星期四, 12月 30, 2010

開心。買樓 唔開心。買樓

快中秋節了,我品嘗的香茗卻是英國的伯爵茶。香港中環置地文華酒店內的MO Bar,午後陽光穿過玻璃簷廊,在地上照出一列列整齊的七色彩虹。

電話響起,是律師樓叮囑我過一會兒要上去交大訂,我唯唯諾諾。

律師樓幫我處理樓宇買賣的是一位中年男師爺。可能我舉止衝動幼稚,又或者看似好欺負,他往往以恫嚇的態度跟我說話。

我不喜歡跟這中年男師爺打交道。我打算再多坐一會兒才上律師樓去。我低下頭,一下一下地用銀匙攪動飄浮在紅茶上的檸檬。圓圓的檸檬在杯中轉來轉去,我便有點出神。

「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。

工作上如果覺得委屈,我話走就走,寧願獨自面對其後找工作的種種不安定。

旅行不買地圖不訂酒店,亂行。

而原來買房子我也可貫徹任性的作風,八月天霎時衝動購入大埔低密度住宅一間,兩星期前在堅島散步又覺得還是中區好,便立即約經紀看房子。看房子時又發然一間連約的單位座向景觀不錯,回報合理,便大筆一揮。

時為二零零九年十月初,按當時香港金融管理局的指引,銀行承造投資物業按揭,最多只能達樓價的八成半。我手頭的現金只足夠支付大訂(大訂+細訂=樓價一成),如此一來,我便要盡快把大埔低密度住宅賣出,套現現金支應負餘下的半成首期,再找銀行承按。

我吸一口氣,從手袋拿出碎粉盒。「魔鏡魔鏡」我對鏡中的自己微笑,「對著酸牛奶哭喪著臉,於事無補」我對自己說:「走,走去解決問題吧。」

我揚手結賬。一如既往,我今天挽的是一隻香奈兒手袋。

香奈兒,是個不甘向現實低頭的女子。如果她想要的,現成沒有,她就去創造。米撞黑的鞋子、晚裝長褲、穿上金鎖鍊的皮包肩帶、透過精準的化學公式所研製出來的香水、綑絲帶邊的羊毛外套......一切一切,如果現成的沒有,她就自己創造。香奈兒不會向現實低頭。

我也不會向問題低頭。走出置地,我甩甩手袋,大步大步向前走。

星期二, 12月 28, 2010

大家樂自助點餐機

不要看我一個優雅女子,我是好geek的。

想像一下:我,黑裙飛揚,裙下有好多jobs 在飄來飄去。我劍一樣伸出手,咒語是:「凡是process的事情都可以automate,並提升效率,節省時間。」

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。

與其嘈嘈嘈又扣工錢有咁又咁,不如諗下點automate的點菜的process。再來,開設上網預定餐點呀。

星期一, 12月 27, 2010

玫瑰街列女圖

其實都有數位同學在澳門工作,Miss Sit 一聽我把聲就大叫:「喂你點L樣呀衣家!?」

她帶我去28蚊餐廳,叫了一桌的食物,係咁講好狠大聲咁講。

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。

(咁黃小貓同學兩口米同學全部都唱得。咁,天主教女校,朝朝唱聖詩,係一種訓練來的。)(我有時都唱得,但我不穩定。哈哈哈,係高中低音都不穩定。)(你知道就唱歌來說,什麼是穩定嗎?氣定神閒。)(唱歌,係用氣的。)

談起感情事,我告訴她我上一鑊的癲喪,Miss Sit說:「超,我都好癲......不過係女人都有可能癲。」

話題談到我失眠的問題,Miss Sit說:「你怕失眠然後皮膚差,是因為你覺得無咗衣家個樣你會冇咁多人鐘意。老友,問心你係咪先?」中學同學真係好。

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。

白雪公主、皇后、小矮人,還有熊仁,一場有人死亡的戲。台下的觀眾(同學和老師)可以一起估兇手。這是什麼課外活動呀?

這是當年玫瑰街的課外活動。

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。

被疼愛的感覺

我到訪妹妹及我的同學黃小貓的家(對我妹妹跟我中學同學同住!)。家有貓媽媽及貓bb兩隻。

只見貓媽媽又不停用頭擦貓bb的頭,又舐貓bb。二十五日那天夜晚澳門結霜的凍,貓bb在震抖。他瞪一雙無辜的綠眼睛,與我對望。

我跟麗口說:「我就是想要這種感情。」

麗口說:「家姐你收皮啦。」

星期六, 12月 25, 2010

Bulk print on Christmas Eve

我心思思別天一到酒店就去dap骨然後吃自助餐然後到官也街找妹妹。廿六起床吃早餐做運動午睡吃翅出去浦。

但律師在 bulk print 。我樓下,成埋人好多last minute changes。

「我聽朝叫醒你。」

「送本招股書你好不好?」"no, thank you ."

完。

星期三, 12月 22, 2010

twenty and ten

關於2010 我第一樣聽說的是該怎樣用英文說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。

十年前的今天,我從日本回來,一方面拿拿臨要在半年內完成本科,一方面不知下一站是天國還是地獄,人浮於事,前路茫茫。

那時我對小丑先生說:「我第一份工做咩我以後就做咩人。」

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。

我不知道天主的旨意是什麼,例如逆思維一下:我皮膚身材仲好好,是否因為祂預備給我的男人還未出現?(我覺得做一個好好,皮膚好身材笑容好頭腦好脾氣好的我,是對給我愛的人的最好回禮。)

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。

所以okay我不知到2011我會如何,但我覺得2011對我來說會是一個充滿喜悅的一年。

我想一遢糊塗的2010快d bye bye。我好期待2011。

莎莎

我是很喜歡我的中學時代的。所以和中學同學重聚,我份外開心。

今天跟中學同學莎莎catch up,她聽了我上一段感情幾咁癲後,醒了我一句勁嘅,並且話我個人太在乎他說了什麼,「你應著眼感覺!你feel唔到既咩?」

我又醒了醒,我NLP是感覺第一視覺第二聽覺第三呀,點解我會咁呢?

