Tagged with Hong Kong

Cantonese versus Mandarin

Cantonese versus Mandarin

Mandarin is easier (4 tones instead of 9), spoken by 10 times more people, but for me Cantonese wins because… um… I’m in Hong Kong. So guess what people are not speaking here: Mandarin. Everyone speaks English in HK, so I don’t need to know Canto for any practical reason. I’m just curious about things I overhear … Continue reading

How to learn Cantonese for free in Hong Kong

How to learn Cantonese for free in Hong Kong

I’m a believer in not having to pay for something you can get for free, and learning Cantonese is no different. Especially if you’re in Hong Kong! 1. Download this free podcast off itunes: Naked Cantonese. It’s awesome. (I have no idea why it’s called Naked Cantonese…) Cecilie is a Norwegian lady on a mission … Continue reading

Dragon fruit

Dragon fruit

On the way to work I’ve been picking up a $1.50 fruit cup. This is watermelon, cantaloupe and dragon fruit, which I’d never heard of until I came here. Tastes something like a pear or honeydew. A tiny bit like a kiwi. A more revealing pic of dragon fruit I grabbed of the internet:

Friday French Lunch

Friday French Lunch

Went to La Crêperie for lunch today for breton galettes (thin buckwheat pancakes with various toppings). It’s right around the corner from work: G/F, 69 Jervois St., Sheung Wan. Look, Rico came with us! (And he let me photograph his lunch.) I learned the phrase, “sek TSI la-lay” which is not at all polite, so don’t do … Continue reading

Weekly-Chip-Something

Weekly-Chip-Something

Chip‘s a good sport. I need to think of a regular segment I can do with her. “Weekly-something with Chip.” Something. As it turns out, she does a decent cat impression. Unfortunately, she no longer wants to appear on camera, so she drew her face on a post-it instead. Click here for 14 seconds of … Continue reading

My homebody ways may save me yet again.

My homebody ways may save me yet again.

After I moved to Ohio from San Francisco in 2009, a coworker remarked that Columbus must be quite an adjustment. Really it wasn’t. Aside from having to buy a vehicle – I don’t enjoy driving or the endless related expenses  – my life didn’t feel that much different. I still woke up around the same … Continue reading

New fb friend.

New fb friend.

Chip and I are fb friends now. I guess “Chip” is her nickname. You won’t believe what her real name is. Her real, actual-Chinese, name. (Could she be any more adorable?!)

Weekend meal-outings and Ian. (video!)

Weekend meal-outings and Ian. (video!)

Last night Ian and I went to an enormous mall called IFC not too far from our hotel and ate at a Thai place there called Greyhound. Spent about $38 each. I forgot to take pics of the food except for one dish. (I’ll try and do better.) After Ian spent 15 minutes looking at … Continue reading

Weekend odds & ends.

Weekend odds & ends.

Every weekday morning as soon as I step out of my hotel, I’m have to walk by this quite-stinky fish-based store. Everything in there is a dried out part of an ocean-dweller and hoo-boy, does it stink. And here we have two buildings on my walk to work: Blissful Building and Wrong Design. Not sure … Continue reading

It’s been 4 weeks.

It’s been 4 weeks.

…but it feels like a month. Just kidding, it feels like way longer than a month. It’s definitely better than at the beginning. And it hasn’t been raining, thank God. Here’s the view out my window this morning: Starting to feel more comfortable at work; most of my coworkers really seem to know what they’re … Continue reading