星期四, 12月 30, 2010
「我能夠順利地完成這一連串的交易嗎？」我問自己。我按了按眉心，calm down, girl。都怪我自己愛冒險。我其實蠻愛冒險。
談戀愛我唯心，知道time is not on my side, 應該為將來籌謀，但我縱容自己放肆，是故在愛情路上，我成天跌跌撞撞。
星期二, 12月 28, 2010
晚上我到大家樂晚飯，發現了一部大家樂自助點餐機，我馬上試玩。點了小菜餐，又加錢點了熱飲。誰知check out 不了喎。
errrrrr 我覺得可能的問題有：programme 漏左個 check out screen（嘩冇可能錯成咁啫）；check out screen 不過 touch screen "check out" tab 不夠sensible。㩒來㩒去都反應曖曖昧昧咁（有冇搞錯呀家下 touch screen 技術咁成熟；個點餐system和百達通system 不協調。
請個COO，做下interface design，做下core systems integration 啦。
星期一, 12月 27, 2010
我告訴她我平安夜去唱k我唱k時很投入的，「梗係要拉咪㗎嘛。」Miss Sit說。呢位Miss Sit係好唱得之人。Miss Sit和小玉棍都好唱得的。
Miss Sit 是個才藝豐富的女子，她畫畫了得唱歌了得。上台做戲，都得。Miss Sit 做過我寫的戲，她扮一隻熊。那是白雪公主的故事，不過不是童話，而是一個偵探故事。
我有幸我的中學時代，身處在一群都有 drive 去 self actualize 自己的女子中間。
星期六, 12月 25, 2010
星期三, 12月 22, 2010
回望 2010，這是充滿陣痛與反醒的一年。2009年是我一個重要的年份，很多Paradigm Shifts在 2009 發生，但整個轉變是在2010年才完成。2010年痛得我要命。
但天主的安排不是這樣的，祂既然gifted me with some talents，就會係我係咩人，我先會做咩工。
天主亦非常公平，我之可以做我，亦有trade off。我的trade off，大到我想唔玩，削骨還母。
響咩都唔知的情況下，信念是很緊要。Love was God's plan when he made man。我相信。
我想一遢糊塗的2010快d bye bye。我好期待2011。
可能在接收負面/出乎意料之外的訊息時，我是聽覺第一呢... oh my god...
講開又講，我租客計劃結婚要退租，我第一時間向投資者公佈消息。投資者對能否以我自己的畫提升樓宇（品味）價值不置可否，但對下一次租俾客還是公市則建議三思。「租比BVI？咁點追租先？」「咁佢 one dollar company 欠租點先？」
星期一, 12月 20, 2010
"Why men love bitches" is apparently one of the hot picks. However, as review on amazon suggested, this book could just as well have been written for men, and been titled, "Why Women Love Jerks."
This book helped me to retrospect my previous relationship because it outlined all the psychologies. But very unlikely it can do any help with my future relationship because if relationship is all about these secret tricks, then everybody, male and female, knows it now and there is no secret trick anymore. (BTW I deem it a logical trick itself when a book is selling its readers some secrets about something...)
Relationship, all kind of relationship, friendship sisterhood boyfriend/girlfriend, is affectionate and passionate in nature. It is not a war. When you try to defense it is a war.
Relationship is 1+1>2. If you feel like it may come out as 1+1<1, then you start defensing or protecting your original 1 and you are not in the relationship anymore. If you find yourself being always in the status of defensing or protecting your original 1 then you are a poor thing because you never know how graceful it is when you are trusting others while being trusted, you are giving while receiving, you are loving while being loved.
星期日, 12月 19, 2010
又的而且確他英文好日文會說，思考極分明，說話很有條理，能夠簡潔地表達自己。我當然不介意有人陪我說話有人帶我上高級餐廳然後就此為止，但我亦對男子說hey i feel like you are too good to be true。
那間美國律師樓，我湊巧數年前上去見過工，所以對其背景略知一二。跟男子一樣名字，做 M & A 的律師，確有一名。
在香港有一個speed dating 的 agency，聲稱旗下男會員中，多達 XX% 是iBanker。我是參與過agency的活動的，但我遇不到iBanker喎。後來我才知道原來在大眾心中，在 iBank 工作的便是 iBanker。但 trader 不是 banker，broker 就更不是 banker。難道大家會誤稱 teller 做 banker 嗎？
星期五, 12月 17, 2010
星期日, 12月 12, 2010
【紅樓夢】第廿四回《醉金剛輕財尚義俠 癡女兒遺帕惹相思》說到賈寶玉外出回至園內，換了衣服，正要洗澡。貼身丫鬟襲人被寶釵煩了去打結子去了；另丫鬟秋紋碧痕兩個去催水。偏偏寶玉要喝茶，一連叫了兩三聲，方見兩三個老婆子走進來。寶玉不喜婆子，見了，連忙搖手，說： 「罷，罷，不用了。」老婆子們只得退出。
星期五, 12月 10, 2010
星期六, 12月 04, 2010
星期三, 12月 01, 2010
星期二, 11月 30, 2010
星期一, 11月 29, 2010
If I have a problem, I seek assistance from experts. The real experts.
As a chain of consequences I met Violet. Co-founding Lunch Actually the dating agency with her husband, Violet actualised her career aspiration and lived a happy live with happy money.
I enjoyed the one and a half hours of chatty time with Violet very much. She's kind, honest and intelligent. The conversation was free flow, natural and contented. I feel like I was talking with a clinic psychologist!
Thanks Violet for your time and feedback. My choice of bedtime reading for the coming week will be nothing but your book.
星期六, 11月 27, 2010
Robert Greene - The 48 Laws of Power
Law 1 Never Outshine the Master
Always make those above you feel comfortably superior. In your desire to please or impress them, do not go too far in displaying your talents or you might accomplish the opposite ï¿½ inspire fear and insecurity. Make your masters appear more brilliant than they are and you will attain the heights of power.