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...

莎莎話不過,自己仲癲。得得得得得,大家一起癲。

癲,是一種經歷。我慶幸我人生中有d野,可以令我發癲。亦慶幸我係今年癲,唔係老d先黎癲--well,你知我,一定要癲過先知咩係癲,癲過先知癲係一件唔好既事。

比如說癲咗咁買樓,我諗唔會有下一次。

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?」

Yeah,癲過先知咩係癲,租過樓先知咩叫租。(嘿我都唔知自己講咩)

幻聽

不知何故,我今天一整天聽見大提琴樂聲。

星期一, 12月 20, 2010

why men love bitches

I am just a woman so I react like many other women do when we are undergoing the process of breakup. Like, to read a tons of books on relationship.

"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.






 

獨居女子

社民連新星捲入強姦案事件令我反醒獨居女子的身份。

well 原來我一個女子獨居,男人便認為被邀請到訪我香居,等如我開綠燈。

嘿嘿。

曾經有人企圖說服我:「開心咪得囉。」我忍無可忍問他先生你貴庚?

如果我要那種開心,我會想要年輕的體壯的技巧很好的伴侶。對不對?

所以我現在:一,不大招呼男客;二,就算在樓下只要我覺得對方很想和我上床而我不,我會笑著建議對方往紅燈區(當然做好絕交的準備)。

對不起,我獨居但我的門不開放。我的門只有我真心想開的時候,才會開放。

(係呀係唔係示範單位俾你入黎睇左先決定買唔買。)

星期日, 12月 19, 2010

王迪詩

新近認識一個男子,穿戴名貴,說自己是美國律師樓的國際律師,並且家勢顯赫,父母分別是法國富翁及日本學者。

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。

可能他是假的,所以他沒有給我他的名片。

可能他是真的,所以他沒有給我他的名片。

這男子說香港好像只有律師及iBanker。我笑了。對呀,你看王迪詩筆下的世界,不就是只有有律師和iBanker嗎?

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?

當然王迪詩文中那要求某某女律師參與的MD就可能可以自稱banker啦。嘿嘿。

星期日, 12月 12, 2010

【紅樓夢】中的辦公室政治

話說小紅是【紅樓夢】中一個小人物,原名林紅玉,因諱寶玉名而改名小紅。大觀園裡姐妹丫鬟少女們見面相見歡,但其實等級制度森嚴,貌取好中差,職責分明,個個分工明確。誰不遵守這些遊戲規則,誰就會受到懲罰。

【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。

寶玉見沒丫頭,只得自己下來拿了碗,向茶壺去倒茶。只聽背後有人說道:「二爺,看燙了手,等我倒罷。」一面說,一面走上來接了碗去。寶玉倒唬了一跳,問:「你在那裡來著?忽然來了,唬了我一跳。」那丫頭一面遞茶,一面笑著回道:「我在後院裡。纔從裡間後門進來,難道二爺就沒聽見腳步響麼?」

寶玉一面吃茶,一面仔細打量。那丫頭穿著幾件半新不舊的衣裳,倒是一頭黑鴉鴉的好頭髮,挽著鬢兒,容長臉面,細挑身材,卻十分俏麗甜淨。寶玉便笑問道:「你也是我屋裡的人麼?」那丫頭笑應道:「是。」寶玉道:「既是這屋裡的,我怎麼不認得?」那丫頭聽說,便冷笑一聲道:「爺不認得的也多呢,豈止我一個?從來我又不遞茶水,拿東西,眼面前兒的,一件也做不著,那裡認得呢?」寶玉道:「你為什麼不做眼面前兒的呢?」那丫頭道:「這話我也難說....」

剛說到這句話,只見秋紋碧痕唏唏哈哈的笑著進來。兩個人共提著一桶水,一手撩衣裳,趔趔趄趄,潑潑撒撒的。那小紅便忙迎出去接。秋紋碧痕,一個抱怨你濕了我的衣裳,一個又說你踹了我的鞋。忽見走出一個人來接水,二人看時,不是別人,原來是小紅。二人便都詫異,將水放下,忙進來看時,並沒別人,只有寶玉,便心中俱不自在。只得且預備下洗澡之物,待寶玉脫了衣裳,二人便帶上門出來,走到那邊房內,找著小紅,問他方纔在屋裡做什麼。

小紅道:「我何曾在屋裡呢?因我的絹子找不著,往後頭找去,不想二爺要茶喝,叫姐姐們一個兒也沒有,我趕著進去倒了碗茶,姐姐們就來了。」秋紋兜臉啐了一口道:「沒臉面的下流東西!正經叫你催水去,你說有事,倒叫我們去,你可搶這個巧宗兒。一里一里的,這不上來了嗎?難道我們倒跟不上你麼?你也拿鏡子照照,配遞茶遞水不配!」碧痕道:「明兒我說給他們,凡要茶要水拿東西的事,偺們都別動,只叫他去就完了。」秋紋道:「這麼說,還不如我們散了,單讓他在這屋裡呢!」

星期六, 12月 04, 2010

問到你上唔到市

七十樓時代,我老細教我:「人家問你一個問題你就問番佢十個問題。」

上星期蕭律師說:「通常如果一單IPO HKEx問好多問題,就係唔想俾間公司成功IPO。」

咁你點答d問題呀?「答案越短越好。」比如呢?「HKEx 問蝦你間奶粉廠點保證奶源符合衛生標準?」「我們按衛生部標準監督奶源。」「點監督?」「定時抽查。」「幾耐一次?」「每季一次。」「可否提供過去兩年抽查紀錄?」「可以。」「咦欠了去年夏季抽查紀錄,為什麼?」「XXXXX。」「如何防止同類問題?」「xxxxxxx。」

佢要問你問到你上唔到市,好。但我如果好想上市,我都會答到上到市。

真係無聊。

星期三, 12月 01, 2010

PeopleSoft

市場上有份工作,招聘一個做 PeopleSoft 的項目經理。Well,為什麼有這樣的工作出現呢?不是應該由IT和HR合力攪掂的嗎?

