Dot Com Pho – Winner of the iPad 2 Edition

Once again, we are back at Pho Thanh Vi in the International District to draw the winner of the Apple iPad 2 contest. I expected a full house to show up but it was only me and Joe Google. You see, I had this rule that says if your name gets drawn while you were at Dot Com Pho, you can’t win. So everyone choose to stay away instead of having lunch with me!

In addition to drawing the iPad 2 winner, I tried out some more tasty dishes (see photo below) from the Pho Thanh Vi menu and talked about my next Webinar with Tyler Cruz, Zac Johnson and Matt Mickiewicz. Find out all about it and see if you’re the lucky winner of the iPad 2 (plus Invisible Shield) by watching the video!

Dot Com Pho is filmed using the Panasonic GF2 digital camera and processing was done with iMovie 11. The more I use the GF2, the more impressed I am. Make sure you watch in HD.

Pho Thanh Vi

Pho Thanh Vi

Dot Com Pho Vancouver – Phnom Penh Edition

The Vancouver crew braved the Saturday lunch crowds to enjoy some fantastic Cambodian cuisine at Phnom Penh in Chinatown. Butter beef, garlic chicken wings, and tea-inspired gadgets of the week await you!

94 thoughts on “Dot Com Pho – Winner of the iPad 2 Edition”

  1. Jasmin says:

    I didn’t win! 🙁 #IllBeCryingUntilIWinSomething

    1. d3so says:

      Who won? I’m on mobile so I can’t watch it.

    2. Neither did I – and from the looks of things the person that did win wasn’t a lunch time regular either 🙂 So they missed out on what looks like great food as well.

      1. PPC Ian says:

        Congrats to the winner! 🙂 Awesome contest John!

      2. d3so says:

        Yeah, the chicken wings looked really good.

        1. Ed says:

          agreed, my mouth is watering looking at those

    3. Congrats to the winner. I didn’t win and the only consolation is that it was a draw as I expected and had pointed out, making the point that all the sucking up to John wouldn’t effect the results in the least.

      I like the fact these things are completely fair. I know I’ll have better luck the next time as will eventually everybody else.

      1. d3so says:

        I hope John chooses a different way of drawing the winner because the girl clearly had no idea what she was doing. 😉

        1. Hey D3so,

          She will have a much better idea the next time won’t she?

          In my opinion she did what needed to be done anyway. I bet that if she pulled a sheet with your name on it you wouldn’t criticize her at all.

    4. Rats, you didn’t pick me, but congrats to the winner anyway.

      1. d3so says:

        I hope the winner doesn’t claim it so we can have another chance 😉

        1. Hey D3so,

          That is a desperate hope which is very unlikely to be fulfilled. It’s better to take the next chance to win. There’ll be another contest soon hopefully.

    5. Ashish Patel says:

      neither me. Who won?

      1. Virtual Gina says:

        I won I won I won!!!!!!!!!!!! Yeah – so how do I get my prize………… cannot believe.

        1. John Chow says:

          I sent you an email. Reply to it.

    6. Better Luck next time Jasmin 🙂

  2. Julio Cezar says:

    Watching video now. Hope I win!

    1. You didn’t win and neither did I.

  3. Mate Hegedus says:

    Awww, but i wrote a song!

    1. Why don’t you share it with the rest of us 🙂

      1. Was it a song of praise to John or of being desperate to win?

        I wouldn’t mind hearing it. Please post a link to it.

  4. Thomas says:

    Oh well. Looking forward to the next contest.

    1. d3so says:

      haha I didn’t win 😛
      funny how there was only 5 names on that sheet.

      1. PPC Ian says:

        Yeah, only 5 names! I’m not familiar with the winner (not a regular commentator here on John Chow)…

        1. It was good that only five names were on that sheet that was picked. Before it came into focus the name length looked like it was me at the top of it.

          What a disappointment it was when I could see it clearly. I don’t know the winner’s name either. She was really lucky to win. Maybe it was her first comment on John’s blog and she won right away.

        2. John Rampton says:

          I’d never heard of him either. We should look into this!

