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Before I met Jason Arber and Rina Cheung, all I know about Pixelsergeon are a gradient green portal interface with up to date news, cool splash pages, and designers + artists interviews. On Sunday night, 23rd Sept 2001, I eventually got a chance to see the surgeons, Arber and Rina in H.K. Their impression to me is super funny, creative and kind to others. No wonder, Pixelsurgeon is so successful!

When did you arrive? How long would you stay in Hong Kong? What is the purpose of this trip?

A: On the planet: 33 years ago. In Hong Kong 4 days ago. This is my first visit, but I’ve fallen in love with the city from the skyscrapers to the buddhist temples.

R: 20/09/01 Thursday. I was born in H.K.. I stayed here till I was 14 then I went to UK to study. But without counting those, 14 years. 4 days :).

A + R: The main purpose of this trip to the orient is to visit Rina’s family and go to Sydney IDN Fresh Conference. We will be joining Oz Dean for the week doing crazy stuff like snorkeling, drink XXXX and throwing shrimps on the barbie!

Where have you been in these few days? Found any interesting things?

A: We have been to: My Grandfather-in-law’s Flat, My Mother-in-law’s Flat, Repulse Bay, Stanley, Central, Causeway Bay, Chi Lin Temple + other Buddhist temples.

R: Shopping in Causeway Bay, Temples like Man Mo Temple, Kwan Yin Temple, Chi Lin Temple, Stanley, Repulse Bay…etc.

What is your impression to Hong Kong? or the people in Hong Kong?

A: My impressions of H.K. before I visited were based on H.K. movies and what Rina told me, but seeing it in person blew me away: So beautiful! In NY there are tall buildings + skyscrapers, but in a really orderly way – Hong Kong is CHAOS! I love CHAOS! People are really cool, and my wife’s family very welcoming.

R: HK is very busy; packed with people. Everyone one is rushing around!

Have you met any designers from Hong Kong before? Have you visited any web agency in Hong Kong?

A: Only on the internet.

R: No, you are the first. Not yet. If only we could stay in H.K. for a bit longer.

What do you think about the state of web industry in Hong Kong? Any suggestion? Do u know any web site from H.K. and what do you think about them?

A: My impression of Hong Kong web design is based on various personal websites + portals such as panism, shellmoonsite, db-db,etc… And they rock. My experience of corporate web sites is united to a handful of sites such as,…etc. Probably not enough to formulate a clear picture of what H.K. web design is really like.

R: I think a lot of H.K. sites are great. They have great potential and very creative. Although by cultural experience, being a designer may not be seen as good as being a doctor, lawyer or accountant. But, everything around us are enhanced by creative designers. Without good designers, life would be very boring.

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