Friday, 4 January 2019

Auto & Environment: EV Numbers and Growth In Hong Kong As Of Oct 2018


New Tesla EV price after reduction
Image from Tesla HK

I haven't published any EV numbers and growth in Hong Kong since the figures of Aug 2016 was released. The fact is, there is nothing to report, and we all know the situation of EV is bleak. Ever since Financial Secretary Paul Chan mo-po's removal of EV FRT waiver, EV sales in Hong Kong have not recovered to the slightest. Even after the “One-for-One Replacement” Scheme was launched on 28 February 2018, buyers' confidence remains low. How low?
Data from Transport Department Hong Kong
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Ever since that final wave of EV sales back in March 2017, over a period of 19 months till October 2018, only a total of 351 private EVs have been registered, compared to 35,483 ICEVs added in the same period, which is approximately 1 EV in every 101 ICEVs sold. (In another comparison, 351 private EVs is about two times of units sold in Tesla HK's worst months.)
Data from Transport Department Hong Kong
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Still, there is no way that the Hong Kong government will admit their fault for driving EV growth to an early grave. They didn't admit when EV taxis didn't work, not even till the last one ended up on scrap heap. In a city that considers electric scooters as 'a car' but has no driving licence to apply for, there is little reason for the EV-hopeful to remain...well... hopeful. They know the government officials' rhetoric too well, and no longer want to argue with the wall of deaf ears.

Maybe this is why Tesla decided to take matters into their own hands and reduce the price of Model S and X by 8-20% starting from today Will this help? I do hope so, but 8-20% reduction (tax reduction included) is still far from the cost saving compared to the good old days when EV FRT waiver was still waving and smiling. Tesla Model S and X 75D is still over a million Hong Kong dollars with tax. This means the used inventory is still the most attractive and will remain so until the US$35,000 Tesla Model 3 arrives.

As for our EV enthusiast friends of Singapore, you are not alone.


Image from Tesla HK




References:
Promotion of Electric Vehicles in Hong Kong | Environmental Protection Department
https://www.epd.gov.hk/epd/english/environmentinhk/air/prob_solutions/promotion_ev.html

Last HK e-taxi ends up on scrap heap
http://www.thestandard.com.hk/section-news.php?id=203711&sid=11

Police arrested a man on electric scooter for five traffic offences in Tin Shui Wai - Dimsum Daily
https://www.dimsumdaily.hk/police-arrested-a-man-on-electric-scooter-for-five-traffic-offences-in-tin-shui-wai/

Tesla香港調整價格及推出全新配置 - 香港經濟日報 - 理財 - 商業 - D190103
https://wealth.hket.com/article/2242653/Tesla%E9%A6%99%E6%B8%AF%E8%AA%BF%E6%95%B4%E5%83%B9%E6%A0%BC%E5%8F%8A%E6%8E%A8%E5%87%BA%E5%85%A8%E6%96%B0%E9%85%8D%E7%BD%AE

Model 3 Will Boost Tesla Cars Go Mainstream In 'Beacon City For Electric Vehicles'
https://www.forbes.com/sites/johnkang/2016/04/02/model-3-boost-tesla-cars-go-mainstream-in-hong-kong/#3d8a692370ee

Elon Musk's official Twitter
https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1080829741056159744

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Vocabulary: Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious IS NOT Meaningless

Image from RTHK


Came across a page on RTHK called 楊官教英文 ----- 楊官信箱 and I was randomly reading the mailbox questions and answer. At first I thought it was pretty interesting until I saw one reply, and I thought I have to write something about it. I have captured the question and answer in the image below:

Image from RTHK

Is it a word that really carries "no meaning"?

First, let's familiarise ourselves with this song from the 1964 Disney musical film Mary Poppins.


and the lyrics go,

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

It's Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!
Even though the sound of it
Is something quite atrocious
If you say it loud enough
You'll always sound precocious
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!
Um-dittle-ittl-um-dittle-I
Um-dittle-ittl-um-dittle-I
Um-dittle-ittl-um-dittle-I
Um-dittle-ittl-um-dittle-I
Because I was afraid to speak
When I was just a lad
Me father gave me nose a tweak
And told me I was bad
But then one day I learned a word
That saved me aching nose
The biggest word you ever heard
And this is how it goes
Oh, supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!
Even though the sound of it
Is something quite atrocious
If you say it loud enough
You'll always sound precocious
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!
Um-dittle-ittl-um-dittle-I
Um-dittle-ittl-um-dittle-I
Um-dittle-ittl-um-dittle-I
Um-dittle-ittl-um-dittle-I
He traveled all around the world and everywhere he went
He'd use his word and all would say there goes a clever gent
When dukes and Maharajahs pass the time of day with me
I say my special word and then they ask me out to tea
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!
Even though the sound of it
Is something quite atrocious
If you say it loud enough
You'll always sound precocious
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!
Um-dittle-ittl-um-dittle-I
Um-dittle-ittl-um-dittle-I
So when the cat has got your tongue
There's no need for dismay
Just summon up this word
And then you've got a lot to say
But better use it carefully
Or it can change your life
For example
Yes?
One night I said it to me girl and now me girls my wife
Oh! And a lovely thing she is too. he he he
She's Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!
by Richard Sherman / Robert Sherman

From the song, we can tell that this exceptionally lengthy word definitely carries a meaning, and it is definitely a pattern-reforming creativity (Carter, 2004) of neologism which comes from a combination of multiple words (Law, in press).

