Tuesday, June 30, 2009

"I'm eating at MacDonald's"

Whenever I travel to China to work, I'll only dine at fast food restaurants if I have a choice. This article is a good reminder why I insist on eating fast food whenever I can.

Crumbling buildings, poisonous milk powder and substandard everything...

The future is in China? Maybe, but not yet...

And another downed airbus...
Great...

Dimwits

I've never ever met a worse group of idiots. I guess I've never stayed in Japan long enough...

Monday, June 29, 2009

Good, bad and ugly...

The weather for the past 3 days : Rain, rain, rain and more rain...

Had the buffet dinner at the Hyatt last Friday. The food was good, especially those on the dessert counter. Didn't touch anything on the cantonese section. Sashimi was fantastic. For HKD400(approx. SGD78), I'm glad I didn't have to pay a cent...

Off to Shatin for 4 games yesterday. 202, 233, 193, 199. Still wondering how I failed to reach 200 for the last game... Nearly home and dry by the 6th frame (140+) and then a series of 1cm misses... The ups and downs of the game~


Heading to Shanghai for work soon. And I get news of a collapsed building in Shanghai... It must be painful to be squashed underneath...

And on a final note, I'm shocked that the Singapore Police is actually paying their constables about half of their HK counterparts. And of the 12000+ strong force in Singapore, about 1/3 of them are full-time national serviceman earning around SGD500/mth (approx. HKD2500). I'm wondering why they have not started any threats to protest on the streets... Maybe they are just glad that they have a well-paying and secure job with only 5 GCE Ordinary credits...

Friday, June 26, 2009

The police~

"During my time in the HK Police I have been vomited over, spat at, verbally abused (virtually on a daily basis),assaulted and urinated on. On my side I have scraped the corpses of traffic accident victims (occasionally children) off the road as well as countless mangled bodies of suicide jumpers. I also work shifts where your whole soul is crying out for sleep at 0400 am and where your whole body clock is permanently screwed."

To the anonymous police officer out there: I'm sorry to imply that all policeman/woman out there should deserve a pay cut. Those walking the beat and taking the crap probably should be spared from a cut. Those who messed up and f*cked up still deserve a cut in my opinion.

Even though the job you do on a daily basis deserves respect, I still do not think the police force is to be treated differently from other government sectors. Those job descriptions above were part of the deal when you first signed on.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Heineken Commercial follow-up

Anti-monopoly Laws in China

Read this page regarding anti-monopoly laws in China.

Heineken Commercial



My version of the Heineken commercial will be a 50" TV with PS3 in the far end, ALL the PS3 games on one wall and all the snacks and soft drinks in the world on the other. Plus a big red cozy sofa in the middle... ahh~~~

And here's how to get started...



Always keep your eyes up~

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Marching HK police... Roaming the world...

The police will be protesting this Sunday. So who's going to maintain the order at the march? The police? They don't realise that they are already getting a higher pay compared to the rest of the market.

The only notable news about cops these past few years? Rape in a police station, cop killing cop in TST and inability to catch acid-throwing Mongkok fellow... CUT THEIR PAY!

Isn't it great to be able to just quit your job and travel around the world? I work 49-50 weeks a year and that's definitely not the way to live... I should have enough for 5 years of decent lifestyle. But apart from travelling I cannot think of much else to do... but that's enough, no?

Spent last evening polishing my bowling ball. Its gotten back its shine a little. Can't wait to let it go on the lanes~ Played snooker a few days ago, then swimming and basketball as well. I'm really refreshing my sports systems.

Bought Burnout Paradise and Tiger Woods 2010 for the PS3 last weekend. One single-player one multi-player, one fast one slow, both great games. It's really fun to crash through everything on Burnout. The graphics are top-notch. As for Tiger, the game has come a long way since I first played it on the PSP 2-3 years ago. Well... I'm comparing PSP against PS3 so its really unfair...

But TW10 allows the whole family to get together and whack a few balls. Just like bowling... and snooker...

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Everyone's unhappy...

