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First Impressions of Hong Kong

September 30, 2009 by  

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The 11-hour overnight bus ride into Shenzhen was our last memory of China. Different from the trains in several ways, and a nice transition between China and Hong Kong.
Sleeper bus to Shenzhen Sleeper bus to Shenzhen
Not surprisingly, the carriage was full and the underbus luggage compartments so jam-packed that our backpacks only made it on due to the conductor’s brute force. But that’s where the familiar stopped. We have grown accustomed to the eating, drinking, shouting, and smoking on the trains, but stepped onto this bus to the sound of quiet, with the conductor asking us to please remove our shoes and place them in the designated bag. Jeff took his space on the top berth window bunk, while I was stuck with the top bunk in the middle aisle of the carriage. I think they assign small people to the middle. After fluffing my pillow and arranging my bag and shoes and self into position for the night, I was amused to find a seatbelt attached to the bed. I laughed, but there was a short portion of the ride where I put it to use in order to remain in bed while the…

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Silicon Cape a Trending Topic on Twitter

September 30, 2009 by  

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Folsom Street Fair Boasts More Than Color

September 30, 2009 by  

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Every year, San Francisco’s Folsom Street Fair draws a massive crowd, so much so that depending on the time of day, it’s almost as packed as Mardi Gras. What I didn’t know, despite the fact that I’ve been living in the city for several years, is that I’d find people lined up to be spanked, naked men jerking off in the middle of the street and clotheless women tied up to a street posts with rope. I have to admit, I really thought I was walking down to a street fair with camera in hand to shoot a street full of food and arts and crafts stalls. “How long have you lived here?” a friend later asked. Okay, so I didn’t know. What I did discover however, was indeed art, just not the kind I expected. After passing my first naked man, I realized I wasn’t in Kansas anymore, and had entered a different world, one which isn’t public on Folsom Street every day. While San Francisco welcomes the kinky, the folks in my circles tend to only dabble in all things kinky and naked at Burning Man once a year and that is in a wide open…

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Missing Link win category award in World’s Best Presentation Contest

September 30, 2009 by  

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Above is the presentation that won Missing Link – South Africa’s resident presentation legends lead by Rich Mulholland – the award for best presentation in the “Education” category of the World’s Best Presentation Content 2009 on Slideshare! You can follow PresoRockGods on twitter and visit Missing Link to find out more about them!Similar Posts:
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Enter the Silicon Cape

September 29, 2009 by  

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I’m honoured to have been asked to MC the Silicon Cape launch next week. When Vinny Lingham asked me to do it a few weeks back, I said yebo gogo without hesitation. It’s a brilliant initiative. And it’s possibly going to be one of the most important and powerful gatherings this country has seen of just over 400 local technology and web workers and entrepreneurs, interested parties and all-round geeks from the Western Cape and elsewhere. The event already appears to be oversubscribed and bursting at the scenes. It’s proved popular. Further adding weight to the launch will be the attendance of Provincial premier Helen Zille (and another important dignitary yet to be announced). The idea is to try capture even a fraction of the savvy, concept, excellence and enthusiasm of that well-known Silicon Valley further up North. It’s no secret that Cape Town is one of the most beautiful places to live in the world. Africa’s most visited tourist city is regularly rated around the world as one of the top tourist destinations. As a recent emigre, I have to agree. It’s also no secret either that many online companies and…

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Epicurean Travel Radio

September 29, 2009 by  

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Catch me on the Epicurean Travel radio show on Thursday Oct. 1, at 8 p.m on KUSF-FM 90.3 in San Francisco. I’ll be talking about what to look for while wandering the Ferry Building and the Embarcadero. Photo at left is from the market last Thursday.


Agua Blanca

September 28, 2009 by  

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The road into Agua Blanca. Seeing such a pathway, you might wonder just where it is, and to where it may lead. These are the just the kinds of questions I’ll be answering, so you’re in luck! Because this is part two of my recollection of last summer’s trip along Ecuador’s ruta del sol. Where we left off before, Nancy and I had just climbed onto a bus which went barreling into the misty hills that constitute the northern reaches of the Cordillera Colonche, dividing the country’s lush and prosperous agricultural land from its dry central coast. As diverse as Ecuador’s many ecosystems are, places like these, for me, represent this country best. Green, steaming hills all around, covered by wild, relentless vegetation from top to bottom. I suppose it was a vision like this that filled my mind when I first dreamt of Ecuador, and first impressions such as these, even when conjured by one’s own imagination, are hard to let go. I can also imagine that the first people who spoke languages like English and Spanish to land in the area were greeted by sights and sounds…

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The 2009 Hunger Challenge Day 5: Unreasonable Facsimile

September 28, 2009 by  

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I’m taking the San Francisco Food Bank’s Hunger Challenge – trying to feed my husband (the Bottomless Pit) and myself for just $4 each per day. And, newsflash! Thanks to thousands who twittered these hunger facts, Tyson is sending 100,000 pounds of food to the San Francisco Food Bank! It’s really a no-brainer. Quality ingredients make a huge difference in the final result of a meal. But when you use good ingredients all the time, you just tend to forget how crucial they are. The BP and I each had a slice of bacon ($.14 per person) for breakfast. That bacon should have been a treat – but instead, it was our cheap Hunger Challenge bacon. “This tastes like a piece of paper dipped in oil and rolled in salt,” the BP said. Well put. Fortunately, we each had a perfectly good bowl of oatmeal ($.10 pp), with a shared banana ($.13 pp) and pear ($.12 pp). Total $.49. I should throw in an extra $5 for how annoyed I was…

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