HONG KONG RACING: KEEPING THE HONG KONG DREAM ALIVE

By Hans Ebert Visit Hans-Ebert.com Some people just can’t help being LOUD. And at the Champagne Bar of the Grand Hyatt, it was where many LOUD people congregated during HKIR week. Many from overseas. It was tough to take. On Sunday, after the last race at Sha Tin had been run and horse racing’s “WoodstockContinue reading “HONG KONG RACING: KEEPING THE HONG KONG DREAM ALIVE”

WITH HKIR WEEK AROUND THE CORNER, A LOOK AT THE NEW HONG KONG…

By Hans Ebert Visit Hans-Ebert.com Warning: This isn’t the Hong Kong that was around two years ago. Or even a year ago. A shopper’s paradise? Hardly. Those nouveau riche Mainland Chinese came in droves a few years ago, shops closed exclusively for them to overpay for luxury items before the spending was finally reined in.Continue reading “WITH HKIR WEEK AROUND THE CORNER, A LOOK AT THE NEW HONG KONG…”

IT’S JUST ANOTHER GROUNDHOG DAY IN THE BLUE TICK TWITTERVERSE

By Hans Ebert Visit Hans-Ebert.com You can’t even get your favourite Madras Chicken Curry from Jimmy’s Kitchen in Hong Kong anymore. So how the hell does one expect to be inspired enough to continue with everything else? But one still does. Trudging up those steps. Asking for forgiveness. Seeking redemption. Always searching for that elusiveContinue reading “IT’S JUST ANOTHER GROUNDHOG DAY IN THE BLUE TICK TWITTERVERSE”

IS IT ONLY HONG KONG? OR HAS THE WORLD LOST ITS WAY?

By Hans Ebert Visit Hans-Ebert.com It’s not what it was. Hong Kong. How long will a Hong Kong Belonger continue to live here? Really not sure. Where did Hong Kong start to come apart at the seams? Probably when some of us thought everything was possible. And for some reason hit that brick wall ofContinue reading “IS IT ONLY HONG KONG? OR HAS THE WORLD LOST ITS WAY?”

NASH RAWILLER. KEVIN EGAN. THE ICAC.

By Hans Ebert Visit Hans-Ebert.com A very short time before he suddenly passed away in June, barrister Kevin Egan, 70, called as he always did on a race day to ask what I fancied for a Six Up. It was the only bet he made. Sunday afternoons was time for him to get away fromContinue reading “NASH RAWILLER. KEVIN EGAN. THE ICAC.”

THOSE CRAZY RICH ASIANS…AND CHINESE…AND SINGAPOREAN CHINESE

By Hans Ebert Visit Hans-Ebert.com It really should be called “Crazy Rich Singaporean Chinese”, but “Crazy Rich Asians” is what it is, and the movie based on 2013 book of the same name by Singaporean American author Kevin Kwan has extremely quickly crept up on the world. It’s box office boffo in America. But howContinue reading “THOSE CRAZY RICH ASIANS…AND CHINESE…AND SINGAPOREAN CHINESE”

Where and when the Hong Kong music scene lost its way…

By Hans Ebert Visit Hans-Ebert.com Hong Kong has been Canto Popped and Jazzified. When it comes to music and something remotely approaching a music scene, there’s no middle ground. One is in one camp or the other. Rock was forced to roll over and disappear. There’s a sad story to why that happened. As forContinue reading “Where and when the Hong Kong music scene lost its way…”

THE DUMBING DOWN OF HONG KONG

By Hans Ebert Visit Hans-Ebert.com “There maybe many new choices, but few of these are very good. It’s why businesses keep opening and closing in Hong Kong plus many here really don’t know good from bad and usually settle for the average and are disappointed.” It was an open ended conversation with someone in theContinue reading “THE DUMBING DOWN OF HONG KONG”

THE TIFFIN LOUNGE: IT’S BACK AND IN FASHION

By Hans Ebert Visit Hans-Ebert.com Unlike high tea at the Peninsula Hotel, it’s not about sitting around people watching and just to say you’ve been there. It’s not about rubbing shoulder pads with the resident Dynasty tai tais, spotting the uptown funk ladies looking for very big fish, the rich and the kinda famous wantingContinue reading “THE TIFFIN LOUNGE: IT’S BACK AND IN FASHION”

IF MUSIC IS ENTERTAINMENT, CAN IMMIGRATION IN HONG KONG EXPLAIN “WORK” VISAS?

By Hans Ebert Visit Hans-Ebert.com Every day people are allowed into Hong Kong under what’s known as a Refugee Status. Nothing really wrong with this, and live and let live and all that until one comes face to face with those in Hong Kong under this immigration law and find that, not all, but tooContinue reading “IF MUSIC IS ENTERTAINMENT, CAN IMMIGRATION IN HONG KONG EXPLAIN “WORK” VISAS?”