Muse, Hotel Stage

The Kowloon City neighbourhood is a treasure chest of culture.

'Chay Lay Gi'

I was keen on photographing images based on elements of design, thought, and nostalgia. In ‘Chay Lay Gi’, I like that the vendor selected recycled cardboard for labeling. Take note of her distinct XL handwriting of the $ sign! It is old-school with a twist. Originally designed as a mini-scavenger hunt, most of these images can still be found and are in the exact same spot! Have fun, learn a little Cantonese, and enjoy the journey with Déjà Vu. A very special thanks to Hotel Stage for presenting this showcase at MUSE.

Walk good,
Monique Lai

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Hotel Stage is pleased to present an exhibition of photographs, Déjà Vu by Monique Lai 賴 昱 蓉.

Our Art Bridge programme invites artists in Hong Kong to showcase their works which are inspired by the dynamism and diversity of the city. We unveil to you our community artist exhibition by Monique Lai who makes an unflinching statement and deep dive into the beauty of Hong Kong. The photographs are a visual feast of the most traditional and yet bold culture of life aspects of the city.

“With Art Bridge, we can unearth artists that showcase our culture – our first collaboration with Monique Lai and her distinctive photographic perspective clearly showcases an aspect of Hong Kong that is taken for granted every day.”  -HOTEL STAGE
A zig-zag cut out sign says, 'Extended thru June 30', is taped onto a postcard holder encouraging patrons to write and post: 'Love from Hong Kong.
Déjà Vu Exhibition Postcards

Muse, Hotel Stage

1 Chi Wo Street, Kowloon, Hong Kong

Special Thanks

Paul Tam, Digital Force
Gordon Cheung, Zetter Picture Framer
Sharon While, Installation Designer
Joe Wong, Graphic Designer
Alen Chen, Muse

Gift Sponsor

Eddie So, Kuchiichi butter cookies


10 May – 30 June 2016

It has been such a beautiful whirlwind showcasing this collection at Muse, Hotel Stage in Jordan, Kowloon. Even more incredible is the insight you learn as you guide people thru your vision of the work. Special thanks to all who have visited me at Muse, to Kuchiichi who sponsors tasty treats for guests, and to Gordon Cheung, for his elegant and modern frame design for this collection.

Kuchiichi Butter Cookies


Framed Artwork & Prints

Step into a Hong Kong treasure chest of nostalgia and familiar sights. Journey back in time to discover Déjà Vu!

Interactive Play, Design Your Own Wall

Mid-way during the exhibition, I decided to feature a special wall with four images on magnets. Here I wanted the guests to have fun and play. This simple instruction triggered an instinctive reaction where each placed the frames as they wish. It was a beautiful insight to see their unguarded personality come alive with design.

“Love way that you have captured the lost disappearing way of Old Hong Kong, next step make it into a movie!”



I would like to express my appreciation to everyone who visited Hotel Stage. Especially those I did not get to meet Thank you for writing beautiful, supportive messages in my book! 

A bygone era; let’s hope not!

Capturing classic fun treats of daily life in Hong Kong. This feeling of the past, of having seen this before, is the essence of the Déjà Vu Collection. Take a closer look at these details and notice how everything is meticulously neat, tidy and perfectly unnoticed. This is what I appreciate and want my viewer to see in this series.

'Goong Jai'
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A technician stands over a computer ensuring the equipment setup is working.
Impact HK Charity

40 local artists donated artworks

An amazing community effort to close 2020!

I was asked to participate in an internal charity auction by Brunswick MerchantCantos where funds donated would benefit Impact HK Charity. This organisation, based in Hong Kong is all about taking care of our homeless. I am so proud to gift the 1st Edition of Cha Yip Daan. The (star) meaning behind this particular work is the sign: 3 for 10HKD. I thought that was incredibly kind, and suited “The Kindness of Strangers” theme.

HK$62,550 for ImpactHK!

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