Category Archives: Web Notes

Shiny bits and pieces of the Internet which caught my attention

The One With Gafencu Men!

Belated news, but this blog was featured on Gafencu Men, June edition, thanks to Vickie. To have your blog (which was last updated mote than a month ago) listed among other blogging heavyweights like Jason Ng, JJ Acuna and Janice Leung is truly an honour, if not a bit intimidating.

Gafencu Men 高峰傲 Hong Kong Jun 2013 issue 2013-07-13 08-17-16

I would not reproduce the piece here (hey, I work in the media, I know how copyrights work), but do hop over to their online ecopy and read all about us on page 132, or on the less pleasant version of their website (the usability is no Gafencu, to be honest) – I am on tab 4.

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The One With Daycraft & Booroos – Online Shopping & Reviews

It was a no brainer, really.

I shopped online at Daycraft before. Necesity did a great job of recommending good local merchants, and finding an iPhone case which I liked, I did my part to support local businesses.

This time round, I was asked by my good friend, Min to do some online shopping and do a review for Booroos, the online shopping reviews website she founded from Singapore. I thought, of course, Daycraft would be perfect for this.

First, a word about Booroos.

Booroos

Booroos was created to answer familiar questions from online shoppers when it comes to service quality, website experience, products and services purchased and the like. The open collaborative website which allows everyone to share and review their online shopping experience allow avid shoppers to be be online “Buying Guru”. Booroos’ reviews are written by every day shoppers – like yours truly – who offer objective third-party reviews and therefore able to offer would-be online shoppers a trustworthy source of information.

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The One With My Gangnam Style – Me? Psy?

Never in my life I had some many likes on one single photo.

Okay, the outfit was planned specially for the wedding. Black suit, white shirt, with yellow bowtie and and yellow socks. The shades was added on. The end result was rather cool.

My Gangnam Style

But that wasn’t the photo I shared on Facebook. When I saw this large rattan seat at the hotel, it was just too inviting for me to do a cheesy pose on it. Risking roasting my own ass, I did a few shots, and realised… I was the embodiment of my own Gangnam style.

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Social Media Week Hong Kong 2012

Social Media Week Hong Kong 2012

Update: To all visitors from Social Media Week Hong Kong, welcome. It has been truly a worthwhile experiencing sharing my blogging journey with you. If you like to get in touch, check out my profile for various ways to contact me. You may also be interested in the presentation I did today, which can be found on Slide Share. A short clip on the closing Q&A session can also be found on U Stream.

Stay connected!

I won’t confess that I am fanatical about social media.

But I can’t deny that a lot of what I have achieved in my personal life and doing in my career have a lot to do with blogging. My venture into the digital world started with a single blog post about, uh, a train door. And then I got crazy about Singapore Idol. I blogged so much about it that eventually I founded the first idol’s official fan club, which became endorsed by the recording company. Then I realised I have a good grasp on building websites.

And then come along Facebook. And then, Twitter.

The rest, like they said, is history.

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The One With Hong Kong Group Buying Sites

You should know that I am a Groupon junkie. I read their daily deals with a passion bordering on fanatical. On average I buy two groupons every week.

If they have a VIP club, I will be the first to sign up.

Ironically I only subscribed to Groupon’s mailing list, and one other. I was blissfully unaware of the existence of other group buying sites in Hong Kong. Probably a blessing in disguise, seeing my penchant for a good deal. My credit card bills may soon arrive in multiple envelopes.

A little dig resulted in a list of such sites that is mind boggling. Not quite yet Singapore, but close. Here’s a list, categorised into bilingual, English, Chinese, and yet-to-be-launched. A pity (for me) that the English list is so short.

I think I found a market gap here.

This list is a work in progress and will be updated from time to time, so do bookmark and check back often. If you know of any site I have missed out, leave a comment!

English Only
- Jigo City (English)
- Group Yeah
- Twangoo

Bilingual
- Bee Crazy
- Groupon
- Group Buyer
- ValuUp.com

Chinese Only
- Asia Group Buy
- Baby Bamboo
- Bee Beez
- Buy Buy
- Buy La Buy
- Chill Buy
- Couponana
- Couppie (via Adaline)
- Fun Share
- Gi Gon Zone
- GoBuya
- Group Buyer
- Jigo City
- Joy Coupon
- My Cutepons
- Open Rice Group Buy
- Sale.HK

Upcoming (to be launched)
- Asia Tatler Select
- The Wine Deal

P.S.: This post is inspired by a similar post on group buying sites in Singapore by Daphne (thanks, girl!)

The One With Apple Store At IFC Mall

Any Apple fan boy worth his (i)Salt would have heard of the grand opening of Apple Store at IFC Mall, Hong Kong over the weekend.

Apple Store @ IFC Mall, Hong Kong

Touted as the most expensive Apple store in the world (not by size, but its sheer rental price, I could imagine), the Apple store was a sight to behold.

Apple Store @ IFC Mall, Hong Kong

Without the crowd, it would just be yet another store, striking as it was with its immense natural light and tastefully designed retail space occupying two floors of prime real estate in Hong Kong. But it was the party-like atmosphere with some 200+ Apple employees decked out in blue t-shirts (I heard some are even for sale on eBay) chattering and entertaining legions of diehard “Mac heads” and curious onlookers that made it the almost perfect shopping experience.

