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Those glamorous little stores abso-fucking-lutely adding pleasures to your life!

A guide to Hongkong Cafes

Hongkong owns a strong cultural atmosphere of coffee, there are many great cafes hiding in the streets and perhaps not so many people know that, so I have created this infographic to show you out something about cafes all around Hongkong. As we can see, among all the  three districts of Hongkong, Hongkong island has most of the cafes which accounted for 55% of the total proportion of HK cafes. Besides, coffe  latte is the most popular one on the menu which owns a highest rate of 39% among all the sold drinks. And I have also put four different types of hit-cafes in the infographic with the hope of guiding you to have a coffe journey in Hongkong, hope you guys will like it 🙂

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Can you hear His Master’s Voice?

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HMV is a world famous brand with large quantities of retail stores selling records and other music equipments.

The first time I know about HMV was in my middle school when I was totally fond of Pink Floyed, and my friend brought me one of their albums called <The dark side of the moon> from HMV in England, then I paied attention to HMV and coincidently, was touched by the story behind its name. Their once had a Bristol wire fox terrier named Nipper, after his master’s death, he was then sent to Francis Barraud, his master’s brother as an artist. Barroud painted a picture three years after Nipper’s death, dipicting it listened to the gramophone which was playing his dead master’s sound recordings with a rather focused manner, so HMV is actually the abbreviated form of His Master’s Voice.

HMV retail stores in HongKong located in different areas such as Causeway Bay, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon Bay, Central and so on. If you are a real music nut, HMV is a “MUST” place for you to find your New World!

The underground wonderland

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Sen Ji Bookstore is located in the King’road, North Point, Hongkong.Walking into a basement and following with a cat then you may definitely find this bookstore, a place with thousands of books and almost more than 20 cats! You may feel like that you are “The Lucky Alice” who has  just walked into the wonderland by accident.The owner of the store, Ms.Chan, is a real cat nut. These lovely cats will walking through by your feet or just jumping up to a pile of books while you are reading. That’s a fun moment indeed!

Super book worms in Hongkong all know this store and especially of those reasoning book fans, besides general reasoning books, Sen also owns a large amount of mystery magazines of which are rarely the out of print editions. That made them gone crazy!

Another special one is located in XiGong, Hongkong named Leisure Bookstore, mainly selling English books and records, the atmosphere of which is as peace and serene as a cup of afternoon black tea.

Keeping wandering around this magic city, and you may step into your own amazing wonderland tomorrow.

A cow determines a cup of milk tea

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Talking about Hong Kong’s tea restaurants, different kinds of food and different menu distinguishes them from each other. But one thing is totally standing in front of the “common area”, that is, the milk tea. Almost every restaurant in Hong Kong serves it as the typical drink, and as a consequence it largely on behalf of the culture of Hong kong tea restaurant.

However, speaking of how to make the most delicious milk tea and what is the secret of making amazing yummy drinks, then the answer would be highly consistent: Black&White milk

First time I got to know this kind of so called”evaporated milk”may reaches back to two years ago, when I was having my lunch in a Hong Kong style tea restaurant in China Mainland, and I saw the bartender poured the canned evaporated milk to reconcile into Black Tea, in addition to memorable reveling in the fragrance of the milk, I was also attracted by its classic packaging.The red and white color with a cow LOGO outside of the can beautifully captures a retro style.

After then, I have paid more attention to the Black&White milk and accidently learned that this evaporated milk only exported to Hong Kong in a global scale, even the Holland local are not able to purchase it in any retail store. It is a special product especially created for Hong Kong milk market by Fei Shilan(FrieslandCampina) Company in the 30’s, with a better texture and flavour than the average milk.

The creamy taste made it the most welcome evaporated milk around Hong Kong among those tea restaurants. And that is what we called “ A cow determines a cup of milk tea” effect.

 

Every toy may tell a story

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Along with HongKong’s culture-free civilized atmosphere, it is born to be a land that will never lack of new funny stuffs. Besides, the Asia Toy Show held in 2013 also whipped up a toy cyclone and attracted thousands of toy fans to come to HongKong  to join this toy carnival.

HongKong  has been a huge toys distribution and manufacturing center for years both in new-taged toys and the vintage toys. Sino Centre located in Nathan Road in Mongkok and Hottoys HK are two famous toys paradise selling the latest toys and the vintage one such as Gundam Model (most from BANDAI Corporation,JP ), MARVEL Toys, Twisted eggs (capsule toys ) and other Japanese anime, science fictions, animations (more of B-level) and records (Ani-BGM)

Another interesting vintage toys store named 80M BUS MODEL SHOP which is located in Langham Place also doing well in carring forward the traditional culture of HongKong Bus Transportation.

Well, and you can imagine,  the result  is gonna be a riot of chinese dolls, japanese anime, french maids, conan the barbarian and star wars:P

(pictures from ZOEY YAO)

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Encounter a bowl of noodles in the name of the old HK Immigration Era

6a8a11d8jw1ekkh319ci5j218g0xcwoeWhen it comes to noodles, the history of Chinese traditional dishes may tell a long long story.It is a kind of wheat-made  staple food and always,  catching people’s stomaches, especially  Chinese people, from those ancient times running  through thousands of years to now.

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Red Star Company:Live as a colorful and naive poem

 

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The meet with that cloth shop is totally  a coincidence. That  day I got lost in  Sham Shui Po and wandered over to the shop, and was  immediately attracted by thousands of different fabrics.

All fabrics are arranged in neat  according to materials differed, and the shop was meanwhile crowded with people who are pointing  here by its fame, and was busying trying to work out a deal or to do some business negotiation.

The  cloth resources are from Japan, South Korea and Taiwan imported.

It is worth mentioning that,  the whole store is owned by  A Yin, who’s  entrepreneurial story  is quite inspiring, from the time living in the side room to now owned two shops in Sham Shui Po, her story is known as a modern version of Sham Shui Po Axin.

Living in a colorful faith, then every day can be a new poetic story.

If you are catched by Red Star Company, please visit their Facebook to obtain more information:

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Making absolutely catchy journals:From Writing to Drawing

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It is all of a sudden for me to start creating those painted diaries.

The year when I was a sophomore year student, by the time one of my friends keep writing journals every day and always using a lot of exquisite cartoon stickers, masking tapes or other chic stuff I’ve not seen before.

I found it is quite interesting making journals in that way, for authoring innovative and unique content.The traditional writing mode appears to be boring compared with which I called “Drawing mode” , for you can directly express your feelings or even describe your experience through a  relevant paiting to deeply catch people’s eyes as well as to entertain yourself.

So, I decided to draw out my life in HongKong, with every wandering moment included, to point out  those  special stores I explored and  hopefully to remember those fancy stuffs by  using my pen.

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