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Cold at Chinese New Year?

Wed, 18 Jan 2012 08:27:23 +0000

You’ll hear it this week (if you haven’t heard it already): Chinese New Year is coming up, so it’s going to be cold! The assumption that Chinese New Year (CNY hereafter) invariably brings a cold snap is deeply-ingrained in Hong Kong culture, among natives and expats alike. But is it true? Yes, it’s winter, so it’s not going to be in 30s, but is Chinese New Year really likely to be colder than normal? My perceptions seem to run the other way: I remember finding any number of CNY’s unpleasant because of the need to wear dress-up clothes in unseasonably warm weather, and ending up uncomfortable and sweaty. Well, these days, it’s never hard to find an answer to this kind of question, so that’s what I went ahead and did. I looked up the temperatures for the first three days of Chinese New Year for the past 21 years, since that’s how many years I’ve been here for CNY. I averaged out the daily highs and lows for those 63 days. I then compared my average with the average winter temperatures for January and February in Hong Kong, which should apply quite neatly to Chinese New Year, which falls between mid-January (January temperatures average 14.5-18.6) and mid- to late February (February averages 14.4-18.6). Let’s just assume the February average, because the two months’ temperatures are nearly identical, and since CNY is slightly more likely to fall in February than January. A table with my results follows.   Average low Average high February normals for Hong Kong 14.4 18.6 Average for first three days of CNY 1991-2011 13.6 17.6 What do you know! I have to admit it: the average temperature for a CNY day over that period really is colder than normal, by a full degree for daily highs, and almost that much for daily lows. It’s interesting, though, to take a closer look at the actual year-by-year CNY temperatures over that period. A longer table with those follows. Scan through it as you like, but don’t skip down to the next paragraph without having a look at 1996. Year Dates of first three days of CNY Day 1 temperatues Day 2 temperatures Day 3 temperatues     Low High Low High Low High 1991 February 15-17 15.8 20.8 15.7 17.9 15.1 18.3 1992 February 4-6 17.8 22.8 15.5 18.0 14.9 16.2 1993 January 23-25 7.9 12.1 7.4 13.2 8.0 15.1 1994 February 10-12 15.4 17.5 16.4 22.3 16.2 20.7 1995 January 31-February 2 9.2 14.3 11.2 15.1 11.9 15.3 1996 February 19-21 6.9 9.3 5.9 8.4 5.8 8.6 1997 February 7-9 12.4 16.8 12.3 16.0 14.1 16.5 1998 January 28-30 13.0 17.8 12.2 14.4 13.9 17.0 1999 February 16-18 18.1 22.5 18.3 21.3 19.1 25.2 2000 February 5-7 14.9 20.6 13.8 18.3 14.3 19.5 2001 January 24-26 17.7 20.2 16.0 21.0 11.4 16.2 2002 February 12-14 15.1 18.6 15.9 20.2 16.7 20.5 2003 February 1-3 17.7 22.2 14.9 17.8 14.7 15.9 2004 January 22-24 9.1 13.7 9.0 13.8 9.0 12.7 2005 February 9-11 17.6 21.2 16.6 24.1 14.8 17.5 2006 January 29-31 15.2 19.9 17.3 21.4 18.3 23.6 2007 February 18-20 21.3 25.3 18.4 21.7 17.9 20.2 2008 February 7-9 8.2 11.2 9.8 14.3 8.1 15.0 2009 January 26-28 12.7 16.3 11.4 13.1 13.1 17.6 2010 February 14-16 14.6 16.3 10.8 15.2 9.1 11.2 2011 February 3-5 13.2 18.6 13.5 20.9 14.6 21.7   Averages 14.0 18.0 13.4 17.5 13.4 17.4 I remember CNY 1996 with particular clarity. Mrs Tall and I had wed just a couple of months previously, so we were heavily obligated that year to do a full round of bai lin, i.e. the formal visiting of relatives at CNY. So around and around we duly went, in some of the most miserable weather I can ever recall in Hong Kong. Not only was it extremely cold and windy, I recall it being wet as well, with an almost icy-feeling drizzle. My look back at the temperature records confirmed that there was indeed measureable precipitation on all three CNY days that year. Actually, if you take out 1996, the remaining 20 years in our survey average out at an almost-normal 14.0-18.1. That year really was exceptional, which is ironic since it’s also the latest CNY in the period we surveyed, falling in late February[...]



