Despite political changes, this is how much Hong Kong has changed physically since 1984

Lantau in the late nineteenth century.

In a recent conversation with a friend who works as a podcast co-host with strong pro-democracy leanings, we discussed the implications of remaining in Hong Kong since the 1997 handover. In the current state of absurdity — there is still changing coastline of the city which have narrated through the interfacing of geographic data, newspapers and historic photos he showed me.

“They aren’t all worked up by shit because they have perspective.”

If you ask anyone who has met me what I’m like, I can almost guarantee you the first word that comes out of his or her mouth will be “chill.”

I always thought it was kind of a backhanded compliment.

“Chill” means laid-back and easy to get along with, which is great, but it’s also associated with a lack of motivation or commitment.

I can talk about sensitive subjects of any nature with grace and respect. …

A simple guide to become a barista and making latte art

As coffee is growing in popularity, coffee shops have become the place to be, which means it’s no surprise that the interest in working and owning coffee shops has also skyrocketed! And here’s me documenting my process of making latte art in the past 90 days as a part-time barista in Hong Kong.

My attempts to make latte art from day one at the coffee shop

Learning from Experiences

Ultimately, in all walks of life, there are few greater alternatives to experience.

As a barista, you will experience things in your store that cannot be replicated, and there will be times early…

You learn a lot while grinding espresso beans.

I’ve always been a coffee shop fanatic since I was living in UK. I love the smell of freshly-brewed coffee, the background noises of people chatting, and the latte art being made. While I loved coffee shops, I never saw myself working at one.

However, this past year with the coronavirus hit, I found myself working and grinding espresso beans. Despite all the challenges, it was the coolest job I’ve ever had and it taught me a lot. …

This fire season in California has burned 4,105,786 acres since January 1st 2020, beating 2018’s record by almost twice as much. To visualise the amount of acres that have burned each year, this article will use data from Cal Fire and NIFC to give a short overview on how the escalation of wildfire intensity has changed in California over the course of the last two decades.

Photo taken from Ringo H.W. Chiu in Spectrum News

At global level, this August was recorded to be the second warmest on record. The lightning strikes in August has sparked a number of fires in California. The wildfires are burning millions of acres…

Is PropTech creating a whole new industry or is it a more efficient way to create or extract money from a fat dinosaur that’s got bad knees and lost its agility?

The internet has enable a boom in technology platforms to all areas of our lives. The technology-based platforms facilitate the operation and management of real estate assets. These platforms may simply provide information about a certain area, a building or the urban centre performance and directly facilitate services.

In this reason, I am going to explore the scale of PropTech and what we can do with the future of real estate and the planning industry.

Giving a background of the current situation, real estate is the largest asset type — and one of the last types — to adopt technological…

Drone technology is leading more opportunities in urban planning.

During these challenging times coping with COVID-19, technology innovation are now having the opportunity to implement innovations that could benefit the planning and construction industry. At the moment, drones are used for goods transportation and surveying. The benefits of the drones can be used to save on costs and improve the quality of the urban landscape and the built environments.

The arise of global pandemic has increase the number of startups to begin to capitalise and innovate through the use of drone technology. …

“Crises can result in long-lasting reductions in transport demand, especially where transport is not considered essential.”

Photo taken from Bloomberg.

The crisis has affected all forms of transport, from cars, and public transport in cities, to buses, trains and planes nationally and internationally. Global road transport activity was almost 50% below the 2019 average by the end of March in 2020. The strict lockdown imposed in the UK in March 2020 has led to a 95% decrease in underground journeys in London. …

A valuable self-reflection during challenging times

Self-reflection has become a part of my daily routine. During a lockdown, it’s always a great time to list out my learning from the past few years.

In 4 years, I’ve traveled to 21 countries, lived in 7 different addresses in 3 countries and 4 different cities than one could ever dream of. As I am going to turn 22, I want to share some of my lessons that I’ve learned.

1. Always be kind

You never know what people are going through.

2. Aim for great work, not perfection. Execute.

Nothing is perfect. Execute on your ideas, because ideas are cheap.

3. Live minimally.

The less you have…

With the COVID-19 outbreak and without getting into too much detail, one of my grandparents became sick this year. It is something that will get better, thankfully, but in the midst of it all, I have found my parents are wholly unprepared for this stage in life. During these difficult times, I would like to write down some important things to prepare for this stage not only to maintain my own family, but also making decisions for my parents.

If you stand by without making plans then you may well be in for a bit of a shock and they…

Caia Yeung

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