Lai See etiquette for dummies in 300 words

Originally published in Jan 2018. Rebublished in Jan 2020 CNY is around the corner. If you are a foreigner, CNY must be synonymous with lion dance and red packets. For my maiden CNY in Hong Kong years ago, my local boss gave me my first Lai See. He explained to me the significance of the tradition as well as imparted some very valuable Lai See protocol which I remember to date and am sharing. WHEN? Lai See packets or red pockets are normally given within the first 15 days of the start of the Lunar New Year which falls on the 5th of Feb this year (so until the 20th of Feb). HOW? When giving or receiving a lai see, you use both your hands to show respect while wishing “Gong hei fat choy!” to s

Blue House: A insta-worthy heritage conserving community home for all

Blue House is an embodiment of the Localhood aesthetic-connecting neighbours through regular events, sharing of skills and goods. It is also a testament to the power of neighbours- a group of people who had such strong attachment to their homes and their neighbours who petitioned the government to spend HK$70 million in conserving their building. They succeeded through their resilience and persuasive power to save their building from being demolished to make way for a tea museum (which we have already in Hong Kong park). What makes Blue House unique and so worth preserving? Here’s a list: It’s a photogenic 100-year-old tenement. It houses a bonesetter’s clinic which dates back to the Wong Fe

Dressing for CNY in the 852-Qipaos (Cheongsam)

Festival season is extended this year with the CNY in January. Every self-respecting Chinese (and even some foreigners) want to be dressed to the 'T' for the family Luncheon/gathering in traditional attire. As a woman, we thought about the forgotten classy but sexy Icon of Hong Kong celebrations. The Qipao. On this occasion we met up with Ranee_K deigner of her own fashion label “ranee_k”, who make modern Qipaos. So, why shop for qipao (cheongsam) in 852 when you can get the same for a fraction of the price across the border in +86 or on Taobao? Well, for those who have a discerning eye for quality and need for convenience, Hong Kong is a preferred option because qipaos need research and sev

Tai Hang Heritage Walk @ Sun 16th Feb: POSTPONED!!

Des: 7th Art brings us together. Local Hood Official connecting HK neighbourhoods invite you to discover Hong Kong, discover HK hoods!! Join us for our Tai Hang Heritage walk with the ace story teller Dr. Carlton Cheung. FREE EVENT!! REGISTRATION: WHEN: Sun, 16th Feb MEETING POINT: St. Paul's Convent girls school entrance, Tung Lo Wan Rd, TIME: 11am-12:15pm 😀!! For those who are interested, after the walk, we will go to a local restaurant and share a meal. You are welcome to Join!!For more info: ------------------------------------

LocalHood Information Session @ Tue, Feb. 11 at 6.30pm in Central: POSTPONED!!

Des: Local Hood Official connecting HK neighbourhoods invites you to our first LocalHood Info Session. Meet our Founder, our Volunteers. Hear about our success stories and how we connect HK neighbourhoods. Get to know LocalHood better. FREE EVENT!! REGISTRATION: WHEN: Tues, 11th of Feb. WHERE: Alive Wellness, 6/F Rm 602, Yu Yuet Lai Bldg, 43-55 Wyndham Street, Central TIME: 6:30pm. DURATION: 1.5 hrs😀!! ------------------------------------

5 Chinese New Year "Must Eat" & their meaning

As the Chinese New Year is approaching, I start to notice there are many food and snacks that only appear during the Chinese New Year time. Have you ever wondered why we do eat them during the Chinese New Year? It turns out that , those food and their names carry good meanings in Chinese (好意頭) & are considered auspicious to start the year. Here are the Must Haves for you this CNY 😊: Fat Choy ( Sea moss) During the Chinese New Year we always eat a dish of Fat Choy cooked with dried oyster. The name of the dish is called Fat Choy Ho Si, which has a similar pronunciation as the phrase the term 發財 means get rich, that is why we said Kung Hei Fat Choy ( 恭喜發財) when we visit friends and family in

Out-door movie screening 'Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny' @ Fri, 7th Feb 20

Des: 7th Art brings us together. Local Hood Official connecting HK neighbourhoods & Blue House, Wanchai, invite you to the outdoor screening of Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny. This is a 2016 American-Chinese firm directed by Yuen Woo-ping and written by John Fusco, based on the novel Iron Knight, Silver Vase by Wang Dulu. Intro to the film by the Kung Fu loving co-producer of the Movie, Bey Logan Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama with a pinch of Romance. WHERE: Blue House, Wanchai TIME: 6:30pm. DURATION: 105m😀!! FREE EVENT. REGISTRATION MANDATORY: NOTE: Free seating! We recommend participants prepare outdoor chair or mat WHEN: Friday, 7th of Jan.

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