As I make my way into office (as in where my seat is and not other branch offices) for the 1st time in 6 days, I hear more of the usual nonsense... Call from Tianjin, idiotic new requirements from Admin department (what's new)... but complaints from my 2 I.T. specs?!?!

So I was not the only one who was unhappy about getting recalled from Zhuhai just to look at a stupid error message on a laptop. They felt undermined because they were in the office all day long and that stupid excuse for a human just ignored their presence and decided to call me back.

Japanese just don't have any skills on handling people, especially non-Japanese. They treat their native underlings like dogs and don't show any respect to locals. I suspect the reason why they don't treat the locals like dogs is because of their inability to communicate in English and the fear of getting sued.

Great. One stupid man and 3 unhappy I.T. staff.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Some people I hate...

There are idiots and there are major idiots. Fools I hate. People who think they are special I hate (but I secretly like Jose Mourinho). There's someone in the company I hate so much. You think I'm what? Helpdesk or Technical support?

I went to Zhuhai for work last Friday. 9am ferry there, worked through without lunch break and back on the 3pm ferry(with takeaway KFC on my lap). On my way back I got a call from one of the top dogs in my office. If he didn't call I would have made my way home or went some other places. Instead I made my way from Sheung Wan Macau Ferry Terminal back to TST. And what was it all about? An error message on his computer. He claimed that he wasn't able to connect to the network wirelessly but no such problem when I was there. And I haven't even touched a thing!

I have 2 I.T. specs in the office who can fix any nonsensical problems presented. All this guy do was ask them if I was around and called me back. Why can't he just ask them over or, even better, bring his laptop over for them to fix? I know you f*cking can't speak any English but not everyone is as inept or unprofessional as you! Show them the laptop... just show them the bloody laptop!

And of the laptop users (50-100), he is the one with the most issues! Most of the time idiotic issues which I suspect is due to his inability to use anything with a keyboard effectively.

Our bonus are linked to the sales figures. No denying that. No sales means no money. Non-sales do a good job but sales do a bad job = no bonus for everyone. Non-sales do a bad job and sales do a good job = bonus for sales. Quite a common equation so far. How about this? Non-sales do a good job and sales do a bad job = reward for sales.

My company gave out awards to sales members (and only sales members) during D&D 2 years ago. Sales members including those who just joined the company in the previous month or so. I don't know what kind of sicko mentality was behind these awards. Heard something to the extent of "rewarding them for their hard work and motivate them further". Gee... salesman who worked 4 years got the same monetary award as those that worked 4 weeks... half of those that appeared on stage have since left the company. Those watching below were truly motivated... motivated to leave this scum of a company... unless they were from sales department.

Everyday I will walk past many of those salesman. I see them busy preparing excel charts and tables. Day after day they spend countless hours doing up their report. I take a peek at their reports and they are all so generic. Beautifying reports that can be displayed onscreen using our ERP system.

2 hours a day * 10 bozos salesman = 20 man-hours/day better off sucking their client's d*ck and getting more business. But no... they can't afford to do that... they must train up their Excel skills before armageddon arrive...

F*ck you pricks!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

"Are you the owner of this number XXXXXXXX?"

Everyday I will get at least one call with this opening line. You did call that number to get me on my mobile, right? Ok, so perhaps you were trying to call this number and was afraid of getting it wrong. I'll give you the benefit of the doubt. But why ask for my name after that? I will presume that you know who I am since you are calling me on my mobile, no?

Today I decided to answer "No". The guy on the other end was pretty taken aback as I managed to hear a slightly shocked Argh-Uh. He said sorry and reluctantly put down the phone. Within 10 seconds he was back. And I said "No" again. He was ready to put down the phone when I asked him what was it all about. He asked if I know about some investment/MPF blah-blahs. I told him no and I'm not interested.

I was ready to put down the phone when he asked if I am the owner of the phone... persistent bugger... I did say "No", didn't I? Ok, so I'm the owner but I was not going to give him the joy of knowing that he did find the owner~ So I just told him that the owner lent me the phone and so on.

And then he was ready to sell me whatever he was selling... "Sorry too busy byebye~"

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Finally uploaded the pictures from my trip to Discovery Bay last month...




