Saturday, 31 December 2011

0947 HKSAR Name of the Day

Elizabete Fong Chong Mei (Miss), alumnus, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong


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Thursday, 29 December 2011

0946 HKSAR Name of the Day

Shody Chow (Mr), alumnus, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Note: It is a pity this person is not female … Shody Cow!


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Tuesday, 27 December 2011

0945 HKSAR Name of the Day

Michel Chong Kei Kei (Ms), alumnus, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong


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Sunday, 25 December 2011

0944 HKSAR Name of the Day

Gallant YT Ho (Dr), alumnus, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong


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Friday, 23 December 2011

0943 HKSAR Name of the Day

Constant Cheng Po Kong (Dr), alumnus, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

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Wednesday, 21 December 2011

0942 HKSAR Name of the Day

Moses Cheng Mo Chi (Dr), alumnus, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

see 0112, 0489 and 0591 HKSAR Names of the Day


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Name Category: Phonetic-based; Self-important; Somewhat common in Hong Kong

Monday, 19 December 2011

0941 HKSAR Name of the Day

Rico Chan Wai Kwok (Mr), alumnus, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

See 0637 HKSAR Name of the Day


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Sunday, 18 December 2011

Pele the Anti-Prophet Supreme

Spanish soccer giants Barcelona FC have just thrashed Brazilian champions Santos 4—0. But this is no huge surprise because this blog's favourite anti-Prophet, Pele, predicted that Santos had a good chance of beating Barcelona at the FIFA Club World Cup that was held this Sunday in Japan. The scoreline suggests Santos didn't have a chance!

True to form Pele did not disappoint. A common soccer phrase seems appropriate here: Form is temporary, class is permanent!

Pele is simply amazing. His predictions are pure class because they are an almost dead certainty to be completely and utterly wrong. Predictions associated with Pele typically fall by the wayside (see posts here and there and here) so it is usually sensible to bet against Pele's predictions.

The only 'thing' who has a better track record, albeit spanning only a couple of months, than the prolific Pele is Paul the Octopus (now deceased). Paul the Octopus was an excellent Prophet, and Pele the Man is an incredible Anti-Prophet.

Saturday, 17 December 2011

0940 HKSAR Name of the Day

Divion Chan Kwok Keung (Mr), alumnus, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong


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Thursday, 15 December 2011

0939 HKSAR Name of the Day

Elvin Chan (Mr), alumnus, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong


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Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Why Did The Senior Citizen Sit On The Upper Deck?

No, this is not a joke and there is no catchphrase. This question was my first thought when I read the news story (below) about a 74-year-old man who fell down the stairs of a double-decker bus and subsequently died from his injuries.

Risk Assessment
Leaving aside the unpredictable, unintelligent and incompetent actions of others (like the bus driver, allegedly), why do people put themselves at unnecessary risk? Would it not be sensible for senior citizens to stay on the lower deck of a double-decker bus?

Senior citizens may sit on the upper deck of the Star Ferry, but preferably they should not sit on the upper decks of buses and trams. Is this reasonable to assume in Hong Kong society?


Reference

Senior in fatal fall down stairs of double-decker (The Standard)
Thursday, December 08, 2011

A 74-year-old passenger died after falling down the stairs of a KMB double-decker bus.

The man, surnamed Chan, had a head injury and died upon arrival at Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

The accident occurred at around 2pm on Wan Wah Street near Tsz Oi Court car park in Tsz Wan Shan.

The Trident bus has been running for eight years, while the driver was on his last trip when the incident occurred.

A KMB spokeswoman said the bus was on its way to Tsz Oi Court when it stopped at traffic lights near a car park.

But after the bus captain resumed driving, he heard a loud bump.

Reports from the scene said Chan was about to go downstairs and was close to the edge of the stairs when he fell.

Chan, who lived in the area, was unconscious when taken to hospital.

The driver, who joined KMB in 1996, has been suspended, which the spokeswoman said is normal until a police investigation is completed.

She said all drivers must pass three weeks of training before serving the public. They need to have at least three years of experience driving private vehicles with satisfactory conduct.

But Ringo Lee Yiu-pui, chairman of the Institute of the Motor Industry Hong Kong, said: "In terms of professional conduct, I suspect bus drivers possibly still lack training on taking passengers' safety into consideration while driving."

He said drivers - through the bus periscope - should make sure no one is standing up on the upper deck before moving off.

ALICE SO

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

0938 HKSAR Name of the Day

Pappy Au Yuk Ying (Ms), alumnus, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong


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Monday, 12 December 2011

Bonehead

Arsenal and Ivory Coast soccer player Gervino (pic from here)

Every time I see a picture of Gervinho, a soccer player for Arsenal Football Club and Ivory Coast, the word bonehead comes to mind.

Or perhaps I'm just a bonehead for thinking this!?

Sunday, 11 December 2011

0937 HKSAR Name of the Day

Demon Ng Chi Keung, chief prosecutor (for Commissioner of Police), Hong Kong Police Force

Credit Ulaca

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Saturday, 10 December 2011

Netball Captain Dies After Choking

The ambiguity—or equivocation—of words can sometimes produce misunderstandings, disingenuous statements and even unwitting comedy.

"Choking" is a term used to describe the physical blockage of the breathing tube or trachea.* It is also used in sporting parlance as a psychological blockage in physical performance. The fact that the news report (see below) linked a person's death by choking to his public sports persona is a tragicomedy.

* The evolution of the structures of the trachea and the oesophagus is but one example demonstrating the absurdity of Intelligent Design. There is nothing intelligent about this "designer", since this "design flaw" has been the cause of death to many people just like this unfortunate male netball captain. Any designer who planned the makings of the same passage for swallowing, breathing and talking is clearly stupid.


Reference

Captain dies after choking (The Standard)
Thursday, December 08, 2011

The captain of New Zealand's men's netball team reportedly choked to death in a freak accident while eating his dinner.

Mike Siave, 35, collapsed in front of his wife Amanda on Friday as he was eating a meal at his Christchurch home, the New Zealand Herald reported.

Paramedics failed to revive him.

"He was one of the best captains we've ever had," men's netball association head David Pala'amo told the Christchurch Press.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Friday, 9 December 2011

0936 HKSAR Name of the Day

Hins Cheung King-hin (Mr), Canto-pop idol friend to singer-songwriter Ivana Wong Yuen-chi

see 0935 HKSAR Name of the Day


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Wednesday, 7 December 2011

0935 HKSAR Name of the Day

Ivana Wong Yuen-chi, singer-songwriter, Hong Kong.

Ivana Wong has sticky-out ears and looks like a pixie. Just saying' see also Scott Parker in Big Head Little Body and Remus Choy


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Monday, 5 December 2011

0934 HKSAR Name of the Day

Anson Mak Hoi Shan (Ms), Film and Media, Arts Development Council, Hong Kong


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Sunday, 4 December 2011

Women Waistlines of the World

US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi
(pic from AFP)



Food for thought: Do the waistlines of nations' top female leaders represent their people's typical or average waistlines?


