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Turning Frustration Into A Different Ball Game

Posted on August 24, 2014

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Andrew Tan, PHILIPPINES

Co-Founder of Jersey Haven

Andrew Tan loves basketball since he was a child.

The youngest of three siblings, his older brother taught him how to play when he was about eight years old. His father, a massive fan of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA), encouraged him to watch the games together on television. This was a family of basketball enthusiasts. However, this enthusiasm had to take the backseat as studies were first priority.

Unable to undergo intensive training to turn him into a real athlete, Andrew understood he had a weak chance at a career in basketball. Yet, he still channelled his passion and love for the game towards more lucrative and mercantile means. He began with collecting and trading NBA cards, as this was the hottest thing for young Filipino boys back then. Soon, his hoarding took a more entrepreneurial turn as he began selling his cards as well as famous team jerseys.

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Creative Hub PMQ is a gem in Central, Hong Kong

Posted on July 18, 2014

Every morning, a barber shop sitting at the foot of a flight of granite stairs leading to the Police Married Quarters (PMQ) opens its shutters for business. The elderly shop owner inspects his equipment and cleans his adjustable arm chairs in a two seater shop fitted within a narrow back alley. At a time when Hong Kong island has been modernised with skyscrapers and rows of luxury fashion brands in Central, this tiny shop still hangs a framed menu of services written in Chinese calligraphy and is deck with arm chair designs that feel like they’re from the 60s.

Just across the barber shop on the side of the granite steps is the remains of rubble from the Central School built in 1889; the alma mater of Dr. Sun Yat Sen, the first president and founding father of The Republic of China.

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PMQ has exhibits which showcases the building’s rich heritage

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Photo by Rebecca Toh
Photo by Rebecca Toh

A neighbourhood in transition

Posted on June 15, 2014

A small group gathers at the kitchen area of a 4000 sq. ft. light industrial space learning how to bake cookies with herbs on a sunny Saturday afternoon. The workshop instructor from Wholesome Co. pulled out the baked creations from the oven provided by Mudian Crafted, a boutique carpentry firm, the aroma tempted a few curious shoppers from the corner of the space to peek over while they browse an assortment of well designed lifestyle goods curated by online store Naiise.

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Photo by Rebecca Toh

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Photo by Gary Elsasser.
Photo by Gary Elsasser.

Hong Kong – A City for Dreams

Posted on April 14, 2014

When I land in a city I love, I feel nervous. My countenance turns eager as I try my best to drink in every second, knowing it can’t last forever. After the raw nerves settle, I become thankful for the sweet days I have and do my best to see, to experience, and to pocket away gems of inspiration for the future. A few weeks ago, I experienced this when I travelled to Hong Kong.

To me, Hong Kong is magic. The energy, the attitude, the frantic pace of the city will forever be charming. In most cities, I appear impatient, always trying to get ahead a little faster. “Don’t people know there are things to do, places to see?” I joke. There’s no need to explain this to residents of Hong Kong. Whether waiting for the exit escalator at the MTR station or simply walking down the street, they are the ones challenging my usually most-aggressive walking style and veering me out of the way. It’s a nice feeling, meeting a global counterpart.

In an unfamiliar city, there are certain aspects that are grounding. No matter where I am in the world, I always find inspiration in skylines. Their vast, expansive nature always awakes feelings of wonder in me. Little surprise then after a meeting in Tsim Sha Tsui  that I couldn’t resist walking across the road to the Promenade and staring across Victoria Harbour at the tiny lit-up boxes on the Island’s skyscrapers. Powerful lives and ideas packed together so densely. I wondered, what was being created at that very moment? Perhaps the joy of cities can be encapsulated as places where anything can happen. Cities are places for dreamers, both young and old.

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In Sheung Wan.

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