Lets roast a duck Kempton Style – from beginning to end

January 20, 2013

Lets Roast a duck - Kempton Style

Lets roast a duck Kempton Style – from Beginning to End is a sequence of four videos showing how I made a simple & easy to make roast duck!

If I can make it, that means you can make it too!

– Lets roast a duck Kempton Style – initial prep – Part 1/4

Lets roast a duck Kempton Style – Flipping the duck – Part 2/4

Lets roast a duck Kempton Style – Done! – Part 3/4

Lets roast a duck Kempton Style – Cutting it up – Part 4/4


Tequila Sunrise – a cool step-by-step (龍舌蘭日出 秘笈)

November 29, 2012

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I just watched a nice video showing me how to make the above cool looking Tequila Sunrise! The video by Andy is in Cantonese and comes with clear English subtitles. You should be able understand everything and make the drink yourself. Have a watch of  A Classy Man’s Tequila Sunrise (龍舌蘭日出) video! Thanks Andy for making the great video. (note: The instructional part starts at time code ~3:16 if you want to start learning how make it right away! :)

Subscribe to Andy’s A Classy Man’s YouTube channel for more videos. Like his Facebook and follow his Instagram. Fans of the first video have already asked Andy to make a dessert video! Finally, if you have made your own Tequila Sunrise (龍舌蘭日出), please post a picture to let us share your fun!

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猜謎語

November 25, 2012

剛發現這謎語,謎面:我的Facebook banner
謎底:一個四字成語。
Just discovered this cute riddle: My Facebook banner.
Answer: a four-character Chinese idiom.
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謎底:錦上添花
Answer: 錦上添花(roughly translated as “icing on the cake”)
What a cute co-incident on my Facebook that I haven’t noticed until now. :) Sometimes fun can be have from the smallest things. I love those tiny white flowers and each of them are tiny and there are lots and lots of them!


Sacha Baron Cohen “newsjacking” the entire 2012 Oscars

February 28, 2012

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Have a read of “How One Comic Genius NewsJacked the Entire 2012 Oscars” and see my comments below. By the way, I won’t repeat much of my discussion of the stunt which you can read and watch video clips here. [HT Chris Brogan]

The writer made some interesting points re the newsjacking in the Sacha Baron Cohen, Ryan Seacrest, and Kim Jong-il’s “ashes” incident although I wish he has supported his claims differently.

First of all, has the writer heard about Borat and watched any of Cohen’s marketing and PR stunts 6 years ago in 2006 when he promoted Borat? Oh no? Sacha didn’t just “become” PR Genius at Oscar, he was one long time ago just on different scale. In this case, his Hugo Oscar invite presented an opportunity and he took full advantage of it.

Are we (viewers, commentators, and even press) so forgetful that we all forget theSacha’s butt in Eminem’s face incident was totally a prearranged publicity stunt? I am not Sacha nor Seacrest so I may never know for sure, but if I were a betting man which I am not, I would bet a dollar that there were two comics on Oscar’s red carpet and their names are Sacha & Seacrest.

And for the record, how many times exactly did Sacha spill the ‘ashes’ of Kim Il Jung on Oscar night? Most people watched only one incident, the Seacrest one. I watched TWO separate incident, once in front of an empty red carpet (via AP live stream) and then the second time with Seacrest! In the first spill, the one most people didn’t see, Sacha had at least 3 male ‘Security Guards’ around him and one of the male ‘Security Guards’ actually handed him the urn of the ‘ashes’ of Kim Il Jung.

I want to reuse a line in my post “Fun with Sacha Baron Cohen, Ryan Seacrest, and Kim Jong-il’s “ashes””

It is troubling to see a world where so many people have opinions (including the “press”) and so few people care enough to find more facts to support or contradict their views.

Update: Here is my reply to an insightful comment under Chris Brogan‘s post (emphasis added),

“[…] good point in asking can it be newsjacking if the original “news” was planned in the first place. Oscar itself is an entertainment show, meant to be “entertaining”. As an aside, the sad part while I respect Billy Crystal, his Oscar opening number and jokes felt flat, dated, and boring. And Sacha’s stunt was more fun. Heck, even Angie’s Right Leg was a breath of fresh air!

May be it is a new human condition that we, through our time and energy spent in the social network, end up spending way too much time on something we can jump to conclusions and immediately share our “opinions”. Important news to our country (crime bill, election fraud, etc) take way more time to understand and read so ends up getting much less time and energy from us.”

