Jargon Watch: NINJA

Reading Time: 1 minute I was watching a lecture on TVB Pearl by The Open University of Hong Kong: Financial Tsunami and Asia’s Emergence as a Global Leader and they used the phrase NINJA to describe western consumers who were the lowest grade of home loan risk. NINJA stood for ‘no income, no job or assets’.

Now until early February – Hong Kong or Shenzhen: Meet-up, coffee, socialising, networking & cultural stuff

Reading Time: 1 minute I am based out of Shenzhen from now until the end of January when I will send a couple of days in Hong Kong before returning to the UK. I will try and get across more often to Hong Kong, if I can get entry visas back into China easily. I am happy to meet … Read moreNow until early February – Hong Kong or Shenzhen: Meet-up, coffee, socialising, networking & cultural stuff

Contradictions in Chinese medicine packaging

Reading Time: 1 minute I suffer from back pain periodically (hey I’m getting old, these things happen), and I use this medicine from Hong Kong to massage into the painful spot. Wong To Yick Wood Lock is the bomb, kind of like a nuclear deep heat which hits the spot and straight burns out the pain. The reason why … Read moreContradictions in Chinese medicine packaging

Out and about: Lanson Place Hotel

Reading Time: 2 minutes Lanson Place Hotel is a five-star hotel in the Causeway Bay neighbourhood of Hong Kong island. The entrance on Keswick Street is hidden until you come upon it, however entrance into the ground floor lobby leaves you in no doubt that you have reached the hotel. Causeway Bay is a melange of jewellers, gift shops, … Read moreOut and about: Lanson Place Hotel

Out and about: Ichikawa Japanese restaurant

Reading Time: 1 minute A morning in Tai Koo led me to the Ichikawa restaurant for lunch. Unlike Japanese restaurants in London, the owners had worked at giving the restaurant a traditional ‘Japanese’ feel with wooden paneling and posts that evoke the country’s traditional architecture. Thankfully the seating was suitably modern and western in style. The food was a … Read moreOut and about: Ichikawa Japanese restaurant