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Thursday, April 20, 2006

Look who I bumped into...

On my shortest trip to Hong Kong yet, I didn't actively go star-spotting because I had a load of other rushing around to do, sorting stuff and seeing various relatives, but I just seem to have some affinity with the world of TVB. Either that, or there is just too much filming going on in public there. Anyway, I was out in Tsimshatsui, visiting my usual haunt at the Silvercord food court (does cracking ramen and a half decent curry for my hubby), when we spotted a few TVB vans parked alongside Kowloon Park. Didn't think much of it really as we thought it was just the news crew out and about, but later when we went to meet my in-laws, we spotted a bit of a crowd alongside Park Lane on Nathan Road. I crossed the road to see what was happening and easily spotted Moses Chan - although he didn't seem quite as tall as he seems on the telly - but I couldn't quite make out who the girl was. So I hung around for a few minutes as they shot and re-shot the take and it was only when they'd finished and we had a chance to get a bit closer that I realised it was Gigi Lai. Unfortunately, I'd left my camera at the hotel, so I only had my mobile with me to snap a couple of quick shots, but the pics turned out pretty good. The crew were shooing people away, so I didn't stick around much longer. Have to add though that when Gigi clocked me taking photos of her, she gave me a really friendly smile!

I later found out that they were shooting for their new series "Tung Tin Gon Tam" (roughly translates as 'Psychic Cop'), where Gigi plays a goofy designer character, hence the specs and braces (for the Yanks - retainer). Moses is a cop, but you'd kinda guessed that right?

As for the rest of my trip, it was spent seeing people, shopping and eating. We really splashed out on food this time - for example: four of us sharing nine seafood courses in Sai Kung spending over HK$1000 between us, but well worth every penny! Something about eating food that was still swimming half an hour beforehand....
very Chinese!

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Saturday, April 08, 2006

Housework Procrastination


You have medium extroversion.
You're not the life of the party, but you do show up for the party.
Sometimes you are full of energy and open to new social experiences.
But you also need to hibernate and enjoy your "down time."


You have high conscientiousness.
Intelligent and reliable, you tend to succeed in life.
Most things in your life are organized and planned well.
But you borderline on being a total perfectionist.


You have high agreeableness.
You are easy to get along with, and you value harmony highly.
Helpful and generous, you are willing to compromise with almost anyone.
You give people the benefit of the doubt and don't mind giving someone a second chance.


You have medium neuroticism.
You're generally cool and collected, but sometimes you do panic.
Little worries or problems can consume you, draining your energy.
Your life is pretty smooth, but there's a few emotional bumps you'd like to get rid of.

Openness to experience:

Your openness to new experiences is medium.
You are generally broad minded when it come to new things.
But if something crosses a moral line, there's no way you'll approve of it.
You are suspicious of anything too wacky, though you do still consider creativity a virtue.
Your Five Factor Personality Profile
The Five Factor Personality Test

Your Blogging Type is Unique and Avant Garde

You're a bit ... unusual. And so is your blog.
You're impulsive, and you'll often post the first thing that pops in your head.
Completely uncensored, you blog tends to shock... even though that's not your intent.
You tend to change your blog often, experimenting with new designs and content.
What's Your Blogging Personality?

You Are Pumpkin Pie

You're the perfect combo of uniqueness and quality
Those who like you are looking for something (someone!) special
What Kind of Pie Are You?

Your Personality Profile

You are dependable, popular, and observant.
Deep and thoughtful, you are prone to moodiness.
In fact, your emotions tend to influence everything you do.

You are unique, creative, and expressive.
You don't mind waving your freak flag every once and a while.
And lucky for you, most people find your weird ways charming!
The World's Shortest Personality Test

Your Job Dissatisfaction Level is 43%

Well, you don't have the worst job in the world, but it's not great.
And don't worry, you're not the problem - your company is.
Start looking around for another job, even if you're not totally fed up.
Because in time, you're going to be dying to quit!
Should You Quit Your Job?

Oh well, the resignation can wait...

You Are 60% Open Minded

You are a very open minded person, but you're also well grounded.
Tolerant and flexible, you appreciate most lifestyles and viewpoints.
But you also know where you stand firm, and you can draw that line.
You're open to considering every possibility - but in the end, you stand true to yourself.
How Open Minded Are You?


Thursday, April 06, 2006

Sir Alan Rocks!

The only TV programme that I actively tune in to watch nowadays is the BBC's answer to the hit American show "The Apprentice", starring the Brit's equivalent of Donald Trump, Sir Alan Sugar and his band of wannabe apprentices. The British version of the show isn't quite as polished or dramatised as its American counterpart, but the excellent choice of candidates by the producers means it's still fab viewing, even though I definitely wouldn't hire half of the people on the show for a four-figure salary.

This week's task was one quite close to my own heart, retailing on the high street. After three and a half years of 'been there, done that, bought the t-shirt and nearly didn't survive', it was quite satisfying seeing these people who are supposed to be la creme de la creme suffer so badly when dealing with the public. One other thing I love about this year's teams is how differently they interact within the team dynamic. One team are all fluffy and lovey-dovey, whereas the other all hate each other's guts - like Sir Alan, I find this team so intriguing. On one hand, you want to just slap them all into shape and tell them to stop bloomin' arguing, but on the other hand, you get a bit of a buzz watching them turning the dagger into each other's backs. Fantastic!

Oh and I am so glad that the strategists have been cleared out early on - business is all about the selling and the execution, not coming up with a plan that is wholly unrealistic and full of pretentious jargon!

6 weeks left to go... getting exciting now.
Wonder if they'll show the American one after this finishes.