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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Chattels or not Chattels, that is the question

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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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.


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)
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.

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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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

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.


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.

Wednesday 14 September 2011

0893 HKSAR Name of the Day

Anderson Chow Ka-ming, recorder, Court of First Instance, Hong Kong

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Tuesday 13 September 2011

Silly Serena Should Have Grunted

Serena No Scream. Pic from AP.

Badass Serena Williams was given a point penalty for shouting "Come On" during play in the US Open Women's Final. Silly Serena lost in straight sets to Samantha Stosur, who became Australia's new queen of tennis.

Had Serena been smart, sneaky and serious enough to properly attempt "deliberate hindrance", she would have been grunting out as loud, as sustained and as frequently as super scream queen Maria Sharapova. Now there's the very definition of "deliberate hindrance" when the ball is in play.

Nevertheless, stoic super-fit Sam Stosur, the unassuming down-to-earth Australian who epitomizes hard work and professionalism, was a deserved champion especially considering her formidable opponent plus the date (9/11) and location (New York) of her victory.

Silly Serena is also classless and has, with her own words that were spitefully aimed at umpire Eva Asderaki, revealed more about her ugly self than anyone else:
"You're out of control, you're a hater and you're unattractive inside."

Well done Serena.

Two years ago at the 2009 US Open Women's Semi-Final against eventual champion Kim Clijsters, Serena revealed her ugly side by intimidating a line judge with:
"“I’m… going… to… ram… this… f#@&ing… ball… down… your… f#@&ing… throat!”

When umpire Louise Engzell asked the line judge (who appeared to be an Asian American) to approach and tell her what Serena had said, the line judge reported to the umpire that Serena Williams had threatened to kill her.

On hearing this, Serena replied:
"I didn't say I would kill you, are you serious?"

To be fair, technically, Serena was correct … although shoving a tennis ball down someone's throat would probably snuff that person out! Especially if the ball is rammed in by some intimidating and classless female tennis player with bulging biceps. Silly Serena.

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I Stand Corrected … Possibly

Do Tennis Players Choose Hong Kong for Australian Open Preparation?

Hefty Yevgeny Kafelnikov

Maria Sharapova Head and Shoulders Above Zheng Jie

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Broom Boom Becker Sympathizes With Tiger

Is It A Hard Life?

Supreme Sports Personality Championships: Tiger Woods v Roger Federer

Roger Federer says ‘Hotdog’ was his greatest shot ever. Huh?

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Andre Agassi Says Don’t Judge Tiger Woods

Monday 12 September 2011

911 Google Doodle ?

Why is there no Doodle from Google commemorating this most historic and heart-stopping day of the 21st Century?

There have been many Google Doodles that showcase a wide range of "important" anniversaries and events (examples here), so why not a Doodle for September 11?

Repeat Comment

Conceivably, there are potentially many Google Doodles for every single day of the year. So how do Google decide to stick a Google Doodle down on their homepage and when to not do a doodle on Google? The mind boggles and boogles!

0892 HKSAR Name of the Day

Emy Ng Pui Yee, solicitor, Hong Kong

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Sunday 11 September 2011

Perky Post: Ballet Benefits

Miss Hong Kong 2011 has already reaped some benefits from ballet and looking at the health and poise of Madam Jean M. Wong, who has a well-known school of ballet in town, there may be additional benefits further down the road.

Jean M. Wong (middle) flanked by local celebrities Flora Cheong-leen and Bernice Liu Bik-yi. Pic from SCMP

Saturday 10 September 2011

0891 HKSAR Name of the Day

Pal Leung (Mr), academic exchange officer, Academic Exchange And Collaboration Office, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

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Friday 9 September 2011

English and English Schools Foundation in Hong Kong Part 2

Another excellent letter in the SCMP (see below) that explains the presence of ESF in Hong Kong, and challenges 'xenophobe' Cynthia Sze to explain her stance.

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English and English Schools Foundation in Hong Kong (see comments also)

ESF schools contribute to international character of city

Sep 05, 2011

Contrary to Cynthia Sze's view ("Hong Kong should not pay ESF to maintain its luxurious schools", August 30), I advocate an increase in government subvention to the English Schools Foundation in order to ensure that there are enough affordable places for local and expatriate children.

