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In regards to the comment “Hong Kong people are dogs”

The episode:  A group of tourists from the mainland (around 3 women and their children) were riding on the MTR in Hong Kong;  while on the MTR, they started eating instant noodles, completely ignoring the “no eating” signs.  Another passenger on the MTR told them they cannot eat on the train and it ended up into a heated argument and yelling between Hong Kong people and Mainland tourists.  This definitely is a small and even “irrelevant” incident, but it led to a lot more internal buildup of frustration between the people living in HK and the people from the Mainland that all exploded through this minor incident.

Why the video went crazy in HK:  There are a lot of pent-up frustrations with local Hong Kong people over the influx of mainland tourists in HK.  It really bothered HK people when Mainland tourists feel they are above the law, talking loudly and rashly, but the worst part is the attitudes and images they portrayed.  It is common seeing Mainland tourists dragging little kids in shopping malls and they will suddenly drop their pants and start urinating or defecating in the middle of a shopping mall.  It is common to see Mainlanders just butting into a long line, sidling up to people and pretending to be in the line.  When caught, all they do is start yelling and saying they don’t understand Cantonese and their mentality is “if I can keep screaming and speaking really loud, you guys will eventually just let me be”.  I believe at the end of the day, these are just minor issues locals in HK will gulp down and “take a beating to”, but when Mainlanders start rushing to HK to borne their babies to ensure their children will be able to access HK education and get HK citizenship, or snatching up all the infant formulas and bed space in hospitals, or overheating the property and real estate markets, many of the local HK can no longer tolerate because it truly affects their standards of living.

The Video:  Comments to the incident on MTR made by a “so called” professor at the university of Beijing; very brash and rude languages used and repeatedly stating people of HK are dogs.  After his comments caused huge debates and tensions between people living in HK and China, he went on interviews saying he has NEVER CALLED PEOPLE IN HK DOGS when it was repeatedly said in the video.  Go figures!

His Comment:  If people in HK are discriminating against people in China, then let China not supply you people with water, vegetables, rice, let’s see how you survive

My Comment:  products supplied from China is constantly contaminated that there is no confidence for products that are “made in China”.  This vote of “no confidence” is not just from HK, but the rest of the world as well.  As a tax-free capitalist city, China is not the only place HK source or trade with, I do not believe people in HK will starve if China is to stop supplying their produce and goods.  I believe many people in HK prefer to purchase overseas brands, because there is no confidence with the quality of products made in China.

His Comment:  There is nothing special about HK, all the advantages that HK used to have, well Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen are all catching up.  If it is not for people in China coming to HK to travel and to shop, you will be nothing, you cannot survive!

My Comment:  While tourism is a big part of HK economy, HK is also known as the financial centre and logistics hub in Asia.  While I believe majority of people in HK enjoy visitors and tourists from different parts of the world, what they do not enjoy is Mainland tourists coming to HK to buy milk powder, bottled water, cooking oil, and daily necessities to carry back to China because they do not believe in goods made in China.  While people in HK should pity and feel sorry for Mainlanders, at the end of the day, they are only left feeling frustrated because these insane volume purchases left babies in HK constantly without milk powder.  While tourists from Mainland might think they are doing HK a favor by pouring tourism money into the city, many people in HK feel they are worse off because their buying habits created many additional side effects such as landlord requesting additional rent, property prices exploding, and in turn, prices of goods rise because retailers need to pay high rent.  If one is to walk down the main tourist districts of Causeway Bay or Tsim Sha Tsui, they have all became shopping strips of high-end brands such as LV, Chanel, and Gucci, because only these international brands can pay the ridiculous rents requested.  Many outlets tailored to local HK people such as supermarkets and movie theatres are forced to close doors to make ways for these International brands.  So, at the end of the day, are these tourist money really doing the city a favor?