Law 2 Never put too Much Trust in Friends, Learn how to use Enemies
Be wary of friends-they will betray you more quickly, for they are easily aroused to envy. They also become spoiled and tyrannical. But hire a former enemy and he will be more loyal than a friend, because he has more to prove. In fact, you have more to fear from friends than from enemies. If you have no enemies, find a way to make them.
Law 3 Conceal your Intentions
Keep people off-balance and in the dark by never revealing the purpose behind your actions. If they have no clue what you are up to, they cannot prepare a defense. Guide them far enough down the wrong path, envelope them in enough smoke, and by the time they realize your intentions, it will be too late.
Law 4 Always Say Less than Necessary
When you are trying to impress people with words, the more you say, the more common you appear, and the less in control. Even if you are saying something banal, it will seem original if you make it vague, open-ended, and sphinxlike. Powerful people impress and intimidate by saying less. The more you say, the more likely you are to say something foolish.
Law 5 So Much Depends on Reputation ï¿½ Guard it with your Life
Reputation is the cornerstone of power. Through reputation alone you can intimidate and win; once you slip, however, you are vulnerable, and will be attacked on all sides. Make your reputation unassailable. Always be alert to potential attacks and thwart them before they happen. Meanwhile, learn to destroy your enemies by opening holes in their own reputations. Then stand aside and let public opinion hang them.
Law 6 Court Attention at all Cost
Everything is judged by its appearance; what is unseen counts for nothing. Never let yourself get lost in the crowd, then, or buried in oblivion. Stand out. Be conspicuous, at all cost. Make yourself a magnet of attention by appearing larger, more colorful, more mysterious, than the bland and timid masses.
Law 7 Get others to do the Work for you, but Always Take the Credit
Use the wisdom, knowledge, and legwork of other people to further your own cause. Not only will such assistance save you valuable time and energy, it will give you a godlike aura of efficiency and speed. In the end your helpers will be forgotten and you will be remembered. Never do yourself what others can do for you.
Law 8 Make other People come to you ï¿½ use Bait if Necessary
When you force the other person to act, you are the one in control. It is always better to make your opponent come to you, abandoning his own plans in the process. Lure him with fabulous gains ï¿½ then attack. You hold the cards.
Law 9 Win through your Actions, Never through Argument
Any momentary triumph you think gained through argument is really a Pyrrhic victory: The resentment and ill will you stir up is stronger and lasts longer than any momentary change of opinion. It is much more powerful to get others to agree with you through your actions, without saying a word. Demonstrate, do not explicate.
Law 10 Infection: Avoid the Unhappy and Unlucky
You can die from someone elseï¿½s misery ï¿½ emotional states are as infectious as disease. You may feel you are helping the drowning man but you are only precipitating your own disaster. The unfortunate sometimes draw misfortune on themselves; they will also draw it on you. Associate with the happy and fortunate instead.
Law 11 Learn to Keep People Dependent on You
To maintain your independence you must always be needed and wanted. The more you are relied on, the more freedom you have. Make people depend on you for their happiness and prosperity and you have nothing to fear. Never teach them enough so that they can do without you.
Law 12 Use Selective Honesty and Generosity to Disarm your Victim
One sincere and honest move will cover over dozens of dishonest ones. Open-hearted gestures of honesty and generosity bring down the guard of even the most suspicious people. Once your selective honesty opens a hole in their armor, you can deceive and manipulate them at will. A timely gift ï¿½ a Trojan horse ï¿½ will serve the same purpose.
Law 13 When Asking for Help, Appeal to Peopleï¿½s Self-Interest, Never to their Mercy or Gratitude
If you need to turn to an ally for help, do not bother to remind him of your past assistance and good deeds. He will find a way to ignore you. Instead, uncover something in your request, or in your alliance with him, that will benefit him, and emphasize it out of all proportion. He will respond enthusiastically when he sees something to be gained for himself.
Law 14 Pose as a Friend, Work as a Spy
Knowing about your rival is critical. Use spies to gather valuable information that will keep you a step ahead. Better still: Play the spy yourself. In polite social encounters, learn to probe. Ask indirect questions to get people to reveal their weaknesses and intentions. There is no occasion that is not an opportunity for artful spying.
Law 15 Crush your Enemy Totally
All great leaders since Moses have known that a feared enemy must be crushed completely. (Sometimes they have learned this the hard way.) If one ember is left alight, no matter how dimly it smolders, a fire will eventually break out. More is lost through stopping halfway than through total annihilation: The enemy will recover, and will seek revenge. Crush him, not only in body but in spirit.
Law 16 Use Absence to Increase Respect and Honor
Too much circulation makes the price go down: The more you are seen and heard from, the more common you appear. If you are already established in a group, temporary withdrawal from it will make you more talked about, even more admired. You must learn when to leave. Create value through scarcity.
Law 17 Keep Others in Suspended Terror: Cultivate an Air of Unpredictability
Humans are creatures of habit with an insatiable need to see familiarity in other peopleï¿½s actions. Your predictability gives them a sense of control. Turn the tables: Be deliberately unpredictable. Behavior that seems to have no consistency or purpose will keep them off-balance, and they will wear themselves out trying to explain your moves. Taken to an extreme, this strategy can intimidate and terrorize.
Law 18 Do Not Build Fortresses to Protect Yourself ï¿½ Isolation is Dangerous
The world is dangerous and enemies are everywhere ï¿½ everyone has to protect themselves. A fortress seems the safest. But isolation exposes you to more dangers than it protects you from ï¿½ it cuts you off from valuable information, it makes you conspicuous and an easy target. Better to circulate among people find allies, mingle. You are shielded from your enemies by the crowd.