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Best Defence Against the 50 Cent Army if you support @aiww 帮艾未未时,如何应付五毛党

February 8, 2012

What is 50 Cent Army (五毛党)? According to Wikipedia50 Cent Army/Party is a term for (emphasis added with minor edit),

Internet commentators (网络评论员) hired by the government of the People’s Republic of China (both local and central) or the Communist Party to post comments favorable towards party policies in an attempt to shape and sway public opinion on various Internet message boards.

How did I get myself tangled with the 50 Cent Army (五毛党)? Well, I’ve written about Ai Weiwei (艾未未 @aiww) once in a while since I think he is a great Chinese artist/political activist. Recently, when I tweeted something about Weiwei that got retweeted by @aiww, I would get Twitter mentioned by one of the 50 Cent Army (in this case Twitter user 20uI30a)!

OK, the best defence against the 50 Cent Army (五毛党) is to ignore them. Yes, ignore them! Don’t waste your energy, just ignore them!

In my case, so far I’ve taken one step further to confirm the offending Twitter accounts actually have the telltale signs of 50 Cent Army and I then will block the user and report them for spam. Of course, my act of blocking and reporting the accounts for spam is a complete waste of time! Why? Because these type spam Twitter accounts are disposable accounts! They are automatically created. Once these accounts did their job of wasting your time/energy to read and reply, etc the posters had already moved on to a brand new spam account. The spammers are “smart” and fully expected these accounts to be suspended. So after posting a few tweets (127), they will stop using an account and move on.

So save yourself the time, just ignore the 50 Cent Army. I’ve wasted my time to write this post so that you don’t have to waste your time. :)

P.S. Part of me is sad for people in the 50 Cent Army but then thinking they get 50 cents per post, it makes me laugh at the topsy turvy world of China.


「非誠勿擾」海外專場笑話

October 11, 2011

For the record.

「非誠勿擾」海外專場笑話 – (李怡) – 2011年10月12日

「非誠勿擾」是由江蘇衞視製作的相親真人騷節目,於 2010年 1月 15日開播,收視極高。節目中先由 24位單身女生出場,然後走出一個男生。女生台前各有一盞燈。第一輪是「愛之初體驗」,女生對男生長相若無興趣,會作第一輪熄燈。再下來是「愛之再判斷」、「愛之終決選」,播放短片,說明男生的個人資料、情感經歷,朋友評價,期間女生提問題和男生回答,過程中不合意的女生會陸續熄燈。如 24盞燈熄滅,則男生失敗退場。若仍有燈亮着,男生就可以進入最後的「男生權利」環節,進而帶走沒有熄燈的女生或者最後一次嘗試選擇心動女生。
節目從大陸紅到了海外華人地區。今年 7月到 10月,還到了澳洲、歐洲、美國搞了專場。
這節目反映了大陸人現在的擇偶心理、社會趨向和行事準則。有了海外專場後,網絡出現以下笑話。
有一個英國小夥子,參加「非誠勿擾」節目。女方問:「你是獨生子嗎?」
回答:「有一個哥哥最近剛結婚。」(數燈熄滅)。女方又問:「有房嗎?婚後跟誰住?」回答:「上一世紀的老房子;跟祖母、爸爸、後媽、哥哥、嫂嫂一起住。」(數燈熄滅)。女方再提問:「你做什麼工作?」回答:「大兵。」(剩最後一盞燈)。
最後一女問:「結婚有寶馬奔馳當禮車嗎?」回答:「我祖母肯定不同意,一般都用馬車。」女孩嗤之以鼻道:「寧可在寶馬上哭泣,不願在馬車上微笑。」(全數熄滅)。英國小夥子含淚離開現場。
隔天,英《泰晤士報》頭版頭條為:我皇室成員哈利王子,參加中國電視徵婚相親節目,首輪即遭淘汰。


中環

July 30, 2011

Central, Hong Kong (中環) is an interesting place to work, especially for ladies, I guess. As a boy and a young man visiting 中環, it never registered in my mind how special Central is. People seems to dress up a little (like my mom), and most of the time people were quite nice to me.

Having seen how things had changed over the years in 中環, I guess I’ve taken many things for granted (or simply not sensitive enough to care). As a tourist, I miss having the Star Ferry terminal right in 中環 for a fun tourist harbour trip but when I was still living in HK, I almost always took the MTR for the Central to TST trip for speed!

When the time comes, I think I will mostly remember 中環 by my great memories with my elders (長輩) and us young kids (小朋友) I met when I was little via my 中環 connection. I care about the people and was saddened to heard one of the 長輩 had passed away. I’m much less sentimental about things, buildings, and even “good” food like roast goose at Yung Kee (which wasn’t as good as before) .

