我的涂鸦香港行7——第三天(上)

By , August 9, 2010 7:33 pm
上过山(第一天:山顶 The Peak),下过海(第二天:济民号 The Bounty),转眼间就到了我们在香港的第三天。11点大伙于酒店大厅集合了之后,就前往翠华茶餐厅享用我们的早餐。为什么要特地提起茶餐厅呢?香港有美食天堂之称,尤其是道地的茶餐厅,没试过就根本不算到过香港啊~


而说起香港的茶餐厅,翠华应该可以算是其中的名店,何以见得?
看看下图就知道…

如果你此时心里在嘀咕,就是一块普通的招牌嘛,花花绿绿的,哪有什么特殊的地方?那就证明你的眼力不够好!(本人坚决否认是我的摄影技术差)再看清楚一点招牌上端的两行小字:

鱼蛋称霸 咖喱称皇!

如果没有一定的江湖地位,谁敢那么大的口气啊!



 如果觉得很冷…那就对了。我也知道很冷。

一踩进茶餐厅里,一大早挤得满满,热热闹闹的叽叽喳喳声,让我真的感觉到,这就是香港。很喜欢香港的茶餐厅,即使是第一次光顾,都可以很随意的找张桌子坐下,完全不会觉得拘束。而这里的菜单都是压在玻璃台面下的,不用你翻来翻去,这样既环保又方便,正对面各一张,不会抢着看。看到很多熟悉的港式美食,那感觉和在自己家乡上港式餐厅是截然不同的。地道的美食已经够吸引我了,环境更像平时港剧中常常出现的场景那般,餐厅设有卡座加方桌,也有椅子加圆台,随你想怎么坐就怎么坐。唯一不同的是,翠华茶餐厅整体会给人多了一点新颖明亮的感觉,连店内装潢也是比其他传统茶餐厅看来乾淨优雅。再看看周围的人:白领青年独个吃饭的,三五好友在这里谈笑风生,聊聊家常的、老人家夹份报纸来叹早茶的、同时也有像我们这样初来乍到的…很快我们点的几道美食就上桌了。


我点的是晨光早餐B,沙嗲牛肉公仔面(Satay Beef w/ Instant Noodles in Soup)配嫩滑炒蛋及牛油猪仔,附热咖啡或奶茶(冻饮+HK3),价格HK25。这样的价钱在寸土寸金的香港,是挺合理,甚至偏低的了。


公仔面就是众所周知的泡面。放在上面的沙嗲牛肉份量颇多,鲜嫩多汁。虽然单吃稍微咸了一点,但只要拌开之后配公仔麵吃下肚,你就会惊讶于两者完美的搭配,吃完齿颊留香,滋味悠长。

接着是搭配沙嗲牛肉公仔面成一套的嫩滑炒蛋+牛油猪仔包。松软却带有嚼劲的猪仔包,吃起来有点像软式的法国面包,配上用牛奶炒出诱人香味的炒蛋,这味道绝对在水准之上!以HK25的价格就可以一尝如此美味的香港味道,不仅饱了我的胃,同时也暖了我的心。

注:翠华茶餐厅的细心之处在于,所有的料理都弃精盐而取海盐,更全面使用低胆固醇的鸡蛋,以及橄榄油来烹饪等等,都是真的为用餐者健康着想。嗯,生意好不是没道理的

再注:翠华开业30多年,全香港共有16间分店,所以只要稍微打听,不怕找不到。

后记:步出茶餐厅,才惊觉…鱼蛋称霸 咖喱称皇我却一样都没尝到!!

夏游香江 – 天星小轮。南丫岛

By , August 9, 2010 3:03 pm

来到香港却没搭过船实在有点说不过去。君不知香港有很多离岛,而且像大屿山、长洲、南丫等等的大离岛更是住着很多人口,所以渡轮就是主要交通工具之一。

而如果要来香港体验搭船的经验的话,天星小轮就是最佳选择啦~除了因为班次很频密(6~12分钟一趟,航班资料请看下方)之外,又很便宜之外,两头的尖沙咀天星码头或者是中环码头都衔接着主要旅游观光点,所以基本上旅客可以在下船后继续逛逛。

好,让我们从天星码头出发啦!

