Sunday, June 21, 2009

A terrible attempt at PC

Just found this in a Hong Kong magazine named Recruit. In an article entitled "Is your English Politically Correct?", I found this absolute gem:

The next time you want to describe someone, think carefully and be creative! People aren't old anymore - they're elderly. Someone short has become vertically challenged. A person once fat is now obese or horizontally gifted.

There's more but the best is above. Must be a British English thing.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Two weeks of work

As I mentioned earlier, I work for Community Business (CB), a not-for-profit focused on corporate social responsibility (CSR). I couldn’t be more excited about the work I’ve begun. I have been able to work on projects that otherwise I would never get a chance to because of companies small size.

During my first week I spent much of my time helping others with their projects, completing small pieces of projects. I also spent a large portion of time researching past, present and future CB events to get a better feel for what CB does. I was able to sit in on a workshop called CSR In Turbulent Times, with keynote speaker Lord Hastings from KPMG (who by the way is an excellent speaker and quotes periodicals like he is doing an extemporaneous speech [reference from my speech and debate days]), and I sat in on our Community Business Leadership Team meeting which is comprised of senior executives from large large multinational companies such as Allen & Overy, Crown Financial, KPMG, Cisco, British Council, etc. Both were really great experiences.

This week I was able to sit down with my Managing Director and talk with her about projects going forward. After a little bit of conversation, I noticed that she thought I had expected her to propose projects for me. When I told her that I had some ideas of my own, she was a little impressed. I was excited to hear that she liked some of my ideas, including looking at Community Business’ brand, and recommending and redesigning much of their materials.

I had the rest of the week to mess around with some ideas. I went through that scary moment when you just start a project, and you’re a bit clueless where to start, not being able to find a starting point. After calmly looking over the material for a couple minutes, I took to brainstorming and writing down the things that were coming to mind. It was a great feeling watching many of the branding ideas I’ve read about in the past start showing up on my document. I was thinking to myself, wow, not only are these changes helpful and important, but also, I’m thoroughly enjoying this.

When this weekend came around I was absolutely ready for the break. Friday night Myles, Ring, Chun, Sara and I danced the night away at Club #9. The cover was a bit low so the ratio was about 9 guys to 1 girl, but we didn’t care. Still had a great time. Saturday Ring, Sara, Samantha and I all went to Stanley Beach for the afternoon. Afterwards we ate at McDonalds because all the other places in that area were crazy expensive. We ended the night in Lan Kwai Fong. I went home early because I was ridiculously tired from that day’s events. Good times.

Excited about the next couple of weeks. Work is going to be even more fun, and as I reacquaint myself with Hong Kong and its inhabitants, enjoying the city is going to be a lot more fun.

Of course I’ll keep you posted on all of this. I hope to hear from you soon!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Mind The Gap

I was in a little bit of a downer mood after visiting with my very last friends at HKBU yesterday. It’s always tough visiting a place were you’ve had so many friend that are not around anymore.

After my short visit, I took a quick bus to the Kowloon Tong MTR station and made my way to the train that would take me home. The lines in front of each door were long and when the doors were about to close, the train was almost completely full. But, as I’ve done many times before, I tried to squeeze myself in. Unfortunately for me the doors closed on my arm, popping my watch right off. Of all the places my watch could have fallen, it made a B line for the gap between the train and the platform. As if it never existed, it was gone.

This is the same watch my Dad gave me which I wore during my travels in Europe and South America. I was hoping to use it for trips in Asia too. Oh my trusted companion, you will be missed!

Unlike my left-hand-man, I was able to make it home in one peace. I’m not in Warren’s Apartment in Sai Won Ho anymore. I’ve sense moved into a nice little apartment in Sheung Wan near Millennium Square. I was just thinking today how great a place it is. First, it’s a serviced apartment, which means a maid comes to clean once a week, free Internet and all the furniture is provided. It’s only two blocks from my work and all the essentials (e.g. dry cleaning/laundry, grocery store, restaurants and food vendors) are within a two-minute walk. The price, considering all the things included, was only about 550 USD. The main reason for the low price is because it’s on the 7th floor with no lift (brutal when you have to carry things up). I had other less expensive options but considering there was no furniture or Internet in the other places, I feel like I made a good decision. I’ll have pictures once I get my white walls covered.

Everything is going pretty well. I’m doing my best to explore my neighborhood. George will be happy to know that I play rugby with Warren and a bunch of guys every Tuesday. Touch of course ;) Finding some table tennis buddies is my next challenge. Work will start on Monday. I know I shouldn’t be nervous, but I always am about these things. Money is same as usual, tight. I’m on the pb&j budget, but am sure to take liberties with friends and new acquaintances.

It’s great to be back in Hong Kong. It’s definitely not the same without the great friends I made during my time at HKBU. It’s actually completely different and it really feels like I’m starting all over out here. Good times!

Anyways, keep in touch guys! Can’t wait to hear from you!