Author: Danielle Lam

Born in Canada, Danielle is deep diving into the things that make Hong Kong a city of intermingling identities, and bridging the information gap as someone trying to navigate the city herself as a cultural inbetweener. Sometimes this means examining culture and local people’s stories, and other times it means drinking all the milk tea and doing walking explorations of peripheral districts.

Hong Kong’s typhoon season occurs from May to November. During peak times in July, August, and September, there is a 50-60% chance of a typhoon. Although typhoons rarely hit Hong Kong directly, they still have the power to cause severe damage, especially for people living on the outlying islands or low-lying areas. Formally called tropical cyclone warning signals, typhoon signals are meant to give the public plenty of warning about the potentially destructive effects of wind and rain associated with a tropical storm. How do typhoons form? © Globe and Mail ‘Typhoon’ and ‘hurricane’ are different names for the same…

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Hong Kong is requiring 7, 14, and 21 day long quarantine periods in designated hotels depending on which country you’re coming from and whether or not you’ve received the full immunization regimen of your particular COVID-19 vaccine. The following are the 4th cycle of quarantine hotels released by the government and are only relevant for quarantine periods ending before August 31, 2021. If the last day of your planned quarantine falls after this date, wait for the list of 5th cycle list to be released before you make your booking. The hotels in each district are listed from lowest to…

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PMQ is a haven for arts, design, and experimental culinary arts converted from the Hollywood Road Police Married Quarters. The fluid space, which encourages exploration and lingering in its rustic halls, hosts workshops and exhibitions throughout the year. Here, find the events you can expect exclusively in June, as well as a Creative Workshops Series of design activities ranging from metalsmithing to abstract painting running from June 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021. Over 15 permanent stores and pop-up stores are participating and, unless otherwise stated, have workshops running at regular weekly times or by appointment until the end of…

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Cheese is an umami bomb that’s actually mildly addictive. When your body digests this tangy, smooth, earthy, buttery food, its casein protein gets broken down into casomorphins, which attach to dopamine receptors in the brain to trigger cheese cravings. But for cheese enthusiasts who choose veganism for ethical or health reasons, consuming cheese made from animal’s milk becomes an issue. Since the invention of the first recorded vegan cheese (fermented tofu originating in either China or Okinawa), modern vegan cheese now rivals its dairy counterparts in causing addiction. Vegan cheese is made from a variety of products: tree nuts, seeds,…

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Throughout the world, the number 100 is associated with perfection and wholeness. It seems natural that the number has long been associated with important milestones. People in Hong Kong, China, Korea, Japan, and Singapore hold a baby’s 100th day as an especially important occasion, and some even consider the 100-day mark as the baby’s first birthday. Why and how is this milestone celebrated? The precise origins of the celebration are unknown, but many people believe it originated in Korea or China. Historically, it’s been a day to thank the gods for helping a baby to survive its vulnerable first period…

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