Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Extra fast internet inspires extra weird commercials in HK

I like it when HK commercials take the humourous approach. These ads are for Hong Kong Broadband Network who recently built their own fibre optic network to provide Hong Kongers with superfast broadband. There are 18 ads in total, each dedicated to a district of Hong Kong (they wanted to show that their network was available in every part of the territory):

You can view all the ads at HKBN's Youtube channel

Saturday, February 21, 2009

The bbc blog diet: Cha Cha Moon

Don't believe the (bad) hype. Cha Cha Moon is actually quite good.

When this Alan Yau 'casual dining' restaurant opened, there was a special offer of any dish for £3.50 which is no longer available but it's still worth paying a visit. My duck noodle soup with plump goji beans was very nice and the Hong Kong style milk tea was fine although it didn't seem as strong as the real thing. They even do warm Vitasoy in bottles just like in HK.

Could this be further evidence that Western food critics don't really know how to assess Chinese or Asian restaurants?

Related: Cha Cha Moon, Alan Yau's new restaurant getting mixed reviews
Link: ThisisLondon review
Link: London Eating reviews

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The Life of Rural Chinese Children

I caught this interesting video on Shanghaiist. It depicts the life of young children who are left at home in the countryside by parents who go off to find work in the cities.

With an estimated total migrant workforce of 130 million, these situations are not uncommon in rural China.

The video starts out like a bland, 'National Geographic' type of documentary but the more you watch, the more engrossed you become in the children's stories and - for me - the more sympathy you have for their situation.

What I don't understand is why the parents don't return home, say, once a year to see their children. The first girl featured has not seen her mother in five years and tells the interviewer she can barely remember what she looks like. So sad.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Asian girl suffers from 'White Fever'

Poor girl. Can nothing be done about this condition? :)

AOMORI, JAPAN—At first glance, 17-year-old Misaki Nakajima seems like any other shy and submissive Japanese schoolgirl. She loves shopping, text messaging, and the color pink. But beneath her wholesome exterior lies a wicked secret: Misaki Nakajima is consumed by ... fantasies involving sweaty, middle-aged American men.

Article: The Onion
Related: Wanted: Chinese Women

Friday, February 06, 2009

The bbc blog diet: Egg with tomato

This dish is an old favourite that I remember from childhood (although it seems to be made with a slightly more complicated recipe in this video than I remember).

The bbc blog diet is an assortment of dishes that may or may not cause you to lose weight but at least they taste nice!

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

OMG Miley Cyrus and friends in Asian Racism 'Scandal'!

Caption, anyone?

Some of you probably saw the headline and are thinking, 'Who?' and some of you are probably thinking 'Who cares?'

The young star's actions were strongly criticised by the Organization of Chinese Americans and the photo may upset the clean-cut celebrity's Asian fanbase.

As for me, I'm going to reserve judgment and say it depends on the context of the photo.

There is an Asian guy posing with them and whilst that doesn't automatically prove the people aren't being racist it does make it highly plausible that this was an intentional joke between friends. I think it's an open verdict.

Article: 'Miley has insulted her Asian fans'
Related: Worst Olympics ad ever?

Monday, February 02, 2009

"This is a scandal!" (not sandal)

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao today joined the short list of world leaders who have had shoes thrown at them by angry protesters. You can see the immediate aftermath of the incident in this clip:

'Shame on you!' shout some observers in the crowd.

On the other hand, should we consider ourselves fortunate to live in a free society where such protests - shameful or not - can at least happen without the protesters being shipped off to a labour camp and never seen again?

Article: The Times

It would be an ironic twist if the shoe turned out to be made in China, wouldn't it?