The move to Hong Kong

Hong Kong is often described as “East meets West” and what I imagined was a streamlined integration, where I thought I would feel at home as I consider myself a mix of the east and west. 

Being Asian with an ability speak Chinese, having traveled to many different countries and being able to navigate my way through the quirks of each place. Having visited Hong Kong many times for long periods prior to making the big move, I didn’t imagine that moving would be that hard.

Needless to say, I underestimated.

I’ve learnt even small changes are going to present some challenges and shock to the system, and this at the end of the day was moving countries! Hong Kong has a large expat community however for an international centre it is also rather heavy in Chinese traditions and less integrated and multicultural than where I lived before. I had to start observing, learning and working through the culture shock. I found aspects of life here are interesting and thought it may be helpful to share this in a blog.

Restarting the blog – New beginnings

Today I’ve decided to restart this blog. After being absent for the past 3 years.

I started this blog initially with the intention of sharing places we explored, what we were enjoying eating and things we were making at home. Our little experiment.

As life is, so much has changed, and now we’re in a different country as I have revelations and changing perspectives in my current situation has made me realise it is something I want to be writing down.

This is where the blog begins again.

I’m hoping this blog can give some insight to my own experiences of moving to Hong Kong, the cultural differences and experiences we are facing whether big or small. Changes brings perspective which makes you consider more view points, which may help someone else in the world.

Building the Golden Gate Bridge (Metal Earth)

Metal Earth: San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge

Level Rating: Build (Easy)

Time: ~45mins – 1 hour

IMG_2300This kit comes with one stainless steel laser cut sheet containing all the required parts for the build.  We used a long nose pliers as shown in the previous post for the 3D Apache.

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Side profile of the two towers

The hardest part was holding the road and the sides cables of the bridge together while you tighten the side tabs down with your pliers, once you have the side of the tower attached to the pieces it become more stable and can stand on its own. You should check that the printed design side is facing the road (as shown in the side profile picture). Later on you will attach two sides of the tower together hiding the smooth unprinted side.

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The completed bridge.

Nice simple model building, easy to complete in one sitting. Up-coming post on old models we have completed. Let us know of any suggestions for future building. Until next time!

Building a Apache (Metal Earth Collection)

Metal Earth: AH-64 Apache

Level Rating: BuildBuildBuild (Hard)

Time: ~3-4 hours

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This kit comes with two stainless steel laser cut sheets containing all the required parts for the build.  As with other 3D models it is useful to have a pair of tweezers or long nose pliers. The manufacturers suggest the use of clippers to remove the parts; however I find for parts that are only attached at two points are quite easily removed from the sheets just by pushing the part back and forth.

First part of the build. The rotor blades.

The body of the Apache.

When making the ‘arms’ of the apache the instructions refer to the wrong missile part, it may be useful just to make both missile parts and match them up to the ‘arms’.

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The completed Apache, with the extra bit in the front missing.

There is a great level of detail in the build, from the seats to the rotor blades that can actually rotate. Many of the cylindrical pieces require a fair amount of patience to ensure that they are circular. As you can see we managed to detach the little cylindrical part in the front during our build.

Overall the build process was enjoyable, but does require a good amount of concentration. What model builds do you suggest us do? Until next time~