It’s hard to believe that I have been here for three weeks, the time has gone ridiculously fast. This week I finished the proposal for the Public Housing Exchange Scheme, I found it to be a tricky task but learnt a lot about the most effective way to write proposals. The basic idea is too make it short and simple but retain all the necessary information. As Andrew Shuen says the key is to write it so an eleven year old can understand it. It took me eight attempts but I got it in the end. On a side note I had a very entertaining conversion with Andrew and Laurence about how Pokemon Go works, they were shocked by Nintendo’s stock increase and were wondering if it was going to come out in Hong Kong.
I was lucky enough to experience two different sides of Hong Kong this week. I was invited to a birthday party hosted by some expats I had met through friends that worked at Price Waterhouse Coopers. On another night a local friend showed me some of the local hangouts in Sham Shui Po and tried my hand at electronic darts, which my friend absolutely thrashed me at unfortunately.
The various political parties in Hong Kong have also begun their campaigns for the legislative elections in September; the general opinion at the LRI is that the people of Hong Kong are generally politically apathetic. This may be due to the impression that the Legislative and Executives councils are undermined by Beijing’s influence.
I took a day trip to Macau, a former Portuguese colony that was home to many stunning European style buildings and old churches. In my first week at the LRI I had been instructed in the historical and social development of Hong Kong, so I was very interested in learning how Macau had developed differently due to the Portuguese influence. Most exciting for me was visiting the Grand Prix Museum which showed many different Formula 1 cars and motorbikes.
It’s been a fun week and I’m looking forward to next week where the LRI will hold a Brexit Panel discussion and I will work on various ways to inform the public of our Public Housing Exchange Proposal.