Spotted in HK #1

I’m always hesitant to write about my first impressions of a place. I’m afraid of making sweeping generalizations about locals when I haven’t been here long enough to make reasonably intuitive assumptions about the motivations for their behavior. As I get settled, I will collect observations of things that confuse or amuse me and share them here.

  • Braemar Hill, a row of Audis, BMWs, and S-class Mercedes waiting to collect children from school.
  • Causeway Bay, man playing the didgeridoo on the street asking for change. Upon further inspection, he is actually beatboxing through the didgeridoo and mixing the sounds with an iPad next to him. Still asking for change.
  • Braemar Hill, for the last several mornings there has been a black Rolls Royce parked outside of the University. The curtains to the back seat are drawn. The driver, in a full suit and earpiece, is usually sitting in his seat. Often he is eating candy with the A/C on. Sometimes he is napping. Photo to follow if I catch him slipping.
  • Tsim Sha Tsui, Carnarvon Road, many confused tourists, both mainlanders and expats, stopped, confused, speaking loudly in their native tongues. I wish there was a SigAlert for sidewalks.
  • Braemar Hill, a man driving a matte grey Lotus Elise drops off a pretty female student at the University.
  • Wan Chai, a small blonde child screams about strawberry sundaes inside HSBC.
  • Causeway Bay, Paterson Street, film crew walks backwards through the street to capture two models? actresses? daintily nibbling on various products. Man holding the reflector is stressed out by the perpetually, changing lighting due to the massive billboards.
  • Tsim Sha Tsui, Chungking Mansions, groups of Indian men standing around various storefronts, eyeing me, occasionally catcalling. They try Cantonese first, then English, Japanese, Mandarin and Korean.
  • Causeway Bay, very muscular man blasting techno remixes of Phantom of the Opera while shouting at his bodypump class, alternating between Cantonese and English.
  • Braemar Hill, blonde nuclear family running with their golden retriever.
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