Happy Chinese New Year! 祝大家新春大吉,加送桃花運!:)

February 9, 2013

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Happy Chinese New Year! 祝大家新春大吉,加送桃花運!:)

我家桃花的短片, 加送小蜜蜂。

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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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“中環我至靚”報紙專欄之死

April 8, 2012

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I am glad the newspaper column “Central, Hong Kong Pretty Girls” (“中環我至靚”報紙專欄) is finally “dead” (last column 2012年01月27日) after my previous article “中環我至靚 – 蘋果日報 與 新聞自由” urging (although I am sure they didn’t cancel the column because of my complains),

“I am a keen observer of pretty girls in HK and around the world. Unfortunately today, against my better judgement, I will argue the Hong Kong newspaper Apple B.B. Daily should voluntarily stop taking photos of some of these pretty girls (中環我至靚) in Central, Hong KongYes, some of these photos taking and publishing has to be stopped!  Especially many of the photos that I love the most. Isn’t this paradoxical?

Now, after watching Bill Cunningham New York (2010) multiple times featuring Bill from New York Times, I can finally articulate why I did not like 中環我至靚.

First of all, I LOVE pretty girls which is why I HATE the way Apple B.B. Daily has objectified them. To me, pretty girls on the street are transitory pleasure that are meant to be noticed and paid attention to for a few seconds and then left alone. We, the readers, were implicitly invited to judge (agree or disagree) the “beauty” of the girls in the photo. WTF did these girls do to deserve Apple B.B. Daily singling them out for judgement including personal ridicule?

Have a watch of the following documentary about Bill. You will see that Bill‘s “On the Street” column featured the dresses, colours, shoes, etc etc. But never the judgement of the “beauty” of the ladies/gents in his photos. In fact, Bill resigned from “from Women’s Wear Daily after his illustrated celebration of fashion across class lines was rewritten as a snobby put-down.” Reporters and editors of Apple B.B. Daily, learn some journalist integrity from Bill!

Well, let me challenge Apple B.B. Daily in creating a brand new Sunday column as fun as and as insightful as Bill Cunningham’s New York Times “On The Street”. And please cut the crab in the phoney voice over and be fair and level minded for a change. I am no expert but you know who you can learn from right?

Bill Cunningham New York Trailer


Michelle Rempel – Confident rookie MP one of a new breed of Tory women

December 10, 2011

For the record.

Confident rookie MP one of a new breed of Tory women
JANE TABER
From Saturday’s Globe and Mail
Posted on Friday, December 9, 2011 6:56PM EST

Such a contrast this week in the House of Commons. With Peter Kent, the Environment Minister, away at the UN climate conference in South Africa, it was up to Michelle Rempel, his parliamentary secretary, to defend the government’s sometimes questionable environmental record.

And Mr. Kent, a former anchorman and journalist, could take a few lessons in communications from her.

In a Commons full of ministers robotically reading answers from their iPads because they’re afraid to go off script – that includes Mr. Kent – Ms. Rempel simply tossed away her talking points and confidently took on her opposition opponents.

She is among a new breed of Tory women. Like Lisa Raitt, the uber-confident Labour Minister, with whom she pals around, and Candice Hoeppner, the Manitoba Tory MP who killed the long-gun registry, Ms. Rempel stands out.

Only 31 years old, the blonde and petite rookie Calgary Centre-North MP, doesn’t hide behind anything – not even behind those prominent dimples of hers.

Throughout her political career, a pattern has emerged: Other women have pushed her to be better and more involved.

This week in Question Period, Megan Leslie, the NDP’s environment critic, attacked Mr. Kent for lecturing countries in Durban, “saying that they have to join a binding climate deal for 2015.”

Ms. Rempel shot back, reminding Ms. Leslie that on her recent trip to Washington to talk about the Keystone pipeline project, the New Democrat MP “lectured the United States … lobbying against our jobs here in Canada.”

Even then – and despite the war of words and accusations – Ms. Leslie respects Ms. Rempel. In fact, they go for drinks together “to decompress.”

“It’s nice to have a strong adversary on the file,” the NDP MP says. “She’s smart as a whip.”

