Monday, February 28, 2011

The Strange Things I Saw On My Vacation

Hey all, I haven't done one of my cultural things in a while and I think we're due.  And since on vacation I found a few fun things to share, I hope today's blog will give us all a bit of a chuckle.  Enjoy!

We saw this sign as we were wandering around the island of Coloane.  We laughed ourselves sick.  I mean, is the Chinese more subtle?  Or is it just as blunt?

 Still on Coloane and this is one of those Mr. Safety things.  It's a ladder, built of bamboo and zip ties.  As you can see it looks pretty rickety.  I'm pretty sure I wouldn't want to climb it.

 One of the things that gets me the most over here is the way they order you to do the most obvious things.  I've seen signs that tell how to pee and even how not to breathe.  This sign Jeramiah loved.  Not just because of the cute penguin, but because it exhorted you to hold on to a handrail that wasn't even there.  LOL

 Jeramiah couldn't believe this.  Stitch bouquets.  That's right.  Can't afford roses?  No problem.  Just get your girl a bouquet of nasty little creatures.  She'll know it's love.  

 I know this looks erotic, but it's not doing it doggy style.  At least I hope not.  It's in a family park here in Macau.  Actually it's supposed to be how to do a specific exercise by bending at the waist.  I'm thinking they might want to re-work their instructions.  Or send this to Hustler Magazine.

Is this a sign up in the states?  I'd never seen one before.  But I cracked up when I read it.  --And then we lock them... *snort*

This is a booth where you can pay for Wi-Fi.  But the thing is smaller than a phone booth and there isn't a shelf for a computer.  I guess it's for a Wi-Fi enabled phone when you want a little privacy.  Sorry, a little unnecessary as far as I'm concerned.

This sign was stretched out on a busy street in Hong Kong.  It tells us all about certain conspiracies that are going on in the US government.  There were several of them and the accusations were quite creative.  We walked back down the same road later and the cops had torn them down.  Guess no one wanted to know how Americans are taking over the world.

You have to take a closer look at this.  Click on the picture.  These are found at Hong Kong's (Kowloon's) Night Market.  There were about twenty booths with these in them.  But no matter how I tried I couldn't get Jonathon to put one on.  LOL  Personally I was torn between the parrot and the elephant.

Jeramiah and I saw this and grabbed our cameras.  It cracked us up.  We wondered if they knew "cum" and "recycling" together conjured up all kinds of bizarre and slighty disgusting thoughts.

Seriously?  Feral pigeons?  I know you can have wild birds but doesn't the word feral make you think of ravenging wolves and stalking tigers?  At the very least wild cats and pigs.  But pigeons?  I can't get all freaked out or scared about a feral pigeon.  What's it going to do?  Coo me to death?

Anyway, hope you enjoyed these little bits of weirdness.  They are all around me and I can't help but document them.  I'm sure I'll come up with more for you all another time.  Meanwhile, I'll be back on Wednesday with a blog about what's coming up in my writing world.

CJ England

Follow Your Dreams


Jodi said...

Wow! I laughed at most of these! Don't think I could get dh to wear a parrot or elephant either! And the recycling picture, it looks like used condoms on top of the receptacles. lol

CJ England said...

LOL I thought the same thing. It was pretty disgusting.

Glad you enjoyed them!

Unknown said...

Yay Stitch! LOL
The posters thing is too funny.


Anonymous said...

Hysterical, CJ. Absolutely hysterical!!!

CJ England said...


Jeramiah's lady loves Stitch too. So he thought it funny. I just thought why him when it could be real flowers. LOL

Jon got the look. Just in case he was thinking about it.

CJ England said...

I know, Liz. We find stuff like that all the time. A lot of it is the English translation not coming across quite right, but somethings are just plain weird, no matter what country you're from! LOL

Ray said...

Feral pigeons???
What about feral squirrels. When I worked in Washington DC I was coming to work on a weekend I walked through a small park that on week days was crowded. People would feed the squirrels at lunch on their lunch hour. I was carrying my bag lunch and was attacked by a few squirrels angry because I wouldn't share.

I loved the ladder. I need to add that to my collection of unsafe photos.


CJ England said...


LOL on the squirrels. I have to say I've seen some of those. When we lived in Pompano Beach in Florida it was hard to go picnic at the park because of the cheeky little buggers. It's tiring enough to watch three kids under six, but to deal with a mob of hungry squirrels?

Motherhood is tough! LOL

And the best ladder we've seen over here is two 12 foot ladders put together with duct tape--one on top of the other. It still wasn't high enough so they added a stepstool. *shakes head* And, the best part?

It all sat in the dead center of a busy road while they put up Chinese New Year decorations. I so wish Jon had gotten a pic of it, but his phone doesn't take pictures.

Ray said...

I can't find the picture I was searching for, but it was one crane lifting another and another picture in the series showed a cherry picker crane in standing water so a worker could change a light bulb.

I do have one I will send to your email.


CJ England said...

OMG... seriously, Ray? Some of the things we've seen. LOL

Send away. I look forward to seeing it.

Phylis said...

Those are a hoot! lol Look forward to more!

CJ England said...

I know Phylis. I look at them now and I still giggle. LOL