Friday, March 27, 2009
In one of my old post dated January 18, 2009, I mentioned that Shanghai Disneyland, scheduled to open in 2013, could spell the doom of its counterpart in
Then, on March 17, BusinessWeek Online also publish an article with the title Hong Kong Disneyland’s Future Is in Danger. According to this article, the
Shanghai Disneyland could kill Hong Kong Disneyland, but is the success of the former guaranteed? Some readers of the BusinessWeek article have already expressed their doubt. A reader who went by the nickname PaPaPeng, for example, wrote:
I have visited both Disneyland in
Anaheimand Disney World in . Both are showing their age in attractions and in rides. As Chinese I don't see this Orlando Americanatransplant taking root and thriving in . Chinese are suckers for modern technology and thrills but not for the overhyped stuff dressed in Mickey Mouse suits. China
Another reader, Chenleilili, wrote:
citizen. I do not agree that Shanghai Shanghaigovernment would make concession for the building of Diseney park in as done by HK government. In the past, almost all of the theme park imported from abroad failed to survive in Shanghai . Shanghai
There is a possibility that Hong Kong,
Shanghai Disneyland - Bad News for Hong Kong?
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Somehow, I doubt many of you have been to this place, which I call the “
I have never bothered to visit the paddy fields in my own country. Ironically, it was in
Sunday, March 22, 2009
I still don’t get it. I can’t see the relevance of Twitter. If you are a Twitter user, please tell me what you think about it.
Twitter is often referred to as a ‘micro-blogging’ social networking site. Most people use it to tell their friends, or followers, what they are doing. For example, on one day blogger Lisa twittered, “I just got myself a 72-eyeshadow palette!! Yippie!!” On another occasion she complained that she was “very, very tired.”
You are probably aware that you can actually do the same thing with MSN, Yahoo! Messenger or Facebook. There are some differences, of course. With Twitter, you can read the past updates of a person. On Facebook, if you update your status, your past status is gone.
Another salient feature of Twitter is that communication is one way. You can, for example, “follow” Paris Hilton, but she is unlikely to follow you. (Unless, of course, you too are a celebrity.)
When Oscar Academy Awards were being delivered in
I do see some uses of this micro-blogging service, but they are of little importance to me. So why Twitter? Please enlighten me.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
回到馬來西亞數理科問題，到底應該以英語還是母語教學，最好就是和陶傑所主張的那樣，由市場決定。如果家長支持英文教數理，那就延續現有的課程，反之就改回用馬來文、華文或淡米爾文。每一所學校各自做決定，不需要有統一政策，政府則扮演 facilitator 的角色。另外，政府也應當考慮讓以前的英校『復活』，如此一來，父母可有多一個選擇。實際上，大馬不少華人和印度人，在家中講英語為主。嚴格來說，英語才是他們的母語。
Monday, March 16, 2009
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Everyday, in the office, I am bombarded with loads of e-mail, so much so that I don’t bother to read each and every of them in details. Quite often I only read the first paragraph.
Feeding the e-mail overload is a practice to “acknowledge e-mail”. Consider this case:
The boss sends an e-mail to April, May, June, Julius and Augustus, telling them that he would be off the following day. All the recipients click “Reply All”, enter “Noted”, and click the Send button.
So, there are six e-mails flying around.
My personal e-mail account is also flooded with messages, many of them come from Buddhist groups. Another case:
Buddhist Group A sends an e-mail to the secretary of Buddhist Group B. The mail is about the upcoming talks by a renowned monk. The secretary is so “compassionate” that she helps to forward it. I am in the mailing list of both groups, so I get two copies of the same e-mail.
I have asked these Buddhist groups to set up their web pages and update their activities from there. Somehow, the people responsible are still more comfortable with e-mail…
Thursday, March 12, 2009
中学时我是 science-minded 的，更喜欢看科幻小说和福尔摩斯。（不过我当时英文太差，只能看中文译本。）
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Sunday, March 08, 2009
Chinese food is oily, and tea is the antidote for oil. That’s why I preferred tea over soda. Tea made me feel better after I ate that dish of beef and broccoli or sweet-and-sour chicken. Westerners, while they liked Chinese food, somehow failed to see the “big picture”.
