胡琳 Bianca Wu 爵士貓 Jazz Cats

November 25, 2015
胡琳 Bianca Wu Bibi quote from RTHK interview

胡琳 Bianca Wu Bibi quote from RTHK program: 12音樂門‧逃 – 爵士貓 · 胡琳

By random chance, I came across Jazz singer 胡琳 Bianca Wu (Facebook, nickname Bibi) in some RTHK promos (see below) of a RTHK program: 12音樂門‧逃 – 爵士貓 · 胡琳 about Bianca. (For English speakers, have a listen to Bianca’s renditions of “Fly Me to the Moon“, “Night and Day” in 《Bianca Live: with the New York Jazz Cats》.)

I ended up watching the 12音樂門‧逃 – 爵士貓 · 胡琳 (full 50+ minutes) last night and really enjoyed it. See below for the description from RTHK. And I left two public comments at Bianca’s Facebook page as my words of encouragement which I excerpted with edits here.

//胡琳 Bianca Wu, I just finished watching the RTHK program from Canada. I ended up listening to many songs from the fan club YouTube channel today and actually quite like a few of your songs. My wife (a classically trained soprano in her youth) and I both found your voice very beautiful. What a great example of talent, hard work and determination!
And from a business perspective, how lucky you met Patrick Chu in NYC and have Patrick as your long time music producer and agent! I wish the team a lot more success in the years to come.// [Few words from Patrick.]

//P.S. One more note Bibi. I am amazed how true to yourself you seemed in the RTHK program and that kind of “young at heart” is hard to fake. Bibi, I don’t know what is the story behind the lyrics of “被窩” but the song seems to touch you (and your fans) deeply. That is very cool. Keep up the good work and please stay true to yourself and that should serve you well.
P.P.S. I am no expert in music but I love some of Nina Simone songs. If you haven’t watched it yet, I highly recommend the 2015 Netflix documentary “What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015)” [RT, Indiewire] First rate.
Finally, this picture and sequence of performance before it lead me to think that I should take some time to write you a brief note of encouragement. Good luck and I will keep watching!//

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Artists like 胡琳 Bianca Wu who is true to her music and art are hard to find anywhere and especially in Hong Kong (a market now seems to be dominated by manufactured K-Pop stars with some serious downsides like harsh “slave contracts” as reported by BBC).

I don’t personally know Bianca’s music producer/manager/agent Patrick Chu who discovered Bibi originally in NYC in 2006. And I have no insight to the contractual terms between Bibi and Patrick but by the public accounts I’ve read in the media, it seems Patrick has treated Bianca in this music and business partnership well. Somehow Bibi and Patrick reminded me of two other pairs of collaborators. First pair is an obscure Indian mathematician discovered by an English mathematician (Ramanujan and Hardy). The second pair is an obscure Quebec French Canadian singer discovered by a singer/manager (Celine Dion and René Angélil). I think it is fair to say our world will be poorer if these three pairs of collaborators have not met.

Best of luck to Bibi in making more beautiful songs and arts (musical, films). And best of luck to Patrick in helping Bibi to create something fascinating and interesting.

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RTHK 12音樂門‧逃 – 爵士貓 · 胡琳 description: //『不是為了取悅樂迷,而是想認真做自己喜歡的爵士樂!』

胡琳九年前加入香港樂壇,初期曾經嘗試過不同路線,後來出版了一張以爵士樂風格翻唱四大天王歌曲的大碟, Read the rest of this entry »

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林日曦呢個黑紙100毛人

July 31, 2015

2017/07/28 update: So “Most Kwai Chung Limited 毛記葵涌有限公司” (note: 100毛 is just one of the brands) is in the process of trying to list on HKEX (news ref). Here are PDF links of its July 26th filed 322-page English (Application Proof (1st submission) (Full Version)) and Chinese (申請版本(第一次呈交)(全文檔案)).

2016/03/14 update: Facebook: 林日曦  很可惜,我們沒有金主, 因為,我們就是金主本人。 (Full FB posting included at the end.)

2016/01/12 update: 【股東擬賣《100毛》】林日曦:我傾家蕩產買番先!

//林日曦同拍檔姚家豪(阿Bu)陸家俊(陳強)各持3股,對於有傳股東擬賣《100毛》,林日曦話:「我冇聽聞過,傳聞傳乜都得,同吳亮星嘅『老朋友』有乜分別先?」
「我唔會賣,10%就算賣咗都絕對冇影響。如果有人賣,喂,我買番先喇唔該,我傾家盪產買番先。」
有人擔心10%股份落入紅色資本之手,林日曦堅定地謂:「佢嗰10%就乜嘢都做唔到嘅,不過我個人有啲咩……即係要張枱好清潔嘅……我個人有啲整齊病(強迫症),10%都做唔到啲咩嘅。整齊病嚟講我會買番,傾家盪產買番,唔係受佢影響,我係唔想答呢啲問題,為咗以後唔想答,所以買番。」//

Here is an excerpt of a public FB comment I left at 林日曦’s page.