Law 19 Know Who Youï¿½re Dealing with ï¿½ Do Not Offend the Wrong Person
There are many different kinds of people in the world, and you can never assume that everyone will react to your strategies in the same way. Deceive or outmaneuver some people and they will spend the rest of their lives seeking revenge. They are wolves in lambsï¿½ clothing. Choose your victims and opponents carefully, then ï¿½ never offend or deceive the wrong person.
Law 20 Do Not Commit to Anyone
It is the fool who always rushes to take sides. Do not commit to any side or cause but yourself. By maintaining your independence, you become the master of others ï¿½ playing people against one another, making them pursue you.
Law 21 Play a Sucker to Catch a Sucker ï¿½ Seem Dumber than your Mark
No one likes feeling stupider than the next persons. The trick, is to make your victims feel smart ï¿½ and not just smart, but smarter than you are. Once convinced of this, they will never suspect that you may have ulterior motives.
Law 22 Use the Surrender Tactic: Transform Weakness into Power
When you are weaker, never fight for honorï¿½s sake; choose surrender instead. Surrender gives you time to recover, time to torment and irritate your conqueror, time to wait for his power to wane. Do not give him the satisfaction of fighting and defeating you ï¿½ surrender first. By turning the other check you infuriate and unsettle him. Make surrender a tool of power.
Law 23 Concentrate Your Forces
Conserve your forces and energies by keeping them concentrated at their strongest point. You gain more by finding a rich mine and mining it deeper, than by flitting from one shallow mine to another ï¿½ intensity defeats extensity every time. When looking for sources of power to elevate you, find the one key patron, the fat cow who will give you milk for a long time to come.
Law 24 Play the Perfect Courtier
The perfect courtier thrives in a world where everything revolves around power and political dexterity. He has mastered the art of indirection; he flatters, yields to superiors, and asserts power over others in the mot oblique and graceful manner. Learn and apply the laws of courtiership and there will be no limit to how far you can rise in the court.
Law 25 Re-Create Yourself
Do not accept the roles that society foists on you. Re-create yourself by forging a new identity, one that commands attention and never bores the audience. Be the master of your own image rather than letting others define if for you. Incorporate dramatic devices into your public gestures and actions ï¿½ your power will be enhanced and your character will seem larger than life.
Law 26 Keep Your Hands Clean
You must seem a paragon of civility and efficiency: Your hands are never soiled by mistakes and nasty deeds. Maintain such a spotless appearance by using others as scapegoats and catï¿½s-paws to disguise your involvement.
Law 27 Play on Peopleï¿½s Need to Believe to Create a Cultlike Following
People have an overwhelming desire to believe in something. Become the focal point of such desire by offering them a cause, a new faith to follow. Keep your words vague but full of promise; emphasize enthusiasm over rationality and clear thinking. Give your new disciples rituals to perform, ask them to make sacrifices on your behalf. In the absence of organized religion and grand causes, your new belief system will bring you untold power.
Law 28 Enter Action with Boldness
If you are unsure of a course of action, do not attempt it. Your doubts and hesitations will infect your execution. Timidity is dangerous: Better to enter with boldness. Any mistakes you commit through audacity are easily corrected with more audacity. Everyone admires the bold; no one honors the timid.
Law 29 Plan All the Way to the End
The ending is everything. Plan all the way to it, taking into account all the possible consequences, obstacles, and twists of fortune that might reverse your hard work and give the glory to others. By planning to the end you will not be overwhelmed by circumstances and you will know when to stop. Gently guide fortune and help determine the future by thinking far ahead.
Law 30 Make your Accomplishments Seem Effortless
Your actions must seem natural and executed with ease. All the toil and practice that go into them, and also all the clever tricks, must be concealed. When you act, act effortlessly, as if you could do much more. Avoid the temptation of revealing how hard you work ï¿½ it only raises questions. Teach no one your tricks or they will be used against you.
Law 31 Control the Options: Get Others to Play with the Cards you Deal
The best deceptions are the ones that seem to give the other person a choice: Your victims feel they are in control, but are actually your puppets. Give people options that come out in your favor whichever one they choose. Force them to make choices between the lesser of two evils, both of which serve your purpose. Put them on the horns of a dilemma: They are gored wherever they turn.
Law 32 Play to Peopleï¿½s Fantasies
The truth is often avoided because it is ugly and unpleasant. Never appeal to truth and reality unless you are prepared for the anger that comes for disenchantment. Life is so harsh and distressing that people who can manufacture romance or conjure up fantasy are like oases in the desert: Everyone flocks to them. There is great power in tapping into the fantasies of the masses.
Law 33 Discover Each Manï¿½s Thumbscrew
Everyone has a weakness, a gap in the castle wall. That weakness is usual y an insecurity, an uncontrollable emotion or need; it can also be a small secret pleasure. Either way, once found, it is a thumbscrew you can turn to your advantage.
Law 34 Be Royal in your Own Fashion: Act like a King to be treated like one
The way you carry yourself will often determine how you are treated; In the long run, appearing vulgar or common will make people disrespect you. For a king respects himself and inspires the same sentiment in others. By acting regally and confident of your powers, you make yourself seem destined to wear a crown.
Law 35 Master the Art of Timing
Never seem to be in a hurry ï¿½ hurrying betrays a lack of control over yourself, and over time. Always seem patient, as if you know that everything will come to you eventually. Become a detective of the right moment; sniff out the spirit of the times, the trends that will carry you to power. Learn to stand back when the time is not yet ripe, and to strike fiercely when it has reached fruition.
Law 36 Disdain Things you cannot have: Ignoring them is the best Revenge
By acknowledging a petty problem you give it existence and credibility. The more attention you pay an enemy, the stronger you make him; and a small mistake is often made worse and more visible when you try to fix it. It is sometimes best to leave things alone. If there is something you want but cannot have, show contempt for it. The less interest you reveal, the more superior you seem.
Law 37 Create Compelling Spectacles
Striking imagery and grand symbolic gestures create the aura of power ï¿½ everyone responds to them. Stage spectacles for those around you, then full of arresting visuals and radiant symbols that heighten your presence. Dazzled by appearances, no one will notice what you are really doing.
