I was introduced to the term ‘mo liu’ by a few friends on Twitter and rapidly found that it seemed to describe my life!
In English, mo liu translates to items of frippery, flippant impulse buys that are super-cute but ultimately functionless. I have always been susceptible to pretty things (and indeed, a whole category on here is named thus!) yet in Hong Kong, such mo liu lurks round every street corner, in every market, on the shelves of every shop, supermarket and convenience store. You cannot escape!
Prime offenders are items emblazoned with the likeness of a certain cartoon cat (previously featured on my blog here). And yes, forgive me for I am weak… for I gave into the cute collecting craze again… not once, but two times!
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Posted in Hong Kong, Pretty Things, Random
Tagged 7-Eleven, Happy Meal toys, Hello Kitty, Hello Kitty x McDonalds toys, Hello Kitty x Tokidoki toys, HK people, Hong Kong behaviour, kawaii, limited edition, MacDonalds, McDonalds, mo liu, Pretty Things, quirky stuff, Tokidoki
UPDATE: This is the post that got my Stitch pillowcase and my boyfriend’s hands forever immortalised on Buzzfeed – check it out here (#35!).
Oh 7-Eleven. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways…
I love that you’re never more than 5 minutes away from any given location. I love that I can now buy crisps and ice-cream whenever the hell I want, preferably in my pyjamas. I love your cute collectible promotional toys that I will never spend enough to obtain all of (but I’ll lose my mind trying), and friends and colleagues will harass me for the tokens regardless.
I love that school kids frequent ‘Club 7’ to get their first illicit taste of alcohol, stand outside in the streets drinking it and that staff actually open their bottles for them. I love that we then do exactly the same thing in a loosely ironic fashion and it probably ends up being more fun than a night out in Dragon-I. I love that living it large outside Club 7 is practically a rites of passage in Hong Kong (see above photo for reference, taken in my second month in HK!).
But recently… I love your noodles. Not as much as my boyfriend does though.
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Posted in Food, Hong Kong, Random
Tagged 7-11, 7-Eleven, best fast food in Hong Kong, cheap and cheerful, Club 7-Eleven, Club Seven, convenience store, fast food, garlic noodles, HK, Hong Kong, Hong Kong Experiences, hot food counter, lo mein, local food, noodles, quirky stuff, radom, street food