🌊 Squid Game-oween
New ways to immigrate to Australia
How was everyone’s Halloween? Whether or not you celebrate, I certainly hope you had a safe and lovely time. I dressed up as Freddie Mercury in the music video for I Want to Break Free — paid subscribers get to see a photo of me in the full get-up.
On Today’s Tide:
Halloweekend in Hong Kong
Opportunities for Hongkongers in Australia
New vaccination hours
Get your Joy(You Card)
The saddest news of the day
Squid Game stars on Halloween night out
Despite us still living in a pandemic, Lan Kwai Fong was popping over the Halloweekend with people heading to the popular party area to celebrate the fun counterculture holiday. Bars and clubs were full, although not as full as pre-COVID times (remember those days?) due to social distancing rules, and all LeaveHomeSafe App requirements were enforced.
It may not have been as high-capacity as the good ol’ days, but it was still full:
Unsurprisingly, Squid Game was a popular costume for the Halloween-goers out at night.
Police warned the public to not carry prop weapons (knives, firearms, etc.), and one guy didn’t get the memo:
Coronavirus in Hong Kong
New cases: 1
A testing order was mandated for all residents in a Tsz Wan Shan building after one of the residents tested positive for COVID when they arrived in Singapore.
Vaccination centre opening hours have changed. Paid subscribers get the latest on the new hours after the paywall, or you can read from the source here.
Reminder that starting today the LeaveHomeSafe app is mandatory at all government establishments.
A new journey Down Unda
Hongkongers will be able to apply for permanent residency in Australia starting next year (March 2022) with the introduction of two new visa pathways.
It is estimated that 8,800 residents will be eligible for the new streams, targeted towards temporary skilled, graduate and student visa holders:
Under one pathway, people who have lived in regional areas in Australia could apply after three years, with others eligible after four years of local residency through a separate visa offering.
Those eligible include those with BN(O) and HK passports.
I’m sure many would welcome this new scheme with open arms. I haven’t visited Australia yet, but am keen to despite my insurmountable arachnophobia.
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Wine and Dine Festival
The Hong Kong tourism board has announced that the Wine and Dine Festival will return with a “City Wine Walk” offer and last throughout next month. Participants can buy a tasting pass which will allow them to try wines and special menus at restaurants and bars in Kennedy Town, Central, Wan Chai and Tsim Sha Tsui.
For more information visit the Hong Kong tourism board’s website!
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New jab centre hours
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