I did some H&M shopping yesterday, and since I was on a time restraint, I just glanced at things and then, if I like it, I picked what i think fits me, and just put it in my basket.
I ended up buying a lot of items, and when I finally was at the check out counter, I thought to myself. I should count a bit how many items I have, just to check it against the receipt when I pay. So I counted 11.
I paid, and walked away, and then counted the number on the receipt. There was 12. So i thought, ok, maybe i miss counted.
(Should have just paid attention to my gut feeling and counted again, but I didn’t, and just walked away from the register.)
It wasn’t until I got back to the hotel, and tried everything on, and that it occurred to me to count again. I must have known something was off. So i cut off the tags on the items I was keeping, which was all of them, and counted it one by one against what was on the paper.
Why is there an extra umbrella/scarf/bag? I didn’t buy two of this? Oh no! I didn’t miss count, I only bought 11 items, and the cashier charged me for an extra bag. ergh.
what am i going to do?
I knew that I was going to take time off today to go back to H&M for a refund, especially since it’s $249HKD, but what if they don’t believe me? What if they think I’m lying?
I thought that if they weren’t just going to take my word for it, then i’d ask them to look at last night’s security tape, or check against their inventory.
So I set off this morning to H&M again, I got in line, preparing mentally to throw it down if they weren’t going to refund me, and complain to the main headquarters.Thankfully, I had to do none of that. I brought the it to the attention of an older cashier.
When it was my turn, I calmly explained that the cashier last night charged me twice for the one item. The cashier today, first said, well we only have your word on this, hold on please. She then went to make a phone call, and when she came back, she just refunded me my money back onto the card, I gave back one of my $50HKD gift cert. with purchase, and was on my way back to the convention.
I think each store has a certain amount of 5 finger discount budget, that they factor into each store. I’m not saying that I 5 finger discount it, but I think since H&M is a large chain, they factor in this kind of thing, plus they really did charge me twice for an item that I only bought one of.
I don’t think I would be so lucky if i had shopped at a smaller store… so the moral of the story is, check how many items you’re buying against what they rang up.
Day 1. Arrival at MegaShow Part 2, set up. this post won’t post until later…it’s not really a thoughtful post, but more of a recount of what happened. I don’t have any clever stories, just facts.
Today we, Eric, Eric’s wife, & I, set out for HK around 10:30am. We arrive, finally at the venue around 1pm-1:30pm.
We are starved, but as we’re on a slight schedule, Eric set up a meeting with ProLogic to discuss color matching, we got started setting up the booth right away.
I was just going to let Eric do all the messing around, ie, moving things around, as whenever I put things the way I like it, he’ll move it around and say that it’s better this way or that way. Then he said that, he was going to let me do all the arranging. Ha. Ha. Ha.
Eric’s wife volunteers to get us lunch, since she can’t help much in putting things together, which was fine except she took forever…as it turns out there is only one restaurant open in the whole venue, and everyone was there getting lunch.
After lunch, we had more energy to set up, and was more patient, at least I think i had more patience to set up.
So this is our first set up.
After we’ve checked into the hotel, we set off to meet the client, and then off to dinner we go!
We decided on Causeway Bay, MTR stop, where it leads to Time Square, Eric said there was a lot of restaurants there. He was right, many different restaurants. I picked Tony Romas…ok not exactly Cantonese food, but I figure for lunch i’d be eating a lot of Chinese food, why not mix it up with some western food. Thankfully, everyone else was ok with it.
I ordered a half rack, it was delicious. I enjoyed it immensely.
Afterwards, we took care of some housekeeping, like buying a phone card, & then set off to shop. We visited Zara, no one bought a thing, Then we set off to Muji, to which I bought some socks, etc. Then to City Super, where I replenished my food supplies. Chips, and “better than Kit Kats” & emergency instant noodles to this trip.
I don’t think i’ll get another chance to shop again, unless we book it to H&M tomorrow…but no guarentee of buying or seeing anything i like.
So now i’m just back at the hotel…winding down, tomorrow’s call time is 8am for breakfast. Our hotel is real close to the exhibition center, which i like…it’s just not close to anything else, which i don’t really like all that much, but we are here for working, so work comes first.
I was browsing around the intertubes yesterday and came across this website called Good. As the name implies, it a website dedicated to bringing the good to your life, it does so without border, party lines, etc. They bring the good to you in forms of magazine, video & events. Basically it’s Good, just as the name implies.
I’m pretty sure i’m the last one who realised there was this website around, as I click around it more this morning, I see that a few friends of mine have already shared a few things from the website to FB.
I read an article on there about how he’s not (the writer) on FB…It does make me think that i do spend too much time on FB, checking in, uploading pics, and other time wasting activities that I do on there. But perhaps for me, the whole dumping FB is not the answer, as I still need it to for contacting people…but perhaps cutting back on FB time is the way to go for me.
There is another article on dumping the iphone, and it makes me wonder if I can do the same… There are a lot of good articles written there.
