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26 Things Everyone Who Grew Up In Hong Kong Will Understand

Nostalgia beyond Waterworld.

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1. Your mum used to take you shopping in Kowloon City and you'd have to cover your ears as the planes came in to land.

2. Back in the days before Octopus cards, you had a stored-value ticket.

And FLICKING THE TICKET was a grave offense.
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And FLICKING THE TICKET was a grave offense.

3. You rocked some pretty sweet beaded cornrows on your holiday to Phuket.

And a pretty sweet sunburned scalp to go with it.
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And a pretty sweet sunburned scalp to go with it.

4. Everyone was obessed with collecting Sailor Moon or Dragonball Z cards.

The "shinies" were especially coveted.
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The "shinies" were especially coveted.

5. You went to school in one of these.

And you know that their new yellow and magenta colour scheme is wrong. Just WRONG.
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And you know that their new yellow and magenta colour scheme is wrong. Just WRONG.

6. You still refer to these as "Ethnicans".

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7. You remember going to the Lai Chi Kok Amusement Park as a kid.

And yes, those rides were all as unsafe-looking as you remember.
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And yes, those rides were all as unsafe-looking as you remember.

8. TVB's Journey to the West was required viewing.

Although they could've splashed out on more than two voice actors for the English dubbed version.
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Although they could've splashed out on more than two voice actors for the English dubbed version.

9. Your brother had a collection of Tamiya model cars.

The Hornet was the coolest. But there was also the Grasshopper and the Big Shot.
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The Hornet was the coolest. But there was also the Grasshopper and the Big Shot.

10. You owned stationery emblazoned with esoteric Japanese mascots like Afro Ken.

11. And Tarepanda.

12. You longed to hear the "Eh-Oh!" message notification on your ICQ instant messenger.

And you used the Windows character map so your username would be something like **~~Şǖġ@r m&ğŊØļīä~~**.
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And you used the Windows character map so your username would be something like **~~Şǖġ@r m&ğŊØļīä~~**.

13. You remember when everyone went crazy for McSnoopy.

The craze saw McDonald's offer a Snoopy toy in a different national dress every day for a month. People practically rioted trying to get their hands on them.
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The craze saw McDonald's offer a Snoopy toy in a different national dress every day for a month. People practically rioted trying to get their hands on them.

14. You remember when the Science Museum was brand new.

The Enormous Rube Goldberg machine! The chicks hatching! The optical illusion tunnel! The bubble area! The driving simulator! The mock news station with the green screen! The big pyramid of food! The bed of nails! The shadow-catching room! The giant hamster wheel! The magnetic iron filings! The soundproof tunnel of screams!
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The Enormous Rube Goldberg machine! The chicks hatching! The optical illusion tunnel! The bubble area! The driving simulator! The mock news station with the green screen! The big pyramid of food! The bed of nails! The shadow-catching room! The giant hamster wheel! The magnetic iron filings! The soundproof tunnel of screams!

15. Your parents forced you to do Kumon.

Yeah, you might have rocked fractions, but it suuuuuucked...
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Yeah, you might have rocked fractions, but it suuuuuucked...

16. $100 in a laisee packet was a TON of money.

And yet somehow your lucky money hasn't increased in line with inflation. What's up with that?

17. Foreigner's "Waiting for a Girl Like You" is forever linked in your mind with Blue Girl Beer.

View this video on YouTube

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"I've been waiiiiitiiiing for a giiiiirl like you..."

18. You remember when some bright spark decided to release a Tamagotchi triad who smoked, drank and chopped people.

And, to this day, you wish you had managed to get your hands on a "Tamahonam" before they were banned.
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And, to this day, you wish you had managed to get your hands on a "Tamahonam" before they were banned.

19. You received the mother of all wedgies going down the Rainbow Slides at Waterworld.

20. You couldn't get enough of Stephen Chow's comedies

Fight Back to School, God of Cookery, Tricky Master- so mo lei tau, so '90s.
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Fight Back to School, God of Cookery, Tricky Master- so mo lei tau, so '90s.

21. And everything you know about triads you learned from the Young and Dangerous movies.

Ah, Chicken, you crazy bastard.
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Ah, Chicken, you crazy bastard.

22. Your social currency was measured by your ability to get your hands on toiletries that weren't available in Hong Kong.

Particularly in demand were Impulse 02 body spray and Bonnebelle Lip Smackers.
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Particularly in demand were Impulse 02 body spray and Bonnebelle Lip Smackers.

23. You went drinking in Jousters, Parkinson’s, Bonkers, Mad Dogs, Hardees II, Bahama Mama’s, Boom, L.A. Cafe, or Kangaroo.

It's probably for the best that good old Bahama's is the only one still standing.
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It's probably for the best that good old Bahama's is the only one still standing.

24. Pre-internet, your music tastes lagged behind the rest of the world by about five years.

You were just discovering "The Blue Album" and "Peaches" in 1999.
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You were just discovering "The Blue Album" and "Peaches" in 1999.

25. Your drink of choice was Diamond Black or KGB.

Or if you were truly badass, Strobe.
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Or if you were truly badass, Strobe.

26. And, at some point, you've been strongly suspected of shoplifting something from the Body Shop.

Or maybe you actually did. We're not here to judge.
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Or maybe you actually did. We're not here to judge.