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回覆 (610): BYE, BYE AMERICAN PIE!
 
 
 
Morning everyone.  
 
As the year draws to a close, the world has changed a little in 2010. While Americans still think they're in charged, China’s Dagong Global downgraded U.S. credit rating to A+ from AA, and many US iconic companies went out of business (sorry, Halliburton not on the list:-(). The top 3:  
 
Blockbuster - One of my most frequent hangouts during the VHS era which filed bankruptcy in 2010. Doubling down on retail stores and dunning its customers with loathsome late fees while competitors are offering deals over the web, and local kiosks renting movies for a buck. Blockbuster is now gone forever!!
kris
10-12-30
09:15:27
回覆 (609): 北京道一號
李师父, 雪狐狸送的應是一款0分频一单元的 mono 喇叭箱, 播人声應該贏哂屏封,唯一缺點是這設計唔係個個太太可以接受.  
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哇,kris師父,打咁多中文好傷神o加保重啊!^___^
icefox
10-12-28
11:22:25
回覆 (608): 北京道一號
 
I always have two package in my bag. Remember my suffering last time when we first time went to visit Yeung Kong 18 sons. I missed the Siu Yeah and after I took this I could take a lot of sea food the other day!!!!!
Gingers
10-12-27
18:25:37
回覆 (612): 北京道一號
跑馬地箱屍案?  
呢次 Dai9Wok啦.  
快D揾Ginger兄帯你去自首啦!!!  
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cpyip
10-12-27
17:06:45
回覆 (611): 北京道一號
跑馬地箱屍案?  
呢次 Dai9Wok啦.  
快D揾Ginger兄帯你去自首啦!!!
feikeung
10-12-27
15:43:27
回覆 (610): 北京道一號
 
Where on earth did you find this long lost child of Kris?  
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李师父, 雪狐狸送的應是一款0分频一单元的 mono 喇叭箱, 播人声應該贏哂屏封,唯一缺點是這設計唔係個個太太可以接受.  
kris
10-12-27
12:58:37
回覆 (609): 北京道一號
 
Fox,  
 
Where on earth did you find this long lost child of Kris?  
 
limage
10-12-27
11:46:19
回覆 (608): 北京道一號
Kris, what a shame, sorry to hear your mishap!  
 
Here is a X'mas present for you.  
 
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After you finish with the present, go down to Mandarin and serve yourself a piece of this. Then you will be all set!  
 
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icefox
10-12-26
13:19:16
回覆 (608): 北京道一號
I believe the owners of Fat Angelos use to work for Dan Ryan's at Pacific Place. They started their business after learning their trade over 1pre 97 with the first restaurant back then which represented good value, good portions and pretty reasonable food. It was geared towards gweilo market and expat Chinese. However since the expansion - even into Tsueng Kwan O, and trying to cater for a wider audience, higher rent, I feel they have really gone down the very local track neither here or there. What I mean, they are no longer the same Fat Angelo at the upper mid price bracket which no longer can survive in Hong Kong, they are moving and sliding to the Spaghetti House band which is doing much better trade in pushing up their own image. This is typical danger with Hong Kong casual dining, if you cannot maintain quality and freshness to your image and food, its hard to compete with Spaghetti House, PIzza Hut and similar chains, you cannot move up the higher boutique dinning, so you slide further and further down. With no traffic, slow table turnover, you must cut cost - that means staff and quality of food being the only available options.  
 
The verdict is always eat at your local 茶餐廳 or go higher up the price chain - those sitting in the middle its always going to struggle unless they are backed by a listed company or they are providing damn good food and are a small chain, not a chain trying to become a big one.  
 
One group which has expanded well is the King Parrot group, they have grown but provided variety in their restaurants catering a much wider audience by other various kinds of food from around the world. This I think is a very good formula.
daiwok
10-12-26
12:15:48
回覆 (607): 北京道一號
 
 
One other thing I learned from the Fat Angelo’s fiasco is how incredibly effective Po Chai Pills 保濟丸 really is! I was completely out-of-order for 2 days, could not function at all in anything. Started taking the recommend dosage in late afternoon yesterday and the worst part of the nightmare was gone in less than 2 hours, just like that! Cost about $15/box, simply unbeatable.
kris
10-12-26
11:37:26
回覆 (606): 北京道一號
 
 
 
.....may not have to do with racist attitude, which has been quite out of vogue in HK for at least a quarter of a century  
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Welcome to the new trend :-)
kris
10-12-26
10:44:33
回覆 (605): 北京道一號
 
I have been to Fat Angelo’s in TST and my experience was far more pleasant than yours, but it was 10 years ago.  
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Like Seven-eleven, many of these establishments are franchised out, managers are shareholders and each location runs very differently depends on the driver. Fat Angelo’s in So Ho is very pleasant too, so is the Outback Steakhouse in CWB, one of my regular canteens.  
 
kris
10-12-26
10:41:35
回覆 (604): 北京道一號
 
I have been to Fat Angelo’s in TST and my experience was far more pleasant than yours, but it was 10 years ago.  
 
Waitresses were mainly Philipino. Smiling faces, helpful and some even amiable. Food was good and prices reasonable.  
 
