Sat 21 Jul 2012
It is a very hot day. I checked the weather network. It posted the temperature is 35C but it felt like 47C. The Hong Kong Observatory issued the Tropical Typhoon Signal No. 1 and the thunderstorm warming. It is so hot that a typhoon is brewing.
Mom and I went to have lunch with my cousins’ family. I have not seen these cousins for a few years. It was a great time we can catch up. I discovered there are a few hot topics.
Real estate – house prices have been rising with no sign of slowing down. Most people still believe one can never lose money on real estate. It is the talk of the town on TV and newspaper. I just wonder what happens when the bubble burst.
Samsung Galaxy S III – everyone seems to either have a iPhone 4S or switching to the newest model of Samsung Galaxy S III. A lot of people are using the Samsung Note. They like the big phone screen because they love to watch movies when they are traveling on the subway.
The Chief Executive – Leung Chun-ying is the person in charge of Hong Kong. A committee of 1,200 pro-Beijing individuals elected him. One of his appointed ministers resigned after twelve days in office because he was accused of misleading the government of his rent subsidy. Leung admitted to have an illegal structure built in his condo. He is questioned about his integrity daily.
The National Education Curriculum – The Education department is forcing all the schools to implement a curriculum to teach national pride and the great achievements of the Chinese Communist Party. The curriculum dictates the teachers to teachers to teach students that the Chinese Communist Party is the only legitimate political party to rule China. “Love your country” means “love the Party”. Some teachers call it “brainwashing”. The Catholic and Protestant schools oppose the curriculum. The Buddhist and Taoist schools they will implement the teachings set up by the Chinese Communist Party.