When my sisters were still here, I made my second trip to the Cat Street market in Central to show them around. It's always fun exploring new territory since I've been living here for five years, but it's perfect to do it with my sisters. We hunt and peck for the same kinds of things. And, of course, their opinions are what I trust most.
There is so much to see in this market, so many nooks and crannies to explore, that I imagine it is one of those places that you'd find something different and new each time you visit. When I was there last, I was with the hubby's family, and I was really taking in the big picture of Cat Street.
This time, I decided to look at little things and pay attention to the details.
We looked into this brass shop which sold door knobs, hinges, picture hooks and knockers of all kinds. I found a lovely brass picture hook that I'll be turning into a necklace.
It's right across from this shop which makes those metal carts that the little old men and women use to haul cardboard and paper to recycle. I loved the drawings of the cart with directions for construction.
Every shop has little trays of goodies. Vases, figurines, coins, etc.
It was in one of these shops that I found a gorgeous dragon bracelet. It was hanging on a wall next to an identical phoenix bracelet (the dragon phoenix is an auspicious pairing here in Hong Kong). I am a sucker for detail (I like when the lining of blazers or insides of pockets are made with unique fabrics). This dragon bracelet is beautiful - in the dragon's mouth is a ring that holds a clasp which meets up with the tail of the dragon. The links of the bracelet are the dragon's body.
I couldn't wait to wear it (hence the poorly manicured nails).
I wanted it to stand alone, so I didn't stack it with other bracelets.
And, I enlisted the help of my photographer sister to get a good close up. She's legit. The real deal. She studied photography in college and the last time she took posed portraits like these, it was for a project and I was 9 months pregnant with my oldest.