P.S. Memory of an old man: Although I don’t remember anyone had volunteered to take the credit, but I remember us 小朋友 pushing an alarm one afternoon in my mom’s office (also known as party central). The alarm actually wasn’t fake and it lead to a few policemen came knocking on the door to make sure things were ok. :)

I guess, to me, these kind of small memories are the ones that I will remember.

And I will miss this old lady/entrepreneur at her Pottinger Street (known locally as Stone Slab Street) stall. I tried to find her last time I visited HK but I missed her. I hope she is well.


My friend Eva in FLASH on

July 22, 2011

Congrats Eva my friend re having your articles appearing in FLASH on.

You can read everything online. Very cool.

今期的FLASH on 對我娘家頗有紀念價值,我在第49頁蔽專欄The Scandinavian 寫了點瑞典家傳戶曉的童話人物Pippi,第22-24頁也做了​一個瑞典時裝插畫師的專題,訪問了其中一位熱辣高手Lovisa​ Burfitt。

Topaz Leung 也拍了今期的時裝大照,在第14-19頁,由她和Martin Cheung 的Studio TM做美指和燈光。”


Home Sweet Home – nowTV- hosted by 鄭丹瑞

February 11, 2011

A fun and insightful to watch nowTV interview series “Home Sweet Home” hosted by 鄭丹瑞.

Home Sweet Home第3集 嘉賓: 林海峰、林曉峰、林珊珊 (excellent)

Home Sweet Home第2集 嘉賓: 張學友 (really good)

Home Sweet Home第4集嘉賓: 陳慧琳 (I enjoy getting to know more about 陳慧琳. And the interview is better than I expected but it contains some rather silly moments/questions.)


戀愛難民 – 王雅雋

December 28, 2010

戀愛難民 - 王雅雋

剛讀完王雅雋小姐的戀愛難民,我覺得本書大部份非常好睇,特別喜歡”書中被訪「難民」的真實故事”,絕對係”既有趣又出人意表”。我很同意這書評的的一段話,

“我喜歡讀王雅雋的文章,除了愛看她鮮活的語言風格,還因為不管她嘲諷的對象是自身還是他人,在尖酸刻薄的數落中,一兩句體己話,卻會流露一點點的悲天憫人,讓我猜想,卸下社會學的視角和文字的武裝,她終究是一個心地善良的人。”

高度推介。

P.S. 有點失望的是書中最後一兩篇文章沒有其他的那麼好看。

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Some info about the book 戀愛難民 – 王雅雋

王雅雋,「八十後」廣州人,香港中文大學性別研究學系哲學碩士,城市大學亞洲與國際研究學系訪問學者,《明報》「星期日生活」專欄作家。從2008年起逢周日在「星期日談情」寫情論愛,探討本地生活。
她的赤裸,源自她那份抽離地看自己和看他人的清醒。
刻下的王雅雋,正在觀察和分析自己的單身生活。

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Book Description from 戀愛難民 – 王雅雋

“49個戀愛難民,有剩男剩女、單身飛人、大齡敗犬女、牛郎織女夫妻……
談情幾時成為奢侈品,未戀愛先有性,勸人結婚等於詛咒,婚姻只為經濟結盟,難民流離失愛,是生活迫人,還是大勢所趨。
王雅雋是愛情精算師,以直搗人心的手法拆穿難民私密的情愛困局,解構失愛時代下的男女百態。
本書賣點:
-書中被訪「難民」的真實故事既有趣又出人意表,如直男的同性初戀;大齡女四十八歲遠嫁丹麥;港女依從「邂逅計畫」,結果在coffee shop、教會成功釣金龜;剩男剩女的「出貨地點」竟是MBA課室等。
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Video interview with Michael Lau (劉米高) Happy Crazy X’mas – Time Square 2010

November 18, 2010

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Attended the wonderful 10th anniversary of Hong Kong local artist Michael Lau (劉米高) at Time Square. Here is my video interview with Michael. I hope you enjoy it as much as I in talking with Michael. (More photos here.)

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P.S. Check out a video clip of HK singer/actress Gigi Leung (梁詠琪) at the opening.


大山 – 加拿大駐中國歡樂大使

November 3, 2010

Dashan (大山) is the Chinese stage name adopted by Canadian Mark Henry Rowswell. In the wonderfully made 1996 NFB documentary Dashan – Ambassador to China’s Funny Bone (free full video online), you will get to know a bit more about Dashan and what makes him a great success in China. I think Mark is not just a funny comedian, he is also a very insightful man. Mark was Canada’s Commissioner General at the Shanghai 2010 World Expo.

I highly recommend you check out Dashan – Ambassador to China’s Funny Bone (free full video online).

