Welcome to the Futurelooks Dot Com Hong Kong Office!
Well, I can’t just take off and not keep things going so in addition to wandering all over Hong Kong, I’ve also setup a temporary office where I can work from till I come home in just over a week. Part of being a Dot Com Mogul is being able to work from anywhere, so I setup my office in my room at the Wan Chai Empire Landmark Hotel.
In addition to my tough and reliable ASUS A8Ja 14.1 inch workhorse, I also picked up an ASUS U1F 11.1 inch ultra portable laptop when I was in Taipei. This thing is bound in leather, has a carbon fiber lid painted piano black and an alloy skeleton. I don’t even know I’m packing it most of the time. The only downside is the fact that it doesn’t have a built in optical drive, but if I think back to how many times I’ve actually needed to use one, I really can’t think of the last time I needed to. It does come with a slim external one though.
This laptop literally just came out and I’ll be one of the first ones to own it. I got a really great deal on it and saved about $650 after taxes from the CDN retail, and I even saved about $425 over Hong Kong retail. If you ever need a laptop, you need to buy it in Taiwan. Not only is it cheap, but you get the right power cord for North America and the ASUS shop in Taiwan offered to change the keyboard to English for me for free. I eventually got it changed in Hong Kong by ASUS, still free of charge, since they were out of stock in Taiwan. Look for a review soon!
When I need to venture out to visit people or party, I take my brand new DOPOD C500 smartphone with a flip out keyboard. This thing is no bigger than my Nokia 6670 and has the latest Windows Mobile 6.0. It’s also not available in North America and it looks like I have one of the first ones since it only came out a couple weeks ago. My favourite feature is the WiFi which supports both b and g. This allows me to sneak in Skype Calls and bypass the long distance charges. It also allows me to send emails and attachments as long as I have WiFi available. Since WiFi is pretty much free these days, I won’t have to pay for mobile data services when I get home. Man do I feel sorry for those Blackberry users now.
Finally, an office wouldn’t be an office without a network, so mine is tied together with a Linksys WRT54GC Travel Router. I should have bought it in Taiwan, but I can’t complain when it’s still half price compared to Canada in Hong Kong. The only thing that will need to be fixed is the UK plug that is attached to it, but I’ll have my adapters with me when I travel anyway. The router also allows me to give wireless access to all my devices without having to pay the hotel for service per device.
Last but not least, both Taiwan and Hong Kong have the widest selection of iced coffees. I’m really loving the variety and I’ve probably tried at least 12 different types by now, but my favourite is still Mr. Brown. Unfortunately, they don’t sell it in Canada and I’m not sure if I could keep it could enough to take some home. I’ve been buying so much iced coffee (It’s like $5.90 HKD which is roughly $0.80 a can CDN) that the lady at the Circle K across the street knows me now. Oh well. Guess I’ll just have to visit here more often 😀