Kisses Cupcakes kisses Wanchai goodbye

Kisses cupcakes and Sift have been satisfying sweet tooths, sudden red velvet cravings and emergency dinner-dessert gifts for several years in Wanchai. Sift serves the western end of Queens Roads East (aka Admiralty East) while Kisses served the eastern side of Queens Road East at Hopewell Center.

The Kisses cupcakes shop was formerly on a cute corner of QRE building, super convenient for office workers and anyone heading to and from the mtr towards Hopewell and Kennedy Road. It has been replaced with a Beard Papa. (Smells good but it’s just not the same class is it?)

They were obliged to move once Tesla took over rental of the ground floor and presumably changed the profile of tenants in the building. The space they moved to was half way down Queens Road East towards Sift. I’ve found this new location to be neither here nor there, it’s convenient if you’re looking for it but not convenient for an impulse purchase. You wouldn’t be getting much pedestrian traffic except for the lunch crowd and goods delivery or courier guys outside of those hours.

It’s therefore no surprise that Kisses has decided to remove this location and situate the cupcake showroom to Admiralty where there’s more footfall. All the more business for Sift in Wan Chai.

Kisses Cupcakes in Admiralty

Queens Road East is seeing more and more empty lots up for rent these days..

Nb: if Kisses Cupcakes is reading this, please note that Admiralty is spelt wrongly on your webpage…

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Public Maternal and Child Health Clinic (MCHC) in Wan Chai

Information for mothers and others!

The Maternal and Child Health Clinic in Wan Chai is a small boxy blue building that sits unassumingly in a cluster on Morrison Hill. The building is named Tang Chi Ngong (after the late David Tang’s great grandfather) and features his brass bust in the entranceway from Queens Road East.

There are 2 entrances to the building, both are barrier free and great for strollers or wheelchairs. The ground floor entrance let’s you in via the circular road that is Morrison Hill, while the 2nd floor let’s you out onto the pavement along Queens Road East opposite the Sikh Temple.

What facilities can you expect here?

This is the district clinic for antenatal, postnatal check up for mothers. It is also the neonatal and paediatric clinic where babies and kids come to get their check up and shots according to the government schedule.

If you need to weigh your baby, they have a baby scale in room 4 on the 4th floor. The nurses initially kicked up a fuss when I wanted to use it without supervision (it’s not baby checkup day, you don’t have an appointment etc etc) but relented with my persistence. Then I saw this sign.

It clearly states that “Parents can use the “self help” balance in room 4 to weigh the babies.”

So don’t be put off by the nurses gruff attitude if you need to check your baby’s weight.

On the higher floors, there are social hygiene clinics for men and women. I think this is where people go to get screened and obtain their medication of sexually transmitted diseases.

The family planning clinic is also here, it’s a walk in clinic and as long as you have a valid HKID card, you get family planning advice and birth control at virtually no cost. They ask you to pay 1 HKD to register, and there are charges for certain tests and drugs depending on what it is (eg a cervical smear costs 100 HKD, less than a tenth of what private practice would charge).

The clinics are clean, bright and relatively spacious. I admit to being impressed with the layout and efficient use of space and nursing / doctor’s service. They have a no photo policy so I’m not able to show you what it looks like. But if you have a hkid card, you’re eligible for government health care and you can call to make an appointment if you want to.

Demolition attempt at art

This building has been vacated and will be torn down soon. What are the developers doing in the meantime? (Hint, look at the lit up windows). It would be cool if they could sponsor my favourite small theatre company from the UK to hold a performance here before tearing it down.

And, invite all the residents of Wan Chai and beyond to commemorate the loss of a yet another architectural icon in a truly special manner. By remembering it through an experience and a story.

It’s life sized shining angels this year

Christmas decorations at Lee Tung Avenue

the lights come on once it’s dark, usually by 6pm.

When are the bubble snow shows?

And you can get your kid or inner kid (they have adult height wing prints) to pose as one too… just mind you don’t photobomb someone else’s picture.

Incentive to recycle in Wan Chai?

Just recently, Lee Tung Avenue added a recycling machine in the corridor towards Exit D of Wan Chai’s MTR station. I think it’s a fabulous idea that needs to be worked on more aggressively.

You pop a bottle into the round opening and it’s supposed to give you points from the company collecting these bottles (Note that not all recyclable bottles are collected, you scan the barcode and the machine tells you if they accept it🤔). I’m not sure what the accumulated points can be used for or whether it’s just like TripAdvisor, where you just get a virtual pat on the back for doing the community a service.

What would be better is to work with octopus, where a certain token sum is put back into your card. Even 5 or 10 cents would be a worthwhile incentive for people to detour out of their way in order to put the bottles in. The government can then reduce the messy sights on the street where the recycling bins are packed to the brim and often spilling over on weekends.

Another improvement on the machine is that the bottles aren’t crushed immediately, but simply dropped into a receptacle within. This was really cheap on the part of the recycling company, they should be getting the machines which compact the plastic bottles this saving bin liners. Go for maximum savings right? Bottles are bulky and take up so much space.

This article from today’s SCMP:

74 per cent of drinks cartons in landfill from Vitasoy – firm ‘must recycle’

It highlights a particular company (Vitasoy) that is obviously a very much loved brand in Hong Kong, where it’s tetra packs constitute 75% of all drink packets in Hong Kong’s trash. Why does Vitasoy not participate in collection by having these machines collect drink packs? Perhaps for every 20 packets consumed, one could collect enough points or cash to redeem a pack. How about partnering with 7-11 stores? 7-11s and Circle K are the major distributors of these drinks around the city. They could act as a collection point like they do for the Kowloon dairy milk bottles (washed Kowloon milk glass bottles redeem for 50 cents at 7-11).

Intrinsically, most people do want to do the right thing, they just don’t want to go out of their way, wasting precious time if it isn’t as rewarding as what they already need to do. Hong Kong has a work ethic culture that is one of the toughest in the world. There’s a minimum wage but it doesn’t match the cost of living. Everyone of all socio-economic level is under pressure to make every second count in order to afford living here.

If recycling is incentivized and promoted in Hong Kong (due to its high urban concentration), it could easily become a way of life and help balance out this fast paced throwaway culture.

just saw a new machine at Wanchai MTR! Now they need to put another machine to accept all the plastic bottles that these machines reject so that you don’t need to scout another 20 minutes for a recycling bin…..

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