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 πŸ˜‰

Fashion Week Hong Kong 2008

We went to Fashion Week 2008 in Hong Kong today and checked out the new trends for the coming season. I love Fashion Week, seeing all these clothes, bags, shoes and accessories is just a dream for a girl. πŸ™‚ We even found 2 companies who make some really interesting collections. One has a line with skulls, tatoo style prints, a bit similar to Ed Hardy. The other one is an agent for a New Zealand designer. She makes really pretty cute things with a character called “Misery“. We plan to work together in the future and distribute their products in Europe.

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 πŸ˜‰

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.

San-X Meeting

We met with the Japanese boss from San-X Hong Kong today. He is very interested in working together with us as San-X is only focusing on the Asian market at the moment. He wants to expand their products to Europe and North America and we are the perfect partner for them because our wholesale and end-user customers are mainly from Europe, USA and Canada. We have quite a lot of contacts to shop owners who could be interested in selling these products. So we will act as an Official Wholesaler for their products to European and North American markets.

So, if you are interested in buying San-X products in bulk, please contact me by e-mail and I will send you the Official Wholesale catalogs with all their current products including Rilakkuma (Relax Bear), Mamegoma (little seal), Monokuro boo (a black & a white pig), Tarepanda (lazy panda) and many many more. We will also keep a big stock for our online shop and to be able to send out wholesale orders quickly.

San-X Characters

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. πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™ 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

Gifts & Premium Fair

I went to the Gifts & Premium Fair the first time today. We were just curious what they are offering there and hoped that we are lucky and find something interesting for our shop. The fair was huge; so many halls. Every time I go to a trade fair I come back home with burning feet and legs. It is SO exhausting. You don’t realize it while you are there because there are so many things to see so you are totally distracted. But after leaving the premises you suddenly realize how many kilometres you must have walked. High Heels are a No-NO, you just wouldn’t make it through countless aisles of booths.

I was really lucky this time as I met a Japanese guy who is the official distributor of San-X. If you don’t know San-X, here is the official website. They have lots of cute kawaii-style characters like Rilakkuma (a cute bear) and Mamegoma (a baby seal). San-X didn’t have a booth there but the factory who is producing their products gave me the contact details. I will definitely contact them. Their items would fit perfectly into our shop.

Rilakkuma Bear
Rilakkuma, the cute Relax Bear

Mamegoma Seal
Mamegoma, a baby seal

We also found a contact for a printing shop here in Hong Kong who could make low quantity of t-shirts for us. The printing quality is really good so that could be a useful contact in the future. We plan to make our own t-shirts soon. And low quantities are always welcomed. There was also a company who could make our prints on stickers, so our customers could iron the designs themselves onto their t-shirts. But I personally think the printing shop is more interesting because the quality is just better.