I am not a fan of sashimi. I haven’t been from the start. I suppose it’s a status symbol to eat raw fish, or a cultural thing if you’re Japanese…but I’m just yicked out by it.
In the beginning when I was introduced to it, I just chalked it up to the fact that eating raw fish grosses me out, and since I am a picky eater with my own strong opinions, no one tried to convince me otherwise.
I would then say at times that I simply do not like the wasabi flavor, i don’t like how it stings your nose when you eat it, like horseraddish sauce…but basically I just stayed away from the stuff, and stuck to cooked Japanese food, when everyone would eat up the raw fish dishes.
One year while on a business trip in Japan, a potential client took me to lunch, and being in Japan he was pretty adamant about me eating some abalone sashimi…and well that was really the only time i ate it, i was “giving him face.”
Just earlier this year, I don’t know what came over me, perhaps the need to fit in, or i’m just getting less picky about food, but i felt like it would be ok to eat a piece of Tuna Sashimi. So I tried it…it was a huge piece.
I slab some wasabi in the soy sauce, and pretty much marinated the raw fish with my sauce, and breathed and took a bite, chewed and swallowed.
It…was ok. I had to mentally tell myself that eating this was normal, and oppress my gagging reflex from eating what i normally would not eat. The texture of the sashimi is a bit too soft for me…anything that is soft in texture just reminds me of fat from meats. Like Pork fat…and honestly I just don’t think eating pork fat is very good and thus something one does not eat.
But I gave it a go. After that, i actually had a craving for the Tuna Sashimi, so I went to the restaurant to eat some, and since it was only a two person meal, a plate of tuna sashimi was too much for me…it’s like my limit of raw fish is 2 pieces at max. Three is one to many.
I guess, i’ve just decided that while Sashimi is not really my thing to eat, I can now say that I’ve tried it a few time, and gave it a chance, and can now finally judge that I really don’t like it all that much. It doesn’t have much flavor, and it’s too soft for me to handle in mass quantities.
Yes I understand it’s a status symbol to be able to eat at such restaurants, but i really would rather save my appetite for something that i want and love to eat.
Eating Sashimi is one of those things I equate with having money to do so, as the environment I am surrounded in, usually eat at a more upscale luxury restaurant…no round table dinner is complete without a plate of Sashimi ordered, just as no wedding banquet (unless for ethical reasons) is complete without a order of shark fin soup.
Yes I realize that it’s been popularized enough that those 快炒 (dishes for 99NTD) places will have them, but come on, those aren’t the best Sashimi one can get.
The status symbol part i’d like to point out is a reference to an uncle of mine. He would gobble up sashimi like there was no tomorrow just cuz it’s not something that he orders every time he goes to restaurant. Perhaps it’s because he has an inferiority complex, so I would associate that with that.
I think it is an acquired taste, as my nephew, Aaron, loves sashimi. He started eating the thing way before I did…his dad’s side is big on seafood.
I’m still “eh” about it.
P.s. I don’t know how to reply to your post as an afterthought… instead of doing it thru edit of the main post…do i need to reply with an entire new post??
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Honestly, I don’t care much about politics. Sure i join in on the ocassional talks about it, and I pretend to be able to carry on a conversation about it by reading political news, but i simply do not care all that much.
The first I heard about Gaddafi’s death was this morning on a friend’s Plurk, this particular although plurks in Mandarin, lives in Cananda, so of course she has access to western news. Her plurk was simple, something along the lines of “I guess Gaddafi really is dead.” It was a link, and since I was on my mobile, I didn’t click on the link, but just left it at that.
i thought to myself, ok…noted, Gaddafi is dead.
Then a friend of mine IMs me (“IM” is such an old phrase, it really dates me), that Gaddafi is dead. I replied back, oh right. She then said, it’s so shocking, or that she’s shocked, or that she can’t believe it.
All I can think of is, really??!
I guess being bombarded with the death of Gaddafi only matters, or is shocking if one has been following the news, or knows how exactly of a mad man he is. I simply don’t…I just know that he’s a man that did something bad to Libya, or that he’s a dictator, and of course all dictators are bad.
I then went searching for the news of his death. Apparently there are some videos of him being paraded around post-mortum. The official news statement was that, he suffered a bullet wound to his right arm, but during transit, the car he was in was caught in crossfires, whether it was friendly or enemy, no one can tell.
As for the official statement, they can say whatever they want, but the picture of the bullet wound to the side of his side, sure looks like an execution shot. I think we’ve all watched enough CSI to know what an execution shot looks like. I have no doubt that perhaps he was corned in a drain, and brought out, THEN shot execution style, and than paraded around like old savages would showing off the pride of the kill, as the video that I am refraining from clicking would no doubt show me what I predict.
The news report that I read, I found this particular quote to be hilarious.
HAHAH, only in death, can his hair implants be confirmed. Even dictators care about what they look like, I suppose being a dictator, image is a big deal. That’s all you’ve got to scare people..plus all the murders and threats.