Reference

Suu Kyi welcomes US role as Clinton visit ends (SCMP; paywall)
MYANMAR
Reuters in Yangon
Dec 03, 2011

Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi yesterday welcomed US engagement with Myanmar, saying she hoped it would set her long-isolated country on the road to democracy.

US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton held a final meeting with Suu Kyi as she wrapped up a landmark visit that saw Myanmar's civilian government pledge to forge ahead with political reforms and re-engage with the world community.

Clinton and Suu Kyi held a private dinner on Thursday and met again yesterday at the Nobel laureate's lakeside home, effectively her prison until she was released in November last year after years in detention.

"If we go forward together, I'm confident there will be no turning back from the road to democracy. We are not on that road yet, but we hope to get there as soon as possible with our friends," Suu Kyi said.

The two appeared visibly moved as they embraced after their meeting, and a senior US official said they had established a strong personal rapport. Neither mentioned US sanctions on Myanmar, imposed because of rights abuses and suppression of democracy, but Clinton later said the curbs may end if reforms continue.

"If there is enough progress, obviously we will be considering lifting sanctions. But as I said before we're still at the very early stages of this dialogue," she said.

Suu Kyi said Myanmar needed help on education, health care and strengthening rule of law, and welcomed US support for World Bank and International Monetary Fund assessment missions to help draw up priorities for a country whose economy is increasingly reliant on China.

"We have to find out what our greatest needs are," she said.

Clinton's trip follows a decision by US President Barack Obama last month to open the door to expanded ties, saying he saw the potential for progress in Myanmar, until recently seen as a reclusive military dictatorship firmly aligned with China.

Saturday, 3 December 2011

0933 HKSAR Name of the Day

Wyman Wong Wai-man, supporter of local celebrities(?), Hong Kong

See 0701 HKSAR Name of the Day and 0846 HKSAR Name of the Day


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Thursday, 1 December 2011

0932 HKSAR Name of the Day

Montgo Chui Tze Hung (Mr), Visual Arts, Arts Development Council, Hong Kong


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Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Lo and Behold, The Pot Changes

Baby-faced journalist Alex Lo has changed his look significantly. Perhaps this was induced by a major event or turning point in Lo's life, or maybe (although unlikely) comments on this site played a role?

Here's the latest mugshot of Alex Lo:



And here's his previous mugshot:Pics from SCMP


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A Body Like A Fish

A Face Like A Fish

A Right Wally

Big Head Little Body

Doppelgangers

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

0931 HKSAR Name of the Day

Sunny Lam Sui Kwong (Mr), Film and Media, Arts Development Council, Hong Kong


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Sunday, 27 November 2011

0930 HKSAR Name of the Day

County Tam Man Yee (Ms), Film and Media, Arts Development Council, Hong Kong


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Friday, 25 November 2011

0929 HKSAR Name of the Day

Litwin Cheng Chun Chor (Mr), Drama, Arts Development Council, Hong Kong


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Thursday, 24 November 2011

Australia's Asian Punk News Anchor

I was pleasantly surprised when I last visited Australia and saw the following news reader on the telly.

Lee Lin Chin is the SBS news anchor (pic from here)

Lee Lin Chin has a wonderfully heavy old-school BBC accent, but her fashion sense takes the award! She is definitely in the category that favours all news readers to be like school headmistresses; stern, serious, strict, spiky … and spunky!

These days the new generation of news anchors (particularly in Hong Kong) appear to lack any character or, for want of a better word, spunk.


POST AMENDED in light of recent comments

A picture of Sonic the Hedgehog and a link to 0926 HKSAR Name of the Day. Lee Lin Chin, in addition to resembling a blue hedgehog character, also appears to have a Big Head and Little Body.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

0928 HKSAR Name of the Day

Basmah Lok Chak-yin (Ms), born and raised in Hong Kong, converted to Islam after the 35-year-old used to catch the same bus home with a Muslim colleague to have regular conversations with him about Islam, and later married him.

Note: Basmah is a created variant of the Arabic name Basma which means "smile"


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Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Men With Money Have Affairs ... Probably

This is not uncommon, whether in Hong Kong, the US or Uzbekistan. Obviously, the standing of each person in a relationship is important too. As mentioned before in previous posts (e.g. see here), if the male is arrogant and considers himself superior to his partner or wife then it is likely he will have an affair.

Therefore it was not really a surprising "revelation" that Henry Tang Ying-yen, a candidate for the chief executive "election" in March, is guilty of infidelity.

Why the long face?
Henry Tang's pic from
here

In Chinese, or Asian, society which is male-centric, this is accepted. Look at Stanley Ho and his "wives" or mistresses. Having mistresses is also accepted among the elite in other societies. The common factor is the inequality within the spousal relationship.

This "revelation" will not tarnish Henry Tang's image in the eyes and minds of the Hong Kong public.

And what of the other candidate, CY Leung?


Reference

It's down to business after Tang admits affair (The Standard)
Colleen Lee
Thursday, October 06, 2011

Henry Tang Ying-yen, who resigned as chief secretary last week, kept himself busy at meetings with political leaders and business elites yesterday, a day after admitting he had been unfaithful to his wife.

After confessing in a statement that "I have strayed in my love life, and I feel deeply remorseful and guilty," Tang focused on work apparently linked to his potential campaign for the chief executive election in March.

Yesterday afternoon, Tang, 59, met for two hours with new Executive Council convener Ronald Arculli at the Hong Kong Club in Central.

Asked what they talked about and if he had won support from Arculli, Tang said: "We just had a chat."

Arculli, who took over the job from Leung Chun- ying on Monday, also declined comment.

Tang is to meet today with former Monetary Authority chief executive Joseph Yam Chi-kwong, and tomorrow with executive councillor Leong Che-hung.

He also has appointments with former executive councillor Chung Sze-yuen on Monday, and former secretary for justice Elsie Leung Oi-sie the following day.

Victor Fung Kwok-king, group non-executive chairman of consumer-goods trading giant Li & Fung and former chairman of the Airport Authority, is on Tang's guest list for next Thursday.

The following day, Tang will meet with Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Standing Committee member Yu Kwok-chun and Chinese- Language Press Institute chairman Lee Cho-jat.

In his statement, Tang thanked his wife of 27 years, Lisa Kwok Yu-chin, for forgiving him, saying he considered her his lifelong partner. He refused to identify who made him "stray."

Shirley Yuen, his former administrative assistant and current Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce CEO, and Elizabeth Chan, who worked as Tang's personal assistant when he was a lawmaker in the 1990s, both denied having an affair with him.

Kwok said there had been "difficult times" in their marriage, and they have decided not to look back.

