Michael captured a stunning view of sunset at Victoria Harbour, this is one of my favorite view of Hong Kong.
After a whole day travel from Central to Kowloon (by our favourite Star Ferry), wait for over half an hour for buying the movie tickets and lots of shopping at Harbour City, we had dinner at "Morihachi Yakiniku", a popular Japanese style BBQ restaurant at Tsim Sha Tsui.
We're so lucky to get the last table without reservation at 7:30pm, since for peoples who did not reserve the table in advance, they probably need to wait till 9:30pm to get the table! Yeah! This is a perfect end of Michael's 2-days holiday and I'm still got 2 more holidays to go!
It's still cold tonight, around 10 degree. It's better stay at home and enjoy a Chinese style dinner.
We had steamed rice which made by my red Le Creuset pot and some vegetables. Thanks mom for teaching me how to made this traditional steamed rice, it's delicious!
We invited Fox and Amanda for house warming at Christmas night, they gave us a Haagen-Dazs chocolate fondue set as a Christmas gift, so nice. We enjoyed chocolate fondue with "ice-cream balls" and banana right after the dinner. Love it, it was a sweet, happy and peaceful Christmas night!
Left this blog for few days, feel guilty.
Was not feeling well, has been rest in bed over the weekend...
Fresh air is good for me, so Michael took me to Hyatt hotel for an afternoon tea. It's actually very nearby our home, just 10 mins to get there by taxi.
I found this lovely "bird of paradise" when have a walk around the hotel in the evening... Love it.
Christmas is coming, in Hong Kong, we can find beautiful Christmas decoration since early Nov. It's not only a welcoming spot for taking photos, also increase the festive atmosphere, more importantly, shopping mall would like to boost its sales during Christmas time!
Have you shop for the Christmas gift for your beloved one?
It's Sunday again. Though it's Sunday, Michael still need to work at home, he started his work from 10am till 7pm, poor guy! We decided to get some fresh air outside, so we went out for dinner. It's our first time to visit "Mi-Ne Sushi", though we have been wait over half an hour to get the table, we still think it's worthwhile!
It's time to take a shower then continue to watch "Lie to me", our favorite US TV program, can't stop watching it since we started season one!!
Do you want something happy? It's not so difficult, it's a matter of how you appreciate your life and experience. We've got this "Something Happy" incense from a Japanese furniture and sundries shop, Francfranc.
Everytime we light it up, life is full of happiness.
Victoria Harbour is a natural landform harbour situated between Hong Kong Island and the Kowloon Peninsula in Hong Kong. The Victoria Harbour is world-famous for its stunning panoramic night view and skyline, particularly in the direction towards Hong Kong Island where the skyline of skyscrapers is superimposed over the ridges behind.
More about Victoria Harbour.
This is one of our favorite place for having a relaxing dinner or just a cup of coffee in Central. We love to watch the chefs working hard for cooking in this open kitchen, they're so professional. I specially love their baguette, crispy, crunchy and slightly chewy, I like to have it with lots of butter, yum!
After a week of hard work, it's time to spoil ourselves with a piece of soft and rich chocolate sponge cake from Paul Lafayet! I have to admit that I'm a sweet tooth, never able to resist such beautiful and delicious dessert. My next target is Creme Brulee and all of their tarts! Beside this French shop, I wish we can try another famous local cake shop "Patisserie Tong Wong". How can I resist his rose chocolate cake? :P
We usually don't have enough time (or energy) to prepare dinner in weekdays, so Michael sometime buy sushi take away from the shop nearby his office after work, isn't it amazing that we can finish 10 Temaki (hand rolls) and 10 Nigirizushi (hand-formed sushi)? Cos they're really yummy! I specially like Temaki with deep fried soft shell crab, oyster and urchin.
First day of the month = theme day, today's theme is "Time".
We bought this clock three years ago, we put it in the middle of our cabinet in the living room. Though it cannot provide us time accurately (usually half an hour slower than the real time!), we're not going to dump it, I think it looks cool with books in black color and our treasures!
See the rest of the community theme day.
I hate running in gym, it's so boring to face to a group of peoples who bathed in sweat on rows of running machines. Instead of running, I like to have a walk on the street or natural environment cos you will never know what interesting thing you will meet, maybe a pair of lovely dogs, maybe a sweet and young couple. Last night, we have a walk at Central-Mid-Levels escalator after dinner and met a foreigner who play his bamboo flute.
The Central-Mid-levels escalators in Hong Kong is the longest outdoor covered escalator system in the world. The entire escalator system covers over 800 metres in distance and elevates over 135 metres from bottom to top. It was constructed in 1993 to provide a better commute by linking Central and Western District on Hong Kong Island
To know more about Central-Mid-Levels escalator.
I have been living in the same district for over three year, but this is my first time to 'meet' this post box, can I say it's a "post box"? After all, it's not small in size! I think this kind of post box is quite common in Hong Kong, however, it's weird that I think I never post letter with it.
