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Colleen Lee

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Families will soon be tucking into cheaper chilled beef from the mainland thanks to an import deal cut by officials.

It is estimated that it will be cheaper by 30 percent based on the price of chilled mainland beef across the border. But the head of the main traders’ association yesterday predicted the meat will only be 10 to 20 percent cheaper than fresh beef, which costs HK$60 to HK$62 a catty, or HK$16 to HK$17 per pound in the retail market.

Restaurants, importers and wholesalers welcomed the agreement reached in Beijing yesterday after years of discussion.

Secretary for Food and Health York Chow Yat-ngok said the government is finalizing import arrangements. “The import of chilled beef from the mainland is conducive to stabilizing the beef supply in Hong Kong, thus maintaining food prices at a reasonable and stable level,” he said. “The Centre for Food Safety has completed its inspection of the [mainland] processing plant and cattle farm.”

Chow spoke after meeting State General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine chief Zhi Shuping.

Vice Minister of Commerce Chen Jian, meanwhile, said he believes the deal should help stabilize the price of other beef products in Hong Kong. The meat will be supplied by Haoyue, a company based in Jilin province.

A spokesman for the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department said importers must obtain permits from the department before imports begin. As to when the first batch will reach the local market, the spokesman said it will depend on when importers apply for permits, how long Haoyue takes to meet the orders and the transportation time.

Kwok Shi-hing, chairman of the Hong Kong Chilled Meat and Poultry Association, said the group has asked for quotations from Haoyue but has yet to get a reply. “We expect chilled beef to be more than 10 percent cheaper than fresh [beef]. We are going to buy in bulk to bargain for a better deal.”

So far, four of the 40-odd companies in the association plan to import meat.

Patrick Chan Ngok-leung of Tai Po Chun Hing, a meat wholesaler, said his firm will buy the meat only if it is much cheaper than fresh beef, say at a price of HK$12.30 per pound.

Tommy Fung Siu-man, managing director of Rhine Garden Holdings restaurant chain, said if the meat is of good quality and cheaper, his chain will consider using it.

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This is in connection with my blog, Shopping Haven, https://mranola.wordpress.com/2010/06/03/shopping-haven/, wherein I mentioned fashion bargains in and around Hong Kong.  A lot of us, even if we can afford luxury, would opt to choose one offering a bargain.  And there are a lot of business offering bargains, just to encourage us, the consumers to spend.  It is a good deal for both parties, as the business has made a sale, and the consumer got a bargain for the same item.  Here are some of the businesses I mentioned.

First and foremost, there is uBuyiBuy.com, http://www.ubuyibuy.com/HK/en, which offers daily Hot Buys.  The Hot Buys can come in the form of services, movie tickets, meals, and merchandise.  And the offers available, don’t come from cheap establishments, they come from high end establishments, such as W Spa, UA Cinemas, Stone Grill, Elemis Day Spa, etc., just to name a few.  And it is not only available in Hong Kong.  uBuyiBuy.com, is also available in Taiwan, and Singapore as well, offering great bargains in these cities as well.

Then there’s Twangoo.com, http://www.twangoo.com, which is more or less similar to uBuyiBuy.com.  Twangoo offers more or less the same fare as uBuyiBuy.com.  The only thing that separates Twangoo.com from uBuyiBuy.com, is it is available in more cities, such as Hong Kong, Beijing, Macau, Manila, Melbourne, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Taipei, and Tokyo.   Also I find Twangoo.com, offer a little bit more, with its side deals, such as fashionable watches, photography lesson, etc.

Now, we’ll talk about free stuffs, bargains, personals, job hunting, etc.  I am talking about asiaXPAT.com, http://asiaxpat.com/, which is available to most cities in Asia.  asiaXPAT.com offers a lot, catering to bargain hunters, job hunters, deal seekers, property seekers, and so on.  They also offer free stuffs in their Classified Section under Free Stuff, with items ranging from furnitures, appliances, Kefirs, clothing, cameras, and even cars.  But there is a catch with the Free Stuffs, it’s either you pick them up yourself or pay for transportation from the giver to your place, which is not bad, you also need to check or repair minor damages, if there is one.  You can also look for jobs in the Jobs Section.  There is also the Property Section, for those who are looking for a nice piece of property.  Then there is the Personals Section, for those who wish to seek activity partners, friends, spouses, etc.  You can also look for cars, motorcycles, boats, yachts, etc., in the Classified Section.

I do hope that these have helped you grab that bargain that you are looking for.

Shopping Haven

June 3, 2010 — 5 Comments

Hong Kong is considered a shopping haven, especially in this part of Asia.  From high end brands, affordable fashion, and ready to wear.  There are various shopping malls doting the city as well, such as Land Mark Hong Kong, Pacific Place, Tai Koo Shing, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, Langham Place, and Elements, just to name a few.  Hong Kong also offers those on a tight budget, a place to shop, such as Li Yuen Street East & West, Ladies Market, Night Market, Sham Shui Po, and so on.  Also there is something for the tech & gadget shoppers, places like 298 Computer Centre, Wanchai Computer Center, Star Computer Centre, Windsor House Computer Mall, and so on.

