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Babies have no infant formula: Hong Kong

I am so confused about the infant formula shortage, it’s such a weird HK issue. I really feel sorry for the mothers in HK, of all things to have to stress over! But if we are to seriously analyze the problem, there are so many parties to blame. How do I feel about水貨客? I find them just completely annoying because what they do are doing, pushing carts and boxes of heavy products in and out of public transportation are completely annoying and affecting our daily lives, but they are not to be blamed. These 水貨客 appear because these is such a large gap between HKD & RMB in regards to the exchange rate and to the fact there is no taxes in Hong Hong but taxes in China. Generally speaking, these gaps are not an issue if HK and China are two separate entities; however, nowadays, access between HK and China are so easy, of course the industry of水貨客 appear! We should applaud the business venture spirit of Chinese people and blame the government for their uselessness. If goods entering China are to be taxed as they are supposed to, than millions of people are breaking the law, so why are they not caught? Throw a few in jail, there should be a decrease # in this industry. People that “pull” frozen beef into China from HK actually tell 水貨客 to keep “pulling” these beef into China because they know the freezers at the immigration office are full so their items will not be taken away! If the government really wants to solve the水貨客 problem, it is possible! Don’t airplanes limit passengers to the amount of luggage they are allowed onto planes? Why can’t there be immigration officers at the HK/China check points performing the same function? People entering China/HK—consider them going overseas or whatever, they need to show arrival and departure cards and are limited to 20kg per person. Sorry, you cannot pay for additional carry on—all overweight luggage will be thrown away. Similarly, people that cross the border between HK/China that are not staying overnight might only be allowed 7kg per crossing and any 2nd, 3rd, or additional crossing on the same day are not allowed any additional luggage. Seriously, just issuing this luggage policy will stop 水貨客—if not 100%, at least 80%! If the government really want to stop this problem, they can! I mean, if I can think of it, why are people paid millions of dollars a year not able to? For me, I actually don’t give a crap who is the chief executive of HK, and I really think since CY Leung is now the chief executive, let’s just all shut up and let him do his job, because protesting and screaming every day and wanting to pull him down…what does that do? Like seriously, what does that do? Is there another person the people want? If not, let’s just give him some time and do what he’s supposed to do just because he is already at that post. I don’t know, I think instead of screaming and protesting “down with CY”, maybe the screaming and protesting should be on implementing these suitcase restrictions to be implemented to at least give the people in HK a little ease of mind. I too, find it appalling to see people wheeling cartons after cartons of toilet paper, yakult, chocolate across the border, sigh, WTF. If I go a step further, you can’t blame the consumers in China for buying infant formula in HK because they too don’t trust “made in China”, that’s the ultimate problem! Maybe shoot all the evil business enterprises with no ethics, that might solve the remaining 20% the luggage restriction might not solve haha. So the conclusion is…the problem rest with all evil enterprises in China that scared off all the consumers in China. Guys! HK is like a freaking dot on the map! All these PRC customers running to HK hoarding the goods, seriously, imagine the scenario, how can HK sustain? You have a mountain running to the needle, OMG! I talked too much again with my 5 cents.

A Barbie Christmas

Hold and behold, it is a Ken & Barbie pink Christmas at Time Square!

I didn't know it's a barbie display just from the outside decorations

I started to have an idea once I get to the foyer

look at all the barbies~ I have to admit I'm a bit of a tomboy, I never NEVER played with barbie dolls when I was a little kiddie

these are little candle lights with barbie face on them, haha

chinese fusion fine dining

Very good experience with great food, great services and excelling atmosphere at extremely affordable prices, what more can I ask for?  Eating Chinese dinners usually mean a round table with large plates of foods shared between the whole table, but today, I experienced single serving Chinese food slightly fusion off with little twists here and there, but it still retains the sumptuousness and hearty eating associated with a Chinese dinner.  Two thumbs up!

the meal started off off with an abalone soaked in tsingtao beer, it tasted extremely refreshing, I love it! It comes with a small side salad

swallow saliva, very good

of course, I really like roasted pigeons

i love this so much! it's a baked escargot in a conch shell with a very delicious filling of pork, rice and knick knacks

must have some greens during the meal, these bok choys are drizzled with a fish soup, it was good


i was so busy eating my noodles, I forgot to take a picture until it's pretty much finished. I really like it, it's actually spicy like it's supposed to in sichuan

and a visually pleasing dessert platter to end the night, it was really really good dessert!


another dai pai dong eat

I never get tired of eating outdoors, I love the food and everything that goes on around me.  This dig is delicious, I recommend it, though it’s a bit far from town.  The dai pai dong joint is in Yuen Long, right next to the main bus terminus that has KMB buses heading back to town, so it is really very convenient if you are willing to take the time to head into Yuen Long.  After eating, walk around this vibrant township, there are so much to see and so much little knick knacks to buy.  I used less that $500HKD (around $65USD) and bought 6 t-shirts, good quality t shirts like adidas, new balance, nike, COOL EH?

there is a strip dai pai dong alongside this main bus station--different color table cloths distinguish each eatery

a happy staff makes the dinner that much yummier! The two big bowls of rice could be finished by 4 ppl

i really like roasted pigeons

this is pumpkin in a batter mix of salty eggs and flour, I love it, it reminds me of the best pumpkin slices I had in Guangzhou years ago, I still couldn't find one comparable in HK, this one is the closest, but it's still very far off from the yummy one I had before

i am a sucker for black pepper short-ribs

I also recommend that after eating outdoors at dai pai dong, walk around and find one of those herbal shops that serve dark color drink concoctions, hees.  As my aunt said, there are so much heat from eating at dai pai dongs because all the food have lots of heavy frying, so it is best to drink those herbal teas to cool down the system and avoid pimple break-out–good advice for me!

when you spot one of these herbal tea shops, just drink one any one of the random bowl of black goodness

I was recommended to drink this black soup because the chrysantumum sweeted the tea and I wouldn't find it too bitter

what kind of government is good government?

