After spending over five years in Hong Kong, I’m surprised that us blondes still have such a hard time getting our hair done in this city. Many of the “expat salons” charge a small fortune to cut and color blonde hair (or any colored hair for that matter) and taking a chance on a cheaper/local salon can be risky. Though I’ve used a local salon for a few years, I was looking for something more higher-end to breathe some life back into my brassy hair. If you’re looking for a great hair salon in Central, especially if you’re a blonde, look no further than O2 Hair Studio on Wyndham Street.
The Tai O Fishing Village is a popular tourist destination, known for being one of the oldest fishing villages remaining in Hong Kong. Despite its popularity with tourists and locals alike, it took me five years of living in Hong Kong before I finally made the trek out to Tai O. Honestly, I couldn’t really give you a good reason for why I waited so long. The pictures I saw of the village were beautiful and I had been wanting to go for ages, but just kept putting it off as it was so far away. Finally, the opportunity arose for me to hike to the Tai O Infinity Pool, which is right beside the fishing village, so I managed to squeeze the fishing village into my trip as well.
After moving here about four years ago, I spent countless hours researching where to get blonde highlights in Hong Kong and interrogating other fair-haired friends on where they got their hair done. I quickly learned that being a blonde in Hong Kong is not an easy or cheap affair: most local hair salons are inexperienced with blonde coloring and the higher-end “western” hair salons will end up costing you a small fortune. Thankfully, I’m about to save you the trouble and expense of figuring out what hair salon to go to in Hong Kong to get your dose of blonde. I have two personal hair salon favourites that will leave you with beautiful, natural blonde highlights and that won’t burn a hole in your wallet (can I get an amen?!).
Getting a gym membership in Hong Kong can be an absolute nightmare; from trying to find the right gym with the right price in the right area. Thankfully, GuavaPass, a completely new way to go about becoming more healthy and fit, has come to Hong Kong to make working out easier and more fun (and without those frustrating contracts). I was able to do a two-week trial with GuavaPass and I honestly loved every second of it. Being an avid gym-goer for well over five years, I wasn’t sure if GuavaPass would be able to actually leave me wanting to switch gyms after the two weeks. I was – you guessed it – very wrong.
Considering Import Beer Club HK has been around for less than a year, they are already making a mark in the city with regular beer tastings that showcase a variety of beers from around the world. Not only does Import Beer Club’s events give you a chance to try a handful of new beers, but they also give a bit of interesting history and background of each brewery. Coupled with a social and fun environment with fellow beer-lovers, these are some great events that you should check out.
Quin Woodward Pu is celebrating the launch of her new book, Settle Down, right here in Hong Kong where quite a few juicy stories found throughout her book take place. You can meet this “straight-A Asian-American extrovert from Georgia with a penchant for vodka, designer shoes, and older men”, have your book signed, enjoy a glass of wine (or three), and check out some featured photographs by Will Thierbach at ethos in Kennedy Town on Monday September 7th, 6:00 – 9:00 pm.
When most people think of Hong Kong, they picture an overpopulated city filled with skyscrapers and too much traffic. While they wouldn’t necessarily be wrong, this city has much more to offer visitors and expats alike. If you happen to be or was an expat in Hong Kong, or are just curious about what life might be like living in this beautiful concrete jungle, then Frank Wingate’s tale of 22 years of expattery in Hong Kong might strike a cord. He shares his funny, bizarre, and often relatable stories of life in Hong Kong in the book “Poxy Chicken”.
Given that living in Hong Kong as an expat isn’t that difficult to adapt to thanks to the city’s magical convenience and western influence, one would think that getting a gym membership and going to the gym wouldn’t be such a struggle.. Wrong. If you have ever frequented the popular gym chains throughout the city, this list will be all too familiar (and just might bring back some haunting memories). For those that have yet to experience the frustrating and downright bizarre antics that occur at one of these gyms, here’s a peek into what you can expect before joining a gym in Hong Kong.
If you’re not quite up to speed on Hong Kong’s history, Kowloon Walled City was an extremely densely populated section of Kowloon that housed an interesting mix of residents. Prostitution, gambling, and drug use were very common in this area. The Walled City was predominately ungoverned by HK, instead it was controlled by the Triads for the last few decades before the HK government decided to begin evicting all residents in order to demolish the city.
The last award I received was for drama and dance during my grade 8 graduation. Needless to say, I was a bit taken aback when Kan from Kan Walk Will Travel ever so kindly nominated my blog for the Liebster Award, stating,
“Wine by the plastic glass anyone? thisgirlabroad’s keen observations and sense of humor add a delightful twist to the average day in Hong Kong.”