Tag Archives: Blogging

The One With First Impressions Of Hong Kong

It has been more than two weeks since the Novotel Bloggers Hong Kong 2010 event… and it certainly felt much longer than that. Had it only been two weeks? It felt like it had been months since that night when I met up with so many different bloggers all in one night.

Being a somewhat newcomer to Hong Kong (I moved here for slightly more than a year), I was curious to know the kind of impression these bloggers had on my new home. It is easy, even for someone like me, to feel a teensiest bored with Hong Kong, if you fell victim to mindless routine and endless rat race in the day-to-day life in this city.

So I snooped around a little to discover just what Hong Kong meant to these folks.

After a few years’ break since she last visited the city, Minh Giang was fascinated how the Hong Kong she remembered transformed right in front of her eyes:

It’s been almost six years since my last visit to Hong Kong and almost inevitably I’m told this every time someone asks if I’ve been to Hong Kong before. I’m a little stunned as I take in the skyline on the ride into the city, it’s one thing to remember the densely packed skyscrapers but another thing altogether to see towers lit up at night.

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The One With The Revival Of My Blogging Mojo

Sunflowers in the Sky

You may not have noticed that I haven’t been blogging for close to a month. Or if you have noticed, probably you did because you tried to visit my blog, only to be warned by your respective bouncers of a browser that my crown, You Got Me Blogging, has been unduly colonised by an army of malwares.

That despicable act was so unjust, so unfair, that I do not even know where to begin. With the unbloggable dethronement, I descended to the dungeon of misery, navigating helplessly through the Google Webmaster daunting maze while trying to weed out the offending malware. Endless days and nights were spent battling to replace my crown where it rightly should be at.

As it became clear that I couldn’t fight this war alone, I left the dungeon and ascended to my tower of a lighthouse, signaling for help. And help came, in the form of the King of Petphotogs and Princess of WordPress. Together, over endless emails, DMs and MSN, we weeded out the terrorists, moved my crown to a better throne and reinstated my place in the blogging world.

That, my friend, is what you are looking at. You Got Me Blogging is now officially sitting at http://www.razlan.net, not on the .name domain anymore. Kindly update your bookmarks and linkrolls, my beloved readers.

And yes, within minutes of my re-coronation, the silent observer Google cleared my name, and all is good again in the world of search engines.

I have much to rejoice and to blog about. The Bangkok trip that spanned over six eventful days, the downfall of my blog (which rightfully deserves a series of posts on its own, but why wallow in that miserable past?), the endless blogging ideas lined up…

All in good time, my friend. Before you know it, the delicious awesomeness that are my blog posts will once again present itself on your email/RSS/Twitter for your (hopefully delightful) inspection.

Once again, a shout out to Nicholas Lee and Veron Ang, without whom this blog may have not seen the light of the day again.

The One With Your Daily Reads & Changing Habits

My bookshelf

You know how the say – “You are what you eat” – which of course refers to your physical appearance? I found another saying which goes:

You are what you read.

Which is true. Especially so when you make it into a daily habit. What you read most of the time, if not every day, will most definitely change your habits.

Take me for example.

I read The Simple Dollar every day; mostly not out of choice but the blogger writes two posts daily on how to live your life the frugal way to achieve financial stability. I am subscribed to his email updates hence his advices, thoughts and musings are part of my daily reads. Whether this is too much or not, I find myself to be more frugal nowadays, thinking twice before splurging on stuff I would have bought impulsively in the past.

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The One With Guidelines For The Novice Food Blogger

Dinner at Sushi One, Causeway Bay

If you are a social media junkie like yours truly and live in this part of the world, chances are you would have heard of the food blogging ethic fiasco that involves renowned Singapore food blogger Lady Iron Chef and Hungry Epicurean, and one chi chi dining establishment at Joo Chiat Road, Private Affairs. If you don’t, I have compiled a list of resources as foot note to this blog post that will give you all the information you need.

That’s me, the ever helpful and resourceful novice food blogger.

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Christmas is in the air

Christmas in Hong Kong

This is the season of jolly giving, fa la la la la la…

Being in Hong Kong as the city prepares itself for the Christmas season is like watching an old damn putting up her glitziest jewelery for that one final ball. Nothing but the best for her guests.

I am glad that I will be in Hong Kong for the festive period, although probably I will be seeing snow in Europe right before that.

And if you are wondering what I would like, I would really love one of these. Or better still, engage them for me.

I don’t mind being in the queue.

Blogging Connection

My Google Reader

It has been more than a month since I last read my Google Reader. That felt like an abandoned inbox with tonnes of unread emails.

The folder I opened first? Blog updates from my friends.

Suddenly I felt as if I am still part of their world. Emotions, experiences and hopes from wherever they are at overwhelmed me as I read through the feeds, one after another.

It dawned on me that at this time and age, Internet is the one way for me to stay connected with the people I know in life. Yeah, Facebook is the de facto platform, but blogging shows much more depth on how your friends are doing and feeling.

So if you have not been updating your blog, please do. For I miss you and I want to know how you are doing.

A Blogging Dilemma

A Blogging Dilemma

If written word is the window to one’s soul, I shudder to think what kind of view you get through mine.

I used to think that blogging is an expression of your emotional being. States of elation, despair and frustrations flow with your words, reaching out to your readers in hope that they will feel and share your feelings.

But as I trawled back the history of this blog, I realised my writings are horrendous at best, stupefying at worst… save for a couple of the more melodramatic posts.

I could justify my failure by saying I am being myself in my own space, but whom am I kidding? I yearn to be understood, and I should write to be understood.

Back to the drawing writing board now.

(Photo by andyp_uk)