Chinese Dragon installation for Chinese New Year in Hong Kong

Chinese New Year is just a couple of weeks away, so Hong Kong is slowly putting on its festive dress: shops, hotels and shopping malls start decorating for the holiday and stationery shops offer all kinds of paper decoration for your home. A couple of days ago we discovered a really cool CNY promotion in the Hong Kong mall Elements. For the Elements X Liberty Art Fabrics installation the mall teamed up with the British brand Liberty Art Fabrics and created a Chinese garden with traditional lions to welcome the Year of the Snake. The Chinese dancing lions are 2.8 meters high and are adorned with Liberty of Arts textile prints.

We really like this little garden, as it reflects the Asian culture very well. We’re sure to see many more promotions throughout the next weeks and will try to take as many pictures as possible to show you.

These traditional Chinese dragons welcome the Year of the snake

These traditional Chinese dragons welcome the Year of the Snake

The little Chinese garden for Chinese New Year is really beautiful and peaceful

The little Chinese garden for Chinese New Year is really beautiful and peaceful

The dragons are almost 3 meters high

The dragons are almost 3 meters high

The Chinese garden can be seen at the Hong Kong mall Elements

The Chinese garden can be seen at the Hong Kong mall Elements

Cute Hello Kitty Chinese New Year puddings in Hong Kong

In a couple of weeks the whole city of Hong Kong will be celebrating Chinese New Year. This is THE most important holiday over here, so of course there are tons of special Chinese New Year products and promotions. We just discovered a Chineses New Year pudding in Hello Kitty style. It is sold by the local food chain Hung Fook Tong. They specialize in healthy food, drinks and soups and have really lots of stores throughout the whole city. You can buy the cakes with the cute Hello Kitty faces in the flavours radish cake, brown sugar cake (very typical for CNY), sugar cane juice cake with water chestnut & osmanthus petals, taro cake and mango sago cake with birdnest. Yes, it is a very local delicacy.

When you buy a cake from this limited edition you also get a cute Hello Kitty bag for free. Would you want to try one of the flavours?

The advertisement for the Hello Kitty Chinese New year puddings looks very cute

The advertisement for the Hello Kitty Chinese New year puddings looks very cute

Delay in air mail services with Hong Kong Post

As we get lots of questions from customers at the moment asking how long shipping will take, we thought we should share this with you. Hong Kong Post published a note on their website on December 14th stating, that there will be delays for air mail services to Europe, Israel, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico, as there is not enough air cargo space and increased air mail traffic.

This means that even though we ship your orders as fast as possible and inform you via email, your order might still be stuck in Hong Kong or some intermediate destination. This also effects express shipping. We’re very sorry about that and hope Hong Kong Post will find a solution very fast, so that you will receive your orders soon.

Hong Kong Post stated that there will be delays in air mail traffic to some countries

Hong Kong Post stated that there will be delays in air mail traffic to some countries

Cute Rilakkuma car in Hong Kong

Look what we discovered! When we were walking through Hong Kong we saw this super adorable Rilakkuma car. The Rilakkuma design really looks perfect on this Smart, as it is such a cute and small vehicle. As the picture on the car looks really professional, we suspected that Smart might have launched a Rilakkuma series, but we didn’t find anything about that. So maybe the owner had this design custom-made or even did it himself. However, it looks gorgeous!

Super cute Rilakkuma car spotted in Hong Kong

Super cute Rilakkuma car spotted in Hong Kong

The kawaii on this Smart looks really adorable

The kawaii on this Smart looks really adorable

Cute Hello Kitty collection at Chocoolate Hong Kong

The sailor look is the flavour of the month! So it’s not surprising that the fashion label Chocoolate and Sanrio teamed up to release a super kawaii maritime Hello Kitty collection. You can buy the cute shirts, bags and accessories like umbrellas or pouches in all Chocoolate stores in Hong Kong at the moment. The designs are very lovely, everything is full of dots, stripes and sailor caps in blue, white and red. The look suits Hello Kitty very well.

