About Me


IMG_0079.jpgThis’s a picture I took in Marbella, Spain 3 years ago. I roamed the streets of the city and ran into this corner, and instantly I was struck. There is something enchanting in the scene that speaks directly to my soul.

Maybe the picture can tell a lot about me. So I posted it here.

I started trotting the world when I was 20. Travelling has opened up the world to me and changed my life forever. I posted more of travelogues in Chinese, so if you can read Chinese, pls do go to my Chinese blog.

I hope through my English blog, I can open a window of viewing into Hong Kong and China, on travel, politics and things that I feel passionate about.

 Posted by at 11:23 pm

  37 Responses to “About Me”

  1. Thank you for sharing this with me. I wish I could feel hope for this country, but when I see what is happening in Hong Kong, a reflection of what China is today, I can only feel despondent and to some extent hopeless about this country and this city.

  2. Hello Anna,

    An unusual encounter.

    One day I was standing near a busy Beijing rush hour intersection
    looking for a restaurant when a attractive, well dressed young lady,
    came up to me and asked if I needed any help.

    I replied that I was trying to find a place to eat and she quickly
    pointed out a nearby Mc Donald’s restaurant.

    I thanked her and complemented her on her good command of English.

    It turned out that she had degrees in accounting,
    business administration, and foreign trade from a University in
    California. She asked where I was from and, when I told her that
    I lived near Los Angeles, she said;

    “I know LA very well, you come from a wonderful place.”

    She then launched a perfect recital of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address:

    “Four score and seven years ago our
    fathers brought forth on this continent,
    a new nation, conceived in Liberty,
    and dedicated to the proposition that
    all men are created equal. …

    (and on to the glorious ending)

    … that government of the people,
    by the people, for the people,
    shall not perish from the earth.”

    She paused and then added the following;

    “We in China live under a government of
    the few, by the few, for the few and
    these few have total control over the
    lives of all the rest. It is an evil system.”

    This encounter and the young lady’s unforgettable words
    indicate that China, in spite of it’s current problems,
    has the very real potential for a wonderful future.

    I know that there is a very real chance that the above will produce
    yawns and reactions of “So what!” from many of today’s Chinese.

    I am sending this to you in the hope that, if you see some value
    in these words and ideas, you will find some way to move them along.

    With best wishes, Urban Mullen

  3. thanks for letting me know.

  4. Hi! I’m travelling to HK this coming weekend and your blog helped me a lot! Thanks for a lot of usefull information.

  5. Hello,

    My name is Patricia Liébanas and I get in touch with you because we are developing an advertising campaign which we would like to count on you.

    If you are interested , please write me back and I will tell you more about the project.

    Best regards,


  6. Dear Anna,
    Thanks for the wonderful writings! Our company would like to invite you to a cultural event, would you kindly send me an email for your contact? (This sounds like a spam but it is not…)
    A CUHK graduate too (nice one on Chung Chi!),

  7. Do you mean Huanggang by Lok Ma Chau? If yes, it is about RMB150 for taxi ride to shenzhen airport. There is taxi stand there. If you take taxi during the night time, there is extra charge.

  8. Hi Tracy, will get in touch!!

  9. Ana, did you us on our trip across China and then you let us stay at your brother’s apartment in Hong Kong? Would LOVE to get in touch. Was looking for you on the web. :)

  10. Anna –

    How long is it from Lok Ma Chau to Shenzhen airport? Cost?

    Is it easy to find a taxi?

  11. Heyi,

    Hope this mail finds you in good health! :)

    I am Aimey, a freelance writer from London. I’ve gone through the articles on your blog annatam.com and find them really interesting. I`m fond of writing articles and would like to contribute one for your site as per your theme.

    I intend to guest post an article in around 500 words of high quality copyscape proof content and that would be completely free for you. My Article would summarize My thrill seeking travel trip! In return I require a link back to my website.

    Please let me know If this sounds good to you so we can starting working together in earnest. Looking forward for a favorable response from you.

    With Warm Regards,

    Aimey Lewis


  12. i want a travel agent in hong kong who can help me for my visa to hong kong

  13. Hi Joel, thanks so much for letting me know. Appreciate your kind words.

  14. Hi Anna,

    I just want to say that I enjoy reading your articles about the history, hikes, and food of HK, please keep it up! I frequently send links to my friends outside of HK to encourage them to visit.

    Best regards!

  15. Hi,

    I want to put a link in your article that we choose in annatam (dot) com. Can you give a price for a single link in your article that already exists?

    I await your response as soon as possible.



  16. sorry I don’t.

  17. Hi

    I am visiting HK next week.
    Would be around Mong Kok area 30th Jan … and would like to know if you know any plastic model kit shops.

    Thank you.

  18. Dear Anna,

    We are in the process of developing an contextual link building campaign for one our clients. Due to the nature of client, we are interested in advertising on your blog. I was wondering if you would allow in-context link placements or sponsored posts, reviews etc on your blog where contextual links hyperlinks are supported with provided anchor texts. At your earliest convenience, please send information regarding the various in-contextual advertising options offered by you and a current rate schedule.

