Canto Slang — Chok, Q and many more!


Local canto guru, Cecilie Gamst Berg recently wrote an entertaining piece in the South China Morning Post weekend mag about Canto slang – you know, the sort of stuff which is frowned upon in the office!

A highly entertaining piece about the language and more so, the cutlure. How many foreigners (white) do you know who speak it fairly proficently? Personally, I know a handfull of caucasions who speak Cantonese – and most have facinating stories as to how they got into their groove. As a “chok-san” overseas born Chinese, I am a child of two worlds and often learn from my friends (and awesome HK action movies) which keeps me up to date with the latest lingo. Everyday I continue to learn. But what about the thousands upon thousands trying at this very moment? Why is there, historically, such low retention rate?

Cecilie, who is a teacher and moonlights on RTHK’s Naked Cantonese programme, devels into this mystery with a lot of enthusiasm and hysterical humour while refuting many cultural ‘norms’ of the city. What makes this story special is the voice, the Hong Kong feel of the prose – fast pace and no nonense! Cecilie’s provocative and hillarious take on Cantonese seals the deal for learners and native speakers alike. It is a language which continues to bring new surprises. Her story shines a light onto a language which is not only proud of its roots, but also a language which continues to evolve. A must read for all Hong Kongers….



I’m… Dreaming of a White, Christmas!

Christmas season is upon us and the massive numbers of parties and events have been filling my calendar with much cheer! Here are a few festive pictures to get everyone into the ‘mood’….

Or I would suggest listening to Christmas music 24/7 as I have been for the last six weeks. Waking up to Elvis crooning Christmas carols is a great way to start the day!



Living the dream at the Four Seasons…. Fois Gras with bubbly. Not too shabby of a night….


I only have eyes, for you, my dear Oysters! The Langham Hong Kong know how to throw a classy event! Loved the ‘safari’ theme!


What life is like at home – stollen, german cookies, mandarin oranges, and little cute boxes with home made cookies and candy canes! Merry Christmas!


Boxing day, celebration still on-going. Hong Kong-style, on the water with great mates!

Clockenflap – West Kowloon Awesomeness

With the backdrop of the iconic Hong Kong harbourfront, Clockenflap hits all the right notes. In its sixth year, the outdoor music festival takes things to the next level with their improved logistics, famous headline bands and rocking atmosphere.

In the words of journalist, muso and artist, Liam Fitzpatrick, “Clockenflap is not only the best outdoor music festival in Hong Kong, but in my opinion, the best event of the year.”

Who can say no to that intro together with the headliner: Azealia Banks!


Thanks for the graphic, Time Out Hong Kong


The weather can change with a gust of the wind…. Misty Hong Kong skyline in the distance…. with a turnout of +20,000 people.


Sun to be found: crowds gather along Kowloon West for sundowners…. Credit: HK magazine


Awesome piccie of the revelers rocking it out under the banner of the 118-floor ICC…. Photographer: Chris Lusher