PeopleSoft 是甚麼來的,我google了一下。噢,原來多年前已經被甲骨文收歸旗下。

IT 真係好複雜呀,而我,連html都唔識。

星期二, 11月 30, 2010

姊妹

小時侯不喜歡兩個妹妹-雖然細細妹小時侯可愛得不得了,我常常咬她下巴-,覺得有負擔。

中學時媽媽重病,我躲在一角哭,未來茫茫不可知,我怕我要養妹妹。多年後跟麗口說起此事,她說她也有哭,她怕她要養我這姐姐和妹妹。

可能細細妹也有哭,怕自己要養兩個姐姐。

現在覺得有妹妹很好,麗口再怎樣不同意我的處事為人也不會出賣我,最多說:「你裸睡我唔同你訓。」古箏壓著我的手指時妹妹會幫我扛起古箏,我想看nana妹妹會借我看,我失眠妹妹給我聽 at17。

當麗口叫我不要天真時,我便想起麗口亦一定有受傷的時刻,便深感哀矜。

星期一, 11月 29, 2010

Meeting Ms Violet Lim of Lunch actually

If you have a problem, what will you do? Crying in the dark? Denial?

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

Churchill said: "Never, never, never, never give up."

It's time for me to grow up.

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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 � 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 � 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 � 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 � 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 else�s misery � 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 � a Trojan horse � will serve the same purpose.

Law 13 When Asking for Help, Appeal to People�s 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 people�s 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 � Isolation is Dangerous

The world is dangerous and enemies are everywhere � everyone has to protect themselves. A fortress seems the safest. But isolation exposes you to more dangers than it protects you from � 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 You�re Dealing with � 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 lambs� clothing. Choose your victims and opponents carefully, then � 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 � playing people against one another, making them pursue you.

Law 21 Play a Sucker to Catch a Sucker � Seem Dumber than your Mark

No one likes feeling stupider than the next persons. The trick, is to make your victims feel smart � 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 honor�s 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 � 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 � 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 � 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 cat�s-paws to disguise your involvement.

Law 27 Play on People�s 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 � 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 People�s 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 Man�s 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 � 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 � 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 � 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 � 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 Man�s 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 � 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 � 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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星期四, 11月 25, 2010

全心全意對你好的人

我想信你是全心全意對我好,但可能傷害我的也是你。為什麼?因為我不好。

她害怕risk,而我的inconsistence又的確好risky。但這便等如你可以用盡方法整死我嗎?

我決定唔出聲。

星期三, 11月 24, 2010

買樓保險

再諗多一樣...

呢d咁既product會不會應運而生呢?

保險=到最後,沒那麼不幸的人compensate不幸的人....?

HKMC 可能要出番隻product來補飛喎。

星期二, 11月 23, 2010

樓宇買賣明明是一項微觀經濟行為,要樓價跌,要不增加供應,要不迄制需求。

但我們的政府來了一招宏觀調控。當然你可以說那是用宏觀手段來減少微觀需求。不過不是很奇怪嗎?我覺得政府不敢向地產商直接開刀(你唔係覺得限制發水樓係招下嘛),卻拿了用家和投資者來祭旗。懲罰性印花稅是增加交易風險(你不知道你會不會失業生病而要賣樓...失業生病要賣樓套現已經很慘,仲可能要比人罰),從而減少需求。

樓價是會跌的,但租金卻未必,因為我不認為市場存在很多因為業主要炒樓而丟空的吉屋--至少在我這一區。如果這區租金大跌,那麼香港很不妙。這區的租客很多是expat,expat 不來香港,哇。

又,下調銀行可承做按揭成數,即是說銀行少借了錢出街,亦是說貨幣供應萎縮?errrrrr

但銀行還銀行,財務公司是可以借多一些的--只要你願意多付點利息。去年的實戰經驗是,安信兄弟可做九成按揭,其中七成用 P+3(大概),餘下兩成利率更高。

話說回來,我真的不明白好端端為什麼要增加交易風險。為什麼不是干干淨淨的加印花稅並同時寬免首置印花稅呢?

星期一, 11月 22, 2010

我愛電車

我真的喜歡跟電車一起工作,對我來說,他們的語言是波斯話,他們的思想方法是李天命的課。

那天一位同事來我家,我們一起看電視。電視說新界又有鱷魚出現,有市民在鏡頭前言之鑿鑿。

嘿!

我立刻問他是否在想:「鱷魚是怎個模樣的,你知道嗎?」

哈哈哈哈哈哈



星期日, 11月 21, 2010

星期六, 11月 20, 2010

父母

有一天省覽娛樂版,見到記者問謝婷婷她有否追問男友的往事,謝婷婷答自己幼承庭訓,拉姑從少教她做女仔最好莫問男友前事,省得傷心。

我便想:所謂愛護兒女,除了自己用行動愛護外,亦要傳授若干武功心法,堅強其心志。

起跑線?!你有看見全條路的目力嗎?

