Sunday, November 29, 2009

Marriage Tradition in Hong Kong

I am not too sure what traditional obis that as Since my first marriage , second marriage and probably next marriage m I have never had any things like what Most of the HK peoples does…To make some wedding picture at the studies and to book the restaurant or two years in advance.

What I am trying to say is that marriage is just kind formalities that the woman side wants to have some kind of certification, bondage or WARRANTY on hand, and that does not mean that after we can live up with that forever.

No one is able to live together for many years, and does not guarantee fun or happiness if we find ourselves does not like each other or find that we can not stay together in same place everyday.

One thing for sure, these kind of marriage tradition would be supported by the hotel and restaurants as this is where their major revenues is from.

If I would marry again, I will buy a decent watch of pieces of diamond that can be seen 10 meters away and I will not spend that kind of money to make 10-100 tables to invite our friends coming the wedding Show…

I would Like to take a vacation for two months, probably run away to some place and spend the time quietly between she and me… After return HK, we will invite some of the best friends to take casual dinner, probably, we need a better bottle of wine… a DRC, Petrvs, latour or Lafifte.


Saturday, November 28, 2009

You may be there already!?

A small sampan docked in a tiny fishing village at Sai Kung. Though this place has becoming commercialized in recent yeas, but there are still a lot of people doing fishing for a living.

An American tourist complimented the old fishermen on the quality of their fish and asked how long it took him to catch them.

"Not very long." they answered in unison. "Why didn't you stay out longer and catch more?"

The fishermen explained that their small catches were sufficient to meet their needs and those of their families as they stay at Sai Kung and they have what they need, besides, they do not need to worry on place for staying as they have their old village house their father passed to him.

"But what do you do with the rest of your time?" The Gwai Low asked

"We sleep late, fish a little, play with our children, and take Char Siu bao with our wives.

In the evenings, we go into the village to meet our friends, have a few tea, play the flute, and sing a few Cantonese Operas…We have a full life."

The tourist interrupted, "I have a PHD from Harvard and I can help you! You should start by fishing longer every day. You can then sell the extra fish you catch. With the extra revenue, you can buy a bigger boat."

You can then leave this little village and move to the bigger fisher port like Aberdeen sellling fishes to the Jumbo restaurant for instances.

"And after that?" the old Fisherman said.

"With the extra money the larger boat will bring, you can buy a second one and a third one and so on until you have an entire fleet of trawlers.

Instead of selling your fish to a middle man, you can then negotiate directly with the processing plants and maybe even open your own plant. Did you ever see the movie Forrest Gump, he made a fortune this way and became Fortune 100 millionaire! From there you can direct your huge new enterprise."

"I watched Forrest Gump movie with my kid and I think that is a touching movie, but How long would that take?"

"Ten, fifteen, perhaps twenty years." replied the Gwai Low tourist.

"And after that?"

"Afterwards? Well my friend, that's when it gets really interesting, " answered the tourist, laughing.

"When your business gets really big, you can start buying and selling stocks and make big money like millions!"

"Millions? Really? And after that?" asked the old fishermen.

"After that you'll be able to retire, live in a tiny village near the coast, perhaps in Southern China, or you can move to Canada, sleep late, play with your children, catch a few fish, take a Char Siu Bao cake with your wives and spend your evenings drinking tea or and enjoying your friends."

“That’s what we are doing now!!” Replied the fishermen.

The moral of the story

........ Know where you're going in life.... you may already be there!


My Salute to the Taxi Driver

Though you may hear about that there are a lot of bad taxi drivers… rude, rough driving skill, not intending to return the small changes to you, pretend he does not know the way and ask you to lead him…find extra street and road to keep the meter running …!

But I am sure that are a lot of Professional Taxi Drivers.

This is the Story

My little girl lost her hand phone in an early taxi to her school Wednesday.
That is her new phone I bought her 10 days ago, it is a Sony Ericsson new model with sliding key pad, after her old one was damanaged by accident. She does not know to take care her phone at all!

