Vintage Clothing from the Past: Hong Kong 1950s-Early 60s

Mad Men‘s fourth season debuted yesterday, but have you ever wondered what clothing from other countries looked like around the same period? Below are clips from various fashion shows in Hong Kong back in the 1950s and early 1960s. Notice how many pieces look like they were inspired by Asian clothing. Also, observe what the […]

Tim Hortons To Expand Internationally

Cynthia Cheng Now that Tim Hortons has set foot in Manhattan, it is looking to go elsewhere in the world, including Asia.  The question, of course, is will it do well there?  Doughnuts, or at least, the doughnut that we commonly associate with people in law enforcement, are not commonly found in Asia, not even […]

On Chinese Wedding Traditions

Cynthia Cheng I like criticizing and commenting on weddings. Sometimes, to the point that I think I should be on the show, Four Weddings.  Of course, being on a reality show isn’t my cup of tea.  I want to be on television, but I also don’t want do subject myself to anything that may be seen […]

A More International, Sophisticated Perspective Needed Online

Cynthia Cheng Many blogs don’t seem to have an international perspective.  These sites, usually run by people who’re multigenerational, don’t seem to understand those who are children or grandchildren of immigrants.  Whenever non-multigeneration people posts something that multigenerationers feel is incorrect, there seems to be a reason to “correct” them.  It’s as if old culture influences is not […]

Macanese Cuisine: A Blend of East and West

Cynthia Cheng “Portuguese” Chicken Macanese Fried Rice Macanese food, like Macau itself, is a mix of east and west.  During trip to Hong Kong, we were able to escape over to what many people consider the “Vegas of the East” on a day trip.  Though actual gambling in the casinos was not part of the […]

Travel: Hong Kong Series

Cynthia Cheng Hong Kong Harbour in the evening.  Picture © YTWong/istockphoto Prospere Magazine will be writing a series of articles about Hong Kong starting Saturday, December 19.  Hong Kong, a Special Administrative Region of China, reverted back to Chinese rule in 1997 after 99 years as a British Colony.  As a result of colonialism, the culture […]

Periwinkle on Bloor Great for Unique Holiday Gifts

Various vendors at Periwinkle on Bloor Periwinkle on Bloor, a store which allows artists and designers to rent cubbies to sell their product, recently opened on Bloor, near High Park.  Managed by Cindy Yong, this type of boutique is fairly common in Asia, though unlike Periwinkle on BLoor, products tend to be locked behind glass.  […]

Cynthia's Thoughts on Flying

Blair Fraser’s article on flying has got me thinking about trips.  I’ve flown quite a bit, and on all sorts of airlines.  Flying these days is nothing like that of the past.  I wasn’t around when flying was considered a luxury, when people actually dressed up before they hopped on a plane, but there have […]

Acer is for Netbooks

A few years ago, chance are, many people outside of Taiwan had never heard of Acer Group (LSE: ACID; Taiwan Exchange: 2353).  Lately, however, many more have, after Acer’s recent introduction of  the netbook (small laptop computers).  Acer’s netbooks have become increasingly popular, usually used by people as second computers, due to the size (generally […]

Life as an Expat in Seoul, South Korea

Katherine F Where to begin…My name is Katherine and I am a 31 year old expat living in South Korea.  I’ve been here for about two months and this is my attempt to document some of my experiences living and working here as an ESL teacher. I would imagine life is the same everywhere and […]