Growing up in the West, I believe in the freedom of speech as any of my American counterparts, but I am also quick to admit there are a lot of hindrances with democracy/freedom, however you like to put it.  Nowadays, I often feel like democracy means in-your-face fighting between opposition parties.  To oppose or reject policies for the sake of opposing, to reject even if the proposed policies are serving the people, just to gain attention in the media.  This is the democracy I know of today, a bunch of yelling and screaming opposition parties, and polling for votes through “motivational” (empty) speeches.  I feel like it’s just polling and voting, and then it’s polling and voting again, that’s all there is, I don’t really see anyone really working.  But then again, you can’t really work when the policies are never passed but just “up for dabate” to be rejected.

Then, in HK, the confidence of the current administrative government is just declining as the days go by.  You would have no confidence in them too if all they do is go  on television saying “I am here to do my job” all stone-faced and expressionless.  I don’t feel any passion or love for citizens.  I slowly begin to nod my head when protesters get angry and denounce the government for colluding with property giants and business owners, because I am feeling like that might be true.  I would even agree with many people who insist the salary of  government officials are high because they are expected to stand in front of the media and be yelled at by angry and frustrated citizens while acting like nothing is wrong when people say they are useless and not listening to the wishes of the people.

Then, upon arriving in Singapore for around a month now, through reading the newspaper, I feel this government actually care about its citizens.  I might not be in Singapore long enough thus I am singing praises; however it feels like there are so much things going on in the city to make the lives of citizens better.  There is this strong goal to continue increasing greenery and parks, there is a strong focus on investment in health care and day care for the elders as more and more Singaporeans are retiring.  The government is building more and more HDB  (public) housing and creating upcoming new towns ahead of forecast population increase to ensure supply meets demand.  I feel all these policies are being done to benefit the people.

I feel the people in Singapore are being cared for by government officials.  I sure hope this is not a honeymoon phase and I will continue to have such positive sentiments toward the government and its policies in Singapore.  If it is as good as it seems, I cannot wait to get my PR, smooch!

Stanley sea view

Like other foreigners, I love to be close to the water, something so serene staring out at the limitless horizon.

peek-a-boo with cop on motorcycle

I was on the tram (ding ding) the other day and sat at the very front of the top deck taking pictures of the older parts of  Hong Kong.  The ding ding stopped at a red light and there was a cop on a motorcycle in front of the ding ding.  I couldn’t help taking random shots of him getting off his bike and chuckling a bit at the shots when I was flipping through them on the camera.  It became a little action film, haha.

Piggy Banks!

It was really cool spotting the HSBC’s “save for your dreams” piggy bank display on Paterson street Causeway Bay today.  There was a competition earlier where many students submit their designs and these were the ones on display in Causeway Bay.  I remember my parents buying me those bright red plastic piggy banks as a child, and the mentality to save money for the rainy day is indeed deeply rooted to many Asia children.

Ring in a great year at “che kung miu” temple

The “Che Kung Miu” temple is one of the most famous in Hong Kong and visited by thousands of people (as in 6 digit thousands), especially during the second and third day of the Chinese New Year (CNY).  On the 2nd day of CNY, government officials will also head over the “Che Kung Miu” temple and call on the divination of the gods for a good and prosperous year for Hong Kong.  I also stumbled into “Che Kung Miu” temple on the 2nd day of CNY, but after all the media and government officials have left the place for us commoners. 

Oh wow, was it ever packed!  There were thousands of people, incense sticks, and windmills all over the place, it was cohesive madness!  For an avid believer, there are three things you could do at “Che Kung Miu” to ring in a good year; burning incense as offering for a wonderful year ahead, turn the windmill to turn the luck the right way, and beat 3 times loudly on the drums to ring in a great year.  As a Christian, I skipped the first step, and participated on the last 2 steps before walking around the market that is connected to the temple, my eyes got dizzy with all the windmills on display.  Aside from crazy smoke from the burning incense that smog my face and made my eyes teared up every once in awhile, it was a great experience, and funny seeing workers with giant ass fumigators on.

2nd & 3rd day of CNY: It’s all about luck

Similar to other people in Hong Kong, I spent the 2nd and 3rd day of my Chinese New Year holiday increasing my luck, wishing the upcoming year, I’ll be EVEN more lucky, EVEN more better.  It is not improving, but increasing the level of luck for 2011.  I think year 2010 has been a great year, and I could feel that 2011 is a busy and hectic year in a very good way!  I have been told the year of the rabbit is very good for my horoscope , with lots of exciting adventures and great investment opportunties, so a little bit of luck is awesome!

Step 1:  Visit a temple

I am a Christian, so I do not burn incense or make offers as per other believers, but it was fun visiting the temple and soak in the atmosphere.  While I did not burn incense, I did “turn” the windmill to “turn” the luck the right way, and beat on the drum for a good year!

Step 2:  Head over to the wishing tree

Write down your wish and throw it up to the wishing tree; rumor has it the higher you throw, the higher the chances your wish would come true.  Hmm.. it took me a few tries to get my wishing card up onto the tree, and I am very happy about it!

Step 3:  Participate in the 1st horserace of the season

By participating, I mean betting on the races and see where your luck brings you.  I played 2 races, but I didn’t win, but that’s ok, lady luck has my luck preserved for other matters.

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