A peaceful walk in Hong Kong

Thu, 17 Feb 2011 01:00:00 +0000

The research study that I have long awaited has finally been published. An article in the Wall Street Journal summarizes the work of researchers in the USA who have identified and analysed ‘Pedestrian Aggressiveness Syndrome’: Signs of a sidewalk rager include muttering or bumping into others; uncaringly hogging a walking lane; and acting in a hostile manner by staring, giving a "mean face" or approaching others too closely, says Leon James, a psychology professor at the University of Hawaii who studies pedestrian and driver aggression. The article – please read it, and do click on the amusing cartoon illustration showing a ludicrously roomy sidewalk scenario – also has a very helpful sidebar that allows us to evaluate our own sidewalking practices according to a list of signs indicating the presence of Pedestrian Aggressiveness Syndrome. I did just that, to see if I suffered from this worrisome malady: Having denigrating thoughts about other pedestrians Well, yes, but this is a given no matter what speed they’re walking at. Walking by a slower moving pedestrian and cutting back too soon (feels hostile or rude) Yes, I’m sure that tree sloth I’ve cut off was feeling hostile and rude holding me back the way he did . . . Feeling competitive with other pedestrians I suggest you ask the ‘person’ trying to cut ahead of me at the Kowloon Bay MTR escalator yesterday what he thinks of my competitive spirit. Acting in a hostile manner (staring, presenting a mean face, moving faster or closer than expected) Given my feelings about my co-pedestrians (see the first item), I’m not likely to try to get any closer to them than is absolutely necessary. Feeling stress and impatience when walking in a crowded area (crosswalk, staircase, mall, store, airport, street, beach, park, etc.) Now why would I feel stress about walking in crowded areas? Let’s take a little trip back in time to that same Kowloon Bay MTR station. It’s a night of pouring rain, and the staircase up to the bridge leading into the station is blocked entirely by people who don’t want to go out into the rain, and who have distributed themselves en masse right across the entire stairway. Mr Tall and the other wannabe stair-climbers inch forward in the deluge for 10 minutes to advance the 15 feet needed to reach the staircase. So again, why would I feel stress? Walking much faster than the rest of the people The ability to walk efficiently at speed is a gift God has given me, and it would be a sin of omission to leave it unused. Not yielding when it's the polite thing to do Sorry, but just what do we mean here by ‘yielding’? Do we mean that, when disembarking from an MTR car, we stand aside as the doors open so the pack of crazed see lai with visions of empty seats in their eyes can barge ahead of those of us exiting the train? Walking on the left of a crowded passageway where most pedestrians walk on the right The day when all passageways in Hong Kong are organized according to a definite left/right standard is the day I’ll worry about this one. Muttering at other pedestrians Perhaps, but since they’re either on the phone or listening to mobile devices anyway, they can’t hear me, so what does it matter? Bumping into others This is a question of simple physics. Newton’s First Law states that a body in motion will stay in motion unless acted upon by an external force. So if my crashing into someone who stops dead in the middle of the sidewalk to better concentrate on texting an update to his Facebook page constitutes ‘bumping into’, then I say that every thread of the cosmos cries out in protest at this injustice. Not apologizing when expected (after bumping by accident or coming very close in attempting to pass) Since when in Hong Kong are apologies expected? Making insulting gestures We all know, of course, that it’s possible to identify and employ gestures that are grounds for pistols at dawn in, say, Slovenia, but that have no meaning w[...]



How to start a one-man business in Hong Kong

Tue, 28 Sep 2010 09:35:33 +0000

I'm just starting on this, so I'll jot down notes as I go along.

There are three options for starting a company in Hong Kong: a sole proprietor, a limited partnership, or a limited liability company (LLC).

There's a summary of the differences between them on this website. Though as you read their final recommendation, keep in mind that their business is to sell you a service to setup a limited company!

In my case I'll be a one-man band, so cross 'partnership' off the list. Then sole-proprietor, or LLC? My business will be small and simple, really just a way to accept payment for occasional projects I run. I'm looking for something very simple to setup and manage, am not over worried about liability, and don't expect to raise capital.

I'll choose to be a 'sole proprietor'.

My next step is to register the company with the Inland Revenue Department. I'll need to fill in a simple form at the Business Registration Office (4/F Revenue Tower, 5 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai), show them my ID card, pay a fee (currently HK$450 for one year), then 30 minutes later I can collect my Business Registration Certificate. More details at the IRD website.




