337 Days ’til 40: Climbing the Mountains in Our Lives


337 Days ’til 40: Climbing the Mountains in Our Lives.

To see it pessimistically, it’s a tough exhausting task.  It could also be seen as a great learning experience that is going to make your life richer and more colourful.  Which part do you choose?

Dr Seuss


Can’t wait to see it when it is going to be shown in Hong Kong

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It has been over a week since I saw The Lorax, a film adaptation of the book by Dr. Seuss.  It is really a tribute to one of the greatest literary minds of our modern history and his voice regarding the environment and our responsibility to it.  The message of the Lorax is simple, but it is in that simplicity that makes it  profound in so many ways.

Dr. Seuss uses what may seem like nonsense and whimsy on the surface and drives home to the heart that which teaches the soul what is really important. In a world where commerce and greed has killed all trees except for one seed, hope abounds with a clarion call ( and great song in the movie) – Let it Grow!   There is is redemptive and hopeful message that promises us that we can still undo what damage has been…

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GE’s Hundred-Year-Old Bulb: Still Bringing Good Things to Life


Amazing how technological advancement has changed our world

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How many GE employees does it take to screw in a hundred-year-old light bulb? Hundreds of ’em — and the neat part is, it’ll still work.

On March 25th, 1912, a bunch of General Electric employees placed a time capsule inside the cornerstone of a new building at the company’s Nela Park facility in East Cleveland, Ohio. It contained photos, pins, pamphlets, a newspaper — and some GE light bulbs.

Flash forward one hundred years. Throngs of modern-day GE employees and retirees gathered at Nela Park — which is still the headquarters of GE Lighting — and opened the capsule. They tried screwing one of the bulbs in, and it flickered to life.

I was pleased to learn this, but not completely surprised. I like to take photos with vintage Polaroid cameras; you can still buy film for them, but production of the various flashcubes, flashbulbs and flashbars they require…

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Hong Kong Chief Executive (“CE”)


It’s now confirmed that the CE of Hong Kong is going to be CY Leung and people start worrying his “Putin” type of approach would bring a negative impact to Hong Kong.  A few observations have been made.

Traditionally, the land developing tycoons won’t say much about politics but this time even Li Ka-shing commented openly and forcefully on his support on Henry Tang. At the moment before the voting, Mr Li was stopped by journalists on his view and he was still fully supporting Henry Tang adamantly.  His resolute attitude could be interpreted in several angles.  The more important angles are:

  1. Business environment is going to be tough under the leadership of Mr Leung, and become less business friendly.
  2. Housing policy is going to be significantly different (e.g. mechanism on price, windfall tax on developer)
  3. General concern on the development of Hong Kong (i.e. social, political, judicial, economical)

None of these appear to be good, and all Hong Kong residents will be affected, one way or another.  Some people may argue drop of property price, prima facie, would make it easier for a lot of resident to own their own flat.  I agree with it and I do look forward to the drop, however, how many property owners are mentally and financially ready for it?  If the same drop like 1998 happens, with the “Putin” approach of Mr Leung, one could imagine the seriousness of social crash that may happen.

My another concern is on the legal system, freedom of speech and publication.  Separation of power, independent and trustworthy legal system distinguish Hong Kong from China, and it’s one of the major reasons Hong Kong and Singapore stand out among the peers in Asia.  Once the trust of Hong Kong legal system is gone, it would be extremely difficult to be restored and Hong Kong is no different to the other PRC cities.  The independent legal system upholds the freedom of speech and publication indirectly as the government could be challenged in Court for its impediment of such freedom.  Hong Kong Court has been proved to be non-bias in cases involving the government (i.e. more than 50% of cases have had order again the government since 1997)

Legislation trumps common law, and any law has to be signed off by the CE to be effective.  If Department of Justice pushes through new legislation, it would be very difficult for legislator(s) to change it in the future as a peculiar feature in Hong Kong legal system requiring private bills subject to a higher threshold for approval.

Five years are long enough for any legislation to be enacted.  My concern is that if any law that is going to affect the universal suffrage of the CE and members of Legislative Council have been passed through, we will get what we have asked for, but it’ll only be skin deep.

You Are Not Alone


Ignorance is the biggest enemy of progression of society and humanity. Ignorance is however, an easy obstacle to be removed. Do governments around the globe have the determination to carry it through. Have the minority groups done what you could do to be as visible as possible? Did you stand up for others when they got pick on? Race, sexual orientation, nationality don’t really matter.