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GT won the Hong Kong Awards for Industries: Technological Achievement Certificate of Merit
Published on Monday, 29 Dec 2014

GT won the 2014 Hong Kong Awards for Industries: Technological Achievement Certificate of Merit. The Hong Kong Awards for Industries (HKAI) was officially launched in 2005 by merging the former Hong Kong Awards for Industry and Hong Kong Awards for Services, established in 1989 and 1997 respectively. Championed by the Government, the HKAI aims to recognise the outstanding achievements of Hong Kong enterprises in pursuit of high technology and high value-added activities, and to commend excellence in various aspects of their performance.

http://www.hkindustryaward.org/en/winners/2014.html#c6

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Home > Top Employers > Green Tomato > GT fully supported Orbis : CHOCOOLATE Moonwalkers
GT fully supported Orbis : CHOCOOLATE Moonwalkers
Published on Monday, 29 Dec 2014

As like the pass few years, GT fully support and be the sponsor for Orbis’ fund raising event, Orbis : CHOCOOLATE Moonwalkers. GT not only support for the Moonwalkers app development and all the technical issues, our staff also be the volunteers for on site support for the event night. Thanks very much for all the participants and volunteers for leading to the great success of the event.

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Home > Top Employers > Green Tomato > Welcome our New Intern Mike~
Welcome our New Intern Mike~
Published on Monday, 29 Dec 2014

GT has a new Intern Mike, who has joint our Mid-Autumn Festival party and the senior management meeting. Mike fits in well in GT, makes lots of friends in GT. He has not only been learning from different departments, but he also brings us lots of great creative ideas and fun.

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Home > Top Employers > Green Tomato > GT be the speaker for the HKAIM ABC4CMO seminar
GT be the speaker for the HKAIM ABC4CMO seminar
Published on Monday, 29 Dec 2014

Our CMO, Jacqueline Chong, be the speaker for the HKAIM ABC4CMO seminar on 26 November, to share the new use of our new product Storellet for the new era of Loyalty program.

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Home > Top Employers > Green Tomato > GT be the speaker of WTIA Career Talk "就業講座及博覽 2014:新媒體x 創新 x 工作"
GT be the speaker of WTIA Career Talk "就業講座及博覽 2014:新媒體x 創新 x 工作"
Published on Monday, 29 Dec 2014

GT be the speaker of WTIA Career Talk “就業講座及博覽 2014:新媒體x 創新 x 工作” on Dec 6, 2014. There were about 300 participants for the events, mostly are students who are interested in the Technology industry. Our CMO, Jacqueline Chong, shared about our GT Story “我們不妥協的創新故事”, our senior technical staff answers questions about GT and the career in the industry in the exhibition as well.

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Home > Top Employers > Green Tomato > GT be the speaker for the HKITF Mobile Enterprise Solution Day
GT be the speaker for the HKITF Mobile Enterprise Solution Day
Published on Monday, 29 Dec 2014

Our CMO, Jacqueline Chong, be the speaker for the HKITF Mobile Enterprise Solution Day on 24 November, to share the new use of Teamwork for the enterprises.

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Home > Top Employers > Green Tomato > [PCM Biz IT] 創新公司爆多 員工有前途
[PCM Biz IT] 創新公司爆多 員工有前途
Published on Monday, 29 Dec 2014

員工晉升空間大,有得上位

打工仔加入創新公司最大的風險是「唔穩 陣」,不過現任GreenTomato市場總監莊芷坤證明 自己無揀錯。從一個小小的市場營銷部職員,經過4 年努力,當上市場總監。該公司於2003年成立, 主要設計及開發應用程式,目前較著名的有Hong Kong Movie及TalkBox Voice Messenger。

她表示,當年在大公司廣告銷售部工作, 預見將來沒有晉升空間,工作熱誠大減,毅然 辭職。及後到GreenTomato應徵,跟行政總裁郭 秉鑫大談項目推廣,感到這公司制度彈性,老闆允許員工實踐自己的想法,決定加入。

在創新公司做了幾年,她認 為只要清楚自己的目標及性格、 有勇於承擔及挑戰自己的心 態,在細公司反而更容易找 到自己的位置,以及接觸更多層面,得著比在大公司工作更多。

她指出,大公司看似福利待遇較好,但所學到的東西始終有限,若只求安穩的工作,反而很難適應創新公司的節奏。另一 方面,因為細公司資源有限,很多時沒有明確分 工,以業務匯報為例,當中除了包含推廣策略,還 會接觸其他範疇,如她比較擅長市場推廣,但財務 策劃,以至實際的簡報設計技巧都要重新學習。不過,能夠接觸不同人,建立更廣的人際網絡,對自己往後的人生獲益匪淺。

現在,她雖然已是市場總監,但同事各自擁有出色的技能及專長,工作時都會互相交流學習。

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Home > Top Employers > Green Tomato > GT Mid-Autumn Festival Party
GT Mid-Autumn Festival Party
Published on Monday, 29 Dec 2014

GT had a great party with all of the stuff for the Mid Autumn Festival. We played puzzle games and shared the great joy with all.

We work hard. We also play hard and have fun here~!

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival~!