Hong Kong museums

Wed, 24 Mar 2010 01:00:00 +0000

Although I've mentioned Hong Kong's museums in an article on things to do for visitors, I thought I'd spend a bit more time discussing their relative merits -- and deficiencies. I feel much more qualified to do so at the moment than I did several years ago, since Daughter Tall is now entering the optimum age range for museum action (she's seven going on eight). So let's take a little tour of our fair city's publicly-funded repositories of history and culture. Note that the name of each is linked to its official site; all have adequate information on exhibits, location, opening hours, transport and so on if you root around their sites a bit. Hong Kong Science Museum It was the Science Museum that inspired me to write this article. A couple of weekends ago, Mrs Tall had a business dinner, so Daughter Tall and I took the opportunity to make an evening visit to the Science Museum. First off, if (after reading the remainder of my account) you have the urge to follow suit, might I highly recommend Saturday evening as a good time to go? Unlike the rest of Hong Kong's museums, the Science Museum stays open till 9:00 on each of the six days it's open (it's closed on Thursdays). Saturday afternoons (I can inform you reliably from past experience) at the Science Museum are ugly: it's crowded; you waste lots of time lining up for lame attractions (more on this forthwith); and even the walk-up exhibits can be hard to observe given the milling masses of humanity. Now, speaking of lame attractions, please accompany me to my favorite corner of the Hong Kong Science Museum. It's on the upper floor, way in the back on the left. Comprising a projection screen and a fire-engine red automobile chassis, I suppose it could be loosely described as a 'driving simulator'. One's child sits in it, pushes a button to choose a voiceover language, and off it 'goes'. The screen shows a through-the-windshield view of a car traveling from somewhere in Tsim Sha Tsui over to Nathan Road, and then down the latter to its terminus at the tip of the Kowloon peninsula. But why are my directions so vague? It's because the Tsim Sha Tsui depicted has not existed in at least three decades. This exhibit is so old it's of essentially historical interest. But that's not its worst flaw. No, the real problem is that for reasons unfathomable, it's terribly popular, including with Daughter Tall. So if we visit the Science Museum when it's busy, we inevitably squander at least 15 minutes lining up for this travesty. And as one waits for one teenaged mutant after another to take a turn, it's impossible to avoid watching the simulation video itself and realizing, with increasing horror, that each time it runs the simulator car 'stops' at a traffic light on Nathan Road. That's fine, but then the light doesn't change, and it doesn't change, and it stays the same yet some more, and you're thinking 'Did the simulation designer, recruited as a consultant from Planet Bonehead, not realize that video can be edited so that 37 years later a tall, ruggedly handsome, but terribly impatient gwailouh will not need to stand here chewing the insides of his cheeks while his kid is waiting to 'experience' this stupid attraction?' Or perhaps that is too much to ask. Anyway, the Science Museum has some amusing exhibits (I like the funhouse mirrors section), kids seem to enjoy it, and it's cheap (just $25, which is far less than science museums in many other cities; its special exhibits usually also require a separate fee that's often more than the admission itself). But it's no shining star in its genre, and if you're from out of town, I wouldn't bother unless you need a rainy-day option. Hong Kong Museum of Art Perhaps the outstanding characteristic of the Hong Kong Museum of Art is its location. It's right on the Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront, and there's a fantastic view of the harbor from the lobbies on its upper floors. There are also some decent exhibits. My favorite is the Chinese Antiquities gallery, whic[...]



How to get rid of mould?

Thu, 11 Feb 2010 01:00:00 +0000

Oh warm and fertile Spring, new growth bursting out all around.

(image)

Which in our flat means mouldy ceilings.

I gaze up at it as I lie in bed each morning. No more peaceful lie-ins, instead I watch it's spidery progress, and plot its demise.

Years past have seen me don the rubber gloves and head into battle with bleach. That brings instant gratification, but no long-term satisfaction. A few weeks later I'll wake up, look up, and there it is again.

So this year is going to be different. First step: off to the internet for a bit of research. Where I find that the mould has been laughing at me, in between burps. Yes, bleach takes away the colour, but behind its cloak of invisibility the mould lies impervious. Worse, it's able to digest the bleach, and so when it gets its colour back it's stronger than ever.

