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of beers and hats

Yesterday I had my reception for my photo exhibition at Starbucks. A few of us went to a place called Lark for dinner afterward. Lark is one of those tasting resturant were you get small portions of very simple dishes that are meant to be shared. We had heirloom tomato lobster salad, braised park, crispy duck legs, roasted eels, foi gras, hanger beef, rainbow chad and wild mushroom. Every dish was meticulously prepared. And there was this lamb dish that was so good that we were trying to figure out if it was really lamb. Well, I don;t think we want to find out.

We went to a neighborhood bar called the stumbling monking afterward. They have the most interesting collection of Belgian beer in town. At some point a customer brought her dog in. And let me tell you, when you find yourself talking to a dog trying to explain to him how good the Belgian triple you are having, you had one too many beer.

What is it about hat anyway. I am not talking about a baseball cap or a sun hat or anything like that. I am talking about those giant hat that’s bigger than your head and cover half of it too. I always get a feeling that these people are very insucre about themselves, or that they have an insecure moment. And the hat is the pefect escape that shield them away from the rest of the world, similar to how cigarette creates a shield of some people at a bar. It’s like in the mist of trying to get to know more people, some still put up a shield to protect themselves. I guess that how our society is developing into now.

Add comment October 7th, 2005


When I get on I would always try to find a seat on the left side about 1/3 into the bus. Do you have a favourite seat on the bus?

1 comment October 4th, 2005

seeing what you wanted to see

Had another round of dinner-for-four at my place yesterday, where I made Kobe steaks and had a whiskey tasting. Two of my friends brought a bottle each. We end up having 7: Bowmore 17, Balvenie 10 & 21, Talisker, Suntory blend 17, Macallan Fine Oak 15 and Laphroah 10. It was a rather entertaining evening.

One thing we talked about was preception and that we see things that we wanted to see. Since now I pay more attention to office politics now, I start to see how different the VPs handle certain situations where I would have went “you fucking idiot!” and left. Just like I was talking to Daniel about the difference experience Sam and I got during our Japan trip. It’s all about what you wanted to see. I am all about seeing the little things: the variable bus fare system, the controls of the fork lifts in Tokyo fish market, the sound of the frog and the rain… Sam is all about getting entertained, the shoppings. We see a totally different Japan.

My lunch today… sort of…

Add comment October 4th, 2005


Found this on AYN’s blog. 林海峰是但噏發花癲 podcast. A little (well, a lot actually) silly, but funny as hell

Finish setting up my Peru photos in a local Starbuck :)

1 comment October 1st, 2005

Hami Melon

Bought a Hami melon from the supermarket today. What is Hami Melon? Hami Melon is a green football shaped fruit that has the texture and taste of a Texas cantaloupe. But its significant is not as a fruit but as a token of acient Chinese economic infrastructure. Hami is located southwest of Mongolia and north of Tibet in the Gobi desert. It’s aprroximately 1200 miles away from Beijing. During the Tang dynasty, Hami was a small trading post among the silk route. To support it’s local population, its people developed an irrigation system using underground water. One of its produce was this green melon.

During one of his visit to the capitol, the King of Hami brought along one fo these melon with him to please the emperor. The emperor liked it so much that fresh melons are delievered everyday from Hami to Peking on horse back, served on ice collected from the frozen ponds in Harbin. It is a testimony on Chinese’s logistic system more than 1500 years ago.

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