American consumerism

My Macau friend recently told me a new policy in China about anti-food waste. In a restaurant if you finish your meal, cleaning your plate fully, you receive a discount on the bill. If you take the leftovers to go, you receive a smaller discount. If you leave food, you are taxed. It is a new government campaign to reduce lavish spending and not necessarily waste.

Today, we did the main tourist activities by visiting the flower market, fish market, bird garden and the Mong Kok shopping area known as the “ladies market”.

Apparently, in any language I know how to shop. I was a bit surprised that I was able to converse/buy in Cantonese pretty well. I suppose it’s not too difficult to say how much does this cost? That is too expensive. Most everyone was pretty reasonable and willingly to bargain. In Singapore I brought shoes. In Hong Kong, I brought bags. My friend says today I was eased back into American consumerism. I justified buying today because it is my last day in Asia.

At snack time (for the baby), I loved hearing at the cafe – “dan tat chut lo” – egg tarts coming out of the oven.

See you next time Hong Kong. It’s been great.

Photos:
At the flower wholesale market – why buy bouquet of flowers when you can buy a bouquet of stuffed animals?

Bird market – there is an area where you can bring your bird in it’s cage and chat with other bird owners.

Photos of mostly live grasshoppers, crickets, meal worms to feed the birds.

On the subway, my friend’s 4 year old son calls the priority seating, “happy seats”.

Fish, turtles, hermit crabs, lotus buns cakes, cooked duck heads.

Cool signage on the streets. I love that they are pictures, even the menu. If you can’t read the English, or chinese, you should at least understand the picture of a pig.

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