Law 38 Think as you like but Behave like others
If you make a show of going against the times, flaunting your unconventional ideas and unorthodox ways, people will think that you only want attention and that you look down upon them. They will find a way to punish you for making them feel inferior. It is far safer to blend in and nurture the common touch. Share your originality only with tolerant friends and those who are sure to appreciate your uniqueness.
Law 39 Stir up Waters to Catch Fish
Anger and emotion are strategically counterproductive. You must always stay calm and objective. But if you can make your enemies angry while staying calm yourself, you gain a decided advantage. Put your enemies off-balance: Find the chink in their vanity through which you can rattle them and you hold the strings.
Law 40 Despise the Free Lunch
What is offered for free is dangerous ï¿½ it usually involves either a trick or a hidden obligation. What has worth is worth paying for. By paying your own way you stay clear of gratitude, guilt, and deceit. It is also often wise to pay the full price ï¿½ there is no cutting corners with excellence. Be lavish with your money and keep it circulating, for generosity is a sign and a magnet for power.
Law 41 Avoid Stepping into a Great Manï¿½s Shoes
What happens first always appears better and more original than what comes after. If you succeed a great man or have a famous parent, you will have to accomplish double their achievements to outshine them. Do not get lost in their shadow, or stuck in a past not of your own making: Establish your own name and identity by changing course. Slay the overbearing father, disparage his legacy, and gain power by shining in your own way.
Law 42 Strike the Shepherd and the Sheep will Scatter
Trouble can often be traced to a single strong individual ï¿½ the stirrer, the arrogant underling, the poisoned of goodwill. If you allow such people room to operate, others will succumb to their influence. Do not wait for the troubles they cause to multiply, do not try to negotiate with them ï¿½ they are irredeemable. Neutralize their influence by isolating or banishing them. Strike at the source of the trouble and the sheep will scatter.
Law 43 Work on the Hearts and Minds of Others
Coercion creates a reaction that will eventually work against you. You must seduce others into wanting to move in your direction. A person you have seduced becomes your loyal pawn. And the way to seduce others is to operate on their individual psychologies and weaknesses. Soften up the resistant by working on their emotions, playing on what they hold dear and what they fear. Ignore the hearts and minds of others and they will grow to hate you.
Law 44 Disarm and Infuriate with the Mirror Effect
The mirror reflects reality, but it is also the perfect tool for deception: When you mirror your enemies, doing exactly as they do, they cannot figure out your strategy. The Mirror Effect mocks and humiliates them, making them overreact. By holding up a mirror to their psyches, you seduce them with the illusion that you share their values; by holding up a mirror to their actions, you teach them a lesson. Few can resist the power of Mirror Effect.
Law 45 Preach the Need for Change, but Never Reform too much at Once
Everyone understands the need for change in the abstract, but on the day-to-day level people are creatures of habit. Too much innovation is traumatic, and will lead to revolt. If you are new to a position of power, or an outsider trying to build a power base, make a show of respecting the old way of doing things. If change is necessary, make it feel like a gentle improvement on the past.
Law 46 Never appear too Perfect
Appearing better than others is always dangerous, but most dangerous of all is to appear to have no faults or weaknesses. Envy creates silent enemies. It is smart to occasionally display defects, and admit to harmless vices, in order to deflect envy and appear more human and approachable. Only gods and the dead can seem perfect with impunity.
Law 47 Do not go Past the Mark you Aimed for; In Victory, Learn when to Stop
The moment of victory is often the moment of greatest peril. In the heat of victory, arrogance and overconfidence can push you past the goal you had aimed for, and by going too far, you make more enemies than you defeat. Do not allow success to go to your head. There is no substitute for strategy and careful planning. Set a goal, and when you reach it, stop.
Law 48 Assume Formlessness
By taking a shape, by having a visible plan, you open yourself to attack. Instead of taking a form for your enemy to grasp, keep yourself adaptable and on the move. Accept the fact that nothing is certain and no law is fixed. The best way to protect yourself is to be as fluid and formless as water; never bet on stability or lasting order. Everything changes.
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信報財經新聞 2010-11-20 P13 | 政在生活 | 政在生活 | By 何素文
方心讓既是名醫，更是復康會創立人，他把復康工作看得重過事業，而小時候的方敏生自小跟父親出席活動、接觸殘障人士，令她有點領略， 「他教我活著不是為自己！」大學畢業後，大抵是反叛性格，當時方敏生有「三不」， 「政府不做！大機構不做！復康也不做，因為爸爸做復康！」最後落戶了在李鄭屋的基層組織「基愛」，主要服務白田安置區，劃下了社工生涯的起步點。比起上述的三個選擇，安置區單是看衛生環境，聽上來也最難忍受的。「公用的廁所如果是旱廁，就更加核突啦，我們返工去廁所，廁所門又爛晒，有些是條坑的，不是一個一個的廁所。」環境差，人背景複雜。那裏有邊緣社群、「癮君子」躲起來吸毒、罪案又特別多，偷竊、婦女洗澡遭人偷窺等事都會發生。那時做居民組織的方敏生還要等到晚上、街坊下班才上班，她習以為常。
她又提起，失聰人士希望獲關愛基金撥款，給他們買助聽器， 「如果不是綜援、60 歲以上、85 分貝以上、學生，你是沒有的！」「有些情況則是老豆『走了佬』、阿媽持雙程證，個細路是交給廟祝照顧！因為沒辦法呀，要持雙程證，不是經常在這兒！就是有這些個案，令你聽到是不安樂的！」本港作為國際都會，有批細路不懂分辨時代廣場及立法會， 「你帶他去立法會，他問是否時代廣場，有朋友指是學習遲緩，其實是學習機會的問題！為何窮的小朋友的學習能力、語言能力、自信、社交能力都弱一點，他們不是生出來就是這樣的！」希望幫助該批貧童， 「如何不要輸在起跑線上。」政府在政策，最多多做一點， 「十大基建講緊二零三幾年啦！為何福利不可長期規劃、人口老化不可規劃、為何不可承諾？公屋為何不是三年就有得上，殘疾人士十年都無得上！護養、安老，人口為何沒有得規劃，為何社會發展比經濟發展次一等！要講還有排講！」說起貧窮問題，她還是有火！一切彷彿時光倒流，回到了當年在李鄭屋幫助屋民的那個方敏生！
「我從事社工這個行業有個福分，是看到人性的強處、生命影響生命的動力，你在其他行業並沒有這樣直接的，有些事物是Larger than Life（很傳奇的）。所以，如果俾我再選擇，我都會行返這條路！」
我喜歡 Cafe Gray Deluxe Art Deco 的風格。令我想起 “blackmail“ 中男女主角約會的餐廳。
又，本來明天和蕭律師外遊，但他突然有單大 deal。去不成，no big deal。我拿拿臨約做臉做按摩。星期日一於返公司，dup 埋個死人 sharepoint。微軟真係黐孖筋，pop-up 的頁面連 ctrl + C 都唔得。點解咁 dumb 架！
I see dumb XX... they are everywhere.