If you are looking for high end fashion, then look no further than Central, or Tsim Sha Tsui.  Here you can find brands such as Louis Vuitton, Prada, Gucci, Salvatore Ferragamo, Hermes, Celine, Loewe, and so on, which are mostly located at the Land Mark in Central, or along Canton Road in Tsim Sha Tsui.  Also you can find mid range brands such as Polo Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Nautica, Levi’s, and so on, also in Land Mark in Central, and Ocean Terminal in Tsim Sha Tsui.  For affordable fashion there is H & M, Cotton On, along Canton Road in Tsim Sha Tsui, and Queen’s Road in Central, while Giordano, Bossini, and so on, which are scattered all over Hong Kong.

For the factory overruns, samples, and less known branded fashion brands, one can find them in shops along Li Yuen Street East & West, Jardine’s Bazaar in Causeway Bay, Night Market in Mong Kok, Maple is basically found in Central, Wanchai, Northpoint, and other more populated areas.  There are also various shops selling their own brand, and curios.

For the tech savvy, gadget gurus, and those who want to have the latest “in” items.  One should proceed to 298 Computer Centre, and Wan Chai Computer Centre, which are both located in Wanchai.  For those in Causeway Bay, one should go to Windsor House.  And if you are in Tsim Sha Tshi, you should head to Star Computer Plaza.  And if you are in Sham Shui Po, there is the Golden Computer Centre and Golden Computer Arcade.

If you are after branded items, but don’t want to pay the price, and on a budget, then outlet stores are for you.  One mall offers outlet stores selling branded items, with huge discounts, all year long.  That mall is located in Tung Chung, which is the City Gate Outlets.  Here you can find brands such as Armani Exchange, Timberland, Fashion 21, Crocs, Samsonite, Kate Spade, and so on.  You can also find sports brands such as Nike, Adidas, Puma, New Balance, and so on.

Also if you are along Tsim Sha Tsui area, especially in Canton Road, there are two outlet stores that sells branded items at a very affordable prices.  There’s the Star Bazaar, which is located at the 2nd Floor of Star House Plaza, which sells mostly clothes, and the Harbour Bazaar, which is located at the 3rd Floor of Ocean Terminal, near The Gateway, which sells a variety of items, from fashion (shoes, sandals, and clothes9, to electronics, home appliances, and many more.  Just be sure to check what’s on offer at the elevator lobby.

Herewith is a list of the various outlets stores doting Hong Kong.

You could also click on this link; http://www.hkoutlets.com/brands/

Designer Brands:

Walter Ma Garments from Hongkong
1304, Harbour Centre 1
Mini-Tee, Child’s garments and T-shirts
702, Plase 2, Metro Centre
Adidas Footwear, clothing
Adidas
Adidas
Adidas Factory Outlet
Adidas
Adidas Factory Outlet
Products for babies Products for babies
Baby Mart
Baby Clothes
Baby Outlet
Chevignon
Chevignon
Garments of different famous brands
Design Planning Ltd
Diane Freis
Diane Freis
Polo Sports Charles Jourdan, Kenneth Cole, Karl Lagerfeld, Polo Ralph Lauren, St. Dupont
Dickson Warehouse
Kenneth Cole Brooks Brothers, Charles Jourdan, Coach, Karl Lagerfeld, Kenneth Cole, Polo, Ralph Lauren, Polo Sports, St. Dupont
Dickson Warehouse
Espirit
Esprit Outlet
Espirit
Esprit Outlet
Esprit Esprit Ladieswear, kidswear, some home linens, shoes, bags
Esprit Outlet
Evelyn B European Imports, Evening gowns and cocktail wear
Evelyn B Fashion
Alexander McQueen Anglomania, Camper, Christophe Lemaire, Gomme, Jean Colona, Miu Miu, Zucca
I.T. Sale Shop
Bobson Champion, Salty dog, Scene, Vans
Ice Fire Outlet Shop
Zucca Ann Demeulemeester, Comme des Garcons, Anna Sui, Girogio Armani, Jil Sander, Vivienne Westwood
Joyce Warehouse
Leather Jacket
Kei Feung Leather Jacket Factory Outlet
Various leather jackets Various leather jackets
Leather Jacket Outlet
Products for babies Products for babies
Lotus Baby Care Centre
A# Phatfarm, Zoo York
MiniSkates
Nike
Nike Factory Outlet
Nike
Nike Factory Outlet
Paradiso
Paradiso Clearance Shop
Anne Klein Anne Klein, Maxmara, Ellen Tracy
Pot Pourri Fashion
Anne Klein Anne Klein, Maxmara, Ellen Tracy
Pot Pourri Fashion
Cerrruti Jeans Cerruti jeans, Henry Cotton’s, Marina Yachting, Moncler
Ready to Wear Outlet
Prada Helmut Lang, Miu Miu, Prada Sport
Space Warehouse
Suzuya
Suzaya
Adidas
Tanka Ltd
United Colors of Benetton
United Colors of Benetton Outlet
Jaegar other good labels
Vigo Fashion
Jaegar other good labels
Vigo Fashions
Vivienne Tam
Vivienne Tam Sale Shop