Wednesday, July 29, 2009

It's probably a good thing if you can turn the negatives of a place into positives. In Hong Kong, I've come to love the stifling humidity, the combination of shiny new and hideous decrepit architecture, and the abruptness of the people. Waiters hand you things unceremoniously, store clerks only sometimes say thank you, and the English is stripped of articles and filler words, making it harsh and imperative ("you no this").

Positive negatives aside, there are also positive positives: surprisingly blue skies, lush mountains, milk tea, cool seaside breezes and, above all, the acceptability of conducting your daily business in the absence of a shirt.

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