Crazy Train — A Weekend at the Rugby Sevens

How do you get to Hong Kong Stadium?” I asked. When my friend responded, “Take the MTR to Causeway Bay and just follow people in chicken suits,” I knew I was in for a good time. I had heard a lot about the Hong Kong Rugby Sevens and knew that it is a very big…

The Wearin’ of the Green — St. Patricks Day in Hong Kong

I have been privileged to witness historic events in Admiralty during my brief time in Hong Kong. No, I’m not talking about Occupy Central this time. I was a spectator at the first ever Hong Kong St. Patrick’s Day Parade. One thing I love about Hong Kong is that they don’t quibble over whether or not…

One Particular Harbour — Aberdeen

On the south side of Hong Kong Island lies Aberdeen, another part of Hong Kong where old and new reside in tandem. In the bustling harbour, skyscrapers loom over a fleet of ramshackle boats while luxury yachts stand at anchor nearby. During typhoons, boats cluster here for shelter. Named after George Hamilton-Gordon, 4th Earl of Aberdeen, Aberdeen was…

Here Comes the Sun — Afternoons in Stanley

We spend many lovely afternoons strolling around picturesque Stanley browsing in shops, dining al fresco and enjoying the seaside. On any nice day you can find locals and tourists relaxing on the beaches and in the cafes along the Stanley waterfront on the south side of Hong Kong Island. This charming town with a rich history and a…

Like a Prayer–The Yuen Yuen Institute

One thing I love about Hong Kong is how they approach religion. Incense burns in little shrines in the most unlikely places and ancient temples stand next to modern office buildings. Traditional Chinese religions all coexist peacefully. Add all the expats and you have Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hindu and almost every other world religion all stuffed…

True Colors – Why not learn to paint with watercolors?

I recently popped into Bookazine for a map and, on a whim, I picked up a small calendar, Sketches of Hong Kong, by Lorette Roberts. I love the charming watercolor illustrations depicting familiar Hong Kong scenes such the Peak Tram, Sham Shui Po and the Bird Market. After perusing the calendar, I checked Lorette’s website in search of other items….

Hello, Goodbye – A Farewell Sendoff at the Peninsula

The Peninsula Hotel’s Classic Afternoon Tea is on many visitors’ “must-do” lists when in Hong Kong. Such was the case when our fellow expat friend, Julie, prepared to return to her home in the States. We had all been members of the same “Foon Ying” group when we arrived not long ago. Foon Ying (meaning “welcome”) is designed to…

All We are Saying is Give Peace a Chance

It has been over month since the Occupy Central protests began and life in Hong Kong is gradually returning to normal. Crowds have thinned and many roads have re-opened but there is still a stalemate between the protesters and the government. The entire process has been extremely dignified and well organised. In Admiralty, there is a…

The Umbrella Revolution

In the glow of Hong Kong’s most iconic symbols of capitalism, thousands of students are gathered in pursuit of democracy. Above them, the lights of HSBC, Bank of China and the Lippo Center beam down upon the peaceful assembly. At the heart of the dispute is a quest for full autonomy to choose Hong Kong’s leadership…

Dark Side of the Moon

As my husband walked home from work through Hong Kong Park a few weeks ago, it was aglow with beautiful lanterns. Then moon cakes began to appear in shop windows. The Mid Autumn Festival was approaching and we set out to learn about it so we could join the party. As in many countries, the Mid-Autumn…

Baby Elephant Walk

As we arrived at our apartment for the first time we saw two very whimsical elephant statues right outside. We had no idea that they were part of The Elephant Parade, the world’s largest open air exhibition, which has been an international phenomenon. Using the slogan, “Let’s Paint a Brighter Future,” the event has gained widespread support for…

Brand New Day–Our First Day in Hong Kong

Seeing our new city for the first time We landed in Hong Kong early Sunday morning, breezed through baggage claim and customs and piled everything into the car that had come to collect us. Exiting the airport, we caught sight of Hong Kong for the first time just as the sun rose. During the entire ride into…