星期四, 11月 18, 2010
星期三, 11月 17, 2010
I would rather sound immature than be a nice-girl-oh-anyone-can-come-and-take.
星期一, 11月 15, 2010
by Andrew Mawson who is the managing director of Workplace strategy workplace strategy consultants AWA.
Facilities Management as defined by Wikipedia is "the management
of buildings, physical plant and services. The services are sometimes considered to be divided into 'hard services' and 'soft services.' Hard services includes such things as ensuring that a building's air conditioning is operating efficiently, reliably, safely and legally. Soft services includes such things as ensuring that the building is cleaned properly and regularly or monitoring the performance of contractors (e.g. builders, electricians). The term 'facility management' is similar to 'property management' but often applied only to larger and/or commercial properties where the management and operation is more complex. Some or all of these aspects can be maintained by data-rich computer programs".
Advanced Workplace Management embraces much of the definition of Facilities Management, but is much more 'user' focused. Facilities Management tends to be more about the building and its infrastructure while Advanced Workplace Management is about focussing on improving professional and team performance by providing workplaces that help people and the organisation perform better. It is about making sure that the workplace is designed and managed on an ongoing basis with a single focus: to enable people and teams in doing their best work.
It embraces the idea that the workplace is the amalgam of the physical (space, desks, layout, ambience), the logical (IT hardware and software, printers, booking systems, telephony), the service (reception, concierge, cleaning, catering etc.) practices (the time, place, way, processes adopted for work) adopted by staff. It also recognises that the workplace may only in part be 'the office'. Other places for work such as the home, the road (mobile) or in other locations around the world.
Advanced Workplace Management differs from Facilities Management in that it is focused on the operational AND the strategic aspects ie. Making sure that the workplace is evolved to meet the needs of the volatile business world our clients live in. It therefore provides the underlying strategy for an organisation striving to create an 'Advanced Working' environment.
What Advanced Working can do for an organisation:
- Increase the number of people who can work from a typical office building by 20-30% by sharing workspace in the office with colleagues instead of 'owning it (most workplaces are only occupied 45% of the time they are available and they are only available some 60 hours out of a possible 168 that they are being paid for).
- Enable better cross functional team working and relationships by letting people from different teams work in the same physical areas when they need to. People who have adopted Advanced Working tell us that us that they get to know more colleagues.
- Enable easy, rapid and cost free re-organisation of teams and individuals. It costs approximately £400 to move an individual from one place to another in a building, requires 'swing space' and users have to wait takes too long for it to happen.
- Make for happier staff where commuting can be reduced for those with jobs and circumstances that don't need to work in the office every day. 50% of staff in our studies say that given the chance, they would like to work 1-2 days week at home.
- Helps people be at their most productive best every day by providing the right combination of spaces 'tuned' to their needs. People who have adopted Advanced Working tell us that they are more productive because they have the right places for the tasks they perform, they are more disciplined and plan better.
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星期日, 11月 14, 2010
Facebook Email Coming Monday with Office Web Apps Integration
By Mike Melanson / November 12, 2010 6:02 AM
Facebook is having another one of its all-hands-on-deck press events next Monday and the speculation this time around, a la the telegram-esque design of the invite, is that the company will unveil its "Gmail killer".
The offering, dubbed "Project Titan", would potentially offer @facebook.com email addresses with POP access, not to mention integration with Microsoft's Office Web Apps.
The rumor has been floating around for a while now, but TechCrunch's Jason Kincaid writes this morning that sources confirmed that "a web-based email client [...] is indeed what's coming on Monday during Facebook's special event, alongside personal @facebook.com email addresses for users."
Kincaid isn't the only one saying Facebook is getting into the email game. ZDNet's Microsoft reporter Mary-Jo Foley says she's ditching her deeply-ingrained conviction to only report tips that come from three independent sources and confirming this as a "(Not so) Crazy Microsoft Rumor".
Foley says she has a source close to Microsoft who confirms that Facebook will be unveiling a full-fledged email offering, not "a mere revamp", that will include Office Web Apps integration. This is certainly not far fetched, as Facebook and Microsoft are already cozy with their Bing integration and the Instant Personalization partnership around Microsoft's Docs.com.
If true, the announcement would certainly answer the "why now" that's lingered around Google and Facebook's ongoing battle over your data this past week - and from what it looks like, it's true. So much for email topping Facebook for keeping in touch, huh?
