Friday, October 18, 2013

Bad habit

Annoying Body gesture

1. Making nuisance noise with your pen, coils, glasses during a meeting

2. Shaking legs whilst eating

3. Shaking the table or chair during a Dinner

4. Kick someone seat behind in a Cinema

5. Tell the story of the movie in a cinema whilst people could listen.

6. Talk on handphone in at a meeting

7. Picking nose in public

8. Yell and yawn in front on your colleagues.

9. Eat with food in the mouth while talking at same time.

10. Loud enough to let people 20 M away listen on your mobile phone in a train.

11. Fart at a meeting still be the first one says “WHO?”

12. Keep telling to friend how powerful he is in bed with girls in public… I bet 80% of these people are impotent.

13. Have all the above bad habit!

HK Snob

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Future of Hong Kong

1. Globalization that driver all business going into severe competition.

2. All products go for Low cost and Super Good product quality or cannot survive.

3. Longer Life expectancy forces people retire later, lesser opportunity for younger generation for going up the ladder.

4. No Way to buy a house as paying debt seems become our destiny.

5. More people will lose the job as we are losing competitive power.

6. A Fresh graduation from University is now being paid the Salary of a Secondary School graduate

In the 60’s

7. There will be no land space for house, Country Park, or sooner cemetery will be converting into public housing.

8. Shanghai will replace HK and Tokyo as the Far East Financial Centre by 2024.

9. 40% of HK men is now having marriage with China Wife and this rate will grow, however, as a consequence of China One Family one Child policy, there is 118 Man Vs 100 women as the new borne baby, HK people is seriously going head to head competition with local Chinese Man…

10. Forget about 2017 Direct Election for Chief Executive of HK as it will not change HK or HK people life in any aspect. As whoever being elected will remain a puppet of The Chung Nam Hoi Administration.

11. Occupancy of Central Will prone be a Disaster. That will ruin the internal image, jeopardize the business of HK, create more hatred between Government officials and the certain people of HK.

What We should Do!?

Stay Calm and watch for opportunity.

Real estate price will soon drop in one day to reasonable level, still beyond the ability of the middle class people could possibly afford.

Keep sharping up ourselves, do whatever we can, explore all opportunity to make some money, Consolidation of Money, funding for small business.

Go for the new Business by internet media earlier.

Thinking of smaller real estate investment item in 3rd tier city in China to start with as it is still low…

Work 130% harder more as we are now.

HK Snob

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Hong Kong MoonCakes

Mooncake is a Chinese bakery product traditionally eaten during the Mid-Autumn Festival. The festival is for lunar worship and moon watching, when mooncakes are regarded as an indispensable delicacy.
Mooncakes are offered between friends or on family gatherings while celebrating the festival. The Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the four most important Chinese festivals. In fact, mid-autumn festival is 2nd important festival , after Chinese new year.
Surprisingly , Korean would celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival like HK and Taiwan,  and In Korea They will have holiday on 17-19 Sept, 19 Sept is the Mid Autumn festival and It’s a HK Public Holidays.
A rich thick filling usually made from lotus seed paste is surrounded by a thin (2–3 mm) crust and may contain yolks from salted duck eggs. Mooncakes are usually eaten in small wedges accompanied by Chinese tea.
The caloric content of a mooncake is approximately 1,000 calories (for a cake measuring 10 cm (3.9 in)), but energy content varies with filling and size. We cannot eat too much every time.
Price of Moon Cake common in HK is from HKD$140-HKD$300, of course there are more expensive one up to thousand Dollars. But comparing to those Chinese MoonCake that Sold at a few Thousand RMB (USD$600) or more, that is another case, This year the new Chinese State will ban the Sales or Mooncake as a bribery which commonly happened in the past ten years.
Maxim, Kee Wah, Wing Wah and Hang Heung is the most four Famous Brands the Maxim introduces low sugar filling, White lotus Seed. I am Fuddy-fuddy, I still can not appreciate those Ice-cold Moon-cake they’re made for Kids!
Lotus Seed is said to be one of the most mysterious Seed since early days of China, We had found one Lotus Seed that was 1,000 years ago and we can grow it by extraction from it DNA, this trigger the scientist and doctor to study Lotus seeds that may contain the secret of Life Rejuvenation.
So I hope after you have eaten the MoonCake, you could be the years young and more attractive.!
HK Snob

To the Shoplifters in Singapore, Beware! The punishment is Extremely harsh!

