hkvibes : archive from 2008 May

Archive for May 2008

Road contrast

Still on the road (see yesterday’s post), but in Beijing this time. Sellers don’t hesitate to find their way beneath cars and buses in order to cross the road, even though they’re carrying merchandise. People are China’s main asset, but sometimes life doesn’t seem to be so. In China, motorized vehicles have absolute priority over […]

Traffic cops

The picture above was taken in Chongqing Road, Shanghai. People are China’s assets, and sometimes several traffic cops are necessary in order to regulate the traffic on such huge roads. In Hong Kong though, there are much less cops regulating the traffic, most likely because streets are much narrower there than in Shanghai or Beijing.

The Killer

Yet another John Woo’s movie starring Chow Yun Fat, The Killer (喋血雙雄) belongs to my personal top three favorite movies by John Chow along with A Better Tomorrow and Hard Boiled. Shot in 1989, i.e. in-between A Better Tomorrow and Hard Boiled, The Killer was inspired by Jean-Pierre Melville’s Le Samourai, starring Alain Delon. In […]

Burgers are back: TGI Friday’s

TGI Friday’s have an outlet in Tsim Sha Tsui (facing the California Fitness on Nathan Road) and believe me, burgers are good there. Along with Delifrance and other western restaurants, TGI Friday’s can bring the good taste of Western food back in gweilos’ mouths for a couple of dozens of dollars more than a basic […]

Cheun dan + ao yao do see

As seen two weeks ago, cheun dan ao yao do see is definitely worth a try. Perhaps the most Western meal you’ll find in cha chan tans.

Central area

Central is a real nice area with tons of skyscrapers and people walking everywhere. By a cloudy afternoon though, skyscrapers appear to be a little darker than usual. To my view, the picture above is only a few pixels away from Batman’s Gotham City.

Tamago double

I couldn’t find it in Hong Kong.. but in Japan, yes they have the Double Tamago burger (i.e. burger with two eggs). Jeez I wish we could have it in Hong Kong as well! Yep, elsewhere in Asia, burgers are different. That’s what they call “Glocalization” maybe :).

UI in Airport express

Other style of UI in the Hong Kong Airport Express (from Hong Kong station to Chek Lap Kok airport and then AsiaWorld expo station): a blue bar filled up as the train goes by. This is rather nice and useful in order to follow the progress of the train. This detail, along with other […]

Cantonese basics (part I)

Today we gonna learn a few basics about Cantonese. Cantonese is difficult and more different from Mandarin than Spanish is from French for example (in case you speak these languages too). The difficulty here is to teach the words along with the correct accents. Cantonese has up to nine different accents so it’s quite a […]


Beware of the name: the food in there is not 100% French but European at best. Still, it may be quite refreshing for any gweilo momentarily tired of eating noodles and rice in cha chan tans. Delifrance shops can be found throughout Hong Kong and prices in there are rather cheap, although being more expensive […]

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