Further, Westerners usually insist on eating Chinese food with chopsticks. In
But here is another problem. In this country, rice is often served in plates, not bowls. It is awkward to pick up rice from a plate using chopsticks. (The one exception is sticky rice.) A better way to eat is: rice comes in bowls. We hold the bowls near our mouths, and gently push the rice into our throats using the chopsticks.
Westerners try to show respect to Eastern culture, and I compliment them for doing so. Nonetheless, they don’t get it quite right.
P/S This blogger encourages Chinese Malaysians to use chopsticks.
Chinese American Food
Friday, March 06, 2009
I was hardly surprised. I have been working in telecommunication industry for many years. We regularly make test calls to all over the world to check line quality.
Imagine this hypothetical case:
A relative of Kikey called her a day earlier. She was not happy as the line was too noisy, so she filed a complaint to Maxis, the mobile phone operator. The customer service officer of Maxis raised a “trouble ticket” (TT), and passed it to the engineer on duty. Further, there was a rule in Maxis which stated that all TT pertaining to customer complaints must be answered within 4 hours.
Kikey’s relative filed the complaint at 11 am. The engineer on duty did some troubleshooting. At 2 pm, or 6 am
So, if you receive a call from an unknown
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
华裔美国人朱棣文 Steven Chu 被委任為美国能源部长，全球华人都觉得沾上一份光荣。現在，另一位华人骆家辉 Gary Locke 也被点名为新任贸易部长，双喜临门。这是自北京奥运会之后，最令炎黄子孙振奋的新闻。但这位前华盛顿州州长有一段『黑暗史』，却是许多人所不知。
Monday, March 02, 2009
I rarely do meme. I am usually impatient of them. However, I have been tagged by Peter, my Dharma friend, lately. It’s a sleep meme. Since I have always wanted to write about this topic, I thought, “Why not?”
And here you go…
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(1) How do you sleep at night?
Is your sleep affected by the national angst? Do you drop off easily, as you always did? Or does it take a while to get to sleep?
Note: I suppose “the national angst” refers to the current economic situation.
Sleeping has always been a problem to me. I don’t fall asleep easily, and slightest sound could wake me up. Furthermore, I sleep with all the lights off. It is said that people with migraine are scared of light. Perhaps that explains why I like to “live in the dark”,
These days, I work full time and study MBA part time. Due to my busy lifestyle, I need to have good sleep, quality sleep…
(2) What strategies, if needed, do you use to get to sleep?
Pills? Sheep? Late night television show? And/or…?
Physical exercise, reiki, meditation… I avoid using computer at least 30 minutes before I go to bed. I also have a habit of drinking milk at night, but am not exactly sure if it helps.
Contrary to what Peter experiences, I find meditation effective in getting me a good sleep. Mentioning meditation, most people think of holy man sitting in cross-legged. I am no holy man, and I usually meditate in standing posture before going to bed. Standing meditation is more tiring. If I am tired, I will drop off more easily.
Despite all that are done, occasionally I still can’t fall asleep.
(3) Do you wake up in the middle of the night, plagued by obsessive thoughts?
I wake up for other reasons, but obsessive thoughts do prevent me from getting back to sleep.
(4) What strategies do you have to get back to sleep?
I am not going to gym in the middle of the night. Reiki is what I usually do. If I sense that I have ‘restless legs’, I know the problem is going to be serious. I would wake up and do some light reading. Not reading MBA lecture notes, though!
(5) Are your dreams affected?
Are they more anxious than before? Do they wake you up in a sweat? Or are they peaceful, innocent, undisturbed by the general malaise?
I guess my dreams are not yet affected by the general malaise, but then the worse of the economy is yet to come. The ‘L’ word is certainly something I dread very, very much.
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The rules of the meme are:
- Answer the questions
- Link back to the original meme
- Tag others to participate
Now, I would like to tag the following bloggers:
Okay, okay, this is absolutely voluntary.