Archive for March, 2010

Husbands are husbands

March 31, 2010

I received this email yesterday and thought it was a good one to share.

A man was sitting reading his papers when his wife hit him round the head with a frying pan.
“What was that for?” the man asked.

The wife replied “That was for the piece of paper with the name Jenny on it that I found in your pants pocket”.

The man then said “When I was at the races last week Jenny was the name of the horse I bet on”

The wife apologized and went on with the housework.

Three days later the man is watching TV when his wife bashes him on the head with an even bigger frying pan, knocking him unconscious.

Upon re-gaining consciousness the man asked why she had hit again.
Wife replied. “Your horse phoned”


What are we reading this week?

March 30, 2010

Secrets of the Millionnaire Mind – mastering the inner game of wealth
By T.Harv Eker

This is a great book by a great motivator! If you are interested in how to think like a millionaire then listen to what the author of this book has to say.

“This is the most powerful, persuasive, and practical book on becoming wealthy that you will ever read” – Brian Tracy, author of Getting Rich Your Own Way.

T.Harv Eker states “Give me five minutes, and I can predict your financial future for the rest of your lie!” Eker does this by identifying the personal “money and business blueprint” everyone of us has ingrained in his or her subconscious mind, and it is this blueprint, more than anything, that will determine our financial lives.

This is great book worth reading once in your life.

Traveling 4 Health

March 29, 2010

Ilene Little is an entrepreneur who embarked on a new career at age 64, inspired by the limited and often lack of information available online regarding options for better health care and lifestyle abroad.

Her background as a newspaper reporter with several years experience in the travel and leisure industry prompted her to form Traveling4Health, Inc. available online now as a blog and launching in April as a social media site serving people seeking opportunities to build a personal network of resources for their own lifestyle abroad.

Why People Seek Local Contacts

One of reasons that a lot of people are hesitant about making a move overseas is because they’re concerned about being isolated. The world can be a cruel place, especially to newbies.  Even corporate expats can feel isolated within the closed garden community of company affiliation.

Sure there are the nomads out there who want to be left alone with their little slice of life in the middle of nowhere – or to remain a stranger in a metropolis -but most people crave some human interaction from time to time, especially from like-minded souls. 
Corporate expats as well as retirees enjoy the company of interesting, like-minded, and well-rounded individuals.

Connecting “seekers”  with “providers” of local knowledge, Ilene has provided a platform on Traveling4Health where consumers can ask questions and providers can build up their reputation with members, as trusted resources for specific locations. 

What Better Place to Network in Hong Kong

She is inviting our membership to register to blog on Traveling4Health, as a way to identify yourselves as accessible and responsive to consumers looking to know, before they go, local contacts in Hong Kong.  In this way you become a “go-to-person” for Hong Kong. 

It’s just one of the ways that you can advertise your business and reach out personally to those people seeking information about living and working in Hong Kong.  If you’re interested, there are directions on how to self-register on this blog

Our recommendation of the month

March 25, 2010

The Kindle

The Amazon Kindle

Clair Swemmer from Ginger Square has not stopped talking about the new Amazon Kindle; we were so excited about what she had to say we decided that she best tell everyone!

Probably the best gift in today’s world of gizmo’s and gadgets is the Amazon Kindle.

If you are a book addict who rarely ventures far from home without some or other piece of reading material or book, then this is the equivalent to a library in your pocket.

The Amazon Kindle was first brought to our attention in 2007 as the first e-reader of its kind. Weighing in at only 10.2 ounces and with a storage capacity of 256MB to 4G, it is designed to hold up to 1500 books. Being able to deliver books, newspapers and magazines directly to your Kindle in less than 60 seconds via whisper net, (global wireless internet) means that you will never again be without something to read. Its paper-like screen is easy on the eyes, and still gives the feel of reading a paper based book. It has a built in PDF reader, and Read-to Me function, which means that books, newspapers and blogs can be read out loud to you. A large selection of over 420 000 books and publications are available to date, with free samples of all books for readers to get a taste of what’s out there. The battery life, when used correctly will last 1 week off 1 charge session.

