MY CITY – HONG KONGSeptember 24, 2014
From dive bars to coffee shops and places to hide away from the everyday grind – we’re exploring cities through the eyes of their coolest dwellers, getting the lowdown on their favourite spots and personal lifestyle.
With the launch of our new store, UO Hong Kong, just around the corner – we had our friend, Kwun-Hei Chang, show us what’s happening in his neck of the woods.
In an urban city like Hong Kong it is almost impossible to find good fresh air. It’s also an exhausting city, where the fast-paced lifestyle does not allow people to have enough time to think and to relax. When I get some down time, I go and take a long walk in Victoria Park. It doesn’t matter how late it gets, people are still shooting hoops, chilling on the swings, kicking footballs, wandering around, all trying to catch a break from their busy lives and get some fresh air.
Termini Tea Yard
Coffee, what a discovery by humankind – it’s the first thing that hits my mind the moment I open my eyes in the morning, so finding the right coffee shop for me is essential. I don’t like big brand coffee shops, because to me, all coffee tastes good, so it’s the atmosphere that is more important to me. Termini Tea Yard hits this spot: dimmed light, funky sofas, vintage board games, a balcony with a view to the city…what more can you ask for from a café?
Hong Kong Underground (MTR)
In Hong Kong, people are always rushing from one place to another. The most commonly used transport is the underground – it’s called the MTR and it’s crowded with restless people throughout its opening hours. I have this strange obsession where I love to sit on the tube late at night, from the first stop to the last stop of the line, sitting in an empty carriage, listening to weird instrumental tunes with no one bothering me.
GUMGUMGUM is a lifestyle store located in the trendy part of Hong Kong – Causeway Bay. It was opened by a group of Hong Kong creatives, including local Hong Kong artist Michael Lau. This place sells products range from home-style décor to clothes and acts as a pop-up store location, exhibition and special event space. I love chilling out here.
Back in the day, people with tattoos generally came from lower class backgrounds – their decorated skin told a kind of life story in an ever-changing patchwork. Nowadays, tattoos are a fashion item, worn by people from all walks of life. To me, getting inked is more than just decoration, or a fashion item – it is a form of art and expression. This is why I love to check out random tattoo stores and look at different tattoo styles. Galaxy tattoo is definitely one of my favourite stores. Since I have been learning how to ink, this store has been a great chilling spot for me.
Heading to Hong Kong? Follow the store on Facebook HERE.