Monthly Archives: April 2016


HKFP History: A brief history of South China tigers in Hong Kong

In the days when Hong Kong was filled with swathes of dense forest instead of skyscrapers, the city was home to many species that would be foreign and exotic to residents today. Perhaps none have been more captivating, elusive, and deadly than the South China tiger.

SouthChinaTiger

A South China Tiger. Photo: Wikicommons.

The most distinctive of all tiger subspecies, the South China tiger once boasted a reported population of 4,000 in the wild, spanning from Hunan and Jiangxi in the north to Hong Kong. In the early days of the territory as a British colony, tigers were not a common sight. But certainly the local tiger was as dangerous as it was unique.


Video: Beauty vlogger gives makeup tutorial on how to look like CY Leung

A Hong Kong beauty vlogger has posted a makeup tutorial teaching others how to look like Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. Joshi Fu posted in video earlier this year amid fears that the Copyright Amendment bill – also known as the “internet Article 23” – would be passed.

Throughout the video, Fu is merciless with her criticism of the Chief Executive and sneaks snarky and hilarious remarks into the subtitles whenever possible.

“689 isn’t afraid to show us his true face and how evil he really looks – he doesn’t need foundation,” she said.


Shit robots of the People’s Republic of China

satire humour banner ribbon

By Hong Kong Hermit.

China is to be congratulated on how often it is associated with words such as innovation, originality, and forward-thinking. Admittedly always preceded by the phrase “lack of” but baby steps people, baby steps. The latest trend in state-approved examples of China’s cutting-edge technological progress can be witnessed in the recent flood of news pieces about Chinese robots.

Shit Chinese robots. Endless, endless stories about shit Chinese robots.


HKFP History: The British luxury liner at the bottom of Victoria Harbour

Buried at the bottom of Victoria Harbour remains the keel, hull and boilers from the QEII predecessor, the RMS Queen Elizabeth. It was purchased at auction in 1970 by local tycoon C.Y. Tung, who wanted to make the vessel into a university for the World Campus Afloat programme, the predecessor to Semester at Sea. Tung renamed the ship Seawise University, a play on his initials.

However, the vessel sank two years later, on January 9, 1972, following a fire.

seawise uni wreckage

1972: The wreck of Seawise University, the former Queen Elizabeth. Photo: Wikicommons.


Hong Kong blogger creates creative ‘warning icons’ for city life

A series of original customised warning icons mimicking the ones used by the Hong Kong Observatory for weather alerts have gained popularity after being published by local blog Expat Lingo.

Expat Lingo

Photo: Expat Lingo

The blog is run by Jennifer Brown, an American former-lawyer who currently lives in Hong Kong with her husband and two children. The six original icons include tongue-in-cheek references to aspects of Hong Kong life such as the Hong Kong Sevens (Drunk Seven Fan Warning), crowds of mainland tourists (Golden Week), and clandestine street races (Boy Racers).


Crossdressing pro-wrestling metal singer Ladybeard returns to HK

Ladybeard is an Australian, bearded, pro-wrestling heavy metal singer and ex-Hong Kong resident currently whipping up a storm in Japan.

ladybeard

Tickets are available in advance from HK$250 from undergroundhk.com. Shows will take place at 9pm this Saturday and 3pm on Sunday at Focal Fair, Park Avenue Tower.

For more on Ladybeard, click here.


HKFP Lens: Feathers of fury – Hong Kong’s 6th International Pillow Fight Day

Hundreds unleashed their feathery fury in Chater Garden on Saturday during an hour of organised chaos for International Pillow Fight Day.
pillow fight

Photo: Chan Ryann.

Hongkongers joined over 100 cities across the world for the global event which is held annually… for no reason.
pillow fight

Photo: Chan Ryann.

Spiderman, Batman, Darth Vader, Hawaiian dancers, Super Mario, Waldo and Superman were spotted in the crowds.
pillow fight

Photo: Chan Ryann.

pillow fight hk

Photo: Leo Zank, ringsfoto.com.

darth vader

Photo: Leo Zank, ringsfoto.com.

pillow fight hong kong

Photo: Leo Zank, ringsfoto.com.

pillow fight

Photo: Leo Zank, ringsfoto.com.

pillow fight hong kong

Photo: Leo Zank, ringsfoto.com.

pillow fight hong kong

Photo: Leo Zank, ringsfoto.com.


Regina Leung completes year-long metamorphosis into fully-fledged lobster

satire humour banner ribbon

Regina Leung, wife of embattled Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, has completed a year-long transition into a fully-fledged crevice-dwelling lobster.

Leung’s slow transformation into a large marine crustacean began last April. By July she had developed a hard protective exoskeleton and rudimentary claws. Following a series of moults, doctors noted the addition of antennae and a mushy tail by Christmas.

regina leung

Leung’s year-long metamorphosis.

Residents living near to Government House reported hearing Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying roar: “It is done – the cycle is complete!” from a balcony at 6am on Friday morning.