Old Hong Kong Money II (The 10s)

For tonight’s museum post, we have some more old Hong Kong money. First up, an old 10-cent coin from 1982:

Hong Kong 10-Cent Coin Circa 1982
Hong Kong 10 Cents – 1982
Hong Kong 10-Cent Coin Circa 1982
Number 10

It’s interesting to note the number 10 on this coin. If I recall correctly, the only other coin of that period that had an Arabic numeral on the tail was the five dollar coin; everything else had either the denomination in Chinese or the British lion on it (see the other post linked above for examples).

Next up, we have an HSBC 10-dollar bill from 1992:

Hong Kong 10-Dollar Bill Circa 1992
Hong Kong 10 dollars – 1992
Hong Kong 10-Dollar Bill Circa 1992
In HSBC we trust

This 10-dollar bill came from the series that I remember so fondly from childhood, the one seen in various HK movies of the period. They are all printed by HSBC, and the denomination is prominently printed in block English letters front and center with the coat of arms on the left and the watermark on the right, whether the bill (or should I say note?) is ten dollars, one hundred dollars, or one thousand dollars (stacks and stacks of the orange-colored bills in certain movies). It definitely seemed like the HSBC ones were more popular back then. I wonder why?

It’s also interesting to see how both HSBC and Standard Chartered put pictures of their headquarters on their bills. It’s the ultimate pissing contest, like a bunch of teenage boys in a high school locker room. Later on, the Chinese banks got in on the act as well, putting their headquarters on their bills. My skyscraper’s bigger than yours!

Pygmy Cory

Pygmy Cory - Sunshine Aquarium - Tokyo, Japan
A type of pygmy cory displayed at the Sunshine Aquarium – Tokyo, Japan – September 23, 2012

Two years ago today we arrived in Japan for the second leg of our Adventure 2012. Just like that it’s been two years already!

Anyhow, my desktop slideshow is currently playing photos from Tokyo 2012, and tonight another photo from the nature aquarium showed up. As I said, I never tire of looking at these sorts of photos. Here, we have some type of pygmy cory, and beneath it is a Japanese bamboo shrimp. In the background there are yet more unidentified fish.

Although I’m now busy with work and everything else that’s associated with it, I want to try and continue posting here (unlike in August, when I made ONE post). Here’s to keeping the streak alive!

UNIX Introduction and Quick Reference, Circa 1995

For today’s museum post we have a UNIX Introduction and Quick Reference from August 1995, from my first semester in college.

My first semester in college was different than most of my classmates’ and even most college students’ because I was a spring admit, meaning that I started in the spring semester after everyone had already made friends and formed cliques in the fall. I still made friends and would also do the typical college thing the next semester when I stayed in the dorms, but having a quiet semester to myself was actually very good for me. I focused mostly on studying and although at the time I felt a little left out not going to parties and meeting girls, looking back I realize I was doing something that was natural (and actually desirable) to me: being by myself.

As a prospective computer science major, it’s a no-brainer that we were introduced to UNIX. Posting this has brought back a lot of memories and I think I’ll expound on my initial college experience in a future Nostalgia post. For now, enjoy this guide to UNIX from nearly 20 years ago.

UNIX Reference Guide, UC Berkeley, 1995
I think cat is one of my favorite UNIX commands
UNIX Reference Guide, UC Berkeley, 1995
I actually still use a lot of these commands

Early A.M. MTR

Waiting for First Train at North Point - June 15, 2007
Waiting for the first train at North Point – June 15, 2007 5:59 AM

I had the morning shift this morning so I was on the MTR at 6:30. It wasn’t quite the first train, but it was close enough to make me think of summer 2007, when I took the first train of the day. At that time, I wrote in my journal:

When I left the hotel this morning it was before 6AM. There were quite a few people out and about already. The weather didn’t feel so bad. So far, it has not met my expectations, which is a good thing. I knew that I should find something to eat, but wasn’t really sure from where. I thought I’d check out the MTR station, but it wasn’t even open yet. I thought that was amusing. I checked the sign and it said the first train wouldn’t arrive until 0606. I decided to walk around to see what, if any, places there were to eat.

When the MTR’s gates finally opened, I went downstairs, only to find that the fare gates all had red Xs on them. I wanted to take a picture but my hands were full, plus I was eating my breakfast. When they opened the gate, I went inside and waited for the train. I tried to imagine what kind of jobs the people I saw were going to.

Over 7 years later I am on the other side and don’t have to imagine what kind of job I’m going to because I know it, because I’m experiencing it. Experience has also taught me that if the person I am today were seeing an entire row of red Xs for the first time, I wouldn’t be afraid and would find a way to take that photo.

