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Hong Kong: Consumerism at Its Worst

March 10, 2011

semi-overcast 68 °F

We have to admit that after all this travelling in third world countries the indulgences of Hong Kong are almost nauseating. The culture is so materialistic, you can find a Rolex shop on every corner, malls galore and every high-end brand name store you could possibly think of. I know what you’re thinking girls, this may sound awesome, but after 2 months in South America and almost 2 months in Southeast Asia it’s hard to spend $1000 USD on one bag or a pair of shoes when you have witnessed how far that money can go elsewhere. This doesn’t mean that we’re not going to shop while we’re here but we’re not going to buy anything that we can easily get back home. We decided to check out another side of town and ended up at a cute vintage boutique where Ruby picked up a couple of sweaters and then we headed to IBC shopping center. This area was far too expensive in every sense—the food, wine and clothing. We would recommend going for the happy hour specials but we didn’t stick around long enough. One of the girls introduced Ruby to Tony’s worst nightmare: 5 floors of pure discount women’s shopping. We’re talking aisles and aisles of shoes, bags, dresses and accessories. After a few hours Tony’s eyes were glazed over and every time Ruby asked his opinion he answered with a simple “if you like it buy it, if you don’t, let’s go”. Tony is ordinarily the best shopping buddy but even he has limits and we definitely exceeded those today! This place would be dangerous if Ruby went there with Hong or Wikki! Afterwards Tony needed some fresh air so we went out to explore the harbor with its skyscrapers. It was a lot colder than we thought as we walked around the waterfront at night. Tony showed off his Spiderman skills on some angled buttresses near the clock tower before we headed to bed.

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Posted by Tony.Ruby 01:04 Archived in Hong Kong

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