The ESF offers an international education at fees lower than the norm for international schools because of the government subvention, without which fewer kids could afford to attend these schools and the ESF would be a smaller organisation.

As the parent of a child who attended ESF schools for 11 years, I appreciate the quality of its education and how it contributes to the internationalisation of Hong Kong.

The presence of expatriate children (whom Ms Sze incorrectly described as "non-residents") gives these schools an international flavour and should be welcomed rather than discouraged.

Their parents are Hong Kong taxpayers too and Ms Sze should not be too upset that they are enjoying the "privilege" of the subsidy.

If they were to attend local schools, which they are entitled to just like the minorities that Ms Sze has so much sympathy for, the subsidy per child would be higher.

The children at ESF schools have a native command of English. Not many children in even the best local English schools can boast the same.

The ESF's contribution to Hong Kong should be extolled rather than bulldozed.

Instead of curtailing its services, ESF should be encouraged to expand its reach. Neither is the subvention outdated, nor the "privilege" anachronistic as alleged by Ms Sze. It is essential to ensure that this time-honoured alternative education is accessible to more local and expatriate children.

Ms Sze's letter smacks of sour grapes and strikes me as inward-looking and narrow-minded.

I have disclosed my association with the ESF and would like to know whether Ms Sze has an axe to grind with it since she takes so much exception to the alleged policy of Cantonese (only?) speaking kids getting a lower priority for admission.

Jonathan Leung, North Point

Thursday 8 September 2011

0890 HKSAR Name of the Day

Elvis Mak Ying Leung, doctor, Hong Kong

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Wednesday 7 September 2011

Incredibly Not Credible

The winner of the an international competition in brewing the best Hong Kong-style Milk Tea is 18-year-old Chan Kam-wui, who is considered relatively inexperienced with only three years making the terrible-tasting milk tea.

Pic from KY Cheng

This speaks volumes about what haphazard judging criteria is used for this milk tea, what people think the best quality or best tasting Hong Kong milk tea should be, and what terrible taste these people have in what essentially constitutes strongly-brewed black tea passed through muslin fabric multiple times and mixed with tinned Carnation evaporated milk.

Considering the non-standard and subjective standards used by certain judges in the Yin Yeung coffee-tea competition, it is mystifying why these silly news stories about the best Milk Tea and the best Ying Yeung make their way to the media. But then again, it appears quite easy to impress the media these days with silly stories.

Special brew (SCMP; paywall)
Aug 14, 2011

He’s had just three years’ experience in making Hong Kong-style milk tea, but Chan Kam-wui, 18, yesterday beat five more experienced rivals from Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen, Melbourne and Toronto to win the International Kam Cha Competition.

Tuesday 6 September 2011

Monday 5 September 2011

Memories of Mercury

A Google Doodle informs us that today would have been Freddy Mercury's 65th birthday.

Here's a sentimental song that gives a glimpse of his work and of Queen ...

Queen — These Are the Days Of Our Lives (1991)

These Are The Days Of Our Lives (lyrics)

Sometimes I get to feelin'

I was back in the old days - long ago

When we were kids when we were young

Thing seemed so perfect - you know

The days were endless we were crazy we were young

The sun was always shinin' - we just lived for fun

Sometimes it seems like lately - I just don't know

The rest of my life's been just a show

Those were the days of our lives

The bad things in life were so few

Those days are all gone now but one thing is true

When I look and I find I still love you

You can't turn back the clock you can't turn back the tide

Ain't that a shame

I'd like to go back one time on a roller coaster ride

When life was just a game

No use in sitting and thinkin' on what you did

When you can lay back and enjoy it through your kids

Sometimes it seems like lately - I just don't know

Better sit back and go with the flow

Cos these are the days of our lives

They've flown in the swiftness of time

These days are all gone now but some things remain

When I look and I find no change

Those were the days of our lives - yeah

The bad things in life were so few

Those days are all gone now but one thing's still true

When I look and I find

I still love you

I still love you

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Yet again, some Hongkies are trying to rationalise and justify a bad thing. In this instance, it is Yuan Yang (pronounced yin yeung in Cantonese), a repellant mix of coffee and tea.

From the sounds of things, no one has any idea how to judge Yuan Yang.

What is the criteria?
For example, in some instances the drink can be served cold but according to one judge (the only judge interviewed for the news story) the drink must be served hot.
What is the taste test? According to the same judge, the best Yuan Yang is a mix of "Earl Grey tea plus Java coffee beans". However, this is not what local Dai Pai Dongs and Cha Chaan Tengs (HK-style cafes) serve.

