Food Tours

One of the most interesting things about food is how universal food and food culture is. You’ve got a topic that instantly connects anyone around the world regardless the culture, nationality and race.

Thus, instead of just solely seeing the sights on a vacation, I’ve always highly valued the food experience. Yet sometimes, some people revert to routine when they’re in their own home towns. In this case, I am also guilty of not leaving my comfort zone when it comes to food.

A while back I decided to try something new and organised these food tours for friends. I thought I’d share some of the maps and itineraries that we’ve done. In addition to this we’ve done a couple other tours in Causeway Bay that haven’t been properly mapped out.

Updated version 2018 (Jordan/Yau Ma Tei/Mongkok)
http://food5.funemployment.ca/ (Korean Fried Chicken – Causeway Bay)
If you’re in Hong Kong, glad to organise a food tour on your behalf. Just give us a shout.

How to Speak Startup

Sometimes the lingo that startup CEOs throw around can get confusing, Techcrunch has a humourous glossary to help you navigate the world of startups and Silicon Valley.

Acqui-hire – A strategy for acquiring talent pioneered by Google in the mid-2000s that happens when a bigger company thinks your team is good but your idea is hilariously bad. Also called a “signing bonus.”

Failure – A bad thing that the Silly Valley has recently put on a pedestal as something to be celebrated.

Cashflow Positive – Someone gave us a dollar.

Pivot – What happens when a company realizes its course of action is not living up to expectations. The classic historic example is The Point, which became Groupon after the company posted a coupon to a pizza place in The Point’s building in Chicago. (See also, Failure.)

SaaS — It loses money.

Pre-Money Valuation – A number you made up.

Post-Money Valuation – A number that you made up alongside your VC with the addition of some cash. Your burn rate is probably too high.”

For the full list, head on over to the article at Techcrunch.

 

Humans that sound like robots or robots that sound like humans

"More Human Than Human"

Blade Runner – “More Human Than Human”

Sometimes I have a hard time telling if humans that sound like robots or robots that sound like humans are running the tech support for some companies. I feel like I’m doing a Turing Test each time I engage with their tech support. Is it rude that in many instances I’ve asked if I was talking to a robot or if this was a real human?

I have to type out my questions in the most simplified, succinct and direct way to try to get my point across.  Even then, you’ll sometimes get irrelevant copy and pasted answers that don’t fully answer or address your original query. Chances are, if I’m reaching out to tech support, I’ve already tried googling a response and thus your FAQ-esque answer probably doesn’t resolve my issue (even if it matched the query your answer is addressing; which in this case isn’t my problem).

It is hard being lazy.

Band Rehearsal Rooms in Hong Kong

The Onion suggests Find The Thing You’re Most Passionate About, Then Do It On Nights And Weekends For The Rest Of Your Life. So if that passion happens to be music, you might be looking for band rehearsal rooms in Hong Kong.

Here is a list of some of the studios we’ve given a try in Hong Kong. Feel free to suggest additional studios that we’ve missed.

This list will be updated periodically.

Zuk Studio

Room 311, 3/F, Sincere House, 183 Argyle St., Mong Kok, 2395-3332, www.zuk-studio.com.

Noisy Room

Rm 02-03 20/F Cheong Tai Bldg 287-289 Reclamation Street, Mong Kok Kowloon, 2644-6664, https://www.facebook.com/noisyroomstudio

Mono Studio

Flat C, 7/F ,Edward Mansion , Prince Edward Road West Mongkok, 2395-5719, http://monostudio.talkingdrum.com.hk.

Music Land

2/F Professional Building, 19-23 Tung Lo Wan Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, 3427-8086, http://www.musicland.hk

Urban Kings Music Studio

1/F, 7 North View St., North Point, 2979-5433, www.ukms.com.hk.

 

External Links:

http://m.hk.asia-city.com/city-living/article/your-guide-hong-kongs-recording-studios-and-rehearsal-rooms

http://hongkongband.com/blog/tag/band-%E6%88%BF%E7%9B%AE%E9%8C%84

I’m Patient

Sometimes I wonder what I should do about my impatience.

One thing that really annoys me is when people walk really slowly and they end up blocking the road for everybody else. Seems like there are two speeds for most folks. People either are in a rush or “I’ve got all Day” mode. This is even more annoying when you’re trying to navigate around during a busy day or if you’re in a rush to get somewhere.

There are various categories of offenders:

Phone Junkies – The people that are too busy texting/watching some video to keep their eye on where they are walking or how fast (or rather slow) they’re walking.

Couples – Some couples insist on holding hands in a busy street and they seem to block off the whole thing with no regard for others. It’s a great way to show their affection to those of us who have some place to go.

Seniors – I guess it is rather mean to blame them when we’re all going to be subjected to the ravages of time eventually though often you feel like frogger dodging around them.

Talkers – People who are too engrossed in a conversation to notice that there are others around them trying to move past them. It is even worse when they decide to stand next to each other and block the whole road. Talk about a roadblock.

Kids – Sometimes there are young kids that seem to be in their own world. They will sometimes run into you or run in random zig zag patterns.

“Tourists” – These friends from the North have big luggages that the lug around in the streets. Sometimes they turn around and stop randomly without noticing that there are other people around them.

I reckon we could make a post about the types of people who drive I’m Hong Kong as well.

It’s A Sign

Henry Kissinger Signature

So I’ve always thought I had the “World’s Laziest Signature™”, though apparently having a lazy signature isn’t as easy as I thought. (My signature is an A with a few lazy squiggles.)

Recently, I’ve been looking for ways to automate my life and thus I wanted to set up auto-payments on my credit card payments. This whole process requires filling out forms, which was a chore in itself (that I somehow managed to finish). Though lo and behold, I received a letter from the bank saying that my signature didn’t match what they had on record and I was required to sign the form again and resend it.

This isn’t the first time this has happened as well. I guess the banks are pretty Draconian about the consistency of my lazy signature.

Ugh, first world problems, even laziness requires too much work.