Thursday, 12 June 2014

Metropolitan Museum of Art - New York

I pop by the MMOA last evening. It was first set up in 1870. 


It's my lucky day. Free today. ^_^ but I made a $10 contribution of the usual $25 ticket. 


You can see many visitors to the musuem. According to the website, it is one of the most visited museums in the world. These are private collections that were contributed by rich prominent businessmen over the years and I have to admit the collection are awesome. 


To be honest, I walked away from the musuem having mixed feelings. Why is that so... 


You see this mummy above? It is contributed by JP Morgan. Yes the famous JP Morgan which you know. But aren't these treasures supposedly bought from tomb raiders in Egypt?


There is the bronze portrait of Alexander the Great with many other Greek treasures. It also feel ironic that many treasures of Egypt, Greece, China etc are found elsewhere rather than the country of origins. The price to pay for losing wars?!


You will need to spend days here if you intend to go in depth into each section of the museum. 


They even brought the entire temple back to United States, but at least in this instance, it was a legitimate gift from that country at that time. 


The museum is huge with many treasures on display. I only managed to cover the first floor. The second floor consist of East Asian artifacts and other relics. I am sure I will see more treasures here but will not try to dwell into how these treasures were acquired. You have also read for yourself how our Asian Civilisation museum got into trouble for buying allegedly stolen relics from supposedly trusted sources. 


A sleeping Cupid for you before I end this post. You can see that I mix business and leisure pretty well :@P


I will be going on holiday soon and clearing off one of my bucket list this time round. Will keep you guessing for now but the picture above will give u a hint of my next destination. 

Happy holidaying.  

Saturday, 7 June 2014

Namsan Park - Seoul

If you are staying at Grand Hyatt Seoul, there is a park just outside the hotel which you should not miss. I think it's worth taking an hour jog and stroll into Namsan park. 


There are nice pathway with trees, stream and bushes along the way and you should head towards the Seoul TV tower. The journey is probably 3-4km to and fro. 


The way up is not easy as it can be pretty steep at times but there are many benches along the way for you to take a breadth and enjoy the scenery. 


You can get a great view of Seoul as you head upwards towards the Seoul TV tower. You can see Grand Hyatt in the background. 


Seoul TV tower is the target and I am only half way there. 


You can see some old walls along the road side.


The tower is the reward at the end of your walk but this is also the place where you will meet hordes of tourists who came up by buses and missed smelling the flowers along the way. 


At this point, you can either take the lift up to the top of Seoul Tower or you and your loved ones can "lock" your love in the trees. 


The locks are for sale inside the shops!

Seoul long. Don't miss this walk if you are staying at Grand Hyatt. ^_^







Tuesday, 13 May 2014

The CEO of a Company is critical!

If you remember my post last year at the start of EPL Season, i predicted that the top 5 teams will be

1. Chelsea
2. Manchester City
3. Tottenham
4. Manchester United
5. Arsenal

I only got 3 out of the 5 correct but interestingly there are some management lessons to be shared.


3 of the teams have a new CEO (aka Manager) last season - Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United. If you are a Man U fan, i am sorry to say that a wrong CEO was chosen from the start. The shoes was too big for him to fill. His mid-table mentality can never make it. 

I always respect Managers who have the winning mindset, who can bring out the best in its players and most importantly, win it with style. I have to say that this year, i think both Manchester City and Liverpool managers deserve credit for trying to do it the "right" way.

Pretty disappointed with Chelsea for employing the "parking the bus" tactics and stifling creative play. Since Manchester City probably bought their way to success, i would have preferred to see a Liverpool victory but she has already exceeded all my expectations. Liverpool wasn't even in my top 5 prediction. Similarly in your pursuit for financial freedom, remember to do it with style and taste, don't live life like a miser - you will never be happy and do whatever you need to do before you die....like watching a premier league match live if you have the opportunity.


Similarly, the CEO of a Company is absolutely critical The top sets the tone. This is always the case. Invest in a Company whose management you like and trust. However, having said that, it is always the most difficult assessment to make. If you haven't read the book on Steve Jobs, go read it. It is quite a easy to read book and give insights as to how he wanted Apple to become and he sets the creative tone. One of the most important philosophy he has that stuck with me was that "A performers only want to work in a team of A performers. If you condone a "C" performer in the team, the A performers will feel unappreciated and leave and you will be left with a team of C performers"


Handpick your CEO and invest wisely! ^_^



Saturday, 1 February 2014

China biz trip

Think I am having a overdose of flying these days. 


Morning 830 SQ flight to HK

Flying to HK followed by BJ. Having a bad experience with Air China last time where my flight was delayed by 2 hours, this time I will try Dragon Air for my HK-BJ sector instead. 


The menu today was brunch but I have to tell you I have the most disappointing breakfast on SQ. Won't pick this choice for main course again. 


Starts with a fruit platter followed by yogurt. 


The main course was a wrong choice. Pls pick the grilled pork next time. The passenger beside me choose that and it looks good. 


One look you know the noodles taste like rubber band. With all due credit, the air stewardess offered to change for me when she saw that I didn't finish my food but maybe I am just too overdose with flying... 


Dragon Air 7pm flight to Beijing

I have to say that Dragon Air offered better food and service than Air China! Unfortunately my experience was marred by another flight delay where my 7pm flight only took off at 915pm and i reached Beijing after midnight. 


The food was so much better in terms of both presentation and taste. 


The appetizer was scallops and prawns. Followed by steam rice with beef. 


Then it ended off with a few choices of Hagen Dazz ice cream and I picked the mango flavor. Yummy. 


Shangri-La World Summit

It was always ironic. I get to stay in good hotels but never get to enjoy it 


The lobby is at 64th floor so you can imagine the view outside. 


Nice his and hers washing basins and the toothbrush comes with Colgate. 


Nice bathtub which I am too tired to use. 


Welcome fruit basket and chocolates which I didn't get to enjoy. 


A very comfortable bed which I only get to sleep in at 2am and my meeting is at 9am the same day. 


This room is huge but I think the corporate rate was reasonable at RMB 1580 before taxes. 


Don't know what to say about the view. It feels so dirty and polluted. The PM2.5 is for sure more than 100 and that is on the low side this morning. 

A day full of meetings after meetings and I caught the last flight out at 00:10 feeling exhausted but just in time for my CNY eve dinner...


















Saturday, 25 January 2014

Seoul biz trip

Recently flew to Seoul for a business meeting.  


I never thought the streets will be layered with frozen ice as well and it was pretty slippery. I have never visited Seoul in Janaury before. 


I was hiding in coffee bean waiting for my meeting to start at 10am and watching the world goes by. 


The lunch venue was located in an old building. Sometimes when clients bring you for lunch, you can't really take out your camera to take pictures can you? Too "unprofessional". Haha


There was a man made water fall and pond and they are all "frozen" as well. 


SQ flight from Seoul to Singapore


Here you go. My dinner menu. Satay for appertizer (again)


Followed by scallops that is not too fresh but ok. 



The beef was the recommended as the "chef's recommendation". It tasted good but the condiments looks like "black beans" and don't really blend in but once you wash down with the French wine, it tasted good. 


Ended with a mango cake and a platter of cheese. 


Not exactly the most healthy dinner but the cheese was great! The smellier the better. I left the cheddar untouched. 

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