His Comment:  Why is HK clean?  It is because there is laws there that penalized people who litter.  The reason the city is in good shape is because it is regulated by laws, not because of the quality of the people who live in the city.  For a city to be regulated by laws tells me that the quality of the people is low because they cannot regulate themselves.  If they are not beaten, they will not be good.  One word to describe this behavior:  SHIT

My Comment:  Last time I checked, there is a law and regulating system in China, but of course, rather the people abide to it or not is another thing completely.  If following the laws mean the people in that place are of low quality, I would be happy in any law-abiding countries, because at least what is “right” and what is “wrong” are clearly stated.  If urinating and defeating in public, jumping a line, or pushing your way into public transportation are the acts of high quality people, I am happy to be considered low quality and need to be regulated by laws.

My thought:  I do acknowledge there is a certain degree of discrimination against people from China in HK, and that is nothing to be proud of.  At the end of the day, the common root is we are all Chinese people with brown eyes, black hair, and yellow skin.  I think everyone wants to be united and be proud to say HK is part of China, but I also believe that day will only come when some of the people from the Mainland can learn to “fine tune” their attitudes, behavoirs, thinking, and beliefs.  When living in HK, I always frowned and shake my head at some of the outrageous behaviors I witness from Mainland tourists.  I believe if you want people to accept you and to treat you civilly, you also need to behavior and act in a manner that allow others to respect you.  It is unfortunate seeing all these conflicts between people from the mainland and HK, but I honestly do not think they will stop.  If anything, I believe these conflicts will only escalate and get worst with all the pent-up anger and frustration from people in HK.  I believe a lot of local HK people feel like their way of living, their standard of living, their self-image and belief are being eroded as more and more Mainlanders come to HK and “impose” their way of living, thinking, and behavior to the HK mass.  There is a strong belief and hidden understanding in HK that the locals need to continue to show tolerance and acceptance to behaviors and acts they cannot accept from Mainlanders, and they are suffering as their image and quality of Chinese people is eroded at the international platform.

During the video, the professor has said repeatedly that HK people have been colonized so long by Britian that they have forgotten they are part of China.  From my point of view, I am happy to see Hong Kong returned to China in 1997 because indeed HK is a part of China and so this port city should not be governed by foreign forces.  However, at the same time, the reason it is not possible for HK and the rest of China to “merge” together and for the people living in these places to “merge” and see each other as so-called “the same” is because EVERYONE NEEDS TO UNDERSTAND HK and China are indeed different.  When a developed and metropolitan city is to merge with a giant that is still developing, with lots of issues to human rights, corruption, and people with very different culture, mindset and beliefs; it is not truly possible to just “merge”.  People in HK freak out when they see on TV local citizens living in Beijing needs to be trained to form lines to get on buses because you do not just all blindly push and run onto a bus when it arrives.  This episode happened before the Beijing Olympics.   The following statement I am about to make is always and constantly playing in the minds of people living in HK, which is “I feel like I am downgrading myself by saying I am part of China rather than saying I am Hong Kong”.  I believe this statement runs very true to people living in Taiwan as well.

The Video:

Some comments from people and government of HK:

The Elephant Parade

162 life-size elephant sculptures were spotted in Singapore as an environmental awareness campaign for the conservation of elephants.  I had the pleasure of meeting all these very creatively designed elephant sculptures where they were all featured for a final showing at the Botanic Gardens.  Below are some of my favorite:

This is my favorite elephant, how creative! It made me started craving durian and I ate one afterwards!

the angry bird one is pretty cool too, it attracts lots of kids to take photos with it

it's a plushie elephant

hees, this elephant spots a tuft of fine black hair

My view: Singapore government’s property cooling measures targetting foreginers

OK, I said I won’t really write about it, but I am feeling a little huffy puffy about it, so I must get my five cents across.

What this blog is about–you can read the following article:

cooling measures in Singapore properties

My view on this tax is translating so much more than a tax trying to prevent foreigners from purchasing homes in Singapore, it also translates to me professional foreigners are not wanted in Singapore and the locals feel threatened for no reason.  Honestly, do you only want your country to import in blue-collar and low-income workers from impoverished nations that are not educated?  ARE YOU SURE THAT IS WHAT YOU WANT THE DIRECTION OF SINGAPORE TO CHOOSE?

