January 25th, 2011


It's a small world after all - can be removed from the brain by narwhals

Yesterday we went to the Fascist State of Disneyland. We were warned that we would be fingerprinted at the gate and that they don't allow you to take photos or video inside, thus approached with a certain amount of trepidation.

As it turned out, while they did a perfunctory search of my bag they didn't take my camera or my water and they didn't fingerprint anyone while we were looking. And there were people taking photos everywhere.

Realistically I think those precautions may have applications in some places, but Hong Kong is an unlikely candidate. People here seem very law-abiding, the streets are clean and safe, and the vast majority of people at the park were Hong Kongian(?) or Chinese - I've no doubt there is a seedy element somewhere in this culture but I doubt the seedy element spends much time at Disneyland.

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Today, I sent off my referees to the HKQF. I am feeling less confident than I did on Friday because now I've had a whole weekend to second-guess myself, and to dream up all the reasons they shouldn't employ me, and to make the things required for me to move to Hong Kong into an insurmountable pile of OMG in my head. You know how it goes.

One thing that would make this so much easier would be if someone bought our house - it would either provide me a buffer or allow me to set up things at the NZ end so I wouldn't have to sell all the furniture I just inherited and uproot my flatmate, you know? I would prefer to leave things set up in our home and just have someone move in there for the time I'll be away, and was considering buying it anyway. If we sold the house in Tawa I could do that. It's priced below RV by quite a bit, there's nothing wrong with it, yet it's not moving. *sigh* Stoopid recession.

Anyway, it remains to be seen if anything will come of that not-interview. Meanwhile, I have just under a week left here in which to write an essay, help Joel move house (exciting!), buy pressies for the folks at home, and absorb some more of the culture. I have settled into the rhythm of life here and I like it. I can now distinguish basic greetings and manners in Cantonese and recognise a dozen or so written words. I'm excited at the prospect of learning another language!