Monday, January 23, 2012

Year of the Dog(s and Thieves)

Spent a freezing New Year's Eve at Victoria Harbour with one of my oldest friends, beer.

Then headed over to Lamma to meet some guys at a bar and have more beer and somehow ended up missing the ManU game. But now it's the first day of the new year and I've got to pull it together - remember gweilos, do NOT leave the house today without plenty of these:

Your entire building staff is waiting. The cleaning staff will be in the lobby all day, sweeping the same corners for hours. The doormen will change shifts every ten minutes. The maintenance guy will magically find something to "fix" on your floor...

In other news, if you missed the video of the Chinese university professor calling Hong Kongers "dogs and thieves", it's been removed from YouTube as a violation of their policy on hate speech. But you can still see video of the original incident on the MTR here.

I don't know where I come down on this. Like most Hongkies, I definitely feel the tension at this time of year when the city is invaded by mainlanders. But pushing the emergency stop button because a kid was eating noodles? I guess we all have our breaking points, but mine is probably closer to "child pooping in a bag in the middle of the street" than "eating noodles on the train."

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