She Told me she lost it in the taxi, So I believed her and call her phone number after 10 hours and immediate answer was from a am how identified himself Taxi Driver with a pleasant voice saying that he was the one to find the phone on his way sending a young and pretty school girl to school.

Well he is HK island Driver and would be returning the phone to me when he comes to Kowloon side…

Yesterday morning he called he and saying that he intended to send me the phone first before he start earning his living by meeting me the same place my daughter got the taxi
And I got the phone
Hs is a middle aged man, with a polite and decent voice, full of smiles on his face and he just requested me to pay for the amount on the taxi meter fro m his Place in Hong Kong to Kowloon.

I dropped him HKD250.00 he did not intend to receive so much it as the meter shown HKD150…
Well I enforced him to get it..

This is a driver of the Taxi KB9815.

I have to show my salute to this gentleman…

And I am sure Hong Kong has ten thousand of such good taxi drivers.

This is very important to have this kind of taxi driver, they are the real Tourist Ambassador, not Jackey Chan nor this Miss Hong Kong … I am not trying to rule out their role in promoting Hong Kong tourism and a s a matter of fact Jackey Chan is my idol and a learning model in Hong Kong. But there are ten thousands of Taxi driving is doing their real time job as a tourism ambassador for Hong Kong. We should not demolish their contribution to Hong Kong transportation services…


Thursday, November 26, 2009

A Hong Kong Snob

This is a typical Hong Kong Snob's cuff link; beautiful woman from China City Night Club, Red Wine tasting at Dynasty restaurant with the best Century Eggs and Char Siu, Black Jack at Macao's Lisboa Casino for a fortune, Horse Racing at Happy Valley on Wednesday....

After all, when he returns home, he would feel lonely with empty pockets as his money would likeyl be lost in Happy Valley, drunk after two bottles Petrus 1961, and lost his wallet to a flapper he met in a night Club, and last thing he remembered was after they went to Kent Hotel at Kowloon Tong.... he could not find his wallet anymore!!

Lies of My Mother

This story begins when I was a child: I was born in a poor family. Often we hadn'tenough to eat. Whenever we had some food, Mother often gave me herportion of rice. While she was transferring her rice into my bowl, she would say "Eat this rice, son! I'm not hungry."This was Mother's First Lie.

As I grew, Mother gave up her spare time to fish in a river near our house; she hoped that from the fish she caught, she could give me a little bit more nutritious food for my growth. Once she had caught just two fishes, she would make fish soup. While I was eating the soup, mother
would sit beside me and eat the what was still left on the bone of the fish I had eaten, My heart was touched when I saw it. Once I gave the other fish to her on my chopstick but she immediately refused it and said, "Eat this fish, son! I don't really like fish."
This was Mother's Second Lie.

Then, in order to fund my education, Mother went to a Match Factory to bring home some used matchboxes, which she filled with fresh matchsticks. This helped her get some money to cover our needs. One wintry night I awoke to find Mother filling the matchboxes by candlelight. So I said, "Mother, go to sleep; it's late: you can continue working tomorrow morning." Mother
smiled and said "Go to sleep, son! I'm not tired."This was Mother's Third Lie.

When I had to sit my Final Examination, Mother accompanied me. After dawn, Mother waited for me for hours in the heat of the sun. When the bell rang, I ran to meet her.. Mother embraced me and poured me a glass of tea that she had prepared in a thermos. The tea was not as strong as my Mother's love, Seeing Mother covered with perspiration, I at once gave her my glass and asked her to drink too. Mother said "Drink, son!I'm not thirsty!".
This was Mother's Fourth Lie.

After Father's death, Mother had to play the role of a single parent.She held on to her former job; she had to fund our needs alone. Ourfamily's life was more complicated. We suffered from starvation. Seeingour family's condition worsening, my kind Uncle who lived near my housecame to help us solve our problems big and small. Our other neighborssaw that we were poverty stricken so they often advised my mother tomarry again. But Mother refused to remarry saying "I don't need love."This was Mother's Fifth Lie.

