Daily vlog diary: The economic tax of slow internet in the countryside; until now, I’d taken high speed broadband for granted and considered it a god-given right; what it means to be an artist – not that I’m a good one, of course; my son, Sam, helped me realize that I have an obsessive, nearly pathological artistic need to vlog; it’s quite possibly the most liberating thing that’s ever happened to me as an adult; now, I don’t worry about being popular or building a following and just follow sheer personal conviction; my biggest life-hack is religiously reading The Week; my first visit to London Chinatown; my cousin, Yang May, talked about her upcoming play, Butterfly in Blue Jeans, at China Exchange; Asians are probably the biggest users of Dettol in the world. All my cousins had a bottle in their handbags and one cousin was wearing her Dettol on the outside; home in time to enjoy a cocktail with John and Patrick.
Daily vlog diary: Felled by jetlag; changing my style of posting Instagram stories to Mark Suster’s Snapstorms style – a single continuous thoughtstream; but I’m still going to make random, silly, personal story posts – of course! The joys of trawling dealer antique shows; my finds there à la Antiques Roadshow; antiquing is similar to museum-going in today’s day and age – consumerism and material culture prior to plastic and mold injection manufacturing.
Daily vlog diary: Now safely ensconced back home in the countryside; today’s publishing is mostly mercenary and in the pocket of advertisers, but not in-flight magazines; internet in the countryside blows; that’s why they sell DVDs at grocery stores in the countryside; vlog attempt (to explain why Vikings smashes pernicious female stereotypes) defeated – but only for today.
Daily vlog diary: Back to England; it’s totally fucked up that we feel guilty taking time off unless we’re very ill; time for Popeye’s because I’ve been downgraded; the new Brioni ad starring Samuel Jackson is pure genius but will Chinese people get it? 12 hours of movies and TV later, I’m in England again; travel woes; HOME, at last!
Daily vlog diary: Sick as a dog today; the focal point of Hong Kong lifestyle is shopping malls; spending money to look like you’re in tatters; thousands of domestic helpers have to squat on the streets, both literally and figuratively, every weekend and public holiday in Hong Kong.
Daily vlog diary: Hong Kong’s walkways are a boon in a city otherwise hostile to pedestrians; on my way to Macau to see my friend’s art exhibition, “Ad Lib” at the Macao Museum of Art, in spite of the grime and pollution; spending the day with Konstantin Bessmertny; la mian is the best cure for a terrible cold.
Daily vlog diary: Skiving because of tennis; What I’m planning to do for a living after six months off; banking — Hong Kong style; Ivy League universities are undoubtedly in decline because of the increasing importance of tech and computer science; the humanities are under direct threat for the same reason; I just launched my website, www.culturevlog.com; last meal in Hong Kong with my son, Sam.
Daily vlog diary: The cleansing power of tennis; I forgot my wedding anniversary; Beauty & the Beast versus Lala Land; Skiving instead of buckling down because of Kyrgios v. Zverev
Daily vlog diary: Why I’m quitting Snapchat after one day; Cultural misappropriation #megafail starring Gene Simmons face paint; How, in Hong Kong, anyone can hang out their shingle, literally; Sick rents in Hong Kong; I finally make it to Ping Pong Ginoteria – after FIVE years; My reaction to being invited to write a column for a society magazine.
This is just the first in what will inevitably become a series! Hong Kong’s entrepreneurs are masters of making a silk purse out of sow’s ear. Case in point: the new Elephant Grounds cafe on Caine Road.