First day of school this morning back in Shanghai. Maybe we'd be better with a boat tomorrow.Read More »
Hong Kong may be lacking in some things - space, affordable housing, income equality and competition...
The good things in life don't always come easy. That's as true in the world of Cooked Food Centres a...
So here we are again, back with another quiz (if you can call it that). Another ten Chinese characte...
That’s entertainment! At first, there were just two guys holding a bunch of monkeys attached t...
On sticks or in a pot, in a bag or in the hand, Hong Kong street food is a curious mix of the tradit...
If you've visited Bangkok's Chatuchak Weekend Market recently, you're almost certain to recognise this guy. Looking like the epitome of a cartoon Spanish chef, this is in fact Fernando Andrés Yusta, the genial face of Chatuchak institution Viva 8 Spanish Restaurant.Read More »
What's worse than having a tree almost fall on you? Having a tree with a nest full of red ants almost fall on you, I reckon. And that wasn't even the first calamity to befall me on this day of rain-soaked disaster.Read More »
Apparently, he's much more chilled out than he used to be. Just don't cut him up while he's driving.Read More »
Yes, it's Hong Kong vanity plates time again. Another ten vehicular inanities hot on the wheels of the last batch. It seems all I do now is take, edit, upload and post photographs of Hong Kong's growing army of personalised licence plates. There are so many, in fact ...Read More »
Even for a cooked food centre, Tai Po Hui Cooked Food Centre is big. In fact, Tai Po is arguably the largest and busiest Hong Kong cooked food centre I've been to yet. Located above the wet market on the third floor of the huge Tai Po Hui Complex ...Read More »
It always surprises people when I mention the fact that the thing I love most about Hong Kong are the mountains and the hiking. "Hong Kong has mountains?" they say. To which I usually reply with something geeky like quoting the number of country parks and ...Read More »
Let's cut to the chase, when we talk about Hong Kong hill views, nothing beats Lion Rock. There are those that are taller. There are those that are closer to the "action". But for spectacular, 360° views, smack in the centre of everything, Lion Rock is the best of the lot.Read More »
There are wartime tunnels all over Hong Kong. You wouldn't know it if you weren't looking, but I guess any tunnel worth the digging should strive to make itself at least a little tough to find. The Japanese were evidently pretty busy during their three years and eight months occupation of Hong Kong ...Read More »
You'll not likely find it any of the guide books, but high above Tsuen Wan in Shing Mun Country Park, the remains of Hong Kong's first line of defence against the Japanese invasion during World War II, lie overgrown and unappreciated amongst the undergrowth. Constructed as part of the 13 miles of fortifications known as ...Read More »
A 05:30 wake-up and still I hadn’t beat the sunrise. It was already light outside. Lighter than I’d thought it would be. Lighter than I’d hoped. If we were operating on monk time, it was already alms-giving hour, and those quiet lines of orange-robed novices would be filing out onto the city streets ...Read More »
When Rupert Murdoch attended a dinner in Beijing in the late 1990s, he remarked that in all his visits to China, he had yet to meet a Communist. A strange remark indeed considering he was dining in by far the largest Communist state in the world ...Read More »
1986. Mao Zedong was ten years dead, the Tiananmen Square 'incident' was still three years away, and China was optimistic about the future. Only a few years before, the country had been all but inaccessible to foreigners. Still struggling with the trauma of the Cultural Revolution ...Read More »
With the 25th anniversary of the events of May and June 1989 just past, , and all the talk that went with it, it seems an appropriate time to take a look at an account of those momentous few weeks from the vantage point of someone who was actually there.Read More »