So in my last blog, as a “P.S.”, I mentioned the following, which I’ll now elaborate because I cannot resist:

“Singapore government, please be nice to me, why must you slap a 10% tax of foreigners purchasing homes in Singapore?  I only want to buy a condo to live in, I have no intention of investing or flipping it in the market.  You should slap the tax on 2nd purchase homes, not just on foreigners, especially since I am planning to make a life here, boo boo boo!  If I continue, it will become a 2nd blog and clearly this is nothing exciting compared to all my trips, but come on!  This policy doesn’t stop the mega rich, if they want to buy, they will still buy 5, 8, 10 condos!  Do you want me to keep renting until I become a PR?  But I am Chinese!  Chinese people do not believe in renting for the long-term!  Chinese people like to have a roof over their heads they can call their home!”

First Comment to my own comment:

if the gov wants to cool down the mkt, the measure should be for everyone in singapore, the buyers are not juyst foreigners isn’t it?  The tax should be slapped on all buyers who are making 2nd or 3rd purchases.  If the buyer that is purcahsing is to live in the condo, it’s silly to punish them for that.  In a sense, I believe the HK gov’s cooling measure is a lot smarter, you don’t want to create a brain drain in the country.
Second comment to my comment:
Even if I am not a foreigner, I will still find the new cooling measure silly by the government.  If the intention is to cool down the property market and prevent people from flipping or snapping up multiple properties, the tax should be slapped onto everyone who make 2nd, 3rd and more purchases, that makes more sense doesn’t it?  The HK government did a cooling measure a few months back which I personally feel is way more aimed at the objective, to cool the market.  Slap tax and restrictions on all buyers that are not 1st time buyer or for investment, because the intention is to cool the market!  Unless the secret plan of the government is to stop foreigners from building a home and calling this country a home, which is so silly, why do you want to create a brain drain and kick out the professionals?  If the locals only feel comfortable with street sweepers and blue-collar workers from Sri Lanka and pakistan and Philipines, that’s just so silly!  Are you sure that is all the immigrants you want into the country?
My view on Mainlanders
OK, I just have to add this in because everyone seems to think Chinamen are pouring money into property markets and making the housing market do jumping jacks.  While walking little pretzel, locals in Singapore like to express this view on Chinamen to me because I’m from HK so I must be feeling that pain too in HK.  Yes, there is the mentality in HK that prices are skyrocketing because Chinamen with money just keep buying and buying in HK.  So how do I really feel?  Sometimes, I do not like mainlanders, and it’s not because they are pouring money into the HK economy, the reason I don’t like some of the mainlanders I see in HK is because they are not educated and are missing the software; an educated, cultured, and refined personality– it has nothing to do with the millions they have.  I personally have no problem with Chinamen pouring money into HK, I welcome all the richies who like to buy LV and GUCCI only to bring them to wet markets in China, I have no problem with that.  For Chinamen that like to snap up properties in HK, I also have no problem, because that tells the world HK is a good place to invest in, foreigners are validating that for the locals, so what do I have to complain?

A Letter from a Shelter Manager – anonymous in North Carolina

Below is a letter written from an anonymous shelter manager I saw on Facebook and I would like to share on my blog becuase it is truly heart breaking:
I think our society needs a huge “Wake-up” call. As a shelter manager, I am going to share a little insight with you all…a view from the inside if you will.First off, all of you breeders/sellers should be made to work in the “back” of an animal shelter for just one day. Maybe if you saw the life drain from a few sad, lost, confused eyes, you would change your mind about breeding and selling to people you don’t even know.

That puppy you just sold will most likely end up in my shelter when it’s not a cute little puppy anymore. So how would you feel if you knew that there’s about a 90% chance that dog will never walk out of the shelter it is going to be dumped at? Purebred or not! About 50% of all of the dogs that are “owner surrenders” or “strays”, that come into my shelter are purebred dogs.

The most common excuses I hear are; “We are moving and we can’t take our dog (or cat).” Really? Where are you moving too that doesn’t allow pets? Or they say “The dog got bigger than we thought it would”. How big did you think a German Shepherd would get? “We don’t have time for her”. Really? I work a 10-12 hour day and still have time for my 6 dogs! “She’s tearing up our yard”. How about making her a part of your family? They always tell me “We just don’t want to have to stress about finding a place for her we know she’ll get adopted, she’s a good dog”.

