By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

The accidental drug overdose death of my best friend since school Steve (Tebbutt), below right, had me reeling down inside and it was only now having Trina (Dingler) in my life that gave me the emotional support needed. We weren’t living together, but spent as much time together as possible.

I was still sharing an apartment with local radio disc jockey Mike Souza in Arts Mansion, below, which was like some big crash pad and waterbed for many in Hong Kong just starting out adult life or trying to figure out where we belonged and what was in store next. Kitty, my much-loved cat was as always there for company.

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HOMING IN ON THE TRUTH…

Posted: December 15, 2017 by We-Enhance in LIFE, Love
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By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

Home is no longer where the heart is so the time has come to call it quits and follow that wanderlust. There’s now the final realisation that she’s left your life forever. Those days of looking back and thinking that maybe everything can be reversed and resolved are part of some very distant memory. Even if she were to return, it wouldn’t work. Both have changed and moved on forever. The delete button has been pressed. And so you move on not knowing on what square you will land.

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By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

Believe me, we’re trying to change things around. The question is whether we’ve left it all a little too late and are happy to just coast, because it pays the rent. And as no one’s getting any younger, to many, that’s life’s main priority. Maybe we don’t want to change the world. That’s not our job. Maybe we just want to survive in our own little corner of the world and put on that happy face everyday and try to kid ourselves and everyone else that all is cool.

I might be writing about Hong Kong, but I could be writing about anywhere. I might be writing about music, but I could be writing about any of the arts or any business or even life itself. And music is entertainment and much about life, but it’s also a business. Those days of playing for free for “exposure” should have ended when playing with one’s first school band and performing at tea parties.

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FOR MARK: RIP, MATE

Posted: December 6, 2017 by We-Enhance in LIFE, Love

By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

An old friend called me the other day
It was to say his last goodbye
The song was starting its slow fade out
There was no happy ending in sight
He wanted to stay where he belonged
At home with wife and family
But they wanted him to move somewhere else
And end this journey peacefully

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By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

NOVEMBER 22, 2017: OVER AND OUT.

Trina, the girl I married, called this morning to express her displeasure at being mentioned in the autobiography being written and published as a blog on social media. But, why, I asked? I had only written about her with the utmost respect. About being the wonderful human being I was fortunate enough to have met, the girl with whom I fell in love for all the right reasons, married for richer or poorer and with whom we had a beautiful daughter. But, she didn’t want her nor her daughter mentioned on “the Internet”.

Her reaction was disappointing. Extremely disappointing. And once people disappoint me, there’s no point in keeping up false pretences and holding hopes for any kind of reconciliation.

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SAY WHAT YOU WILL AND DO WHAT YOU WON’T…

Posted: November 27, 2017 by We-Enhance in LIFE

By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

And so she said, I want to change you- exchange, re-arrange and kinda mentally mangle and manage you. I wanna hold you and fold you and bend you till you’re not who you are. But who you will be according to the rules, you will play according to me.

But things just don’t work like that. There’s always the skinny under the fat. And when the layers are just skin and bone, you clearly see a woman alone. She holds no poker hand, and no Ace of Spades. She’s got no diamonds and she has no face. She’ll sell you out to win the race.

And when the monkey won’t get up and dance, in her eyes there’s only fear. The game is up and the path is clear. Take me or leave me. Best leave me alone. This dog can bite. He always craves a new bone.

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By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

It now happens with such monotonous regularity that it has become meaningless. It’s a subject that also raises more questions than answers. It brings back some bad memories and becomes irksome because we should not be where we are today- a tired creative community waiting and praying for some fairy godmother to pull us out of the mire.

So when relatively new Chief Executive Carrie Lam, below, announced last month that her government was going to overhaul the image of Hong Kong as a creative hub by bringing in “overseas talent” to help turn this city into a centre for innovation and technology, one might have heard a low humming sound. Those were the sounds of yawns being stifled.

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By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

Trina, the girl I married, called this morning to express her displeasure at being mentioned in the autobiography being written and published as a blog on social media. But, why, I asked? I had only written about her with the utmost respect. About being the wonderful human being I was fortunate enough to have met, the girl with whom I fell in love for all the right reasons, married for richer or poorer and with whom we had a beautiful daughter. But, she didn’t want her nor her daughter mentioned on “the Internet”.

Her reaction was disappointing. Extremely disappointing. And once people disappoint me, there’s no point in keeping up false pretences and holding hopes for any kind of reconciliation.

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By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

The Hong Kong Ding Dongs

There was a summer of change ahead. Kids who had left Hong Kong were back for a few months, there were newcomers to the city, Cat Street, the coffee shop at the Hong Kong Hilton, was the place to meet at night with afternoons usually spent hanging out at the restaurant at Dairy Farm. There was a great deal of hanging out…and just plain hanging in there.

My best friend Steve was dating a number of older girls who were mainly in local bands until settling for Irene Ryder, below, a stunning Eurasian Go Go dancer and later a popular singer before her life went through a number of bizarre twists and turns.

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By Hans Ebert
@hanseberthk

I’ve been telling as many people in Hong Kong as possible recently how I wish I could bottle the city and take it to places like Tokyo, Amsterdam, perhaps Taipei, Copenhagen, certain parts of Melbourne, but away from the usual suspects in horse racing, and if one can stand the pollution, Beijing and Shanghai. Why? To try and bring Hong Kong’s mojo back- that is if it ever had a mojo. To see where and why it’s lost the plot and needs to start all over again with a new mindset. Seriously now…

Maybe Hong Kong did have its mojo working during the mid to late Eighties when there were people creating things that were original- creating award winning work in advertising, creating a new club scene, creating new restaurants, new fashion, independent movies, and more than anything else, there were those who dared to think outside of the $1.80 Maxim’s lunch box.

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