Tuesday, July 22, 2008

What, no beer?

What would a site called "WORTHOG" (or "WORT-HOG" because WORTHOG was taken) be without some mention of beer? "Wort" is unfermented beer, and fermented beer happens to be my favorite drink. "Hog"...well, I do love pork. Especially when it's in a nice bowl of ramen, a slice of nice bacon, or a mean enchilada. (With a big bowl of frijoles! Oh God how I miss comida Mexicana.) But I digress. Suffice it to say that I didn't misspell "warthog", or that I did so intentionally. You decide.

Anyway, beer. My current favorite western restaurant in HK serves three interesting beers on tap, Budvar (the real, and better Budweiser), Maissels Weisse in an oversized glass, and a third whose name I don't recall. The beer I'm drinking in my apartment for the last couple of weeks is called HUIQUAN, and old timers will recognize the very, very "old school" pull tab next to the can.

Back to the other "WORTHOG" Blogger site. It is taken by some young Japanese kid who has two posts in three years. I love his two posts. So much said in so few words. I wonder what his story is?

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Meat Markets

This is near LKF, but it's not that kind of meat market. It's like 85F in Hong Kong, and this meat is hanging out in the open waiting for buyers. I'm sure the flies are getting what they can before these pieces of flesh find a home. The amazing thing is that it doesn't stink, unlike the assault to the senses of piss, perfume, and partying pfarting pforeigners after dark in Lan Kwai Fong!


Endless toil. A taxi driver told me he works 13 hours daily, with one day off every two weeks. The guy who cuts my hair said he works 10 hours per day, every day. The waitress in my favorite vegetarian restaurant said that she has one day off each week. My day is relatively short...I leave my apt at 745 and get back a little less than 12 hours later. As my barber said regarding his work schedule, "This is Hong Kong style."

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Fines & Dog "Faeces"

Spitting from a taxi will cost you $1500HKD. Smoking in a taxi gets you a $5000HKD fine. "...fouling of streets by dog faeces" will set you back $500HKD. Still, I managed to step in some dog poo on my way home from work. This on the same day that I noted a billboard reminding citizens of the "dog faeces" fine, and then thinking to myself about how I very rarely see pet animals, and how that is a Good Thing. Canine Cosmic Karma at work here?

Friday, July 11, 2008

(North) Americans with Problems

Enjoying a beer at a very cool bar in the Japanese restaurant housed in the Mongkok Langham Place hotel. Two 30-something Westerners walk in with a local gal and one of them is talking very loudly about how one of the bosses daughters is "very hot." He then tells his colleagues (and everybody else within earshot, which included everybody in this bar) that he refuses to look at the naked baby children of anybody he knows, because he doesn't want to deal with whatever it is that goes through his little mind when he sees them after they've grown up into hot young adults. He said something about how it "messes with his mind". Freud might describe it differently. I think he's just a really f*cked-up-in-the-head American (or Canadian, eh).

How can people who are so messed up be at least successful enough to enjoy $15US glasses of scotch in a faraway land (probably) at company expense? I wonder if his colleagues were embarrassed by his pronouncement? I'm a little nutty myself, but I put myself firmly in the camp of the sane compared to this dude.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Apple, Ball & Ice

I've met two gals named "Apple", a guy named "Ice", and a girl named "Clifton". I work with a guy who calls himself "Ram". Here's how he explained it, "I need provide english name in first day of high school. I like computer class. Therefore, using RAM for my english name." That's right, it's RAM as in Random Access Memory! I've yet to run into a boy named Sue.

Update...there's a "Ball" who works in my office.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Gweilo Seating

This is Gweilo seating in an inexpensive noodle shop in Causeway Bay. The Blackberry on the table is my constant dinner companion.