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Archive for November, 2007

Amazing Rikku

Tuesday, November 27th, 2007

For those of you who know me a bit, you’ll know I’m a cosplay fan, in particular of Rikku cosplay of final fantasy, well I found this amazing cosplay I had to share, because of the "natural" fit, from flickr.

I suppose she is not "asian" enough but the natural blonde does stand out, below is another amazing one also picked up on flickr, these rikku cosplayers are getting really good at this.

Hospital turns away Mother despite earlier booking, accuses Mothers from the Mainland

Monday, November 26th, 2007

A pregnant woman has complained to the Department of Health after being told she won’t be able to have her baby at Adventist Hospital in Hong Kong even though she had earlier been assured of a bed.

"The hospital had told my doctor that my booking was no problem," Ms Ip said. "That is why I had not booked with another hospital. I was shocked that the hospital turned me away."

She said the news had caused her and her family a great deal of stress.

"I’ve had insomnia since receiving the bad news. I had three weeks of depression when my daughter was born last year, now I am so worried that I can’t sleep well. I don’t know how to handle it," she said.

"It is a complete black-box operation. We don’t know why suddenly there is no place for local mothers. I suspect some of the places have been given to mainland mothers, because hospitals can earn more from them."

Ms Ip, 33, said she had saved for the past year to cover the HK$60,000 to HK$80,000 cost of having her baby at a private hospital.

She gave birth to a daughter last year at Adventist Hospital and said she preferred private hospitals because of better service and privacy.

"Some of my friends have had very bad experiences in public hospitals. There are no doctors to do the deliveries and when they were breastfeeding, several men just peeped through the curtains. They were very scared."

Ms Ip said the department had responded to her complaint, saying the hospital denied passing maternity bed places to mainland mothers.

"But I think it is an issue which demands serious concern," she said.

"I wonder why there is no policy in Hong Kong that hospitals should give priority to local mothers.

"It is our home and yet we cannot enjoy good services."

Get used to it, last I heard Hong Kong was part of China not the other way round. Local media reports this case as a concern and the whispers in town are that "Mainland mothers" are taking away space for local mothers. If Mainland mothers will pay more, then why is that a problem? I didn’t hear anyone complaining coming to Hong Kong and spending "Mainland money" in Hong Kong a few years ago. Mainland tourism is fueling the Hong Kong economy, you don’t get to pick and choose, without China would Hong Kong be as prosperous as they are today? This type of xenophobia is the reason why Hong Kong will not become an open society if we cannot even open our doors to our own!

Giant Hello Kitty in New York Parade

Saturday, November 24th, 2007

What is not obvious is just the sheer size these parade balloons are! Look at the size of Hello Kitty there!

An aerial shot displays just how giant size Hello Kitty is in this parade, It’s the GIANT KITTY!

Hello Kitty Lego

Thursday, November 22nd, 2007

Now that’s quite a bit of effort there! Hello Kitty in Lego, I wonder how much time that took to make!

Hello Kitty has a mouth?

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

I prefer her without a mouth, but this is an artists impression of what it might look like IF she had a mouth. Not sure I like it that much, I guess I prefer the silent types!

4.3 billion Yuan smuggled via illegal Bank into Hong Kong

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

It is amazing how one can smuggle billions of dollars from China into Hong Kong, illegally so that people from China can move their money outside, how much of this has been fueling Hong Kong’s stock market?

CCTV reported that Guangdong authorities had shut down an underground bank in Shenzhen run by a Hong Kong woman, which over the past 18 months had handled at least 4.3 billion yuan. It said the bank had operated out of a Shenzhen flat for at least seven years, with clients in 31 provinces and cities.

The Shenzhen branch of the People’s Bank of China told banks to limit withdrawals over-the-counter and from automated teller machines to stem the billions of illicit yuan being pumped into the Hong Kong market, the China Securities Journal reported on Thursday.

