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5 Things I’m Glad Hong Kong Kept (Part 2)

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Posted on February 02, 2016 at 16:35 PM

5 Things I'm Glad Hong Kong Kept (Part 1) can be found here. Walled Villages What is the biggest pain of living in Hong Kong? Well, that’s a no brainer: the cost of land, of course! This city, for 6 years straight, was ranked the “least affordable housing market” in the world. What if I [...]

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Tram Moving by

5 Things I’m Glad Hong Kong Kept (Part 1)

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Posted on January 26, 2016 at 13:50 PM

This is a new installment of the 5 Things in Hong Kong series. Riding on the coattails of the surprisingly-popular 5 Things I Missed Most About Old Hong Kong entry, today I’m going to share 5 things that I’m glad that Hong Kong kept. Let’s get started!   Trams (a.k.a “Ding Dings”) Let’s do an [...]

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Pig crosses the road!

4 Ways to Experience Wildlife in Hong Kong

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Posted on January 19, 2016 at 15:21 PM

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think about Hong Kong? Skyscrapers? Rolls-Royces? Millions and millions of people crammed on a small island? Probably. However, have you ever associated Hong Kong with “Wildlife?” Well, believe it or not, according to the GovHK website, 40% of the land in Hong Kong is protected [...]

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Fireboat Alexander Grantham

5 Niche Museums to Visit in Hong Kong

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Posted on January 12, 2016 at 16:37 PM

Off the top of your head, how many museums are there in Hong Kong? Go on, take a guess! How many can you name - if you’re familiar with the city you might say Space, History, Science, Art, and Heritage? Okay, that’s five, let’s double that to be safe - 10 maybe? Well, my friend, [...]

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Old KMB double deckers - Credit: SCMP

5 Things I Miss Most About Old Hong Kong (Part 2)

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Posted on January 05, 2016 at 19:33 PM

This is a continuation to the previous post: 5 Things I Miss Most About Old Hong Kong (Part 1). Remember to check that out as well.   3. Haw Par Mansion: Tiger Balm Gardens a.k.a. The Villa of Tigers and Jaguars In 1993, a video game called Super Street Fighter II was released. That year, [...]

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Gray C.’s Perfect Day

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Posted on October 19, 2015 at 00:10 AM

Perfect days in Hong Kong are a dime a dozen. With so many great things to do in endless combinations, you’re well on your way the moment you step out the door. What I present here is one example of mine, but there are millions more – enough to fill many lifetimes.

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The Dragon Boat Festival Story

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Posted on June 17, 2015 at 15:23 PM

Many use the Tuen Ng Festival holiday as an excuse to hit the beach and catch some dragon boat races, but do you know the story behind it? Story time This holiday commemorates a famous and respected poet named Qu Yuan, who was also a minister of the State of Chu that supported the fight against the increasingly powerful State of Qin. [...]

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Maggie L.’s perfect day

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Posted on April 09, 2015 at 00:31 AM

My perfect day would involve as much food as my stomach could house. And in order for me to maximize the short 24 hours in a day, I would have to start by going on an early morning hike with the end goal of dim sum. Starting in Tsuen Wan, there is a relatively easy, one [...]

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Top 4 Reasons You Need to Go “Wet” Yourself

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Posted on March 14, 2015 at 14:31 PM

Imagine rows and rows of stalls with colorful fruits and veggies – some you’ve never even seen before, lively fish and other seafood splashing around in tanks and buckets, fresh cuts of meat hanging on bars for display, and ample amounts of chaos and shouting. This is what wet markets are like. Nestled inside a [...]

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It’s raining in Hong Kong! What do I do?

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Posted on January 31, 2015 at 17:41 PM

Rain in Hong Kong A lot of activities that take place in Hong Kong involve being outdoors, but there are many things to do and explore when you are indoors as well. Board Game Café There are some board game cafes in Hong Kong and they provide board games and instructions by the workers if [...]

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The Sam the Local Story

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Posted on January 08, 2015 at 21:33 PM

Welcome to our blog! In these posts, we will be sharing our progress and updates to Sam the Local, unique things we discover around town, and tips and tricks for having the best experience in Hong Kong. But first, our story…and a picture of us… After moving to Hong Kong in 2011, we have had […]

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