The truth about mould's appetite for bleach comes courtesy of Mycologia's Mistress of Mould, Dr Kemp [1]. She says to put down the bleach and turn to ... vinegar! And not just any vinegar. Apparently the supermarket cheapy won't be any use: "only white fermented vinegar seems to work, as synthetic acetic acid does not appear to be effective". Who'd have guessed?

So, last week I donned the gloves again, but this time set to with cloth and a bottle of the finest white wine vinegar. Initial results were mixed. There's no post-bleach-fumes sore throat, which is a major plus. But on the other hand the house smells like a chip shop. Never mind, the authentic chippy aroma is a small price to pay if the mould stays away.

One week later and there's mould again, but it's mostly in places that didn't get a wipe last week. So, they've been given the vinegar rub-down too. We'll know in a few weeks whether victory is mine.

Readers, any other solutions to suggest?

MrB

[1] - Mycologia Pty Ltd's 'Myths about Mould' page




Hong Kong's Urban Heat Island

Fri, 05 Feb 2010 01:00:00 +0000

The theme of my first Hong Kong climate change article was simple: average yearly temperatures here have been going up more less steadily since the Hong Kong Observatory (HKO) starting keeping track of them, but they have skyrocketed in recent decades. Yet over the past 60 years, essentially all of this warming has occurred at night, i.e. the average nighttime lows are much higher than those in the past, while daytime highs are just the same. This pattern is in fact the signature effect of a phenomenon that has been termed the ‘urban heat island’, or UHI, as we’ll call it throughout this article. Simply put, a UHI is a bubble of air over an urban area that’s hotter than the air in the surrounding rural areas. This effect has been identified scientifically for many years, and it’s certainly obvious anecdotally to anyone who’s watched or read a weather forecast in Hong Kong – how many times are the forecast nighttime lows something like ‘17 degrees in the urban areas, and a few degrees lower in the New Territories’? If you are interested in learning how a UHI forms and looks, resources from the EPA and NASA in the USA provide plenty of  clear explanations and visuals. But if you're happy with a quick overview, then we can just say that a UHI forms when the sun heats up man-made structures such as roads, masonry, buildings, and so on. This heat builds up during the day, and it's then gradually released after the sun goes down. This keeps the surface temperature from dropping as much overnight as it would in an area covered with natural vegetation. Some scientists who have studied urban heat islands also believe that heat-generating machinery, e.g. vehicles and big air-conditioning units, contribute to higher temperatures in urban areas. It's hard to judge how big an effect this would be, but if it's a real factor, Lord knows Hong Kong is a place it would make plenty of impact. So the obvious question for us now is, how much of the warming in Hong Kong  is due to the heat island effect? And then, if we can identify that number, how much background, or ‘global’, warming has really taken place in Hong Kong? Fortunately, the busy staff of the HKO have adressed these very questions. A 2006 paper titled 'On Climate Changes Brought About by Urban Living', by C Y Lam, pretty much has the goods we need. He conducts a simple comparison that's typical of attempts to estimate the magnitude of individual UHI effects: he compares the temperatures at the urban station in question, in this case the HKO headquarters (which we'll call 'HKO-HQ' for short)  itself, with a nearby location that's still rural. In fact, Lam chooses two such locations, i.e. Lau Fau Shan in the NW New Territories, and Ta Kwu Ling in the far northern NT, very near the border with mainland China. Lam limits his comparisons to the years 1989-2005, which are the years for which data from Ta Kwu Ling are available.  That period is of course also the time in which the HKO-HQ has recorded its sharpest increases in average yearly temperatures: Lam notes that the HKO-HQ's average yearly temperature has risen at a pace of 0.37 degrees C per decade during this time. This is a very steep rise indeed. So how does that compare with the two non-urban stations? In Lau Fau Shan, from 1989-2005, the temperature  increased by 0.25 degrees per decade. That's still very fast. For Ta Kwu Ling, however, the increase is significantly lower, i.e. 0.08 degrees/decade.  What does this tell us about the UHI effect at the HKO-HQ? Keeping the math simple, we can conclude that the UHI effect at the HKO-HQ in recent years is somewhere in the range of 0.12-0.29 degrees/decade: that is, 0.37 - 0.25 =  0.12 for the HKO-HQ/Lau Fau Shan comparison, and 0.37 - 0.08 = 0.29 for the HKO-HQ/Ta Kwu Ling comparison. Lam himself, interestingly, does not[...]