P.S. Years ago, I relearned the way I hold my chopsticks after watching a non-Chinese Canadian held chopsticks correctly. Yes, for years, I held my chopsticks incorrectly! Today, as I watch Dashan – Ambassador to China’s Funny Bone, I am inspired to try much harder to improve my Mandarin. I know I probably won’t be as fluent in Mandarin as Dashan but I want to improve my Mandarin from “laughingly bad” to “semi-understandable”.


The Most Amazing flight with WestJet

October 9, 2010

Really cool to find out people can watch my Cantonese edition of “The Most Amazing” on WestJet flights! Next time you fly with WestJet, I hope you have fun checking out “The Most Amazing” on its in-flight OMNI Chinese channel.

So cool!

Here is a sample clip from season one. (Season three is the upcoming season.)


情色網 v. 日本小學 – 「私立櫻桃小學」v.「市立櫻桃小學」

September 12, 2010

在侯文詠先生的Facebook讀到”我愛“市立櫻桃小學”?“一文,因為它有值得令人深思的問題,所以我高度進介。

以下是我的留言。

侯文詠先生,我非常不乖。我在這個有趣的”考試”問題作弊了。廣州語(廣東話)的”出貓”了,哈哈。

我花了點時間用Google找出了這新聞的來龍去脈,發現一個有趣的現象。侯先生讀者留言的”論據”,有些有趣的很,令我有意想不到的收穫。

但事實的結局令人覺得有些怪怪/天馬行空,表面上是”雙輸”,而內裡是令我有點高興的”雙贏”。我說”雙贏”是因雙方最終都能夠以保護學童的立場而作出了適當的決定。我相信這是一個政治、法治、傳媒監察、等等都比較成熟的社會裡,可以做出的決定。

Part 2

Sex site “私立櫻桃小學” (私立さくらんぼ小学校) has been been in existence legally since 2002, so the fact that the school chose the same name is unfortunate for both entities. At the end of the day, both sides could have taken the “legal” road and keep their names, ignore the potential negative impact to the school children, and push this thing to an ugly end. But would that be a responsible thing to do if the school children are the first priority? I think not, as I’ve argued in the above public comment.

note: I edited out the less diplomatic version of “意想不到的收穫”. There is no point of angering the other readers. :)

以下是台灣蘋果日報一篇”不太深入”的報導。

情色網櫻桃小學 迫國小更名
粉絲鬧不停 家長憂心 市長終妥協 2010年09月12日蘋果日報

【李寧怡╱綜合外電報導】櫻桃產量居全日本之冠的日本山形縣東根市,將在明年4月新設一所小學,原本校名定為「市立櫻桃小學」,不料卻與一個名為「私立櫻桃小學」的成人動漫網站撞名,還遭成人動漫迷抗議。該市市長日前宣布,將更改新小學的校名。

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東根市四處可見與櫻桃有關的標誌,「市立櫻桃小學」也是市民票選的校名。當地官員去年12月得知有一個專刊18禁動漫的網站「私立櫻桃小學」,內有許多裸女動漫畫面,兒少不宜,原不考慮改校名,卻因《讀賣新聞》等媒體本月8日登出相關報導後,陸續收到「私立櫻桃小學」動漫粉絲的抗議電郵,抱怨「請勿剝奪我的興趣」、「你們是後來的」,要求更改校名。不少即將到市立櫻桃小學就讀的學生家長也表達憂慮,擔心因此造成兒童安全問題。

錄好校歌得重作
東根市長土田正剛原認為,改校名等於承認網路世界是正常的,堅不改校名,但媒體報導後引起熱議。有市民認為「要有堅持校名的勇氣」,但也有人不希望和網站同名。

事件受到全國矚目後,土田上周四緊急宣布,為免開學典禮時,「私立櫻桃小學」網站粉絲來校,造成學童困擾,決定改校名,將從去年票選時其他候選校名中選出。只是新小學的校歌已完成,還取名為「發光的6顆櫻桃」,連交響樂團演奏的CD都已錄妥,現在只好重作。「私立櫻桃小學」網站近日也因爆量關閉,首頁指網站2002年就創立,但站在保護學童立場,不會堅持網站名稱。


Cinematic iPad storytelling app review: “The Pedlar Lady of Gushing Cross”

August 9, 2010

Cinematic iPad storytelling app review: “The Pedlar Lady of Gushing Cross”

The Pedlar Lady of Gushing Cross” is a beautifully designed cinematic iPad storytelling app published by Moving Tales. Make sure you check out the enclosed promotional clip of the Pedlar Lady app so you can see some samples of the beautifully rendered images/animations.

