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Everyday Life in Hong Kong

Updated: 2018-02-11T12:31:32+08:00


Red Taxi, Green Taxi


Rather confusingly, there are several red taxis driving around Hong Kong dressed up as green taxis. In Hong Kong we have red “urban taxis” that have higher fares and can operate everywhere except the south part of Lantau island. Green...

HKTVMall - customer service


A small follow up to my post on HKTVMall. Just to say that their customer service really isn’t great. I ordered something that was supposed to be available within 4-7 working days. Then just two days later I noticed that...

HKTVmall - Amazon for Hong Kong?


In Hong Kong your supermarket “choice” i...

Wrong MTR station names


Many MTR stations have really confusing ...

Man falls on to tracks


On Thursday I was on the southbound KCR (sorry, that’s the MTR East Rail Line) when the train came to a halt in the Beacon Hill Tunnel just north of Kowloon Tong station. Cue the usual announcement about a train...

Happy New Year / Tesco / MS


Happy New Year and a quick follow-up to ...

Tesco, Waitrose, Sainsburys, MS in Hong Kong


About 20 years ago, Carrefour tried to expand into Hong Kong and were driven out (in part) because their prices were too low. Since then, no foreign supermarket chain has tried to challenge the ParknShop / Wellcome duopoly. But at...

Jack Ma is an erhu player and composer from Shanghai


When I searched on Google for Jack Ma I got this: Jack Ma Chinese business magnate Ma Xiaohui is an erhu player and composer from Shanghai, People's Republic of China. She is one China's few first-class traditional artists embracing an...

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...