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More Than Chocolate

Hello folks, just got back from a fantastic trip to NYC with a few Boston friends of mine. If I was to summarize this trip with only a few words, the words would be: fun, crazy, rain, and relaxing. I got a much needed break from the daily grind of my normal job and other freelance work.

Anyway, the reason for this blog entry was to present a design observation I encountered while in NY. My friends and I went to a place called Max Brenner, a chocolate laboratory/restaurant of impressiveness. Max takes the experience of enjoying chocolate to a level I’ve never seen or experienced elsewhere. So much thought was given to the mugs, menu layout, and everything else in between. Here are a few pictures to describe our visit and entice you into trying it out.


Here’s a custom glass with a straw hole for milk shake.


This is called a hug mug. You literally hug the mug while sipping the delicious hot coco.


Ever seen banana split like this?


And this was my personal ice cream experiment.


The little flask all the way on the left allows me to make my own chocolate coating for my ice cream. Fantastic design!!


Thought and consideration was with every part of the “dining experience”, even the delivery of the bill.

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Flying Somewhere?

Delta – Did you know that Delta airlines has a Risk-Free Cancellation Policy where if you order e>ticket directly from delta, you have 24 hours to cancel and get a full refund.

Kayak Control PanelKayak.com – So, a coworker of mine showed me the wonderful website kayak.com to search for plane tickets. The list of airlines searched is quite exhaustive and they have an awesome control panel (see image) for customizing your search on the fly.

Kayak provides you with the ability to sort quickly through departure/arrival times, airlines, etc… One of the best features is the trend tool that shows you ticket prices for the past 90 days.

Yak Yak Yak

Today had to be one of the best days of my life. The first thing I did after waking up was taking a one-man kayak out on Lake Waukewan (map) in Meredith, NH.

Being out there in the middle of the lake by yourself with nothing but the kayak and paddle gave me a sense calmness and complete control. But at the same time I felt venerable because anything could happen to me out there. Man, I wish I could do this every morning.

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Lake Huron = 25

To celebrate my 25th birthday, I was out by Lake Huron with a couple of my best friends from college. This trip can be summarized in the following words: relaxing, laughter, full of sun, fun, drinks ;), awesome bbq, and awesomeness.

I could not have asked for anything more.


Pictures Set

Roots + 15

It’s been 15 years since I left Hong Kong for good. Here are some pictures taken on my recent 2 weeks vacation back to my hometown, divided into two sets on Flickr:

Hong Kong at Night
HK Artistic Album
Ridin' on the MTR
HK People Album

While I was in Hong Kong, I also made a trip out to my dad’s hometown of Shanghai, China. Here are some more pictures:

Shanghai Power
Snaps from Shanghai


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