Posts Tagged ‘holidays’

Dragon Boat Races

Monday, June 9th, 2008

Today is another obscure public holiday here in Hong Kong.  Everyone gets off work for the Dragon Boat races.  I have no idea why this is but I’m sure there’s some ancient cultural significance to it all.  Or its just because there are 8 billion dragon boat teams and no one would show up to work anyway.  Whatever.

We bought our first baby toy today and it was actually for a baby.  Our baby.  And not for me.  I will never grow up. :-p

No holiday here

Monday, May 26th, 2008

So I hear it’s a public holiday back home in the States.  No such luck here; I had to work today.  Although we do get about the same amount of holidays here in Hong Kong but they are at different times and have different names.  Exactly the same only completely different.

I don’t remember actually explicitly mentioning it (and I don’t have much else to say today (OMG filler)) but if you use Twitter, you can follow me there via this link: Yeah there’s a feed for it over in the sidebar as well but then you won’t get to see the octopus again as he reigns supreme over my Twitter page.  He also will not allow me to post all my Twitter posts as a blog post here as a cheater post.  He thinks it doesn’t count as a post.  I tend to agree.

Since I’ve got nothing much else to say today I’ll just plug A Little Scary once more.  I’ve posted Monday’s comic which you should check out.  Remember to check back each Monday and Thursday for new comics.  Subscribe to the feed while your there too.  It’s a lonely feed.

Happy Birthday Buddha

Monday, May 12th, 2008

It’s Monday and I’m sitting at home still un-showered and working on comics.  Today is a public holiday here in Hong Kong.  It’s Buddha’s birthday!  Who am I to argue?  Sadly though, public holidays are a double-edged sword.  Sure you get the day off, but unless you feel like pushing through crowds of people everywhere you go, you pretty much just sit at home all day. Like I’m doing.

We say Iron Man on Saturday afternoon and it was awesome.  I’m a bit of a fanboy when it comes to comic book to movie adaptations and I know many of them aren’t that great.  Iron Man definitely lived up to the hype in my opinion though.

After the movie, Muse and I split up and went with our friends to different places.  Me and my friend went to Sham Shui Po to go to the computer and game malls to look for a Sony PSP for me.  I thought about getting a second hand system but decided it was too much risk for too little discount.  So I went for a new one.  Unfortunately all the cool colors of the new ‘slim’ PSP are all twice the price (or more) of the standard black, white or pastel colors.  So I found a shop that still sold the ‘fat’ versions.  They had a few of the limited Japanese releases so I went for one of those.  Just to make Colin jealous if nothing else.

My blue PSP

Oh yeah, that is a metallic blue Sony PSP.  Only released in Japan but everything ends up in Hong Kong eventually.  Sometimes I love shopping here in Hong Kong.

Cinco de Mayo

Monday, May 5th, 2008

Happy Cinco de Mayo everyone!  Even though it seems like only Mexican restaurants perpetuate this holiday in the United States, it’s still a fun time if you’re into Mexican food and Mexican beers and tequila.  Or even just hanging out with your friends.  Which of course can have mixed results.

Unfortunately, today’s a work day and Mexican holidays are not as popular in China as one might think.  Or perhaps they are if you think like a normal and rational person.  I’m eating a smoked turkey and cheddar sandwich with lettuce, cucumbers and Mayo with a bag of Doritos to celebrate in my own special way. And it’s 2-for-1 dinners at the local Caramba mexican restaurant in Discovery Bay on Mondays so Muse and I will probably be having some of that tonight.  We shall see.

Yesterday we went on a boat cruise and saw pink dolphins swimming around in the wild.  I’ll post a couple of pictures from that later on.

Meaningless holiday

Thursday, February 14th, 2008


Especially to you Hallmark.

I don’t really put much stock in the whole Valentine’s Day commercial hullabaloo.  I buy little gifts for my wife fairly frequently.  We know we love each other (usually).  We eat out fairly often.  We get chocolate on a regular basis.  I just don’t see the point in a specific day having to be a day to show that you can be romantic by spending a fortune on flowers that will die in a week or candies that your significant other will just regret eating later on.

I think it’s fine to use it as an excuse for doing something particularly nice if you want to, but I don’t see why that can’t happen any day of the year.  Or, now brace yourselves for this one, multiple days during the year.  There’s no need to wait till winter (or summer for you Aussies and Kiwis) to get your groove on and stoke the mojo with some nice gift or dinner.

I’ve heard the argument that Valentine’s Day is more important to a girl than her birthday because during her birthday she has family and friends to celebrate with.  On V-Day, she has only her husband/boyfriend/fiancee/sex_buddy/girlfriend/life_partner/wife to share it with.  Well that may be true but only if you make it true.  And only if you force February 14th into a holiday with meaning when it’s not needed.

Of course, that’s just my opinion.  What’s yours?  Shout it out in the comments.