Hello Sailor Kitty collection in the Chocoolate stores in Hong Kong

Hello Sailor Kitty collection in the Chocoolate stores in Hong Kong

The maritime shirts and bags are really adorable

The maritime shirts and bags are really adorable

Of course lots of people look at the cute items

Of course lots of people look at the cute items

Even the windows have a cute maritime Hello Kitty design

Even the windows have a cute maritime Hello Kitty design

All the items of the Chocoolate  x Hello Kitty collection

All the items of the Chocoolate x Hello Kitty collection

Typhoon Vicente hits Hong Kong

It really was a stormy night and today you can totally see what damage typhoon Vicente caused when it hit Hong Kong last night. First of all: nothing happened to us and the office is okay too. After it was clear that typhoon signal no. 8 would be issued yesterday evening, which means that everybody should go home, we hurried and finished up packing your orders quickly, so that we could go home before the big rush of people. It was really raining heavily, everybody got soaking wet and you would see lots of broken and abandoned umbrellas and fallen branches of trees already in the evening. The supermarkets and subway stations were absolutely packed. The later the evening the stormier it got, the winds were very strong and it was really noisy outside. Around midnight even the strongest typhoon signal no. 10 was issued, which happened the last time in 1999.

This morning at 10 AM the signal was lowered, so all of us could come to the office. It was really amazing to step outside, as there were super few people (usually Hong Kong is packed) and lots of damages to be seen, especially fallen trees. We read in the news that more than 600 trees were uprooted and around 100 people injured, luckily nobody really severe. Today people in Hong Kong will be busy cleaning up. We will try to pack as many of your packages today as possible, although we missed a couple of hours already.

A typical view on the way to work today: Fallen trees everywhere

A typical view on the way to work today: Fallen trees everywhere

This big tree crashed on a children playground

This big tree crashed on a children playground

This used to be a simple street restaurant close to our office, now it is devastated

This used to be a simple street restaurant close to our office, now it is devastated

This advertising sign is totally broken

This advertising sign is totally broken

Lots of trees fell down on this basketball court opposite to our building

Lots of trees fell down on this basketball court opposite to our building

Also banners and signs came off shops and buildings

Also banners and signs came off shops and buildings

These construction fences flew all over the place

These construction fences flew all over the place

This big tree is blocking a whole road

This big tree is blocking a whole road

The terrace of a local restaurant near our office

The terrace of a local restaurant near our office

Another tree blocking the road, fortunately people can still pass it

Another tree blocking the road, fortunately people can still pass it

mt Masking Tape workshop in Japan

We want to go! In Japan you can visit special Masking tape workshops held by mt. In four different cities they regularly offer weekend classes called ‘mt school’ where you can craft with Washi Tape and also get professional instructions by Washi Tape crafters. We saw some pictures from a workshop in Yokohama, which look so inspiring. It just gives you wonderful ideas on what to use Washi tape for. The whole venue – usually a crafting or stationery shop – is decorated with tapes and of course there are lots and lots of mt tapes to buy. We think it’s a great idea to craft together in such a creative environment. If there was something like this in Hong Kong we would definitely go. Would you?

The entrance of the venue of the masking tape workshop in Yokohama

The entrance of the venue of the masking tape workshop in Yokohama

There is an extra mt section with lots and lots of Washi tapes

There is an extra mt section with lots and lots of Washi tapes

This looks so inviting: One of the crafting tables for the participants

This looks so inviting: One of the crafting tables for the participants

Great for inspiration: Some exhibits of Washi tape stationery

Great for inspiration: Some exhibits of Washi tape stationery

Super pretty boxes and wrapping embellished with Washi tape

Super pretty boxes and wrapping embellished with Washi tape

Incredible: Why not decorate a bird house with Washi Tape?

Incredible: Why not decorate a bird house with Washi Tape?

More examples of masking tape crafting

More examples of masking tape crafting

Participants of the workshop being creative

Participants of the workshop being creative

A great and simple idea: embellish mobiles with Washi tape

A great and simple idea: embellish mobiles with Washi tape

The decoration of the venue with Masking tape is just adorable

The decoration of the venue with Masking tape is just adorable

We want a car like this: the official mt school truck

We want a car like this: the official mt school truck

Cute Hello Kitty cards for McDonalds promotion in Hong Kong

Yahoo Deals Hong Kong just started a super kawaii Hello Kitty deal for an upcoming McDonald’s promotion. For 48 Hong Kong Dollars you can buy a set of four adorable Hello Kitty collector’s cards including a kawaii album. Till the beginning of October you can show your card when buying a drink out of certain product group and then get a free McDonald’s product on top. You can only get those special Hello Kitty cards in this Yahoo deal, McDonald’s will use different cards for the promotion throughout Hong Kong.