And some photos taken in the wet market near our place...


Tuesday, June 16, 2009

"1 week of paid-leave if I can get H1N1 positive?"

7 days of paid-leave if I get H1N1. Offer started today. How many people will take a small risk and purposely get infected? I will... that is if I know anyone with that bug! But from what I heard, it will be more than 24 hours of dry throat + 100% energy drain + major suffering. At least I don't have to take my pathetic medical leave should I get the H1N1...

Got bowler's thumb recently. That didn't stop me from bowling! I just used my left arm instead of my right! Highest game with my left was 105 or something like that. I think I can hit the 10th pin (pin on most right hand corner) better with my left arm than my right! Went again last night and I changed my handling and release of the ball with my right arm. Worked wonders as I left the bowling alley with no extra pain/new injury.

I don't know where's the financial crisis... I see more and more colleagues with an iPhone, the HSI is charging towards 20,000 (until today...) and property agents are still pestering for my unit even though I'm asking for the sky (not really...). I'm hoping its all a bubble. I'm praying for the stock market to collapse. Praying that greedy investors will get burnt.

Finally launched the new file server. Been a hell of a trip learning SQL2k5, WinSvr2k8 and more VB/ASP.net... not to mention the little FTP 7.5 mess I've been through this morning... I'm so desperately in need of a good holiday... I'm thinking of a good 2 3-night stay in any Banyan Tree resort (with a sea view).

Maybe a good 2-hour session at the bowling alley after work will do the trip... *back to watching the slide show on Banyan Tree's website*

Sunday, June 14, 2009

High Tea @ Hyatt Regency Shatin

Woke up late yesterday before setting off for the new Hyatt hotel near University station. It's so new that one of the blocks is still not completed. Either walk up the sloping road towards the main entrance or walk towards the carpark where there's a lift to bring you up. We took the latter... easy choice there.

Walked right in without checking the price. No point asking since we've made all the way there for the high-tea. The variety wasn't fantastic but the quality was good enough. At the end of the 1hr45min(starts at 3:15pm ends at 5:00pm), we couldn't take another bite. The dessert selection with crepes, smoothies and cakes was fantastic. Fries was great... Great meal which made the trip back a bit difficult...

Around HKD200/adult and half that for a kid. Decent pricing. Best thing about it all, the place was quiet... and much cheaper than the Marriott~

Friday, June 12, 2009

Someone up there likes me...

Started up my Outlook and received all sorts of work-related e-mails from India, Japan and US... not even halfway through replying I realised its time to send the temperature readings again~ How to work properly when I get pissed by doing this little piece of errand every bloody morning! *blood boil*

Soon later I got news that a staff will be leaving this company. The same staff with inadequate basic computer knowledge. Can't describe how good I feel now... I don't mind colleagues with insufficient knowledge but possesses a good working attitude. I cannot stand those who I think possesses no knowledge, no effort and contributes nothing... Unfortunately and oh so unfortunately, my company is full of these people... People who should know the ERP system, yet don't know where to find the information they want to find and must rely on their subordinates to find for them...

Finished installing sp2 on Microsoft Server 2008 last night. Displayed for nearly 3 hours "Installing 3 of 3 : 65% completed", nearly gave me a heart attack. Takes around 6-8 hours for the full update to finish. Feels faster now. Or its probably just me, happy that it survived... Can never trust MS enough... Not so much luck for many Vista users who upgraded to sp2. Best tip: Backup before you jump! "You jump I jump" theory doesn't apply here, one person may have a smooth upgrade while another will be cursing and swearing and working through the night to repair, resuscitate and become retarded~

Tried bowling with my left hand last night. Can't say its as accurate as my right but I think I can still score above 100 with it. House balls are all drilled for right handers. Love my left hand. Not as strong as my right but can shoot 3-pointers (learnt because I injured my right wrist), play badminton (simply for the fun of doing it!) and now, play bowling with it (got a swollen right thumb). Perhaps can get a spare ball for my left hand. Also help keep my arms proportionate as I have a giant right forearm and a sissy left...