Odds are your pet won’t get adopted & how stressful do you think being in a shelter is? Well, let me tell you, your pet has 72 hours to find a new family from the moment you drop it off. Sometimes a little longer if the shelter isn’t full and your dog manages to stay completely healthy. If it sniffles, it dies. Your pet will be confined to a small run/kennel in a room with about 25 other barking or crying animals. It will have to relieve itself where it eats and sleeps. It will be depressed and it will cry constantly for the family that abandoned it. If your pet is lucky, I will have enough volunteers in that day to take him/her for a walk. If I don’t, your pet won’t get any attention besides having a bowl of food slid under the kennel door and the waste sprayed out of its pen with a high-powered hose. If your dog is big, black or any of the “Bully” breeds (pit bull, rottie, mastiff, etc) it was pretty much dead when you walked it through the front door.

Those dogs just don’t get adopted. It doesn’t matter how ‘sweet’ or ‘well behaved’ they are.

If your dog doesn’t get adopted within its 72 hours and the shelter is full, it will be destroyed. If the shelter isn’t full and your dog is good enough, and of a desirable enough breed it may get a stay of execution, but not for long . Most dogs get very kennel protective after about a week and are destroyed for showing aggression. Even the sweetest dogs will turn in this environment. If your pet makes it over all of those hurdles chances are it will get kennel cough or an upper respiratory infection and will be destroyed because shelters just don’t have the funds to pay for even a $100 treatment.

Here’s a little euthanasia 101 for those of you that have never witnessed a perfectly healthy, scared animal being “put-down”.

First, your pet will be taken from its kennel on a leash. They always look like they think they are going for a walk happy, wagging their tails. Until they get to “The Room”, every one of them freaks out and puts on the brakes when we get to the door. It must smell like death or they can feel the sad souls that are left in there, it’s strange, but it happens with every one of them. Your dog or cat will be restrained, held down by 1 or 2 vet techs depending on the size and how freaked out they are. Then a euthanasia tech or a vet will start the process. They will find a vein in the front leg and inject a lethal dose of the “pink stuff”. Hopefully your pet doesn’t panic from being restrained and jerk. I’ve seen the needles tear out of a leg and been covered with the resulting blood and been deafened by the yelps and screams. They all don’t just “go to sleep”, sometimes they spasm for a while, gasp for air and defecate on themselves.

When it all ends, your pets corpse will be stacked like firewood in a large freezer in the back with all of the other animals that were killed waiting to be picked up like garbage. What happens next? Cremated? Taken to the dump? Rendered into pet food? You’ll never know and it probably won’t even cross your mind. It was just an animal and you can always buy another one, right?

I hope that those of you that have read this are bawling your eyes out and can’t get the pictures out of your head I deal with everyday on the way home from work.

I hate my job, I hate that it exists & I hate that it will always be there unless you people make some changes and realize that the lives you are affecting go much farther than the pets you dump at a shelter.

Between 9 and 11 MILLION animals die every year in shelters and only you can stop it. I do my best to save every life I can but rescues are always full, and there are more animals coming in everyday than there are homes.

My point to all of this DON’T BREED OR BUY WHILE SHELTER PETS DIE!

Hate me if you want to. The truth hurts and reality is what it is. I just hope I maybe changed one persons mind about breeding their dog, taking their loving pet to a shelter, or buying a dog. I hope that someone will walk into my shelter and say “I saw this and it made me want to adopt”. THAT WOULD MAKE IT WORTH IT.

DIS-honor killing

“A 16-year-old girl was buried alive by relatives in southeast Turkey in a gruesome honor killing just because she reportedly befriended boys”

“Zahida’s brother brutally attacked her because he alleged she had been unfaithful and brought shame to the family. He cut off her ears, tongue, and nose, gouged out her eyes, and left her for dead”

These brutal and inhumane acts of violence against women are performed under the guise of so-called “honor killings”, loosely defined as murder of women by men within her families for SUSPICIONS of infidelity, promiscuity, flirting and as RIDICULOUS as a woman’s desire for a divorce from an abusive husband or wishing to marry a man of her own choice.