And the Hello Kitty cards are super adorable, who would not want to have them? Hello Kitty is dressed up as different fairy tale characters: Little Red Riding Hood, Frog Prince, The Ugly Duckling and the Wizard of Oz. There are two interchanging images on each card, so you also have a cool visual effect. Do you have a favourite card already? They are all really kawaii, but the wolf of the Little Red Riding Hood card just stole our heart away.

Those are the 4 sets you can get on Hong Kong Deals for the McDonalds promotion

Those are the 4 sets you can get on Hong Kong Deals for the McDonalds promotion

Hello Kitty as Little Red Riding Hood and wolf

Hello Kitty as Little Red Riding Hood and wolf

Hello Kitty as Frog and Princess

Hello Kitty as Frog and Princess

Hello Kitty as ugly duckling and pretty swan

Hello Kitty as ugly duckling and pretty swan

Hello Kitty as Lion and Tin Man

Hello Kitty as Lion and Tin Man

This is the cute album that comes with the cards

This is the cute album that comes with the cards

Dragon Boat Races in Hong Kong

Last Saturday it was time for a fun piece of Chinese Tradition. It was the day of the Tuen Ng Festival (Dragon Boat Festival), so at many places in Hong Kong there were action-packed races, where you could watch numerous teams compete on the water against each other. And you were really close to the action as spectators could just stand on the beach, watch the teams race towards them and congratulate them once they arrived at the shore. It was really a great atmosphere with lots of cheering and laughing. Many teams were corporate amateur teams that enjoyed the event a lot, they wore funny hats, dressed up in costumes or had their own battle calls. After the races each team was soaking wet and totally exhausted, but they all looked very happy.

The dragon boats raced right to the beach

The dragon boats raced right to the beach

A dragon head on one of the boats

A dragon head on one of the boats

This team wore funny hats - mostly Angry Birds characters

This team wore funny hats - mostly Angry Birds characters

The Beach at this venue was totally crowded with spectators

The Beach at this venue was totally crowded with spectators

Hello Kitty Airplane going to Hong Kong

One of our team members will be going to Taiwan for a short trip soon and discovered that you can even take a special Hello Kitty plane between Hong Kong and Taipei. What pleasant news. Isn’t that the dream of every kawaii-Fan? So we did a bit of research and found some articles about this. Those new cute airplanes were actually launched a couple of months ago already and give you the whole kawaii package. Not just is the airplane painted with lovely Hello Kittys from the outside, but EVERYTHING is Hello Kitty inside too. You have Hello Kitty meals, pillows, soap, paper cups, headrest covers or boarding passes. And those are just a few things. Obviously there are more than 100 in flight items. And of course they have special Check-In counters and terminals too, at least in some cities.

All you Hello Kitty Fans probably know that the Hello Kitty planes were already launched in 2005, but in 2009 they stopped service as the licensing agreement between Sanrio and Taiwan Eva Air expired. So from now on Eva Air offers 3 Hello Kitty planes again to various destinations in Asia. Wouldn’t a flight in one of these cute planes be the perfect incentive for a future trip to and within Asia? Still our team member will not be going to Taiwan in one of those special planes. But she surely hopes that she gets to see one.

A plane never looked cuter from the outside

A plane never looked cuter from the outside

Inside it gets even cuter - there are more than 100 Hello Kitty in flight items

Inside it gets even cuter - there are more than 100 Hello Kitty in flight items

The food is almost too cute to eat and all flight attendants wear Hello Kitty aprons

The food is almost too cute to eat and all flight attendants wear Hello Kitty aprons

Also the tiniest and most common items are in Hello Kitty design

Also the tiniest and most common items are in Hello Kitty design

The children's meals are especially kawaii

The meals for children are especially kawaii