The weekend has just finished and was full of stuff going on.
Saturday the company put on a junk boat trip for all the new employees. It was really fun with lots of sun, sea and island visiting. We were lucky with the weather as Hong Kong was due to get hit by another typhoon, but it just missed us and ended up going to Taiwan instead.
After dinner on Satruday we all went out to the bar and club district of Hong Kong. By mistake we wandered into the wrong lifts in a building and found ourselves in a club on a very high floor of a skyscraper that had the most amazing views across Hong Kong. This was where we spent the next four hours dancing like fools and drinking surprisingly little, because we were all dancing like fools.
Sunday I spent the afternoon at my new fave place to be lazy and relax, RED bar on the IFC rooftop.
The good thing about RED bar (other than the views above and all around) is the seating is for the general public, because the government makes all these big buildings provide public space. This means that you can bring cheap drinks and food from home and sit on the massive comfy chairs for free.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
I have just returned home from my Chinese lesson and thought it about time I updated the blog, as I have been neglecting it slightly this week.
After picking up little bits of Cantonese during my years in Hong Kong, I decided that it was high time I learnt the language of mainland China instead. This is because China is trying to connect all the various provinces that make up the country using one single language called Puthongua (also known as Chinese or Mandarin). Another interesting fact for you is that one reason Cantonese is so widely spoken in Hong Kong is because Britain enforced the language to differentiate between mainland China whilst under colonial rule.
My lessons are free because I provide an English tutorial to my tutor, then she teaches me Chinese. We both get something out of the two hour session and no money is exchanged. This exchange way of learning was something I came up with in the shower, but since then no other good ideas have crept up on me whilst cleansing. My overall plan is to make this method of learning Chinese available to all of the company employees sometime after Christmas, as we have connections to a University that has loads of Chinese mainland students.
Hong Kong weather has been pretty chaotic. One minute it is stunning, blue and sunny then the next minute it seems that someone has painted the sky black. Yesterday for example we had another day off due to a Typhoon edging towards Hong Kong. This is the 3rd time it has happened this season and now the excitement has worn off. I don't think a typhoon is ever going to impress me now because I want to see cars lifted into the air, pandas from the zoo zipping round in the sky above my head and fish sucked from the sea and raining down upon the streets. Apparently this is not what a typhoon does.
I went to the Bridge bar yesterday then to the races after work which was good fun. The racing season started a few weeks ago but I have not bothered to go till this week. It was good fun but I did not win anything :(
This Saturday I am going on a Junk Boat Trip with the new employees and then eating seafood at Sai Kung in the evening.
But apprently there is a typhoon coming again that could wreck those plans....
I leave you with a picture of all the ways in Hong Kong you are not allowed to catch fish.
at 6:27 AM
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Two weeks ago an ex employee from 1999 contacted the office to say she was coming to Hong Kong for her honeymoon, and that her husband to be was a documentary film maker. This then led to an offer or creating a new promotional film for the organization which then led to loads and loads of work organizing all the shooting to take place in two really busy days.
I now feel I could work in a Hollywood movie studio.
at 8:03 PM
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
I can't even start to describe the place without sounding like a drugged up travel writer. So the pictures will have to do the talking. It is my new fave place in Hong Kong without a doubt.
at 8:11 AM
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Saturday, September 6, 2008
The Casino of choice was the Venetian, over the top does not quite describe the place. Check out the pictures.
This is something so random that it can only happen in Asia and be normal.
at 7:49 PM
Friday, September 5, 2008
My phone rings and I answer it
"Hello" I say
"Hey Ben, This is Ben J" comes the reply.
Ben J is a new employee, so I remember paying more attention as the call is coming at an unusual time
"Hey what's up"?
"Hey mate, I have been shown around a few different flats looking for a place to stay this year but I have a problem"
At the word problem I remember paying even more attention to the phone call.
"What's the problem"? I say, not knowing what to expect.
"Well I have been shown a flat in Kowloon, but I just found a dead body behind the sofa and don't know what to do".
Then I woke up.
This was a pretty vivid dream and I was telling co-workers about it all morning, till suddenly I recalled the trigger. HK Magazine.
HK Magazine is a weekly published very funny compilation of everything that is to do with Hong Kong. They have a section called "Last week in reality", where they write about the often stranger goings on in Hong Kong over the previous week. This was what I had read before falling asleep.
at 4:26 AM
Thursday, September 4, 2008
- Go to the Tung Chung MTR station at the end of the orange train line
- Take a cable car to the Ngong Ping Big Buddha
- Look at Buddha, marvel at it's metallic sheen
- Walk round Buddha, question if it was worth climbing all the bloody steps to reach it
- Walk down big Buddha and go across to the Buddhist temple
- Eat vegetarian food grown by Buddhist hands and cooked by Buddhist cooks in a big Buddhist hall
- Watch Buddhists chanting and praying in a nearby temple
- Realize you are all Buddhisted out, leave area by bus and travel to Mui Wo
- Try not to be sick in bus
- Arrive at Mui Wo, go in search of famous waterfall, learn how to say 'where is the waterfall?' in Cantonese "Bin Do Ah Bup Bo"
- Find Waterfall
- Look at beach on way back to the fantastic pub in Mui Wo, eat pub food and drink beer to shake off the Buddhist vibes from earlier in the day
- Get ferry from Mui Wo to Central in Hong Kong island
- Go to Cinema
- Go home
And here are the pictures
at 5:31 AM
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
I have a friend visiting Hong Kong from Australia. He is Only in Hong Kong for 24 hours so I took him to the local steak place near where I live. The good thing about this place is that it has been around since the 1960s and does the tastiest steak in the world by marinating it first in chinese sauces etc. However, they also set the steak on fire in front of you to crisp it up.
As you can see, my friend gained a tasty steak but nearly lost a couple of eyebrows!
at 5:36 PM
Monday, September 1, 2008
- It is nothing serious Don, the boss is pretty annoyed though that you feel it's ok to leave early
- Yes Don, it was mentioned in a meeting
- You need to bring your contract because it has your weekly hours written on it
- We just need to make sure you are not confused about the situation
After this point I could not remain serious anymore and the office pranksters round the phone began to laugh out loud. He then hanged up on me.
Ten minutes later I recieved a text message back.
I smell some revenge coming...
at 4:13 AM