It isn’t often that the arrival of an electricity bill puts a smile on a customer’s face – but the first bill of 2021 was an exception for 70-year-old retiree Carrie Chui, who lives with her husband in Hong Kong’s New Territories.
“It was like sunshine on a rainy day,” she says.
With the bill came two coupons worth HK$50 each, just in time for the Chinese New Year holiday as the couple prepared for their festive celebrations.
“I was reluctant to spend much because of the uncertain economic outlook,” she says. “But when these coupons came, I bought a can of abalone for our Chinese New Year’s Eve dinner.”