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不说可能你不知道,《国家地理旅游杂志》曾把乘搭天星小轮游览维多利亚港两岸誉为【人生五十个必到景点】(摘自天星小轮网站)。已享有逾百年(成立于1888年)历史的天星小轮的船身主要是上半白下半绿的颜色,再加上船顶烟囱的四颗星做装饰。而下方照片这一种呢应该是比较新颖的了。

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看着耸耸高楼的金融区慢慢地逼近,大伙儿也就停靠在中环码头啦~虽然不到十分钟的船程,但却已足够让人体会小轮的风范。

真想不到在这几十年,天星小轮已经承载了多少回忆。

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The ‘Big Splash’ Conspiracy – Truths Unveiled

By , August 9, 2010 3:51 am

* Secret Cache of ‘undoctored photographs’ discovered
* Conspiracy goes ‘All The Way to the Top’

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BREAKING NEWS: On 8th August, 2010, a secret cache of previously unpublished photographs were found at Singapore’s Changi Airport in an unmarked briefcase. To date, no person or persons have come forward to claim ownership of what appears to be damning evidence of a conspiracy that goes all ‘the way to the top’.

For the first time, I am making these images available to the public.

Secret cache of previously unpublished photographs found

Secret cache of previously unpublished photographs found

When ten bloggers travelled to Hong Kong and had the absolute ‘time of their lives’ (all thanks to OMY and the Hong Kong Tourism Board), four of the team were offered the chance of a lifetime when we were asked to pariticipate in the International Media Bathtub Race as a part of the fun-filled and action-packed Dragon Boat Carnival.

As has been reported by more than one blogger on this very website, it is no secret that around the halfway mark of this now world-famous event, one of the OMY teams (featuring myself, 2010 Singapore WTH Blog Award Winner, Aussie Pete and 2010 Singapore Modelling Blog Award Winner, Ang Geck Geck) completely stole the limelight by capsizing their bathtub in Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour (the ‘Fragrant Harbour’).

What has not yet been brought to light are the actual circumstances surrounding this capsize. Many accusations have been made along with certain assertions of this event perhaps being staged, or that we tipped the tub over intentionally -let me state for the record that not only are these accusations untrue and completely unfounded, it is now my belief that such commentary has been published with the complete intention of diverting the truth and covering-up the real story behind the event – for the first time, the ‘Big Splash’ conspiracy is about to be uncovered… let me say, friends, that this goes all the way to the top, and for fear of repurcussions, I will not be mentioning any co-conspirators by name while further investigations continue – JFK’s ‘magic bullet’ has nothing on this!!

CONSPIRACY – EVIDENCE EXHIBIT 1.01 – THE DIVERSION
As has previously been published, accusations of ‘delusions of grandeur’ from myself, Aussie Pete. As thousands of fans lined the riverfront to cheer on our bathtub team, I could not help but be taken aback by the number of youngsters screaming my name and holding signs with my picture. This was a clear attempt (which worked) to divert my attention away from other now quite obvious techniques employed to ensure that Geck Geck and I could not only win the race, but would most likely fall out of our bathtub and into the harbour. Accompanied by enhanced and even doctored images, statements have been made that the screaming fans were actually there for U-KISS and the ‘Dream team’.

I hereby submit into evidence, Exhibit 1.01 – the original photograph of the diversion.

The following image shows one of the fans on the day and was previously published on this website and Facebook. Let me just call the ‘suspect’ in this part of the cover-up, “MR J”.

The 'published' and well-edited photo of one of Aussie Pete's fans

The 'published' and well-edited photo of one of Aussie Pete's fans

Here is the almost same image as discovered in the secret cache – before alteration… notice the difference?

The newly discovered 'real' picture showing the well-planned diversion

The newly discovered 'real' picture showing the well-planned diversion

CONPIRACY – EVIDENCE EXHIBITS 1.02 and 1.03 – THE FAULTY EQUIPMENT
Due to the diversion, the clear sabotage that is evident in the following photographs went unnoticed by both myself and my fellow bathub blogger… a clear hole in my oar, thereby rendering it useless in the efforts to disperse water and move our bathtub forward.

