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Steve Jobs, The Human Being

Thanks to a similar posting @ An Undomesticated Blogspot, I have been alerted to 60 Minutes interview with Walter Issacson, the biographer for Steve Jobs. In the interview, we get to know a lot more about Steve. Yes, as a visionary and strategist, he is unparalleled ... as a human being, he is, well ... very human. He has his many flaws, some which are not entirely forgiveable. It is important to be brutally honest with oneself. Some people will try to whitewash everything, I like it that Steve has chosen to be brutally frank for his biographer. 

My Favourite Japanese Restaurant In KL

To try to award a place as my favourite Japanese restaurant is a very tough ask.  There are so many decent places. Coco Tei (formerly Hajime) is right up there, especially for sushi and other creative stuff. Others that I strongly favour include Jyu-Raku at Subang (original co-owner of Rakuzen), I guessed the owners differed on whether to expand. To me, Rakuzen makes the owner a lot of money by opening numerous outlets, but for pure service, attention to detail, its the sole standing Jyu-Raku heads and shoulders above Rakuzen. 

Zipangu tries too hard, everything does not come off well and the service staff needs tweaking. Kampachi is too staid and predictable. Hanare @ The Intermark is doing most things right ... change the chopsticks dude for those prices.

After all that diatribe, my favourite Jap place does NOT serve sushi, no chawanmushi, no black sesame ice cream, no green tea ice cream, even wasabe is not on the table, no bloody dragon roll ... Having worked on and off in Tokyo for…

Thailand Floods In Pictures

The flooding is serious, we are talking of an area three times the size of Singapore (but, who isn't??!!). The minimal number of deaths has been astounding. Let's hope it subsides and they can rebuild their lives soon.

The Biggest Players In Asia Private Equity

The Asia-Pacific region is now a globally significant region for private equity, and 22% of funds seeking capital from investors have a primary focus on the region, says Stuart Taylor, Asian research manager at fund research firm Preqin.
The company has published a report delineating the biggest players and top performers in the region. Below is an extract of some of the most interesting league tables.
Top 10 Asia-Pacific funds by final close size1. Lone Star Fund V (2005)$5 bn2. TRG Asia V (2008)$4.25 bn3. Morgan Stanley Real Estate Fund V International (2006)       $4.2 bn4. CVC Capital Partners Asia Pacific III (2008)$4.12 bn5. Lone Star Fund IV (2001) $4.1 bn6. Colony Investors VIII (2007)$4.0 bn7. KKR Asia Fund (2007)$4.0 bn8. MGPA Asia Fund III (2008)$3.89 bn9. Pacific Equity Partners Fund IV (2008)    A$4 bn10. Avenue Asia Special Situations Fund IV (2006)$3 bn
Top 10 Asia-Pacific funds closed since 2010,
final close size1. Carlyle Asia Partners III            $2.55 bn2. Barin…

Steve Jobs - Cartoons Tribute

Ferrari 458 Spider (Convertible)

SMH: It’s not as hard-edged as the coupe, but the drop-top version of Ferrari’s V8-powered 458 Italia makes for an intoxicating machine. The small rear window of the 458 Spider may not be its most advanced technological feature, but it’s certainly one that allows a new and vastly entertaining perspective of how thrilling a Ferrari can be. Why’s that? Because the 15cm high piece of glass slides down at the touch of a button, even when the roof is fixed in place and sheltering its occupants from wind, rain or sun. What that open portal allows to enter the cabin is noise: the suck and roar of the repositioned engine intakes from behind the cabin and, more importantly, the barking, snarling, animalistic symphony of the 458’s 4.5-litre V8. Advertisement: Story continues below Driving across the Cisa Pass between Parma and Italy’s west coast along a sinuous stretch of mountain road is to play tunes with the throttle, listening to the deep bellow at low revs, the pop and crackle as the paddle-shi…

Life Without Principal? Its Just Money

First things first, the heading was my play on the title of Johnnie To's latest film about "financial markets and the ruination of people's lives". The movie title Life Without Principle was aptly taken from the insightful writer Henry David Thoreau, whose lecture given in 1854 (can you believe that) which then evolved into a masterfully persuasive essay. Its easy to see how and why his words still ring true (or truer for financial markets) till today - because when you correctly criticise the deviation from the true north on human dignity, respect, righteous values and integrity ... you are bound to be right for a very long time. The essence of our lives is too fixated on the notion of money - I may not be able to tell what the true essence of our lives should be, but money is not and should not be the focal point to our pursuits.

To sum up Thoreau's essay, his themes were:

Don’t cheat people by conspiring with them to protect their comfort zones.Don’t make religi…

SIRI, The New Personal Assistant App On iPhone4S

Siri, Apple's new voice recognition ''personal assistant'' app, is seeing new iPhone owners the world over test out what it is capable of answering.
The new software is being tipped to change the way we interact with computers in the same way the iPhone changed the way we interacted with smartphones when it was first released.
Currently only available on the iPhone 4S, which sold 4 million units in two days. l

Mixed results ... an iPhone owner tries out Siri. Photo: Getty Images Below are some of the interesting responses we've compiled that Siri gives you:
Q: I need to hide a body
A: What kind of place are you looking for? Metal boundaries, mines, dumps, reservoirs, swamps.
Q: Who's your daddy
A: You are. Can we get back to work now?
Q: Do you want to start a band?
A: I have everything I need already.
A: I suppose it's possible.
A: I try to be satisfied with what I have.
A: I have very few wants.
Q: Do you know HAL 9000?
A: Everyone knows what happened to HAL.…