Since 1997, ex-pats’ fears for the deterioration of Hong Kong (and
their luxury lifestyles) under Chinese rule have proved largely
Fiona Lewis, sales manager at Eurosport, spent three years in Hong Kong
before the handover - mostly with a hangover - working for Saatchi &
Saatchi and then CIA.
’The five-minute trip to the office from my luxury apartment was a
definite bonus for those, like me, who relish a lie-in. Everywhere in
Hong Kong is five minutes away and costs pounds 2.50 to reach.
Unfortunately, that includes cheeky little schnapps bars and, in the
city that never sleeps, a quick nightcap is hard to refuse. So there
were the junk trips to small islands for seafood, followed by schnapps.
If I was lucky I’d get home before dawn and the heat set in.
’I’d arrive at work, surrounded by disapproving locals who don’t drink
and who think that to lose any (let alone all) of one’s faculties
through excess is social suicide. Then I’d realise that there were 12
regional markets to co-ordinate and all needed my attention. Six were on
a local holiday, four had a telecommunications breakdown and two didn’t
’My day would then be spent in hangover hell until the phone rang and
another media owner invited me out on a ’no expense spared’ junk trip
out to a small island for seafood and schnapps ...’