# Friday, 06 August 2010

If you do plan to buy an iPad Dock Connector to VGA Adapter for projecting stuffs to monitor or projectors, you better read this first to make sure that it can fulfill your needs.

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4108

I got one today, and it can work with Photos slideshow, and slide presentation using Keynote, in Keynote and when projecting to external display, the iPad screen would show some sort of control panel and not a dual display like what would happen with Windows.

I think it would also work with Video content, but those are not my main imterest, I just want to use iPad to help in work productivity.

Little disappointed with the way Apple limits the iPad capabilities, not only that you pay for overpriced accessories, the restrictions come in very offensive way, I think they should make the capabilities more explicit in the Apple Store page. 

Friday, 06 August 2010 00:16:16 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Thursday, 05 August 2010

I saw this in this year's Hong Kong Ani-Com, somehow I regret not buying it....

Thursday, 05 August 2010 00:25:15 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Saturday, 31 July 2010

I applied the Capdase IMAG screen protector today on my iPad, in general, putting the thing on is quite smooth, and the quality seems to be ok, it reduces reflections and does not affect the display quality, only caveat is the feeling at finger tip is a little "unnatural", as the surface is now little rough.

A lot of people does not like to apply screen protector, but I have seen how greasy an ipad screen would look like after a few folks checked it out enthusiastically, so I think a screen protector would allow you to wipe on it regularly and as much as you want too, or as rough as you want to.

Saturday, 31 July 2010 01:04:39 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Monday, 26 July 2010

I dropped by at Wan Chai today to purchase a portable hard drive, and found out that the original iPad case and Camera Connection Kit I purchased at New York are also available locally, but the price....

This is a price comparison:

iPad Case
- US Pricing USD 39
- Hong Kong Pricing HKD 550 = USD 70

iPad Camera Connection Kit
- US Pricing USD 29
- Hong Kong Pricing HKD 780 = USD 100

These are prices quoted by a shop, I believe the prices vary greatly among vendors, but since the official iPad pricing in Hong Kong is basically the same as US Pricing, why can shops set such aggressive pricing for the accessories? One possible explanation is the lack of supply through official channel, in fact, in my last visit to Apple Store during my US trip, the  Camera Connection Kit could not be found on shelf any more, so there is probably a shortage of supply even in US.

So I was lucky to have a presence of mind to get that while I was in US (while I was not able to purchase an iPad there at that time).

As of this moment, the apple online store in Hong Kong is not offering iPad yet, it is interesting to speculate if there are problems behind the production line, especially with the wierd news in recent months about the manufacturer of Apple products...

By the way, if you are checking on where you can buy iPad 行貨 in Hong Kong, the official list of sellers are here:

iPad 經銷商 resellers in Hong Kong
http://www.apple.com/hk/reseller/shop-ipad/list.php 

I would not suggest buying from unofficial channels, aside from paying much extra, there can be risk on support and warranty, you can call the official sellers for more information. Broadway is where I usually purchase electronics product from.

My earlier iPad related post with pictures (not a review exactly) : http://www.biginhongkong.com/2010/07/25/AppleIPadAvailableInHongKongNow.aspx

Monday, 26 July 2010 22:04:34 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Sunday, 25 July 2010

It is totally unexpected but I have not been able to find time to update this blog for months, well, it is not exactly about time, the workload is just too heavy that I have to frequently work over the weekend and late night, and updating blog is something luxurious for me to do.

But today I really have to write something, as I am finally able to grab an 蘋果 Apple iPad on Friday, I just came back from a trip to New York, and even the US has no supply of iPad at Apple Store, being able to get one (official stock with warranty - 行貨) locally is quite exciting indeed.


The New York Apple store, quite a landmark!

The competition to purchase was expected to be tough, as local news revealed that many failed to get one, I was lucky to be at the right place (there is an outlet close to my home) and right time (I did not get there too early nor too late), so I did not have a hard time queuing up, and in fact, the line at the outlet I went to, which is in the busy district of Causeway Bay, was not really that long, perhaps a lot of people were expecting stocks to be available abundantly soon, but since I failed to grab one in several Apple Stores in US Eastern coast, I am afraid that stock availability would still be tight in the upcoming time in Hong Kong, considering a lot of visitors from China would also come to buy iPad in Hong Kong.

One trick when queuing up is to show intent to buy accessories, although the accessories available at these outlet are not interesting at all (only third party hard plastic case and screen protector), buying a Capdase IMAG screen protector (like what I did) would give you a priority to get in, thus saving time and have the assurance of getting an unit (limited to 1 unit per person, which makes sense). I have not applied the screen guard yet, as I plan to use the iPad for a few days to be sure that this unit is ok before putting the screen guard on. And I am also wondering if I need to use one at all.

 

So what is inside the box? You get a Hong Kong/UK style plug, a cable and a small pack containing some simple documents a pin for pulling out the sim card bay, please note that the black iPad plastic case was purchased in US and not included.

