May 092010






 Posted by at 5:36 pm
May 092010

This is my 5th or 6th visit to Vietnam in the past 12 years. For the past few times, I always stayed in Ho Chi Minh City, and I would say I didn’t have big problems accessing the internet. My last visit was four years ago and I only needed to check emails and surf for news. So, I didn’t encounter much problems back then.

This time around, I stayed in a resort on an island called Phu Quoc. There was free WiFi access in the resort. However, the speed was extremely slow, and the connectivity was very bad. I would go onto Yahoo! Hong Kong, and it would only load the main page successfully (after a good few minutes). The connection would then be terminated as soon as I tried to access the other pages on Yahoo!

To give you a better idea, I will give you a few examples. First, facebook is blocked in here (Yes! To many people, this is the end of the world). My access to Gmail was intermitten. I could not access google search Hong Kong. Every time I did a search, the results were all returned in Google Vietnam, all in Vietnamese, not much help there for me.

Frustrating it might be, the nice thing is that I HAVE TO enjoy the resort life in here with no other options. But I thought I would write a blog about this for everyone. The good thing is that I can still access my humble blog from here today. Hurray!

Apr 092010

It is good to know that more and more people are declining shark’s fins soup. Instead, people are now turning to fish maw and bird’s nests. Both of these Chinese delicacies are believed to be rich in nutrients. Let me talk about fish maw in here.

Simply put, fish maw is the dried gas bladder in larger fish. Chinese usually (right, usually, there are always exception) do not consume the gas bladder as is. The gas bladders are usually deep fried or dried. Since I am not a big fan of deep fried food, I always go for the dried ones. In addition, fish maws are believed to be a rich source of collagen. So, it is especially good for women and unborn babies in pregnant women.

One fact you have to consider is that many parts of the ocean today is contaminated with heavy metal. There is the fear that we might come across heavy metal fish maw. So, some people are concerned that consuming fish maw will lead to fatal consequences. I would like to think of the whole thing this way: in today’s world, there is pollution all around us. Everything, including the air we breathe and the water we drink, is contaminated to a certain extent. As long as we don’t over-consume anything, we should be in good shape.

Apr 092010






 Posted by at 10:29 am
Mar 132010

I have recently attended this Yahoo! SEM seminar held by Yahoo! and AsiaPac.

For those of you who do not know what SEM stands for, it is Search Engine Marketing. These are the ads that show up on your search results – ADs, not the search result part. For example, after searching for something on Yahoo!, you will see these search results highlighted at the top as well as the right side of the first result page. These are ads. I will talk more about this in my future blogs.

The Yahoo! SEM seminar was quite well organized. The turn out was great. There were about 80 attendees, and many of them are knowledgeable about the topics presented. The seminar was divided into four parts – how the internet opens up new marketing channels for all kinds of businesses; what SEM is; SEO vs. SEM; and how to design a good website.

The speaker who did the presentation on SEO vs SEM was very good. He was able to put those SEO and SEM difficult terms and concepts into layman terms. And for the lady speaker who talked about how to design a good website, the contents were also very interesting.

The attendees of this seminar were also amazing. Many people were paying good attention (you can tell when they were able to answer difficult questions raised be the speakers). And they have also asked many insightful questions asked.

Overall, this Yahoo! SEM semiar was a pleasure to attend. I learnt a few things from the speakers and the attendees. I will talk about the details in my next blogs.