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Babies have no infant formula: Hong Kong

I am so confused about the infant formula shortage, it’s such a weird HK issue. I really feel sorry for the mothers in HK, of all things to have to stress over! But if we are to seriously analyze the problem, there are so many parties to blame. How do I feel about水貨客? I find them just completely annoying because what they do are doing, pushing carts and boxes of heavy products in and out of public transportation are completely annoying and affecting our daily lives, but they are not to be blamed. These 水貨客 appear because these is such a large gap between HKD & RMB in regards to the exchange rate and to the fact there is no taxes in Hong Hong but taxes in China. Generally speaking, these gaps are not an issue if HK and China are two separate entities; however, nowadays, access between HK and China are so easy, of course the industry of水貨客 appear! We should applaud the business venture spirit of Chinese people and blame the government for their uselessness. If goods entering China are to be taxed as they are supposed to, than millions of people are breaking the law, so why are they not caught? Throw a few in jail, there should be a decrease # in this industry. People that “pull” frozen beef into China from HK actually tell 水貨客 to keep “pulling” these beef into China because they know the freezers at the immigration office are full so their items will not be taken away! If the government really wants to solve the水貨客 problem, it is possible! Don’t airplanes limit passengers to the amount of luggage they are allowed onto planes? Why can’t there be immigration officers at the HK/China check points performing the same function? People entering China/HK—consider them going overseas or whatever, they need to show arrival and departure cards and are limited to 20kg per person. Sorry, you cannot pay for additional carry on—all overweight luggage will be thrown away. Similarly, people that cross the border between HK/China that are not staying overnight might only be allowed 7kg per crossing and any 2nd, 3rd, or additional crossing on the same day are not allowed any additional luggage. Seriously, just issuing this luggage policy will stop 水貨客—if not 100%, at least 80%! If the government really want to stop this problem, they can! I mean, if I can think of it, why are people paid millions of dollars a year not able to? For me, I actually don’t give a crap who is the chief executive of HK, and I really think since CY Leung is now the chief executive, let’s just all shut up and let him do his job, because protesting and screaming every day and wanting to pull him down…what does that do? Like seriously, what does that do? Is there another person the people want? If not, let’s just give him some time and do what he’s supposed to do just because he is already at that post. I don’t know, I think instead of screaming and protesting “down with CY”, maybe the screaming and protesting should be on implementing these suitcase restrictions to be implemented to at least give the people in HK a little ease of mind. I too, find it appalling to see people wheeling cartons after cartons of toilet paper, yakult, chocolate across the border, sigh, WTF. If I go a step further, you can’t blame the consumers in China for buying infant formula in HK because they too don’t trust “made in China”, that’s the ultimate problem! Maybe shoot all the evil business enterprises with no ethics, that might solve the remaining 20% the luggage restriction might not solve haha. So the conclusion is…the problem rest with all evil enterprises in China that scared off all the consumers in China. Guys! HK is like a freaking dot on the map! All these PRC customers running to HK hoarding the goods, seriously, imagine the scenario, how can HK sustain? You have a mountain running to the needle, OMG! I talked too much again with my 5 cents.

Muka Beauty

I usually don’t share anything that could be traced to my personal job too much, but I want to officially share the launch of my new website.  This is my new business venture that I have started in Singapore, it is an online beauty and women accessories website, because being beautiful is a woman’s lifelong career!

So, I have actually been online non-stop everyday trying to jumpstart the website with my colleagues, but have absolutely no life… so nothing exciting to note on my personal blog, aside from walking my dog, eating durian, weekly brunch with some gals; the rest of the time, I’m sitting in front of the computer doing what computer geeks do ^0^

So why the word Muka…that’s a funny story, I was sitting at home trying to think of a possible name for the website that’s not super corny or the word is already in use.  I looked over at my tissue box and it says the word MUKA on it, it actually means “face” in Malay.  I know it means face because it says “soft facial tissue” in English on top .  ^^  Anyway, I like the sound of the word and many people might think it’s Japanese too!

Finally another reason I like the word a lot is because depending on where you are from, the way you pronounce it is different.  If you’re from North America, you will most likely be pronouncing it as “moo-ka”; whereas if you’re from England or not American, you will be calling it “mill-ka”.  So how do you pronounce my website’s name?  I really don’t care because just like beauty, there is no defined definition.  Just go with the flow, pronounce it however you like, so long as you know how to get there!  And THAT is why I am totally passionate about the word.

Alright, if you happen to stumble onto my blog or if you follow my blog, do me a favor and like my fan page on Facebook, please!!!!  www.facebook.com/mukabeauty!  Please also force all your friends to fan it too!

Until next time, it’ll be about my little adventures and Pretzel’s craziness!

