Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Working in a Hong Kong Hole

construction crew at an excavation next to Dundas Street in Hong Kong
Next to Dundas Street in Mong Kok

Since beginning this blog, I have never gone sans posting for so long before — not even close.

Now I will begin working myself out of this hole.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Back to School in Late May in Hong Kong

I'm not used to seeing "Back to School" sales this time of the year. But with only two confirmed cases of locally-transmitted COVID-19 during the past month in all of Hong Kong, phase 1 of schools reopening here began today, May 27. The illustration on the sign in the above photo seems a bit off though. Based on what you see in most of Hong Kong, adults and children will still be wearing face masks.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Cat, Coffee, and Face Masks in Hong Kong

The Chiu Chow Dispensary Limited in Mong Kok, Hong Kong, has all some people really want right now . . .

cat sleeping on top of bags of coffee next to boxes of face masks

Friday, April 24, 2020

Getting Rid of Germs Outside a Hong Kong Hospital

Inside Hong Kong's Queen Elizabeth Hospital hand sanitizer is widely available and of course there are restrooms with hand soap as well. There is also an option for removing germs from your hands at an outdoor location many people pass when arriving or leaving the hospital.

people washing their hands at an outdoor hand washing station
Outdoor hand-washing station at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Kowloon, Hong Kong

There is something inspiring about watching people wash their hands with soap these days, whether they are inside or outside.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

A Day of No New Cases in Hong Kong

When everybody knows what cases they're talking about . . .

"City Records No New Cases" front page headline in South China Morning Post

Today's encouraging front page headline in the South China Morning Post applied to yesterday. Four new cases of COVID-19 in Hong Kong were reported today, though all are currently believed to be imported and not a result of local transmission. The struggle against the disease spreading isn't over in Hong Kong, but some good news was most welcomed.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

A Good Store and a Nice Store in Hong Kong

In a brief post last December, I mentioned that the Good Shop in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, had a variety of items for sale. I passed the store again today, and the same holds true. But there is one noticeable difference: face masks.

The Good Shop store in Hong Kong

Some for sale were set out in front of the shop. And not at all surprising, the man inside wore one. Different times . . .

To add even more to the Good Shop story, just three shops away is a store whose name has a similar theme.

The Nice Outlet store in Hong Kong

I don't know whether this is deliberate or a coincidence, but it seems both good and nice.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

A Masked Happy Easter Greeting at a Closed Bar in Hong Kong

The Bar Pacific in Hong Kong's Kowloon City was closed this past weekend, but they still made sure to wish people a "Happy Easter", face masks included.

"Happy Easter" along with numerous animals wearing face masks painted on a window

The bar presumably would have preferred to be open, but as a sign explain they had no choice.

sign explaining bar is closed due to a Hong Kong government mandate

Dear Valued Guests,

The Hong Kong government has mandated that all Bar Establishments to be closed for 14 days starting from April 3rd 2020 at 6:00pm. We will resume operations after the Government Mandate is over. Please stay safe!

Bar Pacific

The reason the government earlier this month required bars to close was a signifiant increase of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Hong Kong. It isn't yet known when bars will be able to reopen, but a very recent decrease in daily confirmed cases may give them hope.

If bars do reopen in the near future, the COVID-19 disease will still be a threat to some degree. So as an earlier-placed sign suggests at this Bar Pacific, people will likely have difficulty sitting down for a drink there if they have a fever.

Notification of temperature check requirement

They may also be expected to wear a face mask when not imbibing, just like the critters on the window.

Bar Pacific in Kowloon City, Hong Kong

Monday, April 13, 2020

Two Dogs Doing What Many People Do at a Popular Pier in Hong Kong

Previously I shared a photo of a "girl playing it safe" taken at the Western District Public Cargo Working Area in Shek Tong Tsui, Hong Kong. So for now, here is a photo I took at the same place today that shows a small part of why the working area is more popularly known as "Instagram Pier":

young woman have her photo taken with two pet dogs

The scene caught my eye not because of any face mask wearing practices as others recently have, but because the two pet dogs were rather accommodating for the informal photo shoot.

I shared the earlier photo over a month ago, and I see that way too few posts have occurred since then. I could write several posts just on the topic of why things turned out that way — definitely have some stories to tell.

I don't know if I will ever tell those stories here, but I do know that I have more than plenty of ideas and material for other posts. And if all goes as planned, they will be happening more frequently now.

Monday, April 6, 2020

The K11 Musea Shopping Mall Playing It Safe in Hong Kong

Due to COVID-19, not all of the usual entrances to the upscale K11 Musea shopping mall are now open. And at those which are still open, a test awaits visitors.

infrared body temperature measurement station at K11 Musea

As long as the infrared body temperature check doesn't detect a fever, people are free to enter. Temperature-checking technology that scans from a distance doesn't require each person to be individually approached with a hand held device — an advantage over those devices in both terms of efficiency and social distancing.

Friday, April 3, 2020

Masked Up at a Busy Crossing in Hong Kong

In many areas of Hong Kong at times it is difficult to find social distancing.

people wearing face masks crossing a road
Crowded crosswalk at the junction of Hennessy Road and Yee Wo Street in Causeway Bay

But it is not at all difficult to find people wearing face masks. Since COVID-19 has spread much more slowly here in comparison to some other cities around the globe, it is becoming increasingly easy to believe they have helped to prevent a worse situation.