Ben in Hong Kong©

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Did he jump...?

I just came across a news article which quite easily sums up how different cultures act in situations. Click here for the story.


Tuesday, May 19, 2009


So when I leave Hong Kong in July and travel Southeast Asia, then up through China, Russia and then Europe back to Britian I will be starting another blog. Possibly co-owned with Nikki and Laura as they will be coming with me for the China and Russia bit.

I need to think of a name for this new blog. Ideas would be appreciated.


Friday, May 15, 2009

The great debate

When I offered to be a judge for a secondary school debate I expected it to be a small deal. Let me now illustrate how wrong I was

  • I thought it would take place in a classroom > It took place in the massive school hall

  • I thought there would be only 40 students present > There was a 140 strong audience

  • I was dressed in jeans and trainers > My fellow judge was a government representative

  • I thought it would be easy > I needed a degree just to know how to fill out the score card

  • I thought I would leave at the end > I had to give a speech

To say I was caught off guard is the understatement of the week. I did knock out a pretty good speech at the end though. I spoke about how debating is not just something for the classroom but something that will benefit students in their future. I mentioned that I find myself debating everyday with my boss and that if you can be persuasive and structured in an argument then it will be a valuable life skill.

After I made my speech I proceeded to feel like wise old man and ran to the bathroom to check for grey hairs.

Then. As if my day could not get any weirder. I returned back to Wan Chai and found a woman in a wedding dress handing out packs of tissues. It was not a promotional event for tissues or anything else that I could see. She was just handing them out.


Thursday, May 14, 2009


Yesterday my boss turned to me and asked if I would like her to visit me after she has died to let me know if there is an afterlife...I turned down the kind offer of haunting.

I visited an area in the New Territories of Hong Kong called 'Shatin' the other day. I was going to a school and on the way walked past some massive residential buildings.

It's not till you look at how everyone lives on top of each other that you realise that Swine Flu, Bird Flu or Man Flu would sweep the entire region quicker than fire.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Photo of the week

This photo below shows Hong Kong from the sky taken from the West and looking East. It's a cool shot and is currently my computer wallpaper. Click the image to make it larger.

I can't take credit for this photo. It was taken by someone who only has a username: "Starspangled". Wish I could give more credit but that's all I know!


Sunday, May 10, 2009

When the girls get together...

I came into the office this morning and found a CD on my desk. It contained a video. You can see the video by clicking here


Saturday, May 9, 2009


I am now 25 and am pleased to say there is no 25 panic to be found. Celebrations for my birthday started at work where I was treated to a dim sum lunch and given a cake.

I then had a dinner later that day near my flat in wan chai and after playing some drinking games we all headed out to Lang Kwai Fong where I got thoroughly drunk.

The next morning I went dragon boat racing. Sitting in the baking sun with about 15 other people and having to race against another boat whilst being shouted at by a Chinese instructor is just what I needed with a hangover.

It was my first experience dragon boat racing and it is much harder than it looks! The instructor was quite a character, he would walk up and down the boat shouting at us if our technique was wrong or we were not in unison with the other members in the boat. He also called one girl a "silly little white girl" told one guy that he looked "like a male prostitute" and told everyone to be careful not to splash a female member of the team because "she is a rich girl and will not be used to it". This made us all fall about laughing because the girl he was talking about was indeed a rich girl whose family is paying 1,500 quid a month just for rent whilst she takes part in the programme! It was a good observation.

At the end of two hours training I was in pain. I have two large blisters on my hand, my shoulders are stiff and I can't clench my right fist. I think that I will get involved in a dragon boat team one day but I will NEVER go drinking beforehand.


Thursday, May 7, 2009


After the comment made by Robyn in the previous post I thought I would now share photos I took from my window before bed and when I just woke up this morning. I woke up after dreaming that there was a giant rat in my room drinking out of my mug on my desk.
My stories are getting as boring as my pictures.



Wednesday, May 6, 2009

New Camera!

I now have a new camera which has 12.1 megapixel quality and takes high definition video clips. This purchase came as a result of my old camera dying quite soon after the boat trip last week.
My new camera means I am taking pictures of random crap. For example, here is a picture of what my office had for lunch today.


Sunday, May 3, 2009

Amazing Long Weekend

On friday we had the Summer Dayze junk boat trip which left from Sai Kung. It was perfect weather with blue sky and the unlimited drink and food went down well. I spent a good part of the day in the sea laying on a giant inflatable ring that could hold about six people. I wont write too much more about it because you can see a video i made on the previous post.

Saturday I went to Shek O beach and it was again a fantastic day. I sunbathed and slept/snored/swam most of the afternoon and then we all had Chinese food in the local village. That evening I went to the cinema to watch Wolverine and would advise anyone who likes that type of film to go and see it.

Sunday involved another beach trip but this time to Deep Water Bay. I swam and sunbathed then we all had a BBQ.

As a backdrop to all this is the swine flu. You might have seen in the news that Hong Kong has had a first case of Swine Flu and shut down an entire hotel as a result. Well this 'contaminated', hotel is about 4 minutes walk from my flat, which means that on Saturday morning Wan Chai was like a ghost town. The MTR was so quiet it felt like I was one of the only people in Hong Kong!


Friday, May 1, 2009

Sneak Preview

I have just made my first ever video about how I spent Friday (yesterday) in Hong Kong. Before I show anyone who is actually in the video I thought I would give you a sneak preview. I have to go to the beach now as it is amazing weather and friends are waiting for me at the Flying Pan for breakfast.

Click here for my video!