The Lion Rock (獅子山): HK urban hike
In Hong Kong, in half an hour one can go from a cosmopolitan metropolis surrounded by international shopping malls to a mountain, listening to the sound of bamboo blowing in the breeze, a rich green vista of mountains, lakes, beaches and ocean, with wild monkeys, pigs, birdsong and butterflies.
Why we don't want just hardcore programmers anymore
Today's software developer can't just have an interest in the machine, like what fascinated me when I grew up programming. He or she must be interested in understanding and solving actual problems for people and businesses, and be able to join the dots back to the underlying technology.
Making and drinking mezcal
I spent a couple of hours at the Jimenez Mendez distillery, chatting to the 5th Generation distiller. The distillery is in a small shack along the side of a road at the back of a family garden, but their spirits are amazing. The distillation process is described below along with photos.
Death and remembrance in Oaxaca
I've been incredibly fortunate to spend three wonderful days (only about half of which was spent working!) with friends in Oaxaca, Mexico, seeing firsthand the celebrations of El Dia de los Muertos — the day of the dead — and what an eye-opening, culturally rich experience it was.
Taiwan and US politics
It was interesting watching the foreign support for the Hong Kong riots three years ago. The riots on the surface were in protest at a new extradition bill that the government was trying to pass, but in practice also speak to the lack of opportunities and progress felt by so
Covid in HK & China, part 2: Where do we go from here?
I've had a "taste of Omicron" myself recently: Having been repeatedly exposed to different forms of Covid at work and outside for the last few months, the virus finally took hold and infected me. I had one night with poor sleep perhaps due to a mild fever, a day or
The covid plague in Hong Kong
As a resident of Hong Kong, I have to say the territory is having an absolutely rotten time recently. Unlike most of the world which has chosen to live with covid-19, mainland China still continues to run it's "dynamic zero covid" policy. This is quite effective in the mainland and
Why I love a good crisis
I've recently been doing some soul searching about some of the things I like and dislike the most about my job. In addition to the usual stuff — happy employees, ecstatic customers, winning deals, increasing valuations, congratulatory board meetings, funding rounds and all the usual — there's a form of tricky situation
Rid us of dull corporate apparel!
Branded clothing is a really big thing in technology companies in general. Silicon Valley startups are perpetually giving out "swag" to customers, ranging from all sorts of utility items such as keychains, pens, mugs and coolers, stickers to put on our laptops, and – most importantly – clothing. Clothes have moved far