方敏生

GG常常血洗部落,見到好野就拿拿臨轉貼先:

2010年11月20日星期六
http://go47.blogspot.com/2010/11/blog-post_20.html
方敏生
最尾兩段。

得閒,我會講「正義.幸福.起跑線」。

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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

走入凡間 方敏生

外表纖纖弱質的社聯行政總裁方敏生,想必有點反叛的基因。當年中學時代,讀的是「師姑庵」的修女學校,卻自我作主選擇了在中六的時候轉往英皇書院,變成男校女生!大學時期,沒有往外國升學去,而是選擇在香港讀書,還堅持要入住以「玩」聞名的聖約翰宿舍。家境富裕,卻選擇到俗稱雞寮的寮屋區去當個發動居民動起來的社工。這一切一切,方敏生不說,真是看不出來!

方敏生剛剛獲政府委任成為二十位關愛基金成員之一。社會近日掀起了一股「仇富潮」,隨即鼓動對弱勢要有「關愛精神」。

「關愛」的意思比以前複雜、混雜了,有人出發點較單純,發生在非洲安哥拉正在去除地雷的小徑,走在上面的是英國戴安娜王妃,冒險是喚起世界關注掃雷。

遠一點的例子,就有一代偶像柯德莉夏萍,離開聲色犬馬的荷里活後,逕自跑到第三世界國家,呼籲發達國家關愛貧童。

放下身段對不少人來說是艱難,但對於一些人卻很容易!

方敏生便是一個例子。她家世顯赫,祖父是「抗日名將」方振武,父親方心讓除了是骨科名醫外,也是立法局及行政局的非官守議員。至於前政務司司長陳方安生,就是方敏生的堂姐。像所有名門大家庭之後一樣,方敏生自少都獲得很好的生活與教育安排,小時候一直讀「修女學校」,是那種同學們都有工人送午飯到學校來的那種「富貴人家」的學校,當年,她還會做一點浪漫的事來,就是不坐私家車偏要坐坐巴士,來體驗生活。「我們突登試下搭、了解什麼是隧道巴士!」。她的生活,一如其大學教授所言是「很好彩」,而她也承認自己一直以來的生活就像活在「龜殼」,處處受到保護。

不過,她可不甘於活在舒適的「龜殼」內。「龜殼」可以是保護,也可以視為一個窒礙, 「如果不伸出手腳出殼外,如何走前一步?走的一步可能好刺腳,但走前一步,可以找自己的海洋、自己的天空!」於是,中六那一年,方敏生為自己人生作出了一個重要抉擇,由「修女學校」轉到「平民學校」英皇書院,近距離體驗社會。到升讀大學,她也選擇入香港大學修讀社工,拒絕美國或英國大學的取錄,留在香港,希望多點了解社會。實習都是到漁灣居民組織、婦女戒毒工作、在觀塘雞寮的職業學校當駐校社工。而畢業後的第一份工作也是在李鄭屋的基層組織「基愛」,幫助寮屋居民。

一步又一步的打開人生一扇又一扇窗,讓她領悟到「在我的生活圈子是很理所當然的事,原來在同一社會入面,很多人不是!」她看到了較貧困的同學,寧願留在學校、有冷氣的機場讀書。她也看到了一些人的生命是沒有「希望」這兩個字!

「看到自己的細佬妹考慮的只是到英國或美國讀書,但雞寮的細路是沒有機會的,當時放學的那些細路,還被駐校社工『的』回學校,因為門口有黑社會在等梗放學!」她當時很動氣,還問那些學生: 「好的就俾人拉入冊,不好的就被人斬開一碌碌,你第日想點!」「你會看到什麼地方出身,就是什麼機會!沒有人可以選擇自己在哪裏開始,正如我沒有得選擇在哪個環境出身,他們也是沒有!」方敏生皺起眉頭,哀慟地說。

從低層中她明白到,世界其實很大!

跟方敏生談談,明白到她最大的本錢,並非家底、學識,而是她父母,尤其是爸爸的身教及對她的包容。

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。

「那時很多門字入面有字的那些字,全部識晒!」她哈哈說!

不過,她感激父親從來都是對她信任,更沒有多過問。「他們不知道我的情況怎樣,因為當時去堂阿哥那裡住,」她說。但她父親既是行會、立法局議員,我想又豈會完全不知道寮屋區的情況!那只是對她的愛與包容。

這點,方敏生也很明白。「好欣賞他給我很大空間去闖,給我很大的信心!我做什麼,他也覺得我是最好!」已為人母,育有一子一女,方敏生說換轉是自己,則是難以放開, 「現在女兒夜一點回家都打電話問,很不同的,可能因為現在社會複雜一點。」

說到貧窮仍有火

方敏生八十年初大學畢業,投入社會工作,可是三十年來,眼見貧窮差距、當時社會矛盾的房屋問題,如今仍然如夢魘一樣。

八十年代,政府興建不夠公屋,基層市民都住在安置區,環境惡劣, 「政府初時起的有如豬棚一樣,只給一個蓋,按你幾多人,就劃塊地給你,四面牆也是自己建的。」三十年過去了,安置區也全部拆卸、連當時服務的街坊都「上樓」了,她說不能說社會沒有進步,然而貧窮問題以至貧窮差距仍然活生生的存在,唯一不同只是形式轉變了!

她形容,目前基層家庭面對的是機會問題、部分是因跌了在「政策罅」中接受不到幫忙的問題,這些是今天富裕社會面對的貧窮問題。

「即是香港中環半條街是Armani、Gucci,仍然還有籠屋!」日前社聯才帶「大孖沙」體驗基層生活、造訪籠屋,「有個阿伯在廁所上面間了一個閣樓住,那次(自由黨)田北辰踩了進屎坑,因為不知道那個是屎坑!」貧窮個案多不勝數,方敏生連續列舉好幾個個案。「新來港的、他們叫『煲仔飯』,這些新來港的單親家庭就是靠個仔才可取綜援、養埋他!他們不敢看醫生,因為他不是香港人,這些貧

窮仍然存在!」

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!」

採訪:何素文、江麗芬

撰文:何素文

版面設定:楊慶祥

攝影:黃俊耀

何素文

Dump and dumb

XD

Cafe Gray Deluxe

老老實實,我老了,約會時環境舒服一點,對我的心情很有幫助。

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

if you feel like that everyone is busy but not me then you might want to speak it with my manager

我天不怕地不怕,咩人都唔怕。我唔介意做阿四打雜,但不幸我有點脾氣,最討厭人當我只係阿四打雜。兩項因素湊在一起,我寫email時會毫不留情用很強硬的措詞。

I would rather sound immature than be a nice-girl-oh-anyone-can-come-and-take.