In an exclusive interview with Eastweek, Tang said Hong Kong needs to handle many deep-rooted problems. These include how to make the economy more diverse, and addressing social issues and constitutional development. He also said it will be essential for the SAR to continue to contribute to the country.


Monday, 21 November 2011

0927 HKSAR Name of the Day

Kasim Ma Fung-wai (Mr), chairman of the Da'wah (Islamic propagation) committee of the Islamic Union of Hong Kong

Note: Arabic name meaning "divided"


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Saturday, 19 November 2011

0926 HKSAR Name of the Day

Sonic Lok, 16, attendee of the 13th Ani-com and Games Fair in Hong Kong (2011)


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Friday, 18 November 2011

More Pele Pronouncements To Invalidate

Pele is, or shall we say the media are, at it again. Predictions associated with Pele typically fall by the wayside (see posts here and there and here) and here are five more pronouncements to invalidate because Pele said:

1) it's scary to see how far behind Brazil is in its preparations to host the 2014 World Cup

2) Brazil striker Neymar did the right thing by choosing to stay in Brazil instead of accepting an offer from a European club


3) Santos had a good chance of beating Barcelona in the Club World Cup next month in Japan


4) FIFA was right to ask Brazil to sign a new law that would regulate commercial rights, alcohol sales and advertising rules for the tournament, among other things.


5) FIFA cannot be blamed for anything.



REAL MEANINGS

1) It is NOT scary. Brazil will be ready to host the 2014 World Cup.

2) Brazil striker Neymar WILL move to a European club.

3) Santos will NOT beat Barcelona next month at the Club World Cup.

4) FIFA was WRONG to ask Brazil to sign away all its commercial rights for the 2014 World Cup.

5) FIFA CAN be blamed for EVERYTHING.

Thank you Edison Arantes do Nascimento for being such an icon OFF the pitch as well as ON the pitch.


Pele: Brazil's 2014 build-up is 'scary'
Soccer great 'worries' about delays in World Cup preparations, but confident country will deliver
SOCCER
Associated Press in Sao Paulo
Nov 12, 2011

Pele says it's scary to see how far behind Brazil is in its preparations to host the 2014 World Cup.

He said it made him sad that it took so long for the country to start seriously preparing for the tournament, but added he was confident Brazil would do what needs to be done in time.

The football great defended Fifa for asking Brazil to urgently approve a law establishing the legal framework needed for the World Cup, saying the government knew of the world governing body's demands when it bid to host the tournament.

Pele said young Brazil striker Neymar did the right thing by choosing to stay in Brazil instead of accepting an offer from a European club, adding that Santos had a good chance of beating Barcelona in the Club World Cup next month in Japan.

Pele, the World Cup's official ambassador in Brazil, said he was surprised with some of the delays in the 12 host cities, including in construction for some of the stadiums that will be used in the month-long tournament scheduled to begin in less than three years. "It was scary," he said. "It is sad and it worries me that we have to go through this even though we knew eight years ago that the World Cup was going to be held in Brazil."

He said, however, that President Dilma Rousseff was fully aware of the challenges Brazil was facing and would not let Brazil fail.

"It seems everything is being solved, there are some delays but I'm certain that everything will be ready," he said. "We have problems with transportation and communications, but the government will do everything necessary to get things ready."

Pele made the comments at a press conference to promote a research institute that bears his name and is aimed at helping children across Brazil. He also said he thought Fifa was right to ask Brazil to sign the law that will allow Brazil to deliver the final commitments it made to Fifa in its bid to host the World Cup and the 2013 Confederations Cup.

The new law would regulate commercial rights, alcohol sales and advertising rules for the tournament, among other things. But many Brazilian lawmakers, including former striker Romario, are hesitant because the proposed law allegedly gives Fifa too many powers.

"Fifa cannot be blamed for anything," Pele said. "This is not new for the Brazilian government. It accepted all of these demands, now it has to find a solution and I know that it will find it."

Pele also praised Neymar for agreeing to stay with Santos until the World Cup, and dismissing a move to clubs such as Real Madrid or Barcelona, which reportedly tried to sign him several times. "We always thought that it would be better for him to stay in Brazil for as long as possible and we always tried to convince him of that," said Pele, who was Santos' biggest star in the 1960s. "It's better if he stays here until he can become more mature to play in Europe."

Thursday, 17 November 2011

0925 HKSAR Name of the Day

Yammie Lam, director, ATV news, Hong Kong


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Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Verbal Diarrhoea #10

"He had a bad reflex - he was Spanish so he drives on the other side of the road."
Claims Frenchman Sebastien Loeb, 2011 World Rally champion, who had a head-on collision with a road car.


Since Sebastien Loeb is French, perhaps he himself demonstrated a bad reflex because the French drive on the same side of the road as the Spanish.

Had both drivers demonstrated good reflexes according to how they normally drive, or had both drivers had bad reflexes, then the head-on collision would never have occurred!

So rally champion Loeb, what are you trying to say? Do you have good or bad reflexes?


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Reference

Loeb 'could not avoid' road collision (EuroSport news)

Sun, 13 Nov 11:36:00 2011

Sebastien Loeb said there was absolutely no way he could avoid the head-on collision with a road car that ended his participation in the Rally GB on the 18th stage in mid-Wales.

The Citroen driver, who clinched his eighth World Rally championship on Friday after rival Mikko Hirvonen retired, was running second behind Jari-Matti Latvala with five stages to go when he had the incident with a car that ended up on the wrong side of the road.

"Between the two stages on the road section in a very narrow part over a crest, the car came in front and I went to the side and he went to the wrong side," Loeb explained. "He had a bad reflex - he was Spanish so he drives on the other side of the road.

"We couldn't do anything so we just hit, not hard but the car was broken. When you have no water in the engine, you can't go anywhere.

"This is not the first time it's happened to me. It's bad luck sometimes."

He added that the other driver involved was full of remorse.

"The Spanish guy was crying," said Loeb, "he was not so happy."

Although Loeb had been keen to try and end the year with another victory even though the title was secure, he was sanguine about the incident, admitting that with the championship resolved he could be fairly relaxed.

"I prefer it now after the result of the championship," he said.

"For sure it was a good battle but like I said my main target here was to win the championship. That was done, so it was okay.

"It's the only rally where I didn't need some points so it's the best one to have like this."

AutoSport

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

0924 HKSAR Name of the Day

Ines Kwai-Pun, student (2009), University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong


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Sunday, 13 November 2011

0923 HKSAR Name of the Day

Alphonsus Ip Hoi Yeung, medical student (2007), University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong


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Saturday, 12 November 2011

Oh Là Là, Oh Lola, Oh Dakota !

Oh Lolita ...

This Ad of 17-year-old Dakota Fanning has been banned in Britain (reference here)


Not content for women to make themselves look younger—whether it be by cosmetic, fashion, photoshopping or surgical means—the latest trend appears to be to make women smell younger. Lol.

