In love with London

16 02 2008

Landed in cold, foggy London last Sunday after a long 14 hr flight. The plane departed from Terminal 3, which was nice, and it was SQ so service was good. However, the plane (a 747) seemed really dated and cramped. For one, it didn’t have enough bathrooms so there was a permanent queue at the miserable few that were available. Plus, the person in front of me kept her seat ALL THE WAY DOWN throughout the flight. Grumble.

On the bright side, the apartment where I’m staying now is fantastic! Will post some pictures soon. The only complaint is the erratic wireless connection … sometimes, it goes down the entire night and other times, its incredibly slow. 😦

I love London. I love how I can see the mist coming out of my/others’ nose and mouth when we breathe. I love the low rise and brownstown buildings. I love the “sprawling” layout and feel of the city (as opposed to “towering” like Hong Kong and Singapore). I love how the rich culture of the city manifests itself with every few steps I take – beautiful architecture, landscaping, the theatre, all things I hold dear to my heart.

 I already know I will have a hard time leaving this wonderous place, come April 😦

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My small and dusty nest

12 01 2008

With the arrival of my TV, my home is now almost complete! (Almost, because there are sooo many more decorative items I want to get, but am reluctant to because I don’t know how long my stay here actually will be)

Some pics of the place:

Living room (very small, apartments here are tiny)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TV console – couldn’t resist getting the Samsung TV, it’s sooo pretty! Love the table clock too, it’s from a place called Homeless, it stocks lovely home accessories and I have a hard time controlling myself each time I visit …!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bedroom – where Ms. Lazybones gets her sleep

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bedroom – the computer corner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bedroom 2 – cum wardrobe cum storeroom. How in the world did I manage to amass so much stuff in just a few months? o.O

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I don’t know whether it’s just my area, but the place gets dusty really quickly! I give the floors a wipe at least twice a week and give the place a good cleaning every weekend, and that’s barely enough to keep the place livable. Fine, black dust is now the bane of my life. I think I should just seal off the house and leave the air-con on 24/7. Arrggh!!





Entertainment at last!

6 01 2008

My TV is here!

My precioussssss …. !





Worry about you

4 01 2008

I love this song. Unfortunately, WordPress doesn’t support Imeem, but found a workaround  🙂

Bye bye baby.
Don’t be long.
I’ll worry about you while you’re gone.

Bye bye baby.
Don’t be long.
I’ll worry about you while you’re gone.

I’ll think of you in my dreams.
You’ll never know just what you mean to me…..
….to me.

I’ll think of you night and day.
I’ll never know just what you meant to say….
….to say.





The Uncle Kel Food Trail

2 01 2008

The S.O. had a good time living it up in HK for the past week. He looks a bit rounder than a week ago 😛 Anyone want to verify? Hehehe …

 Presenting … The Uncle Kel Food Trail (a.k.a. all the yummy stuff we gorged on)

(Sorry that I don’t have any pics, we were too busy eating to take any :P)

Shake ‘Em Buns

Huge, juicy burgers made fresh in front of you. We ordered 2 burgers (Missionary, Red on the Neck) and 2 sides (Spicy Onion Rings, Juicy Poppers) – totally stuffed after that! Can check out review from other folks here and some yummy pics here. S.O. thought that the burgers and rings were great but he preferred the Jalapeno poppers from Botak Jones because B.J. uses mozzarella while Shake ‘Em Buns uses cheddar.

Kau Kee Restaurant

Arguably the best beef brisket noodles I’ve ever tasted! Surprisingly, their drinks are good too. S.O. loved their clear beef brisket flat noodles and milk/lemon tea, he wanted to go again to try their curry beef brisket, but unfortunately the place closes on Sundays and holidays so didn’t get the chance.

Apparently, even Tony Leung eats there!

Mak’s Noodle

Juicy wontons, piping hot soup, perfectly cooked noodles … ahhh, bliss! We had to queue to get into the store, and then share a table in a cramped corner (lucky the other occupants left soon thereafer), but we both felt the experience was worth it! S.O. had the beef brisket and wonton noodles, he isn’t a prawn lover but he enjoyed the wontons, and we both liked that the noodles didn’t have any “powdery and alkali” taste. Be warned that portions are small and the noodles aren’t exactly cheap though! (Just under SG$7 a bowl)

Tai Cheong Bakery

Egg tarts straight from the hot plate! Burned my tongue while scarfing it down, but worth it!