Climate change in Hong Kong

Fri, 29 Jan 2010 01:00:00 +0000

The message from the Hong Kong Observatory is unequivocal: global warming is real; it’s affecting Hong Kong’s recent and current weather in obvious ways; and future trends for the world, and perhaps for Hong Kong especially, are ominous. Climate change pops up in all corners of the HKO's website. From their extensive package of climate change resources for the general public and education, to the HKO Head's blog, there’s a consistent focus on forming public opinion and changing people’s behavior. Frequent reminders of the implications of climate change also appear in their other publications. Take as a recent example the HKO’s year-end round-up of 2009’s weather. It begins by stating that the World Meteorological Organization expects 2009 to be among the top 10 hottest years on record. And, in line with this, the report notes that Hong Kong’s 2009 temperatures came in at 9th place in our own list of hottest years, and that 30 very hot days were recorded in 2009, which was the most since 1963. Next, the 2009 round-up reminds us of Hong Kong’s warming trend by providing a little table highlighting the top 11 hottest years on record here; if you have a look at it (by using the link above), only one of those 11 years precedes the 1990s, and six of them occurred in the 2000s. So it’s getting hotter, and the HKO sees this as the most salient fact to report about 2009’s weather. But are there any other patterns to note, any other helpful angles we might find in these numbers? Given the recent dust-ups in the climate change arena (see for example here, here  and here, just to get the smallest taste of the vast controversy that is currently roiling the entire ‘science’ of climate change) I decided to launch my own little Hong Kong-specific investigation. Since I’m no climate scientist – and since I’m pretty lazy – I thought I’d better keep things simple at the outset. So I kicked off by conducting my own informal survey of temperature averages in HK over the past 13 years (mostly since those numbers are so easily available on the HKO website).  I’ve made up a table that sets out the yearly deviations from normal in overall average temperatures, plus the deviations from normal average highs and lows, in the years since 1997. I’ve also highlighted how those years ranked (at the time they were reported) in the all-time records.   Yearly average vs normal Nighttime lows vs normal Daytime highs vs normal Historical ranking for temperatures (at the time) 1997 +0.4 +0.6 –0.2 4th warmest year 1998 +1.0 +1.2 +0.6 1st warmest year 1999 +0.8 +0.9 +0.5 2nd warmest year 2000 +0.3 +0.6 –0.2 8th warmest year 2001 +0.6 +0.9 +0.1 4th warmest year 2002 +0.9 +1.2 +0.3 2nd warmest year 2003 +0.6 +1.0 +0.1 5th warmest year 2004 +0.4 +0.8 –0.1 9th warmest year 2005 +0.3 +0.5 –0.3   2006 +0.5 +0.8 +0.1 8th warmest year 2007 +0.7 +0.8 +0.7 5th warmest year 2008  0.0  0.0 +0.2   2009 +0.4 +0.5 +0.7 9th warmest year Average +0.53 +0.74 +0.19   Do we learn anything new from this additional data? Well, the first thing that struck me is that yearly temperatures in HK are remarkably uniform. 1998 averaged just one degree Celsius above normal*, and that's Hong Kong's all-time heat record. A mere 0.4 degrees above normal (as in 2009) merits a spot in the top ten. Many places in the world have much wider yearly variations. So clearly we’ve seen some warming, but we can’t be talking about a big number, at least not yet. But of course it’s the rate of warming that’s important, so we can’t jump to any rash conclusions. *We do need to keep in mind that the HKO uses a rolling 30-year span to establish their ‘normal’ temp[...]



Where do you shop?

Thu, 19 Nov 2009 01:00:00 +0000

In particular, where do you go to buy TVs, cameras, computers, mobile phones, etc?

Our suggestions about this on batgung are around six years old. Then we wrote about visiting small stores to get a good deal, but these days I find I'm more likely to go to the big chain stores, especially if shopping with visitors.

I feel the difference in price between them has got much smaller - or maybe I've just got more cranky, and can't be bothered visiting lots of shops. So, cranky or rational - that's the question I hope you'll help answer.

