I few years ago I wrote about something I dubbed Gary’s Paradox (if figured I could name it after myself since I came up with it). The gist of it is, I can be out exploring or I can be working at my computer, but I can’t do both at the same time.
My time in Hong Kong has been spent working. I haven’t really strayed too far beyond a several block radius of where I am staying in Kowloon. I’ve been very productive. I’ve made headway on several projects I’ve been working on, I’ve been writing a lot more and generally just getting stuff done. I haven’t, however, done much in terms of exploring. I’ve been to Hong Kong before so I didn’t feel that obligated to so much this time.
Hong Kong has changed in many ways since I was last here. If I could pin it on one thing, it is probably the increasing influence of Mainland China. There are many more restaurants now that have no English signage whatsoever (remember, this was a British colony). There are many more luxury goods stores, with an emphasis on men’s watches, jewelry and handbangs. There are fewer electronics stores. The ones that are still here all tend to focus on mobile phones. That is probably a story for another time, but I’m not seeing any stores selling cheap PC parts anymore. It is a similar trend I noticed in Singapore’s Sim Lim center.
I went to go get a pair of new glasses, something I did the last time I was here, and prices were no different than what I could find in the US.
I used to mentally file Hong Kong under “reasonably affordable destinations”. Not anymore.
On Wednesday I’m flying back to the US business class via Cathay Pacific. I know a lot of people think I fly like this all the time, but the reality is this will only be my 2nd business class international flight. I almost always fly economy.
On Saturday I’ll be starting my first every photography tour. We start in San Francisco and will then be heading to Yosemite, Las Vegas, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Monument Valley, and the Grand Canyon.
It looks to be a fun trip!