    I can be reached at osandalk@gmail.com

    I look forward to your reply.

    Thanking you . Osanda .

  19. Dear Anne,
    I am andrei from Cocktail Holidays Bucharest Romania and please kindly check your company e-mail because I sent there the Authorization Credit Card details for payment of the services for our group arriving tommorrow in Hong Kong. I haven’t received your confirmation yet and I need the ground services. I tried all day to reach you on your phone but nobody answered to me. Please answer to me on my e-mail andrei.sandu@cocktailholidays.ro or on my mobile phone: 0040 722 754 959.

    Dear Anne,
    the group will arrive tommorrow on International Airport from Hong Kong at 16:40 by TK 70.
    Please give ma an emergency number in order to give it to my tour leader and to keep in touch with you.

    Kind Regards,

    Andrei Sandu

  20. Dear Anna,

    Hope you well.

    We’re a forum-based website with a published blog community to the public. Currently, our main audience is tourists as well as expatriates in Hong Kong and we aim to promote Hong Kong by actively providing comments and suggestions to our members and facebook fans on any questions related to their stay in Hong Kong.

    As we’ve came across your impressive reviews on Hong Kong restaurants and food in your blog, would like to sincerely invite you to be our “Guest Blogger” by extending your personal blog entries in your website to our blog community via RSS. By doing so, it will be truly helpful to foreigners or anyone who wish to find out more about our local food and culture.

    Please let us know if this interest you to be part of us and will further discuss with you about our website through email. Many thanks.


  21. Hi Anna,

    I came across your site and would like to discuss the possibility of having a guest post on your site.

    I’m working on behalf of American Express who have commissioned a number of articles across a range of articles including travel, shopping and entertainment amongst many other things.

    I hope this would be something of interest and would very much like to hear back from someone regarding this guest post opportunity.

    Please email me at carolina.wong@iprospect.com or call me on +44(0)207 617 2416

    Kind Regards,

    Carolina Wong » SEO Analyst

    London Office: 5th Floor, 10 Triton Street, London, NW1 3BF

  22. sir i am staying of 1 month of rental base.so tell me how much of cost.

  23. I do not work in CityU. Her argument is not convincing at all!

  24. Anna, I think you mentioned that you work in academia right? If you happen to work at City University, pay a visit to your colleague, Linda Li, and ask her if she really believes what she says in this article:


  25. You are critical to the freedom of speech in Hong Kong and elsewhere. Keep up the good ” word”.

  26. 謝謝!有心了。

  27. 版主年紀輕, 但去的地方真多, 羨幕+佩服

    文筆也好, 只是相片略少, 多post圖吧

    這Blog的版面也pale了些, 不够colourful

    anyway, 加油加油

  28. Hi Webmaster !!

    This is Kyla, I went through your site http://annatam.com while surfing in Google, am very much impressed with your site’s unique information.I work as a content writer in UK and love the opportunity to guest post for your readers. I would like to give you a unique article on any of your travel related topics. No duplication or copying of the articles are done. I assure you that the article will be published only on your site.

    The best part is I won’t be charging you a penny, but in return all I need is just one link within the article.

    Looking forward for a positive reply.

    Best Regards

    Kyla Smith
    Web Marketing Manager

  29. Hi! If I ever write my own blog (which I did, but too lazy to keep it up), it will be very much like yours, as I am also into travelling and meditation. Keep up the good job!

  30. You must love flower and color too much

  31. Please help me post, I’m now in China and almost cut off connections to the outside world!


  32. I’m sad that Hong Kong will become (is already) just another Chinese city and losing it’s identity. The Hong Kong people will be (are being) over-run by mainland Chinese. The government must be smart enough to implement policies that force mainland people to play by Hong Kong’s rules and protect local citizens. Perhaps stiff penalities of breaking the law, such as Singapore has, is in order, but that is so unlike Hong Kong. I don’t know where this all leads.

  33. this is not about you its about spain!

  34. this is not about you this is about Spain!

  35. Hi! Just wanted to say thank you for maintaining this interesting blog :) I especially appreciate the hiking information. The political discussions are also an interesting read.

    All the best to you!

  36. i took a look at your blog very helpful i send some enquire to some of the web site you have been posted and i hope to receive an answer soon, I’m desperate looking for a serviced apartment for the first december to january o february, if someone can help me i will appreciate, max budget 10000 to 13000 per month
    kind regards
    vecchio angelo

  37. Hi,

    I’m the Travel editor at Before It’s News. Our site is a People Powered news platform with over 4,000,000 visits a month and growing fast.

    We would be honored if we could republish your blog RSS feed in our Travel category we are launching in the next several weeks. This will generate more traffic for your site.

    Please tell me what you would like as your byline (typically the blog’s name)

    You can have any text and/or links you wish appended to the end of each of your posts on Before It’s News. Just email me the text and links that you want to include. If you have html you can send me that. If not, just send me the text and a link to your site. It should be around 200 characters or less (not including links). 
    We don’t censor or edit work.

    Please email me at Zstieber@beforeitsnews.com so our readers can start looking at Journey to Hong Kong

    Zack Stieber
    Travel Editor, Before It’s News

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