life in Hong Kong, there are still a few things that
1) People puffing
second-hand smoke into your face. I'm sure they don't mean to- it's not like they do it on purpose, usually- but since Hong Kong sidewalks are typically 2 feet wide (!!!), there's not much room, is there? I just wish more would quit smoking...
<-- Not cool when the air quality is already 10 times over the limits! How long will my lungs last???
2) Things that
fall from above, especially
drips of dirty water (we can only HOPE it's water)/ condensation from the built-in air conditioners overhead. It happens all the time. It's particularly bad when it
splatsright on your
face/ nose/ cheeks... I guess it's still better than bird crap.
I heard on the news once that a lady fell off the balcony/ ledge of her apartment, and crushed a lady passing by below. Both died.
3) The Hong Kong real estate market.
Housing prices have soared over 30% since the financial crisis in 2008 and are now nearing (if not already having reached) levels right before the 1997 economic crisis/ bubble. People are buying property here as though they're buying vegetables at the market. I kid you not. There are even bids on properties, so say the seller's asking price was $1.3M US for a 1000sqft apartment in a decent neighbourhood. The seller can end up selling for
more than $1.3M because there are
severalpotential buyers. And then the other 1000sqft apartments for sale in that complex (naturally) raise their asking prices up 2 to 5%. You would think that $1.3M is a lot of money (My goodness, it's a lot of money to ME!
)- but apparently not in this Asian financial hub. Where do these people come from??? Arrrghhh.
Sure, there are clear signs and warnings of a real estate bubble ahead (now?
)- We've been warned enough at the beginning of the year.And I've been waiting for the market to cool down. At least a bit. But instead, it's continuing its steady rise. And with the strong mainlanders (rich folks from China)' continuous real estate investments in Hong Kong, will we see an actual "bubble"? Or just a "correction"? Or will it just cool down a bit and level off?...
Sigh. So, I try to put the annoying things aside and focus on the
lovelies in Hong Kong...
such as this one.
Umm. Yeah, the focus is wrong (on her feet instead of her head), but it's still a cute pic, IMO! :)
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