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!