Apple iPad app:  “The Pedlar Lady of Gushing Cross

Price: US$ 4.99

Star rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Pros:

* Beautifully and cinematically 3D rendered moving images that go along well with an engaging story. Matthew Talbot-Kelly, producer and director of the iPad app, is also a very experienced animator and you can totally tell from the stunning animations. Even the “cover” of the story app contains a 3D fly through to the Pedlar Lady’s house. (see clip)

* Beautifully recorded sound effects and narration.

* Users can also select the Spanish text and Spanish narration option. And the Spanish narration also sounds great. Potentially a great tool to teach children Spanish.

* The narration can be turned off so the story can be read by a parent or grandparent out loud with the sound effects playing in the background.

Cons:

I subtracted 0.5 star for the following:

* At the moment, the app doesn’t have interactive elements. Some of the pages (e.g. one page has many bottles hanging on the tree) are perfect candidates for adding interactive elements for user to touch/move and make sound or interact. (According to Moving Tales, this combination is technically not possible yet.)

* As part of this review, I discovered and reported a bug that stops the animations. Restarting the app may fix the problem, and rebooting the iPad should fix it. I’ve reported the conditions that can trigger this bug to Matthew, he has promised a bug fix and possibly some additional enhancements in the next update. (see my Skype video interview with Matthew, to be posted later).

[latest update from Matthew: a bug fixed version (v 1.01) was submitted to the app store last week, they are now waiting for Apple to approve it.]

[Aug 16, 2010 Update: version v 1.01 has been approved by Apple. The above identified bug has been fixed. Added new sound effects. Improved application stability.]

Recommendation:

Highly recommended. Great experience for much less than the price of almost all children books. Moving Tales, a Gibson BC based Canadian company, has done a wonderful job in creating a Cinematic iPad storytelling app for all to enjoy. Of local interest, the iPad app programming for the Pedlar Lady is done by a Calgary based programmer.

The official site of Moving Tales says it well, “How does Moving Tales bring stories to life?

  • sophisticated 3D animation on every page
  • original music, voice over and sound effects
  • animate the text using the iPad’s accelerometer
  • Cover Flow-like navigation
  • page swipe or tap for page turning
  • auto page turning option
  • sound effects only sound option
  • compelling narrative
  • randomly selected alternate views and extras to ensure no two viewings alike
  • sophisticated and dynamic typographic layout
  • evocative poetic language
  • Spanish option—choose to hear and display the story in Spanish as well as English”

紙包不住火,保鮮紙包不住榴蓮

August 7, 2010

昨天第一次自己買了榴蓮開來吃。好吃得像雪糕。吃不完的放進雪櫃,但紙包不住火,保鮮紙也包不住榴蓮的氣味。哈哈。

Durian (榴蓮)

Shells of Durian (榴蓮)

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誰為蘋果日報「辟邪」?

July 15, 2010

在蘋果日報讀到這「新聞」。

萬寧妹妹成長寫真書展辟邪
2010年07月16日

【香港書展 2010之童星篇】下周三開幕的香港書展,主辦單位貿發局為淨化場地及風氣,拒絕一眾推出寫真的 o靚模入場辦簽名會,不過年僅五歲的廣告界新星「萬寧妹妹」王允祈,卻完全符合大會條件,人見人愛的她推出成長印記《我有少少鍾意咗佢》,勢必在一眾 o靚模寫真中掀起另類搶購潮,以小小手臂一人之力為書展「辟邪」。

讀到這樣的「新聞」,令我想到誰為蘋果日報自身「辟邪」呢?經常拍和刊登女星露底、露事業線、露點、露毛的蘋果日報又有誰為它「辟邪」呢?

英語有”People Who Live In Glass Houses Should Not Throw Stones”,不客氣一點”Those f-ing reporters at Apple Daily, who make a living selling sex, should at least have the honesty not to be two-faced duplicitous “reporters””. Selling sex is a business and no one accuses Playboy and Penthouse as “two-faced duplicitous”.

萬寧妹妹成長寫真書展辟邪? Huh?!!! 誰為蘋果日報「辟邪」?


Mini-donuts & Deli Manjoo – Fun Food @ 2010 Calgary Stampede

July 13, 2010

Mini-donuts @ 2010 Calgary Stampede

Deli Manjoo @ 2010 Calgary Stampede

Food at funfair should always look great and smell good to attract people to buy them (often at outrageous prices)! Mini-donuts & Deli Manjoo are two of the fun food I saw at the 2010 Calgary Stampede. Have a look of this video showing how mini-donuts & Deli Manjoo are made and judge for yourself if they are fun and makes you want to buy and try them.