14 August 2018

Yum!



Since we have been back, we've been using up the little time we had before school starts to check out 'new' places to eat.  New to us, that is.  One of most delightful places we'd tried is this small, really local place tucked away in Sheung Wan called Ma Sa Restaurant (孖沙茶餐).  It serves the usual cha chaan teng () fare, but what I was really interested in trying was this humble dish they have --three fried eggs (drizzled with dark soy sauce) over char siu (叉燒) slices, served on a bed of steaming white rice.  Such a simple dish, but really hearty.  What's even greater is that the entire dish costs less than HK$50 (around US$6) --and that's including an icy glass of lemon Coke!


We got there around 11:45 am and got seated right away, but around noon, people started coming in and a line was forming outside (under the blazing summer sun, in really humid conditions no less!).

If ever you are in the neighborhood, do check it out for some really local treats at a remarkable price.  Don't expect anything fancy. You might have to share a table with strangers during peak time.  It's no-frills, humble, but good value for money.


07 August 2018

I'm Back!



Well, sort of.  We've been back from Canada for a couple of weeks now and are over the jet lag.  That said, we're still pretty much in summer / holiday mode.  Taking things easy, chilling, savoring the laid back days with no scheduled activities.  School is starting next week and then we will be thrown back into a whirlwind of activities. 

Canada was lovely, as always. It's great to spend time with family, great to see all the kids having fun with the cousins, great to just chill and go on a few hikes, etc.  We did our annual blueberry-picking and put the kids in summer camp for a week. Oh, the complaints from the boys about having to be in camp! (The girls were pretty happy with their rock-climbing camp, though.)   


I'm trying to make these last few 'free' days count and have been trying to get the kids out --despite the hot and humid summer weather we are having right now.  Bribing them with cool places to eat always helps, haha!  

What have you been up to?

25 June 2018

Goodbye for now...



...until the end of July.  I will be taking a break from blogging this summer, but will be back in August.  I will still be active on my Instagram account for those of you who might want to wave hi; I promise to wave back!

Singwa - Wed, 27 Jun 2018

Have a super summer, everyone!


18 June 2018

w e d n e s d a y



We had a long weekend and it was just nice to be able to chill and spend time with the family.  We played tourist a bit and had a dim sum lunch at the Jumbo Kingdom (a floating restaurant).  After over 20 years here in Hong Kong, that was our first time to set foot there!  I'd always thought of the Jumbo as a tourist trap, but was pleasantly surprised at how nice it was.  The food was good and the service efficient.

It's funny how sometimes tourists have been to more places in your town than you yourself, isn't it?  This picture below was taken at the Man Mo Temple.  Again, this is one of those places that tourists visit when they're in town.  The only times I've been there myself were when I had friends visiting from out of town!


Singwa - Wed, 20 Jun 2018

Are there places near where you live where tourists always visit, 
but you've never been to those places yourself?


12 June 2018

w e d n e s d a y



As the school year winds down, there's so much to do still.  Z just had her graduation lunch yesterday. There's still the school concert, Celebration of Learning day, the leavers' assembly. While she looks forward to moving up and being in the same school again as J, she is sad to be leaving her current school.  The good thing, though, is that most of her friends are also going to the same school, so they're all going to still be together.

My to-do list for this month is over two pages long and every day new items are being added.  I'm just hoping to get through this month without dropping the ball ...and then it's the summer holiday!  I can't wait.

Singwa - Wed, 13 Jun 2018

Are you all set for summer holidays yet?


04 June 2018

Dragon Boat Races



The dragon boat teams have been practicing since April, but now practice sessions are in full swing.  Every weekend, the car parks in Stanley are full, even from 8 am.  You'd see people in rash guards, tanned, wet with sweat, sometimes carrying their own oars (hard core!) coming in to the coffee shop after practice to grab a cuppa.  If you are close enough, you'd hear the rhythmic beating of the drums.  It's such a treat to see the practice races and we always stop to see these dragon boaters in action whenever we can.  The actual day of the races  (Jun 18th) itself is madness.  Forget about even driving into Stanley; no parking space.  Throngs of people everywhere and it's hot, hot, hot!  Such a festive atmosphere, though, and if you don't mind the heat, it can be quite a treat.


Have you ever watched a dragon boat race?


29 May 2018

w e d n e s d a y



Summer is here... with a vengeance.  I just want to hole up at home with the AC on full blast.  It's been scorching, SCORCHING out there.  That said, I've been seeing gorgeous, clear blue skies.  No film of smog to obscure the skyline, just beautiful clarity. 

We took the kids to watch Kooza.  It was, like all Cirque du Soleil shows, amazing!  We got lucky and somehow got upgraded to seats only three rows from the stage, so we got an awesome view of the acts.  Despite how hot it was that day (thank goodness, there was AC inside the tent!), we were all happy to be out and have caught the show.


What have you been up to lately?


23 May 2018

Basil Love



I love basil.  I always have a few pots around, so that I have fresh basil on hand whenever I need it.  Earlier this year, Z wanted to earn the Planter badge (for Cub Scouts), so we cut off a stalk from one of the plants and immersed it in water for it to grow roots.  Once the roots came in, she transplanted that to a pot with soil.  It's now thriving and we've since harvested from it at least four times.  Because of the warmer (hot, really!) weather now, the basil plants are loving it.  I've since propagated four more baby basil.   Below are part of our "harvest" from a couple weeks ago...




What are some of your favorite herbs?


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