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A Hong Kong game: Mark Six

(The picture is courtesy of Wikipedia). Mark Six is a lottery style game quite popular in Hong Kong where you have to guess the 6 lucky numbers out of 49. In each draw, 7 numbers are randomly selected (including the extra number). The first prize (i.e. the 6 lucky numbers) is guaranteed to be at […]

Chinese lucky numbers

In the Chinese culture, even numbers are rather considered as feminine numbers whereas uneven numbers are considered as being masculine. Each number more or less has an associated signification, usually because of similarities in the pronunciation.
Three (Cantonese: “saam“) : this number is often associated with life and longevity because of a phonetic similarity with the […]

Dragon Boat race

Every year, in June, there’s a Dragon Boat race in Stanley beach (and in other beaches of Hong Kong too). As you can see in the picture above, Dragon Boat is totally human-powered with two paddlers per row, a drummer in the front of the boat and a steerer in the back. This means that […]

Funny game in Ocean Park, Hong Kong

The goal of this game is to throw plastic rings around bottlenecks. Not as easy as it may seem though! One can’t guess it from the picture, but playing to this game is actually extremely noisy. The whole game is handled manually by the two workers in orange T-Shirts who spend their time grabbing the […]

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 […]

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 […]

The world of Suzie Wong

Just finished reading The World of Suzie Wong. Waow. I first heard about this book while reading a blog about a fresh gweilo arriving in Hong Kong and seeing “Suzie Wongs” everywhere (sorry.. can’t find the link). Well this is not true, at least not true everywhere, for Suzie Wong is a prostitute, working at […]

Curse of the Golden Flower

Big hit of year-end 2006, Curse of the Golden Flower stars superstars Chow Yun Fat, Gong Li and Jay Chou. The movie was directed by Zhang Yimou, already known for Hero and House of Flying Daggers. The story depicts a rebellion led within China’s very imperial family, which war symbol is the Chrysanthemum itself (the […]

Hard Boiled

This week’s culture post introduces another John Woo’s masterpiece starring Chow Yun Fat and Tony Leung: Hard Boiled (辣手神探). As for A Better Tomorrow, Hard Boiled belongs to the Heroic Bloodshed genre: don’t expect too realistic fights for John Woo rather focuses on slow motion and profusion of bullets and corpses. The story depicts a […]

Old Hong Kong

It can be kinda hard to get old pictures of Hong Kong. Tourist shops in Sheung Wan and elsewhere sell cheap photocopies (prices to be negotiated of course), but it’s more difficult to find real pictures from the last century. The picture above was taken in Sheung Wan and is the best shot I could […]

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