22. HK Fun Fact #22

22. “The Rainforest Effect”- The weather in HK suffers from a unique phenomenon that I like to call “the rainforest effect.” Basically, HK has a lot of really tall buildings (more skyscrapers than New York City) and all of these tall buildings block out the sun to the ground, like the canopy of the rainforest…

21. HK Fun Fact #21

21. This fact actually about the Philippines since I am in the Philippines right now. I also hope to post something more substantial soon, but this is what I’ve got….A two-day pack of relief supplies costs Migrante International about 500 Philippine Pesos to purchase. That’s less than 12 USD. This pack includes rice, beans, dried…

20. HK Fun Fact #20

20. Poverty in Hong Kong: Nearly 20% or about 1.5 million people in Hong Kong live below the poverty line. The vast majority are children and elderly. Of these, about 200,000 people live in “cage” or sub-divided flats. A “cage” home is exactly what it sounds like, and a sub-divided flat (apartment) happens with multiple…

19. HK Fun Fact #19

19. According to one source, nearly 1 in 7 people in Hong Kong play Candy Crush (including myself). All you need to do for evidence of this is to ride the metro/subway/bus one day and nearly everyone is on their smartphone playing Candy Crush.

16. HK Fun Fact

16. Yesterday (June 16) was International Domestic Workers’ Day. Unfortunately, domestic workers remain so of the most exploited, abused workers in the world. In HK alone, FDWs (foreign domestic workers) suffer the following conditions: By law, they must live with their employer but they are not required to have their own room, so most share…

15. HK Fun Fact #15

15. The heat has returned. This isn’t really a “fun” fact as much as it is an “not fun” fact. Oh, and did I mention the 75-95% humidity that comes with the 90 degree heat??!! It’s going to be a long summer.

14. HK Fun Fact

Fun Fact #14. Sorry, this fun fact is not really about HK, but an update on the mail competition  started a few months ago by me and my fellow mission intern and apartment-mate, Beth McRill. I am losing and badly very badly. So please send me mail! Rules: It must be an actual letter/postcard with…