星期一, 11月 15, 2010

The Difference Between Facilities Management and Advanced Workplace Management

The Difference Between Facilities Management and Advanced Workplace Management

by Andrew Mawson who is the managing director of Workplace strategy workplace strategy consultants AWA.

People often ask "what's the difference between workplace management and Facilities Management". There are substantial differences.

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.com

Facebook 知道太多野啦,我們要小心行事。

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?

Personal Assistant

我覺得我自己是真的適合做 personal assistant 的,只是我未遇到我崇拜到甘願為他折腰,他又欣賞我到頂得順我的怪行的老闆。

佢既事即係你既事--這是 PA 的最高境界。

倒轉來說,你老板要令你想學佢做既野,明白佢既思考方法。

題外話,不知道大家可會覺得我冇骨氣?話說那時的老板鬧完我,我一臉不滿。時近過年,他放工掟了一封利是在我桌上,「新年快樂!」。

兩千元。

第二天,我照常上班。

星期六, 11月 13, 2010

Delegation

約了蕭公子打波,但...嘿,book唔到場。

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?」

Tasklist 做好了,我給蕭公子看。他驚見他的工作如此多瓣數,再醒覺他手下的同事現在在做的只是如此多瓣數的其中一小部份。

「咁點算?」

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

edit html

作為一個非 IT 人,我只有在迫不得以時才會用 edit html。

例如不知道為甚麼那個格式那就是改動不了,比如弄來弄去都轉不了 font size。然後我會在 html view 用 ctrl+F 找相關的 text,再靠推理去改動前前後後的 format code...

但 microsoft 的一個網頁設計平台,居然是 disable 了 ctrl+F。吓?!點解會咁㗎?!

看見一個不在的人


(一係唔寫一係係咁寫...poisson ma 哈哈哈)

讀蘇菲的世界時

有這樣的一個故事:

有一個女孩約了人在咖啡廳

她去到咖啡廳時

首先注意到的是那人並不在

那不是很奇怪嗎?
她首先注意到的竟是一樣不存在的事物

Poisson distribution

不知道是否人之常情,我很低落時有想過去算命看相。但最終我沒有去算命看相。因為我壓根兒反對命定理論,我相信愚公移山,多於希臘神話--雖然我同時為希臘神話著迷。

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。

(無題)

我的真絲床單,是他買給我的。我現在蓋的被,也是他買的。

我睡在他買的床單上蓋著他買的被,忽然有一種清醒。

是我不好。我意志不夠堅定。

為什麼事業上物質上我這麼清楚自己要什麼,枝葉可以完全置於度外,但感情上我不可以?

上班我只是要錢,我不要權不要名我只是要錢。物質比如買樓,我小學時已經想擁有自己的房子,我不是人有我有我才想要,我是真的想要,一直想要。

感情上我卻未能免俗。我介意他如何演譯,我下意識把他和其他人比較,把自己和其他人比較。人地男朋友點點點人地已經點點點你以前點點點......但人地點,從來都唔太關我事。

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。

是我不好。我不懂得珍惜,不夠堅定獨立。為什麼我會不夠堅定獨立呢。唉。

由於我相信每個人都是 unique,所以失去的時候,我更加______。對我來說,錢是一樣的,張張一百蚊都一樣,但人,是個個不同的。

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。

反智頭條

一單新聞,大家各有角度,很有趣。

這新聞吸引我的不是細節,而是「就用未來一年時間玩玩自己,也和他們玩玩,看看大地產商在香港的壟斷有多麼長闊高深。」的想法。

對現實不滿,不要瞎嚷空鬧,行動。用你的方法,抗衡。

如果你覺得香港有錢人大哂,別只茶餘飯後叫叫嚷嚷,然後等運到。大家反思自己的生活,由自己的生活開始抗衡。

如果你覺得政府的房屋政策沒有照顧你的需要,找能為你發聲的代議士,立法會選舉你去投票。同時爭取普選特首。

我們有很多聲音,也可以身體力行把意見化為行動。如果我們的行動能夠互相感召,大家單一的行動便可能成就一場社會運動。

買廁紙是個 soundbite,性及排泄,從來都是令人印象深刻的話題。關於冇廁紙,嘿!

我是很小資產階級的,我對無孔不入的大資本家沒有厭惡,我只是想我如何在這資本主義的遊戲中,過我想過的生活。但有人很討厭大資本家或者突然發現大資本家很討厭,我支持他用自己的方法與之抗衡。而且我喜歡多元化的社會,既有我這種小資,又有比較社會主義的人。

「就用未來一年時間玩玩自己,也和他們玩玩」-這「玩」字很重要。未需要認真時,但願我們都可以遊戲人間一下。

又再說,自己唔玩,有時睇下人玩都okay。

星期三, 11月 10, 2010

就用未來一年時間玩玩自己,也和他們玩玩

生菓頭版:「就用未來一年時間玩玩自己,也和他們玩玩,看看大地產商在香港的壟斷有多麼長闊高深。」

我鐘意。

寫在人生的邊上嘛,經歷就當福氣好了。

一個人住的好時光

一個電話,小丑神便上來給我按摩,又陪我聊天。

忘記是從何處聽到的一句話:「通常我想要的東西,我最後都會得到。」

我都是通常我想要的東西,我最後都會得到。

想要的可以是入讀中大;可以是做交換生;可以是在NGOs工作;可以是越大越靚;可以是做銀行;可以是做銀行但不用做生意;可以是自主的作息;可以是獨居;可以是住博物館隔鄰;可以是連買兩間物業,一自住一收租;可以是認識一個人;可以是一堆狂風浪蝶。