Lucky Dessert

Heavenly durian pudding and mango glutinous roll. We could smell the durian from outside the store and rushed straight in. Needless to say, the house smelled of durian the whole of the next morning. This place was recommended by one of Kel’s friends, links to English and Chinese review.

Jenny Bakery 

Cookies that simply melt in your mouth. Our favourite was the coffee non-nut cookie. I shall buy some back for CNY!

Lian

Vietnamese/Thai restaurant at IFC. We had dinner here before heading to the airport because of the convenient location (Airport Express trains leave from Hong Kong Station, which is below IFC)

Had the spicy beef salad, soft shell crab rolls, grilled pork neck and pho bo. The food was good, portions reasonable, and lovely ambience. On hindsight, I guess it was an appropriate location for a “farewell” dinner!

Other notable eats during his stay: fried instant noodles with pork neck, dry fried beef hor fun, seafood at Shek O … the list goes on and on! Friends, visit HK and I’ll make sure you guys go back full and happy 🙂

On a side note, I so want to try the places listed in this article! Time to find fellow foodies in HK … 🙂http://www.aziacity.com/hk/magazine/feature/the_top_20_hong_kong_dishes





Meat has rights too!

9 12 2007

While in Causeway Bay, bumped into the supporters of rival election canditates Regina Ip and Anson Chan. Alot of shouting, waving of banners, canvassing …

And in the middle of it all … a steak was trying to canvass for “supporters”, too! It looked very out of place amid all the election mayham. Hahaha ….





A week of excesses

9 12 2007

A load of colleagues/friends from Singapore arrived in Hong Kong this week, leading to a full 4 days of work/play. Have been getting home past midnight for the past 3 weekday nights (plus waking up 7am for work the morning after), and exhausted is the word right now – though it has been tremendous fun! 🙂

Wednesday – Went to Zuma (again) for drinks and finger food till past 10pm. On the way home, a colleague and I decided we were still still hungry and nipped to a cafe for supper. Arrival @ home = 12++ am.

Thursday – Hevun and Sauzan arrived in Hong Kong for a short visit! Met them and some other MMORPG players and Hung Hom for dinner, then to Mongkok for shopping and supper. They tried smelly tofu, curry fish balls, maggi goreng HK style, ice milk and ice lemon tea … phew! Arrival @ home = 12++ am.

Friday – X’mas event at The Watermark, Star Ferry Pier 7 – the place has a great view of the harbour. The dress code was “Pearly White” – and I didn’t have any clothes in that color, so I made do with a pearly white santa cap and a pearly white scarf.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After the party, went for Karaoke at CEO, Causeway Bay. The room we booked came with an attached bathroom + Wii + separate TV for those who wanted to play console games. Drinks were reasonably priced too – around SG$50 for 9 bottles of beer. It’s one of the coolest Karaoke rooms I’ve seen!

Only got home at 3am that night. /groan

Saturday – Met up with Hevun and Sauzan for some sightseeing. Had a great vegetarian lunch at Lantau, followed by a whirlwind tour of Disneyland.

The train to Disneyland is full of Mickey-shaped items!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We agreed that the directory looked a bit … bare. Seems like nothing of interest on the map at all. They should do something about the scaling of the map 😛

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Methinks they should have used a lighter color for Mickey’s face. It’s now too reddish and he looks … drunk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tried a few rides, but my favourite was SPACE MOUNTAIN! It’s much faster than I remembered, it was fun gazing at the “galaxy” within and pretending to be a space traveller.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Main St. Parade. The actors were all hyper, full of energy – and it was infectious. Hmm, is this Chip or Dale waving at me?

Gingerbread man doing some fancy moves. He looks good enough to eat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gingerbread man, why are you smiling so widely? I hope you’re aware that you’re a popular treat during X’mas 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 7 Dwarves doing an X’mas dance, managed to get all of them in one shot!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As always, the parade ends with Mickey and his closest pals.

Didn’t manage to get pictures of the fireworks, camera ran out of power right after the parade. It was really pretty and will stick in my memory for quite a while. I wonder how much the display cost, though. The park is losing money and continuing with these expensive fireworks displays will surely add to the bleeding. Not all is happy at the happiest place on earth!