Personally, I absolutely love my Kindle, which is always in my handbag by day and on my bedside table at night! Best gift I ever received!

What are we reading this week?

March 23, 2010

Diamond Hill – memories of growing up in a Hong Kong squatter village.

by Feng Chi-shun

This is a short but interesting book about a local boy growing up in a rough neighbourhood. He describes how life was as a child, living in an area with no money and little to do in a neighbourhood that was full of crime.

“Gambling and gangsters; fires and food stalls; the Walled City and its “white powder”. This memoir of a native son of a Kowloon-side squatter village – the first book ever on Diamond Hill, of a life shaped by a now-extinct community. Feng Chi shun’s sharp recollections of his humble upbringing ar filled with warmth, humour and an abundance of insights into a low-income refugee neighbourhood that no longer exists, but remains close to the hearts of many who lived there”.

How to get your childs attention – Always a challenge

March 19, 2010

By Naomi Richards from The Kids Coach

Getting a childs attention is very difficult to do especially when they are zoned out by the television, computer or another electronic device. If you want to convey a message to them don’t shout so they can hear you because they can’t. Instead do the following. I have tried out and tested this idea and it works:
1. Stand in front of your child and look at them.
2. Wait until your child stops what they are doing. They will because either you a obstructing their view or you are annoying them just standing there. They will stop and look at you.
3. Ask them what you would like from them – selling the benefit e.g. please can you turn off the television in five minutes and then please put on your shoes as I need to take you to your friends.’
4. Then ask them to repeat what you just said so you know they have heard you. If they can’t I suggest you switch off the television, pc, DS etc and then you will have their full attention.
5. When asking them what you want them to do use positive words and respond to them when they complain about your request. They want to know that they have also been heard.
The request may be as simple as, ‘Can you tidy your bedroom?’ (they will be able to find things in their room or earn pocket money) or ‘Please come down for dinner’ (else they will be hungry and there is no chance of food later) You will need to give them a reason why, what is going to happen when they have? What is going to motivate them to do it?
It is a challenge sometimes getting the co-operation of our children. We need to be clear about our request and how the request will benefit them. Doing it in a calm and relaxed manner, possibly with humour also helps!

Cocktails anyone?

March 18, 2010

Bright as a tropical moon, smooth as summer surf, rich as old Lurline passengers, cool and fresh as green limes, the Mai Tai is Hawaii’s favorite drink. One sip and it’s paradise. Or, should be.

This is one of my favourite cocktails so I wanted to find out where it came from and after some research I discovered that  The Mai Tai is Polynesian in name, but it’s American in origin. Was created in San Franciso’s East Bay in 1944, by a California restaurateur, the late Vic Bergeron of Trader Vic’s fame

So I decided to have a go at making it myself so here is the recipe for everybody else to try.

Mai Tai recipe

Serve in a Collins glass

Mai Tai

1 oz light rum
1/2 oz creme de almond
1/2 oz triple sec
sweet and sour mix
pineapple juice
1/2 oz  dark rum

Pour light rum, creme de almond and triple sec, in order, into a collins glass. Almost fill with equal parts of sweet and sour mix and pineapple juice. Add dark rum, a large straw, and serve unstirred.

Interesting Occupations – Bra model

March 17, 2010

Denise Robertshaw

We have been searching for some interesting occupations and what better person to ask then the vibrant Denise Robertshaw who has been living in Discovery Bay for 15 years, here she is giving us the run down on becoming a bra model.

How did you get into this field?

I saw an advertisement in the dollar saver magazine and went in for a casting.

How long have you been working as a bra model?

I have been working in this role for 2 and half years. It is hard though because you need to maintain the same size ALWAYS!
You can’t be shy about your body – I feel like I spend most of the time naked (top only) in a room full of people; including Men who aren’t allowed to touch you.

What do you see as the key to success in your industry?

The key to success is being flexible and professional at all times. You spend a lot of time on your feet and spend plenty of time running around HK – involves plenty of travel – sometimes it takes an hours travel to just get there. I could try up to 100 bras on in one day.

Is there any advice for women seeking work as a bra model?

