First time to Guam

The past weekend I had a brief getaway with families and friends attending a wedding ceremony at the heavenly Guam, a US island to the west of Pacific Ocean, somewhere between the Philippines and Hawaii. As you can imagine, like Hawaii, Guam is known for its beautiful weather, tropical beaches and an indigenous culture.   Please do expect occasional showers, though.

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As we made our booking separately and had different preferences, the gang was not staying in the same hotel.  We were staying in:

They are all nice and beautiful.

Mobility on the island is easy and convenient.  We were glad that we rented a car that made shopping easy, and allowed us to survive from the occasional yet heavy rain showers.

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In fact, as we’d decided to rent a car before our trip, we started researching which car rental companies had their counters inside the airport. But we could not find too much information about it.  I thus purposely took some photos while I was there and would like to share them here.  They have Hertz, Budget, Avis, National, Nissan and Dollar Rent-a-Car counters plus some others located inside the terminal.

At night we saw a nice performance with brisky music played with the guitar and ukulele. I enjoyed the relaxing atmosphere and nice songs sung by a sonorous voice.

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 第一次關島之旅

這個周末我和家人朋友在異國風情的關島出席了一個婚禮,有個愉快的假期。關島是個美國小島,位於西太平洋,在菲律賓和夏威夷之間。關島跟夏威夷有點像,都是陽光普照的好天氣(間中驟雨),有美麗的熱帶海灘和獨特的原住民文化。

我們一行人分開預訂住宿,因為不同個人喜好,分別住在以下酒店中︰

三間酒店都很不錯,環境舒適,服務很好。

島上的交通簡單方便。我們租了車,十分方便購物,又無懼突如其來的驟雨。

我們在出發前已決定租車,本打算預先查看哪些出租車公司在機場有服務櫃位,但在網上一直找不到有用的資料,所以到達機場時特意拍了照片,在此分享。好幾家出租車公司如赫茲Hertz、巴吉Budge、安維斯Avis、國家National、日產Nissan和達樂Dollar等等,都在機場有服務櫃位。

晚上我們看了場音樂表演,結他和烏克麗麗的輕快節奏加上雄厚柔和的歌聲,滿滿的關島風情,就此度過了一個愉悅的晚上。

 

A memorable name card of Mr Po Chung

Along my entrepreneurial journey there are moments I reflect upon the work I do and the people I meet. And I think about the values I uphold in getting along with different people, like business partners, friends, colleagues, clients, competitors and so on. There are still a lot of things to learn.

The other day I met Mr Po Chung, co-founder of DHL. We had a nice gathering with other friends. Mr Chung truly is a role model to learn from. And on his name card I came across this uplifting message:

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Mr Chung has retired and is still passing on his belief. It bears 3 essential values in conducting oneself and one’s business that can be summarised with 3Cs: competencies, character and caring. It’s always something to remember.


 鍾普洋先生的名片

在我的創業旅程中,時時反省自己的待人處事,反思面對不同人事如工作拍檔、同事、客戶、競爭對手時自己所堅持的價值觀,當中尚有許多需要學習的地方。

一個晚上朋友們共晉晚餐,席上還有DHL創辦人之一鍾普洋先生。鍾先生已退休,依然神采奕奕,談笑風生。身為一個優秀的創業家、企業家,鍾先生是個很好的學習對象,他的名片上傳遞着充滿啟發性的字句。

內裏說到的正是鍾先生從事服務業多年所堅持的3C信念,即competency(才能), character(品格), care(關懷),值得深思、銘記。

 

Some thoughts on the movie “Downsizing”

Recently I watched the movie “Downsizing” starring Matt Damon, Hong Chau and Christoph Waltz. Though the movie is a box office flop, it presents the fascinating idea of “downsizing” human to several inches high to solve overpopulation. I’ve talked about the movie with some friends already. That’s why I think I may put a post here for more discussions.

It all starts with a scientist inventing this magic process of “downsizing”: shrinking human to several inches high, which is presented to the world to attract people to downsize themselves. Then they build a smaller world for the “downsized”, where they enjoy more paying less as they consume less due to their size. Paul the protagonist (played by Matt Damon) is amazed by the idea and undergoes downsizing. But when he begins his new life in the downsized world, he suffers an identity crisis: dumped by his wife and lost his job as an occupational therapist. Later he meets Ngoc Lan, a Vietnamese political activist and joins her in helping the poor in the slums. When he slowly comes to terms with his new life, the world is about to end because of global warming. The scientist who invented “downsizing” finds a way to sustain humanity — protecting a community of people in a vault created in a mountain. Will Paul join the scientist community in the vault and restart yet another life? Or will he carry on with his newly built life in the downsized world?

I think the movie delivers 2 main messages.

First, most people don’t know what they’re doing with their life until they find their meaning. Paul is an average guy. From his decisions like undergoing downsizing to escape the reality, getting into a random job of a hotline service representative, accepting a new friend’s suggestion to go to Norway, and struggling whether to enter the vault toward the end, we can tell he doesn’t know what he’s doing in life until he meets Ngoc Lan and starts helping in the slums. He finds himself in serving the poor.

