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Fine arts indeed

Four works of art and an antique got me interested in the recent private preview and vernissage of Fine Art Asia 2010 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. 1. antique Rolex (Somlo Antiques) selling for HKD797,000 2. Shanghai Family Tree by Zhang Huan, 2001, a set of nine photos of faces that are progressively being filled with Chinese characters for HKD1.2 million 3. Mao by Andy Warhol, 1972 (Artnet), 10 screenprints of the Chinese leader for USD700,000 to USD900,000 4. I’m Looking at You by Eung-ho Park, 2008 (3812 Contemporary Art Projects), eyes staring you down made out of bottle caps and epoxy resins 5. Virtuality-History-Pic 6 by Wang Lang, a photomosaic of vibrators (yep!) You still have the chance to view them until October 6, 2010. No, we didn’t buy anything…I just content myself with the freebies from Kee Club, PCCW, Hair Corner, Ngong Ping 360, Ocean Park Hong Kong, Broadway, Fortress, Sam’s Tailor (for Mr. Diplomat), Sunglass Hut, and Sulwhasoo, which included a generous bounty of beauty products with a spa …

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 _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _.

Tax free, baby!

Today will be our first time to travel tax free, that is, on any airline and to almost any destination, which comes with our status as per the International Organizations and Diplomatic Privileges Ordinance. The same thing goes for any host country that recognizes the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic and Consular Relations and for the home country as well. This is in contrast to our expatriation and repatriation, which are not just tax free but entirely free. What else is tax free if you’re a diplomat? Your accommodation is tax free. Your income is tax free. What? Your car is also tax free?! Well, it is, but you won’t really be needing one in Hong Kong as public transportation here is very efficient (another deterrent for us is the fact that they drive on the left side of the road here, which is the opposite of what we have back home). In such cases, you can get a car (even order a left hand-drive one) 6 months before your repatriation, so you also get to ship it …