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Dateline: Causeway Bay, Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Yau Ma Tei - Hong Kong
 

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Quite a writeup. If your current job doesn’t work out you could be a damn good travel writer. The pics are great too. I was in Hong Kong 15 years ago but I certainly didn’t get to see much of the gritty side of the city that you describe so well. I do remember going to a live animal market in Saigon back in 2002 and your description of the ones in China is a reminder of how horrible these places are. Thanks for sharing.
 

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Quite a writeup. If your current job doesn’t work out you could be a damn good travel writer. The pics are great too. I was in Hong Kong 15 years ago but I certainly didn’t get to see much of the gritty side of the city that you describe so well. I do remember going to a live animal market in Saigon back in 2002 and your description of the ones in China is a reminder of how horrible these places are. Thanks for sharing.
Unfortunately travel writing doesn’t quite fund the watch thing. Hong Kong is a great city to live in full time. One of the most welcoming places.

I’ve done the wet markets in Chinatown in Saigon. Snakes in buckets hissing away. Saigon a brilliant city too especially if you like motorbikes
 

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Unfortunately travel writing doesn’t quite fund the watch thing. Hong Kong is a great city to live in full time. One of the most welcoming places.

I’ve done the wet markets in Chinatown in Saigon. Snakes in buckets hissing away. Saigon a brilliant city too especially if you like motorbikes
I was thinking more of travel writing as a hobby. Anyway, based on the collection you already possess it doesn’t seem like you need to worry too much about watches any more amigo. I remember HK as a strikingly beautiful place, especially from a distance on the water and from the observation deck up above the city.
I don’t know if you’ve ever been to Hanoi but I think it might be the most beautiful city in all of Asia, though probably not a great watch hub.
 

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Thanks for writing... hard to "like" so much makes me angry in it. :mad:

Interesting painting bottom right in the one photo. It reminds me of a 6' scroll I have...but I think that one is Trump!? :ROFLMAO:

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I was thinking more of travel writing as a hobby. Anyway, based on the collection you already possess it doesn’t seem like you need to worry too much about watches any more amigo. I remember HK as a strikingly beautiful place, especially from a distance on the water and from the observation deck up above the city.
I don’t know if you’ve ever been to Hanoi but I think it might be the most beautiful city in all of Asia, though probably not a great watch hub.
Hanoi is a great city. Almost the opposite of Saigon. Less money focused - great French colonial buildings and there’s a B-52 bomber in a lake.

HK is stunning both the natural sights and the cool buildings

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Thanks for writing... hard to "like" so much makes me angry in it. :mad:

Interesting painting bottom right in the one photo. It reminds me of a 6' scroll I have...but I think that one is Trump!? :ROFLMAO:

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Your scroll is great - I like it. Where did it come from?

Yes I think you’re right in the subject of that other picture. The guy has ecclectic tastes.

I sometimes have pretty strong emotional reactions to stuff I see on the road but I really try to find where the practices come from. Chinese people have grown up being cynical about the safety and origins of their food and I get that the whole buy it alive thing means no off meat but I’m in their backyard. The younger kids don’t crave that stuff so it’ll slowly change. We have some odd food habits in their view. I want to see stuff like this otherwise you tend to get around in a bubble.
 

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Your scroll is great - I like it. Where did it come from?

Yes I think you’re right in the subject of that other picture. The guy has ecclectic tastes.

I sometimes have pretty strong emotional reactions to stuff I see on the road but I really try to find where the practices come from. Chinese people have grown up being cynical about the safety and origins of their food and I get that the whole buy it alive thing means no off meat but I’m in their backyard. The younger kids don’t crave that stuff so it’ll slowly change. We have some odd food habits in their view. I want to see stuff like this otherwise you tend to get around in a bubble.
LOL I was hoping you would tell me!
It “came from” Maebashi, Gunma, Japan…and I liked the look of it! Seen many like in travels and finally picked one up.

From seller
“Dear Mickey

"FUDOUMYOUOU" is a very famous and wonderful god.
He is very cool!

The benefits of this god are as follows.


Prevent bad things from happening.
Improve academic performance.
Protect your personal safety on a daily basis.
It will help you get ahead at work.
Prosperity in business.
Pray for good health.

This is a very famous deity with various blessings.

Best regards

Kazuma”



The other Ofuku or ? Otafuku picture is supposed to bring luck…I just need it to bring me a white dial Daytona.:ROFLMAO:
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Great job of storytelling (though the wet market stuff didn't feel necessary). I really miss my travels, I used to go to HK and China 2x-4x a year, not anymore. Someday we'll start going back again. TST was always a great Rolex treat in all the haunts you mentioned. I miss them. Is House Watch (John Lee) still open? He had such a great selection of vintage pieces.
 

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Great photos.

Great job of storytelling (though the wet market stuff didn't feel necessary). I really miss my travels, I used to go to HK and China 2x-4x a year, not anymore. Someday we'll start going back again. TST was always a great Rolex treat in all the haunts you mentioned. I miss them. Is House Watch (John Lee) still open? He had such a great selection of vintage pieces.
I’ve not come across House Watch but I can see an address in Far East Mansion. There must be scores of these places. Was he somebody you’d rate?

There are also some good places on HK Island but I was cautioned that for many of them you REALLY need to know what you’re doing - not so much for fraud protection but in buying the right version of a particular watch. I don’t have that technical expertise.
 

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"Grand Waldo Hotel and Casino", sounds like a movie starring Bill Murray
It could be as the whole joint felt lost in translation
 
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I lived in Hong Kong 30+ years ago and regularly took the old, non high-speed train to Guangzhou; the train station then was always a entertaining chaos. The ferries were also fun. Looks like the whole region has changed a lot.
 

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Great writing, as always, I&P.

It’s hard not to feel a little incensed at the photos of the “coffin homes”, particularly coming from a place so bloated on the insane excesses of the financial sector. It all feels more than just a little bit sordid. It certainly hit me with a sharp pang, reminding me that my life, even with all its attendant challenges, is pretty good on lots of fronts. A useful corrective.

We live in such a weird world..... Lots to love about it, but there is equally an awful lot to loathe about it too.
 

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Brilliant post, thanks. The quip about the empty, derelict Rolex shop and the quick trip across the road to the grey where they were all obviously sold to made me hoot :)
 

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I've never been to Mainland and would have liked to see it. Nice story about Hong Kong; sad is their return to communism and loss of freedom. My only experience with the city was flying from Japan and changing planes in the airport. It involved the inability to find the gate of my next flight, being told to go to the end of the concourse to the desk surrounded by soldiers with automatic weapons and then being directed to walk back to wear I started to the gate next to the one I was at. Having a bad back at the time didn't help my perspective. I would have loved to have visit there prior to 2000. I know a mod on a different forum who is an expat living there. I can't imagine it.
 

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I’ve not come across House Watch but I can see an address in Far East Mansion. There must be scores of these places. Was he somebody you’d rate?
Yes, definitely pay a visit to House watch. He only opens for a few hours every evening, and while it has been at least three years since I visited he used to have the most epic assortment of vintage sport models I’ve ever seen. Great conversation too.
 
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