Brrr! It’s a cooooold choggie new year!

Monday 23 January 2012, 12.44pm HKT


11.15am local time / 9°C (48°F) / drizzle

TODAY is the first day of the Chinese Year of the Salamander Dragon.

To all our Chinese, non-Chinese and assorted psychopathic friends around the world, I wish you and yours:

恭喜發財
KUNG HEI FAT CHOY
(‘Congratulations on your good fortune’)

* * *

It’s freezing here in Hong Kong!

For a person who grew up mostly in cold climes, I had to fish out:

  • a woollen overcoat
  • a scarf
  • pair of woollen-lined leather gloves
  • cotton longjohns (!) (Shurely shome mishtake? — Editor.)

And Hong Kong is a subtropical place…

* * *

Some street scenes this morning (around 9-ish):

9.47am: Streets deserted.

This street is normally chockablock with people.

The weather this morning was positively European.

London was 7°C (44°F), only two degrees lower than ours here.

Our New York City namesake Times Square — almost devoid of people.

And the probably world’s most expensive shopspace this morning.

Yours shiveringly this morning.

I’m keeping my watered-down Frank Zappa moustache for the moment because of ANOTHER moustache-growing competition down the local pub.

© The Naked Listener’s Weblog, 2012. All images by me.

6 Responses to “Brrr! It’s a cooooold choggie new year!”

  1. I’m a little stunned to see the streets so deserted at those temperatures. Then again, the hot, hot summers that some people think are fabulous make me think I’m going to die. I suppose it’s all a matter of what you’re used to? Very cool pictures, though. ^.^ Happy New Year!

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  2. Ed Hurst said

    Where’s the frost on that `stache?

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  3. Guus said

    Believe it or not, the pictures make me feel a bit homesick. So I guess you nailed it by calling the atmosphere ‘truly European’!

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