This is Hong Kong??

As I’ve mentioned before, Hong Kong is a place that has a very distinct personality. Or, perhaps it is more like a multiple personality disorder. Maybe even bi-polar, with hidden double-lives, dopplegangers, and severe mood wings. Either way, it is something I have come to appreciate about Hong Kong — the very different sides of…

Culture shock hits hard

I realise I have made a grave mistake in my approach to life in Hong Kong. I had obviously gotten too accustomed to Japanese culture, where people are constantly polite, kind, and overly sweet to you. I was a fool to believe I would receive similar treatment here. On this blog I always try to…

City searching

Even though I am not a religious person, for some reason I have found myself really enjoying visits to Buddhist temples, and in Japan to the Shinto shrines. It’s not that I am seeking enlightenment… I just love the architecture and think the simplicity of the style and design is quite beautiful. While there are…

In the bush

Last weekend a group of friends and I joined up with the Green Lantau Association, a local environmental group based in Lantau. Lantau is actually the biggest island in Hong Kong, extremely mountainous and not so populated. I found their website and saw that they do monthly trail walks, beach clean ups, and environmental activism….

The scenic city

At times Hong Kong seems like a dirty, noisy, tightly compressed concrete jungle, but on nice days like today when the weather is clear and the breeze is blowing, you realize how scenic this city can be. After all, Hong Kong is a country made up of over 200 islands, and has lovely mountains, bays…

Ugghhhh

Oh man. Last night was a messy one. One of those nights when I don’t really remember going home. This morning it took me about half an hour to find my glasses. And it’s taking me even longer to recover! After work I went with one of my co-workers, another newbie at my company, for…

Central HK

So far I’ve shown you a lot of pictures of the lovely island that I live on, but today you’re going to get some glances of downtown Hong Kong. The area called ‘Central’ where I work is in fact not in the centre of Hong Kong island, but sort of closer to the western edge…

Blood, sweat, and beers

I think I have finally settled in to my new place. Home sweet home! Making the move from HK island over to Lantau island was not as bad as I thought it might be. After work I took the MTR back to the hotel, got my suitcases (which weighed a ton), hailed a taxi, got…