Wednesday, March 19, 2014

New Year, New Home part 3

We looked at an apartment in a famous building. Famous in Hong Kong, at least. I was surprised that it wasn’t more expensive since Chinese people prefer status symbols.

It was a nice apartment and had a lot of similar amenities as the Yau Ma Tei apartment. The kitchen was better in that one but the gym was better in this one. It didn’t have the big balcony, but it had huge windows with different views of the harbor. You have to pay extra for parking in this one, but that doesn’t matter to us since none of us has a car.

The main benefit as far as I’m concerned is that this one is more convenient as far as the MTR goes. The other one takes an extra train to get to work. This one would get me to work and the airport a lot easier.

We’ve only been looking for 3 months, so we’ll keep looking around, but I think either of these would be a nice place to live.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Paperback Writer

Dear Sir or Madame,

Will you read my book? It took me weeks to write. Will you take a look?

Now I’ll have that bass line stuck in my head all day. That’s not such a bad thing.

My second e-book, Nudist Cruise, is now in real book form. The paperback version is available at Amazon. It’s a little on the expensive side, but at 300 pages there’s no way they’re going to sell it for just a few dollars. Amazon needs to make a profit.

If you buy the paperback, you can get the e-book for free. I don’t know why anyone would want both, but that’s a promotional thing that Amazon does. Who am I to argue with Amazon marketing techniques?

I had to change the cover for the paperback. Apparently a naked butt is ok for e-books but isn’t going to fly in print.


Thursday, March 6, 2014

New Year, New Home part 2

We looked at a very nice apartment near Yau Ma Tei. It’s close enough to walk to the MTR, but far enough from Nathan Rd. It’s a little pricey, but with 3 of us it’s affordable.

This is one of those modern buildings with 24 hour security, swimming pool, gym and parking – none of which are at all standard in Hong Kong. We don’t need parking, but a swimming pool would be nice and I’d go to the gym all the time.

What caught my attention right away were the kitchen and balconies. Kitchens in Hong Kong are mostly a sink against a wall with a stove and maybe a few inches of counter space. This apartment had a real kitchen. It was pretty small by American standards, but huge by Hong Kong standards. It was an actual room with actual counter space. I’d spend a lot of time in that room.

Balconies aren’t the most important thing in the world – and most Hong Kong apartments have a tiny balcony – but this one had the tiny laundry balcony and a real balcony outside the living room. You can actually spend time on this balcony – and the view isn’t too shabby, either. It’s a nice view of the harbor. It’s not one of the famous views, but I’d be happy just to see water and sky outside my window. Right now we can see the building next door from our laundry balcony.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Three Auditions part 5

I just did a callback for the TV series that I auditioned for in November. They’re really taking their time on this one.

It was more like a job interview than an audition. I didn’t read any lines or do a scene. We just talked about life in Hong Kong. I almost got the impression that they were looking for ideas for the show. I still don’t know what the show is about, but if they use anything I said and don’t give me the part, I think I deserve some kind of consulting credit. Unless the show bombs.

I really don’t know what to make of this audition since it wasn’t really an audition. Were we just talking because they’re not interested? If they’re not interested, why waste everyone’s time like that? Is this how they audition everybody? I have no idea. It seems kind of strange to me.