Thank you all.

Filed in Miscellaneous

My wife and I have been overwhelmed by the support expressed by the people of Hong Kong and of Chinese people around the world. I have received comments and emails from Hong Kong, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and other countries. The world wide web has really affected the way the world works and communicates. It's phenomenal.

Thank you to everyone who has left comments, written email messages or simply visited this blog. I truly appreciate the support. I'm still digesting everything and the final affect won't be fully understood for a long time to come.

Many people have commented that they are in similar situations to myself. They live overseas in a strange and foreign community. Some are students. Some are working, but they're all working and in some cases struggling to adapt and integrate.

I remember a non-Chinese lady I met outside the local ParknShop store one day last year. She had a baby in a pouch on her back, two doberman dogs on leash and three heavy shopping bags. She asked me to help her place the shopping bags on her arms because her hands were busy holding the dog leashes. She didn't drive. She chose to walk. I commented on her predicament and she answered, very wisely; "there are no shortcuts in life".

This statement stayed with me. It applies to all of us. Many people are having difficult times. I have friends who like myself have struggled for many years, especially so since the 1997/8 economic meltdown in Hong Kong. We don't give up though. We carry on, ever hoping that tomorrow will bring good news.

I'm pleased and surprised that my life is giving moral support to other people who are themselves struggling. This was totally unexpected and unintended. All I can say to these people is exactly what many people have said to me in recent emails; never give up.

The people of Hong Kong have faced many difficult times. Time and time again, they have proven how tough and resilient they are. This is one of the reasons I admire, respect and have a fondness for Hong Kong people, no matter where in the world they may be located. Hong Kong people are special.

I have a personal adage:
"Today's pain, Tomorrow's gain", or
「今天的痛苦,明天的獲得。」

(P.S.: 這個網誌所有的中文是我自己想,自己寫。真的!)

Take care; all of you.

Mac OS X “Tiger”

Filed in Technology

Many people know that I'm an avid user of Apple computers. I've been using Apple computers since around 1989 when I purchased my first Apple computer, the IIci. Actually, it wasn't my first Apple computer. The first Apple computer I ever owned was a IIe purchased, used and sold back in 1983 before the first Macintosh was ever released.

desklamp iMacThese days, I'm using a 'desklamp' iMac with a 17" screen, running Mac OS X 10.3 "Panther". It's very solid. Applications almost never crash and when they do, they have no affect on other applications running at the same time. At this very moment, I have only seven applications running, but there are usually in excess of 15 applications running at any time including email, web browser, text editors and photograph processing applications.

For two years, I worked with the SilverFast scanning application from Lasersoft Imaging so I know my way around scanners pretty well. I recently switched to digital photography when I purchased the Canon 350D. One of the reasons for this was that it simply takes too long to scan film. Scanning one roll of 35mm film can take hours, even with the latest Nikon Coolscan 5000ED film scanner (I own the Coolscan 4000ED). Of course, I'm extremely finicky about my photos so I take time to make sure that every scanned photo looks as good as possible.

Last month, just one day prior to my birthday, Apple released the next version of Mac OS X named "Tiger". I would usually update my computer almost as soon as the upgrades are released but I'm taking my time this time. Tiger is a big upgrade and I'm definitely going to upgrade. With the new version of iSync, I'll finally be able to synchronise my computer's calendar and address book with my Nokia 7610 phone (although I wonder how many of my customised phone entries will get synchronised). And the ability to search for and find anything anywhere will be a big efficiency boost with the use of Spotlight.

For now though, I'm going to wait. The first version of Tiger was rushed out the door, possibly to increase company earnings for the current quarter, and possibly to get broad public beta testing done before the upcoming developers conference. Whatever the reason, I don't think people should upgrade to Tiger just yet.

iBook_green I've read that update 10.4.1 is coming soon, possibly next week. I've also read that it only fixes three dozen or so known bugs. To me, that's not enough knowing the number of bugs reported on the Macintouch and Macfixit sites. I'll probably wait until 10.4.2 is released before I take the leap and upgrade my computers; including an aging but still totally usable green 'clam shell' iBook.