Finally a chance to take the A380 when it starts flying the SG-HK leg from 7th July. Can't wait to roam the plane and try to get lost. Backstreet Boys performing during the Singapore GP week? Oh my goodness~~~ Of boybands and mega boybands, I prefer Take That! And anyone bought tickets to the Liverpool match in Singapore? Big big big incentive to fly A380 to watch them but the total cost of such a short weekend escape is a big barrier...

Anyone interested in paying like HKD2.5mil/SGD500k for a 5,000sqft lot of land with a 1550sqft house with 3-bedrooms in Niseko, Hokkaido? 12 onsens within 15 minutes' drive, 7-8 golf courses within 40 minutes and just 2 kilometres from Niseko station. That sounds like the perfect retirement winter escape for me! 2 months there in the winter months, summer in Singapore (where else?!) and the cool months in Hong Kong. Perhaps a place in Australia will complete the whole retirement package... Oh yeah... and I need a whole lot of money for that to happen... *login to HK Jockey Club website*

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Devastation...

The flat next door has been sold. Sold to some invisible @#%!@#$%... Why didn't I say yes when the window was open? I don't know... I still don't think that the market is playing out right... seems like I have played myself out...

Oh well... no point crying over milk on my pants... may the stock and property market in Singapore crash tomorrow... I have nothing in SG to sell anyway~

I'm surprised that HK is above Singapore in the liveability rankings. I have no idea how they came about with the results but I thought that many are moving to Singapore because the air in HK is liveable no more? I understand that there are many factors but if you can't breathe properly you can't live properly... I guess the Mercer rankings is a bit more accurate, in my opinion.

Why am I submitting the temperature records for all staff every morning??? It's a ridiculous piece of bullshit job which serves no purpose at all! Million-dollar temperature x-ray super-camera equipments haven't stop the H1N1 from spreading all over the world. So what does filling in the daily temperature for every bloody single day before the sacred time of 9am do? When I was sick last month, no one called me directly to ask what I was down with. I just submitted my MC today, good 3 weeks later. What if I was down with fever and came back to work?

When I asked why all the dumb temperature submission, the reply I got was "just submitting work". Alot of dumb work in this company...

The rain isn't helping... I need a good plate of chicken rice now...

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The REAL Deal... Madrid and HK...

After getting Kaka', it seems like Real Madrid is going after more footballing superstars. David Villa, Xabi Alonso (NOOOOOO!), C.Ronaldo, Ribery among others. The money is moving around like monopoly paper and for the rest of us earthly creatures they are living in another world...

But superstars don't make a team~ it will take a year or two, with a top man at the helm. Fabio Capello is doing a good job with all those rich English players now, driving the national team to possibly a perfect qualifying campaign. Hard to see that coming 2 years ago...

But the real deal which not many of us know (at least I didn't until last night) is the fact that while the New Territories was scheduled for return to China hands in 1997 according to the Treaty of Nanking, Kowloon and H.K. Island were ceded to UK in perpetuity.

I think they just had enough of noisy yum cha restaurants... they were probably so pissed off by the noise level that they changed their laws to ensure that HK Chinese citizens don't get UK citizenship. *Ouch*

Oh well... back to miserable work... and anyone can tell me what's this property bubble in Singapore all about???

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Lousy rain... lousy rain with aircon water... lousy rain with aircon water and acid...

The weather sucks... I think the best thing to do is to buy a raincoat/poncho. The best will be those that can is cool inside, absolutely waterproof(have been under a few that soaks in water...), won't melt under aircon water... hell hopefully it won't melt under acid rain!

What's wrong with these people? Is it that fun throwing acid all over other people?... Ok maybe if its a PS3 game then it might be really fun but these are real people we are talking about!... Ok... so if I'm a bit more psycho then it might be more fun than a PS3 game but can't they think for others who have their clothes and skin melting under the acid rain?... Ok... so it doesn't make sense to talk some sense into psychos...