I could not remember the last time that I post a letter... maybe over ten years ago when I was in secondary school? I wrote letters to my schoolmates at least once a week, with lots of lovely cartoon stickers on it, it's funny that we actually see each others at school everyday! Haha...
I still treasure the letters now, they are my lovely memories...
Max Ma is a painter from Suzhou, China. We visied his art exhibition in Tsim Sha Tsui on last Sunday.
I love this art gallery inside "Harbour City", a famous shopping mall in Hong Kong. With a long row of window face to the Victoria Harbour, sunshine go through the windows, lighten the entire gallary, also lighted up each paintings.
I specially love the artist's paintings of hydrangeas... in blue, lilac and white colors... it's a mixture of harmony.
Woke up at 10 am and watched the movie "The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec" at AMC Festival Walk, then we started our shopping trip from Kowloon Tong to Tsim Sha Tsui, Shatin and end the trip at the supermarket nearby our home.
We took this photo at Tsim Sha Tsui, the Clock Tower with beautiful sunset. The Clock Tower is a landmark in Hong Kong. It is located on the southern shore of Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. It is the only remnant of the original site of the former Kowloon Station on the Kowloon-Canton Railway. Built out of red bricks and granite, the Clock Tower peaks at 44 metres, and is topped by a 7-metre lightning rod.
The tower has been listed as a declared monument in Hong Kong since 1990.
You may be amazed to hear that 100 years ago there was a stream from Happy Valley to Victoria Harbour which was widened to became a canal in the mid-19th Century, long and curved like the neck of a goose. This was Goose Neck River, and Goose Neck Bridge stood over it. In 1979, the market facing the bridge was re-built and became the first Hong Kong Street Market Food Centre.
The fish store in this photo selling fresh fish and seafood caught from the sea around Hong Kong and China. Somebody said there are so many chefs from hotel or classy restaurant buy their food in this market.
To know more about Ngo Keng Kiu.
Had enjoyed a Chaozhou cuisine for lunch with business partners yesterday, yummy!
Chaozhou cuisine is particularly well known for its seafood and vegetarian dishes and is commonly regarded as being healthy. Its use of flavouring is much less heavy-handed than most other Chinese cuisines and depends much on the freshness and quality of the ingredients for taste and flavour. As a delicate cuisine, oil is not often used in large quantities and there is a relatively heavy emphasis on poaching, steaming and braising, as well as the common Chinese method of stir-frying.
The tote on a single night at Happy Valley Racecourse is often equivalent to an entire year's betting at racetracks in the West, and indeed, on race days, it seems that everyone in Hong Kong is participating. Gambling on the horses is Pastime Number One here (and it's taken very seriously), with thousands of spectators flocking weekly to the impressive track, a green expanse with an electric atmosphere surrounded by high-rises: Residents host lovely parties on their balconies while looking down on the action.
Night races are particularly interesting, with bright lights, a frantic atmosphere, and the winnings for picking the right horse can be rather huge.
Hong Kong's favorite sport is making money, and in horseracing you have Hong Kong's favorite money sport. Billions are spent every year at the Happy Valley racecourse, an oasis of green in the middle of the city. The season runs from September to June and meetings are usually held here on Wednesday evenings, and occasionally on Saturday or Sunday afternoons when the other course at Sha Tin is being repaired or prepared for a big international meet.
Happy Valley has been home to Hong Kong horse racing since 1846. The city virtually grew up around the racecourse.
This photo is captured in 1st Race on 17th Nov, 2010.
As my office is far away from home, I usually got no time to prepare dinner in weekdays, so I love to cook at home during weekends, this is Michael favorite dinner - steak, vegitable salad with extra virgin olive oil & parma ham, and last night we had some blackberry wine too.
It's Sat! It's time to take a break from work, and Michael came back from his business trip, COOL! We usually do shopping for dinner at supermarket, if we are going to have 'western style' dinner. Sometime we do shopping at traditional market for Chinese food. Today we went to YATA which is a Japanese style supermarket in Shatin (the district we are living in). Though YATA is a Japanese style supermarket, it's not owned by Japanese. We enjoy shopping at YATA cos you will not only find Japanese but also many kinds of goods from different countries.
Michael took this picture at the Japanese wine section. If you think this photo shown many kind of Japanese wine, I can tell you they're just part of it!
Mao Zedong, Chairman Mao, (December 26, 1893 – September 9, 1976) was a Han Chinese revolutionary, political theorist and communist leader. He led the People's Republic of China (PRC) from its establishment in 1949 until his death in 1976. His theoretical contribution to Marxism-Leninism, military strategies, and his brand of Communist policies are now collectively known as Maoism.
Mao remains a controversial figure to this day, with a contentious and ever-evolving legacy. He is officially held in high regard in China as a great revolutionary, political strategist, military mastermind, and savior of the nation. Many Chinese also believe that through his policies, he laid the economic, technological and cultural foundations of modern China, transforming the country from an agrarian society into a major world power. Mao's portrait continues to be featured prominently on Tiananmen and on all Renminbi bills. And also at our home, inside a clock! I bought this clock in Beijing, China.