    2. Same here, Looking forward to the next contest also.

    3. It would be nice to have a contest for an iPad every day.

      1. Yes it would. I don’t know about how John would feel though giving out 365 iPads per year.

        1. internetsalsa says:

          why don’t you ask him when you meet him next time and keep us all out of dark…since it seems like you know him personally…. 🙂

      2. Lol yes.. I agree with you.. He he he

      3. John Rampton says:

        I couldn’t agree more with this, I think John Chow should give all of us one!

    4. Everybody is looking for the next contest.

  5. d3so says:

    I hope I won haha.

    1. You missed how to join, that was in a different post a couple of weeks ago.

  6. Ah… Looking forward another contest. How about the blackbarry one? LOL.

    1. PPC Ian says:

      Yeah, another contest would be cool. The odds of this one was relatively good – a 1 in 600 chance of winning. 🙂

      1. John Rampton says:

        I will win this one!

  7. This lunch seems to show who your friends are John, lol – I would have come to lunch if I was in the area

    Great competition – can’t wait for the next one.

    1. Hey Peter,

      Talk is cheap. You can prove what you just said by coming the next time. If you are too far away maybe you can’t come but in that case saying you would if you could can’t be proven and saying it is just talk.

  8. Fazal Mayar says:

    virtual gina is the winner….haha well… better luck to me next time! 😀

  9. John Chow says:

    The Phnom Penh chicken wings are better than the Thanh Vi chicken wings

    1. Michael Kwan says:

      I’m not surprised. The Phnom Penh wings are amazing… that and Vancouver food is better than Seattle food. 😉

      1. The Phnom Penh wings were fantastic. The place was packed the whole time we were there and a big lineup at the door never shrunk. The restaurant doesn’t look like much from the outside but they have received a plenty of awards which I show on my video from Saturday’s Pho.

        The Phnom Penh restaurant also has three chandeliers. View the video to see I’m not kidding:

  10. ellen says:

    Not a winner here and worse, that vid made me hungry 🙂

  11. PPC Ian says:

    Congrats to the winner! 🙂 While I didn’t win this time, I’m looking forward to future contests. The food looks really tasty as always!

  12. David Hodge says:

    I will have to buy one now when they come to New Zealand, When are you going to have the lumix camera in a contest? The one you use in the dot com pho.

    1. I think that John is now using and is very fond of his Panasonic camera.I don’t think that he ever used and wrote about Lumix.

  13. NETbloger says:

    congrats to the winner ;D really great contest 😉

  14. John B says:

    Hey John- Pretty Lame man…. if it was only about the luck of the draw why the request to write about why you wanted an ipad?

    Next time make it crystal clear its only about getting the #’s for you and save people time on posting genuine content in your comments and I’ll hire a bot to help inflate your numbers…

    1. John Chow says:

      From the contest post:

      “The winner will be drawn April 2 at Dot Com Pho.”

      Not sure how much clearer that can be.

      1. Fazal Mayar says:

        That isn’t his question John. He knew the draw would be on april 2nd but he asked why you requested to ‘ explain’ why you should win an ipad…since the winner would be chosen by a draw and not selected by the comment’s quality

        not a big deal anyway as you were nice enough to giveaway an Ipad2 to begin with!

        1. Tyler Cruz says:

          It was pretty clear to me.

          That’s why I wrote a short response. If John had said something such as “The winner with the best comment will receive 50 bonus entries into the contest” then I could see why you’d be frustrated, but he didn’t.

        2. John Chow says:

          Explain why you should win was just one of the requirements. The answer can be anything from a 1000 word essay to “I want it.” No where did I say anything about the quality of the explanation having an effect on the draw.

          1. Hey John,

            Whoever paid any attention got it. Whoever reads other peoples comments would have got it since I was pointing it out in my comments saying no matter how much people suck up to you it will be the luck of the draw that decides.

            This guy would attack you anyway no matter what. Complainers complain even if there is no reason for it.

        3. john says:

          Hi Fazal- that’s exactly right.

          And email list building person… it’s not about complaining. Its simply about being clear so people can decide what to get involved with and how much time and effort that should be applied to the contest.

          I just heard about john chow and read all his free pdfs. He set my expectations of him high based on the quality of the content and his personality in the pdfs.

          So yes I was dissapointed when I thought I had followed his direction and found out later that his directions were not as clear as they could have been.