I don't know if that is a Singlish, or typo, or angry staff of the Parklane Mall posted this on the wall,
Shoplifters Will be prosecuted! but in reality, they are written this way. LOL!

Singapore Snob

Saturday, August 31, 2013

German Labor Mininstry has banned emailing out of office hours

Germany labor ministry has banned managers from calling or emailing staff out of hours except in emergencies. The ministry says the measure is intended to prevent staff from suffering undue stress by being constantly on call.

Daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported Friday that the ministry is following the lead of major German companies such as automaker Volkswagen and Deutsche Telekom.

The newspaper cited official guidelines stating that no staff should be penalized for turning off their cellphone or failing to pick up messages after working hours "to prevent self-exploitation."

It said managers were also being urged to refrain from calling staff while on leave but out-of-hours contact was permitted "in exceptional circumstances."

WOW! This is really a Developed Country practice. As in Asian, those customers is expecting you to reply his their email on 24 hours basis…. That is a really a pressure to our after-work life, no wonder some of our colleagues dropped dead on his computer!

Hope that Hong Kong would be learning from the civilized country, however somehow someone would standup and say, This will jeopardize the Hong Kong economy and reduce it competition power in the Regions!

HK Snob

Friday, August 23, 2013

HK Survivors of Manila hostage Crisis Sue Philippine Government at 3rd anniversary of the Horrible incident

HK Survivors of Manila hostage Crisis Sue Philippine Government

Survivors of the 2010 Manila hostage crisis and families of those killed sued the Philippine Government on 22 Aug to demand an apology and compensation. A day before the tragedy’s third anniversary,
Tonight Nat Geo will have a special program to show on this crisis, and that could recall the anger of the People of HK on that bungled rescue operation. That took eight lives of the Hong Kong People. The Whole world was watching the Rizal Park hostage Drama.

The president Aquino has expressed regret and admitted the crisis should have been handled better, but refused to apologize when the victim’s families travel to the scene of the incident in Manila in 2011.
However, the Philippine government has apologized for the killing of a Taiwanese fisherman by the coast guard.
The moral of the story is..,
HK Government ex CEO Ronald Tsang and current Executive in Charge CY should do something to enforce of the Philippine government to respond to the victim’s family’s request.
Only sending Black Tourist Warning every time when I land Philippines could not be enough to classified as ACTION at all!
At least to give family member a justice, Taiwan, on the other hand is doing much more beautifully!
HK Snob

Monday, July 29, 2013

Learn about lie

Learn about Lies

Listened to RTHK 2 Luk Suk about lies,

These are the 8 for lies rules compiled by a Philosopher Cireco (Marcus Tullius Cicero 3 Jan 06 BC)

1. Sin for a Child

2. Fault for an official

3. A Cut for Lover

4. A Profession for a lawyer

5. A pre-requisite for a Politician

6. A management Tool for a Boss

7. An Excuse of subordinate

8. A matter of survival for married man.

This is really got to the points and I deeply feel agree!

Lie is an Art, and start from today, pls do not trust your boss.

HK Snob

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Carlos Ghosn, A non-Japanese CEO that Saved Nissan, turned the Company from Loss to Profit in One year

In 1981, Carlos Ghosn joined French automotive supplier Michelin as a plant manager in Le Puy, France. In 1984 he was named head of research and development for the company's industrial tire division. One year later, he became CEO of Michelin's South American operations, based in Brazil. In 1990, he was named chairman and CEO of Michelin North America, where he presided over the restructuring of the company after its acquisition of the Uniroyal Goodrich Tire Company. He held those positions until 1996, when Renault hired him as executive VP responsible for advanced research, car engineering and development, car manufacturing, powertrain operations, purchasing and supervision of Renault activities in South America.

