Something I wrote while in HK….
The differences between Hong Kong and China are quite great.
All the girls here and I mean everyone wears makeup. And basically the entire girl population smells like a flower. I suppose that there are a few reasons that this would be a difference. Quite possibly because the girls here in Hong Kong make more money so they are able to afford these things. Also I think that Hong Kongs culture is more about, well, looking good. When you get here you will see all kinds of advertisements everywhere for beauty products, skin products, watches, suits. That’s just the way it is here. Not to say it’s bad, but really, it makes you kind of depressed. I’m not wearing a suit, I can’t afford a Rolex, so how the hell would I get a hot long girl kind of a feeling. Which really if all girl are said hot, then even the low self esteem girls would be to. Two low self esteem people. The perfect match.
Also there are a ton of girls here that look like geeks. Yes that’s right, geeks. And it’s awesome. I feel like Hong Kong is split up into two camps. The business man or women and the the geek man or women. I really don’t see much in between. Although I am sure that there is. It doesn’t see all that prevalent. Now I for one am all about the geek camp.
Other diferences. NFC or paying by Octopus card. Hong Kong is also all about tech. The Octopus card is the subway card that you can load with money and thus use to pay anywhere else too. FAST. Starbucks, McDonald’s, etc, just hold the card to the little reader and BAM.
I have to say that living aboard has really opened my eyes as far as living goes. There are so many places better than the States, as far as specific areas are concerned. Like, why the hell doesn’t the states have a card like this, or RF cards that you can use to pay. I’m going to guess that the major cities probably already do. I suppose it’s all a game by the major corps to get more money. Who knows.