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  1. They'll need to triple their portion sizes if they hope to compete with McDonald's!
  2. I'd love to say you're right, Brett. Of course you are in a sense but the working culture has to be a top-down approach if it's going to change. This is partly/mostly due to the respect for authority people have here - they simply cannot and will not go against their superiors. The KPI and customer service things reminds me of when I visited Beijing 20-odd years ago. At immigration there were 2 buttons just in front of the desk - one smiling face and one frowning. Passengers were "required" to push one or the other before proceeding to the official. So, we had to give feedback on a service not yet provided and I'd bet dollars to donuts that the satisfaction rate was 100%! 350 years of colonisation and everything that brings won't be wiped out anytime soon. It just needs to be chipped away one chunk at a time, a bit like eating an elephant which can only be done one bite at a time.
  3. Fa Yeung Street (Sneaker Street) in Hong Kong is the place to go for cut-price Nike's etc - mostly legit as well albeit not the latest releases. Much of the stuff sold here cheaply is fake even though they claim they're factory seconds.
  4. I wasn't able to test out the latest status on this because both BPI machines in the 2 malls I visited on Sunday were not dispensing any cash!
  5. I'm very, very familiar with the brand - my 1st wife is an R&D Director for Nike based in Portland ,Oregon. The fact that brands such as Nike and Adidas have actual independent stores here, as well as outlets in all the major stores in the malls confirms there is a market for such a product and that there are sufficient numbers of customers willing, and able, to pay the prices at such outlets. The point is that in a country of 115m people there will be a sufficient number able to buy more expensive items regardless of the average wage being so low.
  6. I suppose in a population of around 115m there will be a sufficient number of people who can afford the prices. Plenty of those 115m people earn enough to afford a weekly treat but plenty don't. We could ask the same question about stuff such as Nike's - for some it's the equivalent of 2 weeks wages to buy a pair but I see plenty of folk wearing them. I guess I/we are not actually exposed to a cross-section of the population and tend to mix with the better-off part.
  7. I think it's probably a stereotype but, like most stereotypes, it has a grain of truth in it. Probably comes from 2 things - the frugality of the Church of Scotland compared to the Catholic religion and the simple fact poverty was prevalent so people had no choice but be frugal. All that said, you wouldn't have to wait long to be offered a pint in a bar in Scotland so we're not all that bad!
  8. Hands up Colsie, I'm really struggling to think what issues there would be if not related to the age difference. Maybe you're overthinking things a little?
  9. I'm not sure why you'd worry or care about looks and I doubt many if any comments will be made within earshot. It's just a matter of getting on with it - I'm confused though about this as in 1 post you talk about your partner having to toughen up yet in the next she's feisty! Hopefully not too feisty as that won't necessarily end well.
  10. I don't live on a condo but in a gated community so we suffer/benefit from much of the same stuff. Visitors are supposed to be pre-registeted- rule ignored. Deliveries pre-registered - ignored in the main except for big stuff (ironically, it's the big stuff which is less likely to be dodgy IMO). Parking is poor - a slalom when driving down a street. Construction requires a pass or permit but the same permit seems to last a lifetime. All in all, they apply the rules pragmatically so all's good.
  11. Better use British English - we don't tip as generously!
  12. He'd need to wear a helmet on his a** to ensure that!
  13. The OP said beer here was cheaper...I stopped reading after that as what else do we need to know?
  14. The examples you cite are controversial and thus worthy of debate to some - I don't think the safety of seatbelts is all that debatable to most.
  15. But how many lives have been saved due to wearing a seat belt?
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