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Apple sanlitun store in Beijing, poor after-sales support!

My lovely 2011 mac book air has died, again. It was repaired only a month ago. Exact same thing, m/b or main controller has fried. Last time had to wait one day to get hold of genius at bar, repair as quick in one day (that was nice). This time round i have to wait two days for the Genius! Apple I paid good money for your product and the AppleCare, you sit on cash like donald duck’s uncle would be proud of but even in China you refuse to hire staff to deal with the demand? This sucks. It will take exactly two minutes for the genius. You guys need to rework the system or you will find your industry leading service is panned.

March 13, 2012   12 Comments

Dan Chung’s take on the 60th birthday parade

I came across this video from Dan Chung of the Grauniad and think it is sensational, not only because of the parade, but because of how he did it.

China’s 60th Anniversary national day – timelapse and slow motion – 7D and 5DmkII from Dan Chung on Vimeo.

see original in vimeo here

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October 6, 2009   1 Comment

Pictures from the 2008 Beijing Olympics (Men’s MTB race)

Finally, we get some Olympic pictures up!

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The Czech Republic suffers on the course. Time for a beer 😛

Over 4 months after the actual event, here is the first batch, from the mens’ Mountain Bike competition. [Read more →]

December 23, 2008   5 Comments

Trek’s final Cyclocross race on December the 6 2008

Here are the pix from that race, there are some 300 or so uploading so it will take a while, esp if the bugger crashes 🙁

Jacob doing the rounds being chased by Hu Chen in the Trek Xcross 6th edition

Jacob doing the rounds being chased by Hu Chen in the Trek Xcross 6th edition

December 15, 2008   2 Comments

More delayed musings on the state of eating (Chinese) in Beijing – and may the New Rat be a good one for you all!

I know there are zillions of places out there about eating in Beijing and how great it all is. So I keep on asking myself why is it that when asked ‘where do you want to go and eat tonight?’ I have *no answer*, I just don’t feel like there is anywhere that I can say – ‘yes let’s go there’. Nothing where you can eat reasonably good food, that is not more than 75 kuai/person (and let me tell you that this is a *lot* of money for most Beijingren who will eat for about 10 kuai or preferably less, usually max 20 kuai, including beer), that is not (ab)using oil that has been thrice recycled or taken from a sump, and where MSG and salt are used sparingly.

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February 16, 2008   3 Comments

Merry Christmas to all of you who come by here (and that includes all the robots as well :-)

Quick rant about our Xmas dinner at Feichang Thai (Very Siam) here in Beijing as it justs sucks to have to eat such fake thai when the place *was* so good in the past. Nothing is permanent here, and here is further proof of Beijing’s rapid descent *down* the culinary scales as people forgo authenticity in lieu of crass and in your face ‘trendyness’. It seems it is easier to make money selling crap wrapped up in gold leaf rather than making the effort of doing the real thing.

My wife asked me soon after we ordered ‘why are there so many dongbeiren serving us here?’ and it all clicked into place. I was the only paleface in the joint, last year it was full of them. It has changed its target clientele and is now aiming for the clueless hip ‘nouveau riche’ chinese and serves up Thai dishes that taste as if designed by a Dongbei chef. From the deep fried mandarin fish in sweet and sour sauce that looks and tastes exactly like a poor man’s song shu gui yu (but it ain’t cheap) to the Tom Yum soup that is tasteless and totally lacking in anything except maybe the name of the packet that it came out of to the masaman curry that is just totally weird and bears no relationship to the real thing. Oh and the ‘vietnamese spring rolls’ even had a layer of sugar to crunch on and no mint at all. Looked and tasted just like pillows. For 360 kuai per couple (and with only 1 beer! imagine how much if you buy drinks for two!) it is just a total waste of your money. Cool for dating clueless Dongbeiren though 😉 Looks nice, but it is all so shallow.

If you want real thai in Beijing, try somewhere else! (Purple Haze?)

December 25, 2007   2 Comments