Fragrance experts already know that, while women prefer floral perfumes, men much prefer sweeter tones. Unsurprising then that Marc Jabobs therefore grasped the Lolita angle for their ad campaign.


If you ask me, my concern about the ad poster is angled more on Dakota's rather awkward-looking elbow joint. Ouch!

Friday, 11 November 2011

0922 HKSAR Name of the Day

Brandy Cheng (Mr), court reporter, Ming Pao newspaper, Hong Kong


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Wednesday, 9 November 2011

0921 HKSAR Name of the Day

Dominica Siu, head of media relations, Hong Kong Catholic Church, Hong Kong


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Monday, 7 November 2011

0920 HKSAR Name of the Day

Mayella Cheung, deputy head, new media unit, Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK), Hong Kong


About Novel HKSAR Names
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Saturday, 5 November 2011

0919 HKSAR Name of the Day

Felis Cheng (Ms), journalism student, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong


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Thursday, 3 November 2011

0918 HKSAR Name of the Day

Yardley Luk Wai-kit, 25, who works in advertising (interviewed in SCMP about the iPad 2), Hong Kong


About Novel HKSAR Names
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0918 HKSAR Name of the Day

Yardley Luk Wai-kit, 25, who works in advertising (interviewed in SCMP about the iPad 2), Hong Kong


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Tuesday, 1 November 2011

0917 HKSAR Name of the Day

Emmy Leung Yuen-shan, senior promotions manager, Sun Hung Kai Properties, Hong Kong


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Sunday, 30 October 2011

0916 HKSAR Name of the Day

Alnwick Chan Chi-hung, executive director at property consultancy Knight Frank, Hong Kong

pronounced "Ann-nek"

About Novel HKSAR Names
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Friday, 28 October 2011

0915 HKSAR Name of the Day

Saline Lee Siu-ling (Ms), General Registry, Hong Kong Science Museum, Hong Kong


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Wednesday, 26 October 2011

0914 HKSAR Name of the Day

Woonie Chan Woon-wai (Mr), Assistant Manager (Ticketing & Franchise), Hong Kong Science Museum, Hong Kong


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Name Category: Creation; Phonetic-based

Monday, 24 October 2011

0913 HKSAR Name of the Day

Alver Li Yiu-kwong (Mr), Designer II (3D Design 2), Hong Kong Science Museum, Hong Kong


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Saturday, 22 October 2011

0912 HKSAR Name of the Day

Silvy Pun Yuen-yiu, WWF Hong Kong marketing officer (responsible for WWF's shark's fin campaign), Hong Kong


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Thursday, 20 October 2011

0911 HKSAR Name of the Day

Hilton Cheong-Leen, president, Hong Kong Civic Association, Hong Kong


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Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Verbal Diarrhoea #9

"This [Chinese] meal embodies the idea that every cuisine is in fact a natural fusion of different cultures. What we experienced here is true fusion."
Claims local gourmet William Mark Yiu-tong

The Chinese meal in question is: a stuffed baby tomato appetiser, a consomme with an intricately constructed edible "lover's knot", braised beef presented with coiled and golden-fried dough, salt-baked braised duck, velveted fish dice in bamboo and a delicately layered sweet pastry.

We are also told that these dishes tested the chefs' mastery of Chinese traditional techniques, and their understanding of cutting-edge presentation.

In the words of team leader chef Qu Hao of Beijing:
"[The Chinese theme] inspired us towards the concept of `poetic cuisine' as a way to show the world the depth and creativity of Chinese cuisine."

Nothing to do with different cultures then, apart perhaps that the Chinese chefs stuffed a baby tomato. Everything else sounds like Chinese cuisine; such as, consomme, braised beef, fried dough, salt-baked poultry, and fish with bamboo.

Hence, this is just more superfluous waffle from people labelled as "gourmets" or "food critics" who know very little about describing food in an honest and humble way.

Shi Songxiu, Hou Xinqing, David Lee, Chow Chung, Lee Man Tat, food critic William Mark Yiu-tong, Qu Hao, Charles Lee, Chen Qing and Li Ke.
Pic from SCMP.

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Reference
World champion chefs add a touch of poetry to take Chinese cuisine to a whole new level (SCMP; paywall)
CITYSEEN
Yvonne Lai

Aug 29, 2011


In the world of cuisine, good taste is worth replicating. In May, sauce maker Lee Kum Kee's dream team of Chinese chefs wowed judges at the 2011 World Championship of Cookery in Taipei, beating 27 other international teams to take home the champion's cup.


To give Hong Kong food lovers a chance to sample the glory, Lee Kum Kee Group chairman Lee Man Tat and sons David and Charles Lee hosted a banquet on Friday at the company's Tai Po headquarters, and invited the five mainland masters to recreate their award-winning dishes.


"The theme of `Jiangnan painted in spring rains' came from a Chinese dance competition I saw that featured a couple dancing in front of a moving backdrop of a Jiangnan water village," team leader chef Qu Hao of Beijing explained. "It inspired us towards the concept of `poetic cuisine' as a way to show the world the depth and creativity of Chinese cuisine."


The dishes - a stuffed baby tomato appetiser, a consomme with an intricately constructed edible "lover's knot", braised beef presented with coiled and golden-fried dough, salt-baked braised duck, velveted fish dice in bamboo and a delicately layered sweet pastry - not only tested the chefs' mastery of Chinese traditional techniques, but also their understanding of cutting-edge presentation.


Local gourmet William Mark Yiu-tong was just one of the satisfied guests at the three-hour luncheon. The veteran food critic said: "For me, this meal embodies the idea that every cuisine is in fact a natural fusion of different cultures. What we experienced here is true fusion."

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

0910 HKSAR Name of the Day

Skye Chan Sin-yeung, TVB artist (or Hong Kong celebrity), Hong Kong


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Sunday, 16 October 2011

0909 HKSAR Name of the Day

Tavia Yeung Yi, TVB artist (or Hong Kong celebrity), Hong Kong

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Amended post to include pic

Pic from here

Friday, 14 October 2011

0908 HKSAR Name of the Day

Wilco Chan (Dr), assistant professor, School of Hotel and Tourism Management, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong


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Wednesday, 12 October 2011

0907 HKSAR Name of the Day

Canace Wong, reporter, SCMP, Hong Kong


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Monday, 10 October 2011

0906 HKSAR Name of the Day

Kirindi Chan Man-kuen, head, corporate communications unit, RTHK, Hong Kong


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Saturday, 8 October 2011

0905 HKSAR Name of the Day

Dickson Lau Wan-shun, founding chairman of the Hong Kong Yoga Association, Hong Kong

see 0824 HKSAR Name of the Day and 0899 HKSAR Name of the Day


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Thursday, 6 October 2011

0904 HKSAR Name of the Day

Fala Chen, presenter, Dolce Vita, TVB, Hong Kong


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Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Clueless About Contraception

It is unsurprising and hardly news when the results of a survey show that people know little about contraception. It may be due to the lack of sex education but it may also be due to the high-profile media attention of celebrities who are caught cheating.

