Sociological Experiment – Chapter 3

“Good morning, ma’am, how many people?” “I am alone.” “It’s okay this table in the corner?” “Perfect; thanks” I look around. The restaurant is full, all small tables are occupied by lonely people who eat watching the phone. All except the one next to me. There’s sitting a man in his forties looking at my ass. He does not look away even when I stare at him impatiently. In fact, he smiles at me and asks me kindly, I correct myself, he asks my ass with kindness: “Do you want to keep me company? I do not like eating alone.” “Oh my God, oh my God! I am the sociological experiment of someone else!” I think with joy, “Will I

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Sociological Experiment – Chapter 2

I admit, the sociological experiment (for those who do not know what I’m talking about, read HERE) is proceeding slowly. It’s my fault. I am becoming a horrible Hongkonger who looks at the phone and does not talk to anyone. In my defense I can say that people are not very helpful, the few times I have been brave and I started talking to someone, I did not get great results. Here is a list of my failed attempts and those that have almost been successful: Asian girl in her 20s at the Vietnamese restaurant: “Hi, can I sit next to you? You know I do not like eating alone.” Moment of silence. “I love eating alone”. Moment of silence.

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Sociological Experiment – Chapter 1

Often at lunch I eat out. Sometimes with friends after yoga classes, sometimes alone between giving a massage,  performing Pancafit for a client or going to the market. In Hong Kong, but in fact in all Asia, there are plenty of restaurants with a lunch menu, which always includes a main course and two or three side dishes. Imagine a tray divided in spaces, like the Japanese Bento. It can be found with Japanese dishes, Chinese, but also Western food; I find it a wonderful option if you do not want to stray each time like piglets or you do not like the sad fast sandwich eaten in five minutes, maybe even standing. Usually, besides the two or four-person tables,

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