Links of the day

Hip Young Thing – nice collection of design, great source of inspiration for ideas

Information outlaws through the ages – CultureLab – New Scientist

The Pitch HK: Chui Sui Central: China’s Gen Y brand sirens

Air New Zealand reveals new lie-flat design for economy class | Upgrade: Travel Better – I’d like to see how this plays out before booking one for myself

Benevolent hackers poke holes in e-banking – 29 January 2010 – New Scientist

Out and about: Tsui Wah Restaurant, Central District, Hong Kong

Tsui Wah is a regular sight here in Hong Kong with 13 branches around the place. It provides good quality food at a reasonable price. It has a menu that covers Chinese dishes, Malaysian curries and western food.

Tsui Wah restaurant Wellington Street Central Hong Kong

Vegetarians are catered for too, I enjoyed a nice vegetable curry with a fried egg and rice. However, my personal favourites from the menu are its milk tea made with Black & White condensed milk and strong enough to stand your spoon up in together with toasted bun covered in condensed milk.

The ambiance is a mix of US diner and a canteen, with the chefs cooking in an open ‘short order’-style kitchen and busy waiting staff who keep the service snappy.

Tsui Wah Restaurant
Ground – 2nd Floor
15-19 Wellington Street
Central
Hong Kong

Jargon Watch: MAVINS

Goldman Sachs was widely credited with coming up with the concept of the BRICs a decade ago. An acronym for Brazil, Russell, India and China – the countries that they thought would be the economic engines of the world.

Business Insider has thought about who would be the tier two countries who are most likely to benefit from the global economy. In a partial homage to the BRICs, they put them together into an acronym: MAVINS. MAVINS stands for Mexico, Australia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Nigeria and South Africa. All of them have an abundance that gives them competitive advantage, be it resources, land or people.

SALE: don’t believe the hype

My Mum loves a bargain and looks forward to sales at her local stores. Like many people she thinks that some stores may put in special stock that they have shipped in to sell especially at this time amongst items that have just not sold. Allied Carpets was often the butt of jokes for its never-ending sales, but thought of as the exception rather than the norm.

Sale basket in Shenzhen

A friend here in Shenzhen got this basket from a market here. The markets are usually full of production overruns and samples. What I found interesting about this item was that it had a UK sale tag attached.It reads £29.99  £19.99 SALE.

My initial reaction was how can it be reduced if it hasn’t even reached the shopfloor yet? It was an interesting proof-point of how retailers play customers as chumps. By all means enjoy bargain hunting but don’t believe the SALE hype.

Links of the day

ChristianLindholm.com: iPad – I am torn – too big for mobile casual usage. – interesting take by Christian Lindholm on the iPad

LOOKBOOK.nu: collective fashion consciousness.

Privacy pioneer search engine launches anonymous surfing service | Pinsent Masons LLP

Anatomy of a Stock | Aitken | Waterman production – interesting insight from a sound engineering perspective

The best health apps for your iPhone | The Guardian