星期六, 11月 13, 2010
於是往 The Landmark 上的一間日本菜晚飯。埋單該是天文數字罷。
席間蕭公子說起九單 deal 一起來，他晚晚兩三時才離開office。「咁你要 delegate 同事。」我 feedback meeting facilitator 上身，「來告訴我這是怎麼一回事。」蕭公子：「delegate 唔得㗎，我教佢要十個鐘，自己一個小時攪點。而且單單刁唔同。」我笑說：「但 delegation will make yourself easier。不如我地先 review 一下你的task list？！」
我們便回到 HKU，找個地方開了電腦，我引導蕭公子：「如果你要把你的工作分類，你點分？」一番咦咦娥娥，我們把工作分了五大類。再 drill down，例如：「蝦 bank financing 會有D咩documents 要做呀？」
睇下點讓做 knowledge transfer, empower 手下的同事，並standardize process and develop some template, 再 keep 個 reference library, 讓他們有能力可以越做越多瓣數。
People management is about getting job done by others.
星期四, 11月 11, 2010
如果我為自己算命，我會話我條命是 poisson distribution，一定不是 normal distribution。事情往往一抽(they come in batches) 咁發生。當然性格做就命運，愛好沉溺的我遇上某一單一事件便突然一發不可收拾。
其實我在統計課聽的書都還給了老師，但不知道為什麼我一直記得 poisson distribution。
Rapport 原來很難有，遇上的時候要很珍惜，我三十歲人只遇上過三個有 rapport 的男人。但我已經轉過五份工，住過五間屋。
所以是 rapport, 不是 connection，也更加不是 checklist。
Rapport 呀 rapport。點解我要 rapport？Checklist 簡單很多呀。
星期三, 11月 10, 2010
可以是十個 chanel 手袋一套 van cleef 手飾。
星期二, 11月 09, 2010
星期一, 11月 08, 2010
星期五, 11月 05, 2010
星期二, 11月 02, 2010
星期二, 10月 26, 2010
星期日, 10月 24, 2010
「我預左」從來不是我的口頭禪。今時今日我還在思考「我預左」的意義，足見Wai Lim 對我的影響仍然龐大。
我沒有辦法一筆抹去 Wai Lim 對我的影響我也不想說我朋友想說的就是告訴大家我忘記了所有事情都過去了。為什麼我要騙自己呢？為什麼我要強作堅強討好別人說我沒有事呢？
星期一, 10月 18, 2010
另外，由於我把 Memorandum and Articles 中部份有關股份轉讓的條文拿掉了，所以公司註冊署建議基金以 "a non private company limited by guarantee" 去成立。嘩，好在遲d 可以改番轉頭啫，呢d同 governance 有關，如果唔係要快趣，我真係拎番份稿再寫過。
接下來我將會經驗同稅局周旋 section 88，以及為慈善基金開立銀行戶口。
星期日, 10月 17, 2010
- 這星期我將會超級無敵忙。星期三要做一個 presentation，我今天埋首做 powerpoint，很想借 Rene Magritte 的話說話，希望成功。
比起車禍、摔跤、開刀種種帶來的痛楚，心裡的殘缺會不會遠為巨大。這是說，如果艾嘉師父所言切中要害的話。或許這一路過來，我好強，我獨立，其實是種逃避。 或許我跟很多平凡人一樣，需要一雙可以互相扶持的雙手，或甚至依靠的肩膀。就像我的右腿，因為幫助左腿，而傷得更重。我曾經以為有勇氣就可以自由自在，其 實我是否更渴望一個不用費力就能安全待着的地方？所有我曾經以為的理性、我堅持的自尊，其實也可能就是任性、冷漠、逃避？ 這樣鑽研下去真是不用活了!
Catherine Delors from Versailles and more recaptured the road of the death of Marie Antoinette, which was dated 16 Oct 1793.
from Versailles and more by Catherine Delors
After the fall of the monarchy on the 10th of August 1792, the dethroned Queen was imprisoned in the Tower of the Temple, along with her husband, Louis XVI, their children and Madame Elisabeth, the King’s younger sister.
The following December, Louis XVI stands trial before the National Convention, the elected body that now governs France. Louis is executed on the 21st of January 1793. Then, the following August, Marie-Antoinette is transferred, alone, without her children or sister-in-law Madame Elisabeth, to the jail of La Conciergerie. It is located within the premises of the main Courthouse of Paris, next to the Revolutionary Tribunal. For an ordinary prisoner that would mean that trial is imminent.
But Marie-Antoinette is no ordinary prisoner. She may have some value as a hostage in war negotiations with the Austrians, and the National Convention sends emissaries to that effect to the enemy. But Marie-Antoinette’s brothers, Joseph II and Leopold II, no longer reign over Austria. The new Holy Roman Emperor, Francis II, her nephew, has never met her. He is not ready to compromise the hopes of a victory against the French armies for the sake of an aunt he does not know.
This is the context of her transfer to La Conciergerie: the National Convention hopes to step up the pressure and show Francis II that a trial is a real possibility. To no avail: the Emperor is content to express his indignation. For the National Convention, there is political advantage in executing a hated public figure, and none in keeping her alive.
Furthermore, several escape plans, including one that took her only yards from freedom, have been hatched while Marie-Antoinette was jailed at La Conciergerie. The National Convention does not want to lose face if she managed to flee. The case is therefore set for trial before the Revolutionary Tribunal, and a preliminary hearing is held at the beginning of October.
The trial itself begins on the 14th. The accused states her name: “Marie-Antoinette de Lorraine d’Autriche.” In itself this is a very bold move: she reminds the jurors of her French paternal ancestry (Lorraine) but also, less diplomatically, of the phrase The Austrian Woman. And France is at war with Austria… For a full transcript (in French) of the trial, I direct you to the irreplaceable Royet site. I will not enter into the details of the trial, which would require its separate – and very long – post. The Tribunal remained in session 15 hours on October 14, and almost 24 hours on October 15 and 16. The transcript notes that “Antoinette almost always kept a calm and assured demeanor; during the first hours of her questioning, she was seen running her fingers on the arm of her chair, as though she were playing the pianoforte.”
