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)?”
(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.
Work Life Balance – a Hong Kong perspective
What the f*** is happening Hong Kong?
If 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. Continue reading “What the f*** is happening Hong Kong?”
This is Hong Kong… unfortunately….
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 – Asia’s World City. But we don’t speak English….
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….”
Giving birth in Hong Kong – private or public hospital?
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?
Continue reading “Giving birth in Hong Kong – private or public hospital?”
Hong Kong’s air quality… a drama (but it shouldn’t be)
A lot has been written and talked about Hong Kong’s air quality problem. Reading the newest comments by Hong Kong’s undersecretary of environment I was totally flabbergasted. “This can’t be true” I told myself. But alas it it… Continue reading “Hong Kong’s air quality… a drama (but it shouldn’t be)”
A farm in Hong Kong
Hong Kong. That is skyscrapers and the world of banking and finance. But wait. If you venture out to the New Territories there’s more than an urban, concrete jungle. There’s something called “nature” consisting of small lakes, trees, grass, blue sky and white clouds. And black clouds as there was a massive bush fire going on…. Continue reading “A farm in Hong Kong”
Hong Kong’s dark skies….
Without a doubt, right now is not the right time to visit Hong Kong. From May all the way to July/August you’ll experience the infamous subtropical “rain season”. That means, the thermostat is going up towards 30C and stays between 28C and 34C – day and night. Throw in a bit of humidity (80% to 99%) and you end up with a “real feel” temperature of more than 40C. The moment you leave your hotel you’ll start sweating. And you start freezing once you enter one of the hundreds of shopping malls here – they cool is down to what must be 18C….
However, the rain season allows you to take some staggering photos of Hong Kong. Last Saturday, after my Chinese class, I walked around Tsim Sha Tsui, the southern Tip of the Kownloon peninsula that allows stunning views on Hong Kong’s business districts – Central, Admiralty and Wanchai.
The clouds were spectacular. Unfortunately I only had my iPhone with me to take photos. Nevertheless, they turned out pretty good….
How is Hong Kong like?
How is it living in Hong Kong? How is Hong Kong and Asia like?
I hear these questions often when I visit my friends in Europe. And I always tell them: Come and see yourself.
It’s very hard to describe life in Hong Kong (and Asia). It’s just so much different. Faster, bigger, more brutal but also more entertaining, mind-blowing, more fun.
I came across this video today and it just blew me away. That’s pretty much how I’d sum up Hong Kong….
Hong Kong is Home. from Javin Lau on Vimeo.