Archive for June, 2007

Big news from Malaysia

Sophia and Jake in France (July 2006)Sophia and I are engaged!

I've not told anyone other than my parents and sister yet. I mean, how are you supposed to announce a huge piece of news like this, especially when you are away from home. So hey, how better than via my blog?

I bought Sophia a diamond (online of course) and used it as bribery to persuade her to accept my proposition. I can't believe she fell for it! We've since visited a few jewellers in KL and her band (ring) is now being crafted.

We have not decided on a wedding ceremony yet though it is likely to be in Asia. It won't be a typical British or Chinese wedding, it will be something different and meaningful. The important thing is that I've found an amazing person and I want to spend a lot more time with her đŸ™‚

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Why men’s letters never get published

Dear Abby,

I've never written to you before, but I really need your advice on what could be a crucial decision. I've suspected for some time now that my wife has been cheating on me. The usual signs… phone rings but if I answer, the caller hangs up. My wife has been going out with the girls a lot recently although when I ask their names she always says, "just some friends from work, you don't know them."

I always stay awake to look out for her taxi coming home, but she always walks down the drive. Although I can hear a car driving off, as if she has gotten out of the car round the corner. Why? Maybe she wasn't in a taxi?

I once picked up her mobile phone just to see what time it was and she went berserk and screamed that I should never touch her phone again and why was I checking up on her. Anyway, I have never approached the subject with my wife. I think deep down I just didn't want to know the truth, but last night she went out again and I decided to really check on her.

I decided I was going to park my 2006 Yamaha R1 motorcycle next to the garage and then hide behind it so I could get a good view of the whole street when she came home. It was at that moment, crouching behind my Yamaha R1, that I noticed that the valve covers on my engine seemed to be leaking a little oil.

Is this something I can fix myself or should I take it back to the dealer?

Steve

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Fresca wins top e-commerce award

Congratulations to Rubicon Retail and Fresca for winning the Best use of e-commerce in a retail environment in the European Retail Solutions awards. I know how committed Fresca is to building it's e-commerce platform so I'm chuffed to see the team recognised in the industry awards.

It's one thing for a web development team to build a one-off store but it's another to build a customisable e-commerce platform that can unleash a brand new store within 3 months. E-commerce providers have lots of clients, all asking for different features and in pressing timescales – it's a demanding, high pressure task.

It's worth pausing and looking at how far things have come from those crazy dotcom days. Back then, a world class e-commerce site would have cost you a few £million (and it was destined for failure). Nowadays, it'll only cost about £8,000 a month, and it'll generate £millions.

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The best thing about being British

Being British is about driving in a German car to an Irish pub for a Belgian beer, then travelling home, grabbing an Indian curry or a Turkish kebab on the way, to sit on Swedish furniture and watch American shows on a Japanese TV.

And the most British thing of all?

Suspicion of anything foreign.

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