So is the iPad good? I think so, the form factor is optimized for what it is supposed to do, fast and efficient viewing of photos and multimedia content, using two fingers to quickly zoom in and out on contents effectively would give people with poor eyesight a pleasant viewing experiences, I would also suggest people getting a model with 3G (3G版) and not just Wi-fi, as mobile efficiency is what iPad works best for, being able to browse the web for real time information anywhere while on the road with this device will be very helpful.

At present I think the accessory supply for ipad in Hong Kong is still limited, fortunately I purchased the important ones during my trip to New York last week.


The official iPad case from Apple is expensive at USD 40 but it does look good, the hard plastic case being sold at the local outlet is a ridiculous thing to buy as it would offset the value of iPad, which is being stylish and lightweight.

Although you can sync content to iPad using iTune from your computer, but if you are travelling for fun, having the camera kit (USD 30) will allow you to quickly import and view your photos either through a USB connection to the camera, or through a SD Card reader (USB纜線或直接從SD卡輸入), without this, you would need to carry a computer with you, this can even be true if you are just using the iPad in daily use, ipad can be a netbook/Notebook replacement and be the sole device you need for casual daily travel. Although for work, I would still need to use a powerful notebook running Windows.


The iPad Camera Connection Kit

Apple iPad Accessories (iPad 配件) link for Hong Kong: http://www.apple.com/hk/ipad/accessories/ 


By the way, you get this nice bag if you purchase Apple stuffs in US Apple Store.

iPad is great, I used it yesterday on the road and it was a pleasant experience, with 3G + wifi, connectivity is key, and the extra money for getting a 64GB version can easily be justified, I think with the way we consume information, 16GB is way too little to be practically useful.

But is iPad without fault? I think there are a few negative things that I would point out:

- The language support is a strange thing, I can't understand why Simplified Chinese (简体字) input is supported but not traditional Chinese (繁體字), it seems to be a sign of pure financial calculation with no regards to culture and community factors!

- iPad is great for content consumption, but poor at content creation except that you can post things online, I still yet to figure out what I can do on this pad for rich content authoring, which can be for the purpose of instant online sharing or work collaboration, especially when Apple is trying to use iPad to penetrate into Enterprise market.

Anyway, iPad is a very helpful tool, and it may help to bring the Apple stock price soaring if the market goes fine as well, my next interest would be to see what the next generation of iPad is going to be.

Sunday, 25 July 2010 20:14:51 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Sunday, 18 April 2010

It is a bad news to me that Shark's Fin City Restaurant (魚翅城) in Times Square Causeway Bay (時代廣場) will be closing down and today is their last business day.

With the growing awareness of the risk of driving the Sharks to extinction, eating Shark's fin is not a good thing to talk about, the restaurant's name could be hurting them, though to be fair, they offer many good food that has nothing to do with Shark's fin. But perhaps what's hurting them is something else.

The high real estate cost (thus rental costs) in Hong Kong is a well known fact, many business simply cannot sustain the constant hike in rental rates demanded by real estate owners, in good times the pressure can still be tolerated, but this makes the business so vulnerable, I think this is what is forcing the restaurant to close down the Causeway Bay branch.

Well, they do have branches at Kowloon side, I know there is one in New World Centre (新世界中心) in TST near the Avenue of Stars, and it is interesting to see how this restaurant will evolve in the coming years.

Sunday, 18 April 2010 14:01:42 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Sunday, 21 March 2010

Being one of the restaurants that I would rate as very good, as well as one that I blogged about in my first few posts, I am glad to see them opening a new branch in Causeway Bay, I actually found out about it when I ate at Din Tai Fung (鼎泰豐) more than two months ago, but I forgot to mention that in my blog. Well, this new branch is not really very far away from the old one but it added some convenience for me. It is located at Regal Hotel, near Victoria Park, and walking distance from Sogo.

Address in Chinese: 銅鑼灣怡和街68號1樓
Address in English: 1/F, 68 Yee Woo Street, Causeway Bay
Tel: 2504 4228


^All three are good!


Excellent shrimp springroll

I feel that the quality in terms of food is as good as the original branch, and the service is ok too, for me this location saves me some walking, so I would try to eat there more often now.

My previous blog posts on Fu Sing (around an year ago)
http://www.biginhongkong.com/2009/03/01/FuSingSharkFinSeafoodRestaurant.aspx
http://www.biginhongkong.com/2009/03/07/FuSingSharkFinSeafoodRestaurantPartII.aspx 

Sunday, 21 March 2010 22:30:34 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Saturday, 06 March 2010

When I saw Kin's Kitchen (留家廚房) being mentioned in michelin guide, I was not really that surprised, yes, it is located at a rather ugly street under a highway bridge, but they do have something special, well, don't get me wrong, they may not be as good as the guide says, and not even having that many great dishes, but for me, having one very special one is enough for me to say something good about it.

OK, it is all about the smoked chicken (留家煙燻雞), this is a dish which not many restaurants can prepare well, some would even smoke the chicken to turn char, or too dry or too smoky in smell, but Kin's Kitchen does it so well that the chicken is smoked to the right extent, the meat would remain tender and juicy, and the smell and taste are also very unique. At lunch hours they even offer a one-man set that includes soup of the day, a nice vegetable in soup dish, and a free dessert.