Overall I love my job and would recommend anyone to try it out. It’s hard to say what they are looking for. It’s just depends on your measurements whether or not you get the job.

For those who would consider becoming a bra model what advise would you give them?
You need confidence and you need to be flexible and professional at all times.

What are some of the Positives aspects to your job?
I get a lot of free samples and I get to see the first cuts of every line for the season. Many of the brands that I work for give me discount cards which are always handy. It pays well and I never have to worry if I do not have the right bra for an outfit.

Mother and son poem

March 16, 2010


I received this yesterday and thought it was worth sharing….

My son came home from school one day,
With a smirk upon his face.
He decided he was smart enough,
To put me in my place.

‘Guess what I learned in Civics Two,
that’s taught by Mr. Wright?
It’s all about the laws today,
The ‘Children’s Bill of Rights.’

It says I need not clean my room,
Don’t have to cut my hair
No one can tell me what to think,
Or speak, or what to wear.

I have freedom from religion,
And regardless what you say,
I don’t have to bow my head,
And I sure don’t have to pray.

I can wear earrings if I want,
And pierce my tongue & nose.
I can read & watch just what I like,
Get tattoos from head to toe.

And if you ever spank me,
I’ll charge you with a crime.
I’ll back up all my charges,
With the marks on my behind.

Don’t you ever touch me,
My body’s only for my use,
Not for your hugs and kisses,
that’s just more child abuse.

Don’t preach about your morals,
Like your Mum did to you.
That’s nothing more than mind control,
And it’s illegal too!

Mum, I have these children’s rights,
So you can’t influence me,
Or I’ll call Children’s Services Division,
Better known
As ‘C.S.D.’Mum’s Reply and Thoughts

Of course my first instinct was
To toss him out the door.
But the chance to teach him a lesson
Made me think a little more.

I mulled it over carefully,
I couldn’t let this go.
A smile crept upon my face,
he’s messing with a pro.

Next day I took him shopping
At the local Goodwill Store..
I told him, ‘Pick out all you want,
there’s shirts & pants galore.

I’ve called and checked with C.S.D ..
Who said they didn’t care
If I bought you K-Mart shoes
Instead of Nike Airs.

I’ve canceled that appointment
To take your driver’s test.
The C.S.D. Is unconcerned
So I’ll decide what’s best.’

I said ‘No time to stop and eat,
Or pick up stuff to munch.
And tomorrow you can start to learn
To make your own flaming lunch.

Just save the raging appetite,
And wait till dinner time.
We’re having liver and onions,
A favorite dish of mine.’

He asked ‘Can I please rent a movie,
To watch on my VCR?’
‘Sorry, but I sold your TV,
For new tires on my car.
I also rented out your room,
You’ll take the couch instead.
The C.S.D. Requires
Just a roof over your head.

Your clothing won’t be trendy now,
I’ll choose what we eat.
That allowance that you used to get,
Will buy me something neat.

I’m selling off your jet ski,
Dirt-bike & roller blades.
Check out the ‘Parents Bill of Rights’,
It’s in effect today!

Hey hot shot, are you crying,
Why are you on your knees?
Are you asking God to help you out,
Instead of C.S.D..?’


March 15, 2010

Building the bridge

Renu Malani from Rent a Local has given us a little insight into Hong Kong culture.          

Most Chinese people prefer to do business with friends, or people they trust, rather than with strangers. So sales tactics such as “cold calling” do not work in Chinese cultures. If you want to do business with Chinese people, either work through a middleman, who is already trusted to both parties, or learn to bond directly with your perspective client. No matter
how strong your product or service, they may not give you the time of day, simply because they don¹t know you to trust you.

Usually, this trust can only be built in a social atmosphere, and not a business setting. Chinese people like to bond over a meal, as food is very important to them. They also believe that you can get to know a person’s true nature when you drink with them, because after a few drinks, their defenses are down. They may not fully trust someone who will not drink with
them. So an evening of food, karaoke and drinking is an ideal way to bond with Chinese people.

And once that trust is built, they will not only do business with you, they will also become your loyal friend for life.