In my first novel, Mistress of the Revolution, one of the main characters is Pierre-André Coffinhal, a judge of the Revolutionary Tribunal. I have him relate the trial (it was eerie to write, because I had always thought of it from Marie-Antoinette’s standpoint.)
Her main line of defense was that she was not responsible for any of her actions! She claimed she had obeyed her husband’s orders when she prepared the flight to Varennes, or when she sent the French war plans to her brother, the tyrant of Austria. Her argument might have succeeded had she been any other woman. In her case, it was common knowledge that Capet [Louis XVI] had fallen entirely under her influence, that he was a hapless imbecile without any will of his own... Of course, that jackass Hébert [representative of the Municipality of Paris] had to disgrace himself by testifying that she had taught her son to pleasure himself. You may trust that scoundrel to bring up something lewd at every opportunity. [The presiding judge] Herman, who is no fool, let it pass without questioning Antoinette on it. The rest of us judges also ignored it, but one of the jurors insisted that she respond. That gave her an opportunity to feign outrage and appeal to the public.
This is of course her famous response to the incest accusation: “I appeal to all mothers!” Throughout the trial, Marie-Antoinette, very pale, physically exhausted, but as imposing as ever in her patched-up black widow’s dress, defends herself with energy and dignity.
She is assisted by two famous attorneys: Chauveau-Lagarde and Tronçon-Ducoudray. When the case goes to the jury in the early hours of the 16th, the outrageous incest accusation has been dropped. Only remain the counts of treason, conspiracy and collusion with domestic and foreign enemies.
The jury retires for over one hour. This is a very long by Revolutionary Tribunal standards. Then the verdict is read: guilty on all four counts. The sentencing is immediate, and there is no appeal from the jugements of the Revolutionary Tribunal. Had Marie-Antoinette harbored any hope of a different outcome? One of her attorneys, Chauveau-Lagarde, notes that “she was like annihilated by surprise.” She silently shakes her head when the presiding judge asks her whether she has anything to add. She leaves the courtroom without a word, her head held high.
From then on, we will simply follow a timeline.
4:30 AM: Marie-Antoinette is taken back to her cell, within the Courthouse building. She feels very faint now. One of the gendarmes, Lieutenant de Busne, offers her a glass of water and his arm to go down the steep corkscrew stairs. He holds his hat in his hand as a sign of respect. Once in her cell, she is given a candle, ink and paper. She writes her famous last letter to her sister-in-law, Madame Elisabeth, a translation of which is provided by Elena at Tea at Trianon.
She also writes a few words in her prayer book:
This 16th of Oct. at 4:30 in the morning
My God, have mercy on me!
My eyes have no more tears
to weep for you my poor
children; farewell, farewell!
7:00 AM: Rosalie Lamorlière, a young servant who has been attending to the former Queen, offers to bring her some food. “I do not need anything anymore,” responds Marie-Antoinette. “All is over for me.” Upon Rosalie’s insistence, Marie-Antoinette accepts a bowl of bouillon, but she can only swallow a few spoonfulls.
She is informed that she is not to wear her black dress to her execution. She puts on her only other remaining garment: a white cotton dress, with a black petticoat, and a white cap adorned with black ribbon. She has been bleeding profusely (she is apparently suffering from a uterine fibroma, or possibly some more serious condition) and wishes to change her shirt. She must do so, only shielded by Rosalie, in the presence of the gendarme officer who has replaced Lieutenant de Busne (the latter has been briefly arrested for showing her too much respect.) Rosalie also cuts Marie-Antoinette’s hair short on the neck. In this fashion the executioner does not have to do it himself to facilitate the operation of the guillotine.
10:00 AM: The prison concierge and the turnkey find Marie-Antoinette kneeling by her bed, in prayers. She rises. Soon arrive the Court clerk and the judges, who read her the sentence, as required by law. She replies that she knows it all to well, but is told that she must listen to it again.
Then enters Henri Sanson, the executioner, who ties her hands behind her back. Again she protests. Louis XVI’s hands were not tied until he reached the foot of the guillotine, but the deposed Queen will receive far less consideration than her late husband. She is taken to the clerk’s office for the last formalities.
11:00 AM: She leaves La Conciergerie and reaches the Cour du Mai, in front of the Courthouse. There an open cart, drawn by two large white horses, is waiting for her. Louis XVI had been taken to the guillotine in the enclosed carriage of the Mayor of Paris, but again she will be treated like any other convict. However, the security is out of the ordinary: 30,000 men have been called to prevent any escape.
A sworn priest (meaning a cleric who had pledged allegiance to the Constitution) accompanies her the cart, but she politely declines his services. Again this is a stark contrast with the execution of Louis XVI, who had been granted the assistance of an unsworn priest of his own choosing.
The executioner and his helper, their hats in hand in sign of respect, also climb onto the cart. It slowly makes its way through the streets of Paris, in the midst of a jeering crowd assembled to see one last time the Queen in her capital. Marie-Antoinette sits very straight in the cart, proud and calm in the face of this display of hate, contempt and anger.
12:00 PM: At last the cart reaches Place de la Révolution, where she can see both her former Palace of Les Tuileries and the guillotine. She shows a strong emotion, but soon regains her composure. She steps off the cart promptly, lightly. Without requiring any help, she climbs the steps to the scaffold. She does not oppose any resistance and even apologizes for stepping on the executioner’s foot.
12:15 PM: The blade of the guillotine falls. So dies Marie-Antoinette, two weeks before her 38th birthday.