Although the media attempt to make sex scandals glossy, the media never put 2 and 2 together. Sadly, the media gloss over the fact that celebrities caught cheating do not usually use condoms (e.g. Tiger Woods and Boris Becker are examples from the sporting world). If kids are fed an unhealthy diet of celebrity sexual affairs without discussion of the consequences of having unprotected and unsafe sex, then the social perception may be that the use of condoms is the norm.

We can thank the media, and people like Tiger Woods and Boris Becker for this. If these individuals and organizations have any common decency and social responsibility, they should put out messages of remorse and regret about their unsafe sex practices.

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Reference

The young and the clueless (The Standard)
Alice Baghdjian
Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Young people across the globe are having more unprotected sex and know less about effective contraception options, a survey revealed.

The "Clueless or Clued Up: Your Right to be informed about contraception" study reports that the number of young people having unsafe sex with a new partner increased by 111 percent in France, 39 percent in the United States and 19 percent in Britain in the past three years.

"No matter where you are in the world, barriers exist which prevent teenagers from receiving trustworthy information about sex and contraception, which is probably why myths and misconceptions remain so widespread," said Denise Keller, a member of the World Contraception Day task force.

"When young people have access to contraceptive information and services, they can make choices that affect every aspect of their lives which is why it's so important that accurate and unbiased information is easily available for young people to obtain."

The survey, commissioned by Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals and endorsed by 11 international nongovernment organizations, questioned more than 6,000 young people from 26 countries including Chile, Poland and China, on their attitudes toward sex and contraception.

In Europe, only half of respondents receive sex education from school, compared with three quarters across Latin America, Asia Pacific and the United States. Many respondents also said that they felt too embarrassed to ask a health-care professional for contraception.

"Young people are telling us they are not receiving enough sex education or the wrong type of information," said Jennifer Woodside, spokeswoman for the International Planned Parenthood Federation.

"The results show that too many young people either lack good knowledge about sexual health, do not feel empowered enough to ask for contraception or have not learned the skills to negotiate contraceptive use with their partners to protect themselves from unwanted pregnancies or sexually transmitted infections."

In Egypt, more than a third of respondents in the study, prepared for World Contraception Day on September 26, believe bathing or showering after sex will prevent pregnancy, and more than a quarter in Thailand and India believe having intercourse during menstruation is an effective form of contraception.

But the fact that many young people engage in unprotected sex and the prevalence of harmful myths should not come as a surprise, Woodside said.

"How can young people make decisions that are right for them, if we do not empower them and enable them to acquire the skills they need to make those choices?" she said.

REUTERS

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

0903 HKSAR Name of the Day

Boron Cheng Cheung-wah, cardiology specialist, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Hong Kong

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Sunday, 2 October 2011

0902 HKSAR Name of the Day

Chapman Tse Chun-man, Independent comic artist, Hong Kong see Anna Chapman

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Saturday, 1 October 2011

Smashing Stereotypes #1

Soccer player Samuel Eto'o from Cameroon clearly does not have bright, sparkling, dazzling white teeth.

Pic from AFP/Getty Images

The "black man with dazzling white teeth" is a stereotype that has been around for a while, and still abounds today in Hong Kong. For example, there is a toothpaste brand called Darlie (see comments in Confessions of an Air Hostess). It was previously called Darkie and had an image of a black man with huge bright shiny teeth.

Interestingly, whilst the English brand name was changed apparently due to political correctness, the Chinese brand name never was. It is still known in Chinese literally as "Black man's toothpaste".

Samuel Eto'o ... Smashing Stereotypes!!

Friday, 30 September 2011

0901 HKSAR Name of the Day

Stone Tsang Siu-keung, Hong Kong endurance racer (taking part in the inaugural Vibram Hong Kong 100, Hong Kong's first solo 100-kilometre endurance race in 2011), Hong Kong


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Thursday, 29 September 2011

To Desiderate


Someone must have been using a dictionary ... and not a lot else ... to find a fancy but altogether archaic word for promotional purposes.

These are the kind of people who are likely to possess novel names of the kind highlighted on this blog. IMHO, such people have a poor grasp of the use of English but they also have a psychological tendency to want to stand out from the crowd and are likely to express themselves in a variety of ways such as choosing novel names or to wear outlandish clothes.

Hong Kong is full of such people!


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Wednesday, 28 September 2011

0900 HKSAR Name of the Day

Aldrin Yim, student instructor, biostorage project, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

see Buzz Aldrin posts (Magnifisolation and Conspiracy Comeuppance)


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Monday, 26 September 2011

0899 HKSAR Name of the Day

Dickson Hui Chak-hung, director, three-story hotel project on land near Ting Kok Road, Tai Po, Hong Kong

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Sunday, 25 September 2011

Verbal Diarrhoea #8

"I thank God for giving me such a good legal team and for his support. I thank my family for their support and love. I am especially thankful for [friend] Wong Hei, Pastor Lam Yee-lok, [TVB managing director] Ms Fong Yat-wah and [executive deputy chairman] Mr Leung Nai-pang."

Claims Stephen Chan Chi-wai, after he, his former assistant Edthancy Tseng Pei-kun and TVB marketing chief Wilson Chan Wing-shuen were found not guilty of corruption and fraud charges against them in the District Court on 2 September 2011


Yet another example of someone who cannot think critically and who attributes all his good fortune to supernatural causes. So, it appears Stephen Chan believes that his prayers and his special relationship with Pastor Lam persuaded God to ensure that a legal team would take care of the legal side of things for him? Total delusion.


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Reference

TVB'S Chan cleared of graft charges (SCMP; paywall)
General manager and two co-accused acquitted of cheating TV station after judge criticises its management of payments for celebrity appearances
Amy Nip and Austin Chiu
Sep 03, 2011

TVB general manager Stephen Chan Chi-wan was yesterday acquitted on all corruption and fraud charges after the judge criticised his employer for its poor internal management.

Chan, his former assistant Edthancy Tseng Pei-kun and TVB marketing chief Wilson Chan Wing-shuen were found not guilty of all five charges against them in the District Court yesterday. The Department of Justice has yet to decide whether it will launch an appeal.

Prosecutors had accused Stephen Chan of receiving HK$112,000 behind his employer's back to perform in a live talk show. Chan and Tseng also allegedly concealed sponsorship arrangements in another book signing event and cheated five TVB artists - who supported Chan free of charge at a show held in a shopping mall - of their commissions. Wilson Chan and Tseng were also accused of conspiring to defraud TVB of HK$550,000.

