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Posted in Dreams, Food on November 10, 2008 by garyyfong

This has go to be, by far, the BEST Monday I’ve had since September 1, 2008 (the last non-working Monday) and quite possibly the best Monday I’ve had since January 7, 2008 (the last Monday that I was in H.K.)

The day started out with a bit of a disappointment. Seems like everyone and their moms were too busy to go to Endless Shrimp. And with today being the last day for this year’s Endless Shrimp, it looks like I will be missing it this year. However, I am elated and ecstatic to report that I am eating something that makes me go, ” endless shrimp what?”. We’ve been waiting like a year for this folks. And to top it off, I had the best possible parking spot on this most wonderful of Mondays (Picture taken from inside my car where I parked). 😀


It’s open.

(Check back later for a more in-depth review of my experience)

Top 10 Dream Jobs

Posted in Careers, Dreams, Sports, Travel on October 8, 2008 by garyyfong

Some of you may be happy with the job that you have and picture yourself doing what you’re doing for the rest of your life. Some of you may be content at where you are now, not sure what the future will bring, but you’re satisfied in your near future. And then there are some of you that absolutely hate what you are doing and desperately wanting to get out, fast, only to be hampered by the recent economic nightmare.

Well, where ever you are, I’m almost positive that there are times at your job where you crumple up a piece of trash, raise up your hands, get on your toes, and for a second pretend you are Kobe Bryant as you shoot the trash into the wastebasket. Maybe not Kobe Bryant. Maybe not even basketball. But something along those lines. You get what I mean. I say almost positive cuz I’ve recently talked to a friend that actually thought that was strange and claims he only thinks about stuff he can actually do. Well that’s no fun. Maybe I can’t throw a real football 70 yards, run a sub-10sec 100m, or do a 360 dunk or a regulation basket. But it’s only pretend, and if I saw a 8 foot basket while I’m playing ball you knowI’m gonna try that dunk. Ha ha. It’s just something you do. Aspire to be something great, and in a sense, indulge a little to your imagination.

So, what would you like to do if you could have any job in the world? Since this is kinda about dream jobs, let’s put a cap on somewhat realistic careers. We’ll define “realistic” as being an actual job that any human could attain, given the right God-given born talents, skills, and opportunities. So in other words, no, you can’t be Superman. And no, you can’t be the benevolent emperor of the world (both of which would be top choices for me haha). Although I suppose if you had enough charm or political tact you could marry your way into royalty or work your way into sole leadership like Caesar. But let’s throw that out. Also, don’t let money be a factor, pretend whatever you do pays the same bills any other job would. So you can’t say I wanna be an oil tycoon just cuz you’d have all the money in the world unless you are really interested in the part of looking for oil and running a business. In fact, let’s take out a ridiculously large amount of inheritance too so you can’t say you wanna do nothin but have parties on your yacht in the Mediterranean. So that rules out being Batman as well.

Now that we have “dream job” defined, what will it be for you? Comment at the bottom at what your dream job would be. To give you some ideas, here are my top 10 dream jobs.

#1. Formula 1 Race Driver for Ferrari

Not a big surprise for those that know me right? Yeah, I’d drive for any team in Formula 1 even as a test driver, but we’re talking absolute dream job right? Of course driving is my #1 passion and Formula 1 is the pinnacle of competitive driving. Plus I love to travel across the globe. Pulling multiple G’s in the corners while zipping around the track in an absolute state-of-the-art engineered driving machines at over 200 mph at tracks across exotic locales; couldn’t get any better for me. Unless, of course, I’m the top driver of my favorite team with the fastest car. (I’m also gonna lump WRC Driver here too because “Driver” is what this really is. Even though rally racing is a completely different skills set and I think all rally drivers are crazy. Also this will effectively lump in major racing championships like Euro-LeMans, etc. Not NASCAR or Indy Car or any other forms of glorified drag racing tho.) If any of this is a surprise to you, you obviously don’t know me.

#2. NFL (Football) Quarterback

Ok, this is a tough one for me because #2 and #3 are soooo close! I guess it comes down to that I think football is the sport that would make your friendships tighter than in #3. But it’s close. I love the game of football and the quarterback is the guy who (under normal circumstances) has the ball the most. Not that I wanna be a ball hog, but I just love to play and want to be a part of every play. Also usually the quarterback has the most control of how the game goes and is also leader of the team. A great quarterback is usually the best player on the team too. In my pipe dream world I’d wanna be as great a quarterback as Tom Brady, but also be as fast as Randy Moss, and as quick as Chris Paul. Oh oops, wrong sport.

