I am now in HK for some personal stuff with a little work also. 1 thing that I always notice when i come here is that there are no fat people. You would think that in a country that serves food smothered with oil which people eat 3 times a day, it would be loaded with overweight individuals... but surprisingly it doesnt. Here are some observations that i have:

4. Genetics
HK people could just have really strong genes which causes them to break down fat in an insanely fast rate

3. Tea
People drink hot tea in all of their meals. This could be the reason why the oil gets flushed out and doesnt clog in their system

2. Sugar
Little to no Sodas. People drink soup or tea. No sodas = zero sugar which never gets converted to fat. I dont care how much light sodas have no sugar, if you drink this you WILL get fat... and nutrasweet kills your brain cells which is uncool

1. Exercise
Everyone walks. Over short and long distances, people walk. The only time people use transportation is if it rains or if the distance is insanely far. Else, people walk. That's free exercise.

Just my 2 cents. I think I'll stop drinking soda and iced tea for a month and see what happens. I'll be too busy playing my ps3 anyway to drink soda. haha

I started an article last week on my top 10 reasons why I got my playstation 3. I didn't get a chance to finish the article this week due to the acoustikahan event and the lovely consol issue at work, but here are the last 2.

2. Exclusives
Sony exclusives out of the box. Exclusives mean that these ain't coming out anywhere else. Sony makes some of the greatest games and also has really strong support from third party publishers. Exclusives like Tekken, Uncharted, Killzone, Gran Turismo, Heavenly sword, Resistance, Metal gear solid, and Unreal Tournament 3 (the last 2 being timed exclusives) just to name a FEW.

and #1.....

1. Games
Why do you buy a videogame console? To play the damn games! This powerhouse machine does all of the 9 i just mentioned plus play games.This piece of hardware will definitely keep me entertained for countless hours. I am counting down the days when I will get ahold of my PS3 (as of writing its 10).

I have not outgrown my love for video games and I probably won't in the near future. Let's get it on!

Yesterday, I started my top 10 on why I chose Playstation. It contained Reasons 6-10. Here are the next 3.

5. Format
For those who arent familiar with what blu-ray is, it's a 25GB disk single layer (50GB dual layer). Dvd is 4.7GB single layer and 8.5GB dual layer. Both the XBOT and Wii use DVD formats for their games. With 10 times more storage than its predecessor, this means longer games, more content, better uncompressed FMVs, less compression=faster load times. Some studios have also found cool things to include, like the recent John Woo game, Stranglehold, that includes the movie "Hard Boiled" which inspired the game itself.
Inspector Tequilla's (Chow Yun Fat) digital character from his 80's movie "Hard Boiled"

4. Blu-ray player
The next generation video format wars between blu-ray and HDDVD is a reminicent of the Betamax vs VHS format wars that happened the last decade, with VHS coming out on top. (Last gen it was Sony's Betamax vs everyone else's VHS). I'm sure a lot of people out there don't really care and I don't blame them since the DVD still satisfies their digital needs. Just to give perspective, the playstation 3 which costs $400-500 doubles as a blu-ray player compared to other standard blu-ray players in the market which retails for around $600 at least. With the way blu-ray movies are pounding HDDVD in terms of sales, we'll only have 1 format after a couple of years.
Format wars

3. Long term
If I buy something this pricey, I make sure it will be with me for a long time (Current gadgets: Nokia 6600 - 4 yrs, PS2 - 6 yrs, PSP - 2 yrs). Sony has a reputation of not abandoning support of its hardware even after the hype for it ends. Chrono cross (one of the games that got a perfect 10) came out 6th year of the PS1's life. God of war 2 (runner-up to multiple 2007 game of the year awards and sequel to one of the greatest ps2 games of the same name came out on the 7th year of the PS2's life). The console's use of the blu-ray format also ensures that this console is built to last.

8 down and 2 to go. I'm sure a lot of folks know what the last 2 are...

Probably the BEST game of its time, Chrono cross came out on the Playstation 1 during august or september of 2000. I was in one of the gaming shops playing magic when I saw this title on the shelf. Having played Chrono trigger on the SNES before, i knew that this had to be good.

How much is that Chrono cross on the window

Since I got my Playstation 1 right about the same time this came out, it became the first and only RPG that i played on this console. (Yes, that's right, I didn't get to play FF7). Let me say that it did NOT disappoint. Excellent gameplay, graphics were top notch, the cutscenes were really clean, the music was composed by Yasunori Mitsuda, the same dude who did Chrono trigger's music. Now, the music here is worth mentioning since it is one of the game's strong points, i have attached a sample track and you tell me if its good or not.

The amount of time i spent completing this was 60 hours++ i think.

OK. Here's the best part of all of this. The PSP has this feature where it can play PS1 games. And i so happen to have a PSP and this PS1 game. So after 2 days of tweaking to get the correct settings (this game apparently has some glitches when being played on the PSP BUT i have fixed them already thanks to the great world wide web). It is done. I have put this game on my PSP and I AM PLAYING IT! Something to keep me busy while i wait for my PS3 to arrive.

I had the chance to get my dream dog a few weeks back when a friend offered a 4 month old siberian husky to me. Apparently the original owner couldnt accommodate this doggie any more (they had 2) so they were giving one away.
Serene (left) was the one being given away. Storm looks on

I didn't take the doggie home with me for practicality reasons (Makati is hot and a dog like this is high maintenance) and coz i also still had my beloved senior citizen doggie, Lucky, at home. But i did get a chance to spend the afternoon with my dream dog.

My cutee doggie, Lucky

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