience Hong Kong though the unique creative process of local iPhoneographer Lai Yat-nam.
The Invite-Only Answer to Facebook.
HK Magazine: Can you please tell us more about Mercury Media? Is the Open Bar app the company’s first project?
Finding a place to drink in a city like Hong Kong seems like a no-brainer. But when we’re given too many options to choose from, we tend to crumble under the pressure and end up at the usual haunts. Mercury Media Limited has fixed the bar-hopping-local’s problem by creating the Open Bar HK app for iPhones. Using your location to let you know about the closet bars and happy hours, the free app with over 700 bars listed also gives you a rundown of events at bars and clubs. Charmaine Mirandilla chats with the founder and CEO of Mercury Media, Ranee Chung about apps and social media.
Buffer is for people and organizations that want to make social media work for them. It’s all about most effectively timing your online contributions. Time is money after all, and Buffer optimizes the times at which your online posts are published, according to your specific instructions.
For Joel Gascoigne, code comes naturally. Making money from his hobby—web development—is practically second nature. With university and one short-lived startup behind him, Gascoigne has set his sights on scalability. Lately, his commitment to the development of his latest app has been paying off in a big way.
SMW is a collaborative, co-curated affair with multiple conferences occurring around the world simultaneously. And it’s all about the every day social media user, which is what makes it such an exciting event.
Anyone who regularly taps away on Facebook or Twitter will almost certainly be interested in the current social media scene and what the future holds for it. Like all modern technology, it’s a rapidly changing platform that’s ever evolving on an almost daily basis.
Calling all Hong Kong wire-heads: it’s time to momentarily go offline, as Social Media Week (SMW) is upon us. Get ready for five days’ worth of exciting new programs, talks, gatherings and activities—all in the mighty name of social media. Already in its third year, the bi-annual SMW has gone internationally viral, with more countries participating this year.
However, if you’re not entirely similar with the latest social media fads and hot-off-the-press news concerning the latest apps, then here’s a brief introduction to the frenzy that lies ahead.
Just when you thought binge drinking in Hong Kong couldn’t get easier, along comes the Open Bar app. It gives you the 411 on which clubs and lounges are offering the notorious all-you-can-drink deal, and allows you to compare prices.
Available for iPhones.
Grace Brown rounds up our top "made in Hong Kong" apps
HK Magazine (@HK_Magazine): How did the TDHK tweet-ups start?
Jamie S. (@jmis): In May 2011, I decided to ask my Twitter friends that I had never met IRL (in real life) to join me for a birthday drink—at least 20 people turned up and it was a memorable night. We thought it would be nice to continue such a gathering.
Every so often, social media goes out into the real world. After getting to know each other online, social media users meet face-to-face at Twitter events, or tweet-ups. Ahead of Social Media Week (Feb 13-17), Charmaine Mirandilla talks to Casey Lau and Jamie S. the co-founders of Twitter Drinking Hong Kong (#TDHK), Hong Kong’s local tweet-up group.
Those who didn’t find the best deals when it came to Apple products last Christmas (or those who are simply Apple-obsessed) will want to check selected Apple online stores across Southeast Asia on January 6th. Although there’s no mention of discounts or sales, the special shopping event could have some unique deals and bargains (which might well, run out before the end of the day) for online shoppers.
In celebration of the Lunar New Year, Apple is holding a one-day special event this Friday and many more exciting in-store activities.
Most of you probably already know that the bluefin tuna population is in trouble due to overfishing (so go easy on the sashimi). Did you know that sturgeons are in danger too?
The concept of sustainable seafood is not a novel one, yet awareness of it is quite low. WWF is hosting a Sustainable Seafood Week, where nine Soho restaurants (listed below) will be offering Ocean Friendly Menus. These menus will contain seafood that the WWF has classified as “recommended” (read: it doesn’t harm the marine ecosystem if you consume a lot of it).