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Tai Po Old Police Station

img_3641I’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…. Read More…

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…

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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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.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=videoseries?list=PLA08F26F648CE6143%5D

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?

What the f*** is happening Hong Kong?

Hong KongIf you don’t live in Hong Kong, chances are slim that you heard about what’s happening in Hong Kong. Unless you’re a news junkie that scans CNN, BBC, the New York Times, on a constant basis.

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. Read More…

A baby lounge…. I can’t believe it

A week ago my wife met friends for “Yum Cha”. Literally “Yum Cha” translates as ‘drink tea’ but what you do is meeting up with friends or family, eat Cantonese Dim Sum and have a good time.
Afterwards we went to one of the ‘consume temples’ aka shopping malls in Tsim Sha Tsui and found, in between shops selling overpriced baby stuff, a baby lounge!

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