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Book giveaway: Hong Kong State of Mind

Hong Kong is a mixed bag of a city. It is where Mercedes cars outnumber taxi cabs, partygoers count down to Christmas every December 24, and larger-than-life billboards of fortune tellers and cram school tutors compete with breathtaking skylines.

HONG KONG State of Mind is a collection of essays by a popular local blogger who zeroes in on the city’s idiosyncrasies with deadpan precision. At once an outsider looking in and an insider looking out, Jason Y. Ng has created something for everyone: a travel journal for the passing visitor, a user’s manual for the wide-eyed expat, and an open diary for the native Hong Konger looking for moments of reflection.

“Honest, insightful and immensely entertaining,” says Joseph Chow, editor-in-chief of Elle. It’s available now for HK$108, or you can win a prize copy by answering this question:

What should the S.A.R. in “Hong Kong S.A.R.” really stand for?

The best five answers in the comments section below will be the winners… and we’ll send the prize books to any address in Asia.

Also, if you are still searching for gifts, don’t forget that Lorette Roberts’ 2011 desk calendar — Sketches of Hong Kong — is still in the shops. Merry Christmas!

2016-11-24T01:14:27+00:00December 24th, 2010|book giveaway, hong kong, new books|19 Comments


  1. Don December 25, 2010 at 1:40 am - Reply

    Special Association of Realtors

  2. Ireene Bucks December 25, 2010 at 1:51 am - Reply

    Scarcely Any Responsibility

  3. Pete December 25, 2010 at 2:17 am - Reply

    Silly Answers Required 🙂

  4. Karen December 25, 2010 at 2:46 am - Reply

    Hong Kong: Serendipitous Acres of Resplendence

  5. Andrew December 25, 2010 at 9:53 am - Reply

    Hong Kong (Some Assembly Required)

  6. Rachel December 25, 2010 at 10:01 am - Reply

    Spinning A Round

  7. Chris December 25, 2010 at 6:57 pm - Reply

    Spurrier’s Asia Retreat

  8. michelle December 25, 2010 at 11:35 pm - Reply

    slowly, amnesia revives

  9. Pete December 26, 2010 at 6:54 pm - Reply

    Several Apt Responses!

  10. Thomas December 27, 2010 at 6:51 am - Reply

    “Stand-Alone” Region.

    (It is a very special region. We should just leave it alone…….)

  11. michelle December 27, 2010 at 11:22 am - Reply

    slaughter all rats

  12. Don December 28, 2010 at 3:41 pm - Reply

    Stupidly Apprehensive Region

  13. Irene December 28, 2010 at 6:15 pm - Reply

    Somethings Are Rotten

  14. Viktor December 28, 2010 at 6:16 pm - Reply

    It epitomizes the city’s aspirations:

    S.A.R. (Sexy And Rich)

  15. Dan December 28, 2010 at 10:17 pm - Reply

    Smart Asses’ Republic

  16. Amy December 29, 2010 at 10:18 pm - Reply

    Self Actualising Rhapsody

  17. Pete December 30, 2010 at 1:16 am - Reply

    Stop All Replies! The author will choose the winners 🙂

  18. Jason January 6, 2011 at 10:03 pm - Reply

    Hey Pete,

    Here’s are winners:

    * Special Association of Realtors (for its oblique reference to my
    cover photo)
    * Scarcely Any Responsibility (for its jab about our government)
    * Spurrier’s Asia Retreat (for its shameless brown-nosing)
    * Slaughter All Rats (for its bold irrelevance)
    * Sexy and Rich (for pointing out our shallow aspirations)

    Good work, everyone!


  19. Rob July 10, 2012 at 2:14 pm - Reply

    SAR : Solely Accommodating the Rich

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