Amidst The Nine Dragons
turbotodd 100000388Y Visits (1890)
I arrived safely in Hong Kong this past Saturday morning.
Thank heavens, nowhere in sight were there continuing signs of the previous weekend's illness. Just a little jet lag after my 18+ hours in the flying aluminum can.
Never having ridden Cathay-Pacific before, I have nothing but good things to say -- save for the part about being in bulkhead and getting some fun leg cramps along the way.
As for Hong Kong itself, there's so much to say and so little time (it's Monday morning here and I'm preparing to leave for my first meetings).
The city feels to me like a cross between Rio de Janiero and Tokyo. I'm very fortunate that my friend Raj lives here, and accompanied me on much of my exploration of the city over the weekend.
When we first set out in Kowloon on Saturday around mid-day, the place seemed empty. This is Hong Kong, I remarked to myself? Where is everybody?
People have been giving me a hard time for the pictures I've taken in recent business travels, as none of them seem to have many people in them. Well, Hong Kong mid-day Saturday won't disappoint.
But come late afternoon and then Saturday evening, it was an entirely different story. People started running out of the woodwork. It was a mass of humanity running around amidst the chaos of this gorgeous city, and I was able to partake of some of the excellent cuisine (including the best dim sum ever).
As for technology, my comments on that will come in good time.
I did step out to a friendly local McDonald's here in North Point this morning (I check out McDonald's everywhere in the world...you'd be surprised how much local customs apply to the menus!), and sitting next to me was an older man, probably in his 50s, playing a small Nintendo GameBoy.
Depending on his economic circumstance, I guess this, of course, could have been a good or a bad sign.
Being a glass half full kinda guy, I figure maybe he was just working on improving his eyesight.
In any case, I hope to report back more once I learn more about the market and the state of technology here in the Asian-Pacific region.
In the meantime, missing all the final bracket action in the NCAA basketball tournament back home, I was intrigued to discover Twitter has discovered at least one way of generating some cash, via Mark Cuban.
Apparently the NBA fined Dallas Mavericks owner Cuban $25K U.S. for "slagging referees" on Twitter this past Friday.
Cuban, as always, just laughed it off. What's next, Cuban Twitter expulsions???