This was our Saturday night... Kings wanted Rockstar to join him for the night event, since usually The Mens' weekend bondings are sacred... Since this was a talk on Wine Investments (if they let me I'll write more later on), I tried explaining the concept of investing to Rockstar in the cab:
Me: Investing is trying to grow your money. The trick is to try and buy something for HKD 10 that you think someone might buy from you someday for HKD 20. Then you've made an extra.... how much?
Rockstar: <dutifully, staring gravely out window> 10 dollars.
Me: <thinking Wah So Easy Ah> Great! So... What is investing?
Rockstar: <still staring out window> Asking someone to give you 20 dollars for something.
Sigh. So close.
Rockstar's wearing (note photo-bombing border collie while I was trying to decide what to put him in)........
But with 18 degrees C and strong wind (where we live can be super windy) and a little rain, I added:
(Don't mistake the facial expression, he's thrilled to be going out to Visit Daddy At Work (willingly napped before the late night), and clutching a book to keep him busy there while people drone on about wine (which he has already decided is "disgusting") - he just looks like that because he's thinking about what to do/say tonight... Obviously I told him best behavior or no more night excursions... :P)
And so here we are:
This actually reminds me of where Kings and I got married in Singapore, Flutes At Fort Canning... Flutes is also in a large bungalow on a hill.....
Which gave us an idea...
Then on to an inner dining room near the wine cellar, where Platinum Wines was having a talk about wine investing (plus 5 course and wine pairings)...
Btw, contrary to popular belief, you don't drink investment wine - or even open the wooden case it came in. You keep like, a doz (think physical asset) in a wooden crate with original seal AND you're not allowed to store it at home, no matter how good your wine fridge is. You have to be able to account for all those years your original wine crate has lived - and be able to show the paperwork proving it has never really lived. (i.e. that it was always in whatever Certified Acceptable Wine Storage and had no outside clubbing life or whatever).
And did you know HK is the biggest wine investment hub in the world? I didn't.
That was right before some of the grownups noticed him reading National Geographic and he then proceeded to regale some of them with............... tales of his online Math Homework from school (Nerd genes! Nerd genes! Nerd genes! - That was for Kings :D)
But in my son's defense he had online math work on the brain because he'd recently had a school assembly about it and so apparently "Fractions" are "cool." I am impressed he's that enthusiastic about the math homework, how did they get him to think fractions are cool, did they use hypnosis? (This is a JOKE ok!! But wouldn't it be funny if I get an email asking if I know which hypnotist Rockstar's school is using?)
Seriously though, it hadn't really occurred to me Rockstar would get asked that many times where he goes to school. #schoolpride
NO Rockstar cannot read the French names of the wines on that menu. And btw French wines are pretty much the only ones meant for investment - something about the region producing a wine that can last 75-100 years.
There was also a slide on exceptional vintage years. Interesting that some parents apparently buy a case if it's their child's birth year, as a gift for their child later on. (I bought the Standard Chartered HKD 150 note with Rockstar's birthdate as serial number btw... Intend to give it to him on his 21st birthday or something. I didn't say 16 cos I'm pretty sure what he wants then are the keys to the family car. He has agreed to drive us around when he's old enough to get a license - for now we'll enjoy him making our coffee 😀 Thanks, Nespresso machine!)
Oh, and one of my girlfriends' sons.... has a mountain bequeathed to him by his grandfather in Korea. She says it's also "quite normal" to give houses to kids when they marry, "because how can you expect them to have that much themselves yet, they normally get married what, before 30?" I don't know, I'm still back at the mountain bit...!And so that was our Saturday night... Which was quite a contrast to our Sunday: Ms Rockstar was pretty tough today... Normally, she's not, when she gets to be in her room. But thanks to her I'm knackered and still a little sick...