星期六, 10月 16, 2010
十月號的 Jet Magazine 談推理小說。其中一個雙連頁列出了古今中外推理偵探--沒有 Agatha Christie 筆下的白羅和瑪波小姐。
金田一那個悲報島的故事，是抄 Agatha Christie 的 "Ten Little Indians"。東野圭吾的【容疑者Xの獻身】那個死者不是死者的橋段，Agatha Christie 在 "The Body in the Library" 中一早做用了。
就小說而言，令我最著迷的是“ABC Murder", " A Murder is Announced"，和“ The Murder of Roger Ackroyd“。
我喜歡觀察別人，亦對 unreconcilable 的細節非常敏感。我曾經想做 forensic accounting 的工作，但沒有機會入行。噢。
星期五, 10月 15, 2010
星期三, 10月 13, 2010
所謂港男港女不單是個社會現象。香港男人唔鐘意香港女人覺得靚既其他地方大把；香港女人唔鐘意香港男人覺得叻既係自己。這不只是高登 VS she.com 的問題，在人口政策立場，這是一個對未來社會結構有深遠影響的 factor。
跨代貧窮其實是因為社會上有些人沒能夠進化，我反而不覺得跨代貧窮與 social upward mobility 有關。
論 social upward mobility，我本人的經驗是香港社會仍然是遍地機會。當然你要裝備自己，你才能乘風而起。
星期日, 10月 10, 2010
旁邊的中年洋漢頻頻拋媚眼，一個還走過來自我介紹。Emiko 問他他手上的婚介是什麼一回事，那洋漢還自以為風趣地吹了一大輪水。Well 兩位姐姐又不是未見過世面，當然知道洋漢的企圖，我亦深覺可笑。洋漢吻別兩位姐姐，輪到我，我劍一樣伸出手，握手了事。
星期六, 10月 09, 2010
星期三, 10月 06, 2010
Pick Your Cup
乾過癮 "Pick your cup" 兩面購物袋，
Designer: Murphy Lin (Taiwan)
Manufacturer: YEDUO Design (Taiwan)
Material: 100% Cotton Canvas
Colours: Black Canvas with white stripe print
星期日, 10月 03, 2010
星期六, 10月 02, 2010
星期五, 10月 01, 2010
星期二, 9月 28, 2010
星期六, 9月 25, 2010
星期五, 9月 24, 2010
Everyone’s heard of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) such as the Red Cross or Oxfam, but fewer people are aware that the long tail of NGOs adds up to 1.5 million entities in the United State alone.
According to Kamran Elahian, co-chair of of UNGAID and co-founder of Global Catalyst Partners, smaller organizations across the world are doing amazing work but lack a global voice.
But Elahian plans to give smaller NGOs that voice through Umovement, part of his plan to “democratize the world of philanthropy.”
“It’s a grassroots movement to allow any non-profit organization, any NGO, any individual which has any project in any part of the world that help [the] UN MDGs to achieve their goals, to be introduced on this site and to use web 2.0, web 3.0 technlogies to get promoted.”
Elahian, while onstage at Mashable() and 92Y’s UN Week Digital Media Lounge Thursday, estimated that there are 20 million NGOs worldwide that could benefit from a centralized, Wikipedia()-like website that could serve as a hub of information as well as ease the donation process.
The site is organized under goals such as ending poverty or reducing child mortality and is completely free for any organization to use. Each NGO is given a uniform landing page designed to give brief overviews of their projects and links to donate or volunteer. Further, Elahian is banking on the power of crowdsourcing, much like Wikipedia, to breed success. Organizations or their individual projects can be rated or commented on by any user. Rather than police the success of individual projects, Elahian believes that their base of users will help monitor and promote the most successful or important causes.
The site also hopes to make social media more accessible to smaller organizations by providing a “Uki,” a banner to promote specific projects that can be embedded nearly anywhere, and other tools to maximize social networks, including Facebook() and Twitter(). Also, the site operates in 50 different languages using an automatic translator. While the resulting translations might not be “the work of Shakespeare,” according to Elahian, it will go far to expanding the scope of the site.
Watch the above interview for a deeper look at how Umovement plans to reinvigorate the NGO space and level the playing field for charities across the world, and let us know what you think of this project in the comments.
星期四, 9月 23, 2010
閒話樓市：也談車位投資 by 阿勞
5. 車位的升值潛力可遠遜住宅, 業主收入以賺取租金為主
6. 買車位著重收租回報, 但買物業著重升值潛力
2. 向經紀查詢關於車位所屬屋苑的歷史 ( 例：海逸豪園四五期車位較搶手, 黃埔花園第七及第十期車位需求較殷切, 何解? )
4. 車位是否容許非屋苑住戶租賃? ( 若是的話, 則該車位更具投資價值 )
5. 必須清楚單位與車位之比例 ( 1單位：1車位 / 3單位：1車位)
7. 親身前往停車場實地視察車位 ( 最好晚間視察, 以了解車位使用量 )
12. 若吼準車位的需求殷切, 可考慮購入「孖位」投資
13. 買家如欲購入自己居住屋苑的車位投資, 可考慮是否將車位入契以節省利息開支
14. 車位按息略高於樓按, 最高按揭金額為不超過估值的七成。有銀行祇借購入價的五成, 甚至不做連約買賣車位按揭, 得視乎銀行個別政策
15. 計算車位租金回報率時, 勿忽略每月管理費開支, 投資者須慎防經紀誇大「預期收租回報」
星期一, 9月 20, 2010
我常常對於那位於舊山頂道的 Ladies' Recreation Club 很好奇，不知到裏面的建築佈局如何。物業入口那麼細，但聲稱設施多羅羅，我便很想看一看。無心插柳，昨晚一個約會訂在那兒。
其實昨天晚上我很不舒服，天氣太潮濕悶熱，我又有點感冒，真不是約會的好時刻。男子是投行banker，西方人。不是語言的問題，但那文化背境的差異是很明顯的，他跟我聊天，很用力，不停逗我說話，但我真的很不舒服，結果我把話題往工作方面轉，我聽他說他的 business model。最後，反而對我有所啟發。
去年人生的打擊及今年感情的大起大落曾經令我疲累得很，burn out 了一樣，想離開想撒了手。