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2002-12-06 00:56:11+00 by Dan Lyke 7 comments

[Inflatable pandas outside Panda Hotel] I'm staying at the Panda Hotel. The penchant for "cutesy" isn't just a Japanese thing, the safety posters in the MTR[Wiki] are Power Puff Girls[Wiki] based. The other thing that strikes me, though, is that that earnestness we associate with first generation asian immigrants isn't just an immigrant thing, in bilingual Hong Kong I walked past a shop labeled "Very Good Tailor" last night.

[Man rolling dough]Food is kick-ass, and dirt cheap. I love walking down the streent and buying a wonton here, a steamed bun there, eating as I meander. "Pick the fresh seafood you want cooked" is quite common, fish, squid, shrimp and octopus in 5 gallon plastic buckets, plucked from the water and cooked on demand are all over. Sanitation probably isn't up to contemporary American standards, lots of open food by the street, guys rolling out huge amounts of dough right by the sidewalk, but it tastes so good I really don't care.

Went down to the market at Temple Street last night, blocks long bazaar flea-market sort of thing. Amazingly small wireless cameras, the voyeur thing must be really hopping over here; the porn I saw seems to have genitals fuzzed out; lots of cheap textiles and cheap electronics, some of it of decent quality. Less knock-off jewelry than I expected.

Overall, I'm having a blast, both personally and in business. Today I go talk to the Hong Kong office of a fashion line you know to video a fitting and critique session, and to discuss information flow with their IT department.

[ related topics: Food Photography Travel Fashion Sexual Culture Dan's Life Hong Kong Dan's December 2002 Hong Kong Trip ]

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#Comment made: 2002-12-06 11:36:25+00 by: Jeffery

Cool pics and colors ... Would love to spend time in HK! Have you noticed a bevy of pirate-software bazaars? That's the way it was in Singapore a few years ago. One could even buy pre-release verions of Windows 2000.

The hair seems to be growing back nicely from the early Gracenote days. :^)

#Comment made: 2002-12-06 14:24:00+00 by: ebradway

The colors in the skyline really emphasize the fact that Dan's not in Kansas anymore - or San Fran for that matter!

#Comment made: 2002-12-06 15:05:39+00 by: meuon

Dan's in the fashion industry.. his 'gig line' is not straight, he's not wearing a belt.. and that's a great smile.

#Comment made: 2002-12-06 16:03:08+00 by: meuon

And Debbie bets he's wearing socks and sandals too..

#Comment made: 2002-12-06 23:13:27+00 by: TC

Tell Debbie I might take that bet. Last I checked Dan started practicing the alternate religion of Mocs in the winter and back to the church of Birk in the spring...

#Comment made: 2002-12-07 20:44:48+00 by: Dan Lyke

Jeff, saw some near Temple Street (Thursday night's expedition), didn't check versions or anything, but it's certainly around.

Eric, the colors were amazing. Most of the newer big buildings have big lighting systems that move in various patterns, and there were special displays on top of that because of the holidays.

Meuon and Todd, I was either wearing closed-toe sandals (close to Birks, but not the brand) or my Merrell slippers. Wore the sandals to all the meetings 'cause at first glance they look like pretty classy shoes. But that shirt is silk, and oooooh so comfortable.

#Comment made: 2002-12-08 16:22:30+00 by: Diane Reese

Welcome back, Dan! Yes, silk is A Wonderful Thing in Hong Kong, I hope you brought home LOTS. And FYI, those moving colored lighting systems were all the rage this summer in Yokohama and Tokyo, too. I guess we're just slow to catch on over here. Or something.