Posts Tagged 'Hong Kong'

A Milking-The-Cash-Cow Crisis!

I am currently processing my Hong Kong exit papers. I am returning home to take a new job opportunity and to be with my wife and 3-month old angel. Nothing is sweeter… 

So what crisis am I talking about then? Well, if I will be working in the Philippines again, that means my “cash cow” days are over. I am an Overseas Filipino Worker no more! How can I keep an OFW blog if I am no longer an OFW? Should I stop posting and quit? Should I reformat? Should I create a new blog? Will I have extra time for blogging?

…the decision will have to be made once I get home. I would need to readjust first… It’s a wait-and-see at this point…

A(H1N1) Update

The second A(H1N1) infection case in Hong Kong was confirmed last Wednesday. The 24-year-old man is a Hong Kong local who returned from the United States onboard a Cathay flight. He is currently held in isolation along with family members who met him at the airport and six other people who sat near him on the airplane. He is reported to be in stable condition.

To date, 33 countries have officially reported 6497 cases of influenza A(H1N1) infection.

 Countries with A(H1N1)-related deaths are as follows:  

Country

Confirmed Cases

Deaths

Mexico

2446

60

United States

3352

3

Canada

389

1

Costa Rica

8

1

The following countries have reported laboratory confirmed cases with no deaths:  

Spain 100

United Kingdom 71

Panama 29

France 14

Germany 12

Italy 9

Brazil 8

Colombia 7

Israel 7

New Zealand 7

China 4

El Salvador 4

Japan 4

Guatemala 3

Netherlands 3

Republic of Korea 3

Finland 2

Norway 2

Sweden 2

Thailand 2

Argentina 1

Australia 1

Austria 1

Cuba 1

Denmark 1

Ireland 1

Poland 1

Portugal 1

Switzerland 1

Source: http://www.who.int/csr/don/2009_05_14/en/index.html

1st case of “swine flu” in Hong Kong detected

A 25 year-old male Mexican who flew in via Shanghai from Mexico yesterday and stayed at the Metropark Wanchai Hotel has been transferred to the Princess Margaret Hospital and confirmed to have the A/H1N1 virus. Apparently, the man only started to develop fever and other symptoms indicative of swine flu when he arrived in Hong Kong.

The whole hotel has been quarantined. Government says there is no need to panic but citizens should stay vigilant. As of writing, Secretary for Food and Health York Chow is heading a press conference informing the public of the incident.

Hong Kong flu alert has been raised to “emergency” status.

Chip Tsao apologizes… but he is still an idiot!

The great Chip Tsao has apologized. See what other bloggers are saying:

http://pedestrianobserver.blogspot.com/2009/04/chip-tsao-apologized-what-now.html

http://daretospeakout.wordpress.com/2009/04/01/the-apology-of-chip-tsao/

http://aprub.com/chip-tsao-apology-an-insult-to-filipino-intelligence/

http://cathcath.com/?p=5508

http://guillotinechoked.wordpress.com/2009/04/02/chip-tsao-has-apologized-and/

http://www.sassyqarla.com/2009/04/chip-tsao-says-sorry-at-last.html

http://globalnation.inquirer.net/news/breakingnews/view/20090403-197696/Racist-HK-writer-wants-to-visit-RP

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Today, HK Magazine has published the statement below.

An Apology

HK Magazine

April 3rd, 2009

The publisher and editors of HK Magazine wish to apologize unreservedly for any offense that may have been caused by Chip Tsao’s column dated March 27.

HK Magazine has long championed the rights of Filipinos working in Hong Kong. We note that Filipinos have often been unfairly treated in Hong Kong, and that they make an important contribution to this community.

As a magazine, we would never want to say anything that would negate that belief.

The column in question was satirical. One aspect of satire is that it can at times be read in different ways. In this particular case, many people have read meanings into this column that were never actually intended.

We wish to assure our readers that we have nothing but respect for Filipinos, both living in Hong Kong and abroad.

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Okay then. Apology accepted. But Chip Tsao will remain an idiot in my book. Published words may sometimes fuel hate. As a veteran journalist, sensitivity is expected of him.

Chip Tsao is an Idiot!

Filipinos around the world are fuming mad over the article, “The War at Home”, by Chip Tsao for HK Magazine. Of course, I am also angry, but not that much. Having lived in Hongkie (I’d always wanted to use that term, thank you Mr. Tsao for giving me the opportunity!) town for about 2 years now, I know that Tsao does not represent the whole Hong Kong populace in this respect. There are plenty of HK Chinese out here who respect and admire Pinoys. It is because of them that I am keeping my cool with this issue.

If you haven’t read it yet, here is the full article written by the great Chip Tsao. See for yourself why this “satire”, as declared by Tsao apologists, is a failure:

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The War at Home
By Chip Tsao

The Russians sank a Hong Kong freighter last month, killing the seven Chinese seamen onboard. We can live with that–Lenin and Stalin were once the ideological mentors of all Chinese people. The Japanese planted a flag on Diàoyú Island. That’s no big problem–we Hong Kong Chinese love Japanese cartoons, Hello Kitty, and shopping in Shinjuku, let alone our round-the-clock obsession with karaoke.

But hold on–even the Filipinos? Manila has just claimed sovereignty over the scattered rocks in the South China Sea called the Spratly Islands, complete with a blatant threat from its congress to send gunboats to the South China Sea to defend the islands from China if necessary. This is beyond reproach. The reason: There are more than 130,000 Filipina maids working as HK$3,580-a-month cheap labor in Hong Kong. As a nation of servants, you don’t flex your muscles at your master, from whom you earn most of your bread and butter.