How can such brutality and violence against women be considered an honorable act? I could not understand how men could justify such horrific acts of brutality against another helpless human. This complete disregard of women and consider them inferior, subject to the commands and desire of men lie in the belief often found in Middle East and Southeast Asia such as Pakistan and India that women are the property of men. In many instances, the cattle and farm animals of a family would be worth more in value than that of a woman.  In many cases, these women are treated worse than animals. An average woman in Pakistan is born a little above that of a slave, and crimes against women are so common, over 70% of women suffer from domestic violence. Sadly, degradation of women is so common many of them don’t even know they are being violated and oppressed against.

“Cut off her eyes so she couldn’t see, her ears because she won’t listen to me, her tongue so she could not testify”.

There is no such thing as “honor” in killing, this is blatant murder with intentions!   Who is to blame for these brutal acts? The illiterate men who believe their righteous acts will restore honor and pride to their family name? The government that cannot rid its nation of illiteracy and poverty? The families of abused women who are in so much poverty they are forced to accept bribe money from the attackers to provide a living for the children of the deceased mothers? How could these horrific acts be seen as honorable when they are met with painful screams and crying from the women they supposedly love? Who is to blame for the practice of  HONOR KILLING?

*revision of my post from August 2010

My pet peeves or I am just damn pissed off

I don’t know if it’s the heat or the stress that is making me a bit cranky and grouchy lately, but if I am already not in a good mood and all the things I find annoying are happening to me at the same time, it really is not a good idea!

To alleviate some steam and calm myself down, I would like to share my pet peeves!

So what bugs me on a regular basis??!!??

  • I hate tele-sales!!!  Stop wasting my cel phone minutes!  I don’t need any loans, I don’t want to learn of your promotion, and no, I am not interested in any free prizes, just stop harassing me!
  • People that hand out leaflets on the streets–gawd, I hate it when they  look completely zoned out and just shove  pieces of paper into my face, get away from me!
  • I hate people that ask me if I have time to do a survey because I don’t!!!  Gawd, and they would keep pestering you, following you, and walking next to you like you guys are buddy buddy.  Sometimes it gets so bad, I just stopped walking, glared, and asked them if they understand what no means—I can be a bit bitchy sometimes, but the leaflets and the surveys happen to me EVERYDAY!!!
  • I really do not like it when passengers on mini buses take the aisle seat and when I have to squeeze into the window seat, they don’t stand to let me through.  I get really annoyed when these silly people actually take the bus all the way to the last stop and I need to get off and they just moves their legs to the aisle, I hate that!!!  So, if I whack you with my million bags when I squeeze past you, don’t wonder why it happened.
  • For some odd reason, people that take the elevator at my work building just walk into the elevator and stand right by the door.  How do you expect other people to get onto the elevator, WALK IN!!!  Why are you standing right by the door when you pressed floor 18???!!

Dog flung off a building for fun

 This is murder!!! A video was posted on facebook page of two perpetrators throwing an abused dog off the roof. The video shows a man dragging the dog by the tail while the other person shooting the video laughed gleefully at the malicious act they are about to commit. The poor dog was pulled by the tail and was flung off the roof to cruel laughter. I can hear the “thud” as the dog landed on the ground and I can still hear him whimpering as he lay in his curled up fatal position waiting for a painful death.

I actually paused in the middle of the 20 seconds video because I was feeling way too disgusted and cannot bear to see the eventual outcome of the video’s ending. The fact people can find pleasure and glee in watching another living specie suffer in pain is beyond heartless. These acts are truly condemned and intolerable in any civil society. This is a crime and the perpetrators should be punished, especially since they think this is so “cool” and posted it online to “share”. I do hope the police in Singapore would be able to catch these two murderers and they are punished for their crimes. At the same time, I hope the SPCA could find the poor dog, if not badly harmed, probably dead from being flung off a building.

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