January 18, 2007

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Lovely holiday in the home of the Ashes, thanks.

Slowly getting back into the swing of things here...including splurging (finally) on an iMac. Arrives next week, along with an indoctrination kit and a mantra of the virtues of all thing neatly but expensively designed.

In the meantime, ESWN points to a story that confirms my suspicions on at least some Hong Kong beggars. If you feel compelled to give, a better mechanism is through recognised charities, but I maintain that instead of spreading one's charity giving amongst many, it makes more sense to focus on a single charity and give a large amount to that one charity...see this discussion at MR.

posted by Simon on 01.18.07 at 03:38 PM in the Hong Kong category.


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Almost 17 years ago (if I remember correctly), there used to be a crippled (his legs were odd and ugly) beggar who used to everyday (from morning until late night) sit near the stairs of the footbridge between Central and Exchange Square.

Most people (including yours truly) used to give him money because he looked so desperate, needy, ugly (or whatever you can think of). In short, he was not a pleasant sight to see (and therefore the pity, I guess).

However, (one day, in those days) a local person told me (and at that time, I had been in Hong Kong for around 5 years) that the so-called beggar was a millionaire and every night a luxury car (with a chauffer) picked him up in a back street in Sheung Wan.

I couldn't believe it. But the local person (one of my subordinates) took me to the spot at 11:00pm and I saw it for myself.

I have never given to beggars since. Though, I donate to reputed and genuine charities.


PS: I last saw that beggar sometime around 1998 (on that same spot). I haven't seen him during my last few visits to Exchange Square. May be he immigrated to Canada. Ha ha.

posted by: Nude King on 01.18.07 at 10:34 PM [permalink]

G'day Simon,

I heard about your blog when you linked to a list of blogs about blogging from Technorati CEO David Sifry, which I was on. Interesting post. A friend of mine once told me a story about a time that he picked up a 'homeless' man in the USA who had a sign that stated, 'Homeless, Please Help' (Or something in those terms). Giving the man a lift he discovered that the man owned his own house and made quite a good living pretending to be hard-up. Strange occupation?

As my blog is about bloggers and blogging I occasionally send out questionnaires to find out what bloggers think about certain topics related to this new communicative medium. I f you can help with this one that's be greatly appreciated. By the way, I'm in Australia, have a Chinese girlfriend, and intend on moving to Asia in the future (I also speak Japanese.)

For those who love to blog,

I have just written a short questionnaire asking bloggers ‘‘How do YOU get people to come and visit YOUR blog?’ at this post: http://www.blogspoke.com/page/blogspoke?entry=how_do_you_get_people

The first survey I did got some interesting responses from both popular and amateur bloggers alike. Come and check this one out. If relating to others or growing your site traffic is a priority; or if you feel lonely because you haven’t received much attention in your blogging career-you might just find out something worthwhile! I could definitely use some of your advice/opinions/thoughts/feelings on the matter to enrich my own blogging experience.

Loving the Blogosphere,
Jesse S. Somer

posted by: Jesse S. Somer on 01.22.07 at 01:21 PM [permalink]

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