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Notes from the Field: Hong Kong High… from The New Diplomat’s Wife

A year ago, a very classy American Mrs. Diplomat whose blog I have been reading asked me if I can do a Notes from the Field interview, alongside other diplomats and diplospouses posted in different parts of the world. Who am I to say no to something like that. Here it is in two parts. Enjoy! Notes from the Field: Hong Kong High… Notes from the Field: Hong Kong High, Part II… From

I need a private hospital and some Dunkin’ Donuts

For the past 4 months, I have been battling out my way through being pregnant at post. For one, satisfying my cravings proved to be very challenging as food that I grew up with are not readily available. The nearest Dunkin’ Donuts, for example, is in Shenzhen, Guangdong, China! There is no Krispy Kreme here either (sad, I know). On top of the first trimester blues, there is the anxiety of finding the right obstetrician and the right private hospital, wishing both will be as good as the previous ones I had back home. It is not really that simple to do that in Hong Kong. The fact of life here is to book a hospital, private or public, as soon as you learn that you are pregnant then pray for a confirmation that you have at least a bed on your due date. As early as May, most private hospitals have been fully booked for the rest of this year, one major reason for which is the influx of people from Mainland China who …

I won? Yey?

I Googled my name today, which my geeky self does every once in a while for no apparent reason, and Asia Tatler Dining came up. Surprise! My name is in a roster of winners of a HKD1,000 dining voucher for Hugo’s in Hyatt Regency Hong Kong Tsim Sha Tsui! Not much, but hey, it’s free! Maybe I can treat Mr. Diplomat to their four-course Sunday lunch, which includes the following. Wait a minute, I never join such contests!? There can only be one person to ask…Mr. Diplomaaat?!

Books for the bathroom

As promised a year ago, I accompanied Mr. Diplomat to this year’s Hong Kong Book Fair to fill his insatiable need for books. We were amazed by the Hong Kongers’ love for books. Last night’s crowd was more like that of a concert than that of a book fair. We got the following books for HKD29 to HKD134 only. 1. Band of Brothers by Stephen E. Ambrose 2. Classic Storybook from Disney Press 3. Eisenhower by Carlo D’Este 4. InStyle Ultimate Beauty Secrets from the Editors of InStyle, with Eleni Gage 5. Mayo Clinic Book of Alternative Medicine from Time Inc. Home Entertainment Books 6. Nursery Rhymes from Disney Press 7. The Handbook of Style from the Editors of Esquire Magazine 8. The Mayo Clinic Plan from Time Inc. Home Entertainment Books 9. Watches International XI from Tourbillon International 10. Wine by Andre Domine Who owns each book is a giveaway.

The root word for cultural is culture

Any diplomat posted in Hong Kong knows that this dynamic place never runs out of cultural events for you to attend to. The Leisure and Cultural Services Department will make sure that you become familiar with the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, as well as the Hong Kong City Hall and Hong Kong Arts Centre, before your tour of duty ends. This year, the events we decided to grace ranged from the Moscow Circus on Ice to Swing for All, a kickoff jazz night to the City Festival 2011. These form just a fraction of all the other events we declined for not having the time. It is commendable that their government spends money and time to bring world culture closer to the Hong Kongers. My only wish is for more locals to also do their end by somehow dressing up for the occasion as appropriate and not coming in shorts and slippers. Perhaps not necessarily for a circus but for an orchestra, a concert opera and the likes. These are, after all, cultural events in …