As a patriotic Chinese man, the news has made my blood boil. I summoned Louisa, my domestic assistant who holds a degree in international politics from the University of Manila, hung a map on the wall, and gave her a harsh lecture. I sternly warned her that if she wants her wages increased next year, she had better tell everyone of her compatriots in Statue Square on Sunday that the entirety of the Spratly Islands belongs to China.

Grimly, I told her that if war breaks out between the Philippines and China, I would have to end her employment and send her straight home, because I would not risk the crime of treason for sponsoring an enemy of the state by paying her to wash my toilet and clean my windows 16 hours a day. With that money, she would pay taxes to her Government, and they would fund a navy to invade our motherland and deeply hurt my feelings.

Oh yes. The Government of the Philippines would certainly be wrong if they think we Chinese are prepared to swallow their insult and sit back and lose a Falkland Islands War in the Far East. They may have Barack Obama and the hawkish American military behind them, but we have a hostage in each of our homes in the Mid-Levels or higher. Some of my friends told me they have already declared a state of emergency at home. Their maids have been made to shout ‘China, Madam/Sir’ loudly whenever they hear the word “Spratly”. They say the indoctrination is working as wonderfully as when we used to shout, “Long live Chairman Mao!” at the sight of a portrait of our Great Leader during the Cultural Revolution. I’m not sure if that’s going a bit too far, at least for the time being.

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Here are some more reactions to Chip Tsao’s idiocy:

http://bungangaraw.wordpress.com/2009/03/31/chip-tsaos-cheap-shot/

http://filipinovoices.com/in-praise-of-chip-tsao

http://pedestrianobserver.blogspot.com/2009/03/chip-tsao-satire-sparking-controversy.html

http://ruffybiazon.wordpress.com/2009/03/29/why-mr-chip-tsao-wrote-that-article/

http://pinoyobserver.wordpress.com/2009/04/01/chip-tsao-learnings-about-satire/

http://www.senate.gov.ph/press_release/2009/0329_cayetano1.asp

http://midfield.wordpress.com/2009/03/30/filipinos-rebuke-chip-tsaos-cheap-shot/

http://queeniemb.wordpress.com/2009/03/31/when-the-servants-stop-serving-what-will-happen-with-chip-tsao/

http://hanseman.wordpress.com/2009/03/31/philippines-a-nation-of-servants/

http://kikomatching.wordpress.com/2009/04/01/is-philippines-really-a-nation-of-servants/

http://mackyramirez.wordpress.com/2009/03/31/disaster-has-a-passport-mr-bean-err-mr-tsao/

http://reynaelena.com/2009/03/29/that-xenophobic-and-barbaric-chinese-remarks/

http://jimcaro.wordpress.com/2009/03/30/the-master-and-the-servant/

Why did the Philippines not attend the World’s Happiest Party?

The annual Hong Kong Chinese New Year Parade was held on the 26th of January 2009 at Tsim Sha Tsui. Sponsored by Cathay Pacific, the spectacle was dubbed as the “World’s Happiest Party.”worldshappiestpartyThere were local floats and performers but there were foreign participants as well. I saw representatives from Macau, mainland China, Thailand, South Korea, Japan, the United States, Russia, Latin America and even Africa! However, I was disappointed not to see one from the Philippines. I thought, since the Philippines is in the proximity of Hong Kong, someone from the Department of Tourism (DOT) or the Philippine Consulate would have thought of joining this internationally renowned parade. I bet it’s a good way to promote our country since tourists from all over the world, like the sweet Italian couple to my left, the pretty South Korean ladies to my right, the hyperactive German kids on my front, and the elderly Swiss tour group behind me, witness this parade every year. It is also a chance to somehow change the sterotypical domestic helper image of the Filipino in Hong Kong—not that there is something wrong about being a DH, but not all Filipinos who go here are domestic helpers.

I don’t know the politics and bureaucracy involved in enlisting for this parade and I am not sure if the Philippines has sent representatives in the past but we sure are passing a good opportunity by not ‘partying at the World’s Happiest’.

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Here are some of the pictures I took during the parade.

cny09parade21

cny09parade1

float

Home Along da Riles

(The House Along the Railroad Tracks)

I recently transferred to a new home here in Hong Kong. My wife and I were so excited to move because this is our first house as a couple. I did not mind doing some wall repainting by myself. In fact, I enjoyed it. This is me happily painting a portion of our kitchen wall.

repainting my new flat

With two rooms, a large living room, a spacious toilet, and a comfortable tub, the flat is perfect for us. Even better, I get to see the Westrail train pass by every 15 minutes or so. I developed this habit of staring at the speeding coaches with the trademark red and blue colors of the Mass Transit Railway (MTR) Corporation. Can’t explain why, but it relaxes me the way fishes calmly swimming in a glass aquarium do. My wife agrees 100%. I could stare all day and not get bored. It gets even better at night when the coaches are fully lighted.

Here is the view of the tracks from my kitchen window.

westrail from my kitchen window

westrail from my kitchen window

westrail from my kitchen window

This makes me wonder about fellow Filipinos who squat near railroad tracks.

Life along the railway tracks by Sidney Snoeck

Do they also like seeing PNR trains go by?

Squatters slus on the rail road

What is our government doing to help them?

Life along the railway tracks by Sidney Snoeck

…we need long-term solutions, not quick fixes! Current government relocation efforts are superficial.

…more photos and insights by Sidney Snoeck at My Sarisari Store


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