29 Nov, 2009 in HK Culture & Life, HK Places
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Last concluding part about Tai O Village to introduce the last of the social groups in Tai O Village. There are those who live on land, those who live on houses constructed above water, and those who live on their boats – the fishermen.   Meet our very own fisherman, a handsome local …

22 Nov, 2009 in HK Culture & Life, HK Places
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Having visited some of Hong Kong’s other side at the fishing village of Tai O in the west of HK’s Lantau Island and contemplating Tai O’s boat people’s lives, here’s a bit more of the local life. The first thing you come across when you arrive at Tai O Village is the more standard local […]

17 Nov, 2009 in HK Culture & Life, HK Places
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The inhabitants of Hong Kong’s western Lantau island little Tai O Village could be separated into two, of perhaps three, general groups of people – the boat people, with those living on houses constructed on the river and fishermen living on boats, and the land people. A foreigner visiting the place might not be sensitive […]

3 Oct, 2009 in HK Culture & Life
Hong Kong Ads & Bikini Pseudo Models

Hong Kong has a really lively advertising market, and that’s often one of the most interesting sources for social interpretations of Hong Kong culture. One of the first things you’re bound to notice in HK are the big banner-posters hanging all over the MTR. I’ll be honest with you… being the male that …

18 Sep, 2009 in HK Culture & Life

Being a foreigner in HK (& previously in Taiwan) sometimes gets me into some amusing conversations. One day, as I was working on some data in the research room I got a Facebook chat request (through Digsby)  from a girl I don’t know who added me as a friend. After we had the following …

1 Aug, 2009 in HK Culture & Life
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You can argue all you want about Chinese food, but I’ve yet to hear about someone who doesn’t like Dim Dum, and there’s no place for Dim Sum like Hong Kong (and Taiwan, and China, but I’m in HK now, so let’s make it about Hong Kong). To enjoy the best of what …

4 Jul, 2009 in HK Culture & Life
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As someone who comes from a country where the biggest city of Jerusalem has about 700,000 residents with perhaps no more than 10 tall buildings in the entire municipality (we owe the British mandate for that), Hong Kong’s urban jungle on Hong Kong Island can at times be a bit too much for me. …

27 Jun, 2009 in HK Culture & Life
When you have nightmares of wet floors.

My little sister sent me her short list of "you know you’re in Hong Kong when…" summarizing some of her cross-cultural observations as a tourist in Hong Kong. Have a look (with some minor adjustments) : When you have nightmares of wet floors. …

23 Jun, 2009 in HK Culture & Life
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Hong Kong has some gigantic malls. One of my favorite monstrosities is Longham Place in Mongkok where I sometimes go for movies or to get away for some aircon coffee from the busy noisy Mongkok streets.   …

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