Carlos Ghosn at Nissan’s Honmoku Wharf, a logistics hub about 10 km southeast of Nissan’s global headquarters in Yokohama, July 16, 2011.In 1999, Renault purchased a 36.8 percent stake in Nissan. While maintaining his roles at Renault, Ghosn joined Nissan as its CEO in June 1999, became its president in June 2000 and was named CEO in June 2001. When he joined the company, Nissan had debt of $20 billion and only three of its 48 models were generating a profit—and reversing the company's sinking fortunes was considered "mission impossible." Ghosn promised to resign if the company did not reach profitability by the end of the year, and claimed that Nissan would have no net debt by 2005. He defied Japanese business etiquette, cut 21,000 Nissan jobs (or 14 percent of total workforce), shut the first of five domestic plants, and auctioned off prized assets such as Nissan's aerospace unit. His radical methods would make him a “target of public outrage,” according to the Wall Street Journal. However, in one year, Nissan's net profit climbed to $2.7 billion from a loss of $6.1 billion in the previous year. Twelve months into his three-year turnaround plan, Ghosn had Nissan back in the black, and within three years it was one of the industry's most profitable auto makers, with operating margins consistently above 9% -- more than twice the industry average. Nissan's operating profit (EBIT, or earnings before interest and taxes) margin increased from 1.38% in FY 2000 to 9.25% in FY 2006,

A good story to learn, FOCUS and Emphasis on your Core Business Strength, Cut off in-competitive products, Lean Operation running by a team of staff with Passion in the heart!

HK Snob


Saturday, May 25, 2013

HK Snob Visited OMB, office of the President

HK Snob and His staff Visited Office of the President, Philippines OMB (Optical Media Board) Chairman and CEO Ronnie Ricketts and his Staff, including the Chief of Police and his body Guard. The Shortes is HK Snob!
HK Snob

Friday, March 15, 2013

The Rise and fall of a Company

There are many successfully stories on how to build a great company by establishing from a tiny small business. Of course unties not easy and it might take tenth of years to do that.

But it is even more difficult to maintain the momentum to growth.

There are a few reasons that cause the company stop. From further growing or even go to bankruptcy.

1. Wrong company direction

Moving from one core business into unfamiliar new business

2. Greedy

Over-estimated the market growth and over invested on the company infrastructure.

3. Do not listen to the subordinate who may understand more on the need on what product we need to build for customer, not the one who sits in the chair in board room.

4. Micromanaging your subordinates, especially Chinese who works for one company for too long who would be too much believe that he understand the company most, in fact he might not understand what is the best company model because of his narrow business exposure. Best optimum experienced manager should have at least working in 5 different companies with different business models.

5. Effectiveness of a company operation is measured by reciprocal on how much he is going into micro managing his team. If he is so much fond of going into micromanaging… Definitely he has no time to think of other major area that really needs him; financial planning, vision of the company, expansion plan.

5. Shut off the ear to listen

No one likes to hear bad comment on the products, the bad comment from your competitors and your customers is the most valuable information for your company success provide the leader has the gut to correct it, to rectify it. However there are not so many real leaders could have the gut to CHANGE.

6. People harmony

If there are too many people who are not working along your direction, there will be problem to move to forward, see how we row a dragon boat, it is not the power of individual arms, it is the drummer at the forehead who could keep everyone rows at the same rhythm would win.

7. Fairness

There should be a fair game to play, we cannot promote someone within a year because he is the school fellow of the CEO, CTO we cannot do just do that, it kills all the fighting spirit of rest of the hundred managers. If he is good, time will tell.

