Archive for October, 2007

Like a yo-yo

Sunday, October 28th, 2007

I’m back home and I am beat. Now it’s Midnight, so I need to hit the hay so I can get up and re-pack and head to the airport. Who thought this was a good idea?

I wish I could say something nice about the place we held the conference or Macao in general, but I really can’t. So I’ll be like Thumper and say nothing at all about it. Which kind of misses the point of having a web-site I suppose. But anyway….

I sat next to a person on the Discovery Bay ferry who had a ton of bags and had obviously had a long day of shopping. What struck me as odd was that she was a Filipina (which means probably a helper or maid) and she pulled out an Apple iPhone box and was checking it out. Now I mentioned before about the crazy prices of getting a hacked iPhone in Hong Kong and I just have a hard time believing that this person bought one. So I’m thinking: Has someone figured out how to make a counterfeit iPhone? Complete with fancy packaging? Theres fake everything else, but that just seems too specific and complicated.

That being said, there are a lot of wannabe iPhones available in Hong Kong now. Companies like HTC and others are making similarly designed and functioning phones without being copies. They seem nice, but that is not what I saw on my way home tonight.

What day is it?

Friday, October 26th, 2007

Is it Friday?  I think it’s Friday.  I can’t remember the last time I saw the sun.

It’s been kind of crazy and hectic but it’s coming to an end soon.  Tomorrow is the last day of the conference and we’re having the big “Carnivale” dinner tonight where everyone is supposed to have their masks.  We’ll see how many actually brought theirs.  I found out a lot of people had theirs professionally done, so it should be interesting.  It also means that mine stands even less of a chance to be noticed.  Oh well.  That’s just how it goes.

Muse left sometime yesterday while I was being pulled 100 directions at once, so she’s back home with the kids.  I miss her and the fuzzy kids.  I’m taking the ferry back home tomorrow, but then I just have to repack to leave on Sunday afternoon for Seoul.  Again: Oh well.  That’s how it goes.  At least that will be directly followed by a little time off to go sightseeing.

Monday to Macao

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

It’s weird but there are two acceptable ways of spelling Macao. Macao and Macau. Whatever.

So, today me and the missus are travelling with people from work to Macao on the hydrofoil ferry. Hydrofoils are neat. The whole freaking boat comes up out of the water and it just kind of flies across the top of the water on stilts with skis on the bottoms. I have no idea how ow why it works, but I can only assume that magic or nuclear powered underwater rockets are somehow involved because they are fast.

Everyone in the region was given a blank white half masquerade mask to decorate based on their job or office for a big dinner on the weekend. From what I hear many people aren’t doing it. I hate to sound like I’m using a stereotype but many Asians aren’t very creative. Plus many people are just too busy. I could see how this little “project” could be quite hard for many in this region. Of course, I had to decorate mine.

Here’s the before picture:
mask before

Here are the after pictures:
mask after 1 mask after 2mask after 3

Crossing the border

Saturday, October 20th, 2007

It seems that we’re making a trip to Shenzhen, China today.  Shenzhen is the shopping mecca of the cheap and the fake.  If you folow my wife’s site, you may remember the stuff she bought there when she went a while back.

I’m afraid it’s going to be an absolute madhouse being a Saturday on a long weekend… but we shall see.  I’m sure Muse will have lots of pictures to show of all the stuff she’s going to buy.  Truthfully, I just want to get some Christmas shopping done.  The China themed gifts seemed to go over well for the past holidays, so this is a great way to get them.  Well, at least I hope it is.  I may reconsider that on the long trip back.

Short week, long hours

Thursday, October 18th, 2007

It’s Thursday and technically the end of the work week here in Hong Kong.  Our office is closed tomorrow for the Chung Yeung Festival public holiday.  Not sure what that is, but it’s the last public holiday till Christmas.

It’s been a hell of a long week in spite of that.  Multiple nights spent working on various things just to try and get caught up before I leave for the conference in Macao on Monday.  Monday now.  Yeah I was supposed to go there on Tuesday but there’s too much to do so I have to get there early.  I also had to ask one of my guys to change his schedule to get there a day earlier too.   That reminds me… I don’t know when I’m leaving on Saturday to come home….

We have these silly plain white half masquerade masks that we’re supposed to decorate for the conference.  They are supposed to be decorated in the theme of your office or job or something.  I have a design sketched out on mine but I haven’t really had time to work on it yet.  I’m hoping to do that this weekend.  I need some red spray paint.