I’ve been living in Tai Po for more than three years now and haven’t made it to the old police station on top of the hill. And this despite it being just 500m away from where I live…. Continue reading “Tai Po Old Police Station”
I have to admit I still hadn’t been to PMQ. And that despite working in the Product Design and Development industry. I know there’s no excuse but a busy work schedule, too many China trips and two small children kept me busy. However, yesterday, I finally managed to drop by. Continue reading “PMQ – Hong Kong’s art hub (or is it just another shopping mall)?”
Holidays, annual leave, 40 hour weeks, paternity leave “Elternzeit”. All that contributes what we in Europe call the work-life balance.
But how do things look in different parts of the world? Like in Hong Kong where I live.
You might have never heard of Michael Rogge. I certainly haven’t. Mr Rogge loves to travel and takes video recordings of places he visits.
Now, you might think that’s nothing too special. After all we’re all equipped with smartphones and built-in cameras. What makes Mr Rogge’s case special is that he’s in his 80s now. The time when he travelled the world was from the 1940s onwards.
His first job post as a young man brought him to Hong Kong. And if you’re used to the Hong Kong in the 21st century you’ll never imagine how the city looked just a few decades before.
His playlist features a staggering 159 videos – and that just for Hong Kong / Macau. The videos were taken from 1949 to the 1960s/70s.
Below you find the playlist to all his 159 Hong Kong videos.
As I had friends in town yesterday we went to eat Beijing Duck followed by Hong Kong style dessert. We first went to Peking Garden, then walked to “Tang Dessert” in Tsim Sha Tsui. In order to cross Kowloon Park Drive you need to take the pedestrian underpass on Peking Road.
When I walked up the stairs, I saw “F***ing Chinese” sprayed on the stairs.
I was flummoxed. After all I’m in Hong Kong – a Chinese city. Now I’m contemplating who was the culprit and what does he (or she) think.
I came up with the following explanations.
1. “Chinese” in this sense refers to “Mainland Chinese”. In this case it could’ve been written by a local Hong Kong Chinese who’s fed up with Mainland Chinese pushing around in Tsim Sha Tsui buying all milk powder and LV bags. There’s been quite a bit of tension between the Hong Kong population and Chinese tourists over the last years. I won’t get into the details in this post as it would require a few posts on its own to explain.
2. “Chinese” in this sense refers to Ethnic Chinese. In this case it was most likely written by one of the ethnic minorities in Hong Kong such as gwai loh’s (caucasian), Indians, Africans or someone else. Why someone would write such a racist remark I don’t know.
3. It was just a stupid joke.
What do you think?
For those of you, who just saw the Hong Kong police throwing tear gas at students, a quick summary what happened over the last months and years. Continue reading “What the f*** is happening Hong Kong?”
I came across a video on YouTube yesterday (see below) that shows a different side of Hong Kong. A side you don’t realise if you stay in your expatriate circles or are just a tourist. But if you’ve lived in Hong Kong for a while and are familiar with the local culture you won’t be surprised. This video shows the other side of Hong Kong, a society which worships money, property and celebrities but isn’t much interested in other things in life…. Continue reading “This is Hong Kong… unfortunately….”
Hong Kong brands itself as “Asia’s World City”. The rule of law, as well as English being an official language in the territory is often emphasised. Apparently, the Law Society of Hong Kong is facing difficulties communicating in the most common lingua franca. Continue reading “Hong Kong – Asia’s World City. But we don’t speak English….”
The longer I live in Hong Kong the more I realise what a strange place it is. People in Hong Kong adore brands and everything that claims to be Italian or French and are willing to spend shitloads of money on those products.
And, everything that claims to be “private” instead of “public” is better. Always! At least so people think. And giving birth is no exception. Or is it?