Car Maintenance in Hong Kong

In Hong Kong, cars are the best way to get around. In order to keep a car working properly, it must be maintained regularly. Therefore, it is important to make sure that the engine, transmission, wheels, and all other parts of a vehicle are inspected and repaired regularly.

As indicated by the Hong Kong government transport regulations, vehicles older than 6 years must pass a particular inspection. This test is known as the Certificate of Roadworthiness Examination, or the COR. The purpose for this test is to ensure that older cars are still up to modern day standards on a variety of facets. In order to maintain the certification status, cars must be tested again every year.

To stay on top of deadlines and requirements, it is best to inspect your own vehicle regularly. If the COR inspector finds something wrong with a vehicle, the owner is given a very short time frame to have it repaired and inspected again. Owners and drivers who find problems before the COR appointment have more time to fix the problem and do not have to pay another fee to have the vehicle inspected again.

In addition to catching problems before COR inspection, fixing problems early on increases the lifespan and efficiency of a vehicle. Increasing efficiency can cause a decrease in gas emissions from a vehicle. This, in turn, can improve the environment as well as living conditions. Cities like Hong Kong that have dire problems with air quality could benefit greatly from reduced emissions.

For traffic to flow regularly, it is important for cars to function as they should. One vital part of automobiles to upkeep is the transmission. In the event of transmission damage or failure, cars can falter or otherwise behave in strange ways. If such inconsistencies happened during heavy traffic, car accidents could result and cause damage to a number of vehicles.

There are organizations in Hong Kong such as Automobile Association that cover many required services of automobile maintenance. Members pay a yearly fee and receive such perks as towing for free and other benefits. Typically, being in such an organization greatly behooves drivers and is a good idea for anyone who owns a vehicle.

While this is the case everywhere, it is important to note that not all mechanics in Hong Kong are equal. Some charge far more than others for the same services. Many are more skilled or trustworthy, and thus may be worth the extra price. The best policy is to inquire from multiple sources to make sure that you find the best fit for your needs. A mechanic that specializes in a certain area is unnecessary if you do not have the problem that they specialize in.

The benefits of keeping your vehicle maintained regularly are obvious. Be sure to check simple things like fluid levels often on your own. Even if your vehicle is not due for a COR, it is important to visit a mechanic if there are any signs of possible problems, in order to have them fixed as soon as possible before any more damage is caused.

What to Eat in Hong Kong

You’re in Hong Kong on vacation and wondering what to eat? Well if there is one place on earth that knows how to take a simple dish like rice and run with it is the metropolitan area of Hong Kong. They know how to cook it fast and well for the best meal possible.

Rice in Hong Kong

Hong Kong has earned the glamorous labels of World’s Fair of Food and Gourmet Paradise by creating worldwide known food that uses mostly different types of rice as its main cooking staple in the same way Chinese food is known for being cooked.  While Chinese and Hong Kong cuisine uses many different ingredients such as century egg, salted duck egg, Chinese cabbage, Red Bean, and Lotus seed but the most important is rice. Rice is what people come around the world for too try this food in the beautiful city of Hong Kong.

Rice makes up more of the Hong Kong culinary community than any other single ingredient in the history of Chinese cooking. The importance of this little grass seed cannot be underestimated.  It is used in basically every single Chinese dish and just the dish of fried rice is enough to bring people from around the globe from all corners of life to the magical Hong Kong city.

Rice is the most important grain when talking about nutrition and calorie intake. In fact Rice makes up more than one fifth of all calories consumed by the worldwide population of people, how amazing is that? And I’m betting that a lot of those rice calories are being consumed in traditional Hong Kong and Chinese dishes, many of which will be consumed by residents and visitors of the city of Hong Kong.  Rice is in such a demand in Hong Kung and around the world that they had to find a faster way to cook it.

This need to cook faster took the form of the rice cooker, originally invented in Japan.  The rice cooker or rice steamer as some know it as is an electric kitchen appliance used to boil or steam and cook rice for people to eat. Not only is it the fastest way to cook rice a cooker also makes sure that there is a perfect mix of water in every grain of rice for the flavor and makes a very enjoyable meal. Some rice cookers include a soaking function that soaks the rice before it even starts cooking. A rice cooker cooks each grain of rice to the best it can without being either too tough or too soft and almost never sticking with nonstick plating. Many people like rice cookers because they don’t want to watch the pot while the rice is cooking. It’s easy, just measure in the right amount of rice and water and turn on.

So if you want to try a rice dish this vacation Hong Kong is the place to go. It’s affordable and can be the best tasting part of the meal and the meal itself. Rice is the way to go for both taste and price.

