Friday, 22 September 2017

Auto & Environment: My Take on Air Quality Objectives Review 2017 with Views Collection Form

Image from EPD HK

There are two public engagement forums on Air Quality Objectives Review (Public Engagement) coming up, Sep 28 2:15pm and 30th Sep 10am. Registration is required.

For those of us not free to attend, we can also share our views here:

No idea how serious the government will take our views though.

Here are my comments:

Review of the Air Quality Objectives
Public Engagement
Views Collection Form

Q1:Any views and comments on possible new air quality improvement measures discussed during the review?
Don't need a new air quality improvement measure, just need to bring back 100% EV FRT waiver for private cars.
The main reason being, the policy has absolutely no effect on stopping private car growth. Transport Department data has clearly shown that EVs sales is next to nothing since the massive EV FRT waiver cut, while ICEVs have recorded record-breaking sales. Now these ICEVs will stay with us for the next 5-8 years as their efficiency deteriorates, and our lungs will have to clean up their and your mess.

Freeing tax for EVs is not subsidizing car purchase using tax payers' money, because without the waiver, the tax income from EVs is negligible anyway. So, how can money be lost if it is impossible to earn it in the first place?

Q2:Any other suggestion on possible new air quality improvement measures?

Increase FRT for ICEVs and bring back full FRT waiver for EVs, obviously.
Just talk to professors at PolyU, they have the latest tech in solar glass and panels.

Image from EPD

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Baby Care: Trying out Dr. Robert Hamilton's Baby-Calming Hold

Me and Belle
Image from Locky's English Playground
Have always wanted to try out Dr. Robert Hamilton's Baby-Calming Hold but my elder girl is obvious too old for this at 3.5 years old, so my younger daughter Belle came to me at the perfect time. Here's how she reacted to it.

Disclaimer: No baby was hurt in the process of filming this.

Trying out Dr. Robert Hamilton's Baby-Calming Hold

How To Calm A Crying Baby - Dr. Robert Hamilton Demonstrates "The Hold" (Official)

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Environment: Typhoon Doksuri & Talim on 13th Sep 2017

Image from HKO
Twin typhoon, both set to miss Hong Kong. Li's field at work? Or not? We've seen U-turn typhoon before. Remember 2010's Lion rock?
Resource: Li's field 李氏力場

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Videos: Introducing "My Eco Diary" YouTube Playlist

Me and my plastic cutlery collection
Image from Locky's English Playground

At a time when "video is king", I guess I too have to ride with the trend.

I have been working on a series of videos with 'Sustainability' as topic, and I think it is time to announce that on my blog. Starting from my discovery of the Tzuchi Recycling Education Centre at Quarry Bay, I talked about the things I have learned about recycling companies, recycling plastics, milk cartons, plastic bags, etc. All the knowledge gained has raised my awareness even further and I am now ever more conscious about reducing waste from source.

If you too like learn with me, please bookmark this playlist: and subscribed to my YouTube Channel:

Monday, 12 June 2017

Usage and Website: Hong Kong Observatory Will Consider Issuing... WHAT????

Image from HKO

Imagine your lover tells you,

"I will consider telling you that this 5-star restaurant ABC is the place for our dinner in the next few hours."

What the hell does that really mean?

Haven't they already told you? Why would anyone decide to consider doing something later?

As we see, there are two obvious main verbs in here: 'consider', 'tell / issue', but there are at least two other hidden in the process, and those are 'decide' and  'inform'. The fact that you are hearing this line from your lover is because your lover has already completed these two hidden processes:

  1. has thought over or pondered and finally 'decided' to do 2
  2. has 'decided' to 'inform' you about 3.
And what is 3?

3. is that they will do two more things: 'will consider' and 'tell you' about something. Has 'will consider' semantically, grammatically and automatically mean 'yes' nowadays?

So the whole line should be read as,

"I have decided to inform you that I will consider telling you that this 5-star restaurant ABC is the place for our dinner in the next few hours."

When this is substituted back to the Hong Kong Observatory's official announcement:

"The Observatory have decided to inform you that we will consider telling you about the hoisting of Typhoon Signal No. 8 in the next few hours."

So, HKO, you sound like you have made up your mind, but have you really?

If you will issue, say you 'will issue'!! I hate hedging like yours!

Hong Kong Observatory

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Vocabulary: What is 'Innovation'? A Linguistic Perspective

Word play through word formation, is often very inspiring.

Innovation, is spelled 'in + novation'. Prefix 'in-' means 'not', used to negate the word that follows, 

'novation', a situation that requires everyone to agree in order to make changes.

Innovation is, therefore, a situation that does not require everyone to agree in order to make changes.

If someone claims to be into innovation, but is always bounded by the need to have everyone's agreement, then that is not innovation, that is only in novation.

Innovation is not to be in novation. You can quote me.