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5 Incredible Facts about the Mongkok Ladies Market

December 23, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Posted by: Phin Upham

The entirety of Hong Kong isn’t much larger than the surface area of Manhattan, but the country houses some six-million people. Within that dense population is an even denser place called Mongkok, which means “busy corner” in Cantonese. The market is famous for its streetside shops and incredible eateries. Here are ten unique finds you can only get in Mongkok.

Everything is Negotiable

Mongkok is the ultimate buyer’s market. You will find many stalls selling the same or similar items, so if you don’t like the prices at one stall you can simply move to the next shop. Assume that everything has been marked up and try your lowest offer first.

Buying Fake

Much of the merchandise is faked, or what the Chinese like to call “copied.” This is important for consumers looking for quality goods at cheap prices. Some of these fakes are intricate and present an incredible value, but be wary. When something goes wrong with the fake (and it will) don’t expect a refund.

Dai Pai Dongs

With prices ranging between $1 and $2, the food stalls of Mongkok are like a mall food court. Known as “dai pai dongs,” you point to what you want and the sales person delivers. Fresh juices are also available as refreshment.

Goldfish Market

If you’re looking for something more exotic, the goldfish market would be the place to go. Not too far from Mongkok, the goldfish market features multi-colored jungle snakes and fish.

Shopping Tips

Double check everything you are buying for quality and be sure you’re paying for what you want. Be prepared to bargain, and enjoy the wonders of Hong Kong shopping in Mongkok.

About the Author: Phin Upham is an investor at a family office/ hedgefund, where he focuses on special situation illiquid investing. Before this position, Phin Upham was working at Morgan Stanley in the Media & Technology group. You may contact Phin on his Phin Upham website or Twitter page.

What Makes People in Japan so Nice?

December 23, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Article written by Tokyo Travelers Guide

Anyone acquainted with the phrase “Minnesota nice” might be surprised to learn that the same good-natured attitudes exist outside the US too. Japan in particular is known for being nice and polite.  What might be some reasons? Population Density

Japan is a densely populated country, with much of the populace living quite literally on top of one another. This many people crammed into a single area, with visitors from the outside too, facilitate a civil attitude toward one another. Social Pressure

The feeling of being “the walking dead,” or someone ignored and demeaned is punishment enough and helps maintain civility.

Service Industry

A large part of that perceived politeness also comes from the people that tourists tend to interact with. In Japan, the customer is highly respected, so workers will often go to extreme lengths in service of guests.

Emotional Outlets

Karaoke may also be a contributing factor. The act gathers groups of workers together to sing and drink and be merry, building connections and having fun.

Up in the Mountains

December 19, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Great family vacations require a destination that caters to all members of the family and the different interests that each person has. The problem with many other family vacation destinations is that it does not offer enough for all the members. Sure, there might be a pool, or a spa, and some good restaurants, but what is there do for the members of your family who isn’t interested in the few things offered in that resort you chose? The simplest solution would be to find a place that offers a lot of different activities to keep everyone in the family happy and entertained!

A good place to try for a vacation is the Pocono Mountains, a region located in northeastern Pennsylvania, United States. Take your vacation to a whole new level to some of the resorts found in the area. Some of those resorts actually cater to the family and offer many amenities and scheduled activities such as scavenger hunts, holiday-themed games, wall climbing, zip-lining, and certain resorts even have full sized golf courses. Various shows are also great choices to entertain everyone in the family, young and old included. With options like these, make a wise choice with great value by choosing to go to the Pocono Mountains.

Instead of choosing a destination that might be suitable for your family, pick a destination that is actually meant for and catered to your family. Make Pocono Family Vacations a regular thing and keep visiting for that well deserved break that you guys need!