I'll just avoid Mongkok until they find the culprit. Anyway Mongkok have long lost the lure which it had on me when I first arrived in HK. Back then I was attracted to the crowd and abundance of game/sports shops. These days I'm just glad to have at least one working ear after leaving any restaurant.

Yes... people can't stop talking... had dim sum/yum cha at Tsing Yi last Saturday with some distant relatives (so distant... I had no idea who was who) and the noise inside the restaurant was constant. Not the deafening sort in a Cha Can Teng. Those can really drive me nuts! And today on the train to Shatin, a woman seated in front of me was repeating instructions into her mobile phone for all to hear. It might be just me but I don't understand why everyone must call everyone every other moment of the day when they have some free time to chat. Same thing on the train, same thing in the office...

Just caught hold of this information. How much can you trust this Green Dam Youth Escort? I suspect that this is another name for Chinese Trojan.

Working with China. Working in China. Working on China...

Monday, June 8, 2009

Never forget...

I'm not talking about the Tiananmen incident. I'm talking about the June 6th invasion of Normandy beach some 65 years ago. I believe the success of that invasion changed the scope of the war. Without a foothold and forward bases in mainland Europe, the Allied forces would not have had a chance to strike deep into German industrial areas. The Russians needed the forces in the western front to disrupt German plans and regroup. The victory in Europe enabled US to focus on the battle in the Pacific.

Ironically, we may not have many of the technologies today if not for WW2... Within a span of 4-5 years, many new technologies were introduced. Planes flew higher, tanks ran faster and ships sailed further. Very often I think to myself, what if Pearl Harbor never happened?

One very scary possibility. Many of us may not be around~ Heard from many seniors born between 1940-1945 that they were the results of the Japanese occupation. Apparently those young and single women would have been caught and sent into comfort stations. So, in a bid to save themselves/their children, many arranged for the women to get married and have a baby... although I've heard stories that sometimes even pregnant women were raped as well...

If not for WW2, Singapore may still be part of the British empire along with many other colonies in South Asia. Things in the Middle East may be very different (no Israel). Things in countries around Germany will be very very different...

Oh well... it all started from a very dumb decision to attack Pearl Harbor~

Thursday, June 4, 2009

What's there for all of us?

While China was busy cutting internet access, Hongkongers were busy lighting up candles for June 4th. 20 years on, what can a few thousand candles do? Pretty much nothing. The younger generation of Chinese are not even bothered about what happened 20 years ago so why should HK bother so much? I'm convinced shots were fired, bodies were rolled over and many are still being kept under lock and chain somewhere in China. So what?

What does the world want China to do about June 4th? And so what if China complies? What will be different? Did the tanks deliberately run over the students or the driver just couldn't see the students? Did anyone see the soldiers shoot the students or it was a misfire by the students who tried to grab the rifle from the soldiers?

They will say that they were putting down a rebellion. Adequate warnings were given to the troublemakers they will say. What can anyone do to make them change their stance? I'd say no one person or one country in this world can tell them what to do. Hell, not even the U.N. can make them do anything against their will~ They can jolly well veto all resolutions in the U.N. instead!

The world is in a mess... my work life is in a mess as well. I'm surrounded by computer idiots. And those that come to me with the most idiotic problems/mysteries are usually those in senior positions~

1) Japanese manager comes to me with excel problem. Cells merged unequally. Want to sort worksheet. Tell him can't be done (unless with macro). Ask me to help. Aye, do I look like some I.T. trainer? Unmerged and sorted everything within 2 minutes and sent him on his way.

Same idiot spent next 5 minutes talking to my non-japanese-speaking I.T. Spec IN Japanese. I.T. Spec can't understand his request (Japanese idiot probably won't understand me if I speak to him in Hokkien!) and came to me. Idiot wants the cells to be merged back after sorting. Tell him I can't do it. Idiot came back with a quite sarcastic "That's the first time I hear you say that you can't do something".

Think he was proud of himself for finding out that I couldn't do something. I just couldn't be bothered to show him my macro for merging excel cells...

