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20130129 DHAPS Gathering Minutes

February 11, 2013


29th January, 2013


08:30 – 22:30


Shanghai Garden Restaurant, Hutchison House, Admiralty


  • T. Lau
  • Cha
  • HTY
  • miah [minutes-taker]
  • Siuto
  • Vase


  • Lemon
  • Soyin
  1. miah and siuto arrived first; HTY called and miah went outside to find him; Cha arrived before the two returned; Vase arrived shortly after the food was ordered.
  2. miah recalled the taxi journey with HTY and Cha returning from Soyin’s wedding banquet the other night. The taxi driver nearly missed Cha’s home because she did not call stop early enough. The taxi driver told Cha that she ought to let him know well in advance before she wanted him to stop, Cha’s response was “下次啦!”
  3. Cha said that her grandma mentioned again after the wedding that “(婚禮)個男仔好老實” – implying that, in her (Cha’s grandma’s, not Cha’s, hopefully) opinion, he is not very well-spoken.
  4. Cha gave Vase and miah their mail-ordered goods.
  5. Cha could not eat anything brown because she just had her teeth whitened. The rest asked why. Cha explained that the dentist said that her tooth will be unstable for a day. (Someone misheard “a year”.) The rest asked why just brown. HTY suggested that if Cha ate something orange, she would also get orange teeth. miah said that if Cha ate something blue, she would get blue tooth.
  6. miah asked Cha what prompted her to whiten her teeth. Apparently Cha’s father suggested it, he does it, too. The whitened teeth stays white for about 2-3 years.
  7. Cha pointed out that a part her lower lip was “sun-burnt” by the light during the whitening and was left slightly swollen. The rest were relieved as the lump was rather noticeable, but were too polite to ask. (miah thought Cha might have got punched in the face.) HTY said he thought the whitenists would have thought of putting sun-block on her lips. Cha said they did, but obviously missed out one patch of the skin. HTY suggested that maybe drinking some Aloe Vera juice will ease the swell, Vase pointed out that it would make her teeth green and suggested kissing the juice instead.
  8. HTY and Cha went into a debate on whether the lips are prone to sun-burnt because they lack / have very little / have a lot of melanin / melanoma. The debate got slightly heated because Cha is a doctor and HTY “都有讀 Bio 架!” The rest are utterly confused.
  9. Cha was wearing make-up. HTY asked why she needed to wear make-up to the tooth-whitening session. Cha explained that it was a complementary make-up that came free after she bought some pens a cosmetics shop. miah did not hear the last part of the sentence and asked what sort of pen it was.
  10. miah mentioned that Siuto’s cousin described him as “笑點低”, i.e., he laughs at things at a low lever of humour. Vase said that people have described her as something similar, too, but often it is just that they don’t get the joke.
  11. HTY was about to put some tofu into Vase’s bowl when she reminded him that she doesn’t eat tofu. There was a brief explanation of what Vase eats and what she doesn’t: mainly it is 豆製品 that she doesn’t eat because she doesn’t like the taste of beans – but she does eat beans themselves (e.g. edamame). miah asked if someone made tofu from red bean, whether she would eat them. HTY and miah suddenly realised that red bean tofu seemed like a brilliant idea.
  12. There was an early debate between HTY and miah on whether Cillian Murphy (Irish actor) is 靚仔. miah thinks he is while HTY thinks he is outright creepy (“like a nerdy serial-killer who lives in a dark room with photos of his targets stuck on a wall”). miah said that he could be handsome in a nerdy-serial-killer kind of way. They searched for some photos of the man and showed Vase, Cha and Siuto. Vase and Cha agreed with HTY, Siuto did not think he was “her type of” handsome, but thought that he could be a model for some expensive suits. HTY disagreed. miah admitted that maybe he is “靚仔點低”. [running gag] Vase said that in this case, miah should be described as “靚仔點遠“, because, for example, if the quality of 靚仔 can be described as a vector in the x-direction, Cillian Murphy would be a point on the y-axis.
  13. HTY thought of something and started laughing. Others asked him to share. He wrote it on the back of miah’s notes and showed miah only. Others complained that HTY is “分享點低“. [running gag] The note was then passed around, turned out that HTY wrote “dimension / 大 mansion” on it.
  14. HTY had told his mother that Soyin’s mother described Vase as “so pretty that she looked as if she has had cosmetic surgery done”, HTY’s mother’s response was that she had long thought Vase is very 清秀 (HTY misused the term “眉清目秀” first, before being corrected). Vase thanked her and added that “佢真係獨具慧眼啦”. HTY loved that phrase and promised that he would pass on the message.
  15. [Off the record] … After some initial guesses, they jokingly guessed maybe it is 曾志偉. “曾志偉都幾靚仔吖!” said miah. “呢個又係靚仔點遠喇,” said Vase. [running gag]
  16. HTY closed his eyes to give them a brief rest. miah said he is “瞓點低”. [running gag] HTY explained that he was suffering from a recent sleep deficit. Cha said HTY “日日都唔夠瞓架啦”. HTY did not think he is always deprived of sleep, but lately he had a lot of work to do on top of the preparation he had to do for the talk he gave at SPCC the day before. Cha explained that she meant everyday since he was back in Hong Kong.
  17. There was a short discussion on jet-lag. Cha usually sleeps through her flights. miah described a method he heard that requires one to fast through the flight. HTY thought it is garbage. HTY does not suffer from jet-lag much.
  18. HTY was asked about the talk he gave at SPCC. Given the sleep-deprived state he was in at the time, he thought that the talk went reasonably well aside from some minor hiccups such as his notes went flying everywhere and that due to the awkward arrangement of the stage, he didn’t quite know where to stand. He then attempted to described, in words, the unusual spatial relationship between the stage, the projection screen and the podium. It was very difficult to comprehend, HTY had to draw it out on the back of miah’s notes in the end.
  19. HTY described the light-hearted opening to his talk, which involved him asking his audience to raise their hands if they wanted to become either a lawyer, a doctor, an accountant or an engineer. miah thanked him for mentioning every profession there is in the DHAPS group. miah sidetracked and mentioned that engineers do not seem to be seen much as a profession by the general public in Hong Kong. Vase thought otherwise and explained that they formed part of the collective term “四師”. siuto’s and miah’s view was that civil engineers are seen as 地盤佬 in Hong Kong, unlike in India, where engineers seem to be rather highly regarded as a profession, at least accord to the film “The Three Idiots”. miah thought the film was a bit overrated; Cha has not seen the film; Vase only saw it on the web; while HTY loved the film and said that the film helped him recover from a career low point. HTY liked the film so much that he could name the main character (“Phunsuk Wangdu”).
  20. HTY continued to describe the opening of his talk, he asked his audience to keep their hands up if their parents wanted them to become either a lawyer, a doctor, an accountant or an engineer. After that, he asked his audience to keep their hands up if they thought they are really going to become either a lawyer, a doctor, an accountant or an engineer. Finally, he asked those with their hands still up to take their iPhones out and start playing Angry Birds as the talk had nothing to do with them.
  21. The gathering had to end as HTY had a long way to travel back to Fan Ling. miah said that HTY is “住點遠”. [running gag] All bid each other farewell after one of the DHAPS gatherings with the highest attendance rate.

[Next gathering: 16th Feb, 2013 @ Soyin’s new home in Lam Tin]

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