Acting Chief District Judge Poon Siu-tung criticised TVB for allowing its artists, who normally get an appearance fee, to join ones attended by its senior executives for free.

"TVB is a listed company. I can hardly understand why such arrangements can be made," Poon said.

A listed company should not be a "clubhouse of major shareholders," he continued. TVB did not lay down any rules governing support-the-boss activities and made judgments solely based on who the boss was, the judge said.

Cheers erupted in the courtroom after all charges were found to be unsubstantiated. A red-eyed, emotional Tseng hugged his friends while the tense faces of the two Chans relaxed into smiles.

Facing a throng of reporters outside the court, the trio repeatedly thanked their family and friends.

Stephen Chan said: "I thank God for giving me such a good legal team and for his support. I thank my family for their support and love. I am especially thankful for [friend] Wong Hei, Pastor Lam Yee-lok, [TVB managing director] Ms Fong Yat-wah and [executive deputy chairman] Mr Leung Nai-pang."

The legal fees of Stephen Chan and Tseng will be paid for out of public funds. Wilson Chan was required to pay his own costs as the evidence he gave to the ICAC raised justifiable suspicion.

TVB stated that it respected the court's verdict and that its operations remained unaffected.

An ICAC spokesman said it would study the judgment in detail, while a Department of Justice spokesman said reasons for the verdict would be studied to determine what action, if any, would be taken in an appeal.

Professor Anthony Fung Ying-him, director of Chinese University's School of Journalism and Communication, said it was common for artists of entertainment and music companies to attend events for free.

"It is an attempt to build up relationship with clients ... artists may show up at a shop's opening party without getting paid. But clients may hire them as spokesmen for their products later," he suggested.

Saturday, 24 September 2011

0898 HKSAR Name of the Day

Pocari Hui, Ho Man Tin, Hong Kong (SCMP letters 14 Nov 2010)


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Friday, 23 September 2011

Brits Overseas Don't Get Alfalfa

Pic from Google Images link

Jamie Olivier, celebrity chef and apparently dyslexic, pronounces alfalfa as Al-far-far. Just happened to watch a couple episodes of Jamie's 30-Minute Meals, where he makes "beautiful salads" using Al-far-far, known as lucerne in the UK.


Still, this is not as bad as local TVB celebrity Jason Chan choosing to completely dismiss alfalfa as a typo and instead calling it Alpha Alpha (see OUHK’s Sandwich Filler is Alpha Alpha Not Alfalfa).




Brits Abroad … only for our entertainment!

Thursday, 22 September 2011

0897 HKSAR Name of the Day

Diamond Cheng, weathergirl, TVB, Hong Kong


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Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Why Hong Kong People Are Unhealthy

Following my recent post about poorly-conditioned local beauty contestants, it dawned on me that most people in Hong Kong lead unhealthy lifestyles. Put simply, they don't exercise (or exercise much) and they don't eat balanced and healthy meals.

Visitors stock up on the last day of the Food Expo, filling their bags and trolleys with cut-price foods and hard-to-get items. Pic by Felix Wong

On the same day in the local rag (SCMP) last month, there were two contrasting articles that reveal the total mismatch and disconnect in What people eat and What people should eat or do.

What local Hong Kong people buy and eat (from Crowds find appetite for bargains)
a) biscuits, frozen dumplings and seaweed
b) dried abalone, steamed buns

c) biscuits, coffee, peanuts, crabs and seaweed


Also, hotels and restaurants like to push luxury food items such as sea cucumbers (see Football Players and Healthy Eating)


What people should eat or do (from 10 tips for a healthy glow)
1. Drink mineralised water
2. Eat a rainbow of colours and at least five vegetable servings a day

3. Load up on vitamin D

4. Get checked for food intolerances

5. Ensure daily bowel movements

6. Drink green tea daily

7. Take fish oils daily

8. Choose organic

9. Get at least seven to nine hours sleep a night

10. Exercise



I do not necessarily agree with everything that Dr Benita Perch, a naturopathic physician, suggests. This post is just to show that there are two sets of people who do not understand each other. There is a total disconnect. It has been like this for a long, long time.


Reference

Crowds find appetite for bargains (SCMP; paywall)
Exhibition's last day attracts those shoppers happy to open their purses for cut-price offerings
Helene Franchineau and LeeAnn Shan
Aug 16, 2011

Casually leaning against the wall, Ken Chen watches over two carts and several bags full of biscuits, frozen dumplings and seaweed. He is also waiting for his wife to return with more goods. Although she holds the purse strings in the household, she is now busy loosening them.

"We spent HK$1,000 so far together, but I think my wife has already spent much more [on her own]," said the car mechanic from Yuen Long.

Chen was one of 382,000 visitors who shopped for and sampled food from 19 countries and multiple regions at this year's Hong Kong Trade Development Council Food Expo at the Convention and Exhibition Centre. The event, which ended last night after five days, attracted 3 per cent more visitors than last year.

As it was the last day, most of the 900 exhibitors slashed their prices, and thousands of people came with bags, carts and even suitcases to stock up on everything from ground coffee to mooncakes.

Dried abalone, normally priced at HK$5,600 for 500g was discounted by 50 per cent, while two packs of four steamed buns cost HK$10, instead of HK$14 for one.

Phillis Man, a housewife from the New Territories, chose to come on the last day because she already knew what she wanted and how much she wanted to spend.

"I came here for items that cannot be found in normal supermarkets or are usually too expensive," she said, filling two suitcases with biscuits, coffee, peanuts, crabs and seaweed.

A primary school teacher from Kowloon bought HK$1,500 worth of Chinese traditional medicine. She estimated she spent a total of HK$3,000 on her first visit to the expo.

Most exhibitors were satisfied with this year's show.

"In the Trade Zone, we made 1,360 business contacts, which was slightly better than our expectations," said Tomohiro Ando, the director of agriculture, forestry, fisheries and food business promotion division at the Japan External Trade Organisation, which co-organised the Japanese pavilion.

With more than 160 exhibitors, the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster-hit country sent its largest-ever group of participants in order to restore people's faith in food coming from Japan.

"It is remarkable that our exhibitors sold their products so well, even under such difficult conditions," Ando said, referring to worries about the fallout from the damaged nuclear plant in Fukushima.

"This shows that Hong Kong people still love Japanese food. We found it very encouraging."

10 tips for a healthy glow(SCMP; paywall)
NUTRITION
Dr Benita Perch
Aug 16, 2011

Most of us are overtired and overworked. But these dietary tips will give a healthy glow.

1. Drink mineralised water
Water is essential for cells and organs to function optimally. Most people are chronically dehydrated and should drink at least 30 millilitres per kilogram of body weight daily. Drinking enough water gives you more energy, and can help with weight management, as hunger is often confused with thirst.

Additionally, when dehydrated, the body adapts by reabsorbing water from the colon, causing constipation, which could lead to poor health and skin.