My view: Singapore government’s property cooling measures targetting foreginers

OK, I said I won’t really write about it, but I am feeling a little huffy puffy about it, so I must get my five cents across.

What this blog is about–you can read the following article:

cooling measures in Singapore properties

My view on this tax is translating so much more than a tax trying to prevent foreigners from purchasing homes in Singapore, it also translates to me professional foreigners are not wanted in Singapore and the locals feel threatened for no reason.  Honestly, do you only want your country to import in blue-collar and low-income workers from impoverished nations that are not educated?  ARE YOU SURE THAT IS WHAT YOU WANT THE DIRECTION OF SINGAPORE TO CHOOSE?

So in my last blog, as a “P.S.”, I mentioned the following, which I’ll now elaborate because I cannot resist:

“Singapore government, please be nice to me, why must you slap a 10% tax of foreigners purchasing homes in Singapore?  I only want to buy a condo to live in, I have no intention of investing or flipping it in the market.  You should slap the tax on 2nd purchase homes, not just on foreigners, especially since I am planning to make a life here, boo boo boo!  If I continue, it will become a 2nd blog and clearly this is nothing exciting compared to all my trips, but come on!  This policy doesn’t stop the mega rich, if they want to buy, they will still buy 5, 8, 10 condos!  Do you want me to keep renting until I become a PR?  But I am Chinese!  Chinese people do not believe in renting for the long-term!  Chinese people like to have a roof over their heads they can call their home!”

First Comment to my own comment:

if the gov wants to cool down the mkt, the measure should be for everyone in singapore, the buyers are not juyst foreigners isn’t it?  The tax should be slapped on all buyers who are making 2nd or 3rd purchases.  If the buyer that is purcahsing is to live in the condo, it’s silly to punish them for that.  In a sense, I believe the HK gov’s cooling measure is a lot smarter, you don’t want to create a brain drain in the country.
Second comment to my comment:
Even if I am not a foreigner, I will still find the new cooling measure silly by the government.  If the intention is to cool down the property market and prevent people from flipping or snapping up multiple properties, the tax should be slapped onto everyone who make 2nd, 3rd and more purchases, that makes more sense doesn’t it?  The HK government did a cooling measure a few months back which I personally feel is way more aimed at the objective, to cool the market.  Slap tax and restrictions on all buyers that are not 1st time buyer or for investment, because the intention is to cool the market!  Unless the secret plan of the government is to stop foreigners from building a home and calling this country a home, which is so silly, why do you want to create a brain drain and kick out the professionals?  If the locals only feel comfortable with street sweepers and blue-collar workers from Sri Lanka and pakistan and Philipines, that’s just so silly!  Are you sure that is all the immigrants you want into the country?
My view on Mainlanders
OK, I just have to add this in because everyone seems to think Chinamen are pouring money into property markets and making the housing market do jumping jacks.  While walking little pretzel, locals in Singapore like to express this view on Chinamen to me because I’m from HK so I must be feeling that pain too in HK.  Yes, there is the mentality in HK that prices are skyrocketing because Chinamen with money just keep buying and buying in HK.  So how do I really feel?  Sometimes, I do not like mainlanders, and it’s not because they are pouring money into the HK economy, the reason I don’t like some of the mainlanders I see in HK is because they are not educated and are missing the software; an educated, cultured, and refined personality– it has nothing to do with the millions they have.  I personally have no problem with Chinamen pouring money into HK, I welcome all the richies who like to buy LV and GUCCI only to bring them to wet markets in China, I have no problem with that.  For Chinamen that like to snap up properties in HK, I also have no problem, because that tells the world HK is a good place to invest in, foreigners are validating that for the locals, so what do I have to complain?

Tough Love: restrictions on moneylenders and gamblers

I am the first one to raise my hands in support to stop harassment marketing which include shoving leaflets into your face, receiving text messages, and the worst culprit, annoying phone calls.  In Singapore, it appears the government is limiting  the marketing channels registered moneylenders can advertise and reach out to potential “customers”, often people down in the dumps with gambling debts.

It appears that with casinos now established in Singapore to continue attracting tourists, even with a $100SGD tax imposed on citizens and PR, many addicts are still heading to the casinos to try their luck or to win back what they have lost with high interest loans from loan sharks (moneylenders).

From a documentary broadcast on Channel News Asia earlier, foreign workers with work permits from Malaysia are falling victim to casinos, incurring heavy debts, losing their houses, breaking up of families, and even miscarriage from a wife worried sick of a gambling addicted husband.  Some of these gamblers are blaming moneylenders for their problems because apparently their “in-your-face” marketing and tempting text messages and easy loans are helping them dig a deeper and deeper grave for themselves.

