Thursday, October 15, 2009

Just Say Yes? I'm not Surprised!

I really can't help myself but to transcribe the following dialog from a TVB's drama: (I am not a professional translator so I am doing the best I can)

[HIM & HER hugging very tightly]

Her: When did you fall in love with me? At first sight? Second sight?

: No

[HER pushes slightly away from the hugging and look at HIM]

Her: Say Yes [softly]

: Does one have to lie to be in love?

Her: [pause] Say Yes

: [slightly hesitant] Yes, how about you?

Her: [return to the tightly hugging position] I am not telling you. It is my secret.

How come I am not surprised?

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The Sky is the Limit??

A 5,636 sq ft "semi-duplex" on West Mid-Levels is fetching for HKD 357.73 million? This is just crazy! Am I seeing another real estate bubble about to burst? Such luxury properties may not affect the average overall real estate pricing in Hong Kong (in my opinion) but it is an indication, benchmark or even an unjustifiable excuse for potential sellers or developers to raise their prices. It is no longer the question of affordability, it is whether this price level is justifiable in my humble opinion.

Although real estate is one of the most preferred methods for accumulation of wealth in a Chinese society, I am not sure it is the best or most practically way to do so in Hong Kong, at least for the general population. Then again, I am no expert in this area and Hong Kong has always been strong in supporting its own unique economy (and its property market) over the years. Who knows, now that the so-called real estate bubble (or balloon) in Hong Kong is Made in China, it is quite difficult to predict, maybe it will never burst?

The Standard:

Stay Positive, Stay Creative !

Piano Staircase

The World Deepest Bin

The fun theory

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Redefining Quality

While buying the newly Gingerbread Cappuccino at Pacific Coffee today, I saw the following quote on one of their their mugs.

Quality is not an act, it is a habit. - Aristotle

I am not certain in what context Aristotle delivered this quote but I believe it can apply under all circumstances. My view is that quality is more than just a habit, it is an attitude, a refined attitude perhaps. So tempted to get that MUG now!

7 Oct 2009: I just bought the MUG ! Yeah !