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Hong Kong on my Mind!

By , August 29, 2010 12:01 pm


Lasting impressions of the Fragrant Harbour

On the evidence of the four activity packed and fun filled days in Hong Kong, courtesy of the Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB), there is much to see and discover of Hong Kong. Four days certainly isn’t by any means enough and what it has left me with is a desire to return to the Fragrant Harbour for more journeys of discovery. The four days has certainly left me with much to savour: flavours of old and new that seem to complement rather than contradict in not just the cuisine, but in much of the culture and traditions, as well as in many of the day-to-day goings-on. That the trip has left me a lasting impression of Hong Kong there is no doubt. Along with this, there are many new perspectives that I have gained on places that I have previously visited, as well as the perspectives on a Hong Kong that has a memory of its past very much in how life goes on in the present, of which I have some very lasting impressions of:

Dragon Boats, Bath Tubs, Drums and Screaming Adolescents.

Food, Glorious Food!

Wonderful Sights,

Hong Kong Very Much as it is.


Dragon Boats, Bath Tubs, Drums and Screaming Adolescents!

When Pete just couldn’t keep himself dry sharing a bath tub with a model!

Mixing up bath tubs and dragon boats doesn’t always work out, as Pete and Geck Geck were to find out.

Adolescents screaming in UC Centenary Square to the beat of the drums!

The beat of traditional drums open the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival, as Canto-Pop and K-Pop Artistes greet screaming adolescents.

Alexander seemed like the most popular guy in Hong Kong, much to Pete’s disappointment!

The one mighty scream for Alexander.

Adolescents screaming in UC Centenary Square to the beat of the drums!

The beat of traditional drums open the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival, as Canto-Pop and K-Pop Artistes greet screaming adolescents.

More on the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival.

An overview of Day 3 and the Dragon Boat Races.


Food, Glorious Food!

Paddling Away to a Delightful Robatayaki Treat at busy suzie.

A wonderful treat to a fantastic dining experience and Robatayaki cuisine in the ambience of a circular restaurant in 1881 Heritage.

Shanghainese, Yang Zhou and Szechuan cuisine at the Hong Kong Old Restaurant.

A restaurant that built a reputation on the old money of Hong Kong which serves delightful Shanghainese, Yang Zhou and Szechuan dishes.

The Delectable Treats on offer in a Private Kitchen.

The delectable world of Margaret Xu, a former advertising agency owner who has decided to treat Hong Kong to her wonderful skills in behind the stove in her three table private kitchen in which she offers vegetables straight from her organic farm.

A French-Italian Restaurant Run for Charitable Causes.

Gingko House, a restaurant in Central in which you could be transported by the strains of La Vie en Rose playing in the background to the streets of Paris. The restaurant was started by social workers providing employment to the elderly as well as channelling its proceeds towards charitable causes.


Wonderful Sights.

The Wonderland that is the Mira.

The gorgeous world that you enter through the doors of the Mira Hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui.

The Market at Nelson Street.

Wanderings around Nelson Street in Mongkok.

A visual treat of Colour, Light and Texture.

The celebration of colour, light and texture on the streets of Hong Kong.

Sights of Victoria Harbour on Board a Replica of the Bounty.

Why there would have certainly been a mutiny on this Bounty.

In between Imagination & Reality.

A really interesting sculpture exhibition “In between Imagination & Reality” that was going on at the Atrium in Times Square featuring sculptures from two of Korea’s renowned contemporary sculptors, Yong Ho Ji and Hwan Kwon Yi which runs up to 22 August 2010. What caught my eyes were the sculptures of Yi, whose sculptures are made in distorted proportions that play on one’s mind in a way that it serves to confuse and confound what the mind makes out of what the eye sees.

The Amazing “Scarefolding” of Hong Kong.

An old practice still evry much in use in Hong Kong that is perhaps reminiscent of that in Singapore when I was growing up. It is something that one sees everywhere, being particularly hard to miss on the busy streets … bamboo scaffolding. This very old method of erecting scaffolding is used in much of the construction activity going on around Hong Kong, as well as in maintenance work on the exteriors of buildings and on the signboards that stick out from the buildings.

Hong Kong Very Much as it is.

All That Glitters!

Hong Kong at its most glitzy, where labels having made their mark in the western capitals have found not just a home, but have become an inseparable part of the heart and soul of what Hong Kong is.

The Young and Trendy Hong Kong.