After I had finished my studies and gotten a job, it was time for my oldMother to retire but she carried on going to the market every morningjust to sell a few vegetables. I kept sending her money but she wassteadfast and even sent the money back to me. She said, "I have enoughmoney."That was Mother's Sixth Lie.

I continued my part-time studies for my engineering Degree. Funded by theDutch Corporation for which I worked, I succeeded in my studies. Witha big jump in my salary, I decided to bring Mother to enjoy life inHolland but Mother didn't want to bother her son; she said to me "I'mnot used to high living."That was Mother's Seventh Lie.

In her dotage, Mother was attacked by cancer and had to be hospitalized.Now living far across the ocean, I went home to visit Mother who wasbedridden after an operation. Mother tried to smile but I was heartbroken because she was so thin and feeble but Mother said, "Don'tcry, son! I'm not in pain."That was Mother's Eighth Lie.

For those people who are lucky to be still blessed with your Mothers presence,
Tell your mother, “ I love You” and do care about your mother...


Trail Walker Memorial Watch

This is a watch designed by me and made for those who had taken in the 100KM trail walking through the 15 mountains in 2 days and nights on 20 Nov 2009.


Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Oxfam Trail Walker 20 Nov. 2009

Oxfam Trailwalker 2009 finishes with 3,420 people completing the 100km Trail commencing at East to the West across 10 mountains the New territories of Hong Kong.

22 November 2009 HONG KONG: Oxfam Trailwalker 2009, one of the largest annual fundraisers in Hong Kong organised by Oxfam Hong Kong, ended successfully the afternoon 22 Nov. when the last team crossed the 100 kilometre finish line in Yuen Long at 1:53 pm Sunday 22 Nov., completing the 100km trail in 47 hours 53 minutes.

John Sayer, Director General of Oxfam Hong Kong, presented certificates to teams and other supporting organisations at the Closing Ceremony.

John Sayer said, “I am glad to welcome the team all the way from Sai Kung; team spirit, stamina and endurance are the essences of Oxfam Trailwalker and also for Oxfam’s work against poverty. It does not matter who is the first team or the last to have reached the finish line; each team that made it this far has shown great determination and commitment in overcoming all the obstacles and difficulties along the 100km trail. We would like to thank our sponsors, support organisations and volunteers for their generous contributions to Oxfam Trailwalker 2009.
This year, there were 3,420 participants who completed the 100-km trail within the required 48 hours, or 84.7% of all walkers.

This was my 9th year to participate this event, my best record was 22 hours 14 mins, this year I had an accident that forced my knee going to swollen like a melon! I could move to stage 7 with all my energy and had to slowly walked up the mountains...
I will prepare better for next year...


Saturday, November 14, 2009

The History for the Middle Finger

Before the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, the French, anticipating victory over the English, proposed to cut off the middle finger of all captured English soldiers. Without the middle finger it would be impossible to draw the renowned English longbow and therefore they would be incapable of fighting in the future.

This famous English longbow was made of the native English Yew tree, and the act of drawing the longbow was known as ‘plucking the yew' (or 'pluck yew').

Much to the bewilderment of the French, the English won a major upset and began mocking the French by waving their middle fingers at the defeated French, saying, See, we can still pluck yew!

Since 'pluck yew' is rather difficult to say, the difficult consonant cluster at the beginning has gradually changed to a labiodentals fricative F', and thus the words often used in conjunction with the one-finger-salute!

It is also because of the pheasant feathers on the arrows used with the longbow that the symbolic gesture is known as 'giving the bird.'


Friend of mind from UL told me that there are some more explanation on this "One Finger Salute"

The origins of this gesture are highly speculative, but is quite possibly 2500 years old. It is identified as the digitus impudicus ('impudent finger') in Ancient Roman writings and reference is made to using the finger in the Ancient Greek comedy The Clouds by Aristophanes . It was defined there as a gesture intended to insult another. It has been noted that the gesture resembles an erect penis .

Ancient Romans also considered an image of an erect phallus as a talisman against evil spells. As a consequence, displaying this gesture to another may not have been a pseudo-sexual insult but rather an insulting statement along the lines of – "I'm going to protect myself against your witchcraft , before you even start;" but an even earlier reference is made to ancient farmers using this finger to test hens for coming eggs.

