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

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 :-).

Japan Earthquake

Today a huge earthquake followed by a tsunami happened in Japan. We heard the news quite early and kept checking for updates while we were in the office. In the afternoon my mum called and asked me if we are ok. She knows that Hong Kong is far from Japan but she still wanted to make sure that everything is alright. For everyone: We are ok! Hong Kong is really far away from Japan and we didn’t feel anything. We are really lucky here, Taiwan and the Philippines protect us from strong typhoons and we are also not near any earthquake hit region. Our business will continue as usual and there are no delays in shipment. I really hope the people in Japan are safe and recover quickly. These news are just too horrible. 🙁

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:

Kokka meeting

Yesterday, I got a call from Kokka telling me that they just got over 30 new fabrics in that were just released. They want to show us the fabrics, so we set up a meeting for today. Luckily, typhoon Koppu who went over Hong Kong last night, made landfall a few hours before the meeting, so it was safe to go out. It is pretty dangerous to leave your home during a typhoon in Hong Kong because of all the signs hanging above everywhere and quite a few fall every time. Anyway, we went to their office and we saw LOTS of super cute new designs. I can’t believe how their designers can come up with so many new cute designs every month. There were cute animals dressed as Matryoshkas, cute black kitty fabrics, little piggies with icecream cones and glitter, peach and cherry blossom fabric and so many more. I will post some pics of the newest Kokka fabrics after the swatches arrived. They will send them to us by courier tomorrow.

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 😉