Second, even in the utopia slums exist. When you come to think of it, it’s really ridiculous that even in such a tailor-made utopia as the downsized world, there are slums. Paul is first brought there by Ngoc Lan to treat a dying woman. They use expired medication because that’s all they have. The woman dies the next day. Not to mention the food distributed there is collected from around the downsized world by Paul and Ngoc Lan. Life in the slums is cheap. So the enormous gap between the rich and poor may be the second message delivered in the movie.

I see the downsized world as a modern Lilliput or a seeming utopia. As the plot unfolds, there can be a lot of interpretations. And here’s my take and what’s yours? 


看電影《縮水人間》有感

最近看了由麥 · 迪文、周洪和基斯托夫 · 華薩主演的《縮水人間》,我和許多朋友分享過,在此記下所思所感。電影講述一個科學家發明可把人縮小到五英寸的技術,讓縮小的人類住在一個新的社區,解決人口過多資源不足的問題。

科學家在發明了縮小技術後,積極向人類推廣,隨着愈來愈多人縮小自己,縮小的社群搬進了一個縮小社區,因為體型驟減的關係,他們可用小量資源享受奢華的生活。主角保羅(由麥 · 迪文飾演)也打算與妻子一起縮小自己搬進新社區,可是妻子最後反悔,只有保羅一人進行了手術並在縮小世界開始新生活。此時,保羅不僅被妻子拋棄,在新社區中亦不能繼續他職業治療師的舊業。他其後認識了越南政治活動活躍人士玉蘭,並與其在貧民窟中做義工分發食物給窮人,當他逐漸適應新生活,人類亦因全球暖化而面對滅亡,發明縮小技術的科學家打算在山中建立大型保險庫作為下一個新世界保存一批人。保羅陷入跟隨科學家到新世界抑或留在縮小社區繼續生活的掙扎中。

我想電影主要講了兩件事。

其一,其實大部分人都不保道自己在幹甚麼,直至他們找到自己的意義前。例如主角保羅,他是個再普通不過的人,從他決定縮小自己來逃避現實開始,他都不知道自己在做甚麼,所以他在新社區隨便找了電話客戶服務員的工作,接受一個新認識的朋友的建議到挪威去,最終還掙扎要不要再次放下一切到新世界去,過程中他都很迷失不知道自己在做甚麼,直至他在幫助貧民中找到了自己的意義。

其二,即使在烏托邦中也有貧民窟。電影中的貧民窟在縮小世界的偏遠位置,首次向觀眾展現是玉蘭知道保羅是治療師後把他帶到貧民窟去醫治一個將死的婦人,而他們僅有的藥物全是過期的,他們分發給貧民的食物甚至是他們從社區不同地方收集來的人家不要的食物,這發生在縮小社區這人造烏托邦中讓人難以置信,而貧民窟中的生命卻不值錢,這與縮小社區的奢侈形成鮮明對比,諷刺了貧富懸殊。

縮小社區就像個現代小人國,看似烏托邦,隨着故事發展有了不同的詮釋,這是我的想法,你呢?

How to charge a smartphone to optimise the battery life

I’ve been wondering why my iPhone battery drains so fast as It dies on me quite often. My friend said it had to do with my incorrect charging patterns. My friend said I should charge my phone when the battery’s about 20% rather than when it’s almost empty or rather full at 80 or 90%. And a battery needs to be fully charged to 100%. This sounds plausible and may be the common practice of most people. But a little research on the Internet just revealed that most of us, or at least my friend and I, do charge our phones wrong.

According to several websites, charging a phone from a low battery level (under 20%) to 100% in one go is one of the practices that shorten the battery lifespan because “a high voltage stresses the battery”. It turns out that charging a phone battery several times throughout the day from around 30~50% to 80% is most desirable. That means several short charging sessions a day rather than a long heavy one optimises the battery performance. So should I start charging my phone bit by bit whenever I can? Let me try and see how it goes.


如何正確充電延長手機電池壽命?

我的智能手機電池耗電速度很快,我一直對此困惑不解,朋友說那是因為我充電的方法不正確,我應該在手機電量20%左右時充電,而不是像我平時般到差不到沒電了或還有80至90%電時充電,而且每次充電都應該充滿至100%。這聽來很合理,很多人甚至奉為金科玉律,是否真的如此?我在網上做了點資料搜集,發現許多人都不會為手機正確充電。

根據網上資訊,如果從低電量(如少於20%)起不中斷替手機充滿至100%,容易對手機的電池造成壓力,反而縮短電池的壽命。而正確的充電方法應是在電池30到50%左右時充電至80%,並不需要充滿,這才不會對電池造成壓力,從而延長電池壽命。這與大部人的充電習慣大相徑庭,且讓我嘗試這個「正確方法」看看能否讓電池變得更耐用。