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Confessions Of A Shopaholic

It would be a crime to write about Hong Kong without reference to all the shopping it offers. Here, you can choose to either blow up thousands of dollars or forget the wallet at home and survive with just a few Hong Kong Dollars in your pocket. If you need to sign up at Shopaholics Anonymous like I do, simply do both. Malls in Hong Kong draw thousands of shoppers from Mainland China every year, making the rich Chinese a key demographic to target.

The glitzy malls at Central are home to a range of dazzling high-end European brands. Clothes and footwear occupy largest mindspace here, followed by touristy stuff such as chopsticks and Chinese art displays. Window shopping is a must – I found myself stuck to the glass panes at Prada and Fendi pretty much like a goldfish blowing bubbles at the world outside. If I were a rich girl, I would buy Hong Kong. Or at least the shopping areas. 

In sharp contrast, Prada and Fendi are also available as great quality knock-offs on the streets at Kowloon, in Temple bazaar and Ladies market. Hush! Don’t quote me on this one. Bustling with activity and open till around midnight, this market truly models supply and demand microeconomics on a minute-by-minute basis. Look like a tourist, show high interest in a handbag and you’ll probably get the worst rates despite the  vendor’s promise of “Only for you best price, la!“. Look confident, seem slightly interested, wear the bargaining hat and you’ll walk away with a superior air of conquest. 

Most interestingly, small designer stores are ubiquitous in central areas such as Causeway Bay and Lang Kwai Fong. These are owned by budding designers, who unleash their creative spark and offer mid-priced garments to Hong-kies. To give you a sense of how addictive shopping here is – I bought and checked-in an extra bag just for all my shopping.

– Deepa

Ladies Market in Kowloon

Ladies Market in Kowloon

My Cherie Amor

Red Carpet Entrance to the Asian Film Awards

Red Carpet Entrance to the Asian Film Awards

Tuxedos, bright lights and gold – all  part of the   3rd Annual Asian Film Awards. As a journalist, I’ve covered large events. I’ve filmed major basketball games, political events and conventions. None of them were quite like this. In fact, none of us had been to an event like this… and our “greenness”  to posh, star studded events was pretty apparent.

I definitely dressed like I was going to be on the red carpet…and technically I suppose I was – just not the right side of it. We were journalist.

Press gathered backstage for photo shoot

Press gathered backstage for photo shoot

It was our job to join the ranks of Reuters, The New York Times and The International Herald Tribune and cover this event. I lugged cameras, jockeyed for positions and took pictures

while wearing one of my favorite suits. Still, I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything in the world. I mixed and mingled with the biggest stars in Asia at an awards show broadcast to 300 million people across the world!

But all this was just a drop in the bucket. The main reason I loved this event is because I scored a date. Zhou Xun, winner of best actress, actually

Zhou Xun and I discussing her future plans

Zhou Xun and I discussing her future plans

picked me out of the crowd and asked me out. We’re suppose to travel to Tokyo today. OK, maybe that’s just the way I pictured it. She did talk to me, however. I asked her about how her success in the Asian film industry has changed her outlook and whether she would want to branch out towards the West. According to her, as an actress, she’s open to any new opportunities. We chatted for a little longer, I congratulated her on her award and yes, my heart did skip many, many beats.

-Alex