Granville Road and Granville Circuit – where some delightful treats await the young and trendy shopper.

Echoes of the Sheung Wan of the 1960s: Wing Lee Street and the ladder streets.

The walk along the staircases and terraces of Sheung Wan around the area where Wing Lee Street, a terrace that was made famous by Alex Law’s award winning movie 歲月神偷, or “Time, the thief” is (The movie is named “Echoes of the Rainbow” in English, a reference to the double rainbow that features in a scene in the movie). The walk took us back to a time to the Sheung Wan of the 1960s.

The Stairway … uh, wait a minute, Escalator to Heaven.

The Mid-Levels area that the escalators to the heavenly views of Victoria Harbour the location halfway up Victoria Peak provides to its exclusive and upmarket residents. This provides another stairway to a surer path to Heaven – the stairway that leads to the Jamia Masjid.

The Star Ferry.

The Star Ferry, where life comes to a standstill for nine minutes in Hong Kong.

The Tram.

The must ride on trams on Hong Kong Island.


夏游香江 – 香港美食朝圣记(二)

By , August 27, 2010 11:48 am

(四)大计攦粉
地址:太子砵兰街384号

我不知道蔡澜是不是真的光临过大记攦粉,但是大门外蛮清楚地标示着蔡澜推荐的攦粉与糕点。

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点了墨鱼丸攦粉(HKD15)、中山卢兜粽(HKD33)、桂花糕和芝麻糕(各HKD4)。我的天,除了那粽子稍微偏贵了些,其他几样都是价廉物美!其实我之前也不知道那攦粉是什么来的,但吃了就觉得有点像米線,但却更顺滑:

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这是酸辣汤底,另有清汤与麻辣选项。值得一提的是汤内已有很多杂菜,对于喜欢蔬菜的我更是一个加分点。况且一份才港币15元,真的是很难找得到的价格啦~

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上面这个是驰名卢兜棕,内有蛋黄、肉、红豆等。可能期望太高,所以觉得没什么。。。

我本身不是很喜欢吃糕点。但是可能被那酸辣汤刺激到开胃后,又遇到这清香的桂花糕(让我想到在杭州西湖处处都可闻到的桂花香)还真的让我很回味。芝麻糕也是很细致,让我有点意犹未尽。

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总的来说,若有机会重游的话,一定要再到大记攦粉兜一趟~
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The Model Behaviour For Going Down Under

By , August 26, 2010 11:16 pm

One of the top highlights during the Hong Kong trip was the Media Bathtub Race at the Summer Spectacular’s Dragon Boat Carnival. Even though I had previous dragon boating experience and took part in a couple of races, the Bathtub Race rendered years of training null.

Prior to the race, I gey kiang (smart alec) and shared with Aussie Pete, Priscilla, and Violet dragon boat rowing techniques and tips. “Dip the paddle in the water, and pull by rotating your trunk. Dip, pull, dip, pull… one, two, one, two… that’s the rhythm…” I said. And that was the advice that sank the boat of Aussie Pete and model, Priscilla.

This is serious. Don't play play!

According to Pete, Priscilla followed my advice with strict determination and persisted with the one-two routine. But we’ve neglected one crucial factor that led to their Titanic exit from the race – their very apparent disparity in size and weight. One Pete is equivalent to at least two Priscillas.

With the Aussie sitting at the back and the model in front, the ‘bathtub’ tilted like a speedboat, hence displacing their centre of balance to the back. Poor Priscilla’s paddle couldn’t even reach the water! Any slight bodily manifestation of gan cheong-ness (anxiety) would be enough to topple the boat.

They're safe!

Then it happened. Their tub capsized. Both of them got a real taste of Victoria Harbour. “Very salty,” was Pete’s verdict.

The bathtub was really just a rectangular plastic box with two seats. More like a soap dish to me. And the first thing I realized when Violet and I got on was that it was extremely buoyant. Forget about rowing technique, balancing the tub was top priority.

On top of that, the tub was really sensitive to every stroke of the paddle so steering required utmost concentration. Thankfully, Violet and I managed to stay afloat and came in 2nd out of 5 teams (2 from Singapore, 1 from Malaysia, 1 from India, 1 from Philippines). The Filipino team won the race.

