10 November 2008

Hong Kong State of Mind - Part 1 香港情懷-上卷

Once a month I spend a quiet evening in Wanchai. I will get a haircut, visit the big Chinese bookstore near Southorn Playground (修頓球場) and grab dinner from a neighborhood noodle house before heading home on a double-decker. The solitude is self-imposed and the private reverie cherished.


I had one of those evenings yesterday. I began the night at the hair salon, where a young apprentice named Durex gave me a wash followed by a pampering scalp massage befitting a world-class spa. I can never quite wrap my mind around why people here give themselves such bizarre names as “Concrete,” “Jackal” and “Lazy,” even though Lazy is a perfectly hardworking young lady who takes my order at Starbucks. With names like that, how can they ever expect to be taken seriously in life?

While my hairdresser snipped merrily away, I picked up the latest issue of GQ (British Edition) – one of my guilty pleasures – and started reading an article on the new Macau. I buried my head in the glossy pages while the young stylist dispensed unsolicited advice on male grooming and recommended drastic hair treatments. Sensing my mild annoyance, he changed the subject and asked if I was shopping for a new car, tipped off by the print ad for a new BMW model in the magazine I was reading. I forced a smile and said no…

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Read the rest of this article in HONG KONG State of Mind, published by Blacksmith Books, available at major bookstores in in Hong Kong, on Amazon and at Blacksmith Books.


 

14 comments:

  1. Dude, Jon here man.

    I totally agree with the ur point on HK teens these days. They dont read sh*t so they call themselves "L"...

    The other thing about the the stuff they "can" afford is so true man! I mean how can a regular sales or MK punk afford all those so call designer goodies... wonders*

    Well, guess that all these local lame-ness had become too much of a norm these days.. LOL!

    Anyway I'll be back on the 4th (Dec). Shall sing together man!

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  2. I stumbled onto your site, and this post in particular, totally by random, and it's amazing and scary that you've expressed almost exactly how i feel about living in this city after spending a bit of time overseas (except i have an extra 'minority' label as a female lol).

    I agree with your article wholeheartedly!

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  3. Thanks for your comments, Adele! Keep reading my column and keep those comments coming, and tell your friends to do the same!!!

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  4. aw man, i totally agree with the minority issue that you mentioned in your article. it definitely does feel right when you are not a minority.

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  5. Glad you could relate, Lawrence. Did you recently move back to Hong Kong? Where from?

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  6. actually, i lived in hong kong until i was seven and i moved to the states(hawaii) afterwards. i am currently living and working in san francisco right now and I have always thought about moving back.

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  7. You thought about publishing your notes, or write columns in magazines/newspaper? They are beautifully written.

    Charlotte

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  8. Jason, nice!

    Tats

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  9. Thanks, Charlotte. If you like what I write, keep reading!

    Jason

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  10. Thanks, Tats. Hope all is well. It's been a while. I should have dropped by when I was in NYC last month. Next time!

    Jason

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  11. there's a pre-condition though: you gotta keep writing!! :)

    Charlotte

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  12. makes me feel like retiring in HK!

    Margaret

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  13. Jason, funny that it is exactly how I felt when I came back to HK after I was away for a few years in the States. I guess you never realize what you have missed, or have taken everything for granted until you get to experience life on the other side. It's the familarity, customs, friendships, acknowledgement and most importantly, sense of belonging.

    Good job capturing the moment!

    Wilson

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  14. Now that the book's here one cannot read your post in full. Sounds really "Hong Kong" to me. Everything's just about making money :(

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