Benefits of Jogging

Physical fitness is very important to Hong Kong Police officers. Fit officers are healthier, they live longer, take fewer sick days and are more able to fight crime and perform their duties better. Jogging is very encouraged for the HK officers and their families. Nowadays, with the development of technology there are a lot of great jogging strollers available on the market so even the newest members of police officer’s families can join in for a run. Besides making them more fit for the job, jogging has a number of other benefits:

  • Weight: management: it is commonly known that regular jogging helps to reduce unnecessary body fat. It does take time but the benefits are very clearly obvious to anyone who keeps jogging with sufficient regularity. Jogging is very energy consuming and therefore body burns a lot of fat to keep the body going. It does not take long to see benefits of jogging on one’s waist, even a few weeks is enough in many cases.
  • Health benefits: regular jogging is great for the entire body. All body systems work when you jog especially when you jog at high pace. Jogging is very beneficial for the heart, as it helps get it to run at an optimal rate (if it is monitored it of course). Muscles get toned with regular jogging and they get stronger and do not get tired as fast. Additionally, because jogging creates impact from hitting the ground with feed, it also helps to increase bone density which leads to lower risk of getting bone diseases.
  • Mental benefits: jogging helps brain release endorphins that improve mood and general mental well-being. It is not uncommon for regular joggers to get ‘jogging high’ after every run. No need to worry, there is nothing bad with this ‘high’. It is perfectly natural and highly beneficial for the entire body. Some studies even show that jogging can help people fight depression. It also helps joggers fight stress, which is particularly import for police officers and their families.
  • Moreover, jogging does not require any monetary investments. It is literally free for all. All you need is shoes and you are good to go jogging. This fact separates jogging from a lot of different sports. You can also jog in any place you want and it is very clear that jogging in a park on a warm summer evening is simply great. 

Knife Fighting and Self-Defense

Proper skills in knife fighting and self-defense against attackers armed with knives can go a long way to protecting police officers on duty. Unfortunately, it is not quite uncommon to see street criminals using knives against civilians and police officers. That is why Hong Kong Police Department needs to make sure that its officers are skilled in knife fights. In this post, we would like to talk about the basics of using knives for self-defense purposes.

knife self-defense and knife maintenanceBefore getting into knife fight basics, it is important to know that self-defense knives need to be properly maintained so that they can actually serve their purpose. It is important to sharpen knives regularly and properly. There are many knife sharpening tools available to keep the process quick and easy, some are manual and some are automatic. More information on knife sharpeners can be found in thematic sites online. Regardless of what knife sharpeners is preferred, the key to maintaining a a knife in good order it regularity of sharpening. Ideally, knives should be sharpened after every use.

Knife is an excellent weapon of melee fight and in skilled hands it can help change the course of fight with an enemy, even if the enemy is stronger than you. Because of its compact size, knife can be carried around very conveniently and quietly, and therefore is great for self-defense purposes. Many police and spec-ops forces around the world are using knives as their constant element of equipment and always carry them on missions. Instances when proper knife use can save a life or an offices are numerous.

One of the first things to learn when fighting with knives is to hold the weapon properly. There are two main methods of holding a knife: 1) with blade pointing up and 2) blade pointing down. Both ways have advantages and disadvantages. With blade pointing down it is easier to hide it behind hand so your enemy won’t see it until you strike. With the reverse method, however, by displaying the knife you can scare your enemy and it can help to avoid a fight altogether.
After you learn how to hold a knife, it is important to learn to how use it for protection and only after that should striking technique be studies. Please remember that all practice sessions should be conducted with dull knives, to avoid risks and cuts and injuries. Also, it important to practice under supervision of a trained and certified instruction to ensure best results.

Hong Kong Police Archery Club

History

Hong Kong police has established an Archery Club almost three decades ago. The club helps promoting archery with both compound bows and traditional recurve bows. The club was organized by former and current police officers who were very interested in practicing and developing the sport. It took many years of hard work to get the club up and running and now it is one of the most prominent police clubs on the island with many dedicated club members.

hong kong archery clubEquipment

One of the most important elements of an archery club are the bows and the arrows. The club is doing well on this front. There are several models of recurve bows available to beginners and veteran archers are also very open to give guidance to those who want to purchase their own bow. It is always important to consult experienced bowmen before making a buying decision and also to check most prominent review sites, for example A Straight Arrow site. These are great sources of obtaining a lot of useful information and answers to a lot of questions novices may have. Once choice of the most suitable bow is made, they can be purchased in shops or online.

Competition

The Hong Kong Police Archery Club organized and participated in a number of Archery competitions and many of its members performed very well and won quite a few titles. Both male and female archers attend the club and sometimes even entire families compete in different categories. For example family of Sergeant Cheng Kin-hang of Hung Hom Division won several titles in the PAC competition. Sergeant’s wife and son both competed along with the head of the family and performed very well. This is just one example of a healthy-living and athletic families of Hong Kong police officers and there are many more.

Practicality

Although archery does not have much practical applicability in police work nowadays, it works well to help officers develop skills that are very much valuable. Archery helps in developing patience and focus, which are very important to all people, but particularly so for policemen. It also helps to develop good aim and steady arm – skills that can save a police officer’s life in critical situations. In addition, archery helps increase strength of the upper body muscles, making archers stronger and fitter. Last but not least, participation in the archery club activities helps police officers get to know each other better and socialize outside of work.

The Police, Firefighters, Prison officers and the various other disciplinary personnel of Hong Kong are our everyday heroes