27.06.2010 83 °F
Well, I've gotta say, after three weeks of hotels, airports, and taxi rides in the mainland, it's nice to come back to the normalcy of living in Hong Kong. It was a kind of slow week at the office, as I helped put together some information on Geely's competitors for one of the Executive Directors. However, I did get to open a bank account here in Hong Kong. Can you imagine that the first personal bank account I would open on my own would be in a foreign country? I think I'll be more nervous to do things like finding a job, renting an apartment and commuting to work back in America more so than here in Hong Kong! Now, I don't know if I should really call it a bank account, because it's only for my monthly salary (stipend) of 5,000 HKD. That amounts to just about $640 a month, which for me, covers food. And snacks. And meals between meals. And street food. However, I think I might splurge and spend $30 for a dress shirt as I only brought 2 for my trip here. Probably a good investment...
It has been raining heavily here, as the storms that have hit the south of China causing all the terrible flooding is moving its way down south. This entire weekend it has been raining non-stop. Not the kind of Seattle non-stop rain where it just sprinkles all day and is grey and just doesn't quite go away. This is the type of rain where it is pounding so hard of the street it looks like it's snowing, raining so loud you can't hear yourself think type of tropical rain. Needless to say, it's been a nice weekend to post up in coffee shops and get some reading done. I've camped out and done some readings for my research, or at least for a few hours before my attention starts to focus on the websites that stream illegal movies and tv shows. Sorry America, but with HK blocking Hulu and Youtube, there's really not much of a choice.
The past few nights I've been able to catch the World Cup in some of the local bars. Now, due to the fact that there are only 5 TV stations in HK, 3 of which are broadcast in Cantonese and 5 of which do not broadcast any sort of sports events, literally the only place where I can catch a match is in bars. So, recently I've made a habit of stopping by on my way back from the gym, ordering some food, plopping myself down and enjoying some beautiful games in the comfort of cushioned bar stools and central air conditioning. Unfortunately, the first game starts at 10pm, so I'm only able to catch one a day, but they sure are worth it.
Don't have much planned ahead for this week; it's supposed to rain some more and I'm starting a new project for my boss. July 1st is the anniversary of the handover of HK back to China, and according to one of my co-workers, there are usually fireworks that take place on Victoria Harbor. My office is located right on the harbour, on the 23rd floor, giving it a beautiful view of the harbour. He also said that in the past, the office has been open late to view the fireworks at night, and I hope that is the case again this year. We'll see...
I hope the weather is better where you are than here in Hong Kong now; I know I can't wait for it to stop raining so I can go exploring some more! I also hope this week turns out to be more exciting than this last one so I have something more substantial to right about.
Ending hour 8 of quality coffee shop time,