Dot Com Pho – Flip Flap Edition

After being away for a month, it’s good to be back at Dot Com Pho. A lot has changed since the last Dot Com Pho. The place was very busy and we had to wait a bit for our table. A big congrats to Pho Lan for taking second place for the Best Pho of Richmond award.

When I was away, Stephen Fung took over the filming of Dot Com Pho. Now that I’m back, he still wants to continue. Therefore, you now have two episodes of Dot Com Pho to enjoy. I’ll let you decide which one is better.

On today’s Flip Flap edition of Dot Com Pho, we have lots of Flip Videos, Flip Video wannabes, a Flip Flap, dot com dessert and a $10,000 blog post. Check it out.

54 thoughts on “Dot Com Pho – Flip Flap Edition”

  1. Welcome back to Vancouver. Another good episode of DCP.

  2. Shanel Yang says:

    Too funny! My boyfriend is always saying how hilarious you are. I finally watched one of your videos — this one and was cracking up when you starting dissing the RCA unit! He was right. I’ll definitely be coming back to catch more of your straight up good stuff.

  3. what’s up with the flip? is that the best video camera?

    1. Not JohnChow says:

      No, didn’t hear his plug for Canon? That is what I use for video and still shots.

    2. Stephen says:

      Far from it. It’s like saying the pinto is the best car 😆

  4. Tyler Ingram says:

    Glad I could be part of the DotComPho!

    1. Tyler Ingram says:

      Oh and help John film his new Flip Empire!

    2. It’s fun eh?

      I gotta go again.

  5. Germz says:

    Wow John I envy you I wish I had a flip camera. Maybe I should be in that video, “Send it to me!” lol. :mrgreen:

  6. OCGolfCourse says:

    I always wanted to ask… How is the flip camera better than everything else? I use my digital camera to do my videos at my main blog and it works pretty good so should I even look at something else?

    1. John Chow says:

      It isn’t better. It’s main advantage is it can film 1 hour with 2GB of memory. My Canon digital camera will only do 15 minutes with the same amount of memory. However, because of less compression, the Canon has much better video quality. The other advantage of the Flip is it looks like a video camera so people will act accordingly. When you point a digital camera at them, they assume you’re taking their picture instead of doing a video.

  7. Pyjammez says:

    hahah damn I love dot com pho

  8. betshopboy says:

    The desert that Gary was having in the video, we call it “chendol” over here.

  9. Brendan says:

    you should do a live webcast of dot com pho. that would be sweet!

    1. Stephen says:

      There’s no WiFi. Pho Lan is too ghetto to have Internet 😆

  10. Ed Lau says:


    Gigabyte even sent one to me…even though I wasn’t at Dot Com Pho.

    1. Stephen says:

      I’m giving away Flip Flap! Flip Flap FTW and UNBRANDED iPod nano FTW!

  11. Bryn says:

    Cool video, this dot com pho thing seems interesting.

  12. Ronald Su says:

    I want a FLIP. Send it to me! :mrgreen:

    1. Thiago Prado says:

      I want one too. I even sent an email to FlIP company asking for one in exchange for a review.

  13. Abdul says:

    You make the Flip look even cooler than it is, I think I am going to get it!

  14. wisdom says:

    Its been awhile..good post.

  15. Noobpreneur says:


    That $10,000 blog post – Please explain$$… LOL

  16. Quintin Riis says:

    I cannot fathom why he would just give you $10,000. It must be a small amount of money for him. Won’t he still have to pay taxes on the 10k?

    What software do you use for editing your videos and inserting credits and the like?

    1. Abdul says:

      I think he uses the one that comes with the iMac, prbably the free one, the functions seem to be the same

    2. Thiago Prado says:

      he probably uses iMovie from Apple.

      1. Stephen says:

        John uses iMovie 08. I’ve switched over to iMovie HD.

  17. Haha. I want one of those Flip cameras so bad!

  18. nice Dot com Pho video again ….. 😛

  19. Stephen says:

    The EPIC Edit of the Flip Flap Edition is uploading as we speak. Could it be more EPIC than the last one? Stay tuned!

  20. kellex says:

    IT’S PRONOUNCED “FUH” not “FER” or “FOE”….IT’S “FUH”! 👿

    1. Stephen says:

      We know. We’ve REBRANDED it for our use! Otherwise it’s just Vietnamese noodles 😛

      1. I think there is a place on Kingsway that’s called “Pho Bich Nga”.

        You be the judge how to pronounce that!

        1. John Chow says:

          That place has gone under.

          1. A friend of mine told me once that he used to think that “Pho” was a guy and he must have been really wealthy with all the different restaurants he owned around town. 🙂

          2. Stephen says:

            Pho Shizzle? That’s funny! 😆

        2. Stephen says:

          Yeah. It’s been replaced by Pho Ken Eh 😉

  21. I have a video camera, but I still can’t decide if I should get a Flip.

    And I remember the post about Brian. Why is he giving you the money just like that though?! Did you work some evil magic on him?

    1. Stephen says:

      Like in my video… “It’s the End of the World as We Know It!” 😈

  22. fxho says:


    Came here via Ed’s site. I started watching your videos not long ago (two or three months at most) so my opinion might not reflect what has been done in the past. Said that…

    Content: Stephen. It had more content than John’s video, not to mention in John’s the section on the flip flaps went a bit too long, in my opinion.

    Caption/on-screen comment: John. Character by character caption, in my opinion, is a bit… confusing (for the lack of a better word).

    Music: John. Although well intended, I found the music in Stephen’s video to be a bit of a distraction (and I am not referring to the background noise, here!).

    Video: None? Both were good.

    Despite the tally goes to John, in the end, I prefer Stephen’s a little bit more. Content makes up for those other “issues”. However, I think both should generate videos, as it gives different perspectives (despite being the same event. Also, in the end, those of us who watch (and could not participate) are the winners! I hope to be there one of these days.

    [These comments are duplicated in Stephen’s blog]

    1. Stephen says:

      Thanks again. Hope you get a chance to either win Flip Flap or the “unbranded” iPod nano I’m giving away.

  23. I don’t know, that dessert sure didn’t look that tasty.

  24. John, you should give away that $10,000 you’re getting from Brian to one luck winner of the most killer contest you’ve ever had on your blog.

    1. John Chow says:

      You would like that, huh? 😈

  25. John, will the $10K count towards your June 2008 income? and did you say coffee is on you on the 24th?

  26. Blatant plug but someone was asking about Ed Dale at a recent Dotcom Pho (might have been Yaro) – one should check out this FREEBIE: (Ed Dale’s 30 Day Challenge)

  27. I like to see both Stephen’s and John’s videos.
    One thing I noticed was the loud background noise from the non-JC DCP videos from late May. Maybe I’m biased but I think the audio on the Flip is quite good.
    Check out the Youtube video I shot (with the Flip) of the Kooks at HMV. I was too far away so the video’s crap but the audio’s nice and clear. Also, check out the comment left by someone-

    1. Stephen says:

      I have this feeling that the Flip’s audio is optimized so that when YouTube COMPRESSES it, it will still sound the same. What I hear when I edit and what I hear after YouTube upload are very different. It’s like when some of the TV shows USED to make it onto YouTube, they sounded quite poor compared to when they were on TV. It’s like that rich, well edited audio score gets turned to mung when it hits the Tubes.

      YouTube definitely seems to flatten the audio which makes the background noise stand out. I think what I’ll do is try one of the filters and see if I can attenuate that for future videos.

  28. I think we have a competition going on here 😛

    1. Stephen says:

      And we have a contest for the FLIP FLAP and a nano over…here 😉

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