Category Archives: Daily Diary

The long, long journey of being the one and only me

The One With This Man & His Bags – An Almost Fashionable Story

I am not known for my bags. Shoes maybe, but even so, my days as the Prince of Shoes were long over since my shoe cupboard overflowed and I had to throw away the nice boxes and start lining up my shoes on the floor.

But bags… for me, bags are a different story. I view them mainly from a utility stand point. Is it practical? Can I carry it to work? To play? Will it last for overlong travel? Can I bring it up to a mountain?

My considerations were practical, and that’s because I am a man.

But recently I came to discover another wardrobe problem – I am running out of place to store my bags. The usual spots were stacked up waist high. It was only when I was trying to store my latest purchase to the collection that a strange, new thought crossed my mind….

… do I have too many bags?

I started to leaf through my bags, and a flood of memory started to come back. Like I said, I don’t “shop” for bag, but when I see a nice bag, usually I will buy them. This could happen anytime, anywhere, online or off, so each bag come with a story.

So let me try to inject a little sense of style to this blog by introducing to you my five favorite bags as of this morning. (If you ask me again this afternoon, I would probably change my mind. And just because I am a man doesn’t mean I can’t flounder like a woman.)

MOCA Taipei Sling Bag

MOCA Taipei sling bag, bought earlier this year from (of course) MOCA Taipei. I was so happy with my visit to the museum that I had to buy something back for myself. This bag is practical and aptly sized for a quick visit to the nearby with my iPad and books for a leisure weekend brunch over beer.

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The One With Mother’s Day’s Shopping

Wow, it has been quite a long time since I blogged. Another year has passed and it’s soon to be Mother’s Day again! Come this Sunday, sons and daughters around the world will be celebrating this special day with their mommies dearest. I don’t know about you, but I always kinda dread the day coming…

… no, not because I don’t love my Mom. Do you mind! But because since my Mom is in the States, I am always at a dead end on what to buy for her!

Apparently, I am not alone. Our good friends over at Groupon did some research and found that many of us clueless children are stressed over what to buy for their mom, trying to find something that might please those “difficult” (I am using the term loosely here) mommies and figuring out what they really, really want.

But this year became a little different for me… and I am not let you know why. All in a good time, my friend. But if you are still at wit’s ends trying to figure out what to get for Mommy dearest, you still have time.

Groupon’s Mother’s Day deals boast a whole range of stuff you could consider for the most important woman in your life! (For those whom are married, com’on, just for one weekend!) You could treat her to a very nice meal:

A heavenly, out-of-this-world massage:

Or that piece of electronics she had really wanted to use at home:

So, what would it be?

The One With The Joy Of Doing Something Well…

The past couple of weeks since I returned from Taipei has been a whirlwind of an experience.

Coming down from the high of an enjoyable is never easy, especially so when you return to a life that is ever more hectic than before. In and out of the office, as the sun rises and sets, I have been rushing, rushing, rushing. Maniacally checking off my to-do lists, creating new lists even as older ones are left incomplete, pondering if I should have a checklist of checklists.

Madness, I know. BUT! There’s an order in all these chaos.

Even as I rushed from meeting to meeting, flustering around like a headless chicken (or a lost turtle, if I forgot what meeting I am in for next), there is a deep resonance within me that I am doing the right thing.

That I am at the right place, at the right time, and being with the right people. There is an inner compass in me that points to my true north.

Call me selfish. Call me arrogant. But true happiness often come only when you are doing things you believed in, that brings you joy and benefits in one way or another. There’s no selfless deed. Every good thing you do, there’s something in it for you.

And that’s where I am at now. Tomorrow will be another day of unplanned craziness and urgent detours, but whenever I feel I strayed from my true north, I will find my way back.

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While this post may seem like a pointless ramble to you, it meant the world to me.

The One With New Year Day – A Roundup of Roundups

Hi there! Did you have a good new year’s eve celebration? My evening turned out to be very lovely. Unlike previous years, I shunned the rowdy revelers in Taipei and impossible crowd in town. We opted for a small gathering of friends for some good food, plenty of booze and great time.

NYE Gathering

Much have been said about the night that was. We had some home cooked food, all the way perusing some excellent champagnes and some very comforting mulled wine. When the clock strikes midnight, we were at the rooftop in an attempt to witness the fireworks from afar and wasn’t really bothered that we failed spectacularly to do so.

In the confusion that was last night (ehem!), somehow I found myself booked on a trip to Surabaya, the second largest city in Indonesia and the gateway to Mount Bromo. I have been dithering for days about what to for my Chinese New Year’s holiday. It is now all sorted though I am a bit nervous about how rugged and close-to-nature the whole trip will be. I am a city boy at heart, I really am. Chris has no idea what he got himself into asking me to go along on his trip.

It would be my first holiday trip to Indonesia. Working day trips to Batam don’t count.