I think it must have to do with poor management of particular shop whose staff cannot but reflect their general discontent. It may not have to do with racist attitude, which has been quite out of vogue in HK for at least a quarter of a century.  
 
limage
10-12-26
10:29:43
回覆 (603): 北京道一號
 
 
 
Happy holiday everyone.  
 
 
Came down with a severe case of food poison after eating a plate of fettucini alfredo with blue crap at Fat Angelo's in CWB.  
 
It was my first time there, we went early at about 5:00 pm after golf. There was only 1 other table occupied at the time and the service was an eye-opener to say least - 8 waiters/waitresses walking around our table for over 20 minutes with no service, not even a glass of water. It was a part time girl that finally came to our rescue and we weren't sitting in her section. Turned out that she is a veteran in the business and recognized me from the old days at Dan Ryan’s where she used to work. She was really nice to us and the only person who acknowledged our existence during the whole entire meal. She further explained to me that many western restaurants in Hong Kong are racist against Chinese customers and often under the impression that white people give better tips in general, so they get better service (another one is the Outback Steakhouse in Wan Chai, the gweilo manager there John is a real 仆街 and he goes out of his way to make sure Chinese get the worst tables at all cost). In any case, when the food finally came, the pasta was badly shaped, like scrap picked up from the kitchen floor. The alfredo sauce was like toothpaste mixed with milk and the blue crap, I'm almost certain, not cleaned probably. Oh....it was also quite overcooked, looked like a dish of congee. So for holiday doers looking for an unforgettable dinning experience, large portions of mystery food, unfriendly service and good old racist atmosphere, go checkout Fat Angelo's at #102, 1/F Elizabeth House, 250 Gloucester Road,Causeway Bay, Hong Kong.  
 
 
Here's a comment from another customer of Fat Angelo's posted on open rice....  
 
不知所謂, 呢間野食過幾次,諗住ok,雖然每次都係o個個manager 服務態度差,但今次係忍無可忍......一定要黎寫寫佢  
 
我地一行3人, 唔係叫左好多 野  
1. Baffalo Wing  
2. Clam Spaghitti  
3, Pizza  
4. Seafood Risotto  
 
有食過既都知道佢地有Salad送, 我食食下, 見到一條似係蚯蚓既物體, 睇真D 原來係真既一條!!! 我叫個manager 黎la, 無道歉不特止, 佢第一句係 " Because the salad is fresh"  
Fresh 係咪等如唔駛洗菜先?佢既態度太差, 仲好似有蚯蚓係無問題咁!!! I would suggest no going there!!! I have called the Hygeine Department to take the worm and check with the restaurant!"  
kris
10-12-26
09:10:36
回覆 (602): 北京道一號
Merry Xmas everyone !  
daiwok
10-12-25
10:09:15
回覆 (601): 北京道一號
 
Merry X’mas  
 
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limage
10-12-25
09:01:35
回覆 (600): Official wedding photos
Gingers
10-12-25
07:09:59
回覆 (599): Official wedding photos
 
Hon  
 
Thanks for sharing :-)  
 
John
Gingers
10-12-25
07:07:29
回覆 (598): Merry Christmas
Merry Chrismas, everyone from 1PekingRoad  
 
 
Hon
hwlau
10-12-24
22:25:39
回覆 (597): Merry Christmas
To everyone at PK1,  
 
My best wishes to you all...  
 
JCR33
10-12-24
18:31:25
回覆 (596): Diet
 
Thanks 2A3 for clearing my doubts. Diet control isn’t that effective afterall.  
 
limage
10-12-24
00:04:00
回覆 (595): Diet
limage,  
 
Two different women. I don't know who the "health guru" is, & am not interested to know. The first lady is called Nigela Lawson, both me & my wife think that she lives up to her name, Lawson, real huge. She demonstrates how to cook after work in a rush to feed her family. Just think of her as another Martin Yan.  
 
Only two other reasons I can think of besides diet to create the difference, made up & sex.
Derek2A3
10-12-23
23:32:46
回覆 (594): Diet
 
The same person, kris?  
 
Wow, what a nice progress she has made in one year!  
 
limage
10-12-23
22:25:57
回覆 (593): Diet
 
 
 
 
 
This woman is 51.  
She is a TV “health guru” advocating a holistic approach to nutrition and ill health, promoting exercise, a pescetarian diet high in organic fruits and vegetables. She recommends detox diets colonic irrigation and supplements, also making statements that yeast is harmful, that the colour of food is nutritionally significant, and about the utility of lingual and faecal examination.  
 
