Monday 28 April 2008

Excellent Weekend Start with dinner @ world piece cafe

Last Friday after work, we decided to go and have dinner in the World Peace Cafe which can be found in Wanchai Hong Kong.

This restaurant is run by volunteers and serves pretty much full organic vegetarian food. Its very simple as there is only 1 set menu for HKD185, of course they have some deserts, coffee, tea etc you can get.

The atmosphere is quite relaxing as the light is dimmed, some light music in the background...and definitely not too many people.

Altough simple, we got served a 4 course meal that tasted remarkebly well. The menu changes every week, which makes it interesting to return.

We started with a plate with little tomatoes and some other things on there. Quite tasty.

Following the starter was a clear broth soup with carrot, fungus and some other things in there. Quite a good taste, not too salty (they don't use too much oil and msg!!)

The main courses was a multi layered dish with an acquired taste.

And desert, a nice fuitmix was accomponied by some indian chi tea.

In total, a good time we go for some food and then pop around the corner for a drink at The Pawn :)

Friday 25 April 2008

TimeOut HK Magazine #1

TimeOut HK Magazine #1
Originally uploaded by Marcel_Ekkel
On Wednesday 23 April the Launchparty of TIme Out Magazine Hong Kong edition was held.

Time Out is quite famous in London for its magazine. The magazine contains listings of restaurants and activities happening in the area where it is published. Even so welknown for the travel magazines.

These days, it fortunately has a website as well, which for Hong Kong is

A Magazine Launch for a hip magazine needs a good location...which was the newly opened "The Pawn" in Wanchai.

This bar, restaurant is build in the style of an old pawn shop and they have done an excellent job on keeping some old-style elements in there. Excellent parts are a roof-terrace and balconies where you can sit have a bite and a drink. High on my list of places to go for a drink, as it looks into the area of Wanchai that starts hustling and bustling. I will return especially for the massive whisky collection present.

More can be found at

Now the party itself was good. Obviously lots of media people and further all kinds of people that know how to have a good time. It was a strictly "invitation only" event.

There was a band playing with some good rock tunes. with some asian influences..ooops sorry.....forgot the name though.

Snacks and drinks were well present;;; more then glasses i think as after a while the champagne was served in wine glasses.

On evenings like this you run into all kinds of people, for example the managing director of Cafe O ( who just came from an opening of another branch, or owner of FLORZ ( who makes her own jewelry.

All together a good evening!

Monday 21 April 2008

notification of presence

Recently I decided to move away fromy previous host, not easy decision though!

I used to be with GISOL.COM which I used to host my corporate site (SynergySynQ Ltd.) as well as my personal weblog (

If things run...then no major issues with the guys.... However, I had some issues of email not being available, email queues cleared out (meaning all new messages deleted), non response from support, messed up domain names etc.

When looking around for a new hosting provider, you set yourself up for a good challenge. Many reports/feedback don't look that real. Do you want a local (in my case Hong Kong) based provider, or one based in the US. The main difference is price and package availability.

One good thing I have to say about GISOL is their control panel. It allows you to control each of your domain completely independent, including independend statistics.

For my blog I decided to host with the guys from BlueHost, lets see how that works out.

The question to work on now is.... shall i move to wordpress or not :)

Sunday 6 April 2008

Advertising in hk cab

Advertising in hk cab
Originally uploaded by Marcel_Ekkel
Today I sat in a taxi in Hong Kong and noticed a new form of advertising.

In cars, having a screen in headrests is nothing strange..however I had not seen it in taxi's

Interesting to see what they will actually start advertising and even more what the response will be.