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parks • asian food • monuments • viewpoints • breakfast and brunch
What do you do and why do you do it?
I stumbled upon tech and I've been doing it since my first job. One day and one step at a time I guess :)
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?
There is no worst job. There is, however, the worst boss...
Were you born and raised in Hong Kong? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to Hong Kong?
Born in Manila in the Philippines, but been in HK since I was 2, so HK is really home.
What’s your current hood in Hong Kong and what’s the best/worst thing about it?
North Point, or, I like to call it "NoPo" :) The best thing about it: walkability. Pretty much everything you'd need is within walking distance. When the weather is nice (i.e. not humid) I can walk to my office in Causeway Bay in 25 mins or so.
What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?
I listen to many different kinds of music - classical, opera, jazz, pop, rock, R&B, rap. Probably the only kind of music I don't get is extreme heavy metal.
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
Oooh, this is a hard one.
Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?
Felicity - it's about moving to and living in NYC. (I love NYC!) Penny Dreadful - it's so creatively dark. Suits - it's so witty. Revenge - my guilty pleasure :)
Which public figure would you want to see “roasted”? (every public figure is fair game).
Who’s your hero and where in Hong Kong would you take them out for a serious hang?
Pope Francis. I'll take him to a "Cha Chan Teng" (literally "tea restaurant") for HK-style milk tea.
What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
Rugby Sevens - ha!
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
I never get to enjoy my meals! HK is such a fast-paced city that I rarely spend more than 15 mins for breakfast, lunch, or even dinner!
Where do you go in Hong Kong for a casual night out?
Causeway Bay, where you can get great Japanese food, and do something shopping on the side :)
Where would you go in Hong Kong to celebrate some freaking good news?
Drinks at Sevva, my favorite rooftop bar in HK.
What’s your choice of transportation in Hong Kong and why?
"Ding-ding" (the tram), the Star Ferry, and the Peak Tram. Only in HK!
What are the Hong Kong spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
The Peak; the Star Ferry (for me the Tsim Sha Tsui-Wan Chai ride has much better views); the area around the Tsim Sha Tsui Clock Tower to see the HK skyline; the night markets in Jordan and Mongkok; Stanley to see a different side of HK; Disneyland and Ocean Park if you're into that.
What are the Hong Kong spots tourists should run from screaming?
Ngong Ping Village near the Big Buddha. It's so "made-for-tourist".
Tomorrow’s your last day in Hong Kong. How do you spend it?
Duh - eat, eat, eat! It's not easy to get authentic HK food outside of the city.
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
New York City. I've been there probably 10 times, but there's always something new to do, to see, to try.