Some time ago, the author had a dinner with some young local folks and expats. Over the dinner, a question about pastimes was raised to the locals who responded with giggles to follow by embarrassing silence in the air. Hongkoongers are not known for having a life. What are the most popular pastimes? Shopping and video-gaming (now even smartphone-gaming). Fact is, shopping and video-gaming as pastimes are rather anti-social in that they basically don't need to involve real interaction with one's closest circles.
Reading used to be a more "proper" pastimes. But back then there were few people holding a book to read on public transport. With the advert of the all-in-one smartphones and gadgets of similar nature, the small number of them has dwindled to barely tangible.
Well, maybe shopping as a pastime is in the DNA of Chinese for the vast majority of Mainland Chinese visitors coming to Hong Kong for the mere purpose of, guess what, shopping. Here the three ladies had shopped enough before they dropped, squatting on the street to reckon their looting.