20 Signs You’ve Been in Asia Too Long

Without a doubt living abroad changes you. It challenges the things that you thought were the norm and shows you that perhaps there are other ways to do them. You pick up new habits and shed old ones that you realise are not so relevant anymore. And you learn that not everybody on the planet…

Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park

Within walking distance of my shoebox — I mean, apartment — is the lovely Sun Yat Sen Memorial Park. A rare patch of green along the waterfront, where people can actually lie down on the grass and picnic with their families under the shade of the trees. In a place where flat land comes at…

A Sexy Surprise

I found myself wondering the other day whether Chinese people got their groove on a lot. After all, there are a billion of them, right? Imagine what the population would be if it weren’t for the One Child Policy! There is obviously one heck of a lot of sex going on around here. But despite…

Bamboo Boys

How do they do it — cover entire buildings with bamboo scaffolding, like a network of spiders engulfing a forest, with little to no tools other than thin strips of black plastic to hold it all together, and little to no safety equipment? It always makes me whip out the camera to take a shot…

The dark (and dirty) side of Hong Kong

Without a doubt, the worst part about life in Hong Kong is the POLLUTION. It is incredibly depressing when you don’t see a blue sky for days and days at a time, knowing that it’s not because of clouds, but because of industrial and local pollution. Today the sky cleared but I had been counting…

Lions at the Gate

The dragon may be the most powerful, popular and well known animal in Asian culture, but there is another animal that is far, far more common in daily life in China and all over Asia: the Lion. Being a newcomer to Asian culture, sometimes I notice things but don’t understand their significance. For example, a…

Liming at the Lantern Festival

This weekend had two holidays making it a four day weekend, with the Mid Autumn Festival (sometimes known as the Full Moon Festival) and National Day falling together. And my Trini friend Laura, who has just moved to Hong Kong and still has the enthusiasm of the newly arrived, suggested we go to Victoria Park…

The tallest bar in the world

Want to get high in Hong Kong? I mean real, real high? All it takes is a quick trip in an elevator to the swanky new bar aptly called Ozone, at a whopping 118 floors high, perched on top of the tallest building in Hong Kong, the International Commerce Center. Part of the very glamorous…

Snack attack – Asian style

It is a bit of an understatement to say that the snacks over here are ‘different’. You get all kind of ‘exotic’ products and flavors that you would never find over in the west because it just wouldn’t do well on the market. For example, take a look at these, on sale at my local…

Stupid people and their smart phones

I don’t often bitch about my own personal gripes, since this blog is for the most part related to travel and life abroad, but I feel compelled to have a little rant about stupid people and their endless attachment to their stupid phones. Let me start by saying I do not have a smartphone. I…

Above Average: Why finding bigger sizes in Asia is so damn hard

If you are a woman with some ‘meat on de bone’, as they like to say in Trinidad, then it can be tough to find your size in Asia. In an area of the world where the average person is shorter, smaller and lighter than their ‘big boned’ Anglo counterparts from the West, someone like…

Maid in Hong Kong

If you come to Hong Kong and happen to be here on a Sunday, you will most likely notice there are thousands upon thousands of young women that seem to be camped out all over the city. Every outdoor space, whether it is a park, a promenade, a patch of shade between two buildings or…

Hiking the Peak

Victoria Peak — usually just called ‘The Peak’ by the locals — is the highest mountain on Hong Kong island, and the absolute best place to get a full view of pretty much most of Hong Kong from 1,811 feet high. There are lots of ways to get to the Peak, such as hiking, taking…

Sealed with a chop

In the western world, your signature is your word – you have to sign your passport, the back of your bank card, your credit card statements, your driver’s license, your marriage certificate to prove that you are who you say you are. In the far east, however, instead of a signature, traditionally people used a…

One Man’s Poison is another man’s lunch

The very offensive joke in China goes that “the only thing on four legs that Chinese people don’t eat is the table”. Indeed, when travelling in China, you may wonder if there is anything that is off limits when it comes to food. If it moves, if it walks, if it swims, if it wriggles,…

Things You Can’t Live Without

If you had to choose something to take with you to the afterlife, what would it be? Money, gold, music, pictures, jewels, your pet dog, your laptop? The Emperor Qin, who is credited with unifying China into the one massive country it is today, was so obsessed with his own afterlife that he created the…

Smoking on the roof

And no, I don’t mean tobacco!     This morning was the first attempt at smoking some really yummy things on a wood chip smoker that we bought ages ago but never had the chance — or to be more specific, the SPACE — to use. But now that we have a fabulous roof top…

Gimme ah bligh!!!