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This woman is 50. She is a TV cook, who eats nothing but meat, butter and deserts.
kris
10-12-22
12:25:42
回覆 (592): CONGRAT to Hon
Dr Hon,  
 
Many congrats.  
 
ps. CP, better to eat less at your age.
tenfingers
10-12-13
11:12:44
回覆 (591): CONGRAT to Hon
 
Whilst we are waiting the official photo, now see this first to share the happiness  
 
Gingers
10-12-13
11:05:48
回覆 (609): New Martin Logan CLX Art
>the IRS III rig looks impressive! Any idea the dimension of the room? <  
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I think the room is roughly 27' (W) X 36' (L) X 11' (H)  
 
 
thekong
10-12-13
10:12:28
回覆 (608): New Martin Logan CLX Art
 
 
For roughly the same amount, you can also have the Infinity IRS V....  
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For roughly the same amount, I can also buy a flat in 長沙灣 :-|  
 
 
 
kris
10-12-13
09:41:18
回覆 (607): New Martin Logan CLX Art
 
 
If you are interested, there is a pair of Statement E2 on Audiogon right now ;-)  
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thekong, I see you're having a busy morning at the office again:-) Yes, the Statement has shipload of cone drivers and separate bass towers (think the 16 12" woofers are housed in cast machined enclosures), but at the ridiculous volume we had it on (loud even for me!), the 2 ESL panels (mounted in the heavy cast base) held their composure way beyond my expectation. At one point (right when the plane hits the ground), I thought for sure one of the panels was going to fly out towards feikeung. The point is Martin Logan makes quality products, though not cheap, still value for money considering what the other super speakers out there are offering. If humidity is no longer a threat, what great fun!  
 
ps: the IRS III rig looks impressive! Any idea the dimension of the room?  
 
kris
10-12-13
09:35:38
回覆 (606): New Martin Logan CLX Art
 
My friend’s modified IRS III sounds excellent in his system in Vietnam:  
 
thekong
10-12-13
09:18:34
回覆 (605): New Martin Logan CLX Art
 
For roughly the same amount, you can also have the Infinity IRS V  
 
 
 
 
 
http://www.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/cls.pl?spkrfull&1297071956&/Infinity-IRS-V
thekong
10-12-13
09:17:36
回覆 (604): New Martin Logan CLX Art
 
>The sound of the " air plane crash" movie we saw at 十八子 with the Statement still rings in my head. <  
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True, but don’t forget the Statement actually has 8 7” cone drivers and 8 12” cone drivers per channel, for the bass.  
 
If you are interested, there is a pair of Statement E2 on Audiogon right now ;-)  
 
http://www.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/cls.pl?spkrfull&1296956237&/Martin-Logan-Statement-E2-
thekong
10-12-13
09:02:41
回覆 (603): New Martin Logan CLX Art
 
 
 
 
 
One thing for certain, the new generation of Martin Logan offers plenty of dynamics and can play at a tremendous volume with ease. The sound of the " air plane crash" movie we saw at 十八子 with the Statement still rings in my head.  
 
 
kris
10-12-12
11:12:20
回覆 (602): New Martin Logan CLX Art
 
 
 
 
 
 
The list price starts at US$22,995..........only 56–23,000 Hz ±3dB, so a sub-woofer is probably mandatory!  
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Agreed, this is precisely why the Magnepan 3.6 is so damn unbeatable! However, from the hip up, Martin Logan is pure toxin! The type of poison that Maggie just simply can not match. Having heard their lower models (Summit, Spire) in various occasions and in countless hi-fi shows, on violin and vocal, the sound of Martin Logan is in a class of it's own. Truth is, the thought of intimately involved with a pair CLX excites me more than any other loudspeaker in the current market. Hopefully, when my damn studio is done, I'll have enough courage ( and $$$ ) to bring her in for some adult fun, the Martin Logan's way:-|  
 
 
http://www.martinlogan.com/clxart/specs.php
kris
10-12-12
10:51:24
回覆 (601): New Martin Logan
>Any idea how much this thing is selling? <  
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The list price starts at US$22,995, and you can have custom made ones with exotic wood finish at extra cost.  
 
Unfortunately, even the factory spec. says only 56–23,000 Hz ±3dB, so a sub-woofer is probably mandatory!  
 
 
thekong
10-12-11
19:06:14
回覆 (599): New Martin Logan
 
Two things about the Martin Logen I find most enchanting: quality construction and translucent diaphragm. To be stark naked is good enough, but slightly less than transparent is deadly.  
 
Dark Cherry is likely to blend in well with my future room. Any idea how much this thing is selling?  
 
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limage
10-12-11
10:17:29
回覆 (598): Genesis 350
 
 
 
 
icy, the "hybrid design" used in the Genesis 350 is something still not very convincing for me, not yet anyway. The auditions we had with the Apogee in Malay (think it was the Grand) and some of the older Martin Logans of similar design left more questions than answers. Having said that, I am interested, very much so, to arrange an audition with the Martin Logan's CLX. An absolute feast for the eyes!
kris
10-12-11
08:12:50
回覆 (597): Genesis 350
kris,  
 
This should be big enough for you.  
 
http://www.audiogon.com/cgi-bin/cls.pl?spkrfull&1297056162&/Genesis-350-one-of-the-10-best
icefox
10-12-10
16:44:33
回覆 (596): CONGRAT to Julian Assange
 
 
 
 
 
Nobel Prize for Julian Assange!
kris
10-12-10
08:10:44
回覆 (595): CONGRAT to Hon
CP  
 
Thanks for your offer which I will take.  
 
Fei Keung looked great on Sunday evening, I really like his style.  
 
Hon
hwlau
10-12-09
22:31:10