Sunday was spent searching for a small Chinese stool on Hollywood Road (famous for its antique and souvenir shops) and Queen's Road East (with rows of furniture shops). I had the idea of picking up a cheap, everyday stool and repainting it in a brilliant emerald green color for our guest bedroom. We didn't get so lucky with our mission because a lot of the stools we saw were actually kind of pricey. So we went to the street market instead just to see what they're selling as I have never been despite having lived in Hong Kong for almost four years. There were a lot of things for sale, a lot of tchotchkes but what really amazed me were all these wonderful colors and textures. It was like looking through a kaleidoscope or flipping through Tony Duquette's book. Emeralds. coral, turquoise, jade, bronze, silver, ochre, amethysts. It was all just fascinating. I ended up buying two brushes with unpolished coral handles for less that US$20!