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After many years of asking (begging) dad for Nike running shoes, he finally bought me my first pair at age 14. Today, little M, at 36 weeks gestation, was given her first pair of Nike kicks. Lucky lucky girl!

My first Nike shoes: Air Windrunner team USA edition for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics…


Little M’s first Nikes:


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UPDATE: All five items listed below have been SOLD! However still have other stuff like the washing machine, bed frame, ikea clothes rack, kitchen stuff, etc…

I am moving to a new apartment and therefore selling some pre-loved furniture and appliances in great condition. Please have a look at drop me an email at if you’re interested in purchasing any of them. Prices are negotiable. You will have to arrange for your own pick-up of the furniture from my home. I live in Wan Chai, Hong Kong Island.

I also have a range of other random household items and kitchen stuff (Ikea single bed wooden frame and mattress, 6kg capacity washing machine, Ikea coffee tables, stools, shoe rack, clothes rack, dining ware, etc). If you are looking for something just ask – I just might have it and let you have it for cheap!

Thank you and please spread the word!

1. Ikea Ektorp two-seater sofa bed in denim
Dimensions: 195cm (L) x 90cm (D) x 73cm (H)
Features: Cosy couch that unfolds into a double bed with built-in removable mattress that’s slim yet firm. Sofa cover is removable and washable and replaceable (many colour and pattern options at Ikea).
Retail price when brand new: over HK$5,000.
Asking: HK$1,500

Ikea Ektorp two-seater sofa bed in denim

Ikea Ektorp two-seater sofa bed in denim

It unfolds into a very comfy double bed with a removable slim but firm mattress.

It unfolds into a very comfy double bed with a removable slim but firm mattress.

2. Media stand with castors and custom-made folding mini futons
Dimensions: 120cm (L) x 49cm (W) x 26cm (H) [note: height is 36cm with castors]
Features: Dark brown wood media stand perfect for watching the telly at eye level. Mini futons were custom-made for the shelving slots and are perfect for pulling out and lazing on.
Retail price when brand new: HK$1,000 for the media stand + HK$1,200 for the futons.
Asking price: HK$400

Media stand with mini-futons

The media stand was perfect for my not-so-big flatscreen TV, Blu-ray and cable TV deck, and old skool Sony hi-fi.

The futon when folded.

The futon when folded.

The futon when unfolded.

The futon when unfolded.

3. Franc Franc skinny desk with removable glass top and castors
Dimensions: 140cm (L) x 40cm (W) x 72cm (H) [note: height is 78cm with castors]
Features: A tidy dark brown wooden desk that fit perfectly in a pretty useless wall recess in my apartment and made the space useful for keys and other daily-use knick knacks. Would be a great stylish slim desk for skinny apartments.
Retail price when brand new: HK$2,500
Asking price: HK$500

Franc Franc skinny desk.

Franc Franc skinny desk.

Franc Franc skinny desk 2

Perfect fit!

4. Philips FC9160 vacuum cleaner
Features: 500 watt suction power vacuum that will surely suck your apartment clean! Full specs here.
Retail price when brand new: HK$2,498
Asking price: HK$500

Philips vacuum

This thing sucks – in a great way.

5. Rowenta heater
Features: keeps your home bloody warm!
Retail price when brand new: cannot remember
Asking price: HK$200

Rowenta heater

Great for chilly days and nights!

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Back in the game

One perk of the job is getting to review health-related gadgets before they hit the market. A couple of days ago, the kind people at Jawbone hooked me up with the new UP24, the latest incarnation of their wrist-worn activity tracker.

Almost exactly a year ago in April, they’d let me have a go at the UP, which I wore till it broke down when I returned from Boston in early December. For some reason the band just couldn’t sync with my phone anymore. But, you know, I really put it through some abuse – way beyond the stated operating instructions. It’s water-resistant, not water-proof (it’s better to take it off while showering), yet I swam with it in the pool and in the sea. Even when I lost the end cap that covered the 3.5mm jack, I still continued to drench the band. I think it definitely would have lasted longer if I treated it right.

Anyhow, I don’t plan to abuse the UP24 this time. I want to see how long it can really last, given love and care. I have friends who bought the UP only for it to die after a week for no reason. Reliability has been a big issue with the band, so hopefully this new one does better.

I own the Garmin 310XT and because I’m so active, I never cared to count to 10,000 steps a day – until I started using the UP. The band has made me realise that apart from my daily workouts, I’m sedentary for most of the day, which really isn’t good. After the UP died on me I did feel a bit lost, having had the daily routine of tracking my activity for over half a year. The feature I missed most was the sleep tracker, which made me more aware of the quantity and quality of sleep, and how that affected my work and sports. I’m glad I now get a second chance with the UP24! Stay tuned for the review that will be published in my health section in the papers…

Here’s how my first day with the UP24 went. The Lantau hike obviously really shot up the step score for the day! Much easier transferring data now with the Bluetooth connection.


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