Wow! Can you believe it? It’s December 31 already and as I take a quick peek over my shoulder at what’s gone down in the last year an avalanche of adjectives crashes into my head! It’s been an incredibly amazingly and awesome year. In fact, there ain’t enough words in the world to describe what a year it has been. Well, that might be a slight overstatement… But I’m sure even Tom Peters would have difficulty finding enough adjectives, font types or exclamation marks to express it!
I have had so many amazing opportunities this year. Sure, it didn’t come without tough choices, one of which was to leave my friends and colleagues at Herbies. But once made, these same choices let me go on to learn and gain so much in the days following. At each turn I could never be sure of what lay ahead, or how the next challenge will be met, but some how you just push yourself through.
And I found that the challenges never stop coming, but then that’s what life is about. No more challenges means no success, and when the challenges stop, life stops. Sure some days life really surprises you with what it will throw at you, but on just as many days you surprise yourself with what you can do.
Of course, this journey couldn’t have been possible (and certainly a whole lot less fun) without my family – including the new additions to the Wong family – and all my friends, new and old.
So to each of you out there, near and far, I say ‘Thank You’ for being a part of my life and I wish you all the best for the new year!
Few people outside of Hong Kong have an idea of how small apartments here can be, how expensive it is, and what dodgy lengths developers will go to sell them. Here is a promotional video for a fictional development in Hong Kong by some talented Uni students that sends it up nicely.
Remember, while the names are made up, the story is real!!
“Let’s visit a Chinese themepark!”. Yes, I know many people will have had the same skeptical response when a friend suggests this. But now that I’ve just come back from a few days at Chimelong in Panyu (番禺）- a suburb of Guangzhou, I think it’s actually not a bad experience.
Many people will have noticed that there is a sudden proliferation of theme parks in China (and golf clubs and polo clubs too). They’re already heavily advertising outside of the mainland market. And when you think about it, Theme parks (golf clubs and polo clubs also) need a lot of land, and well, China has more than Hong Kong so anything they build over the border is going to have a natural advantage already.
And when you have lots of land, you can build not just a decent sized hotel, but a decent size theme park, circus, animal park and water park too! All in one place – plus it’s cheap, relatively cheerful and a lot of fun, even for the big kids hahaha!
As Chimelong is in Guangzhou, it’s only a few hours by direct bus (if you’re game) from Hong Kong. Though of course, taking the direct bus is definitely not recommended for any one with a heart condition, or in fact, anyone who’s heart is still beating for that matter. Let’s just say it’s definitely more life threatening than any ride at the theme park that’s for sure. Next time, I’d organise a hire car or something for sure.
Plus now that Hong Kong is packed full of mainland Chinese tourists, this is the perfect place to go and chill – and meet some local Hong Kong people for a change. It’s where they’ve been hiding all along…