20 Things Turning 20: Part 1

Does 1995 feel like just yesterday or a lifetime ago? To celebrate our 20th anniversary, we will have a blog specials on Twenty Things Turning Twenty, here's the first ten:

CHANGES LOCALLY:

1. Our company logo has undergone a few changes over the last two decades (first: 1995, latter: 2015)

2. Hong Kong has also undergone the most important change in the last 20 years. The sovereignty of Hong Kong was returned to China from United Kingdom on 1st July 1997. There are a lot of changes since then, for examples, the legal system, the administrative system, one of the obvious changes is the flag: (first: 1995, latter: 2015)

3. Most of the Hong Kong stamps before 1997 used the Royal family members images. The stamps we use today mostly come with generic images like festival celebrations, famous paintings or tourist spots, etc.

4. The Central Plaza was the tallest building in Hong Kong in 1995, it is currently the third tallest building in Hong Kong at a pinnacle height of 374m. The International Commerce Centre (abbreviated) located at 1Austin Road, West Kowloon, became the tallest building in Hong Kong since 2009, the building is owned and jointly developed by MTR Corporation Limited and Sun Hung Kai Properties. Rising at 484m (1,588 ft), the ICC is the tallest building in Hong Kong as well as the seventh tallest building in the world. (Photo: Prachanart Viriyaraks)

5. Big Mac was sold at USD2.32 in 1995, but today we pay more than a double USD4.79 – guess RIP-OFF or inflation??

6. The World Trade Organization was formed (Jan. 1). The WTO was created by GATT to monitor international trade decisions in 1995 to replace the treaty as a regulator of trade.

7. Microsoft released Windows 95 on 24 August 2015, does the "flying windows" brings back any nightmare?

8. Did you know that, before its 1995 release, Sony's PlayStation was originally meant to be an add-on for the Super Nintendo, but it ended up becoming a console of its own. (Photo: Ben Sutherland)

9. In 1995 mobile phones used to be huge in size, small screen with long antenna. Today, we basically carry around a big touch-screen panel. Back then, the Big-3 brands where Motorola, Nokia and Ericsson, who would've thought these three giants won't last 20 years? (Photo: Red @ Wikicommons)

10. Home movies used to mean VHS or Cable Pay-Per-View in 4:3 CRT TV Boxes. In1995, the birth of DVD started the digital age of video consumption. Twenty years later, screen size varies from 60” LED panels to your 5” smartphones, with contents delivered wirelessly, without any physical media. Pretty Sci-Fi if you ask me. (Photo: Sergio Carrasco)

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