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Monday, July 31, 2006

land of the rising sun ...

after a week in japan, am back in hong kong and going to start my 4-month working stinct tomorrow!

on the way to the airport, was trying to verify with hubbie exactly how many times i have been to tokyo with him ..... and we both are not too sure .... ;p but whatever the case, we concluded that the next trip we should do to down to kyushu region or up to hokkaido ....... hehehe.

in any case, this trip, we went to Ito (via Atami) and spent 2 very lovely days travelling from Tokyo to Atami to Ito to Kawazu to Shuzenji (i think the entire region is called the Izu region) ...... and would you believe it or not, we went "hiking" ..... along a walking trail that led us to view 7 waterfalls .... i shall post the pictures very soon.

i never expected to go to japan to "hike", but it's really a way to see the local life and the places we went, i assure you, not a single "foreigner" around .... cos it's like countryside, fishing villages u know and with lots of onsen (hot springs) ........ we were probably the only foreigners around. and with my super duper limited japanese, we managed to hop on the local bus, order food, find our way around with no trouble/frustrations at all .....excellento!!

i like going out to the countryside of japan ...... very interesting and quiet and serene ..... and the food ........ awesome ..... especially the fresh sashimi ...... it can't get any better ..... :) but of course, some people may find it boring to visit the countryside ...... ;p

thank God hubbie also enjoys exploring places and doesn't mind "walking around" for extended periods ..... hehehe ..... and he enjoyed the waterfalls !! the last time, in kyoto/osaka, we went to a place called Otsu, he didn't like it much .....hehehehe

of course, it's not to say i didn't enjoy the city, this time round, i found out about a "factory outlet mall" 30 mins from tokyo and went there for shopping ...... at least, the prices similar to hong kong prices .....not those amazing japanese price tags that causes one to faint ....hahahaha.

okie okie ... i need to go eat something for lunch ..... will write more soon.

Friday, July 21, 2006

Dangerous foods .....

When i first came to hong kong, i really don't give much thought to whether the food item i buy to eat is "safe" for consumption ..... kinda of take things for granted...... i mean back home, i also don't think so much, why think so much now??? hahahaha.

but, there was a period when for consecutive weeks it was juz horrible news about "dangerous food stuffs" -- like fake eggs, fake soya sauce, fake milk, pickled vegetables manufactured in horrible conditions and stuff ..... and as a result, i became rather conscious. and also developed the habit of choosing organic stuff if i can find them and the price is not too steep.

sometimes i think whether i am too paranoid?? afterall, millions others eat the ordinary stuff rite? but sometimes i think, if i can minimize these harmful materials into my body why not ... .. yea ...

and of course, there's also the news of vegetables overloaded with pesticides and chemicals and so i developed the habit of soaking my vegetables for at least an hour or 2 before cooking them! hahahaha .... not juz vegetables, grapes and blueberries too .... cos there's that "whitish wax" coating it rite?? not good for health .....

then, when news subside.........i forget ...... and happily go about my daily living ....

unfortunately, i am reminded once again to be more vigilant as a couple of days ago, there's news of watermelons "injected" with red coloring and other stuff to make it juicy and red..... these watermelons are sold in China .... yikes ....... i think i am not going to eat watermelon in restaurants for now ...... hahahahaha.......

and why did i start writing about dangerous foods??? all becos of the watermelon report .. reminded me that i should be more "mindful" and "alert" ...... nowadays, when i see "foodstuffs" sold along the street here in hong kong, i don't buy, cos i really don't know where they get their stuff from??? there's a lady near my place who occassionally sells [australian frozen abalone] @ a very cheap price -- i have no idea where she gets her [abalone], or who buys from her ..... but everytime i see the frozen packs of abalones stuffed in the carton box and not stored @ the right temperature in this sweltering heat .... cos she obviously is an illegal hawker........ i cringe ... ...... the [abalone] looks bad .....

that's all for now .......

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Kiplinger.com -- i like this website!

thought i'd introduce this website related to personal finance to frens ....... check it out if you like ..... i enjoy reading their interviews with investors ...... quite inspiring at times ..... how different investing styles work over the long term through real life examples ......

and of course, they provide the usual stock focus and stuff .......

http://www.kiplinger.com/personalfinance/

Monday, July 17, 2006

Interview with Warren Buffet -- Part 2

Here's part 2 of threee .........

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-6208910876057109785&q=Warren+Buffett

nowadays -- i a bit lazy to update the blog ....heehee ....... "jialat" ....... anywayz, going up to tokyo next week .... 'look see look see' ;)

with the middle east tension -- the markets are having the time of their lives!! and taking years off mine ??? ........... hahahaha ..... no lah no lah ...... it's ok ....juz exaggerating ... ;) .......

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Charlie Rose Interview with Warren Buffett - Part 1

If u have an hour to spare .... and want to hear from the man himself ..... here is the link

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

summer

summer has juz began and i am already wishing that it's coming to an end ....... ;p

i am reminded that i am supposed to be a tropical gal ..... so why am i complaining about the heat, sun and humidity??? hee hee ..... goes to show how adaptable the human species is.......

Monday, July 10, 2006

my favorite .....



zambrotta!

relive the moments!!!





Understatement .....

It is an understatement to say that i am very happy that the Italians won the World Cup ..... i am simply ecstatic ...... hehehehe

now, back to "normal" life and another 4 years to the next WC!!! and wonder who will be in the next WC team ...... ??

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

YEA! Azzuris!!

Finally, an italian final!!!!! Yea! i thot it was going into penalty liao ..... and have to "tahan" and keep awake for a longer period of time ....... but hehehehe, the 2 excellent goals ....... made my day ...... hehehehehe ..... :)