可以是十個 chanel 手袋一套 van cleef 手飾。

從今天起,我不要在矇性性,我要努力想想自己要什麼。

因為通常我想要的東西,我最後都會得到。

星期二, 11月 09, 2010

Stage Manager

剛剛跟梁小姐打了一個電話,她好忙,在排戲:「呀哥你幫手搵d黑色夾出來好冇呀」。好狠惡呀。

我問梁小姐今次咩 role,「SM」。

哦。唔怪之得。

所有 stage managers,都惡架。

星期一, 11月 08, 2010

剪頭髮

在蝙蝮俠曾經現身的中環中心前,我用黑夜給我黑色的眼睛,從他眼內找不著一點光明。「卜」火花熄了。

我終於明白有危險,我這根本是在玩漏煤氣的遊戲。

剛剛打電話約髮型師,我說我要bob,要及腰,要hush puppy,要保留我的自然鬈。

我成十年無染髮了。髮型師:「係丫你一直話傷頭髮呀嘛。不過你把頭髮咁黑,染淺兩度色都好耳目一新㗎啦,唔傷既。」

這個冬天,色頭將會暫時取代紫色頭。

星期五, 11月 05, 2010

Foreign body

如果我戴隱形眼鏡,我一定日日疑神疑鬼那玻璃會轉到眼球的另一個圓,結果要入醫院請醫生把它拿出來。

我不戴隱形眼鏡,但我每月使用的女性用品,異曲同嚇。今天,惡夢成真。

黃昏在洗手間,懞醒醒,到我回過神來我才驚醒要抽出導管,但太遲了,已經去得太深。

我一臉擔心地離開公司,在利園Dior門前跟日本女朋友們說我晚飯後要去養和看醫生。她們了解事情後,一個拍拍我的肩說沒事沒事你大笑數下便跌出來了;另一個自告奮勇要出手幫我。嘻嘻哈哈我便放輕鬆了點,大家一起吃上海菜去。

十點多我來到養和,醫生一番努力後,我痛得哭了,仍然一無所獲。我要求圖解,醫生劃了圖,向我循循善誘。啊,我的身體原來是這樣的。「你明天上婦科罷,他們有些儀器可以幫到你;再說你真的痛的話,他們可以麻醉,但你便要入院。」聽罷我苦笑。

星期二, 11月 02, 2010

告白

粉紅粉紅趣緻的臉
面容下卻是難測的人心

告白的shocking pink
之所以又pinky 又 shocking
是否也在呼應電影主題?

中島哲也的影像實在太流麗太詭艷
一幕倒敘的爆炸鏡頭
動畫和實鏡,天衣無縫

今天生菓副刊有作者說「四條命頂一條命」
撈撈,不夠細心
是五條命 vs 一條命
因為其中一個女人在懷孕
(過路人:「猜不到她這個年紀還可以奉子成婚」)

我看到熱血教師的一幕
很是震撼
我問我自己:我在公司懶係熱血,其實是否突顯我是個局外人?

it's so bloody shocking

Breastfeeding in public

從紐約客 A Cup of Jo 處讀到這一篇,會心微笑。

不知道是羞怯還是尷尬還是對婦孺欠缺同理心還是鹹濕,香港男士對女性於公眾地方哺乳很不自在。「她要開始了...」男士對我使個眼色,我報以poker face。辦公室設有nursing room,開會時男同事問:「用黎做咩架?」「俾d 餵母乳的媽媽用的。」男同事笑嘻嘻:「係咪帶埋個 bb入黎?」我拍案而起:「番去請教你媽咪啦。」

星期二, 10月 26, 2010

星期日, 10月 24, 2010

幸福家庭都是一樣 不幸的家庭卻各有不同

讀了舒淇在 Elle 的訪問,想起托爾斯泰的名句「幸福家庭都是一樣,不幸的家庭卻各有不同。」但我想說透過文學及藝術,我們在時空地域合縱連橫,所謂各自表述的不幸,其實也並非前無古人。

無論結論是人生如戲,還是戲如人生,沒能夠在別人的故事上看見自己可能的故事,我認為是自己天真的緣故。

「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?

他已經變成一個角色,在我這齣戲中猶自暗暗發光,像一隻螢火虫,夜欄人靜,便如舊患襲來。

鎂光燈下的舒淇真是強壯。所有捱出一片天的女明星都非常強壯,鏡頭前能夠時時刻刻笑面迎人是一種本領,一種堅強。

星期一, 10月 18, 2010

卑微 company secretary 二三事

當然我沒有公司秘書牌,所以才會起個 XXX Limited Company 名字,差點鬧出大笑話。

幫伯伯成立的慈善基金,一個月前遞交了註冊文件,今天公司註冊署終於打電話來跟進。原來現在不叫"subscriber",叫"signatory"。「甚麼時候改的規矩?」「都一兩年了。」公司註冊署職員給我一張文件樣本。

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。

成立慈善基金是實務工作,正如買樓一樣,最好你一手一腳做過每一個步驟,這樣你才能累積經驗。

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。

雖然我以前沾手過有關事情,但由零開始,這是第一次呀。

星期日, 10月 17, 2010

我想把 Rene Magritte 帶入公司


Ceci n’est pas une pipe (This is not a pipe) by Rene Magritte
  1. 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。
  2. 劉若英說:「就像我的右腿,因為幫助左腿,而傷得更重。
張艾嘉跟我說「或許你的腿代表了你的心,因為你的心不舒服,所以你的腿一直沒好。」為了治傷,我飽讀醫療書籍,懂得她說的道理,也聽過醫療界所謂的「自我療癒」理論。我開始不去理會我身體上的疼痛與不便,開始去尋找內心真正的缺口。

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!

