Ben in Hong Kong©

Monday, November 5, 2007

Email forward

So mostly I delete email forwards as soon as I get them. Mainly because they probably contain some virus or just produce another way of wasting my time at work. Anyway, one I recieved today was called "You know you have lived in Hong Kong too long when..." So I had to see how many points applied to me.

This list was clearly created by someone who earns more money than me. However, the following things jumped out as ringing true.

1. You have paid enough rent to buy a moderate-sized North American or European town.
10. You developed an acquired taste for mooncakes.
16. Your building's security guard is 4 times older than the building itself.
20. 165 decibels is a normal noise level for lunchtime conversation.
23. You believe that pressing the lift button 63 times will make it move faster.
25. You know it is useless to protest when the lady at the supermarket check-out wraps one toothbrush in 6 plastic bags
26. You will never ever EVER buy Miracle Foot Repair.
27. You learnt to recognise Andy Lau, Leon Lai, Aaron Kwok and Jacky Cheung.
29. Pink bathroom tiles can make any building or public garden beautiful
30. Your colleagues eat sun-dried cuttlefish coated in sugar and you don't bat an eyelid
41. Drilling on the walls in the wee small hours in the morning is considered acceptable behaviour
46. You compiled a 3-page list of weird English first names that Chinese people of your acquaintance have chosen for themselves.
49. You are convinced that the only thing that moves more slowly than continental drift is a Causeway Bay crowd on a Saturday afternoon.
50. You are not surprised to see 85-year old ladies pushing tons of garbage up the streets of the financial district
51. You bulldoze your way into lifts and MTR trains before other passengers have a chance to alight
55. You use the word "Ayyiieeaaahh" every few sentences to convey surprise, pleasure, pain or anger


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