The Dream Team

What really amazes me about the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival was that it is such an important event with celebrities and stars taking part in the races. There were TVB actors and actresses, and members from the South Korean boyband, U-KISS. I have no idea who they are but judging from the number of screaming fans present, they must be pretty popular. Here’s a song by them :

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After the Dragon Boat Carnival experience in Hong Kong, I kinda miss my dragon boating days… the camaraderie, the rush during a race, the rigourous workouts, the perpetually tanned look, the improved level of fitness… I wonder if I’ll ever get back into the game again.

But thanks to this special arrangement by omy.sg and the Hong Kong Tourism Board, I got a chance to rekindle that not-so-long-ago past and get a hard-to-come-by feel (but not the taste) of paddling down Victoria Harbour.

Let's triumph over cancer!

For more photos, please visit my album A Lingering Fragrance.

夏游香江 – 香港美食朝圣记(一)

By , August 25, 2010 7:53 pm

论点(一):身为一位崇尚背包旅行(虽然没有很多机会)的我很注重网上旅游资讯,尤其是从一些当地社区所推崇的论坛所挖到的资料。
论点(二):香港是美食天堂
结论:出发前的我在《OpenRice 开饭喇》(香港餐厅指南))浏览了很久。

人家都说去到一个地方就要尝试道地的当地食品,而通过 Open Rice 来寻找美食对我来说也是最对的选择啦。最大的因素不外是因为“评论者”大多数是香港人(虽有少数旅客留言),而且通过这个指南也能带你寻觅很多没有广告预算的街边档。

临去香港之前拟定了前去几个囊括 OpenRice 某月份好评餐厅十强的几间餐厅、档口的计划;再加上一些特定偏食的餐厅,现在让我们去看看咯~

(一)澳洲牛奶公司 Australia Dairy Company
地址:佐敦白加士街47号地下

如果要知道什么叫做高效率服务团体,请务必在早餐繁忙时段来澳洲牛奶公司一趟。

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我从店外排在四个人后面开始计时,到结帐之际只花了廿分钟。首先道明一位,店内的伙计就示意我进去与另外三个人搭台。只不过拍了张照,挥了挥手,伙计就会出现在你身旁等待下单了。

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典型早餐配套 – 牛油方包、西煎双蛋、火腿通粉和冻奶茶只售 HKD24,价廉物美。

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不到两分钟,当我还在偷听同台的三人对话的当儿,火腿通粉就摆上来了。

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只不过拍了张照,吃了两口通粉后,炒蛋多士也来了。真的是神速。。。

眼看每个伙计健步如飞,敏捷地穿梭在狭小的空间内。在端下新食品的当儿也二话不说地收走了空置的盘,必要时还可以顺手拉出一条桌布来抹拭桌台。。。 有时候看他们只不过稍微提高声量(注意,不是呐喊)说出一些指示,其他的伙计就已经会意,那之间的默契还真的是体现出团体精神的精髓啊,哈哈~

而且更神奇的是当你把最后一点残渣吃下去的十秒钟之内就会有人帮你端走空盘,随后送上你之前点的饮料。效率之高真的是像在变戏法那样。。。

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之前看到一些人分享在澳牛吃早餐时遇到的趣闻,顺便写上来给大家看看。。。
1. 有位食客漏了帶走一杯外卖饮品,当侍应提点他的时候就连声道谢,得到的回复却是:“得得得,不用谢,快点走。”
2. 有位应该算是熟客来了,侍应问她“是不是要冻柠茶少甜?” 食客回答说:“对,就是要冻柠茶少甜”,得到的回复却是:“只要说是或则不是就好。”

哎呀,这个应该是食评,怎么离题了呢?嘿嘿。。。话说回来,这顿早餐吃的应该不是滋味;反而是一种体验香港早餐文化的经验。食品素质算是中规中矩, 但如果以这种价格来评定的话应该算是很值得的了。通粉算是够 Q;炒蛋虽然不是很滑,但蛋味却很浓郁;奶茶则是稍微淡了点,可能是放了冰块的缘故吧~

不过总的来说,还是非常享受这一顿早餐的,呼嘞~

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Gimme that Bling Thing!

By , August 24, 2010 11:30 am

One of the delightful things about Hong Kong is that there are many surprises that await as one wanders through the maze of streets and back alleys. There is much to savour, from the sights and sounds presented by the colourful streets, to the sumptous smells wafting out of the many eating places, and also to the many tempting objects on offer at the glittering retail outlets all around. There is quite an interesting mix of just about anything one may desire in the many shops, from items of luxury to items that would appeal to the young and trendy. It is in the latter that Hong Kong does offer a host of surprises. Chic is not just everywhere and anywhere. It is in many ways a way of life in some of the more interesting streets of Hong Kong.

