26 September 2016

Landed



I love to travel.   The thought of exploring new destinations, meeting new people, trying new food fills me with excitement.  I am so grateful that I got to visit so many places (22 countries at the last count), but no matter how much fun a trip has been, it's always great to be coming back home.  

When the plane touches down, more often than not, I find myself listing the many different things I've missed and I start thinking when and how I'll get a taste of home again. 

Do you feel the same way?


Singwa - Wed, 28 Sep 2016
Back in the land of Bruce Lee (at the Hong Kong International Airport)

19 September 2016

Serendipity



Starbucks came out with a new Teavana.  Iced shaken hibiscus tea with pomegranate pearls. I just had to try it.  Even though I had to walk all the way to the plaza to get it.  While the rest of the gang were sitting comfortably at our usual coffee place, having their usual quiche and coffee, and chatting away.  Normally, I'd stay put, but (1) I love tea more than coffee, (2) iced shaken hibiscus tea, (3) iced shaken hibiscus tea with pomegranate, and (4, the clincher!) iced shaken hibiscus tea with pomegranate pearls.  There. 




Z agreed to come along and keep me company. She had her iPod and she had her strawberry banana smoothie (from the coffee shop).  She was set.  

On the way back, we spotted these pretty purple flowers by the roadside. They were just there, so pretty against a bright, yellow wall. I just had to stop and try to get a shot.  I went for iced shaken tea and got back with the tea (so good, by the way!) and a snap of these lovely flowers.  I love it when life throws you a little something extra.

14 September 2016

I've mentioned in the past how much I enjoy playing tourist in my own backyard. Especially in a place as colorful and vibrant as Hong Kong, one is bound to come across little gems --be they in the form of quaint little shops, a tucked-away hole-in-the-wall or kooky interactions with strangers. 

My friend and I were waiting for the bus after lunch last Friday.  In the rain, along Hollywood Road.  We'd been waiting for over 20 minutes and the traffic was slow-moving.  I'd been eyeing this tiny roadside "shop" across the street. It was humble. Simple foldaway tables and chairs plunked down right on the concrete sloping street. Condiments in a small tray on the table. Chopsticks stuffed in a tall, uncovered container next to it. Very local.

During a break in the traffic and with no bus in sight, I'd decided to dart across and snap a few with my phone. I'd had to balance my umbrella, crooked against my neck and shoulder, while I tried to zoom in and focus.  I got this.  It was worth stepping in a puddle or two.


When the weather is cooler and drier, I might go back and check out the food and the little dessert kiosk beside it.  


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07 September 2016

It's been a very wet few days here.  While I generally love the rain, it does make going out a tad inconvenient.  I love it when I'm comfortably dry at home while it rains outside. The rivulets of water that slide down the window panes, the steady shower that's like a hundred rain sticks being handled in one go, the smell of damp earth after a downpour (petrichor, it's called).

I don't particularly like it when I'm out and caught in the rain, though. I don't like having to carry an umbrella. I cringe at the feel of wet legs and feet.  But sometimes I am thankful for the rain despite the many inconveniences it brings. I am thankful for the opportunity to capture this image while on the bus the other day. I found the steady thrum of the rain on the bus somehow relaxing and was just mesmerized by the sheets of rainwater on the glass. I was marveling at how commonplace things briefly become pretty. Thank you, Rain.


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30 August 2016

'Egg-in-a-Hole' Burger



My son loves burgers. He's yet to meet a burger that he doesn't like.  We saw this recipe online one time and he wanted me to make it.  It looked simple enough. We (by we, I mean I) finally made it on Sunday. 

I made some modifications to the original recipe --e.g., added minced garlic, paprika, and cumin to the  ground beef, omitted the sriracha and bacon, used provolone instead of cheddar, added guinea fowl eggs to "hold" the meat together.  The burger by itself looked pretty lonely, so I put in some colorful sides --mushrooms with caramelized onions, tomato slices on a bed of arugula, and some nectarine slices to round everything up.  

It was a bit messy biting into the burger as the yolk ran down. Josh deemed the provolone a perfect match with the burger.  The kids were not a huge fan of arugula, but polished everything off nonetheless. I'm not very keen on arugula either, but I thought it actually worked very well with the tartness of the tomatoes and mushrooms and onions.  The nectarines was a very nice "cap" to the meal --so fresh and sweet.  

Will I make this again?  Yes, especially if I want something quick and complete (protein, veggies, fruits).  Plus, I loved playing with the sides, playing with the colors.




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24 August 2016

Churrrrrosssss!



It's been years and years since I last had some churros.  In Valencia (Spain), with the richest cup of cocoa I've ever tasted.  I hadn't had any since.  We saw some in San Francisco this summer and I'd meant to get some, but didn't have time to go back to the vendor during the rest of our stay there.  So imagine my excitement to find out that I can get churros right here in Hong Kong! 


We'd had a full lunch, but decided to still get some churros anyway and I'm so glad we did.  They were just the perfect way to cap our meal.  The churros came with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, topped with toasted coconut flakes and a small bowl of caramel sauce for dipping.  Yum!


I think I might have found a recipe online that I can try to make our own.  Can't wait to attempt to make them soon. I am sure the kids will love these!

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17 August 2016

For the Love of Books



During our recent road trip to San Francisco, we stopped by Portland.  Of course, we had to visit Powell's.  In fact, we visited twice --once on the way to SF and again, on the way back!  I love books and I love bookstores, but I particularly love Powell's.  It's like a library plus --all the books you want, but all the other fun stuff, too, like book bags, socks, stationery, etc. What I really love is that on many titles, you can actually choose to get either new copies or used ones.  Their used copies are practically new, in very good condition, at a fraction of  the price of a new book. What's more, no sales tax, yay!

Needless to say, we got way too many books (but I am not complaining)! Below are just some of the books (mostly Josh's) that we lugged back with us.  I find it hard to say no when the kids want books. But when they read as much as my kids do, I really want to invest in a Kindle. Just finding it hard to make the leap from reading a book book to reading from a tablet.  Call me weird, but I love the feel of a book in my hands and I love the smell of a new book. I love seeing books lined up neatly on the shelves or even haphazardly stacked in odd corners.

Yes, I "protect" most of our books with clear contact paper
(the ones that I know will get re-read).
Curled up corners bug me big time!

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10 August 2016

Catching Up



First of all, apologies for not posting last Wednesday.  Yes, I was still suffering from jet lag, but the truth is I was so caught up in watching episodes of Suits that I'd totally forgotten!  I'm not for watching TV much and there are only a handful of shows that I really love --The West Wing, Newsroom, House, and now, Suits). 

Which TV shows do you enjoy watching?




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