Typhoon Nesat in Hong Kong

A typhoon swept past Hong Kong today. Especially in the summertime this happens quite frequently over here, but this one was pretty powerful. All offices, schools and many shops are closed today. Many ferries and some buses can’t go, as it’s just too stormy and dangerous. Oh yes, and as all post offices are closed, we can’t ship any orders today either. We’re really sorry about that, but our hands are just tied here. Most of our staff stayed at home too, but our 2 bosses came in to enjoy the silent working atmosphere. All the streets, highways and public transportation are really empty, which is so unusual for Hong Kong.
Typhoon Nesat has been on the news a lot, as it already hit the Philippines, where a lot of people died. Fortunately nothing that bad happened over here, but still a couple of people were injured. We found some videos and articles about it, that we want to share with you guys. For us it’s kind of strange to watch, because it looks a lot more dramatic than we experienced it. It was mainly a stormy day with a lot of rain :-).

Rilakkuma at Circle K in Hong Kong

Circle K (a shop similar to 7-11) has a special Rilakkuma promotion going on at the moment. For every 20 HKD (~US$2.6) spent, you get a small sealed package. Inside this package is a San-X sticker with a number printed on it. You also get a paper sheet at the shop where you can stick those stickers on. Once you have stickers worth 100 points collected, you can get a free gift. You can choose between a San-X luggage tag or 2 different kinds of pens. If you collect stickers worth 10,000 points, you get a big Rilakkuma plush for free. We are collecting already but it will take a while to get to 100 points. If we get the gift we will have a giveaway here on our blog and give it to one of our readers. Shall we choose one of the luggage tags or one of the pens?

these are the prizes you can get

these are the prizes you can get

paper sheet to collect the stickers

paper sheet to collect the stickers

this is the small package you get with the sticker inside

this is the small package you get with the sticker inside

Japanese Food order

Today I received a call from a man in Hong Kong who wanted to order Japanese food from us. As he didn’t speak English, I passed the phone to my colleague and he found out that this person saw our Japanese erasers on the web and thought we are selling Japanese food in Hong Kong. We had a big laugh afterwards. Our Japanese Food erasers look so realistic that people think we are selling real edible food. Now that is a funny story I will remember for a long time 😉

Japanese Food Soba eraser from Japan by Iwako

Japanese Food Soba eraser from Japan by Iwako

Chinese noodle soup eraser from Japan by Iwako

Chinese noodle soup eraser from Japan by Iwako

Tuna Sushi eraser from Japan by Iwako

Tuna Sushi eraser from Japan by Iwako

red mini snack eraser from Japan by Iwako

red mini snack eraser from Japan by Iwako

Dorayaki pancake eraser from Japan by Iwako

Dorayaki pancake eraser from Japan by Iwako

Green Tea eraser from Japan by Iwako

Green Tea eraser from Japan by Iwako

Chinese New Year decoration in Hong Kong

Chinese New Year is the most important holiday in China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan. Every year, every family decorates their home with red and golden decoration and flowers and all the shopping malls have huge displays. Some of them are really beautiful, some are very cute. People give lots of sweets as gifts to friends and family and therefore all the supermarkets are full with cookies, chocolates, candy and more. Hong Kong people like to give Japanese cookies and sweets, but the most popular one is the golden chocolate Ferrero Rocher. People here are crazy about them. In the supermarkets there are hundreds and hundreds of them on the shelfs. The reason why they are so popular is, that they are wrapped in golden foil which fits perfectly to the Chinese New Year deco.

2011 is the year of the rabbit

2011 is the year of the rabbit

these bunnies are made with real flowers

these bunnies are made with real flowers

cute Japanese girls figures

cute Japanese girls figures

with cherry blossom

with cherry blossom

we received these Hello Kitty cookies by a friend

we received these Hello Kitty cookies by a friend

Japanese gift sets in a Hong Kong supermarket

Japanese gift sets in a Hong Kong supermarket

the supermarkets are so full, you cannot walk anymore

the supermarkets are so full, you cannot walk anymore

who can eat all those cookies?

who can eat all those cookies?

red and golden CNY deco for your home

red and golden CNY deco for your home

Christmas trip

My husband and I will be on holidays during the holidays to visit my family in Austria. Our packing staff will continue working in the office, so don’t worry about any shipping delays. All paid orders will be shipped within 1 business day as usual. We wish everyone a happy time with family, friends and workmates/classmates. Merry Christmas!

our Christmas header in our shop

our Christmas header in our shop

Hong Kong: Hello Kitty Back to London

During the Christmas season, Langham Place (a shopping mall in Mongkok, Hong Kong) has an awesome display with Hello Kitty called “Back to London“. All Hello Kitty figures are almost man-sized and absolutely adorable. There are always lots of people taking photos of each Hello Kitty, it was really hard to take some nice pictures. I tried my best and here are pictures of every Hello Kitty they show:

Hello Kitty Back to London poster

Hello Kitty Back to London poster

huge Hello Kitty plush figure

huge Hello Kitty plush figure

Hello Kitty dressed up as british police

Hello Kitty dressed up as british police

Hello Kitty singer

Hello Kitty singer

cute Hello Kitty as a singer

cute Hello Kitty as a singer

Hello Kitty dressed with pink winter clothes

Hello Kitty dressed with pink winter clothes

Christmas Hello Kitty with gingerbread cookies

Christmas Hello Kitty with gingerbread cookies

Hello Kitty as London guard

Hello Kitty as London guard

bear as London guard

bear as London guard

I love London Hello Kitty

I love London Hello Kitty

cute Hello Kitty & Dear Daniel couple

cute Hello Kitty & Dear Daniel couple

me and Hello Kitty London guard

me and Hello Kitty London guard

Dear Daniel as a photographer

Dear Daniel as a photographer

Hello Kitty wearing a sparkling England dress

Hello Kitty wearing a sparkling England dress

Sanrio's Big Ben with Hello Kitty ribbon

Sanrio’s Big Ben with Hello Kitty ribbon

Hello Kitty Big Ben and Christmas deco in the background

Hello Kitty Big Ben and Christmas deco in the background

Hello Kitty british red mailbox

Hello Kitty british red mailbox

red Hello Kitty double decker bus

red Hello Kitty double decker bus

Hello Kitty and friends on a red Hello Kitty bus

Hello Kitty and friends on a red Hello Kitty bus

guess, who is the driver? Hello Kitty of course!

guess, who is the driver? Hello Kitty of course!

Sanrio's London Eye

Sanrio’s London Eye

London eye with Hello Kitty ribbon

London eye with Hello Kitty ribbon

Kokka style bedsheets

I went to Taste, a local Hong Kong supermarket, today and found something really interesting: they had “fake” Kokka bedsheets! The beedsheets’ fabric is copied from the Matryoshka Animals Kokka fabric, the characters are just oversized. Even Kokka is not safe from fakes anymore. Have a look at the photos I took in the supermarket:

Kokka style bedsheets 1

Kokka style bedsheets

Kokka style bedsheets 2

the bedsheets do look cute though

Kokka style bedsheets 3

Kokka style pillow

Kokka style bedsheets 4

the complete bedsheets set

Kokka style bedsheets 5

the original Kokka fabric they used for 'inspiration'

Panda-Z Cafe in Hong Kong shopping mall

This month the shopping mall “Metroplaza” in Hong Kong has a “Panda-Z Wonderland” theme and built up a Panda-Z Cafe in the middle of the shopping mall. The panda bears are almost man-sized and really super cute. They also showcase some Panda-Z collections, toys and collectibles. I think this theme is the best this shopping mall ever came up with. The cafe is just too cute and keeps you from going shopping and just wanting to watch those pandas.

Panda-Z Cafe in Hong Kong shopping mall 1

Panda-Z Cafe in Hong Kong shopping mall

Panda-Z Cafe in Hong Kong shopping mall 2

cute near man-sized pandas in a Hong Kong shopping mall

Panda-Z Cafe in Hong Kong shopping mall 3

the Panda-Z Cafe from above

Hello Kitty Food in the supermarket

Today I found some really fun food in the supermarket here in Hong Kong. Guess what, I found Hello Kitty spaghetti, Hello Kitty olive oil, Hello Kitty ground coffee and Hello Kitty Italian biscuits. Isn’t that really crazy? I had to take some pictures to show you guys:

Hello Kitty Food in the supermarket 1

Hello Kitty spaghetti

Hello Kitty Food in the supermarket 2

Hello Kitty pasta

Hello Kitty Food in the supermarket 3

Hello Kitty olive oil

Hello Kitty Food in the supermarket 4

Hello Kitty bolognese sauce

Hello Kitty Food in the supermarket 5

Hello Kitty noodles

Hello Kitty Food in the supermarket 6

Hello Kitty ground coffee

Hello Kitty Food in the supermarket 7

Hello Kitty Italian biscuits

Typhoon Koppu Video

Last night typhoon Koppu passed by Hong Kong pretty close and turned the city into a mess. Luckily, it didn’t hit Hong Kong directly because the storm was really strong and that would have been very dangerous for lots of people here. Below, you can watch a video some crazy storm chasers took here. It looks really scary and it was. We couldn’t sleep a lot last night and even our cat jumped when the gushes hit our windows and balcony door. Some villagers were really unlucky and their homes flooded chin deep. Watch the movie and get an idea, how strong a storm can be here: