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

A Classy Man's Tequila Sunrise - pix 4

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!

A Classy Man's Tequila Sunrise - pix 1

A Classy Man's Tequila Sunrise - pix 2

A Classy Man's Tequila Sunrise - pix 3


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

Oscar 2012 - Sacha Baron Cohen - The Dictator - pix 17

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.”

Oscar 2012 - Sacha Baron Cohen - The Dictator - pix 22


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.