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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 …

Mrs. Lucky Hands

Lucky hands is my new moniker at a spa here. I have become friends with the owner and the staff, and they say the few lines in my hand mean lucky for them as I would have less troubles than other people. I guess it won’t hurt to believe. I love everyone at Max Beauty spa. They always let me pick whatever neutral OPI suits my fancy at the moment, even if it is supposed to be for sale and not for spa use. For that and the VIP treatment, yes, I feel lucky! Does that mean I have a Chinese name now?

Un-wrapped

Last year, I gave away gifts wrapped like they should be…fit to be put under a Christmas tree. I had to go back after a couple of days for the gift wrapping to be done, but the faces of those who received my gifts were worth the wait. For me, gifts should make one wonder what’s inside. They should make one feel like opening them right away instead of having to wait for Christmas Day. The wrapping plays a big role in dressing up any gift. Over the holidays, I have been looking for a mall that can do a fabulous gift wrapping service for free. I found some that provide such service, but fabulous? Not. The locals I asked wrap their own gifts or settle for the paper bags that shops provide. But my point is, wouldn’t you know what is inside a paper bag that has been sleeping under your Christmas tree the whole December if it says Tie Rack London or Links London. Almost everyone had those paper bags last month. So …

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 …

0.3-carat air conditioners

Our living room air conditioner conked out on us, and I started to look for a shop to do the repair and to have the others cleaned as well. The shop manager shocked me with HKD250 for repair and HKD650 for cleaning. So I asked why the repair is cheaper than the cleaning. Apparently, the HKD250 is just for checking what needs to be repaired. Now, we need to shell out HKD2,600 for cleaning and God knows how much for the repair. That’s already the cost of a new air conditioner and even more expensive than our 2-month power bill! Indeed, we are in the 8th most expensive city in the world (a position that Hong Kong shares with Zurich, Switzerland; http://www.mercer.com). According to the Census and Statistics Department, most households (54.6%) in Hong Kong had a household monthly income of less than HKD20,000 in 2009. Given that, a lot of things must come as a luxury for the locals, including having the air conditioner cleaned. I wonder how they cope with these prices. A …