8. No one is perfect

Use their strength, don't try to change someone' weakness, we use someone strength, if someone is good at presentation and weak in people chemistry just ask him to do presentation do not for him to go with customer for dinner. It is waste the talent and wasting your time, and most of all waste the Wine!

9. No one is indispensable
It is not true as if that is the case, you have probably made a mistake since the first day you hire him. Without one brick the wall won't fall, how About ten out of hundred? HR is the most important resource to ensure success, especially resource of good team mates.

10. Don't take the bonus away from your subordinates and change to be yours, it is not just greedy, it is robbery, no one will work for you. Good team success needs good team mates with passion to win, his basic reward is robber, the passion will fade.

11. Value Loyalty

One manager used to offer smaller review to the staff who has been working years with the company and offer more increment to the unstable staff in some area people used to move around. I cannot say is wrong but I think old staff has valuable experience, Treat Loyalty with respect.

11. Sex, races, age, seniority should not be a prime consideration for promotion.

People who can perform will be promoted.

12. Don't blame your staff to lose market share, you should be the one as you lead the team. General should be the one who will shoulder the total responsibility not the soldier.

13. More senior managers would be likely less to have got to make decision.

14. Don't waste time making slogan, jargon for quality matters! Make procedure, work instructions.

15. Look at the clothes and shoe of the quality manager to tell his capability to manage quality...

16. Don't believe the number of PHDs would determine how success the company is.
Use people for his strength, skill and talent. PHD is good for some RnD stuff or technology exploration, does not mean they have street smarts or business sense!

17. There is no standard for success, company grows steadily 20% a year for the last twenty years would be much more stronger than the one that grew 80% last Year and slash 50% next year.

18. Character determines life style, life style determines attitude, attitude determine capability, and capability determines success. everything starts from character of the staff, not academic.

The average people make average stupid trivial mistakes, the senior smart executive who used to make catastrophic mistake!

One thing we learn, got to be focus on strong products or we will be Jack of all trades, Master of nothing!


Sunday, February 17, 2013

Tsim Tung Ke Lim Kor

This is No. 1 top publicity in terms of exposure in TV Ad, newspaper, facebook... simply he is so lovely, fat and cute and had been "kidnapped" that made ten thousands of people worrying about him, the utmost happiness of found after lost could only possibly be told by his master.  I am a cat lover, how can I miss his new published book of all about Tsim Tung Ke Lim Kor?
HK Snob

Monday, February 11, 2013

Drifty to Charity is sin

I buy what CY just told in the news media that we should think about all the poor people in HK when we had a dinner with our family during the new year eve dinner.

I wish that HK people would have less poor people, now we have 1.18 Million whereas we had only 0.96m in 2012 under the same scale. The Number of poor people is rising,, probably due to the monopolynized landlord… As for the Tai Pai Taang, the first 600 Coffees go to the rent, for the Noodle shop, the first 2,000 Wantons go to the rent everyday. However, the hourly wages of a fast food helper is not enough to buy a lunch box

I hope that the $nake year could really bring the economy back, and I hope that some of the city tycoon, rich people just take out 2% of your properties and donate it to the charity fund, It would be helping a lot of poor people. Imagine you have less 2% of your wealth, there is simply no change in your life style you still can drive your luxury BMW750IL to work, you still earn HKD$1,000 per second everyday, you still can stay in your apartment of 1,000 Square Meters. You still can wear your Vintage Patek Philippe, and you still can put on the Super 160’s Tasmanian Wool suit and Drink DRC with your Celebrities friends.

Saving money is a virtue and thrift to charity is sin. Try to help people is a kind of blessing. after all,  I believe… the City would be having more smiles, more love…

HK snob

Friday, February 8, 2013

The Year of Snake for the People of year of Rooster

According to the Chinese Zodiac, year of 2013 is the Year of the Snake, it begins on February 10, 2013 and ends on January 30, 2014.

The Snake, also called the Junior Dragon, is the sixth sign of the Chinese Zodiac, which consists of 12 Animal Signs. It is the enigmatic, intuitive, introspective, refined and collected of the Animals Signs. The snake also represents the ability to strike at will, quickly and powerfully.