Which one is corret? let you to decide.

Well, in all cases, this is not too polite and why we have to use this to insult others?


Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Cancer Update from John Hopkins

1. Every person has cancer cells in the body. These cancer cells do
not show up in the standard tests until they have multiplied to a few
billion.. When doctors tell cancer patients that there are no more
cancer cells in their bodies after treatment, it just means the tests
are unable to detect the cancer cells because they have not reached
the detectable size.

2.. Cancer cells occur between 6 to more than 10 times in a person's lifetime..

3 When the person's immune system is strong the cancer cells will be
destroyed and prevented from multiplying and forming tumors.

4. When a person has cancer it indicates the person has multiple
nutritional deficiencies. These could be due to genetic,
environmental, food and lifestyle factors.

5. To overcome the multiple nutritional deficiencies, changing dietand
including supplements will strengthen the immune system.

6. Chemotherapy involves poisoning the rapidly-growing cancer cells
and also destroys rapidly-growing healthy cells in the bone marrow,
gastrointestinal tract etc, and can cause organ damage, like liver,
kidneys, heart, lungs etc....

7.. Radiation while destroying cancer cells also burns, scars and
damages healthy cells, tissues and organs.

8.... Initial treatment with chemotherapy and radiation will often
reduce tumor size. However prolonged use of chemotherapy and radiation
do not result in more tumor destruction.

9. When the body has too much toxic burden from chemotherapy and
radiation the immune system is either compromised or destroyed, hence
the person can succumb to various kinds of infections and

10. Chemotherapy and radiation can cause cancer cells to mutate and
become resistant and difficult to destroy.. Surgery can also cause
cancer cells to spread to other sites.

11. An effective way to battle cancer is to starve the cancer cells by
not feeding it with the foods it needs to multiply..


a. Sugar is a cancer-feeder. By cutting off sugar it cuts off one
important food supply to the cancer cells. Sugar substitutes like
NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, etc are made with Aspartame and it is
harmful. A better natural substitute would be Manuka honey or
molasses, but only in very small amounts. Table salt has a chemical
added to make it white in color. Better alternative is Bragg's aminos
or sea salt.

b. Milk causes the body to produce mucus, especially in the
gastro-intestinal tract. Cancer feeds on mucus. By cutting off milk
and substituting with unsweetened soy milk cancer cells are being

c. Cancer cells thrive in an acid environment. A meat-based diet is
acidic and it is best to eat fish, and a little chicken rather than
beef or pork. Meat also contains livestock antibiotics, growth
hormones and parasites, which are all harmful, especially to people
with cancer.

d. A diet made of 80%fresh vegetables and juice, whole grains, seeds,
nuts and a little fruits help put the body into an alkaline
environment. About 20% can be from cooked food including beans. Fresh
vegetable juices provide live enzymes that are easily absorbed and
reach down to cellular levels within 15 minutes to nourish and enhance
growth of healthy cells.. To obtain live enzymes for building healthy
cells try and drink fresh vegetable juice (most vegetables including
bean sprouts) and eat some raw vegetables 2 or 3 times a day. Enzymes
are destroyed at temperatures of 104 degrees F (40 degrees C).

e. Avoid coffee, tea, and chocolate, which have high caffeine. Green
tea is a better alternative and has cancer fighting properties.
Water-best to drink purified water, or filtered, to avoid known toxins
and heavy metals in tap water. Distilled water is acidic, avoid it.

12. Meat protein is difficult to digest and requires a lot of
digestive enzymes. Undigested meat remaining in the intestines becomes
putrefied and leads to more toxic buildup.

13. Cancer cell walls have a tough protein covering. By refraining
from or eating less meat it frees more enzymes to attack the protein
walls of cancer cells and allows the body's killer cells to destroy
the cancer cells....

