Film Friday - Hong Kong | Ventura and Santa Barbara Photographer

What reminds you of home? Is it the smell, the food, the architecture, or the people? I left Hong Kong 24 years ago and to be honest, I don't remember much. What I do remember fondly is the smell of stinky tofu - deep fried pieces of fermented tender tofu and eaten with hoisin sauce and hot sauce; a smell that I could detect blocks away, luring me to a giant wok full of oil churning out all sorts of delicious fried goodies. These street vendors are harder and harder to find but luckily I found some near our airbnb two blocks away!!! But I digress. What I missed the most about Hong Kong are the wet markets - fresh meat, seafood and vegetables lining the street; a robust and familiar community of vendors working hard and citizens grocery shopping and bargaining over strands of green onions as a way of life. That is home.

The best part of the trip was undoubtedly watching my maternal grandmother, my paw paw, with my kids. It was the first time they met and every second of the "i want to kill myself" feeling that I felt traveling 20+ hours with two toddlers was worth it for just that moment. Lugging a camera with a clingy toddler made photographing challenging and there were so many aspects of the trip that I wish I could capture but just couldn't - ah, sometimes parenthood isn't about doing everything we want to do, correct?

Anyways, sharing my favorite photographs from Hong Kong here...these remind me of my roots and I hope you love them too.

Developed and scanned by the amazing FIND Lab. All taken with the Pentax 645N and Rolleiflex 2.8E.



Po Chi Fung is a Ventura County Lifestyle Family and Newborn Photographer, also serving Ojai, Santa Barbara, Santa Monica, Thousand Oaks, Oxnard, and other surrounding areas. She captures real-life moments with a documentary approach on film to tell your family's story. 

mentally adjusting.


It's been exactly a week since I've returned from my trip to South Africa...and I miss it A LOT.  Mountains beyond mountains, safaris, beautiful coast line, nice people, great food, grilling all the time, cheap but awesome wines...what else can we ask for??  The danger in taking a three and a half week vacation is that it starts to feel like reality after a while, so it becomes an even bigger shocker when you find yourself sitting in your no-sunlight cubicle.  That was me on Monday...yuck.  Since then, school started, real life started back up..not to mention the fact that Christmas is just around the corner, ahhhhh.  I am not prepared for 2011 to end.  Maybe that's a sign of a great year?  :)  Excited for some down time to think about 2011 and sort out all the photos I want to post to show you!

Anyhow, a short post as I mentally adjust to being back and getting back into the routine.  This is a place called "Beach Camp" in Paternoster, SA that we stayed at.  This is taken inside our A frame hut right on the beach.  Very hippie commune like but boy is it a beautiful location.

Good night.

I'd like to get on a plane to go somewhere, NOW!

I am day dreaming about getting away and am missing Thailand.  The food, the temples!  I haven't really gotten around to posting photos from Chiang Mai and thought I'd share a couple now.  I am SO SAD that I didn't learn to shoot RAW all the time till after my February trip.  Can't wait till my upcoming vacation in November!!!

Night Bazaar in Chiang Mai is okay fun....but Warorot Market is the true GEM!!!  My favorite place in all of Chiang Mai, where a lot of the locals hung out...amazing food!!!

Coconut slushy, YUMMMM.

My trip to Chiang Mai was about 50% food and 50% temples...and like its cuisine, Chiang Mai's temples and statues were all breathtaking...

 Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh...I want to go nowwwwww.