Shops that surprise are very much in evidence on the streets of Hong Kong.

A fashion outlet with a South Asian theme in Central being one.

One such area where there is a concentration of hip, is in Tsim Sha Tsui. Nestled in what appears to be a back lane off an area which had once been associated with the affordable fashion of the many factory outlets that once dominated the area, Granville Road, Granville Circuit offers just about anything the young and trendy could desire … and at prices are not far off from what one might have expected at the factory outlets that had once dominated the area.

A large concentration of trendy outlets and lots of Bling Bling ones can be found around Granville Road and Granville Circuit.


Scenes along Granville Road. The shops offer a little more than the lingerie shops that seem to dominate the road.

Walking along Granville Road, the countless lingerie shops as well as what is apparently one of Hong Kong’s most haunted buildings, may serve as a distraction, and one could be forgiven for thinking that by turning off the main street to Granville Circuit, one would be led to a seedy back alley. At first glance, it did resemble one of the back streets of London’s Soho. Walking down the street, the illuminations provided by the bright neon signs of an entertainment outlet that one might associate with London’s Soho, casts a glow on a row of shops to be discovered – there are many little boutiques and outlets for the young: clothes, shoes, accessories, and lots of bling things that have hip written all over them. That apparently I was to find, was only the tip of the iceberg. Much more of these were to be discovered in a nondescript and somewhat tired looking shopping arcade off Granville Circuit, the Rise Shopping Arcade. Walking through the somewhat run down entrance, one is seemingly transported into a time warp. The shopping arcade looking as if it would have been more at home in the 1960s and 1970s, than something that exists in the 21st Century. But the archaic looking entrance and stairwell had masked what had awaited … taking the escalator up to the three floors of small outlets, I was pleasantly surprised by the sheer quantity of small but very hip outlets, each independently run by the many young and aspiring designers that have populated the shopping arcade.



Set amongst the back lanes off Granville Road, Granville Circuit is a mecca of street fashion waiting to be discovered.

Granville Circuit offers a glimpse into the hip in fashion on the streets of Hong Kong ...

The lights of an entertainment outlet being reflected off a windscreen on Granville Circuit. Set amongst some rather dark alleyways that perhaps resemble the back streets of London

Shop fronts on Granville Circuit ...


More shops on Granville Circuit.

Geck Geck spent hours browsing through the shops along Granville Circuit and in the Rise Shopping Arcade.

The glitter on Granville Circuit is in a rather old shopping arcade named Rise.

Stepping into the Rise Shopping Arcade transports one back in time ...

For some of the younger and more trendy, Geck Geck being one, wandering around Granville Circuit and Rise, offered hours of wonderment (those who accompanied her would testify to that). Rise had also offered some of the more mature something as well – very bling bling silver pieces that caught the eye of not just Catherine, but also Pete, who wanted to get his wife a pair of earings (how sweet!). For me, not be terribly into bling, wandering around offered me an opportunity to satisfy my curiosity, and perhaps to discover what Hong Kong has in store for the young, chic and bling.

Even Pete was taken by some of the bling things on offer.

Another view inside Rise Shopping Arcade.


On the Rise, inside the Rise ...

The lights in the shops in the Rise and along Granville Circuit, I was told, remain on well into the wee hours of the morning ...

Law Fu Kee Congee and Noodle Specialist 羅富記粥麵專家

By , August 21, 2010 5:38 pm

Congee with Pig's Liver and Fish Slices
Congee is soul food. It really is. Even a small sip of well-boiled rice gruel can bring warmth to the body and joy to weary spirit.

I’m actually not a big fan of congee, because all too often, the ones I get are less than unsatisfactory. So it’s really wonderful when I come across congee that’s made the way it really ought to be. This one is probably one of the best I’ve ever had.

Law Fu Kee Congee and Noodles
The Hong Kong Tourism Board folks brought us to Law Fu Kee Congee and Noodles. This was Day 4, our final day in Hong Kong, and I was so happy to know we’d be having our local breakfast here. This place is listed in their very helpful “Local Delicacies” booklet guide. Apparently, the Michelin Hong Kong Macau guide gave it two stars?