#3. NBA (Basketball) Mega-Star

Notice that I didn’t pin down a specific position because I’d want to be a versatile player who could play multiple positions like a Kobe, LeBron, KG, or KD. I’d probably most like to be a Kobe to LeBron size player so I can get some good speed and flashy dunks. Ha ha. Maybe it’s #3 cuz it’s football season. Or maybe it’s cuz the Sonics left and Ray Lee still drinks starbucks.

#4. A-List Actor

Obvious choice. This is the one job on this list in which part of the job could be to do multiple things on this list. Acting and making movies is fun for me and the traveling is also another big plus.

#5. Superstar Singer

Come on, you knew this was coming. I love to sing. Traveling on tour would be great. It would be awesome if I was actually HK Superstar. Or American Superstar. Or both.

#6. FIFA (Soccer) Mega-Star Forward

This could be a surprise for you. I actually do like soccer a lot. It’s fun and any job where part of your job is to stay in top physical shape is good for me. I think if I had to choose a position it would be forward because I like to take it to the house and shoot. But in modern soccer, like basketball, a lot of the positions are not totally rigid so it really doesn’t matter what position I play. Plus soccer is the main sport in most of the world, which mean global exposure and travel. That’s cool with me.

#7. Top Ranked Tennis Player

Much like the same reasons why #6 is on this list, I love to play tennis too and the job consists of staying in top form. You also get to travel to compete at opens worldwide. And if you aspire to be something of course you aspire to be the best. (Ok, I know Federer isn’t the current #1 but he most definitely is the #1 of the past decade, I’d take #1 of the decade by far and current #2 over current #1 any day.) Not saying that it’s the main reason, but having some smoking hot women tennis players you see day in-day out is a major perk.

#8. Supermodel

You can call me shallow but if I’m wishing I could be anything I don’t see anything wrong with wishing I was insanely good looking on top of having a good personality. And really, your job would be just to look good. Besides staying in shape which I’ve pointed out is something I’d like as part of my dream job, there really is no work involved. And again I love to travel. Also again, working with women supermodels is a nice perk too.

#9. World’s Fastest Man

This actually requires an incredible amount of work. I know. Ok, not that I’m close to being anywhere near as fast as Usain Bolt, but from experience, besides just God-given genetics, once you are running up there at your peak in 100m sprints, to gain a tenth of a second faster takes a huge amount of training. Sometimes even that training for speed wouldn’t even matter cuz it’s about training for a good jump on the start as well. One tenth of a second is a lifetime when you’re running sub-10sec 100m. But world’s fastest man is quite an accomplishment, and if I could I so would. Also I guess if all this is dream jobs anyway, I could “dream” that I could be a genetic freak that doesn’t have to train 24 hours a day, can eat the oiliest of foods, and still easily run sub-9s.

#10. Big Time Engineer

No, this is not what I am now. I’m an engineer, but not at all big timing. By big timing, I mean like engineering engines for BMW’s next M5, or engineering the longest cable stayed bridge in the world, the tallest skyscraper in the world, physics defying landmarks, or the world’s first acrology. That’s what I envisioned when I went into engineering. Using new innovations, technology, and materials. Not saying that wouldn’t be where I’m headed towards in the future, but that is definitely not what I’m doing right now. No such glory, no such glamour, no such challenge or interest.

Honorable Mention. Bus Driver

No joke, when I was little, when I was asked what i wanted to be when I grew up like any other kid, I actually in fact wanted to be a bus driver cuz you get to drive around the city all day. My parents were, not surprisingly, terrified. I mean, I guess not so much in a calm easy going town like Seattle, but this was when I still lived in Hong Kong. If you’ve been there, you should know that driving a bus there would be challenging and take a LOT of skill, concentration, and extreme sense of awareness. It is nothing like the chill type of driving done here. You bet if I was a bus driver in HK I’d push it to the limit. Also, in a big city like HK, you won’t get bored as easily because there’s always so much going on.

So there you are, my top 10 dream jobs (+honorable mention) if I could have any job in the world. Go ahead, imagine what you’d like to do, and don’t forget to write it in the comments below!