Tap water is full of toxins and heavy metals that do not benefit the body, and distilled water lacks minerals, so I recommend mineralised water.

2. Eat a rainbow of colours and at least five vegetable servings a day
The more colourful the fruit or vegetable, the more nutrients it has. The orange colour of butternut squash, for example, is due to its high level of beta-carotene. Eat a variety of colours to get full benefits. For healthy skin and hair, try these specific compounds:
# Vitamin C helps in the formation of connective tissue.
# Biotin, a B vitamin found in peanuts and some fruit and vegetables, may improve hair growth.
# Silica, found in horsetail, alfalfa and many other fruit and vegetables, is an important component of collagen, the substance that gives skin its bounce.

3. Load up on vitamin D
Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to many cancers, high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, depression, fibromyalgia, chronic muscle pain, bone loss and autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis. Most people are deficient because they stay indoors, use sunblock and don't get enough D from the diet. Get a blood test for 25-hydroxy vitamin D and take supplements if necessary. It can often take six to 10 months to get back to optimal levels.

4. Get checked for food intolerances
The common ones are dairy, gluten, wheat, eggs and soya beans. Such intolerances can play a key role in many ailments. Discovering and treating intolerances can help with weight loss and boost energy levels, prevent headaches and irritable bowel syndrome. It can improve mood and autoimmune conditions.

5. Ensure daily bowel movements
It's essential for health. The ideal is a bowel movement after every meal. With a lack of movement, the body reabsorbs toxins, leading to headaches, fatigue and poor skin. Simply drink enough water, eat enough fibre - found in wholegrains and vegetables - and exercise. Magnesium deficiency can also cause slow bowel movements.

6. Drink green tea daily
Green tea has antioxidant compounds and is naturally detoxifying. Much research has shown the benefits of antioxidants, particularly in cancer prevention.

7. Take fish oils daily
There is a vast amount of research that shows the benefits of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), compounds found in fish oil. EPA and DHA have been found to help with everything from preventing cardiovascular disease by lowering lipid levels to helping combat depression. They work by keeping cell walls healthy, which helps maintain healthy skin.

8. Choose organic
Eating organic food is important to prevent a high intake of insecticides, hormones or antibiotics. Often the least contaminated fruit or vegetables are those with an outer layer that can be removed before eating, such as bananas or avocados. Also try to frequent local organic markets or use food-box deliveries.

9. Get at least seven to nine hours sleep a night
Most people are sleep deprived. They wake up exhausted and use coffee to keep going. A study carried out over 14 days at the University of Pennsylvania showed that subjects who had eight hours of sleep rarely suffered attention lapses and showed no cognitive decline over the study. Those in the four-hour and six-hour sleep group showed a steady decline in the same areas and, frighteningly, at the end of the study, felt that the lack of sleep was not affecting them.

Go to bed early. An hour's sleep before midnight is worth two after.

10. Exercise
Exercise is well known for its cardiovascular, osteoporotic and other health benefits. It is detoxifying and improves the functioning of the organ systems. Regular exercise also helps prevent anxiety and depression, as it releases endorphins, also known as happy hormones. It even helps reduce the severity and frequency of hot flushes in menopausal women.

Even a simple exercise programme helps, such as a daily 30-minute walk.

Dr Benita Perch is a naturopathic physician with Dr Susan Jamieson & Holistic Central Medical Practice.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

0896 HKSAR Name of the Day

Remus Choy Yat-kit, canto-pop star (Grasshopper), Hong Kong

Remus Choy was severely "mentally disturbed" by the incident [i.e. a car crash caused by drink-driving] and needed to see a doctor. Pic by Sam Tsang

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Note: Remus also appears to have a Big Head Little Body (similar to Scott Parker)


Reference: Singer admits drinking before crashing Bentley (SCMP; paywall)
Remus Choy of Grasshoppers tells court he drank four glasses of wine before driving into railings
Austin Chiu
Jun 11, 2011

Canto-pop star Remus Choy Yat-kit crashed his new Bentley after driving it for only a week, a court heard yesterday.

Choy, 44, of the pop group Grasshopper, admitted he had been drink-driving when he crashed his car in Pok Fu Lam last month.

He told Eastern Court he was so "mentally disturbed" by the accident that he needed to see a doctor. He pleaded guilty to careless driving and drink-driving.

The court heard that Choy crashed his Bentley after he drank four glasses of red wine and slept for four hours. The crash took place in Sassoon Road, near Queen Mary Hospital at about 7.40am on May 1.

A breath test showed a reading of 66 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres or air. The legal limit is 22 micrograms.

Wong Ching-yu SC, for Choy, said his client had the new car for only a week before the crash and he was not familiar with its operations.

The court heard that the luxury car hit a metal railing before knocking down a mailbox and a fire hydrant.

The vehicle continued to move uphill in Sassoon Road for about 200 metres, hitting a safety barrier before it eventually came to a halt.

Wong told the court Choy shared two bottles of wine with his friends the night before the crash. He drank fewer than four glasses of wine and had slept for four hours.

Choy was released yesterday on HK$5,000 bail. Sentencing was adjourned to June 24, pending a community service report.

Choy suffered scratches to his right arm. He refused to be admitted to hospital for medical treatment.

Acting Principal Magistrate David Dufton said Choy's alcohol level would not be that high if he had rested. He also questioned why Choy's car continued to move after the first crash, adding that it seemed Choy intended to leave the scene.

Wong explained that it was because Choy was shocked at the time and accidentally stepped on the accelerator, causing the car to move 200 metres further.

He asked the magistrate to give Choy the benefit of doubt, since there was no evidence proving he tried to flee the scene.

Wong said Choy was remorseful. He had refrained from driving since and hired a personal driver. Wong said Choy was severely "mentally disturbed" by the incident and needed to see a doctor.

Choy has been fined six times for traffic offences, including five for speeding.

Grasshopper is a trio comprising Choy, his brother Calvin Choy Yat-chi, and Edmond So Chi-wai.

austin.chiu@scmp.com

Monday, 19 September 2011

Verbal Diarrhoea #7

"Meeting her gave me a remarkable feeling that we will find something very special. She was singularly charming and energetic - I sometimes suspect she is a descendant of Cleopatra, she's that charming."
Claims 58-year-old Hong Kong dentist Ng Tze-chuen on Kathleen Martinez, a lawyer turned archaeologist from the Dominican Republic

Great caption … not. Pic from SCMP


It is always discomforting and sometimes hilarious when older men talk about younger women … (e.g. see here for 71-year-old Frederick Forsyth on "winner" Anna Chapman)

In this case, it is a 58-year-old dentist who appears to be sugar-coating his co-researcher who is, it has to be said, dressed rather provocatively for an archaeologist (not that I am knowledgeable about how archaeologists are typically attired).


