September 30, 2014

Notes on the Umbrella Revolution

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If you've been following the news, you'd probably have noted that Hong Kong is gripped by protests for democratic reform, which has gained the moniker of "Umbrella Revolution". Originally initiated by some pro-democracy groups and student groups, the protests have snowballed, involving close to 80,000 people in a single location after police made what was considered a show of inappropriately heavy-handed force -- they hurled tear gas, a sight not seen since the WTO protests in 2005. Protesters shielded themselves from with brollies, hence the name. 

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This surely will be one of the Umbrella Revolution's iconic moments.

Currently, the areas from Causeway Bay up to Central (including Wan Chai and Admiralty) on Hong Kong Island are occupied with protesters, with Mong Kok being the bastion for Kowloon. Protesters have been rather well-behaved, even cleaning up after themselves. 

I will not be going into detail on the political ramifications and analysis, but as someone who admires this city for its success and its openness and freedom as well as its quirks (like cranky waiters in cha chaan tengs), I do hope that Hong Kongers obtain self-determination in their political process. 

I've loved this city since I came here as a student in 2009, I love it now, and I hope it emerges stronger, better, and more importantly, a kinder place to its people.    

There is hope yet, as illustrated so well by designer Jessica Cheuk See Tang on her Instagram @cheuksee:

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To my friends out on the streets, we support you... please keep a cool head and remember that the police aren't your objective/target. Stay safe everyone, we are praying for you!

Edit: A previous version of this post stated that tear gas was last used in quelling the 1967 riots. It has now been amended - thanks to my Malaysian senior at university Len Foong.

Porsche Design x Blackberry P'9983 launch event

Last Friday, I got invited by some girl friends to the launch event of the P'9983, a collaboration between Porsche Design and Blackberry. The launch started from 6 pm onward and was graced by local pop star Andy Hui - which I sadly missed. When I turned up close to 8 pm, the place was buzzing with people and beats from the DJ - a great club-like atmosphere, perfect for Friday night.

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Getting up close and personal with the Blackberry, I'd say I do prefer its keyboard... the only other comparison I have really is my office Blackberry, which is onerous to type on. Generally speaking though, I've yet to see any feature that really makes it pop compared to the numerous smartphones crowding the market.

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Guess which colour I'm digging?

Some photos:

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The ladies - thanks Emily for inviting us!

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Photobooth pic with an awkward angle - taken from above
All the same, it was an interesting experience - thanks Emily for inviting us! Now, if only my job entailed more fun stuff like this... (not that I don't enjoy my job :D )

September 20, 2014

Sassy Hong Kong's Around the World Food Tour!

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Thanks to my fellow "falafel" (it's an endearment, really) e.g. my ex-housemate Jiyoung, I had the chance to join Sassy Hong Kong's Around the World Food Tour this weekend! Held at Souvla, a Greek restaurant tucked away on D'Aguilar Street - that's Lan Kwai Fong, HK's party hub, the event showcased restaurant group Concept Creations' various outlets, with their chefs teaching us about their cuisine.

There were four stations... so Jiyoung and I started, along with several others, at the Tapeo station. Tapeo is a popular Spanish tapas bar and restaurant, which is always bustling come Thursday... and the rest of the weekend! We were taught about Iberico ham and how to make a basic aioli. Such simple ingredients: garlic (raw and roasted), egg yolk, white wine vinegar, a dash of sea salt and a healthy helping of olive oil, but such rich flavour!

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Aioli ingredients and Iberico ham!