I once read a fictional book about this dictator who had hired a PR person, to make him a bit more “friendlier”, which i thought was a funny, but good idea. I mean yes, he was doing all these dictatorial things, but he wanted to come off as a lovable leader. That story was just a short piece in a larger piece of the puzzle I was reading, I don’t remember how the rest of the stories related, but hair implants just reminded me of that.
I guess this is one more bad guy off the face of the planet. I think, Gaddafi just got tired of running…i know I would, being dead would be less tiring than running for your life. One of his son is also dead, while the other has no official word… I guess that’s the life that you lead as a dictator. You reign in power for awhile, but you just know that your days are numbered.
It’s really not that much different than our everyday normal non-dictator life. We live for awhile, and then you die.
On that Happy note…it is Friday, although there is work tomorrow, it’s still Friday!! and so with this, I leave you with Rebecca Black’s Friday, playing in your head. Please press the play button and start singing Friday, Friday!! :D
To say that i love traveling is an understatement. Who doesn’t love to travel though? I’m always planning my next adventure, and due to my work, sometimes I get to travel to fun destinations. Sometimes.
While I don’t consider myself a travel packing expert, (I always end up packing way too much of one type of clothes, and not enough of another, this time i packed too many bottoms and not enough tops) there is always one thing that I always pack no matter where I’m going. A swimsuit. I read it somewhere, that it was one of those must pack things no matter where one is going, so I’ve stuck with that. (Yes, I even pack it when i’m visiting cold weather places, it really doesn’t take up THAT much room.)
I suppose in a pinch, a swimsuit can be used as an under piece or underwear, should you run out, or if the weather permits, a sauna piece, and if you stay at a hotel, maybe you’d want to take a dip in the pool (if it’s open)
I also always pack a pair of flip flops. I don’t know if it’s the California girl in me, but i really wish I could wear flippy floppys everywhere i go, so I pack them and wear them to non-formal occasions of my traveling trips. They are comfy, and since they are rubber shoes, I don’t have to worry about the shoes getting wet in case of rain (which i hate, when my shoes get wet in rain).
Besides the normal everyday stuff, like passport, and cosmetics & what not, I think those two items are the most interesting thing of the items that I pack every traveling trip no matter the destination.
Most of us has them (unless you are an only child, then you only have cousins & friends who are like sisters/brothers to you)
I, myself, am a middle child. I have an older sister AND a younger brother. We are all very far apart in age. I am younger than my sister by 7 years, while my brother is younger than me by 5.
When I was younger, I had very little interactions with my sister, she was always studying, locked in her room…I suppose being 7 years younger, she really didn’t want to have anything to do with me. It was the same with my little brother and me I suppose, I remember one time, him knocking on my door, wanting to come into my room to play with me, and I just screamed at him to go away and leave me alone.
We are much better now that we are adults. I would say that we are as close as siblings can be, who live miles and miles away from each other, since I’ve moved back to Taiwan, and they are still in the States.
My sister has been married for a few year, ten at the least, since her kids are 10 & 9…before she had kids, I would say that I was definitely a no babies kind of person, but i definitely fell in love with those two when they were born. Those nephews of mine with their big eyes and their adorable, loveable personality…what’s not to like about them.
Each has his own definite personality. Isaac, the older nephew, is just cute as a button, he has these really big eyes that will just stare at you, and melt you with his eyes. He’s into sports, and for someone who is such a young person, he reads people’s emotions very well… he knows that if you are annoyed at him, you stay away and until the annoyed emotions are gone.
Aaron, is a clown. My theory is that Isaac is so cute, that Aaron needs to funny to steal the spotlight away from Isaac, being the second child and all. Aaron does physical comedy with his face, he’ll make funny faces and go all out in getting a laugh. Aaron is also a person with an old soul… you can just tell. There was some issues with his speech when he was younger, he didn’t speak coherently for the longest time, but it all sorted itself out. Perhaps he was getting confused with all the languages he was surrounded, Taiwanese, Mandarin & English.
(Can you tell which nephew is which nephew?)
(This post has ran off on a tangent of nephews instead of siblings, but without siblings, i wouldn’t have nephews would I?)
Arrived in China yesterday, although I’m super familiar with China (the oppression, the heat, the food), each time I enter, it’s still filled with changes, whether it is changes to the work staff, or how immigration is, or worse of all internet.
My proxy servers are a bit down, and I’m unable to FB, which it may not seem like the end of the world, but I feel very cut off from information. I am only relying on G+, Plurk app(which works, but plurk web not working).
The website to which I’ve been downloading tv shows for the week, although works, the links to download doesn’t… it’s slightly ok since I have shows stored up just for this occasion…
The new plus things for this time is the i now have iMessage, and so it’s easy to communicate with those who have upgraded to iOS5, it’s like whatsapp/KK, etc, except it’s built into the text, so I don’t have to switch it out, and honestly whatsapp is a bit unstable here too…(it’s all really unstable)
I’m physically in China until the 26th, so that’s at least 8 more sleeps, until I can get away and is in HK for the convention…so i can make it 8 more sleeps right?