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The One With Being Active On Facebook

Towards the end of last year I did a blog post on ten things I would like to do before 2010 come to an end. It was perfectly by accident I came across that post recently, and it got me reflecting on my differing states of mind now and then. This is a series of blog posts examining my year-end resolutions.

In December 2010, one of my resolutions was:

Be more active on Facebook

I love Facebook more than Twitter. I can understand why that is a surprise to you, considering I am tweet more than I check my feeds. In general I prefer truths than lies, and like what they say; Twitter is where you tell the truth to strangers, and Facebook is where you tell lies to friends. I also believe that if I have nothing nice to say, I will not say it. But I also acknowledge that Facebook connects me more to friends, drives more traffic to this blog, and lets my mom know what I am up to when I am not picking up the phone. So while I don’t think I will tweet any less than I already, I am ready to read more on your Facebook updates, and that’s a promise. Just don’t Farmville me, please.

One year on, how much of that has changed? Not very much, I suppose.

My principle still stand that Facebook is the greatest people connector online ever invented. However, with quantity comes its nemesis – quality. People post the most mundane thing on Facebook.

I could appreciate that you went to Italy for a family holiday, but do you have to upload some 200+ photos in one album? I don’t have that much attention to view all of them.

I could also appreciate that you are angry with your boss; at the very least I will symphatise with a comment or two. But not when your last twenty updates are your rants about the pointy-haired one.

I could also appreciate you love Facebook games very much. But not when your entire profile page is filled with requests to add this or that to your restaurants, or pleas to help you find some obscure treasure on a deserted (fictional) island.

No, so I choose quality over quantity. I still update my Facebook on a daily basis; some photos (never hundreds of them), some status updates, some links to my blogs or other funny stuff I found. I read your updates every day too, but looking at “Top News” rather than “Most Recent”.

I do think I can connect to you better offline. So I will drop you a note to arrange for a meet up. No, not on Facebook Chat.

The biggest thing I have done on Facebook is to create (go on, laugh) a Facebook Fan Page for this blog. If you are a friend, or if you like reading this blog, go on and stroke my ego at You Got Me Blogging‘s Facebook page.

It means you need to click the “Like” button, yes.

The One With Favorited Tweets

Towards the end of last year I did a blog post on ten things I would like to do before 2010 come to an end. It was perfectly by accident I came across that post recently, and it got me reflecting on my differing states of mind now and then. This is a series of blog posts examining my year-end resolutions.

In December 2010, one of my resolutions was:

Reviewing my favorited tweets

I’ll admit that my favorite time to read tweets is when I am on the throne. While the iPhone is very useful in situation such as this – and probably the only time I can multitask well – it is not optimised to read shared links on my feed. So I’ll put them under my favourite tweets list, hoping to read them when I get back to my desk. Alas, the said multitasking capability ceases the moment my ass moves away from the bowl, and so the list accumulates. So before the year ends, I will read those tweets, liking, commenting and sharing as I go. With clean hands.

I reread that resolution with quite a bit of a shudder. I realised I am still reading tweets on the throne. Now why is that habit so hard to kick? Thank goodness for the improved function of Echofon, I now usually load interesting links directly on my iPhone, or else mail the tweets to myself for later reading. The act of mailing requires more steps than just marking a tweet as favorite; as a result I am more choosy on what I read.

But that didn’t seem to make much of a difference from my favorited tweets. A few months on they are still on my to-read list! A selection of then:

The tweet by @mrbrown on that foot-in-mouth situation by @stcom. Truly a worthy screenshot to be kept for eternity.

The tweet by @simondumenco on how Huffington Post is sued by “modern day slave blogger” for some $105 million. Well, it isn’t slavery if it’s voluntary, is it?

The aye tweets from @alexlobov, @noodlesue and @weelingsoh for a Malaysian food gathering at Sabah Wanchai. Two weeks become two months become four… and yet I procrastinated. I shall be ashamed!

Well, what do I do now? I will unfavorite those read tweets, and act on those promises I made eons ago. It’s time to make good of my Twitter persona.

The One With My 10,000th Tweet

And so it happened, my 10,000th tweet.

Twitter

I have tried to find out what my very first tweet but to no avail. Ah well. Perhaps some tweets are meant to be buried in the past.

Twitter, in many ways, have changed the way I read and consume news (useful or otherwise) and to engage with friends. It was through Twitter I was reminded of the Hungry Ghost Festival, and that senseless riots are sweeping across UK.

In many ways, I can’t imagine my digital life without Twitter. So cheers to me, for yet another milestone on my social media journey!

The One With John Burroughs Show Choir In Hong Kong

I first discovered the John Burroughs Show Choir, Powerhouse through YouTube, where they spectacularly performed Vogue onstage. Have a look at the video and you’ll know why I love this group.

And so, imagine my disappointment when I discovered they came to Hong Kong to do some shows while I was away on my Europe trip! While the audience in Hong Kong was captivated their performances, I was high up in the sky crossing continents returning from London.

But not all is lost. Thanks to YouTube I can now catch their performance online.

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