Monday, June 21, 2010

Poser Alert

Things I have started to say:

"air con" (in lieu of A/C)
"holiday" (instead of vacation)

Things I've been thisclose to saying:

"bloody" (as in "really" or "very")

With only 4 days before I'm back in NYC, I feel the need to put this out there...because chances are I'm going to let one of these slip and you're going to give me hell for it.

Things that make me smile

I know I complain and joke here a lot, but there are many things about Hong Kong that I like.

The transportation system puts NYC to shame -- taxis are dirt cheap; the subway is a clean, air-conditioned, lovely affair!

My exposure to Chinese, Indian, Singaporean, Malaysian, Vietnamese, Thai and other Asia cuisines has skyrocketed!

Every Friday on my way to an exercise class, I pass these people who are doing tai-chi in our Plaza.  I love that they all bring their little sword that they practice with!

The other night some friends took us to an Italian place in the Mid-Levels.  It was pretty high up the mountain so we had a killer view of the Mid-Levels escalator - another great part of HK.

When I'm ripping on the lack of manners or style, remember that there are many things in HK that make me smile!

Hammer Time!

I'm sure I will get shit about this from someone, but I just have to say it: Chinese people have no sense of style or fashion whatsoever. Yes, there are a few stylish diamonds in the rough here, but by and large you see a lot of Hello Kitty and scrunchies and bad perms. The funniest part is that most of these people are pretty wealthy, so it's not like they can't afford to have stylish clothes. It's just that they think wearing a baggy t-shirt with the words "Louis Vuitton" equals cutting-edge fashion. And wearing their LV t-shirt with an ill-fitting red pleather mini-skirt, bedazzled pumps and with a patent leather bow belt?  Well, that just kicks it up a notch.

Even when they do get their hands on a trendy piece of clothing, they somehow manage to mess it up.  I was walking in Central the other day and saw a girl wearing baggy leggings (leggings!).  The whole point of leggings is that they are tight.

Sadly it's not all women. I've noticed a new trend among Chinese men: harem jeans, a.k.a. MC Hammer pants. The pairs I've seen on the street don't stop there -- these Hammer pants are acid-washed to boot.

Can you handle the hotness??