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It’s hard to say there’s one thing affecting and afflicting Hong Kong, but there are a number of little things these days that somehow morph into one great ball of confusion and negativity.

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Much of it, if not all, has to do with pettiness- jealousies that have been bubbling over for years, rumour mongering, the usual Chinese whispers that are seldom to do with the Chinese, and the horrible trait to look back in anger with crippling regrets. Get over it!

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Let’s just stop here and say that Hong Kong remains one of the greatest and safest cities in which to live. But when continuing to drink yum cha from a half empty cup, what’s in front is only negativity and a feeling that you’ve been short-changed.

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This is aimed particularly at the city’s food and beverage industry, which, especially over the past five years, has deteriorated into a cesspool of nervous, insecure people more interested in what everyone else is doing than looking after number one.

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No matter what anyone says about wishing someone else’s business succeeds, no one means it. There’s plenty of internal gloating when someone fails. There’s little or no camaraderie. And the stories one hears no matter how hard one tries to runaway from truths and half-truths and those who talk all over you, don’t exactly help to inspire and excite a city already torn apart by tinhorn politics.

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Please, Regina Ip, give up standing on your creaky platform of “Win Hong Hong Back”. Hong Kong needs saving from itself and it needs to march to the beat of a different drummer- not some muppet politician, but an all-encompassing feeling of Inspiration.

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There’s something terribly wrong with the heartbeat of Hong Kong- the restaurants, the bars, the hotels. They’re either not good enough, or they’re just more of the same and moving to new areas of the city as landlords are holding everyone to ransom. One might as well stay in and have a home cooked meal. There’s really not much out there. New doesn’t mean better. The refurbished Grand Cafe of the Grand Hyatt is proof positive of this. It’s like walking into The Night Of The Living Dead. To charge a 10 percent “service” charge adds insult to injury. What “service”? It’s easier getting a cab in Lan Kwai Fong on a rainy day. It’s highway robbery.

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Perhaps the opening of the first Hilton hotel in Hong Kong in almost thirty years might help inject some newness to the city, but don’t hold your breath. The entire service industry in Hong Kong has fallen apart, and our beloved government and its puppet masters in Beijing better wake up, smell the char siu baos, grab their hats, try to see how to connect everyone’s feet so that they can get back onto the sunny side of the street.

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Sorry, but another new venture by self-proclaimed “celebrity chef” Harlan Goldstein with yet another group of new investors isn’t going to help. We’ve all heard this song before along with the hypola. And planted stories of $18 million payouts to just go away have outstayed their Use By Date. It’s all part of the same old sad sacks being used to perpetuate a myth that’s a broken product.

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What we have here, Kwun Tong, is Hong Kong’s twist on Strawberry Fields Forever where nothing is real and there’s so much to get hung about- foodie websites where one can buy good reviews and the bad ones never see the light of day, food critics who can be paid off, and, overall, a lack of honesty and a false sense of importance.

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Nothing is really working in Hong Kong. In every nook and cranny there’s a dirty little secret. These must be exposed so that the heartbeat that has kept Hong Kong alive for so long through the entrepreneurial spirit of its people is revived by making entrepreneurialism affordable again. If this means opening Pandora’s box, let it happen. The rampant genie on the loose might awaken us all from this current malaise of somnambulism.

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We’re going around in circles, folks, and still allowing in the very well known shysters to do as they please while slamming the door on those who are trying to create a new Hong Kong for all the right reasons.

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It’s something not even mentioned as we prepare for a very goofy re-election process to find the next Chief Executive where, sadly, nothing will change, because those in the running are incapable of creating positive change. It’s more Monty Python time, Hong Kong style.

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