Image from OED


While the Oxford Online Dictionary has the answer, meaning extraordinarily good; wonderful, and mentioning that the word first appeared in the 1940s, that is 24 years prior to the release of the song and film, it still does not say what the neologism is comprised of.

Turns out, Wikipedia has the answer. The page cited Lederer (1998)'s analysis of the word,

An analysis of the individual word elements produces another definition. Richard Lederer, in his book Crazy English, defines the word roots as follows: super- "above", cali- "beauty", fragilistic- "delicate", expiali- "to atone", and -docious "educable", which, he writes, produces an overall meaning of "atoning for extreme and delicate beauty [while being] highly educable"

And there we have it! Clear as day! "Atoning for extreme and delicate beauty [while being] highly educable". Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious IS NOT Meaningless!




References:
楊官教英文 ----- 楊官信箱
http://rthk9.rthk.hk/elearning/yangtl/mailbox_p04.htm

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (from Mary Poppins)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rihNRTTcztQ

supercalifragilisticexpialidocious | Definition of supercalifragilisticexpialidocious in English by Oxford Dictionaries
https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious - Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

Carter, R. (2004). Language and Creativity: The Art of Common Talk. London: Routledge.

Law, L. (in press). Creativity & Multimodality: an Analytical Framework for Creativity in Multimodal Texts (AFCMT). Linguistics and Human Sciences. Equinox.

Lederer, Richard (1998). Crazy English : the ultimate joy ride through our language. New York: Pocket Books. ISBN 978-0671023232.

https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/as-clear-as-day

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Auto & Video: My First Ever Tesla Model S Loaner Experience P85+

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My First Ever Tesla Model S Loaner Experience P85+. It is a little late to review an older version of the Tesla Model S, but this car is still a beast! My referral code: http://ts.la/lokhei21


Monday, 26 February 2018

Grammar & Games: My Kahoot! Games for Your Practice

Subject-Verb Agreement with Famous Quotes
Image from Locky's English Playground
Kahoot has been such a big hit in the classrooms around the globe. I have also created several Kahoot exercises for those of you who would like to test yourselves out.


Choose Preview
Image from Locky's English Playground

Use the 'Preview' mode to play these games and see how well you do! The links are listed below. Have fun learning and playing!


Resources:
Subject-Verb Agreement with Famous Quotes
https://play.kahoot.it/#/k/cb0787fa-d8ca-4e78-b0ae-7f14832a63ee

Parallel Structure with Famous Quotes
https://play.kahoot.it/#/k/93d36a1d-9b1c-4df8-9322-bbabeb3f6235

Sentence Structure with Famous Quotes
https://play.kahoot.it/#/k/d4f0bbc3-cbab-48e0-9d27-66e3f65e4018

Synonyms and Antonyms for IELTS Preparatory
https://play.kahoot.it/#/k/a12700ba-8b77-416b-8c8a-9bf65aeeb39a

Monday, 12 February 2018

Living: 10 Tips for Spring-Cleaning Your Thermo Ventilator

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This is not a guide on how to clean your thermo ventilator, but it does come with some tips, in case you are planning to clean it for the Chinese New Year.

Tip 1 is always : cut off the power supply to the appliance, unless you are Thor -- the God of sparks (It's a joke. Should be lightning).

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Tip 2 :When you do take out all the screws, it is good put them in an orderly manner, make sure you don't mix up the screws for the casing with the ones found inside. For my case, I even use the laundry rail to help me support parts that are not fully removable.

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Tip 3: Know what you need to clean and where you should start. If you get the order wrong, you might have to redo the cleaning all over again.

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Tip 4: Pay attention to any hidden dust, unscrew more parts if necessary. Being lazy surely saves you time, but not cleaning certain parts will definitely cause dust to build up, and over time you will either have to pay more money because of the decrease in efficiency of the ventilator, or the ventilator breaks and you will have to get a new one, which probably is the last thing you want to do if you want to save money.

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Tip 5: Beware of falling objects. I was completely unaware of the unstable roof and a piece of aluminium cover fell right before my face. Luckily, it didn't even touch me a bit, but had the corner fell onto my head, I could have ended up with a couple of stitches on my head.

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Tip 6: Have another pair of eyes to monitor your work, if possible. For my case, I thought I was okay all by myself until this huge piece of metal fell from the top.

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Tip 7: Know the tools you need. Small but long toothbrush is best for cleaning dust, but a vacuum cleaner is a must if you don't want to suck all the dust into your lungs!

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Tip 8: If you are not tall, get a ladder. I spent a long time looking up and my neck really hurt afterwards. Should have taken out my ladder.

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Tip 9: Dry clean the metal parts, but use your sprinkler for plastic parts. Just to save time.

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Tip 10: A hair-dryer can save you time waiting for the parts to dry. A dry microfibre cloth can also do wonder.


So, what should I clean next?

Message: What Am I?

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