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The One With Christmas – Joy From Greenland & Thoughts On Friendships

So the postcard finally came. The self-paid mail Christmas order all the way from Greenland.

Merry Christmas from Greenland

It’s nice having mail on Christmas Eve. This card is part of the service of Santa Claus Post Office at Nuuk, Greenland. You pay some EUR7 for a post card, write in your address and leave it behind. The elves of Santa will then post it to you nearer to Christmas so that you get some festive cheer in the post.

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The One With Tony & Yali Wedding

For a person who bats for the other team, I have been to a fair few weddings in my life. When I was younger, the weddings I have been to are usually ghastly, cookie-cutter affair. Granted, I have only attended the banquets at these weddings, but even these were more predictable than my mom’s weekly grocery list. I started the first course with utmost sincerity and warm wishes for the newlyweds; by the fifth I was yearning for desserts to be served so that I can go home and forget the dull, dull moments of drunken toasting, horrible singing and bland food I had to endure.

Tony & Yali

However as I grow older, the weddings I attended to took on a more comfortable, if peculiar, personality. Instead of staring in confusion at the invitation card with names I don’t recognise (these were usually from the genre of familial weddings), I found myself inexplicably looking forward to these little packages of matrimonial joy. What used to be viewed as a “wedding bomb” – no one likes spending money on weddings of people they don’t know – is now a token of recognition.

Recognition, because these invites now come from close friends. Friends whom have been there when I was a young, naive thing. Friends whom have seen the best and worst of me (often worst). Friends whom loved me for who I am, not what I was or what I could become.

Friends who wanted me to be a part of their celebration.

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The One With Three Thoughts As I Turn 33

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It has been a month since I wrote anything on this blog. Life has its way of creeping up on you, demanding your attention and energy, distracting you from noticing how fast time flies.

I sounded like a broken record. Seconds tick forwrd as earth turned. So why did this month feel any different? For the past three weeks, I was embroiled by commitment, promises and desires. It was just one thing after another; before I know it, the day is here.

I am turning 33.

Research says turning 33 is probably the best thing could happen to someone. That we are at our happiest at this particular age; when we are just matured enough to know what is best (or bad) for us, and to know where our inner compass lies, pointing us to our true north.

Does it?

Just between you and I, I’ll be honest – I don’t know. Who can tell what will happen when the clock ticks past twelve? Would I suddenly blossom into a man full of wisdom, ready to take on the world, making its treasure mine?

The future is yet to be written, but instead of looking forward, I dwell back to the past three weekends, when I was so busy and occupied with life, my reality felt like a dream on crack.

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The One With Jack Wills Hong Kong – Fabulously British & So Can You!

If you have yet to hear about Jack Wills Hong Kong, you are either living in caves cut away from human communications, or just not being on Facebook and Twitter enough.

Have you been tweeting and Facebooking more, I am sure you would have heard of the British brand, which has just opened its Asian flagship store not in one but TWO locations in Hong Kong; one in Causeway Bay and the other in Tsim Sha Tsui.

My first encounter with the brand was, surprisingly, not online. I work in Causeway Bay and on my way to feed my caffeine addiction every day, I will walk pass Jack Wills in the morning. In the beginning I was slightly intrigued by the tagline “Fabulously British” because to me that is ultra chick (think Nottinghill in London) but what could have been more out of place than the densely packed Leighton Road with its endless human traffic and buildings both new and old struggling for space?

Jack Wills Hong Kong

I was in for a surprise. Instead of being a royal sore thumb, the iconic pink and navy striped building stood out like a majestic shopping oasis calmly amidst the craziness that was Causeway Bay. By then, I already knew about Jack Wills on Facebook and @jackwillshk. However it was this that sealed the deal for my affinity towards the brand.

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The One With Top Marques Macau – Fast & Furious

Let’s face it, it’s not every day that a foodie gets to ride in a Lamborghini race car, still warm from its recent run at a real grand prix. But that’s exactly what happened to me last weekend, as I spent a day last weekend at the Top Marques Macau, the only live supercar show in the world! This world famous exhibition was held at the Venetian Macau.

Top Marques Macau 2011

The four of us bloggers attended not as any Tom, Dick, and Harry yo… as real VIPs, thanks to Elle (girl, you rock!!!).

Top Marques Macau 2011

So what does a VIP get to do? First of all, of course, you get a buffet food and (more importantly) bottomless champagne. This is key as a hungry foodie is not a happy foodie, especially after an hour of bumpy ride to Macau.

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The One With Smirnoff BE THERE! Party

Who would have thought? Even thought Western Market was right downstairs from my home, and The Grand Stage which was located at the third floor never did appeal to me.

The night of Smirnoff BE THERE! party was the first time I set foot at the place. And boy was I in for a surprise!

Smirnoff BE THERE! Party at Grand Stage, Western Market

Who would have thought the sleepy Western Market was this happening? The crowd was decked to kill for the night too, so much so that I had to head home for a change of outfit!

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