There's no room in here to swing a cat!
Like many eateries in Hong Kong, it’s small and cramped, but the food more than makes up for it.

The old school ambiance too, is charming. The place looks like it hasn’t seen an interior decorator in decades. Faded red booths line one side, while glass-topped tables and wooden stools flank the other wall. Diners often share tables with strangers. The long queues mean this is is not a place to eat and linger. But it’s so worthwhile catching a bite.

A simple but adequately substantial menu
The menu is very simple – congees with various ingredients, and noodles with different toppings. Some blanched vegetables and fish balls make up the side dishes.

Congee with Lean Meat and Century Egg
This is my congee with lean meat and century egg. It’s smooth, creamy, robust and comforting all at the same time. The texture is just right, and the taste just makes you relish spoonful after spoonful. I finished every single drop, and wished there was more. I’m still craving it today.

The first photo is of Alvin’s bowl with pig’s liver and fish slices.

The "youtiao" is gigantic! And supertasty!
You must have the “youtiao” or yew char kway here, with your congee. The pieces are huge but suitably crispy and doughy – perfect for dipping into congee.

Beef tendon noodles
If you prefer noodles, they do them pretty well here too.

Deep-fried Fish Ball with Clam Sauce
The deep-fried fish ball with clam sauce (looks and tastes very fermented). The fish balls are made from dace.

Master chef in the kitchen
The master chef has been making congee the same way for 50 years. He starts preparing at 3am, boiling fish bones and old Thai rice together. It’s a lot of hard work, but it’s hard work I am most grateful for.

LAW FU KEE CONGEE AND NOODLE SPECIALIST 羅富記粥麵專家
140 Des Voeux Road Central, Hong Kong. Tel: +852 2541 3080
144 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong. Tel: +852 2543 3881
G/F, 50 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong. Tel: +852 2850 6756
Open daily 8am to 8pm

Even mum knows who Alexander is!

By , August 21, 2010 8:50 am

Caught up in the screams of anticipation that emanated from the sea of adolescent girls gathered at the Urban Council Centenary Garden, as we got through to the cordoned media area for the opening of the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival, some of us might be forgiven for thinking we might have been the object at which the screams were directed at. Admittedly, there were some of us who did feel like stars – one of us in particular, as we would soon discover, certainly had that a penchant for media attention, revealing the lengths that he would go to get the attention of the media during the now infamous bath tub race. The numerous placards being held up by the screaming girls with the words “U-KISS” might also have given some the idea that the screaming fans were asking for a kiss from whomever they were directing their screams to.

Arriving to the screams of excited adolescent girls at the 2010 Hong Kong Dragon Boat Carnival, some of us might have thought we were amongst HK's hottest!

It might not have been hard to be under the impression that the crowds of adolescent girls had gathered to welcome us ...

... and perhaps even wanting to kiss some of us!

Unfortunately for those of us who might have harboured such thoughts, the overwhelming evidence provided by the numerous placards bearing the name Alexander or Xander was that most of the screaming girls were clamouring for a certain person with that name. Without any inkling as to whom this Xander might be, I somehow felt a little lost in the sea of teenagers as the opening ceremony began with a bang – literally, with the beating of drums. With the opening ceremony out of the way, a concert followed. The cantopop duo that appeared on stage did not provide any clues as to who the mysterious Xander might be. I had somehow anticipated that we would have two men on stage, but one of the duo, Sherman actually turned out to be quite a pretty lady, which for a moment, did cast some doubts as to the gender of this certain Xander. But I guess, the make-up of the adoring fans erased those doubts almost immediately ….

What was apparent was that most were actually there to greet a certain Alexander ...

or Xander, in short ...

I had expected Sherman on the basis of the name to be of a different gender ...

but Sherman Chung turned out to be quite a pretty lady ....

and with quite a silky voice too ...

After quite a lengthy routine from the talented Sherman, the burst of euphoric and excited screams announced that the long awaited moment had arrived! Out pops this slim guy with handsomely boyish features who was introduced as a member of what was apparently a Korean boy band U-KISS. This was the Alexander or Xander that was the main object of the excitement that we had been caught up in. Well, at that point, even with the appearance of Xander, I still wasn’t very enlightened. Xander somehow didn’t look quite Korean or for that matter someone who would be delivering his opening lines in fluent Cantonese!


The frenzy that accompanied Alexander's appearance.

Alexander finally makes an appearance ... and ...