14. Some supplements build up the immune system (IP6, Flor-ssence,
Essiac, anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, EFAs etc.) to enable the
bodies own killer cells to destroy cancer cells. Other supplements
like vitamin E are known to cause apoptosis, or programmed cell death,
the body's normal method of disposing of damaged, unwanted, or
unneeded cells.

15. Cancer is a disease of the mind, body, and spirit. A proactive and
positive spirit will help the cancer warrior be a survivor. Anger,
un-forgiveness and bitterness put the body into a stressful and acidic
environment. Learn to have a loving and forgiving spirit. Learn to
relax and enjoy life.

16. Cancer cells cannot thrive in an oxygenated environment.
Exercising daily and deep breathing help to get more oxygen down to
the cellular level. Oxygen therapy is another means employed to
destroy cancer cells.

1. No plastic containers in micro.

2. No water bottles in freezer.

3. No plastic wrap in microwave.

Johns Hopkins has recently sent this out in its newsletters.... This
information is being circulated at WalterReedArmyMedicalCenteras well.
Dioxin chemicals cause cancer, especially breast cancer. Dioxins are
highly poisonous to the cells of our bodies. Don't freeze your plastic
bottles with water in them as this releases dioxins from the plastic.
Recently, Dr. Edward Fujimoto, Wellness Program Manager at Cast le
Hospital, was on a TV program to explain this health hazard. He talked
about dioxins and how bad they are for us. He said that we should not
be heating our food in the microwave using plastic containers. This
especially applies to foods that contain fat. He said that the
combination of fat, high heat, and plastics releases dioxin into the
food and ultimately into the cells of the body. Instead, he recommends
using glass, such as Corning Ware, Pyrex or ceramic containers for
heating food You get the same results, only without the dioxin. So
such things as TV dinners, instant ramen and soups, etc., should be
removed from the container and heated in something else. Paper isn't
bad but you don't know what is in the paper. It's just safer to use
tempered glass, Corning Ware, etc. He reminded us that a while ago
some of the fast food restaurants moved away from the foam containers
to paper. The dioxin problem is one of the reasons.

Also, he pointed out that plastic wrap, such as Saran, is just as
dangerous when placed over foods to be cooked in the microwave. As the
food is nuked, the high heat causes poisonous toxins to actually melt
out of the plastic wrap and drip into the food. Cover food with a
paper towel instead.

I , myself has ever a micro wave oven at home!

I do not put bottle of water in a car as the heat energy will dissolve the toxin material into the water.

I Try not using too much hand phone as it will cook my Cheek! Only If in urgent necessary!

I try not take handphone close to my head during the first 3 seconds of dailing.

I never use the phone calling when there is only one battery power indicator bar as that will drive the RFE (radio Frequency Emission) energy 1,000 times more than normal power level.
It will cook your face!



Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The seven dirty words

The seven dirty words are seven English-language words that comedian George Carlin first listed in 1972 in his monologue "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television".

At the time, the words were considered highly inappropriate and unsuitable for broadcast on the public airwaves in the US, whether radio or television. As such, they were avoided in scripted material, and bleep-censored in the rare cases in which they were used; broadcast standards differ in different parts of the world, then and now, although most of the words on Carlin's original list remain taboo on American broadcast television as of 2009.

The list was not an official enumeration of forbidden words, but rather was compiled by Carlin. Nonetheless, a radio broadcast featuring these words led to a Supreme Court decision that helped establish the extent to which the federal government could regulate speech on broadcast television and radio in the United States.

The words are:

However, when we watch Al Pacino's 1983 movie "Scar Face" I did not remember how many times Tony Montana had spoken the Word “Fuck”?


Friday, November 6, 2009

A taste of Chili at Da Ban Steamboat Restaurant Penang

This is a small but unique restaurant with the Penang's Local Sze Chuen Food!

We had tried some Chinese Sauage with Kan Lan in Cantonese Style, Chili Chicken that does not taste as Hot as real Sze Chuen Cuisine in China, though the chicken slice was cvered with Dried chili.
The Seafood fried noodle has that kind of cooking I like, not oily, the noodle was well fried in wok with the texture of noodle. The Pan Fried Slice Pork, Sze Chuan Sour and Hot soup.