林老板,可以用錢(就算要傾家盪產” :) )買番就最好啦。但係對方咁多錢,你就算儲埋好多好多散紙都一定*唔會*掟死佢,因為對方唔等錢洗,一D都無須要賣。 :(

I don’t have access to your private shareholders’ agreement so I don’t know what this (see below) fully implies “the Group [One Media Group] exercises significant influence […] the Group has the power to participate in making the financial and operating policy decisions of this company”.

It does sound potentially “influential” (don’t have to be “bad”). You and your lawyers know more about the legal implications. Good luck.

Note: see below for OMG annual report link.

2015/09/24 update: 香港有你:林日曦

2015/08/18 update: Mandy’s full interview.

// 推介呢個由樹仁新傳網 鍾溥敏Mandy Chung @Symedialab​ 做的林日曦​足本76分鐘的專訪。由樹仁學生問問題的第三部分亦很精彩。因為足本又長的關係,很多時間給Roy發表他的見解,𣎴須被剪短。同意Roy與否,其實比港台做的九分鐘”原來錢作怪”片段更能好好的明白Roy的想法及動機.//

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2015/08/07 update: 好好睇,好多語別不同的想法,老少咸宜,一齊學嘢,各取所需! RTHK 原來錢作怪:林日曦 (start time 13:14)

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我慢人幾年,最近先留意到 林日曦 (Facebook Lin Ri Xi) 呢個黑紙、100毛創辦人。而家追睇返一D佢嘅資料。順便同大家分享吓。 2015/05/31 SyMediaLab 鍾溥敏 Mandy Chung, 人物訪問 • 林日曦 黑面神林日曦 2013/08/10 Apple Daily, 火熱悶棍 林日曦 2015/02/02 SCMP, “100Most – a satirical weekly that’s a hit with Hong Kong’s Occupy generation

The friends decided they would only meet regularly if there was a joint project to work on together. That decision yielded Black Paper, an A5 size card filled on one side with their pithy political commentary and musings on life and art. The friends each shelled out HK$2,000 to print the first 2,000 copies, which went on sale on New Year’s Day, 2010. Priced at just HK$1, the cards sold out within two days. An additional print run of 20,000 copies was also quickly snapped up. By 2011, the monthly newsletter was being distributed at all 7-Elevens and sales rose to 100,000 copies. Success soon inspired the trio to dream of a bigger platform to air their views:100Most. They quit their day jobs and started the magazine with HK$1 million accumulated from Black Paper’s revenues. “We were fortunate to have a pool of money,” Chan Keung says.

P.S.林日曦本名”徐家豪” (Roy Tsui according to Wikipedia) P.P.S. Some video clips. 新傳網名人專訪 – 林日曦:做人要習慣短視 2012/12/10 Apple Daily (article黑紙林日曦呻:香港搵食好艱難 (according to this clip, One Media Group 萬華媒體 (HKG 0426) is an investor, Chairman Tan Sri Datuk Sir Hiew-king Tiong also owns 明報 Ming Pao holding) “林日曦與商台舊同事阿Bu及陳強2010年合作推出《黑紙》,初時每月一期,到今年每周一期。林形容做《黑紙》等於夾band,分別只是「人哋jam歌,我哋jam字」。”

黑紙、100毛 as shown in One Media Group Annual report 2014/15

黑紙、100毛 as shown in One Media Group Annual report 2014/15

Note: According to the MD&A section of One Media Group 2014/15 annual report under performance of other media investments section (presumably the smaller and less material investments) (emphasis added),

Blackpaper Limited is engaged in the publication of “BlackPaper”, “100 Most” and books as well as the provision of creative multimedia services and advertising campaigns. It recorded a satisfactory performance during the year.” Investment of HK$1,000,000 for a 10% effective equity interest. Quoting 2011/12 annual report, (emphasis added) “On 1st February 2012, the Group subscribed for 10% of the entire issued share capital as enlarged by the subscription of the shares in Blackpaper Limited at the investment cost of HK$1,000,000. Although the Group holds less than 20% of the equity shares of this company, the Group exercises significant influence by virtue of its contractual right to nominate and remove one director out of the four directors, all having equal voting rights, which form the board of directors of this company. In addition, the Group has the power to participate in making the financial and operating policy decisions of this company.” Questions: How “significant” are those influence? Can the 10% shares be bought back by Blackpaper Ltd. and at what terms and prices? I hope Blackpaper had a good advisor when the terms were signed in 2012 Feb. In hindsight, looks like Sir Hiew-king Tiong or, more likely, his team has made a nice investment considering the potential for long term success of Blackpaper Ltd.