Okay okay, so if you are not a Trini you will have NO CLUE what that means. So here’s the translation — I got a big up! Oh wait, no, that’s still Trini talk. Okay, how about this…. somebody likes my blog! I am so stoked to be included in this year’s Outlish Magazine Top…

The Best Commute in the World

Oh the ding ding. My most favouritest form of transport in Hong Kong. One of the oldest and quaintest ways to get from the east to the west of the island — though it would take a while. First opened in 1904, the electric street tram is affectionately known by the locals as the ‘ding…

The grand tour of my teeny tiny apartment

It’s been almost a full month since I’ve been able to post, and for good reason — up until now I have had no bloody internet at home! We moved into our ghetto-fabulous new building which is so old that the cable/internet company came and took a look at our wires and said it was…

Well, That Was Quick

I have a new home! And way ahead of schedule. I thought it would take a few weeks to find a good place, but it seems luck was on my side. After seeing a LOT of really old, crappy, horrible, dank, dark, nasty looking places, I walked, on a whim, in to an agent’s office,…

Lucky numbers

Today is Friday the 13th — a day considered unlucky by superstitious people in the Western world. It is a bit of a cultural phenomenon, because ask any young person WHY Friday the 13th is unlucky and they will probably scratch their heads. Horror movies have been made about the date and blood and gore…

Busted

I caught this funny shot walking through a park the other day. It’s a group of Filipino domestic workers, with a group of wheelchair-bound elderly people. I would assume that the maids are supposed to be taking the elderly folks out for a walk. But instead they have parked up the old folks in a…

Vertical life

Crazy shot of the day… could you imagine if they came and built this gigantic mothertrucking elevated highway right next to your bedroom!?   Sometimes in Hong Kong the only place to build is UP! .

The Search Begins

If there is one thing I appreciate about living in Hong Kong, it is the incredibly efficiency of the society in general. For example, if you need to go to the airport, you don’t call a taxi service a day in advance to make a booking. You pack your bags, get ready, pick up your…

Good advertising

YES. This is what I want to see more of.   Thank you, Calvin Klein. .

Mong Kok Madness

For old time’s sake, I went yesterday to an area that I typically avoid like the plague, the worst tourist trap in all of Hong Kong — the Mong Kok Ladies Market. I avoid the Ladies Market because it is a place where tourists typically get badly ripped off, where everything is a fake, and…

The End of an Era

It was with a surprising amount of sadness that I closed the front door of our apartment in Hong Kong for the very last time, pulling it in with a very final ‘click’, knowing that I would never be going back in. But, that’s life I suppose. In order for one adventure to begin, another…

Good day / Bad day

It’s officially summer — the best time to be in Hong Kong. The skies are blue, the air is clean, visibility is excellent, and it’s hot hot hot. It is a real shame that this kind of weather doesn’t last. Not necessarily the heat, but the clear skies. The winter brings a change of wind…

Sham Shui Po

Since I began making jewellry about five months ago, I’ve been spending an inordinate amount of time in an old area of Hong Kong called Sham Shui Po. This area is famous for a number of things. One, it is home to the Golden Dragon Computer Centre where you can get any and everything for…

Dim Sum Surprise

Last weekend I managed to convince my significant other to leave the warm cocoon of our flat on the 51st floor and descend into the heart of the city. We jumped on the MTR and headed over to Jordan to visit some scuba diving shops in order to prepare for our upcoming diving trip in…

Trip to Tai O

“TAI O IS THE ONLY PARADISE IN F*CKING HONG KONG”, reads the graffitti that spread across the wall on the old pier of Tai O. I stood there amongst the fishermen, and had to wonder who would have written this and why. Could it have been some teenagers with a spray paint can, who were…

The Bead Hunter

Much like a small child in a toy store, I get easily distracted and want to play with a variety of new toys at the same time. My latest ‘toy’, or hobby, is making jewellry. And thanks to an area called Sham Shui Po, this is a hobby that can be easily and readily pursued…

Curry tabanca

During the year that I was in Tokyo, I only met one Trini, and only got together with him once for drinks. The rest of that time, I never came across a single person from T&T. Strangely enough, in Hong Kong, there are quite a few Trinis, and more and more seem to be coming…

Don’t stand so close to me

Many people may not know this, but Hong Kong is the fourth most densely populated area on earth, led only by Macau (also in China), Monaco, and Singapore. In a place which is 70% mountain and surrounded by sea, absolutely everything is crammed into one place, and with half the population working in the urban…

How to make perfect dumplings

The other day while meandering through Mong Kok I stumbled across a little old lady standing in a tiny alley selling a plastic hand-held dumpling maker that promised to make perfect dumplings every time. And it being only HK $10, I just couldn’t resist buying it and taking it home to try out. First step…

The spread of tai-tai-ism

There is a strange phenomenon taking place around me the last couple of months. A lot of my female friends are quitting their jobs and becoming what is known in Cantonese as ‘tai-tais’. I found this handy definition of ‘tai tai’, for those of you who don’t speak Cantonese…

Breaking the bank

Weddings in Hong Kong are seriously big business. There is nothing — and I mean literally nothing — more important in a Chinese person’s life than a wedding. Forget about births and deaths and graduations. Weddings take the cake. Weddings ‘buss the bank’, as they might say in Trinidad. Weddings are the be-all and end-all…

View from the 51st floor

We recently moved to a spanking new apartment in a very futuristic looking area of Hong Kong called Tung Chung, right next to Hong Kong International Airport. Because all the buildings are very new (practically the whole town is new), they are extremely tall. We are on the 51st floor, and that isn’t even the…

Only in Hong Kong

The amazing thing about living in Asia is that each country is so quintessentially unique. Singapore looks nothing like Hong Kong. Thailand looks nothing like Malaysia. Beijing looks nothing like Manila. And when you are flipping through the TV and see a scene, you can immediately say, ‘Hey, that’s Bali!’, or ‘Hey, that’s Tokyo!’ So,…