15: Signs in Hong Kong

I love signs. They tell us about the history and character of a place. A sign tells us how something wants to be represented. In Hong Kong, signs are everywhere. Written on buildings; jutting out on rusty poles; printed; handwritten; Glowing in neon, or not at all; marking its colonial legacy, or moving forward. What... Continue Reading →

14: Night time shops in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is much more than the malls and the luxury goods extravaganza that you will most likely see as a tourist. Below is a small selection of different shops during the evening. Vegetables, dried goods, Property, you can buy it all in the short hours after work where people can be people again. Kowloon... Continue Reading →

12: Sitting in Hong Kong

Hong Kong can be a difficult place to sit. The metro stations and shopping malls have little to no places to sit. Hong Kong is a place of hostile architecture, it does not want you to stop but keep walking and walking, buying and buying. Sitting in  Hong Kong is usually designated towards the numerous... Continue Reading →

5[T]: T-shirts

If there is one item that permeates all layers of society then it must be the love, use and enjoyment of the customized t-shirt. There is a never ending demand from all layers of society which agree on one thing. IF there is an event, then you probably need a t-shirt for it. T-shirts cut... Continue Reading →

No 4: [B]ackground music

What does background music have to do with Hong Kong you ask? Don’t most places in the world have some kind of background music? Certainly, but in my experience there is something interesting about Hong Kong’s music that is featured in the malls, shops, toilets and etc. They range from the weird to the classical,... Continue Reading →

No 3: [R]aces (The Weekly Migration

Every week, on a Sunday a great migration takes place in the city of Hong Kong. Thousands of men, mostly of an advanced age shuffle and bumble to the nearest gambling office to bet on horses. Those with adventure in their blood migrate even further and take the MTR to new territories where the horse... Continue Reading →

No. 2: [S]cale

Hong Kong is a city which operates on a different scale than those I was familiar with. The height of the average flat building is sometimes unbelievable. In the Netherlands, a lone flat building might appear as an oddity, a tree standing in a field. In Hong Kong we speak forests, not individual trees. Hong... Continue Reading →

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