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hee hee. alicia says i’m bad. but we both laugh! our upstairs neighbor is very paranoid. one time right after we got here i tried to go upstairs to check out the roof (or if we had one). we are on the 4th of 5 floors, with the 6th being the roof. i walked up the stairs and was surprised to hear doorbells ringing. they kept going off so i looked up and noticed two motion sensors – whaaaaat?!? i ran up the rest of the stairs and tried the door but it was locked. then the neighbor came busting out like “hey what are you doing??” i said i just wanted to look at the roof, he told me it was private and said he’d show me around sometime.

anyway, they were really nice at first but then they started being kind of mean to the indian delivery guys and the filipinas. yelling at them and being racist. not to mention the fact that every time they come out of their door we hear doorbells ringing. so every now and then we cause a little mischief. we noticed that one of our light switches appears to be connected to their motion sensor bell! i’m sure this is because he’s jacked his sensor into our electric wire and is stealing our electricity. so when they make a lot of noise upstairs, it’s time to have some fun.

here’s the deal – there are two sensors. the lower one is a lower pitched doorbell, and the higher one is a high pitched doorbell. our light switch somehow triggers the high one. so if i flick the switch, it sounds like someone has walked upstairs, but hasn’t gone downstairs! (ghosts??) in other words, it couldn’t be us sneaking around. so i flick it 2 – 3 times and inevitably he will run to the door to see who is invading his space! yesterday they were pounding on something while we were trying to sleep so i hit the switch and presto! after a few “who’s there? WHO’S THERE!” calls, no more hammering!

mwuhahahahaha. i’m such a child.

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okay, this is for all of the engineer types out there. my friend azar just put me on to a new time waster which has oh so many possibilities for fun. check it out here.

once you’ve tried it a bit, take a look at some of the crazy tricks people have created for this little sledder…

of course it’s on video…

i’m not sure what these ads are all about, but they always make us smile!




update: i think the first and third ones are about holding on to the escalator handrail.

two weeks ago we hung out with kai and rhonda. then last week rhonda had a baby!

zuzu was born last week – perhaps as a direct result of this special foot massage. we had fun at this place getting a 40 minute rub down of feet and toes and ankles. very relaxing, particularly after a long week of walking around. and nice to sit around and chat in a relaxing environment.

alicia got quite excited after our brunch when she saw the man of her dreams – geoffrey was walking around promoting the new toys ‘r us express in central.

still like these flowers – this is at one of our favorite pizza places, pizza express. we tried out a new location in taikoo shing while we were apartment hunting. still trying to figure out whether and where to move.

we made time for a movie last night, after a long and busy week. we chose a cinema close to our flat, about a 10 minute walk away in windsor house. like nyc, the cinemas here in hong kong tend to be vertical, with one cinema on each floor. here’s alicia on the way up.

we wanted to see something with a little action, so we chose “the prestige”. i know, i know, we get movies late and everyone probably saw this last year or something. but we thought it was pretty fun.

i should say something about going to the movies here – it’s quite convenient. we buy our tickets online, choose the show and the seats, and show up 2 minutes before the movie starts. you swipe your credit card, and presto! your tickets print out. we paid a little more for these tickets, at about 11 bucks a pop. normally they are about 8-9 for a normal (non-matinee) show. i’ve uploaded a video to show the extra value we get – this is for those without their own home cinema with a giant screen, dolby and snack service. :p

well it’s dark, but you get the idea.

those who’ve known me for any length of time will know that i have a fascination with cars. i really like driving, looking at cars, reading about cars, talking about cars, etc. which is ironic since we chose to come to a place where having a car is not very practical (or necessary). don’t worry – i have a driver’s license here just in case the urge hits. 🙂

one popular feature on cars here is the ability to fold back the side mirrors after parking. this is because hong kong island is limited on space, and parking spaces and even streets and driving lanes are extremely narrow. it almost makes one claustrophobic!

so whenever i see cars looking like this, i smile. it reminds me of a person with folded back ears. if you think i’m crazy, check out this article in the wall street journal which talks about “car faces”.

here’s an excerpt:

There’s nothing accidental about seeing faces in car grilles. In fact, carmakers say they’re tapping into a hard-wired human trait. Babies can discern the features of a face practically from birth, developmental psychologists say, and recognize faces even in inanimate objects arranged in the pattern of eyes and mouth. In today’s hypercompetitive car market, designers are focusing on faces as part of a broader effort to design cars that appeal to buyers — tapping psychologists, anthropologists and other experts in human behavior, and even monitoring the brain waves of focus-group participants.

we took a day trip up to shenzhen on saturday with mom, dad and andrew. it was a more convenient way than previously – we drove up to fan ling and parked at the train station, then took the kcr train up the last two stops to the lo wu crossing.

unfortunately, we all made it through except for andrew, who got stuck! we hadn’t noticed that his visa had expired, so dad went back through and waited with him while alicia, mom and i went on into the lo wu commercial centre.

i should probably explain that when we go to shenzhen, we usually don’t quite make it out of the shopping center next to the train station. it’s a big mall-like place with tons of shops carrying clothes, handbags, shoes, watches, jewelry, electronics, golf clubs, toys, and lots of aggressive guys and girls trying to impress you with “dvd movie? copywatch? handbag? gucci prada ipod mp3 sunglass memory card usb?” haha after awhile it just becomes a buzz in your ear.

on the way out i captured this epitome of car decor, the feather boa on the dash. all of you who still have cars should think about ordering some accessories from me, i can deck you out for cheap with all sorts of stuff.

finally, in the lift on the way down to the carpark we saw this little sign and tried to figure out what it was trying to tell us. any guesses?

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