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Hong Kong Never Sleeps – Postcard

Posted by on May 1st, 2013 in Asia, Feature, Hong Kong, Postcards | 17 comments

Hong Kong never sleeps, the neon lights shimmer thru the night as cars flow through the gaps left by the glowing sky scrapers. The roads, tunnels, bridges, even pedestrians move on multiple levels. There is too much going on to restrict the city to a single flat surface. The future is here, it’s Hong Kong.

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Cheung Chau – You won’t Believe you’re in Hong Kong

Posted by on June 18th, 2012 in Asia, Hong Kong, Photos | 8 comments

[Not a valid template] I’m sitting in a restaurant in Hong Kong, but something is different. I hear my fork click against the plate. I hear someone adjusting the radio in the building opposite of me. I hear a push cart screeching closer, I know exactly which direction it is coming from before I actually see it. There is an old chair on it. I hear the quiet but increasing hum of a bike approaching form the other direction. It’s weird. I can hear each sound and I can hear whey they are coming from. There is no background noise, no cars in the background, not even far away. I am still in Hong Kong, but not as you might think. [Not a valid template] [Not a valid template] I am sitting in a back alley restaurant in Cheung...

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Crispy Pork Buns at World’s Cheapest Michelin Star Restaurant

Posted by on February 29th, 2012 in Asia, Food, Hong Kong | 21 comments

[Not a valid template] A plate with three crispy pork buns arrives to the table I am sharing with a woman and her baby. I wouldn’t believe it was a Michelin star restaurant if I didn’t know better; just a small local place in a Mongkok back alley in Hong Kong; a place where you share a table in Chines style and where you order by writing your choices on a piece of paper. These pork buns are the reason I am here and I am tempted to just grab one and bite into it. It looks solid enough. I resist my impulse and instead I follow the example set by all the locals; I pick it up with my chopsticks. And then I bite into it. And suddenly everything stops; it’s as if it all is happening in...

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I Thought I Knew Coffee – Lessons from Knockbox

Posted by on January 28th, 2012 in Asia, Hong Kong, Photos | 15 comments

[Not a valid template] Let me start by saying that I love my coffee and for sure I’ve drank more than my share of it, I am from Finland after all; we drink more coffee per person than anybody else. No seriously, we drink over twice as much coffee as the Italians, which some consider to be quite the coffee country. But as they say about lies, damned lies and statistics; statistic don’t really tell the whole story. Yes quantity-wise we drink the most coffee in the world, but it’s just because we like drinking filtered coffee all the time, no seriously, I could easily have five cups just at work and quite a few more at home. On this around the world trip I have had few times some truly great coffee. I tried weasel coffee in Hanoi...

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Waiting for Christmas in Hong Kong

Posted by on December 22nd, 2011 in Asia, Hong Kong, Photos | 16 comments

[Not a valid template] I jumped on the star ferry on the central pier of Hong Kong, splurging for the “expensive” ticket on the second floor of the ferry to Kowloon. As the ferry navigated forward on the choppy dark waves my eyes wandered back to the night skyline on the Hong Kong Island, so many buildings with Christmas lights, snowflakes, decorations and holiday greetings. I was surprised about how many of the greetings were politically correct; instead of saying Merry Christmas, they had opted for Seasons Greetings, Happy Holidays and so on. Thankfully some of them still opted for the traditional Merry Christmas, while others just couldn’t make up their minds and blinked between Merry Christmas and Seasons Greetings like some politically correct Schrödinger’s cat on Christmas Eve. [Not a valid template] We reached the Kowloon pier and...

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Shopping for a camera in Hong Kong

Posted by on July 2nd, 2011 in Asia, Hong Kong, Photos | 2 comments

[Not a valid template] On my flight to Hong Kong I watched a movie about the triads in Hong Kong. In the movie they made a clear point that Kowloon is an area of Hong Kong with lots of gang activity. So where do I go looking for a hostel in Hong Kong – Kowloon of course, sounded like a happening kind of place. [Not a valid template] [Not a valid template] [Not a valid template] On a quick look I had found that a place called Chungking Mansions that seemed to have a lot of hostels. I don’t quite know what I was expecting, an area full of houses I suppose, but this is what I found, a slightly dodgy looking entrance to a huge skyscraper complex. Trust me, it’s much dodgier at night time. The entrance is...

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