Ms. Rempel didn’t grow up dreaming about being an MP. Read the rest of this entry »


中環我至靚 – 蘋果日報 與 新聞自由

August 5, 2011

*** Hong Kong Pretty Girls ***

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I am a keen observer of pretty girls in HK and around the world. Unfortunately today, against my better judgement, I will argue the Hong Kong newspaper Apple B.B. Daily should voluntarily stop taking photos of some of these pretty girls (中環我至靚) in Central, Hong Kong. Yes, some of these photos taking and publishing has to be stopped!  Especially many of the photos that I love the most. Isn’t this paradoxical?

Lets look at some of the photos of the pretty girls in Central, Hong Kong as reported by Apple B. B. Daily. And see if you notice a very important pattern.

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??? Have you noticed a pattern yet? Lets look at some more pictures.

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If you read Chinese, you can see the full Flickr set which I also posted the original Apple Daily text that goes with the photos for added context.

*** Observations ***

As you may have noticed already, the pretty girls in only 3, yes three, out of the above 13 photos actually post for the photos! And as you can read from the Flickr set, only those 3 photos have people’s names attached.

As you see, the other photos are of people talking on the phones or walking on the street simply going about their businesses. I have no indication that these people actually has or has not given Apple B.B. Daily permission to publish their photos on a column dedicated to photos of pretty girls in Central, Hong Kong!

Is this ethical behaviour? How will you react if this is your newspaper? Or if this is practiced in your city/country?

And if you live in Hong Kong, what do you think about this?

*** The Freedom of Press Paradox ***

While I don’t know the specific Hong Kong law but I suspect what the photographers of Apple B.B. Daily have done here are safely within the boundary of Hong Kong law. And I bet a Canadian dollar that a Canadian newspaper can legally take and publish photos of pretty girls standing on a public street too (although I can’t be sure).

The brave men and women of Apple B.B. Daily are truly the pioneers of newspapers and poor-tastes. At the end of day, no one can blame them for their total pursuit of making money through sex and smut at the same time as speaking truth to the powerful Chinese Beijing and HK governments.

Yes, seriously, Apple B. B. Daily do fight for democracy at the same time as they insert B. B. (bouncy breasts) of ladies in bikinis into completely serious news article!

*** Concluding Thoughts ***

Hong Kong is a really vibrant and strange market for newspapers, for both paid and recently free newspapers. Apple B. B. Daily bossman Mr. Jimmy Lai is one of the most intriguing and interesting entrepreneurs in Asia unfortunately the way he runs his newspapers (or allowed his newspapers to be run) just make me sick.


神奇的鬱金香

May 17, 2011

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鬱金香真的神奇。會在日間(溫暖時)慢慢打開,在晚間(變冷時)閉合。

Tulips are truly magical. They slowly open up in the day (when it gets warmer), and close up in the evening & night (when it gets colder).

Tulips after they turn yellow pink. (photo 2/2)


RTHK新一輯的品味人生: 李怡, 黎智英, 鄧小宇, 岑建勳

February 2, 2011

早幾天一口氣看完六集盧敏儀(Money Lo)主持RTHK新一輯的品味人生。很喜歡。被訪問者包括:李怡, 黎智英, 鄧小宇, 岑建勳, 等等

Here is an intro from 品味人生,

“承襲中國傳統儒家之道,男兒自古就是持家之主、奠國之士。男兒雙肩不單摃着生活擔子,還有社會承襲下來的意識型態。人生一路走來,男士們步履為營地走過腳下數十寒暑的起伏,百般滋味的歷練悄然為他們成就出一種生命的特質、蘊釀出獨特的男人魅力。這些魅力或然是令人對男士們產生興趣的誘因,但更重要的是誘發我們對盛載這股魅力的那一個人生的探求。續上輯【品味人生】充分展現出各界傑出女性的韻味和人生體會後,新一輯【品味人生】將承前要領,改以男性為主角,由女性來擔當主持人,繼續帶領觀眾認識社會上不同範疇,有着不同特質、魅味的男士;透過一個更知性的角度去細味每位傑出男士的百味人生。
受訪嘉賓: 陳日君、黎智英、岑建勳、鄧小宇、施永青、李怡、張家輝、清洪、譚詠麟
主持人: 盧敏儀(Money Lo)” More info here.