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Reference

Dentist's quest for Cleopatra's tomb (SCMP; paywall)
Hongkonger with a record of scientific missions works with Dominican on ancient Egyptian mystery
Adrian Wan
Aug 24, 2011

A Hong Kong dentist known for his love of science exploration is about to embark on a mission to find the lost tomb of doomed Egyptian lovers Cleopatra and Mark Antony.

Ng Tze-chuen, 58, said he would work with Kathleen Martinez, a lawyer turned archaeologist from the Dominican Republic, on delivering "the most important discovery of the 21st century".

They would visit Egypt together next month to meet Zahi Hawass, Egypt's controversial former minister of state for antiquities, Ng said.

Hawass was appointed to the ministerial post in January by Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak shortly before the latter stepped down in February. Hawass was in turn dismissed by the new government but reappointed; he resigned last month amid reports of widespread looting at Egypt's museums.

Ng said the changes in Hawass' official status would not affect their mission. "He still oversees all these projects, and we're going to see him next month to discuss the next stage of the search for the tombs. He is irreplaceable - nobody does it better than him," Ng said.

The dentist, who has operated in Causeway Bay for 30 years, is known for his involvements in world-class science projects, including an unsuccessful Mars effort by Britain's Beagle 2 spacecraft in 2003. He said he was chosen for the Egyptian mission because he impressed Hawass by establishing a team of international scientists for a third attempt at investigating a secret chamber in the Great Pyramid of Giza, which was built for the Pharaoh Khufu.

He will design a robotic probe fitted with LED lights and a wide-angle camera to locate a tomb thought to contain the remains of Cleopatra, the last pharaoh of ancient Egypt, at Abusir, a Mediterranean town on the western edge of the Nile delta that used to be called Taposiris Magna.

"This will be the most important and interesting exploration I have been involved in," he said. Of his working partner Martinez, he said: "Meeting her gave me a remarkable feeling that we will find something very special. She was singularly charming and energetic - I sometimes suspect she is a descendant of Cleopatra, she's that charming."

Martinez said they were chasing their dreams because "he's a dentist dedicated to the invention of robots and research devices and I'm a lawyer with a passion for archaeology".

Martinez, who stopped work as a lawyer five years ago to look for Cleopatra's tomb, pioneered the theory that she could be buried at Taposiris Magna. Martinez was part of a team that in 2009 found a mask said to represent Antony, 22 coins with Cleopatra's face and 10 noble tombs. They also discovered a series of deep shafts where the lovers might be buried.

Of the expedition, Martinez said: "If there's a 1 per cent chance that the last queen of Egypt could be buried there, it is my duty to search for her."

Two years ago, Hawass and Martinez identified three underground sites ripe for excavation.

"If we discover the tomb ... it will be the most important discovery of the 21st century. If we do not discover the tomb ... we made major discoveries here, inside the temple and outside the temple," she said.

Antony and Cleopatra committed suicide in 30BC after losing the Battle of Actium.





Sunday, 18 September 2011

0895 HKSAR Name of the Day

Lighting Chan, equipment tester, Hong Kong

Credit: Gweipo
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Saturday, 17 September 2011

Bombshell At Coastal Defence Museum

Did anyone pay attention to the fact that the government issued a press release announcing the closure of the Hong Kong Museum of Coastal Defence for one day because they found some explosives on a nearby slope?

No? It figures.

Would anyone notice if there were explosive figures uncovered at the Museum of Coastal Defence?

No? It figures.


According to the 2010/11 financial figures, the museum spent HK$14.21 million (US$1.82 million) and apparently gained revenue of HK$0.517 million (US$66,000) from attendance figures of 122,883.

Assuming the museum is open 365 days a year, that's an average of 336 people daily visiting the museum. No wait, the museum closes on Thursdays (except public holidays) and the first two days of CNY, so better cut the number of days open by, say, 50, to 315. So that makes it an average daily attendance of 390 people. Hmmm …


No wait, only HK$407,000 came from "admission and hiring" fees. Assuming these people paid the minimum HK$5 admission fee, that only makes 81,400 paid attendances. Therefore, using these figures (i.e. 81,400 people and 315 open days), there is an average daily attendance of 258 fee-paying people visiting the museum? Hmmm ...

But wait, let's be a bit more strict and use the maximum HK$10 admission. This would halve the average daily attendance of fee-paying people to 129. So even with this conservative estimate, would there be this many people, on average, visiting the Museum of Coastal Defence every day?

Why close the museum on account of discovering explosives? In fact, this incident should have been exploited to help increase visitor numbers. But then, this would assume that the museum's publicity department would have smart and skilled workers on their staff payroll. Which is a huge assumption.

Friday, 16 September 2011

0894 HKSAR Name of the Day

Kitman Chu, animation director, Financial Review 2010, TVB, Hong Kong

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Thursday, 15 September 2011

Hong Kong Says No To Brainwashing

The Education Bureau has stopped their campaign to brainwash children. Plans to teach "national education" in schools have now been dropped, for the moment at least.

Pics from Google Images link


The Education Bureau has backed down before (see Breaking News! Hong Kong Education Bureau Rejects Creationism and Intelligent Design), so let's hope that there really are decision-makers in the bureau who are critical thinkers.

It is paramount to keep people with dangerous agendas (be they political, religious or otherwise) at bay.


Reference

Protests win the day with national education U-turn (The Standard
Staff Reporter
Thursday, August 25, 2011

In yet another U-turn, the government has dropped plans to teach national education in secondary schools.

However, a source said the Education Bureau will push ahead with the plan to introduce the subject in primary schools next year.

The bureau originally proposed making national education an optional subject in secondary schools next year before making it mandatory for all schools from 2013.

The proposal was slammed by several sectors as a form of brainwashing.

Last Sunday, 200 teachers, students and their parents protested outside the old central government offices, after which a bureau spokesman hinted that adjustments could be made after listening to public views.

Earlier this month, the Civic Party said 68 percent of the 1,134 respondents it polled wanted the proposal withdrawn.

The decision to abandon the secondary school plan comes before the four- month consultation on the issue ends on Tuesday.

Hong Kong Professional Teachers' Union president Fung Wai-wah said it is not technically possible to introduce the subject in secondary schools as they are already facing a lot of challenges because of the new 3+3+4 system.

He said the education sector has reached a consensus that the national education plan be withdrawn as a similar course already exists in the curriculum.

Meanwhile, Secretary for Education Michael Suen Ming-yeung took a high- speed train to Wuhan, Hubei, with about 300 students and teachers as part of an exchange program to mark the 100th anniversary of the 1911 Revolution.

The tour is part of the "Passing On the Torch: Exploring and Embracing Chinese Culture National Education Exchange Programme." Launched by the bureau last year, the program has seen 8,300 students participate so far.

The three-day tour will see the group visit Wuhan University and join learning activities with students there.

The trip is expected to give local students a deeper understanding of the nation as well as strengthen their national identity and sense of belonging.