Hong Kong

Loneliness in a new city

Loneliness in a new city

Travelers visit countries, explore, learn, fall in love with the places, with the sights, with the people there. But the majority of them travel back to their own countries, to their own people, and their love affair with the foreign land is just a fling, a burning match that fades away after some time. A […]

Hong Kong vicious lifecycle

Hong Kong vicious lifecycle

Welcome to this world. You have been born a human this time. However you have made it into a concrete jungle of more than seven million people, all sharing a small piece of land next to a huge grid of factories that power your motherland. Well, not your motherland yet, but that is our plan. […]

Okaeri, welcome back home

Okaeri, welcome back home

For some reason, one of the first expressions I learnt in Japanese was “Tadaima”, that people say when they arrive home, meaning something like “It’s me, I have arrived” and the usual warm reply “Okaeri”, that the family say to welcome the person back home. As a modern life nomad, and being very practical about […]

Another dose of Moxibustion, please

Another dose of Moxibustion, please

Tired of trying western remedies for pain, and taking advantage of my stay in Hong Kong, I decided to give Chinese medicine a try. And I luckily became friends with Dr. Chan, a young man in his late twenties, professor of Chinese Medicine of the University of Hong Kong, who not only treated me of […]

Hong Kong is dying

Hong Kong is dying

Life is all about change. Cities evolve during time, they change their personality, physiognomy, style… Hong Kong is a very international city, and Tsim Tsa Tsui, one of its most cosmopolitan areas, has influences from many parts of the world: The Filipino helpers in Kowloon Park, the Muslim brothers in the park Mosque, the Indian […]

Looking west

Looking west

The nicest sunsets are those where the sun disappears into the sea, painting the clouds around with amazing colours. When I first joined my company, I was in a small office that was big enough to fit three desks. We chose the cheapest option, a room below street level with a window through which we […]

1001 ideas to increase quality of living in HK

1001 ideas to increase quality of living in HK

Michael Tien is a candidate from the New People’s party to some municipal elections in Hong Kong. I met Michael on the street, he talked to me in English (how did he find out?) and told me that I should vote for him. He looked exactly the same as in his business card and the […]

Getting old in Hong Kong

Getting old in Hong Kong

Far from the comfortable ghettos of Hong Kong, where expats burn their fat salaries in drinks and high calories dinners, lives Shu Fang, 85, still working full time. She is a misplaced element of a very interesting sub-environment in the city: the newspaper trophic chain, where old citizens have been recycled into performing very hard […]

Typhoon times

Typhoon times

Every year there are a few tropical typhoons passing by Hong Kong, so it is a kind of special routine for the locals living in the city, that happens only once in a while. There are many typhoon warnings, but after signal 8 the city freezes. This time Typhoon Vicente was the strongest to hit […]

Hong Kong China blues

Hong Kong China blues

Las ciudades nuevas son como las relaciones nuevas. Los primeros meses estás locamente enamorado de ellas. Todo es nuevo y especial, las cosas que descubres cada día, la forma en la que te sonríen. Guau, esas primeras miradas… Pero poco a poco te acostumbras a su mirada, y empieza a asomar la rutina. Con la […]

The world's tallest buildings in 5 days

The world’s tallest buildings in 5 days

Business trips have many disadvantages, but also some really good things. Tip Hong Kong-Taipei-Shanghai-Hong Kong. Five days. Packed with meetings. Not time for much, but enough to taste the savoury taiwanese snacks and the yummy Shanghainese food. Mere appetizers to the main dish: Climb to the top of the tallest buildings in the world. Day […]

China - Pictures

China – Pictures

Dim sum

Dim sum

The first time we learnt about the magic of dim sum was in 2006 during our stay in San Francisco. Our friends took us to a place where we spent hours eating delicious food, surrounded by Asian families and above all Cantonese waiters pushing trolleys with little plates and bamboo baskets of delicacies. It was […]

Hong Kong, bamboo grove

Hong Kong, bamboo grove

Would you cross this bridge made of bamboo? [flickr]http://www.flickr.com/photos/35413670@N07/4143819636/[/flickr] Bamboo is the world’s fastest growing plant. It is a symbol of revitalization and hope, as it grows one section and it creates a base to grow the next one. In our trip we also need to take some time in a city, to take a […]