Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong Skyline

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Two International Finance Centre, The Second Tallest Building in Hong Kong. The Red Sail Junk Ship. Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong Skyline.

The Apple Peddlers’ Son

 

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The Wild Riders…

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The current population of Bangladesh is over 166 million as of April 2018, based on the latest United Nations estimates and is equivalent to 2.18% of the total world population.

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Rail is a principal mode of transport in Bangladesh with more than 40 million passengers travelling on the Bangladesh Railway per year.

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Dhaka being the most populated city in Bangladesh is also one of the most populated in the world. The Greater Dhaka Area has over 18 million people and while the city itself has a population estimated to be over 8.5 million. It is one of the most densely populated areas in the world, more than 23,000 per square kilometer within a total area of 300 square kilometers.

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At more than 31 percent, Bangladesh has the highest percentage of its population living below the national poverty line in South Asia.

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Wading the tide, Freediving the deep

I watched these boys, ages 7- 8, as I drove to and from my place for several days playing their hand at a simple form of line fishing. A nylon line wrapped around a plastic water bottle. This day I stopped, I motioned to see if they were having any luck and one of them raised both hands, laughed and signaled with his grin, nothing today. They were wading in the shore of an outcrop tidal area but none of them seemed at all bothered by it rising. One of them was then washed off a rock by an incoming flash of wave and ended up right in a swirling pool… again no cause for alarm. Their form of a game while testing their fishing skills.

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It was late afternoon when a three man crew of free diving, spear gun and hand run net fishermen were approaching shore following a full day much further out to the deeps. Still practicing sustainable fishing, I had nothing but respect.

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They are still using the Paraw, a traditional Philippine double outrigger canoe, sail boat native to the Visayas for their daily routine. These outriggers are now being used much more widely today trasporting construction materials and tourists throughout the islands. originally designed from the sailboats of the first settlers from Borneo who were in search of a peaceful home in 1212 A.D. Legend would say that these 10 Bornean datus reached The Philippines through paraws as their mode of transportation.

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The propagation of Filipino civilization was made possible because of these paraws. And the theory that there might be no ‘you’ and ‘me’ existing today without these sailboats might be correct.

Paradise lost. Paradise found…

Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong

IMG_3176-1Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong

Zheng He’s sailing maps of the China coast, dated c.1425 were the first reference to what is now called Victoria Harbour. Following the first and second Opium Wars, Great Britain named it after the British Queen Victoria becoming a colony of Britain. Situated between Hong Kong Island and the Kowloon Peninsula, Victoria Harbour’s strategic location on the South China Sea provided shelter and enough depths to became one of the world’s busiest trading ports.

 

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