Ancient Chinese wisdom says a Snake in the house is a good omen because it means that your family will not starve. People born in the Year of the Snake are keen and “cunning”, quite intelligent and wise. They are great mediators and good at doing business.

This is a year of water Snake, and all things will be possible. Saving money and being thrifty should be your top priorities. Delusion and deception are common in the year of water Snake. Stay alert!

To gain the greatest benefits from this year, you must control spending and use your talents wisely. If you are planning to get married or to begin a business partnership, be sure to thoroughly investigate the other person's finances and background before you legalize the alliance.

We will see some big changes in the year ahead – many difficult, many wonderful.

Personal advice: Stay Calm as Snake is cool blood, make cool decisions, make sharp blow at eyes to kill your enemy with the strength of the whole body. No hesitation if you think it is right. Work hard, and be alert to changes.

It will bring us fortune, Investment should focus on big blue Chip, Real estate investment in HK should not be concluded before 2nd half of the year as Chief Executive of HK  CY Leung is planning for new rule for cooling down the high Properties price.

If you are year of Rooster, you should not be worry, we will be having a lot of opportunity in business. Keep you cash ready for next investment.
HK Snob

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Is she insane!?

If you see this, what do you think?
I can not imagine that such thing could happen in a large city like this.
The place is seems to be Macao instead of Hong Kong.
She must be worrying peegret as she will get on a bus for long distance!?
Macao Snob

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Neck Ties

For many years I keep some of the ties, some of them have a very different memorial value!
As from those Ties, I can recall which are the ones giving me. I recalled the time I bought some of the ties from HK most famous Pen Collector TK Lee in his Shop of Maurizio Bonas at Pacific Place where we used to gather for the Watch collectors and pen collectors every Saturday afternoon.. TK is in now settled in Singapore, whereas other s like Paul and Hung still very active in Watch Collection.

Many of the neck ties were given by my wives, friends, daughter, my mother.

I like the yellow Dunhill most as it was my last Birthday gift from my mother and my youngest daughter Leica, they shared the money to buy for me. Every time I wear the tie, every time I think of the individual person and episodes. Some of them make me feel bitter and some of them sweet.

I wear different ties for different occasions and days for meeting customer. I used to wear ties even in hot summer meeting customers. Once I was once told by my customers in Flextronics Zuhai that he liked to see I wear tie as that showed respect to them.

I used to match them with shirts and different tie clip and tie chain. That is really fun. However after I few years, I will be retired and I think the chance to wear any ties will be minimum. Leaving traces of witnesses of time, person and those tedious works to take them for dry cleaning once a year!

If I could afford, I would like to buy a good quality silk tie as it can make a beautiful knots easily and the tie will reform itself leaving minimum wrinkles afterward.

My favourite make is Dunhill, Faberge, Gianni Versace, Gucci…

Some people said it not worth to buy an expensive tie. Well, when the see how they make a good tie, then they know what we are buying is worth the money!

HK Snob

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Flood in Jarkata

After the Japan Earthquake 11 March and a Serious Flood in Bangkok that gave the new lady PM Yingluk an headache in 2011. There was another flood in Manila 8 Aug 2012 with waves from the sea hitting up to the top of the Manila City Palm Trees!


Now on 17 Jan 2013, there is another flood in Indonesia, 40% of the area of Indonesian is in fact below sea level, and if the dyke was broken , the city will be flooded.

The situation in the flood-hit areas in Jakarta have yet to improve and the water level in Ciliwung river was still on the rise as on 19 Jan. As at this morning, whole areas of Pluit in North Jakarta were still submerged under 1.5 metre of water.

According to the Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management, the death toll due to floods rose to 14 and most victims were electrocuted or drowned.

The world has changed, probably we can blame the human being is not treating the world good enough, There is serious of disasters everywhere every year. Hope that HK would be a place to be safe.

HK Snob