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Today the HK Observatory again did what they do best: they screwed up. I knew the weather warranted a Signal 3, and a red red rainstorm warning at exactly 7:50am. I knew this because I could barely see through the windshield of my car as I drove my kids to school. The roadsides were flooded.

At about 11am, the HK Observatory finally upped the warnings from T1 to a T3 and red rain warning. Of course, now the parents of 900 children at my kids’ school will be driving down to the school (where there is no area for pick-ups) causing complete traffic chaos.

I was in HK in August when the ‘signal 3’ closed the airport, destroyed 800 trees and shattered windows in office blocks and buses. I thought, after the surge of criticism the observatory earned from that under-estimation, they would, in future, err on the side of caution. But judging by today’s announcements, I guess not.

The observatory always claims they make announcements based on readings from their various stations. But anyone with a window could have called this one this morning.

Weather plays a big role in HK. Isn’t it time the observatory review its procedures to avoid the chaos caused by people being forced to commute during dangerous conditions?


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nokia 3120I’m not a cell-phone connoisseur. For me the only reason to change phones is either loss, theft, total breakdown, or failure to resuscitate after falling in toilet.

As a result, I have only changed phones a few times since getting my first Nokia in 1997.

After someone stole my second, trendrier Nokia, I couldn’t stomach the huge cost of the new models and opted for one of the cheapest phones around: the Nokia 3120. It has tormented me ever since. I simply hate this phone.

The funny thing is, my friend Vivian was telling me how much she hated her phone so we arranged to swap next time we met. Of course, when the moment arrived, we both pulled out the same phone. Whenever I hear someone complain about their phone, it inevitably is the Nokia 3120.

Hating a phone is hardly a good enough reason to buy a new one in my book. But my husband got sick of hearing me complain and bought me a Motorola Razr for my birthday.

It only took a month for someone to steal it.

Back to my crap Nokia. But wait… it’s not working, it’s dead! I went down to my service operator,nokia 6111 Three, where they offered me an amazing deal on a Nokia 6111, only $680.

Now only 5 days later, I have to return it. The sound distortion is making everyone I talk to sound like Charlie Brown’s school teacher. (wha wha wha wha wha wha). I thought I could live with it, but it’s giving me a headache.

Luckily the old Nokia isn’t actually dead, the battery was turned around. It’s back on.

But I still hate it.

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