The death of Marie Antoinette

Versailles and more recaptured the road of the death of Marie Antoinette, which was dated 16 Oct 1793.

I was a queen, and you took away my crown; a wife, and you killed my husband; a mother, and you deprived me of my children. My blood alone remains: take it, but do not make me suffer long.
Marie-Antoinette

16th of October 1793: execution of Marie-Antoinette

from Versailles and more

Marie Antoinette by Prieur

marie antoinette at the temple by prieur

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.

Marie Antoinette Revolutionary Tribunal

Marie Antoinette before the Revolutionary Tribunal

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!

Marie Antoinette

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.

MARIE ANTOINETTE EXECUTION

marie antoinette led to 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.

Marie Antoinette to the scaffold David

Marie Antoinette on the cart to the guillotine David

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.

Marie Antoinette guillotine

Marie Antoinette guillotine

星期六, 10月 16, 2010

agatha christie



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。

我實在不明白。

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“。

而在白羅和瑪波小姐之間,我比較偏好後者。瑪波小姐認為人與人之間的差異是相當微小的,只要你對人生有足夠的體驗,再加上細心一點的觀察,你會發現任何人的行為都是有跡可尋的。

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。

嘿。

星期五, 10月 15, 2010

星期三, 10月 13, 2010

Standard Chartered Bank rights issue

Interested to know how they will administer the action. Will they require shareholders' signatures on the forms?

跨代貧窮

行政長官曾蔭權在其施政報告說教育是減少跨代貧窮的治本之道。我看香港社會發展至今,跨代貧窮仍然嚴重,非在教育普及與否高等教育是否足夠,而在香港人在婚姻及配偶的選擇。

新加玻多年前搞優生學,為適齡市民提供約會上床貼士。我們香港傳媒嘀咕彼邦乜都管。

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

Amazing encounterment at Posto Publlico

昨夜從堆填區出來到金鐘,徒步回半山,突然想去喝兩杯 Bellini,便走進 Posto Pubblico。機緣巧合我獨佔了一張向街高桌,奇妙的一夜便開始了。

我對那些中年洋漢沒有興趣,倒和搭檯的兩個亞洲女子聊起來。噢,她們是日本人,我便表露身份,說我在八王子住過一年。兩位姐姐便與我說起日文來。Emiko 是位不典形的日本女性,獨立而具國際視野,在日資行任高職,她對我憐惜又好奇,我們便細談男人談感情事。我告訴她我有自己的房子,她更是驚訝。

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。

我一時高興,做東埋單。然後請兩位姐姐到我家看畫,我們再一起去了雲咸街的party。

我喜歡 Emiko,我覺得我們會成為朋友。嘻。

星期六, 10月 09, 2010

劉曉波

劉曉波獲頒諾貝爾和平獎,傳媒鋪天蓋地報導。

我希望那些覺得廿三條立法覺得立法會普選特首普選與自己無關的人,能夠在劉曉波身上對照自身。

我希望那些覺得六四無咩野既人,能夠在劉曉波身上明白記憶的重量。

星期三, 10月 06, 2010

Pick your bra cup and put on your handbag


Pick Your Cup

乾過癮 "Pick your cup" 兩面購物袋,
可隨心情選擇左右不同胸型曲線,
可波濤洶湧,成為眾人焦點;
可風平浪靜,輕鬆毫無負擔;
讓你自由變換滿足夢想,
身材好壞再也不是問題 。

Designer: Murphy Lin (Taiwan)
Manufacturer: YEDUO Design (Taiwan)
Material: 100% Cotton Canvas
Colours: Black Canvas with white stripe print
Dimension: 43x10x50cm
Price: US$20

星期日, 10月 03, 2010

一個人住的好時光


遮光窗簾掩不住八九點鐘的太陽
陽光簾縫邊緣吐艷
窗邊物事成人之美
撞出一牆彩虹絲帶
條條彩帶如嚶嚶嬝語
叫醒我這個懶惰的人




一個人住的好時光


早餐茶我要在睡前喝
寢前閱讀好時光
一本書一杯加奶的紅茶
身心都得到完美的撫慰

星期六, 10月 02, 2010

Helmut Newton

這Bob 頭女子剛剪完頭髮,她身上的是髮絲。

這張很Dali feel, 好玩,超現實得來Freudian。

哈哈哈,在我眼中呢,影女人不是有支鏡同識㩒掣咁簡單。

同埋,n年前 Helmut Newton 已經「妄攝」。太陽底下無新事。

香港時區是+8,但別人做的事卻可以比我們前衛+n年。無論影女人還是管理,我們仲有大把野抄,亦即是話我們仲有ok大把的世界。

一個人住的好時光


夜來回家
拋下Chanel手袋
二話不說先和衣攤在床上抖抖再說其他囉

星期五, 10月 01, 2010

我家煙花境


頹垣敗瓦間
朵朵煙花好

Bubble

本來只想描畫一個女子的側面
輪廓出來後覺得她有說話要講
兜了一個圈又一個圈
然後又覺得留白太多
便把色及色填上
不想把話說死了
所以二色只呈現成線條
不是面貌

星期二, 9月 28, 2010

【下女】

邁克連續兩天講【下女】,昨天談全度妍,今天說李政宰。

當然我喜歡看全度妍。女演員有兩種,她扮甚麼角色也是她自己,像桂莉芙;另一種是她扮不同的角色便是不同的女人,像白蘭芝。全度妍是後者,所以入場看她的戲,是向她的演技致敬。

李政宰我本來也喜歡。我看過李政宰的【婚外初夜】。電影說他愛上未婚妻那已為人婦的姊姊,二人偷情。電影中有一幕李政宰上姊姊家與姊夫飯聚,見姊夫傭俗,為姊姊不甘。姊姊送李政宰下樓,李政宰站在姊姊身後,那痛惜絕望的眼神及身體語言,令我覺得非常震憾而著迷。

十年後【下女】中的李政宰,不錯仍然是一身流麗的肌肉,但銀幕下的我卻覺得他老了,臉部線條有點鬆,是個新中年叔叔了。

太記得從前,舊事重提,事事對比,太認真太好記性,無疑令我比別人更容易失望。

公雞生蛋,蛋尖向東還是西?

