QotD: My Dream Address

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?  Why? 
Submitted by abcdefg81.

Right now eiron and I are living in the city that I want to live in, namely New York City. Having born and grew up in a cosmopolitan city like Hong Kong, I've always preferred living in a big city. ('Preferred is an understatement, I think)

And in the course of answering this question, I just realize I have lived in 3 out of the 4 major financial centres of the world: London, New York, and Hong Kong. Tokyo being the only city I haven't visited, let alone lived, I would definitely jump at any chance of spending a few years there. This is, of course, assuming that somehow I can afford to live there!

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Who says accountants are boring?

Via Guardian UK:

Funny, but yet so sad at the same time…

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QotD: My First Flight

Do you remember your first flight? Where did you go? Why?
Submitted by Laurel.

The first time I flow was when we took a rare vacation as a child. It must have been around 1987 or 1988. My parents and I went to Peking (Beijing) for a week vacation and since there is no cheap direct flight between Hong Kong and Peking we had to travel to Canton (Guangdong) by boat (I think) for an internal flight. At that time Air China was called CAAC (Civil Aviation Administration of China) but their schedules keeping was so bad that we joked CAAC actually stood for China Airline Always Cancelled. In fact, on our return trip from Peking our flight was mysteriously cancelled without notification and we got stuck in the airport (comprise of a largish brick house with no door and a long strip of concrete runway, I'm sure there must be a control tower somewhere out there) for 4 hours waiting for the next flight that may or may not arrive. The weather was brutal, think bitter winter wind in Northern China, and without any heating in an open brick house it wasn't much fun for that 4 long hours.

I was excited about flying and I kept asking my dad to take photos of the aircraft wing even though it was pretty boring. I was also very excited about airline food but it turned out that the mainland Chinese had a very different idea about airline food than the rest of the industry. We got served a pork chop in a paper box but when we opened the box, we found that the they had not heated up the food. So for lunch we had a frozen pork chop that could probably kill someone if you threw it hard enough. Needless to say, none of us ate that. Fortunately, one of the people on the vacation tour group had packed a bunch of instant noddles so we asked for hot water from the air hostess and shared the noddles among us.

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QotD: My Earliest Memory

What is your earliest memory? 
Submitted by Megan.

I think my earliest memory was when we were living in Hong Kong. I must have been very young because I was getting milk in bottle in the evening. We were poor then, my dad was a junior traffic policeman while my mom worked as an office admin in a small advertisement company. We were sub-letting a one bedroom apartment from an old lady who owned a restaurant nearby. I remembered that I kept asking for cold milk instead of warm so one evening my dad went and got an ice cube from the fridge. But it won't go down into the bottle because the ice cube, being non-circular, was just slightly larger than the milk bottle opening. Not having any patient, I think I made my parents put the whole bottle into the fridge to cool it down.

Did I enjoy it? I don't remember. I don't think I asked for cold milk again though.

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QotD: My First Gig

What was your very first job? 
Submitted by Laurel.

My first ever paid job was in the summer of 1990. I was 15 then and really I was underage as far as labor law was concerned in Hong Kong at that point. But a blind eye and a special handshake later my best friend Kenny and I were working at a video production company stuffing envelopes for a mass mailing. We were so organized and efficient that we finished way ahead of schedule and so they put us onto warehouse duties, stacking karaoke video tapes from boxes onto shelves. The tour de force was when they put us on a 'secret' assignment where Kenny and I were to survey all the 7-11 stores* in Hong Kong for the availability and placement of the said karaoke video tapes. We were paid extra money for all the walking and extra working hours and for a 15 years old teenagers, they are great! My mom was opposed to it for reasons she kept to herself (as most parents do) but I won't take no for answer so Kenny and I spent 4 days walking around the city, visiting as many 7-11 stores as we could. I got to see parts of Hong Kong that I've never seen before and would never have if not for that assignment. We even created a questionnaire printout using WordStar 6! Now, that is ancient technology.

But that was not the most memorable part of that job. The young and beautiful female receptionist working there definitely capture more of our attention of any assignments. Of course, she did not give us the time of the day despite Kenny persistent attempts!

* To give a scale of the assignment, think the density of all the Starbucks, CVS, and Duane Reade stores combined in Manhattan and you'll get the general idea.

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