And why does the SCMP or the organisers of the 1st competition spell Yuan Yang using pinyin, and not in the Cantonese style?
This drink, like the terrible-tasting Hong Kong milk tea, is meant to be a Hong Kong invention ... so why give mainland China the credit? Yet another example of creeping insidious nationalistic and patriotic bootlicking, perhaps?

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Milk-tea king brews cuppa to take yuan yang crown (SCMP; paywall)
Stuart Lau
Aug 12, 2011

He brewed the best cup of tea last year and now, he is also "your-cup-of-tea-plus-coffee" king.

This year, the Association of Coffee and Tea held, for the first time, a competition on yuan yang - a mixture of milk tea and coffee - a unique local beverage. The champion, Law Tak, was last year's "milk-tea king".

Although different in tastes, one judge, Pamela Peck Wan-kam, said milk tea and yuan yang were similar in certain ways. "It's about real coffee and real tea. Don't expect a machine to do the best," she said.

Fancy a cold drink in hot summer? "No way! They must be hot. Ice cubes only dilute the flavour," Peck said.

"For me, Earl Grey tea plus Java coffee beans make the best cup of yuan yang," she added, although such a combination is rarely served in the cha chaan teng or tea cafes.

Some say the prevalence of fast food-style coffee shops has diminished young people's interest in the traditional beauty of tea.

Twinings, the 300-year-old exhibitor, said it had newly added organic styles to cater to the younger, more health-conscious generation.

Local tea brand Ying Kee, founded more than 100 years ago, recently put its tea into bottles, a trend that has proved appealing to grab-and-go young people.

Tea-loving American Matthew London, a visitor, put it this way: "I think tea is not just ancient, it's also part of the modern spirit today."

Sunday 4 September 2011

0888 HKSAR Name of the Day

Rhombus Lo, Sha Tin, Hong Kong (SCMP letters 6 April 2011)

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Friday 2 September 2011

0887 HKSAR Name of the Day

Vannis Pang (Ms), SAA, Alumni Affairs & Development Office, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

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Thursday 1 September 2011

A Pearl By Any Other Name

This news story (below) involves super-intelligent Pearl Ho Sze-pui and her less-than-intelligent translation from English to Cantonese of her name (about novel names).

Pearl is quoted as always pronouncing her English name as "Pearl-lu" which she (or the news reporter) claims sounds like "pineapple" in Cantonese. WTF? That's not how Hongkies say "pineapple".

Anyways, during the summer months there are always plenty of news reports about the kids who get the best grades in their public school examinations. What would be more interesting are follow-up stories, say 1-, 3- 5- and 10-years down the road to see where these super-intelligent kids have ended up. Where are Hong Kong's brightest schoolchildren from 10 years ago now?

See other Pearl Posts

Belief sees `pineapple' shine as Pearl (The Standard)
Kelly Ip
Tuesday, August 02, 2011

It is hard to imagine that a girl who aced English Level A2 and just missed the perfect International Baccalaureate score by a point could not even order a Coke during a trip to London when she was nine.

Pearl Ho Sze-pui was on a two-week study tour and had placed an order at a McDonald's counter, when she was served a large Coke, not the medium one she thought she had ordered.

Now 17, Ho recently graduated from the IB Diploma Program at Yew Chung International School in Kowloon Tong.

She scored 44 out of 45 in the six subjects she took, including the highest score of seven in A2 English - a level of near-native fluency.

Seven out of 1,265 local students taking the IB got a perfect score of 45 this year, in results released last month. Ho was one of 29 who scored 44. "My classmates made fun of me when I first came to this school [Yew Chung]," Ho said. "As I always pronounced my English name as `Pearl-lu."

"Pearl-lu" sounds like "pineapple" in Cantonese
, and it became her nickname for a while.

But though Ho had a hard time at first, she picked up confidence in the Intensive English Program, a bridge program for new students.

"There is no Chinese class in this program," said Ho, who reads English fiction in her spare time, with the Harry Potter series among her favorites.

"Whenever I came across a word I didn't understand, I would highlight it [and look it up later]," said Ho, who is set to start as a philosophy and economics major at the London School of Economics next month.