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Everyday Life in Hong Kong

Updated: 2017-10-26T22:30:29+08:00


MTR rules, rules, rules


Last time I was in London, I didn’t swipe my card correctly and so I got charged for several “incomplete journeys”. I filled in an online form explaining what had happened, and received a refund a day or two later....

Dr Foster on BBC First


Having been rather unkind about BBC First I feel I must record that they are showing the wonderfully bonkers drama Dr Foster only a few days after it was on BBC1 in the UK. Some great performances from Suranne Jones,...



Simon Jenkins, writing about the fire at Grenfell Tower, apparently thinks Hong Kong is “squalid”: The lesson from Grenfell is simple: stop building residential towers | Simon Jenkins There is no need to build high at all. The developers’ cry,...

Hong Kong not so goodMTR interchanges


The MTR “train trip planner” recommends that for early and late departures from East Rail stations to the airport you should go via Hung Hom, Nam Cheong & Tsing Yi. This seems like bad advice, because it requires you to...

Viennese charm


How charmingly Viennese:

Park Shop random price generator


Park & Shop are either using a random price generator, or this is some sort of weird experiment. Almost every day they have a different offer on Royal Gala Apples. Yesterday was particularly special – buy 5 apples and save...

BBC First sometimes


BBC First (on Now TV in Hong Kong) claims to be “the home of premium drama from the BBC. Enjoy all new shows brought to you first and on demand”. So - Sherlock season 4, that would be on BBC...

Soggy with a hint of Brexit


Cultural insight alert: Chinese consumers “prefer a hot, rice-based breakfast to cold cereal.” Chinese company buys 60% of The Weetabix food company. Less than five years later, they sell it on to a large US firm. Seems like an everyday...

MTR to increase Airport Express fares


From Hong Kong Free Press: MTR Airport Express to increase fares for the first time in its history in June Hong Kong’s Airport Express MTR line is set to increase fares by 10.3 percent in June – the first fee...

Sha Tin to Central Link misinformation


More misinformation from the MTR: “The Sha Tin to Central Link (SCL) is a strategic railway line that stretches from Tai Wai to Admiralty”. It really isn’t! What they are actually doing is linking up the Ma On Shan line...

MTR fail


Confusing (wrong) information on the signs above the platform screen doors on the MTR’s Kwun Tong Line: You don’t change at Mong Kok to go to Tsuen Wan – for that you’ll want Prince Edward. Likewise, if you want to...



黐線 chi1 sin3 – crazy, idiot; nuts ParknS...

Food Gulu update required. Plus spam.


I understand that apps need to be updated periodically. But why do you force me to update it before I can use it? Almost every other app allows you to use the current version and update later (when you have...

Hong Kong people neither surprised nor shocked that CY Leung was told not to stand again


Seriously, South China Morning Post? Hong Kong is not “in shock” and we are not “stunned”. Here's the headline: "Hong Kong in shock as Chief Executive CY Leung decides not to seek re-election". The only person who might have been shocked and surprised would be CY Leung when Beijing told him what to do.

SCMP promoting random old news


Outbrain links (on The Guardian, unfortunately) on 10 November …promoting an Education Post story from seven months earlier: Outbrain links (again on The Guardian) on 23 November …promoting an Education Post story from three months earlier: Even more absurdly, they...