          At the end of the day though… If I were john… I’d be embracing any kind of feedback especially the not so positive ones. In this case it was clear there was a missunderstanding. With that knowledge John could be aware of it and take that into consideration the next time he chooses to give away anything.

          In my opinion yes men are worthless… Rock solid hard feedback (good or bad) is priceless.

          So string me up if you’d like but I’d rather hear about the challenges so I can make improvements and not criticize people for shareing their thoughts.

          Have a nice day everyone 🙂

          1. John Chow says:

            I do have contest where the quality of the comments decides the winner. An example would be the 10 tickets to the Affiliate Summit West in Las Vegas. I will be giving away 10 tickets to Affiliate Summit East in New York and the winners are decided based on the quality of comments. Look for that contest soon.

    2. No one asked you to write a story. I just said I should win because I want it, pretty simple.

      1. Fazal Mayar says:

        exactly… i think it was just for the fun too…

        There were no words requirements 😛

        1. Yep that’s right, it’s only for fun.

  15. Papa Bear says:

    Congrats to the winner!!!

  16. Ari says:

    ohhh I didn’t win

    1. Yes Ari,

      Everybody knows that because there was only one winner. We all know what a disappointment it is not to win such a good prize except for the winner who must be ecstatic.

      1. yes..i would have been really excited if i won and its the same with you guys i guess. Oh well, it was a free contest so we cant really complain. Congrats to virtual gina once again!

  17. Justin says:

    Sorry I couldn’t make it to lunch this time. I will definitely be there next time for some wings.

  18. Mike says:

    Congrats to the winner! Interesting contest!

  19. Oh well. Guess it’s Plan B for me John- buy my own iPad 2! Haha

    1. I should probably buy an iPad at this point probably won’t win one in a contest.

      1. If you really want it and can afford it, buy it.

        In case you win one in a contest you can always sell it or give it away. Obvious stuff I know but if you win one and can’t get it away I’ll be sure to accept it.

  20. congrats to the winner..

  21. fas says:

    The draw was not nicely done, a random on computer would be nice.

    1. Fas,

      I have to strongly disagree with you.

      The draw was done very nicely. And I’m impartial because I didn’t win either.

      I bet that if it was done on a computer you wouldn’t be happy either.

      1. d3so says:

        I think I would’ve had a better chance of winning if it was done on a computer.

        1. The odds are the same every time since there is one draw out of a certain number which this time was around 600.

          It makes no difference whether a human being or a computer does it.

          I bet that if it was done on a computer somebody would say it was unfair and pre-programmed or whatever. The way it was done was very transparent.

    2. What could be more random than the way it was done?

      1. d3so says:

        It would’ve been better if the names were cut up and placed in a hat.

        1. How would that be better? Do you think your chances would have been increased?

          John didn’t have time to do the he says in the post.

  22. how the winner has chosen for ipad by random?

    1. John Chow says:

      Why don’t you watch the video and find out?

  23. Lakhyajyoti says:

    Congrats to the winner.Panasonic GF2 has excellent picture and video quality.

    1. Work online says:

      Hey Lakhyajyoti,
      I am The Winner,thanks for wishing me,
      Hahahahahahah,well may be it will be so.

  24. Congrats to the winner and thanks John.

  25. singer divya says:

    congrats winners. i wish them all the best.

  26. Abhik says:

    Man.. All those foods always make me hungry.

  27. Oh my bad, I missed it this time too. Hope I will win another contest in the future.

  28. Thanks for holding the draw John, and congrats to the winner. I’ll be picking up my iPad2 in a month or so because my team does develop for iOS and it’s nice to demo on the latest and greatest. Keep up the great posts.

  29. hey is that chicken looks so crispy

    1. Chicken isn’t something that impresses me. However, chicken wings are the best thing ever, don’t you think? I Love Chicken Wings!

  30. Elva Lee says:

    hi John,

    The videos did not work here, so i still do not how to participate in the promo 🙁


  31. PPC Ian says:

    John, I remember when the iPad 2 came out that you bought a whole box of them! I was wondering if you’ll be giving away any more iPads in future contests? 🙂

    1. John Rampton says:

      I think Ian should give one away!

  32. anitha says:

    chicken makes me hungry

  33. i love ipad and having one for my personal use

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