THE DARK SIDE OF HONG KONG NIGHT LIFE 1

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Oh, come on now: The obscene increases in rentals are cutting Hong Kong’s Can Do spirit off at its knees- and yet it’s allowed to flourish under the banner of “entrepreneurship”.

We can’t blame EVERYTHING on Chief Executive CY Leung, but, like Obama- and I think he’s a ham-fisted junior senator who was not ready for prime time, but swept to power by a media blitz with the cure-all-ills catch phrase of,YES WE CAN- Hong Kong’s landlords can continue to be a law unto themselves due to a combination of bad leadership and the problem of rents being a low priority for an inept government.

For instance, these “Name That Rent” games are crippling the entrepreneurship- the lifeline to what has always made Hong Kong tick, tock and rock and roll.

And when a humble restaurant like Himalaya, one of the very few restaurants serving authentic Nepalese cuisine, has its rent increased from HK$60,000 a month to a whopping HK$160,000 along with a take-it-or-leave-it legal loophole, something is very wrong.

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What’s happening is that success results in greed.

A restaurant, bar or shop takes on a rental space, works its arse off to make its business work, the landlord sees it working and then- boom- the rent meat cleaver is lowered and one is at their mercy as there is someone new offering top dollar thinking the premises are good fung shui and “new success” can just move in.

This should NOT be allowed to happen- but yet it is- and if this government doesn’t rein it in, be prepared for Occupy Rental Space protests.

On the subject of bars and restaurants, check out the G&T Cocktail Bar at 30 Hollywood Road- a bit tough to find, but if gin’s your thing, this is your place.

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Who would have ever thought that gin could be so versatile?

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