I would say, stop blaming other people for your addiction, you caused it!  But then I also remember times when I see tempting ads and I suddenly have this impulse to “buy that bag of chips now”, or “buy that notebook now”;  I slowly start to understand the power of marketing as they tug subconsciously in your head and tempt you to indulge.  It appears to be a pretty big problem because there are now policies in place that allow family members to register names with casinos that will “block” them from entering.  The government has then moved to the next step, restricting moneylenders’ their marketing channels.  Aside from their business name on the Yellow Pages, the only other place the money lenders can reach out to customers is through their own business websites.

Is this government intrusion of a free capitalistic market?  Yes, I think so, but it is also tough love to try to curb a rising social problem that can have detrimental consequences on society and families.

Expensive foods–for taste or status?

Every now and then, I love posting food posts on my blog to share the yummy food or the pretty presentation of what I have experienced and enjoyed.  Trust my, my grassroot eating can be enjoyed by anyone, but not the following foods, which are considered the most expensive foods in the world, as reported from the Vancouver Sun.

I love eating and indulging every now and then, but this is too extreme isn’t it?  Even if money is not an issue, would you pay $5000 CAD for a burger, $10000 CAD for a sundae, or $50000 CAD for caviar?

So what are the expensive foods?  Apparently just typical burgers, sandwiches, and desserts adding “rare” and “expensive” ingredients:

  •  The FleurBurger 5000 is a $5,000 Kobe beef burger that’s topped with black  truffles and foie gras, and served on a brioche truffle bun with a special  truffle sauce
  • The world’s most expensive bagel will set you back $1,000. It’s topped with white truffle cream cheese and goji  berry-infused Riesling jelly with golden leaves
  •  Caviar is the world’s most expensive food by weight (truffles are second), and  the most expensive is called Almas, from a type of Iranian beluga. Almas comes  from sturgeons that are between 60 and 100 years old, and a 3.9-pound container  will set you back $48,750.
  • The Grand Opulence Sundae is made with Tahitian  vanilla bean ice cream covered in 23-karat edible gold leaf and Amedei  Porcelana, the world’s most expensive chocolate. Stuffed with gold dragees and  truffles, and topped with dessert caviar, this confection can be yours for  $1,000.
  • The Luxury Pizza, a 12-incher seems like such a bargain at $1,000 (or $125 a slice) because you’ll  actually get full from it. Give 24 hours’ notice because there are six types of  caviar that need to be specially ordered for it.
  • For $200, you can get a one pound-plus club sandwich made of the best ingredients  including Iberico ham cured for 30 months, quail eggs, white truffles,  semi-dried Italian tomatoes, and 24-hour fermented sourdough bread.
  •   The ‘Zillion Dollar Lobster Frittata,’ omelette is an egg concoction that only costs $1,000. And what a feast you’ll get: A  gigantic frittata stacked with caviar and an entire lobster inside. For those  pinching pennies, a smaller version is available for $100
  • The most expensive food ever? That would be the Japanese fruitcake that was  encrusted with 223 small diamonds, which sold for $1.6 million in 2005. The  cake, part of an exhibit called Diamonds: Nature’s Miracle, took a Tokyo pastry  chef six months to design and one month to create

Trending Therapy Train Tracks

In Indonesia, the rails are not for trains to move on; rather it is for people to cure diabetes, high blood pressure, bad cholesterol, and a huge load of health benefits???!!!  That is what Indonesians believe in.  It is so weird seeing these grown adults and with little children just lying on train tracks wobbling and shaking their bodies when they aren’t even electric train tracks!  There is a  women that claimed it completely improved her diabetes and she doesn’t have to take expensive insulin she couldn’t afford.

Sigh, it’s just so ridiculous!  On any given day, the train company could find about 50 people lying on the tracks getting rail therapy.  This just shows the lack of health care system in Indonesia and the crazy folklores and magic potions poor folks need to hold onto because they couldn’t afford basic standard of health care.  Sigh, it’s just so ridiculous!

polygomy overdrive

The Islamic faith healer, now 87, is currently wed to 86 wives ranging in age from 19 through 64. He has buried nine spouses, and divorced another dozen.

We all pretty much know what “polygamy” is—1 husband to multiple wives or 1 wife to multiple husbands (rare)…but how many wives can one take?  Apparently more than a hundred!  An eighty-seven years old Nigerian man has 107 wives!!!  He also fathered 185 children!!!

Immediately, questions regarding a man’s memorization ability pops into my curious mind…

  • Can he remember all the names of his wife?
  • Does he even know the names of his children?
  • Does he know the order of his children?
  • Does he even know what his children look like or are they a random herd? (yes HERD)
  • Do the children know one another?
  • How much money does he need to make to run his little city?
  • Any STDs???!!!  Straight from the man’s mouth  “If I don’t satisfy them, they leave.”

I thought Nigerians are relatively poor….I guess not if you can feed over two hundred mouths…you’re a pretty rich man!

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