Post from Hello Kitty & MAC

Today I got post from MAC as I am a VIP customer and get invitations and new product introductions by mail. The envelope is a bright pink and included a very nice, glossy brochure which shows pics of the new MAC Hello Kitty products campaign. MAC will launch their Hello Kitty make up line on 12.3.2009 in Hong Kong. I see a lot of famous brands cooperate with Hello Kitty’s Sanrio and other cute brands nowadays. Kawaii cute items get more and more popular, not only in Japan but worldwide. Therefore I can see a very big potential in our super cute kawaii shop modes4u.

bright pink MAC envelope

bright pink MAC envelope

1st page of the glossy Hello Kitty brochure

1st page of the glossy Hello Kitty brochure

MAC model with black Hello Kitty

MAC model with black Hello Kitty

Hello Kitty make up by MAC

Hello Kitty make up by MAC

MAC model

MAC model

Hong Kong 4th most expensive city

Today I read a report in South China Morning Post, a local Hong Kong English newspaper about Hong Kong being the 4th most expensive city in the world. WOW! But no wonder, proprety prices here are really crazy. Since the Financial Crises the prices went down a bit but they are still extremly high. Our office is located a bit outside of the city center and therefore we could make a good deal (based on Hong Kong prices). But we could never afford a office in the city center. Below you can see a chart of average prices of renting and buying an apartment in Hong Kong. Office space is even more expensive! Can you imagine that?

Honst Kong 4th most expensive city

Hong Kong 4th most expensive city

Happy Chinese New Year

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Happy Chinese New Year

I would like to wish everyone a Happy Chinese New Year, or the Chinese would say: Gung Hei Fat Choy! and the mainlanders say: Xin Nian Kuai Le!

Hope everyone has a nice holidays and for all my Chinese readers: Have a nice family reunion. Don’t eat too much 😉

Typhoon in Hong Kong

Today is a typhoon in Hong Kong, therefore we have to stay at home and shouldn’t leave home. It can get really messy when there is a typhoon here. As there are lots of advertisement billboards and the open sea, it can even get dangerous (falling billboards, sudden gusts from the sea etc.) so people are usually advised to stay at home and all offices, small shops, public transporation shut down. So, I enjoy a day at home now. Cheers 😉

new visa is here

Today I could pick up my new visa at the Immigration Office. As my nationality is Austrian I need to apply for a visa to be able to live and work in Hong Kong. My first visa was valid for one year only, this time I got a 3-year-visa which is really cool. I only had to hand in 2 sheets of paper to apply for the extension of my visa. It’s so easy, unbelievably. I can’t imagine how hard it would be to get a visa as a foreigner in Austria. After 3 years, I will get another 3-year-visa and after that I will be able to apply for a permanent residency in Hong Kong.

Have You ever seen a more impressive Immigration Office?

New Gym Membership

As I am working, working, working and don’t use my muscles at all, I decided to finally join a gym here in Hong Kong. I have so much excess energy that I need to get rid off. Back in Austria I enjoyed going to the gym and I was looking around for a suitable gym here for a while. It isn’t that easy and I finally decided to join PURE in Langham Place (same building as the Langham Place Hotel). PURE is the best gym chain in Hong Kong with the best standard, very clean, very nice changing rooms, new machines etc. The gym opened less than a year ago, so everything is pretty new. But the biggest advantage is that there are not too many members. It’s really hard to find a place in Hong Kong that isn’t crowded and noisy. As the gym is one of the best in Hong Kong, their membership fee is higher (like 5-6 times higher than other gyms) but I can tell you, it is totally worth it.

My sis is coming to Hong Kong

YAY, my sister Marion told me today that she is going to visit me in Hong Kong this July. It will be her first time in Hong Kong, even in Asia! How exciting! This will be a very fun time as we love going out together, clubbing, dancing, drinking and having fun. I miss my family and this will be a great chance to spend lots of time with my “little” sis. I will definitely write some posts about what we are doing while she is here. 🙂

Familymy mum, me and my sis

Olympic Games tickets cheat

I love horses since I am a child, so I planned to watch the Olympic Equestrian Events. Luckily they show them here in Hong Kong and not in Beijing. A few days ago, I went to the official Ticket Seller website and saw that I can book the tickets online. I thought “Great!” and booked around 4x 2 tickets. I waited for a confirmation email, call or anything else but nothing happened. So today I called to their office and asked what’s going on. The woman laughed (!) at me and said: “Cannot book online. Only in branch. Many people call and are angry.” And she laughed again. This is not funny at all! Why the hell are they offering online booking when the tickets cannot be booked? So I asked if there are any tickets left, of course NOT 🙁 I am REALLY angry now! Such a crap service! The company’s name is China Travel Service. I recommend, never ever use them if you want reliable, good service.

Hong Kong Torch Relay

Today was the Olympic Torch Relay in Hong Kong. As i was warned in advance about it this time I decided to stay at home and watch the event from my balcony until the bridge is opened again. I live in Park Island which is a small island right next to the beautiful Tsing Ma Bridge. The torch relay was scheduled to take place on the bridge around noon. I shot a photo with my camera:

Tsing Ma Bridge

As the air pollution was really bad today (poor guys who had to run and breath in that air), I attach another photo with the view from our balcony on a nice unpolluted day:

Tsing Ma Bridge

Olympic Games getting on my nerves

This year’s Olympic Games are really starting to annoy me. First the stupid changes of the visas, then there is every few minutes a TV spot about the Olympics on TV, doesn’t matter if the ad is about food, credit cards, banks or any other industry. When you walk around Hong Kong you can see every few meters some advertisement on the walls. This was still bearable but today’s events changed my mind:

As usual, I planned to go to work in the morning. My husband just left half an hour ago and now it was my turn to get on the bus and drive to the office. In the elevator I recognized a letter mentioning something about “Olympig Games”, “torch relay“, “rehearsal” and “bus service cancelled”. As our elevator is quite quick, although I live on the 30th floor, I couldn’t really get the whole meaning and left the lobby. At the bus stop people were waiting for the buses as usual so I thought, nothing is wrong. But then the bus arrived and the bus driver said something in chinese. I could see that the people were confused and got on the bus. Then it was my turn and I asked, what’s going on? As usual, he couldn’t speak English and just said something like “no bus” and “ferry”. So I went on the bus and we drove back to the ferry pier on the island. There I had to wait around 15mins and I used the time to talk to a guy there to ask if there is any extra bus service from the ferry pier to the MTR (subway) station. He said “No”.

Now I was angry. First of all, they weren’t able to hang up this letter a few days in advance so that everyone could prepare for it, second they didnn’t prepare any extra busses. I decided to call the management office of our estate (Park Island) and ask what’s going on. I talked to 3 ladies, each claiming that they speak English (well the first one didn’t and gave up quickly, the other 2 were just below ok). I found out that there is a rehearsal of the torch relay for next week and they closed down the Tsing Ma bridge. I can’t believe it. People from the airport and anyone else wouldn’t be able to get to Hong Kong Island or Kowloon for hours. I tried to ask why the hell they didn’t hang up this stupid information in advance. I came home the day before at night and there was definitely no paper there. They claimed they hang it up. Yeah sure…..

Finally, I got on the ferry and there was a bus service from the ferry pier to Tsuen Wan MTR station. I still had to take the MTR back to Kwai Fong and I lost around 1.5 hours just because of that stupid torch relay. 🙁

I can’t wait till the Olympic Games are over…