... it was only after the introduction that I found out that he was a member of a Korean boy band, U-KISS.

He certainly seemed to be the most popular with the crowd ...

Each move was accompanied by loud excited screams from the crowd.

Scream!

Scream!

More screams!!!

The cameras were doing overtime ...

as those with the pointy things sought the highest points to catch a good shot of Alexander ....

More screams yet!

... even the appearance of other Korean members of the Dream Team didn't take attention away from Alexander!

With only the pretty Sherman taking some of the spotlight away from Alexander.

The crowds of girls were out for the one and only Alexander!

It was only much later that I was able to gain more information on U-KISS and Alexander, and I was to discover that his linguistic ability was aided by a mixed parentage, apparently having a Chinese-Portuguese father and a Korean mother, and him spending his childhood in Macau and Hong Kong. I guess, not being one who keeps tabs on Korean boy bands, I could be excused for my ignorance, but I was to discover that U-KISS and Alexander had a following in Singapore as well, and even my mother who turns 70 this year, perhaps from her being an avid fan of Korean television, could provide all that I might have wanted to know not just about U-KISS and Alexander, but on some of the other mysterious markings on some of the placards such as 2PM, 2AM and FCuz!

Alexander made an appearance at the Dragon Boat races as well.


And was all smiles as part of the KBS Dream Team that won the Most Eye Catching Award.

夏游香江 – 香港电影寻景(四)

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By , August 21, 2010 8:33 am

接下来简略介绍几个常出现在电影内的美景:

维多利亚港夜景
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在醉人的夜色下仰望对岸中、上环的商业建筑;配合着“幻彩咏香江”多媒体灯光音乐汇演,感受香港的瑰丽繁华。这几乎是来到香港的旅客必看表演之一,也当然成为很多电影/连续剧取景点之一。

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而那样子以光绘图就比较少见啦,因为那是我的自拍杰作,呵呵~

太平山夜景
香港太平山(Victoria Peak)、意大利拿波里(Naples/Napoli)和日本函馆山(Hakodate-Yama)海港堪称世界三大夜景。我认为从太平山上俯览夜景之所以闻名也是归功于香港上环与中环地带那么多的摩天楼,而又恰好在一公里多以外有一座高552米的太平山来让人鸟瞰,确实是天时地利人和。

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在不知道是云朵或者雾在风吹下逐渐散的当儿,我顿时被那刹那迷住了。在数次等待长快门的时间凝望着“终于”清晰的港岛和维多利亚港口,俯览着一堆堆的钢骨森林建筑灯饰;维多利亚海港线的照明;在港湾交错的游轮灯火。。。让海风轻轻地拂面,璀璨香江夜景的明媚就是这样的哦。

说真的,这举世闻名的夜景真的是很值得去看的咯!但是也要有点运气,因为要碰到晴朗天气来让你一望无际的视野并不是天天都有哦~

实用贴士:
– 山顶缆车的首页: http://www.thepeak.com.hk
– 除了搭缆车登顶,你们也可以选择搭15号大巴士或者1号小巴士(车资一律 HKD3.20,直到中环或上环的 IFC )。建议大家两种交通工具都搭(缆车上、巴士下),那样就可以在体验搭缆车的同时顺便“逛逛”太平山的豪华住宅区。哦,搭缆车上山时尽量选择右边靠窗的位子,那就可以沿途看着市景登山。
– 可以选择登上凌霄阁(需额外收费)360度环观香港市景,天气好的话还可以看到長洲、南丫島和大屿山。

上环街道
这里有太多有特色的街道了。

《岁月神偷》的永利街

上至半山的自动扶梯

荷里活道
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还是在建筑兴建中所竖立起来的竹架。
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太多的熟悉街景。。。也让我每每在回来看香港电影后发现所熟悉的街道就会打从心底惊叫一下“哦,我来过这里!”那样。

旅游就是为了增光见闻;而最旅游最高兴的心得莫过于在之后通过某种管道看过自己曾亲临的场面。也只有来到香港一趟,才能让我深深体会到随街兜走的乐趣~

要不然就是走着走着就遇到娱乐圈明星咯。。。

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嘿嘿,言承旭刚从我们下榻的 Mira 酒店出来,接着要去机场。我怎么知道?因为粉丝们在他进入保姆车后直呼“Jerry,我们机场见~”,然后就飞快钻进另一辆早已停在路旁等待的小客货车,准备飞驰追踪。

看。。。在香港兜走就是有这种惊喜。

Hong Kong Old Restaurant – Flavours of Shanghai, Yangzhou and Sichuan

By , August 19, 2010 11:36 am

Hong Kong Old Restaurant has a vibrant, welcoming vibe
After the Dragonboat Carnival, we regrouped for dinner at Hong Kong Old Restaurant at Miramar Shopping Centre, just across our hotel. Another wonderful recommendation by the Hong Kong Tourism Board. I liked it the minute I stepped in. It had such a warm, convivial and cheery vibe. There’s gotta be some good food here to generate that kind of positive energy!