2015 One Media Group's 10 percent investment in blackpaper

2015 One Media Group’s 10 percent investment in blackpaper

2012/12/10 Apple Daily, 中環在線:短嘢 “林坦言,今年有一半期數沒廣告,但賣紙足以支持營運,原本不需要人入股,是萬華主動接觸他們,可幫手接廣告,反正他們只想寫字,便讓對方入股。惟萬華只佔超少股份,投資額對萬華而言只是「散紙」。” 新傳網名人專訪 – 林日曦:一百毛不能代表所有人 名人專訪 – 林日曦國語歌填廣東歌詞示愛

2015 May 20th, Apple Daily, 【職場秘笈】100毛係地獄?!林日曦:我係惡魔老細

20160115, (with video) 【#多謝Shell】震撼700萬人的冠名內幕

2016/03/14 update: Facebook: 林日曦  很可惜,我們沒有金主, 因為,我們就是金主本人。  Full FB posting included here:  // 很可惜,我們沒有金主,
因為,我們就是金主本人。
2010年,我跟陳強、Bu Iu三個人,每人夾了2000元正港幣,創辦了一張雜誌《黑紙》。2011年, Read the rest of this entry »


訪問蔡錦源港視前高級編導

October 27, 2013

2013/10/27 訪問蔡錦源港視前高級編導 This is my Cantonese interview with Horatio Tsoi, former HKTV documentary producer/director.


ScrewYouApple – Indiegogo Funding Campaign

March 16, 2013

ScrewYouApple - official Project Pix

Please support my  Indiegogo Funding Campaign for my second documentary “ScrewYouApple”!

ScrewYouApple – Indiegogo fund raising promo

Documentary ScrewYouApple – Director’s Summary

ScrewYouApple is a tiny Pentalobe screw-inspired film of action that plans to formally ask Apple to stop screwing customers & Think Different again! ScrewYouApple will explore Apple’s multi-billion dollar cash-generating machine (possibly including the powerful App store) and also document my journey to formally ask Apple to stop screwing customers and get Apple to return to the inspiring ideals set out in Apple’s iconic Think Different “The Crazy Ones” Ad campaign. In a creative manner for a documentary, I intend to use a Shareholder Proposal as defined by the US Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (specifically Rule 14a-8) to formally ask Apple to Think Different again!

Please support the making of ScrewYouApple by choosing a perk on the right of the screen to join us on this epic journey, to try to change the world for the better.

(NOTE: If you are in China & unable to access YouTube video link, please try Youku.com.)

ScrewYouApple – Director’s Statement

If the 1989 documentary “Roger & Me” could be simplistically summed up as a film about director Michael Moore pursuing General Motor CEO Roger Smith to confront him about GM’s harm to Flint, Michigan, then may be ScrewYouApple could also be simplistically summed up as a feature-length documentary about crowd funders & supporters of ScrewYouApple combining our voices to try toformally ask Apple senior executives and shareholders to stop screwing customers and to Think Different again.

The creative spark for ScrewYouApple came from the tiny Pentalobe screws inside a MacBook Pro (see picture). I wondered what design/engineering purposes would the five-pointed Pentalobe screws have in serving Apple or its customers? After doing some research (CNet & iFixit), I learned the tamper-resistant Pentalobe screws (now used in wide range of Apple devices including iPhones) are there to stop customers from performing simple upgrades/repairs like replacing a battery, etc (in a sense to “screw” the customers) so that Apple can make more money. These tiny screws can be viewed as tips of Apple icebergs floating on top a sea change.

Pentalobe Screw Y✿u Apple

With your support, ScrewYouApple will explore the Apple’s multi-billion cash-generating machine (possibly including the powerful App store) and also document my journey toformally ask Apple to stop screwing us (one possible question: stop the use of Pentalobe screws) and get Apple to Think Different again (returning to the inspiring ideals set out in “The Crazy Ones“). (more about “formally ask” in Q&A #2)

Specifically, ScrewYouApple will include a look at the changes/evolution happening in Apple from the 1997 Think Different days to the 2013 Apple of today holding billions of cash. And to reach out to “screwed” Apple customers/former fans to hear and collect some of their stories. By makingScrewYouApple a crowd-supported feature-length documentary, the film aims to transform our singular voices into something loud and clear enough for Apple to notice. The making of ScrewYouApple can be viewed as an example of Marshall McLuhan’s famous quote, “The Medium is the Message.” (more details in Q&A #3)

Please support the making of ScrewYouApple by choosing a perk on the right to join us on this epic journey, to try to change the world for the better. The film’s current target completion date will depend on when I can “formally ask” Apple but you will receive many updates and video clips to watch from me along our epic journey if the fixed-funding campaign goal is met by the deadline!

