19 March 2018

Causeway Bay, Early Evening

I will have a friend visiting this week, so I'm hoping to take more pics around Hong Kong.  I love, love, love street photography, but I haven't done much of that lately. We might skip the more usual tourist stops (she's visited before) and hit some of the lesser-known ones this time.

This scene below was taken in Causeway Bay, in the early evening on a weekday.  People are getting off work and heading home or off to meet up with friends for dinner.  

13 March 2018

I'm loving the weather we have these days.  Sunshine, but a bit cool still... perfect hiking weather.  I want to get as much in before the weather gets hot and muggy.  I try to get the kids to come with me when they don't have school. Sometimes, though, I have to bribe them with the promise of a meal at one of their favorite restaurants afterward before they would agree to come along.

There's Easter break coming up in a couple of weeks. I'm hoping that it will still be cool enough to go on some hikes then.  Maybe we'll try some new trails; maybe we'll even head out to the outlying islands and do a couple of the trails there.

Singwa - Wed, 14 Mar 2018
Z and a friend

06 March 2018

In Full Bloom

For those who have been visiting here a while, you'll know that I love orchids.  I have eight orchid plants at the moment and five of them are in bloom; three of them in time for Chinese New Year.  Having living blooms at Chinese New Year symbolize rebirth and new growth apparently.  I'm not superstitious, but it's always nice to have blooms around the house.  I love that the orchid flowers last for months and if you take care of them well, they bloom again and again and again.


27 February 2018

Captions Wanted

Z hasn't done much drawing of late.  She's been pretty busy with netball, music stuff, and Cub Scouts activities.  Whatever downtime she has, she's been playing SIMS4 or watching videos on YouTube.  I was really glad to see her picking up a pencil and started drawing again.

I've been looking at this drawing and have been trying to come up with words to describe the expression on this girl's face.  It's some boredom, some disdain, some kind of patronizing pity... What do you see?

Singwa - Wed, 28 Feb 2018

19 February 2018

I just realized that all my blog posts this year so far, except for one, were food-related.  Hmm.  No, I am not turning this into a food blog or anything like that.  I guess I had just been indulging more... checking out new places to eat, trying out new recipes, re-making favorites, experimenting.  

Growing up, you'd never see me in the kitchen.  Beyond a handful of favorites, I wasn't really much into food.  I was never a big eater.  I guess I just grew (figuratively and literally!) into this new love.  I love 'creating'; baking and cooking give me this outlet. I might not make what I love or love what I make, but as long as others around me love what I create, I am gratified.  What's more, if what I make looks pretty, I can take pictures and that's another creative outlet right there.

My number one fan and buddy when it comes to food is my son.  He loves food... and I don't mean that he eats voraciously (well, sometimes that, too), but that he truly appreciates food. He analyzes, he dissects, he savors.  We saw this video for a 40-Garlic Clove Chicken on Tastemade and we knew that we had to try it.  J loves garlic --the more the better, --so this was right up his alley.  Verdict?  It was as good as it looked on the video!  If I were to change anything, though, it would be use less sugar or probably even omit the sugar altogether next time. The honey alone was sweet enough.  It was quite easy to make and very yummy, so we will definitely be making this again.

13 February 2018

Comfort Food

It's been rather chilly here the past week and we'd been having a lot of comfort food.  Easy to make ones, one-pot meals.  Chinese New Year is around the corner and there are lots to do, things to prepare for, so this post is going to be short and sweet.

Singwa - Wed, 14 Feb 2018

Happy Year of the Dog!

(...and Happy Valentine's Day, too!)

07 February 2018

We had a fun Saturday afternoon with J's Scout troop doing some backwoods cooking.  The scouts had to do everything themselves --gather kindling, light a fire, keep it going, make bread (from scratch), cook, putting out the fire, clean up.

They roasted M&M-stuffed bananas, raisin bread, egg-stuffed potatoes... Some kids stuffed their potatoes with M&Ms instead and roasted those!
Singwa - Wed, 7 Feb 2018
This is then wrapped in foil and roasted.

They first hollowed out the potatoes, cracked eggs into them, secured the "cap" back with toothpicks, wrap the potatoes in foil and roasted them.

Ta dah!

29 January 2018

Mango Sticky Rice

Sometimes you just get a craving and it doesn't matter that you have to trek a bit to get the ingredients.  It definitely helps if the recipe is simple enough and it is even sweeter if your 10-year old daughter wants to make it for you!

A drizzle of coconut milk over the mango and black rice

This one below was the first mango sticky rice that Z made for us, using the traditional glutinous rice.  The main difference between this one and the one above is the rice used; everything else was pretty much the same.  I can't decide which one I like better.  The black rice has a different texture, which I liked, but it is not as fragrant as the white one below.  The toasted sesame seeds probably added to how fragrant it was, too.  Maybe we'll just have to alternate between the two, because we like both for different reasons!

Do share one (or more) of your favorite desserts!

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