PMQ – Hong Kong’s art hub (or is it just another shopping mall)?


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.  Read More…

Taiwan, I love you….


Taiwan… A much underrated island of the coast of China.

As my wife’s father’s family is from Taiwan we typically go there once a year. There are many reasons why I love Taiwan. Among them is the nature, the food and most of all the people.

They’re just the nicest people on earth. And they take pride in their service. 
We landed at Taichung airport and needed a room to change our son’s and daughters diapers. 

In Europe you might find a public toilet with a baby changing facility. Not so in Taiwan.

There was a special room for breastfeeding and baby care. Inside, there was a baby changing facility, water in different temperatures, diapers in three (!!!!) sizes, baby body lotion and even heated wet towels (they got a special machine to wet the towels).

Taiwan, I love you….  I’ve never ever seen anything like this.

Work Life Balance – a Hong Kong perspective

Work Life Balance(This article will appear in the “Europolitan“, the alumni magazine of ESB Reutlingen)

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.

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Shaoxing (绍兴) – China’s wine city


Over the Easter weekend I flew up to Hangzhou, a city around 200km south of Shanghai to visit a friend of mine. We spent a few days, eating and drinking way too much.

He also took me to Shaoxing – China’s wine city. Before we set of, I though that I heard the name Shaoxing before but I wasn’t able to connect the dots.  Finally I did. Around five years ago, while working for a sourcing company, I visited the city, although only the factory belt. I skipped the downtown area completely which is a shame….

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Vegetarian and Vegan food in Taipei – you’ll be in for a surprise


For those of you who are familiar with Taiwan, you know that Taipei is a foodie’s paradise. Particularly if you’re into street food – like me. You’ll find every strange kind of food on Taipei’s famous night markets.  Read More…

Hong Kong like you’ve never seen it before….

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.


F***ing Chinese???

Photo-2014-12-29-20-03-14_1331As 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?