Saturday, January 24, 2009

Friday, January 23, 2009

Sunday, January 18, 2009

the Oath of Office

I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of the President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.

and I recorded one myself just for fun

Thursday, January 15, 2009

courses for next semester

Applied Econometrics
Banking and International Finance
Critical Urban Studies
Industrial Organization and Regulations


Thursday, January 8, 2009

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Google Maps on Blackberry

Blackberry and PC in the back are displaying the same street view(somewhere outside Google's headquarter at Mountain View, CA). To enable this, you need to have some data plan(GPRS) with the service provider and download the app. to your blackberry, and also configure your APN to "cmnet"(not cmwap, but cmnet!) if China Mobile is providing the service, leave it blank if it's China Unicom. For a typical satellite image on blackberry, google maps would eat about 500kb to 1mb data flows. So large data plan is always better!

Sunday, January 4, 2009

first day of 2009 in Guangzhou

7am, 1/1/2009
Guangzhou MTR


tips on making international calls in Mainland with HK SIM card

** the following tips only apply to PEOPLES customers.

when roaming in mainland China, and you need to call back to Hong Kong or foreign countries with HK SIM card (most SIM cards issued in mainland China cannot make international calls), follow these steps:

Calls to Hong Kong:
  1. dial *138* (Hong Kong phone number) #
  2. Wait for a return call. Upon receiving the call, you will be connected to the number you have dialed.

Calls to other countries:
  1. dial *138*001 (country code) (area code) (phone number) #
  2. Wait for a return call. Upon receiving the call, you will be connected to the number you have dialed.
some 5 dollars will be charged per minute for the services no matter the recipient answers it or not.

another tip: try avoid receiving incoming calls when roaming, because the service charge is a total RIP-OFF. Answering incoming call in Shenzhen, 6.48 HKD/min; in cities of Guangdong other than Shenzhen, 7.78 HKD/min; in provinces other than Guangdong, 12.78 HKD/min

Hong Kong New Year Fireworks 2009

I wasn't there that night, the fireworks is awesome!