Thanks for your support in making this film possible,

Kempton Lam (director & producer)

P.S. I don’t hate Apple. In fact, you may be surprised by Q&A #1.

Kempton’s filmography

Leung Kwok-hung (nickname “Long Hair”)

In 2004, Kempton single-handedly directed, produced, shot, and edited his documentary directorial debut “Long Hair Revolution“. The 71 minutes Long Hair Revolution is a film about the then newly elected Hong Kong legislator Leung Kwok-hung (nickname “Long Hair”), a Che Guevara t-shirt wearing rebel/activist. In 2005, Long Hair Revolution world premiered at the Calgary International Film Festival.

In 2009, Long Hair Revolution was acquired by the Canadian government’s “Library and Archives Canada” permanent collection where it “collects and preserves Canada’s documentary heritage, and makes it accessible to all Canadians.

“Long Hair Revolution” (長毛革命) selected to be part of Library and Archives Canada collection

Questions & Answers

Q1) Do you hate Apple? Have you ever bought any Apple products? Read the rest of this entry »


誠品是地產生意 ?

September 13, 2012

Don’t know how much I trust or agree with the author but I am including this article for the record.

蔡東豪專欄:誠品是地產生意

誠品以香港為踏腳石,進軍內地才是終極目標。

全城談誠品,有人把誠品當動詞用:你誠品咗未?周末夜晚去誠品,須排隊派籌,保安阿叔笑問:香港人幾時咁鍾意睇書?又係我出場的時間,由我說出在各位心裏,但沒信心大聲說出的一句話:香港誠品現象是泡沫。

書店變文化品牌 終扭虧
先清楚定義,香港誠品現象是指由誠品帶動本地閱讀風氣,提升文化氣息。我的看法是,香港人不會因誠品而改變閱讀風氣,本地文化氣息和修養在一輪喧嘩後,回歸以前,即是香港人不看書和香港無甚文化氣息和修養。更差的是,誠品旋風產生「一節淡三墟」效應,一輪大龍鳳過後,令香港人精神上感到閱讀疲累,到時發現閱讀風氣低處未算低。
很多人想知道,香港出版書的銷量,讓我告訴各位, Read the rest of this entry »


香港誠品、Apple Store、希慎廣場、租務策略

August 18, 2012

I sometimes conduct research and read stuff to gain new understanding and to satisfy my own curiosity. In this case, I’ve done a little digging to get a better understanding (at least for me) re 香港誠品、希慎廣場、租務策略. Instead of spending the time I don’t have to write an article, I am sharing with you my raw data/material. Feel free to leave your comments.

Anchor Tenants: See previously posted article re “香港誠品“. From 9to5mac “Hong Kong’s second Apple Store landing in Hysan Place, opening later this year?

Good read: Knowledge@Wharton, “Can J.C. Penney’s New CEO [Ron Johnson, chief of Apple’s retail stores] Reinvent the Department Store?

From 2011 希慎管理層的討論與分析

“希慎廣場
希慎廣場(位於軒尼詩道500號的重建項目)是集團下一個發展里程,包括15層寫字樓及17 層商舖,總樓面面積共達710,000平方呎。希慎廣場將為希慎的整體物業組合帶來長遠的策 略價值:
• 希慎廣場的商場部份將大大強化集團的整體商舖物業組合,使總樓面面積增加50%,同時 帶來更精彩的租戶組合,當中不少租戶為首次進軍香港的品牌。
• 新廈將提供優質樓面,為希慎寫字樓組合的發展注入一股強大動力,增進集團甲級寫字樓 組合作為中環商業區最自然延伸的優勢。新廈將是2012年港島區唯一落成的 AAA 級寫字 樓,其符合可持續發展概念的設計,採用最高標準的建造規格,而所有寫字樓樓層均坐擁 維港美景。 Read the rest of this entry »


陳心田 與 林錦堂 講一講 “工會罷工/談判權”

June 9, 2012

Last time Wallace and I talked about the Facebook “investment” before the super hyped IPO. Unfortunately, we were 100% right. What we discussed (the nature of Facebook, what is “investing”, etc) were backed by what we now have seen. And many many people actually lost billions on paper! You can watch our pilot episode here: “林錦堂與陳心田講一講 Facebook “投資”“.)

This time, Wallace and I talked about union’s rights to strike/bargaining rights (Air Canada, CP rail). You can watch it here: 陳心田 與 林錦堂 講一講 “工會罷工”. We hope you enjoy our show!