Since I'm talking about Apple computers, it might be prudent of me to mention that there is a Macintosh User Group here in Hong Kong. I was a member for many years and still attend their meetings from time to time. I have quite a few friends in the group, and quite vivid to me at this very moment is the memory of being at a HKMUG meeting when news of the 911 attack was broadcast on television. The meeting was stopped and all attention was cast to the television as we watched the second plane hit the towers. I'm very cynical when it comes to 911. I believe Bush shares much of the responsibility for the attack but that's a sensitive issue and one which I'll not discuss at this time.

In any case, hold off until 10.4.2 before upgrading to Tiger; if you can stand the wait.

An unofficial “Perfume” poster

Filed in Events, Perfume 香水 (2005), Work

I took quite a few photographs during rehearsals of "Perfume". While I was on stage, Gary would take control of the camera. One of his photographs was extremely impressive and I used it to create this poster. People attending the play might have seen the full A3 version just outside the theatre entrance. It looks great, especially at A3 size on photographic paper.

Perfume poster

Hill on fire

Filed in Photo of the Day

While processing a recent photograph with my favourite image software (Lasersoft SilverFast; I don't own or use Photoshop), I accidentally developed this photo. It's not what the original scene looked like but it left a big impression on me so I thought I'd share it with you. This version of the photo is too small to see but the small dot on top of the light pole is a bird.

Sun behind hill

「一周刊」訪問 (2005/05/12)

Filed in Press, 中文文章

上星期日,我給「一周刊」訪問了。記者和攝影師都十分認真,很明顯已經做好功課,知道想要甚麼後果。從記者得知,這個訪問應該有四五板。

這個訪問可能將在這星期的周刊刊登。密切留意。可能有一張照片能看到我們所有的狗狗。

「香水」演出的報告 #1

Filed in Events, Perfume 香水 (2005), Work, 中文文章

今天的演出已經是第二的了。每次出場已前,我一定緊張,尤其第一場前。我需要用我所有力量來集中精神做好戲。

這次話劇是個很好的經過。四個人合作得很開心,劇本很有意思,導演了不起,各工作人員也非常努力地很有心機地工作把我們的話劇做到最好。我覺得很難得。

今天,我太太看了我們的精心傑作。因為我是她的先生,她不會說甚麼虛話來安慰我,她的話絕對信得過,對我很有幫助。

我問她關於我表演的時候,她說我演得很好,但是有時候入戲還不太夠。我當然覺得一點失落,因為無論怎麼樣,我也希望做到最好。現在還有七場,希望每一場仍然有肯定的進步。

何超儀,劉雅麗和譚偉權當然做得很好。他們都經驗豐富,尤其有多年舞台劇經驗的劉雅麗和譚偉權。

但是最重要的依然是我們的話劇好不好看。太太說,好看

Interview on RTHK1 tomorrow night

Filed in Press

The cast of "Perfume" 「香水」 will be guests on the "Superman" 「你真超人」 radio show with 李力持 and 曾華倩 tomorrow night; May 5, 2005 from 12am till 2am. (ok, technically, that's May 6 but the show business works on 30-hour days).

If you're awake, be sure to tune in.

“Perfume” 「香水」 begins tomorrow!

Filed in Events, Perfume 香水 (2005), Work

"Perfume" 「香水」 begins tomorrow. The first show will be a charity show and has been sold out. The other shows are still up for grabs if you're fast enough.

We moved into the Hong Kong Cultural Centre on Monday and have already had two rehearsals with the full stage and settings. We have another two rehearsals today and one more tomorrow before the premier show so the first show should be a very good show.

Perfume will be playing from May 5 until May 11 with two shows each on Saturday and Sunday.

Don't miss out.