Pig Liver soup was one of my favourite as Liver can provide you extra Vitamin K, a liitle hot as they put slices of ginger. We took Ren Shen Wu Long Tea and took Bird nest as the dessert.
Da Ban Steamboat restaurant was opened by a young lady in 2005,
The address is 84, Jalan Zainal Abidin 10400, Penang.


Monday, November 2, 2009

Gradual Growth of US Economy in 2010

US Economy will recover in 2010 and LED business will be continued to be in prosperity in 2010

Barack Obama A positive sentiment of the US Economy and causes market to go up possibly by 10-30 percent as of 2006-2007 corrected stock levels.

United States Military Expenditure cuts by more than 600 Billion Dollars by calling troops from both Iraq and Afghanistan. US Dependency on oil reduces significantly.

United States expects a mere 2-3 percent GDP growth this year like other years.

If they are saving a lot on mainly the Army it can easily turn things around.US has run into so-called crisis since Sep 15 2008, when Lehman Brothers broke down and that means now people would be using all their skills which will make the competition so strong among US Companies that other companies would have to move to United States in order to have the same benefits. US would end up being a super hub of what its now.

The outlook said economic activity in the US was expected to fall by 2.8% this year, better than the 4% decline predicted three months ago. Growth of 0.9% is forecast for 2010, up from zero in March 2009.

Expansion in developing countries is helping to offset the weakness of the rich western economies, even though growth was lower than during the boom years earlier in this decade.

China, helped by a "National major stimulus" package, should see growth of 7.7% this year, rising to 9.3% in 2010

Indian growth is predicted to be 5.9% in 2010, accelerating to 7.2% in 2010.

Brazil will contract by 0.8% this year, rebounding to 4% expansion in 2010.

Russia's economy will shrink by 6.8% this year but grow by 3.7% in 2010.


The economic of Britain is on the way to lose its market supremacy and competition, they will suffer in 2010

Suffer the down turn since 1989 will not be able to see any change for better sign in coming 2010-2011. Will seek CM and shifting factory to overseas. A benefit for us as the buying decision will be more localized.

IMF CommentThe U.S. economy will end the year mired in recession before mounting only a weak recovery in 2009,.

Majority of US Companies
New research from Deloitte issued today shows that although most major companies surveyed believe that the U.S. economy will start improving in early 2010, many of those same companies will lag behind the general economy when the rebound occurs. The reason: Too much focus on short-term, tactical actions and little attention to structural changes and strategic investments that are needed to support growth in the new business environment.

Approximately 55 percent of companies surveyed feel the U.S. economy will start showing signs of recovery in the first or second quarter of 2010; though 25 percent think relief won’t come until the third quarter or beyond. But, when the upturn does commence, Deloitte believes many companies will struggle to deal with the new economy, which will likely be a completely different playing field from what companies have seen in previous recoveries.

Stronger US Dollar
We can see US dollar is stronger than two months ago US Government will increase interest rate 2010. and less cash will be pumped into the stock market. That will be a way to cool down the mortgage business in USA. Stock market is truly a way to reflect the quality of the companies. Less chance to have stock bubbles burst! That may have bad effect on export but balanced with good buying power for importing oil.

My vision that the US economy will be in a way to grow in Q1 2010, target to have net GDP growth of 1-2.5% in 2010.

HK Snob

Sunday, November 1, 2009

How Rich You Are!?

There is a book " You are really Rich, you just don't know it" written by Steve Henry published by Virgin Books.
There are most 10 important items that you should have if you are rich, or in other word, if you have these ten items, as being part of your life you are having, you will be qaulified to be rich.

These are the most important elements in your life

1. Health.

2. Some one says " I love you"

3. Being in a stable relationship: family and career

4. Being in a safe and peaceful place

5. Have kids

6. Can have some quality time with family

7. Always able to laugh

8. You can Make Love!

9. Go travelling once in a while

10. Living in peacful and quiet World.

If you want to know how Rich you are. Go and perform a simple test to see how rich you are, or Kick the link on this post!