The owner of the restaurant Mr. Lau Kin Wai (劉健威) is a famous columnist in a local business newspaper, I read his articles regularly, and I think he really knows about food in depth, more than an year ago I  treated an important guest at Kin's Kitchen and dine at the second floor, which is a home-style dining environment we called 私房菜, which literally means Private Kitchen, most of the food were good though I am not totally amazed by everyone (and the price was very high too), but the smoked chicken left very big impression indeed. Unfortunately, that was a very important guest and it was inappropriate to take pictures.

So this is another eatery in Tin Hau that you should try out, and nearby you can also find an Indian food restaurant named Palki (皇轎) that many say are good, since I am not fond of Indian food (I tried only once when I travelled in London a few years ago), I really can't give any comments.


Palki (皇轎) - The indian restaurant

Kin's Kitchen (留家廚房)
Address in Chinese: 天后清風街9號
Address in English: 9 Tsing Fung Street, Tin Hau
Tel: 2571 0913

Saturday, 06 March 2010 14:12:00 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Friday, 26 February 2010

The weather in Hong Kong is getting very humid these days, not only that the washed clothes cannot get dry, even the floor can be slippery somehow, so I rushed to buy a Dehumidifier (抽濕機) this afternoon, which actually is long overdued since the old Dehumidifier was disposed.

Since I recall that the recent report from Consumer council (消委會) seemed to have positive reviews on Mitsubishi Dehumidifier (三菱抽濕機), plus some personal assessments, I made a quick decision to get the 25L model - MJ-E26CX-H, which is quite costly at HKD 4599.90!

I chose this high end model over MJ-E16AX-H and MJ-E22WX-H not because I am the kind of person who always wants the latest and best, while people usually make decision based on area size, I consider other factors:

- I can move this thing easily around, it has got roller wheels!

- It can send warm air downward toward the floor (向下送風), which is important to make the floor dry and thus, less slippery.

I don't really believe in the factor on area size unless you are talking about real big house, I think features can be more relevant.

And I tested it for a few hours, the effect on clothings is not too obvious yet probably because I cannot setup the places properly yet, but it does collect a lot of water quickly, and it is rather quiet, and the control is easy to use. I have good confidence in Japanese quality despite the recent issues in certain automobile brands (hmmm, are the cars manufactured in Japan anyway?), well, these Dehumidifiers (抽濕機) are made in Japan.

Is it worth the money? For an appliances that you use for years and is a necessity in such humid weather, plus the potential to help improve air quality, I think I can save money elsewhere, but not on this one.

By the way, Dehumidifiers are in big demand as I can see at the department stores, especially those from Mitsubishi (三菱), so if you live in very humid areas in Hong Kong and you think you really need one, better act now.

Friday, 26 February 2010 01:04:18 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Friday, 19 February 2010

I noticed that in recent years there are more tourists around the neighborhood, I guess that's mainly because of the few hotels nearby, Tin Hau is a special area that has several advantage, it is only a few minutes away from Causeway Bay, but is relatively quiet and not crowded, it also offers big convenience in transportation, you can take MTR (Tin Hau station), bus (there is a bus terminal beside MTR station with routes to airport - E11 - which is slower though), plus another bus station for riding to famous destinations such as Stanleys, and A11 to airport, which is faster than E11), taxi (there is a taxi station at Electric Road) or even the slow moving tram (The station going West is just in front of MTR station). All these transportation options are close to each other, within a few minutes walk away from the MTR station, and L'hotel is the most convenient one as it is just on the opposite side of the station.

So I am happy to live in such an area, and if you live in L'hotel, I think you would find the area ok, but regarding food option, I think Tin Hau offers more for local people than for tourists, my favorite is Sister Wah (Wah Tze)'s beef noodles (華姐清湯腩), it is consistently good, but I am not sure if foreign visitors will find the environment fine, as this small eatery will expect quick turnover, and try to pack as many people as they can, so if you really wish to try it, find a time when few people will be eating there, avoid lunch hours especially.


My favorite - I like to have it this way, noodle separated from soup (牛腩撈麵)


Beef Noodle in Soup - 清湯牛腩麵 - nice


This Marinated (滷水) beef is one of the best in town

Address in Chinese: 天后電氣道13號A地下
Address in English: Ground floor, 13A Electric Road, Tin Hau
Tel: 2807 0181


There is also a restaurant just beside MTR station (Viking seafood), I actually treated my relatives there during this Chinese new year gathering, honestly, I chose it not because of anything except easy booking and convenience (near my home and it was raining, plus my relatives parked their car nearby), but as expected, there are always something from them to disappoint me, and this time was the chairs, well, yes, they ran out of chairs, and one waiter had severe foul body odor that was extremely offending, the food was average to below average as I have known all along, so I think unless you are facing the same situation as I did (bad weather, no time), try others, in fact, if you are willing to take a short ride, you can find much better dim Sum restaurants in either North Point or Causeway Bay.

Friday, 19 February 2010 16:31:05 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)