Michael will come back from his business trip tomorrow, I'm so excitied, thinking what shall we have for dinner, and what movie to watch till mid-night... we can escape from work on coming Sat and Sun... yeah!
Work work work! I am very busy for work lately, as a Marketing Manager, I'm responsible for the yearly marketing and budget plan for the next year. I was surrounded by hundred of documents, my space for working is smaller than an A3 paper now!
It's bad that Michael told me he cannot access blogspot in China... but he had a weird dream the other night, he dreamed that he was viewing this blog! Obviously, he miss this blog so much!!!
This is the view from the window of my office lift lobby. I used a special filter to take this photo, therefore the scruffy metal houses and factory building looks like LEGO toys.
Shau Kei Wan (traditional Chinese: 筲箕灣) or Shaukeiwan, Shaukiwan is a town in Eastern District, Hong Kong. Literally, Shau Kei means a pail, and Wan implies that the town is developed along the coast. Nowadays it is a relatively densely populated town compared with some developing areas.
To know more about Shau Kei Wan, please visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shau_Kei_Wan
Michael was out of town for business trip, I had no mood to going out, so no outdoor scenery today!
After enjoyed a relaxing facial at salon, I made this dinner for myself, some salad, Sweden meat balls with lingonberry jam. Simple and delicious.
My dear hubby, I miss you so much! Takecare!
This four bays of balcony type tenement buildings form a continuous facade verandah facing Johnston Road. It is quite likely that certain parts of the buildings could date from around 1888. They're now renewed under Hong Kong Government's "Urban Renewal Strategy", several high-end restaurants moved-in to these buildings now.
The 4 pre-war residential blocks are unique Chinese-styled tenement houses, Tong lau, that were occupied exclusively by Chinese and predominantly seen all over southern Chinese cities and town in the nineteen centuries.
In 1966, the Yu Clan purchased the building at 64, Johnston Road and inscribed the Chinese name of The Hong Kong Yu Clansmen Association on the top verandah facade. Woo Cheong Pawn Shop at 66, Johnston Road was originally owned by the Lo family, a well-known local pawnshop trader for over a century.
To know more about these building, please visit: http://www.ura.org.hk/html/c806000e2e.html
It's so enjoyable to have such warm and delicous "pork bones hot pot" with friends, specially on a cool Autumn night! You can see the big pork bones, mushrooms, chicken feet (you must think it's terrible if you are not Chinese or Hong Konger!), pumpkins, carrots and spring onions etc., over ten ingredients inside the wok!
Percival Street (Chinese: 波斯富街) is a street in the East Point and Happy Valley, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong. The street spans from Gloucester Road in the north to Leighton Road in the south. Between Hennessy Road and Leighton Road, the street is with a branch of Hong Kong Tramway leading to Happy Valley. Michael walk through Percival Street to his office located in Happy Valley everyday.
The road was named after Alexander Percival, a 19th century taipan of Jardines. The land of the present-day Times Square was a tram depot at Matheson Street. Trams returned to the depot via Perceval Street and Russell Street. The historical building at the left hand side of this photo is Lee Theatre Plaza.
Tian Tan Buddha (traditional Chinese: 天壇大佛; Mandarin Pinyin: Tiāntán Dàfó), also known as the "Big Buddha", is a large bronze statue of a Buddha, completed in 1993, and located at Ngong Ping, Lantau Island, in Hong Kong. The statue is located near Po Lin Monastery and symbolises the harmonious relationship between man and nature, people and religion. It is a major centre of Buddhism in Hong Kong, and is also a popular tourist attraction.
This is our first theme day photo, and today our city photo blog has been approved by City Daily Photo, this blog is now appeared on the portal, yeah! we're so excited! After the dinner, we went to the "Fo Tan" MTR (Mass Transit Railway in Hong Kong) station to take this shot, "Fo Tan" MTR station is just 2 mins walk from our home. You can see the lightings and tracks of the train from this photo.
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This snap shot was taken by Michael's mobile. Amigo Restaurant is located in Happy Valley, next to Michael's office in Hong Kong (he usually work in Beijing, or other provinces in China).
The first Amigo Restaurant opened in Causeway Bay in the middle of the 1967 riots. It survived that traumatic time and continued to grow within its first year of operation, later purchasing its own premises at Amigo Mansion in Happy Valley in 1976. The mansion and the restaurant were designed and built together.
Let's go to the countryside of Hong Kong today! We went to "Tai Mei Duk" by bicycle, 10 km distance from the central of Tai Po. Enjoyed a nice Chong Qing style BBQ dinner with our friends, Amanda and Fox. It was very enjoyable, but now I do got sour muscle, can't get up easily from the couch once fall on it!