2) Local manager call my staff and remarked that the floppy disk drive on her laptop is spoilt. Who uses a 3.5" floppy these days?!?! Yes... they need it to submit information to the revenue authorities... Lousy thing kept asking on the phone why it was spoilt when it was fine a couple of days ago, did we do something to it blah blah blah...

20 accusing questions and 10 minutes later I walked over with my staff to have a look. Reached their department to find a laughing woman. Apparently she inserted the floppy into her desktop PC and tried to find it on her laptop... (-_-;) Crap don't even have the decency to called when she found out her own mistake...

Same woman who asked me to teach her how to access an FTP site on her laptop at least twice... for the same FTP site! And while teaching her, she managed to ask me 10 different questions with 9 of them without any relevance to what I was teaching her. Same women who pissed every single staff in my I.T. team because for any request she makes (and she makes more request per person compared to a sales office) she asks at least 10 irrelevant questions. Same woman who challenges every company policy with regards to computer usage.

If I have one wish now then it is for someone to take this woman away. As far as possible. Hopefully, somewhere without a telephone...

I'm just here to work and make a living. When I have nothing to do I just think of some new projects to make everyone's life better at work, or just surf the net quietly when I'm tired. Others find joy in creating work for others...

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

No welfare cuts, No paycuts, No problem...

I've been hearing of pay cuts, no increments and welfare cuts. I'm happy to write here that I've not been affected at all. The reason is simple. I'm at the bottom of the pay scale, increments wasn't expected at all and we simply have no welfare the company can cut since the company is "fully subscribing to HKGov's employment regulations".

I just realise that regulations and recommandations have a gap the size of the Grand Canyon. Recommendations so that civil servants can enjoy the benefits and regulations so that private employers can exploit their staff. No wonder people are fighting for minimum wages... which I'm sure will be filled with loopholes so that HK can stay competitive...

Japanese Companies : You love hate them and you hate them.

What am I doing in a Japanese company? Stability and comfort. I don't really have the guts to find another job and get retrenched within 3 months. Enjoy my life here, do more learn more and then see what opens up for me in future~

And I got a bad scratch on my NEW bowling ball!!! ARGHH!!! Stupid bowling alley with stupid lanes! 4-lane setup and only 1 works like clockwork! But its cheap compared to other places... It cost like HKD40(SGD8) for a game here in HK during weekends! Ahh... but then again the present ball is not really what I had in mind in the first place. Perhaps when I get my bonus I will get the Hammer Black Widow... that is... IF I get my bonus this year!

Off to the pro shop after work for a solution!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

COD: Modern Warfare 2 and Burnley FC

If you haven't gotten your XBOX360 or PS3, go get one, if its just for this game.

And good for you if you are a Burnley FC season ticket holder because they will be giving out free season tickets for the next season in the Premier League. See this report. A great way to repay their fans' support over the years. Hopefully they can keep their wages down, fill up their coffers and stay up long enough to strengthen their squad.

There's nothing more exciting than supporting the underdoggies~

What a big thumb you have...

Went bowling 6-days in a row for the past week. The only day we didn't go, we went to buy ourselves new bowling balls and shoes! I guess the bowling bug has really hit us... really hard~


In the end I bought the Momentum Swing from Columbia 300 last Friday. Wasn't that much cheaper than the Black Widow (approx. HKD1600) but they had stock for the weight I wanted (13lbs). Not really... I wanted a ball closer to 12.4-6lbs but they only had 13lbs. Pretty glad I got 13lbs in the end~

Saturday and Sunday wasn't that great as I was getting the feel of the ball. Still managed a 190 game here and there. Last night was great. Got a 200 and I was sparing pin 10s all night. Until the last 5 frames when I decided to fool around and test different variations, I think I only left like 4-5 frames open in 4 games throughout the night (No open frame in game 3 which got me a 200~).

Of course, intensive training comes with a price... A mighty big right thumb caused by using house balls prior to getting my own ball. What is it with giant holes? I don't see any elephants in the bowling alleys! I was at a bowling alley @ Shatin last Thursday and I see adult men playing with 11-lb balls! The size of the thumb holes on some of the 15-lb balls can fit a golf ball in them... no... 2 golf balls!

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