Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Picture of the Day: Cryptic Message

Is there a meaning behind this message that we can't understand?
Hong Kong is so commercial with luxury brands everywhere you look that it's hard to get into the true spirit of Christmas.

And so we were intrigued to see this message from Le Petit Prince, a character created by Antoine de Saint-Exupery.

The book of the same name is quite philosophical, making interesting observations about life and human nature.

For example, a fox says to the little prince: "On ne voit bien qu'avec le coeur. L'essentiel est invisible pour les yeux," which is translated as, "One sees clearly only with the heart. What is essential is invisible to the eye."

Profound stuff, right?

However, this Christmas message, plastered on the walkway between Standard Chartered Bank and Prince's Building and sponsored by Hang Lung Properties is really bizarre: "Is Earth's Xmas?"

And then we see in light gray script that it was designed by Michael Lau.

We wonder if Michael has actually read the book or is trying to be so deep that it is beyond our comprehension?


  1. I wonder if that query would make more sense if literally translated into Cantonese -- or whether it's hard to understand in any language! ;D

  2. Uh... I don't think it translates into Cantonese!