Nature Aquarium

Freshwater Display, Sunshine Aquarium, Japan
Freshwater display at the Sunshine Aquarium in Tokyo, Japan – September 23, 2012

There’s just something fascinating about nature aquariums that makes me never tire of looking at them. This one just showed up in my slideshow, taken from the Sunshine Aquarium in Tokyo. Hard to believe that it’s been almost two years since we went there, two years since Adventure 2012 happened.

Road Trip, Day 6 – Rochester to Mitchell

Day 6 - Rochester to Mitchell

November 5, 2012

Aptly for a Monday, the sixth day of our road trip was one of the more uneventful ones, a straight east-to-west drive on Interstate 90.

Starting off at the motel in Rochester, we had the first of many hotel-buffet-breakfasts. It was a novelty to me that most of the hotels we stayed in during the road trip offered free breakfast (of course, they weren’t really free, but priced into the room rate). Maybe we’d just never noticed before or had paid the rate that didn’t include it, but we had it now and JC became the official bringer of breakfast. She would go out each morning while I was still in bed and return with everything in the same Holiday Inn Express bag (from Cortland). It’s a sweet memory and one of my favorite ones from the road trip.

Bath Towel Elephant
Who would’ve thought that a couple of rolled-up towels could turn into an elephant?

There were two unique things that we encountered only at the hotel in Rochester. The first was a La-Z-Boy recliner. We took turns sitting in it and pulling the lever. It was a shock when the seat-back reclined with unexpected rapidity. What a roller coaster ride. The second unique thing was how the bathroom was arranged. Rather than hung from a rack or placed in a neat pile, the towels were folded into bows on one side of the bathroom and, even more elaborately, in an elephant shape on the other. The shower curtain was tucked neatly into the soap holder in the middle, creating something like a big top circus tent. When I mentioned this to the owner at checkout, she said that it was something the maids liked to do, a way to brighten up an otherwise dreary bathroom (and job).

Jackson County, Minnesota - Interstate 90, Exit 57
Jackson County, Minnesota – notice the road color; does it have to do with the fog? Or snow?

After checking out, we gassed up the car and went on our way. We used less than one tank of gas that day, stopping only to eat and go to the bathroom (at the Blue Earth Rest Area, at the McDonald’s in Luverne, Minnesota, and at the Beaver Creek Travel Information Center in South Dakota).

Near the MN/SD Border
From Scotland to NY to SD to CA, we never figured out what those rolley things were (we did much later)

Once we arrived in Mitchell, we checked into the hotel before going to Walmart to buy dinner and some other necessities, including thermal underwear and a bottle of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey. The former was because we were heading into snowy territory and the coldest place we had been to so far was Niagara Falls where we had frozen our butts off despite maxing out our clothes; the latter was because we had been bombarded with Tennessee Honey ads while in London (especially in the Tube) and finally succumbed when we saw it at Walmart. Sadly, we ended up using neither of our purchases because the weather in South Dakota turned out to be great and the whiskey turned out to be so disgusting we eventually poured it down the drain (at the next city, wanted to try it a couple of times just to be sure).

Route Planning
Planning the rest of the trip

We spent the rest of the night in our cozy suite (with a nice couch and coffee table) eating a dinner of various packaged foods and planning the route for the rest of the trip. After driving for over 5 hours from Chicago to Rochester, we realized it was too draining so we planned a more leisurely pace going forward.

List of packaged foods (for the record, of course):

Lastly, here is the world’s largest bull’s head:

World's Largest Bulls Head, Porter Sculpture Park
World’s largest bull’s head at the Porter Sculpture Park, Montrose, South Dakota

Next: Road Trip, Day 7 – Mitchell to Rapid City

Setting Sun

Pollution Sunset
Pollution Sunset – April 5, 2014

From one celestial body to another, for today’s slideshow post we have a photo of the setting sun, taken on a ferry from Cheung Chau to Hong Kong. I initially thought that the mountains were part of Lantau Island, but on closer inspection they may be from Hei Ling Chau.

Only in smoggy Hong Kong could you get a sunset like this; the particulates in the air create a natural filter for the sun’s light.

Mid-Autumn Moon

The 2014 Mid-Autumn Moon
The 2014 Mid-Autumn Moon – September 9

I don’t know why the Mid-Autumn Festival is named as such, because it seems like we’re still in the midst of summer. Regardless, the moon is supposed to be at its roundest and brightest during this time, and last night I got a chance to snap a photo of it. It’s mesmerizing to look at the craters and imagine stray cosmic objects smashing into the moon. What’s it like up there?

Happy belated Mid-Autumn Festival!