Here's where I bought most recently:

  • TV: Finally got a flat-screen TV earlier this year. Saw a good offer at Broadway from our credit card, and bought there.
  • Camera: Last month bought a Panasonic compact. Not much variation from vendor's list price among the shops I checked, and not widely stocked. Annoyed to find that HK list price was 30%+ higher than US list, so bought a grey-market set in Wanchai computer centre at roughly US list.
  • Desktop PC: Had one built around 2 years ago in Wanchai Computer Centre. For what I do, this is more than fast enough, so it should be fine for a few more years. Then after it dies the next one will likely be an off-the-shelf brand like Dell.
  • Netbook: Bought one of the first Asus EEE almost two years ago when it first came out. Limited screen & storage, so will very likely buy a new netbook in the next couple of weeks.
  • Mobile phone: Bought a subsidised Sony Ericsson a couple of years ago at a Smartone shop. Nothing fancy. The rebates finished last month, so I might be tempted to get one with GPS support next year, to help pinpoint locations when I'm out wandering the hillsides.

How about you?

Regards, MrB




Teaching kids about race

Thu, 29 Oct 2009 01:00:00 +0000

There’s a remarkable article on kids and race in a recent issue of Newsweek magazine (yes, Newsweek actually still exists). The article’s authors, the novelist Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman, have written a book on raising kids they’ve cutely titled NurtureShock. The article is an excerpt. Bronson and Merryman begin by describing a research study conducted on a group of white children in the super-progressive college town of Austin, Texas. But they wring their metaphorical hands over its unexpected results: the children of good solid White parents (who bend over backwards to convey their multicultural bona fides) never the less think people of their own race are nicer than people from other races. The authors note that many parents involved in this study dropped out. Why? They were so worried about saying the wrong thing that they couldn’t bring themselves to talk to their children about race at all – after all, their child might make an embarrassing statement in public that could implicate Ma and Pa as potential racists, or at least as insufficiently enthusiastic multiculturalists. Another study the authors recount sounds even worse: children who attend ‘diverse’ schools are at least as likely to develop negative stereotypes of people from other races as do kids who attend monocultural schools. So what’s the solution to all this racial angst? Do the authors entertain the possibility that intensive anti-racist, pro-multiculturalist, pro-diversity educational efforts actually heighten racial tensions rather than improve them? Uh, no. Instead, they suggest that more explicit anti-racist guidance is required, starting as young as possible. Age three is suggested as a good place to get started teaching kids about race, since it’s before the ‘developmental window’ in which they’re easily malleable closes: Small corrections in our thinking today could alter the character of society long term, one future citizen at a time. The way white families introduce the concept of race to their children is a prime example. Another study quoted advocates teaching kids about race by packing some ideological punch: White children who got the full story about historical discrimination had significantly better attitudes toward blacks than those who got the neutered version. Explicitness works. "It also made them feel some guilt," Bigler adds. "It knocked down their glorified view of white people." But note the catch in both of the previous quotations: the ‘full story about historical discrimination’ has a big ‘Whites Only’ sign on the door. Children of other races are routinely taught ‘ethnic pride’, and that’s fine. So, as the authors admit: That leads to the question that everyone wonders but rarely dares to ask. If "black pride" is good for African-American children, where does that leave white children? It's horrifying to imagine kids being "proud to be white." Yet many scholars argue that's exactly what children's brains are already computing. Just as minority children are aware that they belong to an ethnic group with less status and wealth, most white children naturally decipher that they belong to the race that has more power, wealth, and control in society; this provides security, if not confidence. So a pride message would not just be abhorrent—it'd be redundant. **** What would happen if I tried to apply Bronson and Merryman’s approach to my mixed-race daughter here in Hong Kong? Is it ‘horrifying’ if I try to teach her to be proud of her white (i.e. European-American) heritage? And should Hong Kong schools teach local kids that it’s ‘abhorrent’ if they feel proud to be Chinese, because Chinese people hold the ‘power, wealth and control’ in Hong Kong society? In fact, if we carry out the authors’ assumptions to their logical conclusions, Daughter Tall should f[...]



Twenty years in Hong Kong

Thu, 22 Oct 2009 01:00:00 +0000

20 Oct 1989. That's (image) the first Hong Kong stamp in my passport.

Twenty years already? That's gone past quickly. Will I be here for another twenty?

Our younger daughter is only three, and we want her to grow up reading and writing Chinese. That means another ten years at least. Then even if we did move, where would we go?

Somewhere with cleaner air and more space and greenery, maybe? I still get occasional daydreams about that. Those daydreams are related to homesickness in a way, but as this is my home now, I don't take them very seriously.

So yes, assuming I don't get knocked down by a tram, or succumb to the next lethal combination of H's and N's, another twenty years here looks likely.

How about you? Any plans to leave, or are you staying on too?

MrB

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