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Home > Top Employers > Green Tomato > GT speaks in ITSC Solution Day 2014
GT speaks in ITSC Solution Day 2014
Published on Monday, 29 Dec 2014

On behalf of the Technology Management Section of the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO), GT was invited to participated in the ITSC Solution Day. The section regularly disseminates IT solutions and technologies to Government officers through our IT promotional events and the IT Solutions Center for product trial use and demonstration of IT solutions and to facilitate HKICTA 2014 winners to introduce the ICT solutions/products to government users for adoption or reference.

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Joey Lee, MD of 9 Dragons Fitness, is fighting to get Hong Kong in shape
Published on Saturday, 06 Dec 2014
Joey Lee
Photo: Gary Mak

Ex-Muay Thai pro welcomes more gyms and more competition.

Barbells, rowing machines and jump ropes – one person’s heaven is another’s torture chamber. Sitting in the gym of former Muay Thai professional fighter Joey Lee, managing director of 9 Dragons Fitness, one of nine CrossFit gyms in Hong Kong, I am embarrassed to find I can’t open the lid of a bottle of water she offers me.

“I played lots of sports growing up, mainly basketball,” says Taiwan-born, Vancouver-raised Lee, taking the bottle back from me and opening it with a flick of her wrist. “After my four years in college, I went to university for two years to study criminology. I started going to a gym well known for having professional Muay Thai fighters and started training there. I just loved it.” 

Lee was asked to spar with a professional female fighter. “She was quite a successful amateur fighter and when I got into the ring to spar with her – I think literally six weeks into training – I felt like this was something I could do. I said to my instructor that I really wanted to fight.”

However, Lee’s mother was not too impressed. “My mum came to my first fight [as an amateur] in 2002. She was so scared and every time I was hit, she would cover her eyes and was almost in tears. She was a bit angry and said, ‘Why would you do this to yourself? I don’t know what you’re trying to prove’. It did take her a while to understand it isn’t just for fighting.”

I wonder why a woman only 1.60 metres tall would want to step into a ring. “It’s like an adrenalin rush as you get in the ring, it’s such a challenge that it’s just you and no one can save you,” she says. “You give everything you’ve got and never back down. From a female perspective, it’s really empowering to be able to do that.”

But it’s more than the adrenalin rush. “Every time I stepped in the ring, I asked myself, ‘Why are you doing this? No more – this is absolutely ridiculous’. But as soon as the bell rings for the first round, the thought process completely reverses. As soon as I finish, I think, ‘Wow, I want to do it again’. Even though I took a complete beating, I was still going OK and I survived.’”

However, the stigma attached to being a female fighter hit home when she came to Hong Kong in 2005 and was the only woman training at a local gym. “All the local guys would always say to me, ‘Oh, who would want to marry you? You’re doing boxing and you’re such a tomboy.’ And these were people I trained with every day … ” 

Lee’s husband, Doug Pieterse, proved them wrong. “He was attracted to the fact we have stuff in common. He hated it when I was fighting, but he was supportive. He understands this is what I do.”

If it is the adrenalin rush that kept Lee fighting professionally, it is her family that has kept her from it since. “I’ve not considered going back to the ring since I’ve had my kids. [My husband] was like, ‘Ok, you might want to reconsider if you want to do it again. You have a family and kids. What if you get hit and get brain damage?’”

Not fighting and training professionally after two pregnancies added 32kg to the former Muay Thai fighter. She thought something had to be done for the sake of her well-being. “My husband sent me to Thailand to do some Muay Thai to get me into shape and motivated again,” Lee says. “There was a guy there who is a CrossFit instructor. He took me through some CrossFit workouts and I just fell in love with it.”

Lee and her husband opened CrossFit gyms in Tung Chung and Central in November 2013. “CrossFit is functional training. It takes gymnastics, weightlifting and metabolic conditioning and combines it into one programme. It’s constantly varied, meaning the workouts are always changing.” 

 Created by Greg Glassman in California in 2001, the CrossFit craze swept through the West and into Asia. However, some have called it cultish or extreme. “I wouldn’t go so far as saying it is cult. Yes, a lot of people follow it, [but that is] because the biggest thing about CrossFit is that it builds community.

“People come here because they love the fact there’s somebody out there to support them. Imagine you’re with 15 other people doing the exact same thing; you want to stop, you look around, and everyone else is tired. But there is a competitive spirit and teamwork. It’s like, ‘Ok, everyone is doing this, let’s do it together, let’s all try to finish.’ Everyone is there to support you saying ‘Come on, a few more, count down your last reps. You can do it.’” 

Lee recalls the recent fads of Thai boxing and martial arts among Hong Kong women. To reach them, she actually wants more competition in the form of more CrossFit gyms. “It’s still too early; the trend hasn’t hit the local community enough yet. I think it will take another few more years.”

She advises people who are interested in trying CrossFit to look for gyms with experienced trainers. 

“If you have no personal training experience, no background in exercise, physiology, biomechanics, and you go straight into opening a gym, you’re not going to know how to be safe; you’re not going to know how to train your clients.” 

She says, although everyone is doing the same workout, the intensity is scaled to fit each one’s capability and fitness.

Although Lee has been a personal trainer for 10 years, she admits her limits. “CrossFit has so many different movements in it, that I haven’t mastered all of them yet. It takes a long time to do that.

 


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