Month: September 2010

HKD94 per minute

Early today, I brought Little Miss Siu Baau to Human Health, a network of private clinics spread all over Hong Kong, for her hepatitis A vaccination. It was our first taste of their private healthcare system, which is so much different from what we were used to with our pediatrician back home. What used to be a 30-minute consultation, vaccination and small talk became a 5-minute in and out of the doctor’s clinic. Here, if you book for a vaccination, that is all you get, no head circumference, height or weight measurements (and booking for a vaccination does not imply that you want a pediatrician to do it, it can be any doctor, so specify specify specify!). If you have other concerns about your baby, you have to book for that as well for a consultation fee of HKD260 apart from the vaccination fee. For HKD470 for the hepatitis A vaccine, this is what we got. The clinic has a table top that serves as a patient bed, except that the mattress is missing. This is …

Any Playboy Bunny wannabe?

As Macao eagerly counts down to the opening of Playboy Club Macao later this year, Playboy is recruiting for Playboy Club Bunnies and holding a ‘Bunny Hunt’ event on Friday 15 October, 2010. The Playboy Club Macao Bunny Hunt will recruit potential Playboy Bunnies from around the world to host Playboy Club members and high rollers… To achieve the coveted position of Playboy Club Bunny, applicants must undertake a strict audition and training process before officially becoming a Playboy brand ambassador. Playboy maintains high standards of etiquette, behaviour and dress code, right down to each Bunny’s manicures, make-up and mannerisms. “A Playboy Bunny should always carry herself gracefully, be camera ready and provide smiling and stylised service,” says guest judge Reggie Martin. “Playboy Bunnies are recognized as truly polished professionals and representatives of one of the world’s most well-known brands.” How to apply for The Playboy Club Macao Bunny Hunt: Applicants can apply at http://www.playboymacao.com. Selected Bunnies will then be contacted by Playboy Club Macao. From http://www.hiphongkong.com Your whereabouts will be sooo monitored on October …

Ikea-ism

We spent so much time already in Ikea Causeway Bay, with their 2010 and 2011 catalogues, and with http://www.ikea.com/hk that, last night, we recognized an Ikea commercial even if it is in Chinese. What started as a short-term solution to get basic furnishings for our flat has now become our only solution. DSC and Pricerite, as well as a multitude of shops in HomeSquare all the way in Shatin (which is four MTR rides away from our place), offer similar items, but we still find ourselves going for what Ikea offers. (I know, right? Check the links and you’ll understand why.) Ikea is a Swedish company that is now the world’s largest furniture retailer (en.wikipedia.org). Its first branch in Hong Kong was built in 1975 in Tsim Sha Tsui (www.ikea.com). Today, there are three branches existing in Causeway Bay, Kowloon Bay and Shatin and a warehouse in Sheung Shui. In other parts of the world, Ikea products can usually be found in the flats of college students and those who just moved out of their …

Amah, lovely lady, John Travolta and Uma Thurman

Video to follow. Interesting and interesting people I met yesterday… Filipino amahs in Central who, when asked what their greatest achievement is after years of working in Hong Kong, consistently gave one answer: they are proud to have had put their children through college with just their salary here, which right now is set at a minimum of HKD3,580 (www.gov.hk). They are mothers, grandmothers and single mothers who would take crap, maybe even literally for some of them, just to be able to send money to their families back home. If you know me, you know that this made me cry…even if we were on the sidewalk, in front of the huge Prada display window. A lovely lady (waiting for a bite; Les Miserables) who was practically throwing herself at diplomats, young or old, asking them to dance with her during a charity ball at Harbour Grand Kowloon. Good thing, I was with Mr. Diplomat last night. She only went as far as going for the gentleman next to us. What would some women do… …

Top post: Tax free, baby!

What is it with my post Tax free, baby! that intrigues people? Hmmm…it seems more people are thinking of how to bypass this obligation nowadays. If you are one of them, then the legal way to do it is to join an international organization or the foreign service. For the latter, you can start with reading up on the yearly Foreign Service Officer Exam. Another way is to marry someone who works for an international organization or the foreign service or, if you are below 21 years old and desperate, to have yourself adopted by one. For other work-arounds, ask your _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _.