30 November 2010


Yes, this is another post about food.  Yes, it’s dimsum, which I’ve written about before (here and here).  But trust me, this is dimsum not like any I’ve tasted before.  Dimsum at Tim Ho Wan.  Where my friend and I waited for close to an hour just to get a table.  Tim Ho Wan, the world’s cheapest Michelin-star restaurant.  It’s owned and operated by a former chef who used to work at a three-star restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel.  He apparently decided to branch out and open his own dimsum place offering his mouth-watering creations at bargain prices.

I can’t remember from where I’d first heard about the place, but I was determined to find it and try it out.  Which meant quite a trek for me, all the way over to the Kowloon side.  But anything for great dimsum.  My friend and I were there at a little before 10:30am and already there were plenty of people milling outside waiting for a table.  We quickly went over and put our names down, was handed an order slip with #23 written on it, and was told that the wait would be approximately 45 minutes before we could get seated.


After browsing through some of the enlarged news write-ups they had posted on the window, we decided to go around the block to a Starbucks to sit and wait there instead of just standing outside on the street, waiting for our number to be called.


We made our way back and waited outside the place for about 10 minutes and then our table was ready.  We handed over the order slip where we had already ticked what we wanted (they have bilingual order slips, so no need to worry if you don’t read Chinese). 

It is a tiny place and you pretty much have to share tables with other patrons.  We sat down, was poured some tea, and we waited.  But not for long.  Our food, hot and steaming, straight from the kitchen arrived one after another.  Between the two of us, we’d ordered five items:

Hargow (Shrimp dumplings)Har-gow

Fried turnip cakeFried-Turnip-Cake

Radish dumplings with celeryRadish-dumpling-with-celery-and-mushrooms

Steamed beef ballsBeef-balls

…and the rice noodles with bbq pork in the first photo above.  Five dishes that were delicious, hot, and fresh.  Normally after eating dimsum, I would feel thirsty (from all the MSG), but the dimsum at Tim Ho Wan did not leave me thirsty at all.

Guess how much our total bill was?Bill 

Around US$9.00 --so that’s less than US$5 per person, for a most yummy dimsum in a Michelin (1-star) restaurant!  With food and prices that are incredibly great, it’s definitely worth the one hour (up to three hours sometimes!) just to get a table.  I will definitely be going back to try some of their other dishes.  But next time, maybe I’ll try to arrive by 10am!
Address:  Flat 8, G/F, Phase 2 – Tsui Yuen Mansion, 2-20 Kwong Wah Street, Mongkok, Kowloon (MTR:  Yau Ma Tei station, Exit A2)
Hours:  10am – 10pm
Note:  I did not receive any form of compensation for this write-up about Tim Ho Wan.

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29 November 2010




This photo has always been one of my favorite from all my travel photos, including the one of the Burmese old lady with the big cigar.  I love the light and shadows in this shot.

Chris had a morning meeting that day and I was left to wander alone around Juan les Pins in Antibes (France).  I was just strolling along, camera in hand, hoping to capture the beach and some street scenes when I saw this man standing there on the dock with this long stick.  To this day, I’m not quite sure what he was doing, whether he was fishing (for fish) or merely trying to fish something out of the water.  But there he was, shirtless, seemingly without a care in the world, with the sun on his back, just standing there with the big long stick in the water. 


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28 November 2010



1.  Black and White – My friend and I stood at this spot for almost 30 minutes just waiting for a man with bicycle to ride by so that we could get a shot.  I only managed to get this one shot and missed a couple of others that went by.


2.  Historic – St. Paul’s Cathedral (Macau), or rather, its façade.  This is one from my archives.

3.  I Ate This – Vietnamese Rice Paper RollsI-Ate-This1

4. Off-CenterOff-center1

5.  The End – The end of the train line.  Everybody gets out.  The train is empty.The-End


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The Paper Mama

Tezzie from Not Always Picture Perfect (although her photos ALWAYS seem to be!) is the judge again this week at the Paper Mama’s Photo Challenge… and the theme this week is Black and White!  I simply could not resist entering.  =)

27 November 2010

Flowers on Saturday | *10*



This has to be the most perfectly shaped rosebud I’d ever seen.


Bluberry craft and hobby time

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26 November 2010


You know Christmas is just around the corner when you see poinsettias starting to pop up everywhere.  Here are some random facts about this very pretty plant:
  • Also known as Christmas Flower, Euphorbia, pulcherrima, Ataturk flower. Noche Buena (in Mexico and Guatemala), Flor de Pascua (in Spain).
  • Its association with Christmas began in 16th century Mexico, where legend tells of a young girl who was too poor to provide a gift for the celebration of Jesus' birthday. The tale goes that the child was inspired by an angel to gather weeds from the roadside and place them in front of the church altar. Crimson "blossoms" sprouted from the weeds and became beautiful poinsettias. 
  • The actual flowers of the poinsettia plant are in middle of the cluster of (often) bright red leaves (see photo above).

*Factoids from Wikipedia.

24 November 2010

Ballet, Ballet, Ballet!

Zoë has been enjoying her ballet classes.  Very much.  So much so that one day, out of the blue, she announced in a very firm tone, “I am never going to stop dreaming about ballet!”  I must have raised my eyebrows at her, because she repeated herself, in the same emphatic tone.
I asked her why she said that and she answered simply, “Because I love ballet.”  She gets to twirl and spin to her heart’s content.  She gets to wear pink.  She gets her hair done up “like a princess.”
She gets a sticker or two after each class.
Here she is playing with the stickers while I chatted with her teacher, while her godfather shot picture after picture.  Waikay has very generously given me all the digital files and now I have piles to go through and edit.   I’m so in love with the pictures he took!
This was Zoë trying to imitate what her teacher was showing her.
You could check out more of Waikay’s wonderful photos here.  If you are in Brisbane (Australia) and need a photographer for events, portraits, etc., you should  definitely get in touch with him.    While I’m at it, I might as well plug A Little Slice of Heaven, too –which is the website of his wife and my good friend. Jen makes the most beautiful and the most delicious cakes that I’ve ever seen.  You will have to see for yourself to know what I mean!

23 November 2010

Today I Am Grateful

…for silliness! Josh-and-Zoe1
The best things in life are silly.  ~Scott Adams
Silly is you in a natural state,
and serious is something you have to do
until you can get silly again.   
~Mike Myers
What are you grateful for today?

**The photos in this post were edited by me, but were all taken by the kids’ godfather who’s here visiting with us.  See how nice and sharp the photos are?  He used a Nikon 300 to shoot these.  And now I am thisclose to getting my DSLR and I think I just might go for a Nikon!  I was lucky enough to get a crash course on photography basics, shooting with a DSLR, and camera equipment from him.   You could check out some of his wonderful photos here.

22 November 2010

iheartfaces – Week # 47 | Paper


Zoe drawing3_f 

No, you do not see Zoë’s face here, BUT

you could see the different faces of her “family” and friends.

The one on the rightmost end is supposed to be her, she said.


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21 November 2010


1. The View Above – This was taken from the ground floor of our clubhouse, with me at near the foot of the stairs looking up all the way to the ceiling two floors up.



2.  Something Hot – Hong Kong-style pancakes / egg waffles (雞蛋仔)Something-Hot


3.  Something Cold – The box of Lifesavers ice lollies, straight out of the freezer!Something-Cold


4.  Electronic -  My friend’s Nikon D300.  I think I might want a Nikon for my DSLR…Electronic  


5.  SparkleChristmas-Balls


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20 November 2010

Flowers on Saturday | *9*


Water-lily Water Lily

This was a water lily that my friend has in a large urn –with goldfish, –outside their front door.  It was open wide like this when we arrived shortly after lunch.  Then by the time we left, –which was late afternoon, –the blossom had closed up.  Zoë was a little disappointed that the flower had “already gone to bed.”



Bluberry craft and hobby time

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19 November 2010

Macro Friday | Chrysanthemum


Chrysanthemum Did you know that…

  • Chrysanthemum tea has many purported medicinal uses, including as an aid in recovery from flu, acne, and as a "cooling" herb?
  • Chrysanthemum plants could help reduce indoor air pollution?
  • Chrysanthemums were first cultivated in China?
  • In Imperial Japan, small arms were required to be stamped with the Imperial Chrysanthemum as they were considered the personal property of the Emperor?
  • Australians traditionally give their mother a bunch of chrysanthemums on Mother's Day?


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*Trivia compiled from Wikipedia.

18 November 2010

Here’s Smilin’ at You!

From-above Zoë:  Look, I made a smile!
And she did indeed.  With the little “bubbles” from her taro milk bubble drink.  She pushed the bubbles together to make a smiley face.  {Yes, the kids share my love for bubble tea/drinks.}

We should all be like little kids.
No matter how old we are,
may we always look and find simple joys,
small things to be proud of,
little things that make us (and others) smile big.
Here’s hoping your day is filled with smiles.

17 November 2010

Zoë and the Tall, Tall Corn Stalks

Zoë and I were over at our friend’s farm one afternoon last week for a play date –for both the kids and the mommies(!).  It was harvest time for their corn and Zoë had fun running between the rows.  

We got plenty of corn for some fresh corn on the cob… and we still have some left over for PW’s Corn Casserole!

CSN Giveaway Winner!


Congratulations to Danielle from Life With Two Boys for winning the $80 CSN Giveaway!  This is what she said:

Danielle's avatar

Danielle · 3 days ago

I would buy this Rachael Ray cookware set http://www.csnstores.com/Rachael-Ray-80655-RRY103...

Danielle, please email buckeroomama (at) gmail (dot) com with your email address before Nov 18, so that I could send you the promo code.  Congratulations again!

16 November 2010

That.  Was a direct quote from Josh.

He was working with some blocks after dinner and kept at me to take a picture of his handiwork.  I was busy doing something else and told him that I would, that I’d do it after he’d gone to bed.

He then said, “Pictures make memories last forever, Mommy.”

That stopped me from whatever it was I was doing.  I asked him who told him that or where he heard that from.  I was thinking that it sounded very much like the Hallmark slogan (or was it Kodak?), but I knew that he’d never seen any ad for either of those.

Josh just looked at me and said, “Nobody.  I just think that pictures make memories last forever.”


I sent him off to have his bath and told him that by the time he came out, I’d have taken pictures of his “super building.”  He finished his bath, came out and sat on the sofa and dropped me another nugget:  “You know when I grow up and look at these pictures, I will remember how things are now and I might cry.  Wait, I feel like crying a bit now.”  I just had to go and  give him a big giant hug.  And when we pulled out of the hug, I saw that he was a bit teary-eyed. 

My sensitive, sweet light sabre-wielding Jedi knight.  I love him to bits.

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