Tag Archives: Hong Kong

This awesome dress will guarantee your personal space on the subway

Personal Space Dress

I’ve never been very touchy feely, so a packed train isn’t exactly my idea of fun. I need my personal space, and that’s why I think this clever dress, designed by Kathleen McDermott, is pure genius! When someone gets into your space, the skirt of the dress will start expanding, forcing the space-offender to move away. Yay!

This dress is part of an artistic series of DIY wearable electronics called Urban Armor which aims to help women take control of their personal and public space. Watch the video below to see the dress in action.

Urban Armor# 2: The Personal Space Dress from Kathleen McDermott on Vimeo.


Kim Jong Un gets cast in burger commercial

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Remember my cousin, the Kim Jong Un doppelgänger that we wrote about last month?  Well, a major Israeli fast food chain, Burger Ranch, stumbled upon his hilarious pictures and the next thing you know, my cousin Howard is starring in a burger commercial.  The company didn’t seem to mind that my cousin doesn’t speak a lick of Korean, even though he has to yell defiantly into the camera in that language.

Burger Ranch is apparently a pretty huge chain in Israel, competing mainly with McDonald’s Israel.  In 2010, Burger Ranch took over all local branches of its other competitor, Burger King.

Watch the full-length commercial here (no subtitles though), and like his Facebook page here.

Prada and Gucci execs: Asia is our #1 market

Emily and I were talking the other day about how the culture of cities like Singapore and Hong Kong is extremely brand-conscious, much more so than even the US.  Maybe it’s just us, but it seems many Asian high-end consumers are more concerned with status symbols than fashion statements.

In fact, I recently read how Prada’s Chairman and Gucci’s CEO claimed that Asia is their number one market. “The top luxury market is with Asian customers today,” said Prada’s Deputy Chairman Carlo Mazzi.  So despite all the fake stuff you see sold on the streets, sales in China contributed the most to the Italian company’s revenue for the first half of this year.  Even the CEO of PPR, which owns the Gucci brand, admitted that China is the biggest market for their luxury line.

Seems like fobs might be even more materialistic than Americans.  Or maybe Emily and I have just been hanging around too many granola-eating, Prius-driving, Etsy-buying San Franciscans…


Jay-Z’s Empire State of Mind, Hong Kong Remix

We’re on a roll here with fobby songs. Spotted this Hong Kong remake of Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind” on YouTube, and it’s actually not bad! They did a good job of making the lyrics fit the melody. Here are some of my favorite parts:

Then drop by at Carnegie’s
Say what up to the Guai Los (foreigners)
Still sipping bubble tea
Sitting in a tram
Amy Chua give me high-fives
Teacher, I be gettin’ A’s
Gonna pass my CFA

In Hong Kong
Concrete jungle where we eat dim sum
Special admin region
Now you’re in Hong Kong
The shops will make you feel brand new
The sales will inspire you
Let’s hear it for Hong Kong, Hong Kong, Hong Kong

(Thanks, Lu!)

Fobby must-haves: the hipster version of HK’s “red-white-blue” bag


You know you’re a fob if you’ve owned one of these plastic luggage bags!

Called hung bak lam doi (literally, red white blue bag) in Cantonese, these things are made of heavy-duty tarp.  They’re super cheap and durable, but utterly fobby.  In fact, whenever I see one of these while waiting at the luggage belt at the airport, I know without a doubt that the owner is an unabashed fob.

And that’s why I’m both amused and delighted to find that several high-end designers have taken to this iconic bag’s fobulous design.  Typically $2 at Hong Kong’s night market, the bag has apparently even inspired Louis Vuitton.

Most recently, the Japanese bag company, Porter, has partnered with Hong Kong brand, Clot, to remake the fob luggage bag.  Prices range from $113 for the tiny iPod case, and up to $450 for the backpacks. Yeah, the  collection regretfully screams hipster…but I have to admit that I really like their Macbook and iPod cases!  Cute!

Check out the full “RWB Series” and get your fobulously hipster bag here.

Travel shots? You mean, like, tequila?

.Maybe it’s a fob thing, but it has never occurred to me that I might need to take vaccine shots before traveling around Southeast Asia.  I’m going back to fob-land tomorrow, and I’ve always found it curious how people load up on vaccines before traveling to Asia.

I mean, I know that mosquito-transmitted illnesses like malaria and dengue aren’t unheard of, and I’ve had my fair share of food poisoning.  But if I told my parents I was going to get shots for our trip to Malaysia this weekend, they’d look at me like I was crazy.  We’ve been traveling there since I was a little kid, so I’m sure we’ve developed an immunity to most fobby germs.  As my mom would say in Cantonese, “Dai kwun sik sai kwun,” or literally, “Big germ (i.e. people) eats little germ.”

Now, if you’re talking about the other kind of shots, sign me up!

Wanna know what I’ll be doing a LOT of back in the motherland? Okay, a few hints here, here and here!

Not all Asians look the same…or do they?

“Konichiwa!” yelled some random guy as I walked down the street.  What a effing moron, I thought to myself.  Besides the fact that he was super crude and offensive, I am Chinese.  Not all Asians look the same, geez.

I mean, of all people we fobs should know, right?  I’ve traveled to and/or lived in Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan…so I would consider myself somewhat of an expert in guessing which country an Asian is from. That is, I thought I was an expert until I came across this Asian Look-Alikes website, which tests your ability to guess where someone is from.

Soon enough, it became clear that I’m actually terrible at recognizing faces from different Asian countries.

But I found a loophole to this weird Asian-guessing game — if you keep clicking on China, your chances of guessing correctly are much higher.  Which makes sense, right?  One fifth of the world’s population is from China, so statistically speaking, the website’s database likely has way more people from China than from any other country.

Try it out for yourself — my tip works, right?

Want more of our thoughts on race and ethnicity?  Read about Suzie’s Fob Revelation on offensive Asian Halloween costumes, China’s “American Idol” show going racist, and our thoughts on Arizona’s racial profiling of anyone who looks like a fob.

(Thanks Frank!)

Asian guy wears old-man mask to enter Canada illegally

Beware the next time you sit next to a suspicious-looking elderly Caucasian man on the airplane — it could be a young Asian dude. Recently, an unidentified Hong Kong man boarded an Air Canada flight AC018 bound for Vancouver from Hong Kong, disguised in an old-man mask and carrying a boarding pass of a U.S. citizen born in 1955.

Unfortunately, suspicion arose around the fact that his hands looked surprisingly young.  Later during the flight, he was seen going to the bathroom and emerging as an Asian male in his early 20s.   Border Services agents took him into custody when the plane landed in Vancouver. It is unknown what his motivations were but he definitely took the creative approach to illegal immigration.


(Thanks, Rich!)

Love hotel iPhone app makes Hong Kong hookups easy

Think of this Hong Kong iPhone app as the Yelp for sleazy sex motels.  Apparently, love hotels can be hard to find because they’re deliberately discreet.  Well, clandestine couples — such as cheating spouses and dating teens who still live with their parents — can now easily find a secret spot to get it on using the Hong Kong Hourly Hotel Guide.  The app is free, but it’s only in Chinese.


Smart mirror takes multitasking to a new level

Forget buying an iPhone or iPad.  If  I had $7,700 to blow, I would totally get myself this Cybertecture Mirror which would allow me to check my Facebook, keep track of “that time of the month,” and read the news. . . all while brushing my teeth and doing my makeup. This high-tech mirror, created by Hong Kong-based firm, James Law Cybertecture International, will be available next Summer but you can start pre-ordering this December. Another excuse for women to take longer to get ready!