Monday, September 17, 2012

books 7 through 14

These are the books that I read from April to August. I'm going much slower than I expected.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

shopping and eating

Although I was in Hong Kong for five whole days, from the 11th to the 15th of August 2012 (including a brief jaunt to Macau), somehow I didn't get to see or do very much.

All of my shopping was done in a day and a half.

My loot from the supermarkets Wellcome on Hankow Road and Market Place by Jasons at K11 Art Mall.

Clothes from Initial, I.T., Giordano and Cotton On. Assorted useless things from Lost & Found, G.O.D. (Goods Of Desire) and emoi.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

scallop vs. abalone

When my mother chose Ah Yat Harbour View Restaurant for our last dinner in Hong Kong, I wondered if it was a good idea, because: 1) there were only two of us, and 2) it was a Chinese fine dining restaurant. As all lovers of Chinese cuisine know, a noisy, crowded, slightly dirty, mess-hall type establishment is usually where a good Chinese meal dwells-- no frou frou, no nonsense. And when it comes to the number of dishes and people at the table, the more the merrier.

But Ah Yat has picked up some positive reviews, not to mention that all-important one Michelin star. And the chef's specialty is braised whole abalone, which Ma loves. So I reserved a window-side table for two for 7PM on 14 August 2012.

This view of Victoria Harbour is why I like to stay in Tsim Sha Tsui when I'm in Hong Kong.

While Ma perused the extensive menu, I attacked the appetizer. Delicious!

Crunchy, vinegary black fungus. We call it "rat's ears" here.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

one day in macau

So what were we doing in Macau anyway? My mother wanted to watch The House of Dancing Water.

I bought our "A Reserve" tickets a month in advance from their website: HK$880 for adult, HK$790 for senior citizen (total US$215 for the two of us). I have to say that this show was way better than either of the two Cirque du Soleil productions I've seen. I'd recommend it to kids of all ages.