CCTV said a 43-year-old Hong Kong woman, To Ling, ran the money exchange business, with turnover reaching 1.5 billion yuan in the first five months of the year.

At least 235 million yuan was wired into the Hong Kong stock and property markets through To’s operation over the past year, the state-run broadcaster reported.

The report said To needed just three minutes to finish a deal, and almost all the money was moved through internet banking services. Among her clients were retail investors, owners of small companies and even officials from state-owned enterprises.

"To was a very shrewd and careful woman," a spokesman at the State Administration of Foreign Exchange in Shenzhen was quoted as saying. "She only served frequent customers and never dealt with strangers."

The crackdown on illicit funds from Shenzhen adds to investor fears the Hong Kong market’s bull run is coming to an end.

The Hang Seng lost 1,136.78 points to close at 27,614.43, ending the week down 4.1 per cent. The H-share index slid 747.73 points, or 4.28 per cent, to 16,737.73. Also weighing on markets were concerns the US subprime crisis is worsening and that the mainland will raise interest rates.

Joseph Yam Chi-kwong, chief executive of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, said it was understandable that Shenzhen lenders limited their customers’ cash withdrawals as they had the responsibility to combat money laundering and financial activities channelled through underground avenues. However, after a meeting with central bank officials yesterday, Mr Yam denied it was a PBOC policy to curb capital flows seeking to punt on Hong Kong stocks.

A Security Bureau spokeswoman in Hong Kong said all remittance agents and money changers were required to register with the police. In order to combat money laundering, they must also verify a customer’s identity and keep records of transactions above HK$8,000.

Financial analysts said the crackdown wouldn’t stop mainlanders wiring money through illegal channels and reflected the mainland’s immature financial system.

"Lack of investment products, low interest rates and the price gap between mainland-traded A shares and H shares should be blamed for the rampant underground money flows from the mainland," said Stephen Tsui, director of Hong Kong-based Taiwan Concord Capital Securities.

Yi Xianrong , an economist with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said underground money remittance would be stopped only when Beijing lifted its foreign currency limitations and let the yuan integrate into the world economy.

My Putty Face

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

I didn’t know you could do so much with flash, a game on miniclip called putty face did this to my face, funny.

China supports efforts to drive political change in Myanmar

Monday, November 19th, 2007

China on Sunday reiterated its support for UN efforts to foster political change in military-run Myanmar, ahead of bilateral talks on the crisis there.

“On one hand we believe that the Myanmar people have the capacity to resolve their own issues,” foreign ministry spokesman Qin Gang told journalists in Singapore, where Premier Wen Jiabao arrived on Sunday for a five-day visit.

“On the other hand, we believe that the international community on the basis of equality and mutual respect must constructively participate in this – this is why we support the United Nations.”

Mr Wen on Monday will meet Myanmar Prime Minister Thein Sein on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) summit, which is expected to focus on the situation in Myanmar, officials said.

In September, Myanmar security forces used batons and tear gas to put an end to weeks of pro-democracy protests, the biggest threat to the junta in nearly 20 years.

At least 15 people were killed in the crackdown, which sparked widespread international condemnation and calls for China to do more to push the ruling generals, with whom it has close ties, to implement democratic reforms.

Mr Wen discussed the issue with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Sunday, saying that stability in the isolated nation must first be established before reform can take place, officials said.

Mr Qin refused to say if China supported a permanent dialogue between the military junta and detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

But he praised as “positive” the effort of UN special envoy Ibrahim Gambari to organise recent talks between the Nobel peace laureate and a junta liaison.

Hello Kitty Mobile Set

Saturday, November 17th, 2007

A Hello Kitty cute Mobile Set!

Hello Kitty Keyboard Cover

Friday, November 16th, 2007

Meet the new Hello Kitty keyboard-and-cover, which can provide you with some Kitty bliss for your PC, the cover on this provides more opportunity to get more Kitty coverage on the thing. The keyboard is is supposed to go for around HK500.