I guess it’s not my usual-style post, but I hope you will find it pretty interesting!
I’ve been so lucky to visit several different places in Asia including Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Macau, China. It’s not only meeting different people and places but experiencing a different lifestyle. But who said ‘different’ means ‘worse’? Actually traveling helped me in my ‘Western’ life back in Europe and America – all the nice people I’ve met gave me their advice or shared their lifehacks and now I want to share them with you!
- When you’re almost done with your favorite BB creme or you want to squeeze that little bit of toothpaste that’s left, use food clips and slide them down through the bottle – all the liquid will go down with very little strength. Plus a piggy clip looks super cute.
- It was weird for me at first but now I’m doing the same – if you’re eating a snack wear simple polyethylene gloves, this way you will avoid all the powder, dirty or spicy hands. Also in China I’ve seen some girls using tiny forks to eat the chips or snacks, but gloves work fine. And as a Dorito-addict there’s nothing better to protect my hands.
- In Hong Kong some of the places have special MTR Fare Saver – before visiting Hong Kong be sure to check out the locations and BEEP your Octopus card! Five trips and you can get some egg waffles.
- I don’t know if it’s really true, but both Momzilla and Sing’s old landlord told me to sleep on my back to have less wrinkles. Looking how well preserved they are I guess that can be true.
- Shanghainese part of our family uses a trick when the skin of a dumpling breaks – they dip the chopsticks’ ends in vinegar to get most of the leftover dumpling. Of course they do it right after 10 minutes of complaining that you just wasted a soup inside the dumpling.
- If you’re out of sauce caddies just use Chinese style porcelain spoons. Or just do the dishes. 😉
- If you live in a place with a high humidity and all your salt or sugar is forming into a rock colony just put little bit of dry rice inside.
- I never tried it but I heard in many new buildings in East Asia you can cancel the wrong level you chose in the elevator by pressing it twice really fast. Who knows, maybe you will be lucky!
- Before visiting Asia check if the place you’re visiting have a similar app to an app in Hong Kong called Toilet Rush. It lists the public toilets near you and trust me – with a food you might not be used to, different gut flora you don’t want to play a hero running around the city to find a public toilet while you pray your next fart won’t betray you with some ‘Surprise motherf…er’. (Do you see the awesome ‘Dexter’ reference I’ve made?)
- Use your old wet napkins container as a small garbage bin for fruits, vegetables and meat leftovers. They go bad really fast and make your usual garbage bin very smelly – you need to take out the garbage more often so it’s waste of money. If you put small plastic bag from the grocery store inside you can throw it everyday without wasting the good expensive garbage bags and avoid bad smell since the container is closed really tight, not like most of big garbage bins.
- Sing’s biggest problem in China was a pretty warm beer from the small stores so if it’s late and you want your beer decently cold in no time just use some ice, water and salt – mix it all together, put the beer inside and in short time it should be good enough to drink.
- You can also check another family invention which I like to call a low budget air conditioner. Sing’s grandparents live in a beautiful apartment but heating and air conditioner don’t exist there! Read: it’s too expensive to put all the electricity on. So they came up with a cheaper way to cool themselves down (aside of opening every door and window in the flat and hand fans): freeze a bottle of water and put it in front of electric fan. It’s not the best way, but if you’re on a tight budget it might save your life during summer.
- Another thing that I can’t really confirm but I read on few sites that if your phone has a removable battery then you can charge it in 7/11 in Hong Kong, I have a portable charger bank so I don’t know if it’s true, maybe people don’t do it anymore, although I would keep that in mind while traveling.
- If you’re sick and tired of mosquito bites just rub some vanilla oil on your skin – mosquito hate its smell. It got Sing’s seal of approval and trust me, he is a person that’s always getting bitten.
I realize maybe some of you know already most of them or you have seen them somewhere else before but for me all of the things I’ve mentioned were either seen in Asian or told me by Asian people and I haven’t really see them in any non-Asian household. Of course it’s my very personal experience so feel free to correct me!
Do you know any other lifehacks or advice? Which one you think is the most useful? Would you use any of it in your daily life? Share your thoughts! 🙂