What not to do

What not to do ever

Never lose yourself to anybody or any cause or try to please everybody and neglect your own needs.

What not to do in HK

Talk to strangers

Laugh out loud


Not wait for the green man to flash at traffic lights

leave home without your identity card

not own a Samsung or iphone

be slow and get in the way

admit you are poor

tell your life story

tell anybody anything

invite people into your home

What not to do in HK as a middle aged divorcee

Talk to married men

Eat out with a married man alone even if he is your best friend

Invite a male friend into your home even if it is purely platonic

Drink beer in public, extra bad if indulging in this vice alone

Show any sign of a cleavage even in sweltering heat

Show any emotion like happiness or sadness so no crying or laughing loudly in public

Allow your skin to get dark (fair is considered beautiful)

Don’t be friendly or you’ll be suspected of having an ulterior motive


About cho wan yau

Teacher by day poet/writer by night. Words have been my first love and will be my last. As a child I locked myself into the toilet devouring books which transported me to distant lands. Poetry shared penned from 2009-2010 in a titanic struggle to stay sane at Heartbreak Hotel. Please check it out on chowanyau@wordpress.com. Any comments or feedback welcome. Why not share your story with me, because we all have one, don't we?

Posted on January 26, 2014, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Good grief! When can you move? Are you okay, despite this list?

  2. Ah TD but I’m a rebel so I break all these rules! After all none of these are illegal except the traffic lights and ID. card bit. I’m loving being different and thinking up new ways to shock! How’s the knee Lady?

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