Friday, January 31, 2014

Car Vending Machine

China’s love-affair with the car has caused the country to suffer some of the world’s worst air quality.

But now an innovative car vending machine has been unveiled in Hangzhou in Zhejiang Province, south-eastern China, that could help combat the problem. It is a specially-designed parking lot that can hold up to 300 vehicles, which can be rented on the spot by members of the car share service.

For less than £2 an hour commuters can rent one of these Chinese-made vehicles – the Kandi EV – using a membership card, which is then lowered down to them, fully-charged and ready to drive.

Then with the push of a button, commuters can drive away in an electric car operated by Kandi Technologies.

The wee-sized cars – manufactured by Volvo's owners Geely – reach a top speed of 75mph and can travel for around 50 miles per charge.

Once their journey is done, drivers just have to drop off their rented motor at the nearest station.

City officials said that having EV sharing stations located across the city will provide more convenient transportation options for both citizens and tourists in Hangzhou.

Since the launch last year, Kandi has opened two EV vending machines in Hangzhou, and also has plans to open another 10 this year, expanding into more populated cities such as Beijing and Shanghai.

Methinks, all traffic-congested cities in Asia should have this facility.

District 85’s Dr. Peter Thong was at the WIM Toastmasters meeting last Tuesday as the General Evaluator besides also evaluating me as a speaker – I did my second Advanced speech from the Speaking to Inform manual – my third round of ACB – and I can only agree with those who attended the said meeting when they said it was a good speech. I was voted Best Speaker after all. I would give this meeting a score of 4 over 10. [Note: District 85 encompasses China].


Share a Coke Promo

Coca-Cola’s “Share A Coke” promotion, which is running in some markets, is really cool! The idea is to allow people to take the Coca-Cola script and replace it with their name on the can and send it flying around the net to further embellish the Coke brand. 

But many decided to be more creative and it’s not just names on Coke cans anymore but there’s also a profusion of unintended messages. Everything from 'Boycott Coke' to 'Puck Futin' – that one is because the web app doesn't allow you to use the words 'Fuck' or 'Putin'.


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It doesn’t matter if the words didn’t come out right because most people can still understand what they were supposed to convey. 

And on Coke’s South African website, submissions of pro-gay words generated an error message reading, "Oops. Let's pretend you didn't just type that. Please try another name". 

Of course, LGBT members and activists were distressed – more so, when words like “Straight” were accepted. 

On Tuesday, Coca-Cola published an apology on its website, stating that the program was incorrectly formatted and that the website has been pulled down until the glitch can be corrected. 

Sometimes, having a clever promo can still produce a boomerang effect. 

I saw this on Facebook and wanted to share it with everybody. And I wondered how many men would agree?!?

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Lunar New Year, 2014

On CNY’s Eve, I wish to take this opportunity to wish all my Chinese brethren whether in Malaysia or elsewhere, a Happy Lunar New Year as we welcome the Year of the Horse. May this year bring you good health, bountiful wealth and abundant happiness!

Check out photos of how Malaysians' favorite places, i.e. malls in KL usher in Chinese New Year! There are not that many photos though because many did not impress.

Kate Moss, Supermodel

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Katherine "Kate" Ann Moss (born January 16, 1974) is a model like no other. Born English, she is known for her waifish figure and notorious for her high-profile relationships and party lifestyle. She started her modeling career when she was scouted aged 14 by Storm Model Management and she hasn’t looked back since.
Kate Moss has the amazing ability to bounce back from spectacular setbacks. When the Daily Mirror splashed pictures of her allegedly snorting cocaine in 2005, Chanel, Burberry, H&M and others dropped her like a hot potato within a matter of just days.
Kate’s career looked like it was over.
Yet 12 months on, Kate Moss had snagged 18 top modeling contracts and crowned Model of the Year at the British Fashion Awards. And Kate Moss was able to hold on to contracts with companies like Yves Saint Laurent and Gucci.
Fast forward to 2014 and she is still extremely successful.
Kate Moss’ fortieth birthday has even inspired an artist to stage an exhibition in her honor – Russell Marshall’s “Kate Moss: 40 – A Retrospective” at the Imitate Modern Gallery in London from January 17 to February 15, 2014.
Kate Moss, supermodel!