The “Old” in it refers to old money, according to our HK guide Rosanna. This very traditional restaurant was started by wealthy Shanghainese who migrated to Hong Kong. Not only would it provide them with hometown food, but also a place to discuss business.

I love the pickled vegetables
I always love these pickled vegetables – sweet, tangy and crunchy!

Our set menu for twelve
The HKTB arranged for us this dinner set menu for 12 pax. I can’t read half the things here but I’m excited!

Chicken with peanuts
A very savoury chicken dish with peanuts. Very appetising starter. Don’t worry, it’s not as spicy as it looks!

Cold Pig's Hock and Foot in Wine Sauce
Cold Pig’s Hock and Foot in Wine Sauce. I was a little hesitant to try this, even though I love pork trotters when braised. But wow, a tiny nibble led to more. This is delicious, especially the almost crunchy skin. The vinegar, soy and wine made an addictive combination.

Beancurd rolls stuffed with vegetables and mushrooms
Beancurd rolls stuffed with vegetables and mushrooms. Gorgeous savoury flavours with meaty mushrooms. So umami! I wonder if this is the vegetarian goose on the menu.

Smoked egg with walnut
Smoked egg with walnut. Those who love runny yolks will adore this.

Honeyed ham with crispy beancurd sheet wrapped in bread
Honeyed ham with crispy beancurd sheet wrapped in bread. Salty and sweet, chewy and crunchy. Strong pork flavour in the ham.

Stir-fried prawns in chili sauce
Stir-fried prawns in chili sauce. Yes, it’s a bit like chili crab sauce and equally enjoyable. Best part is – no need to peel anything! The prawns were large and fresh.

Giant fried scallion pancake
Giant fried scallion pancake! It was soft and fluffy inside but gently crisp on the outside. Our carb dish! These were really huge slices, but I finished it. Oh, perfect with the prawns’ chili sauce earlier too.

Nai bai (a type of chinese cabbage) with straw mushrooms in fish broth
Nai bai (a type of chinese cabbage) with straw mushrooms in fish broth. I only ate the mushrooms, but the broth is light and clean-tasting.

Fried yellow jack with sweet and sour sauce
Fried yellow jack with sweet and sour sauce. By the time this came, I was already quite full. The fish was fresh, but the batter proved a bit too floury for me. But it does absorb well the sweet and sour sauce.

Oodles of Deep-fried Ice Cream!
We had a short break thankfully, before dessert arrived. We were ready for this! Deep-fried ice cream like you’ve never seen it before!

So creamy on the inside! The exterior is made of flour and egg white, so I hear
Pillowy soft batter encasing a firm dollop of rich vanilla ice cream. The batter is made with egg white for the colour, it seems. We were all going ooh and ahh eating this.

It was a great dinner with Tsingtao making us all very happy
We all enjoyed ourselves immensely. The multiple rounds of Tsingtao beer also helped enliven our spirits. When the fruit platter came, we also found out that Aussie Pete is allergic to ….*drumroll*…. WATERMELON! He could not eat any of the fruit. That is so bizarre! Now I really believe you can be allergic to anything.

So ended our third day in Hong Kong (well, after some late-night shopping at Granville). The next day we would meet Margaret Xu Yuan, Hong Kong’s only female celebrity chef, at her private kitchen Yin Yang.

Thanks, HKTB, for the dinner and for introducing this place to us.

HONG KONG OLD RESTAURANT
1 Kimberley Rd
4/F Miramar Shopping Centre
Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Hong Kong
Tel: +852 2722 1812
Open daily 11:00am to 3:00pm (lunch), 5:30pm to 11:00pm (dinner)

There is another branch on Hong Kong island at 218 Electric Road, North Point Newton Hotel, Basement
Tel: +852 2508 1081

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