是夜男伴問我這個問題,想逗我笑。




















我當然笑了。

我其實很愛笑的,不過亦很愛發呆。又有時會多愁善感而已。

等入中大的暑假我去ABEBI 賣衫,shop manager 評價我「笑容好」。

果年連卡佛都願意請我,但月薪六千!ABEBI 俾八千,我當然去ABEBI 啦。

又於是2002年畢業時月薪才一萬,我是覺得很委屈的。

哀悼愛情

我對老闆娘說:「傷心方一日,世上已千年。」

但在我知道之前,心已不再傷了。

Bravo。

一念天堂 一念地獄

雙生兒一個黑一個白一個生一個死一個傷害人一個傷害自己一個標青一個跟band。

波蘭有The Double Life of Véronique,倫敦就係兩個海倫。香港呢?香港可唔可以天堂地獄,一念之差?

我在構思 plot。我期待那靈光一閃,我便知道該如何下筆。

星期六, 9月 25, 2010

【呼吸】

繼續張震撫今追惜之旅。

【呼吸】是韓國怪雞導演金基德的戲。金基德拍過【漂流慾室】,極度變態。

【呼吸】我看見張震會說話的眼睛,和他的深沉。但最引人入性的是獄長。他默許離經叛道的探監,自己名正言順偷窺聲色犬馬,男女大慾。另一方面獨手遮天,掌握事情的節奏,話開始就開始,話完結就完結,猶如黑暗的命運之手。

噢金基德導演,你之於電影,和獄長,不很相似嗎?

星期五, 9月 24, 2010

梁小姐用普通話講電腦話

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秋裝


我買了五條小黑裙。配不同顏色的絲襪,便是我的秋裝。

天氣清涼些,披上我的中童 burberry干濕褸,便又是一條好漢了。

Tweet: Umovement: A Wikipedia for Social Good

Watch live streaming video from mashable at livestream.com



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

投資車位

吾友近喜買車位投資。

我不駕車,對泊車需求一無所知,亦未能想像。但見以下文章道理分明,轉貼一下,以為他的參考:

閒話樓市:也談車位投資 by 阿勞

「投資車位」與「買樓收租」的主要分別有:

1. 車位入場費遠低於住宅,適合缺乏資金的長線投資者購買

2. 車位的雜費遠低於住宅,維修費則幾乎沒有

3. 車位的租賃流程比住宅簡單

4. 車位租客若然欠租,業主可向管理處提出終止租客及其車輛之使用權,但住宅不可以

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

7. 車位的流通量較住宅細

關於車位投資, 以下是筆者的意見:

1. 投資車位須考慮其屋苑位置、週邊客源及市場對車位的需求

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? )

3. 車位是否容許非屋苑住戶購買?

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)

6. 屋苑附近有沒有其他停車場競爭?

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 )

8. 建議沒車牌的投資者可帶一名有車牌的朋友或經紀實地挑選「好泊位」的車位

9. 單邊、車位闊落及四正無柱位的車位較售市場歡迎

10. 留意車位是否鄰近住宅入口、垃圾房、行車繁忙位置、昇降機

11. 車位屬有蓋車位還是露天車位

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

人肉叉燒飽



一家八口無雷公咁遠去馬角街熟食檔吃晚飯,一下車,熟食檔空無一人,大部份攤子已經收爐。鼻端傳來的是肉檯味道,陰風陣陣,我跟細細妹一起說:「人肉叉燒飽呀!」

Bank

(趁出門晚飯前,做點功課)

Bank, 在拉丁文中是櫃臺的意思。透過櫃臺交易,便是banking。

香港實行存款機構三級制,分別為持牌銀行、有限制牌照銀行及接受存款公司,全部統稱為認可機構。

在本港只有持牌銀行才可經營往來及儲蓄戶口業務,並接受公眾任何數額與期限的存款,以及支付或接受客戶簽發或存入的支票。

有限制牌照銀行主要從事商人銀行及資本市場活動等業務,亦可接受50萬港元(約64,103美元)或以上任何期限的存款。

接受存款公司大部分由銀行擁有或與銀行有聯繫,主要從事私人消費信貸及證券等多種專門業務。這些公司只可接受10萬港元(約12,821美元)或以上,最初存款期最少為3個月的存款。

現時香港的持牌銀行超過一百五十間。

(資料來源:金管局)

時裝時刻

事事有時,可能真的有所其事。

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。

回到家才十時,我突然很想重讀黎堅惠的【時裝時刻】。從第一頁讀到最後一頁,其間煮了個麵吃,二時多才睡。

黎堅惠有許多獨到到肉的句子,而我常常念茲在茲的是「青春,不在於皮光肉滑,而在於隨心所欲去追求心目中的真善美。」

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。

但人生的轉角是奇妙的,就在那一兩小時,我又覺得力量慢慢在我身體匯聚,可能,我又繼續可以皮光肉滑,又可以隨心所欲去追求心目中的真善美。
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