I hereby submit into evidence, Exhibits 1.02 and 1.03 – photographs of the faulty equipment.

The sabotaged oar is clearly visible in this newly discovered picture

The sabotaged oar is clearly visible in this newly discovered picture

The hole in the oar went unnoticed due to the very clever diversion tactics

The hole in the oar went unnoticed due to the very clever diversion tactics

CONPIRACY – EVIDENCE EXHIBITS 1.04 and 1.05 – CO-CONSPIRATORS
Let’s just call the (previously unpublished) following people in these photographs, “THE D TEAM” and “MR A”. Upon the capsizing of the bathtub, photographers all along the waterfront were ‘picture happy’ as they took part in the humour associated with the moment. How the high level people involved in the cover up managed to ‘photoshop’ absolutely everybody’s images, I will never know, but the following images show the real story…

The photographs as published online:

The moment it happened - as previously published

The moment it happened - as previously published

The rescue boats arrive - as previously published

The rescue boats arrive - as previously published

The photographs found in the secret cache – notice the ‘extra bodies’ in the water? In one, two people clearly assisting the tub on it’s lateral movement into an overturned position… in the second, one unidentified man in the water clearly revelling in the fun of it all:

Discovered Photo - The "D Team" clearly pushing the bathtub

Discovered Photo - The 'D Team' clearly pushing the bathtub

Discovered Photo - "Mr A" seems very happy indeed about the "Big Splash"

Discovered Photo - 'Mr A' seems very happy indeed about the 'Big Splash'

CONPIRACY – EVIDENCE EXHIBIT 1.06 – MORE SABOTAGED EQUIPMENT?
I hereby resubmit Exhibit 1.05 as Exhibit 1.06 – notice also, the extra weights attached to the underbelly of one side of the bathtub? These items seem to resemble the 2010 blog award trophies. It is important to note at this juncture, that only a handful of people are in possession of these items – ten to be exact… if I take myself and Geck Geck out of the equation, that leaves just eight people having access to these ‘weights’ – this means that (at least) three of our fellow bloggers were in on this overall conspiracy (3/8):

Only ten of these 'weights' are in existence - eight are unaccounted for

Only ten of these 'weights' are in existence - eight are unaccounted for

FURTHER HINTS:

Absence of the 'missing footage' only further supports the Conspiracy Theory

Absence of the 'missing footage' only further supports the Conspiracy Theory

Another blogger, let’s call her “Ms E” filmed what was depicted as ‘clear footage’ of the actual capsize as it happend in real-time. “Ms E” briefly showed us this footage on her video camera shortly after the race. The comment she made at the time, was that she ‘knew’ we were going to flip over, so she zoomed into our ‘Big Splash’. Suspecting at the time, that something was awry, I requested a copy of this video on a number of occassions. At first, “Ms E” used the excuse that she needed to ‘edit’ it – what for, I still do not know. Then the following day, she suggested that her computer or the video or something ‘crashed’ so she still could not provide a copy. On the airflight home, I provided “Ms E” with a memory card to download the raw footage to share with me – this time I was told that it was too inconvenient to perform this task on the plane. I have on numerous occassions asked “Ms E” for a copy, but to date it has not been forthcoming – I suspect that the original footage is now long gone 🙁

The night before the ‘big race’, one very senior member of the touring party invited me out with two other people in his gang. They suggested that we should go and savour some of the local HK food as a ‘light supper’. Let me state clearly here, that this was actually wonderful – the local roadside food was sensational – crab roe balls, prawn balls and fish balls on a stick… very nice, but very filling and more than just a ‘light’ snack. The gang (let’s call them “MR A”, “MRS R” and “THE CAMERAMAN”) then took me into one of the many late-night restaurants for dessert!! I was actually dubious at the time as to why they were trying to fill me up with so much wonderful food after an already enormous dinner – in hindsight and after suggestion of the same, I now understand that it was a clear ploy to increase my weight to further destabilise the bathtub on the following day.

I should have realized this the next morning, when the same gang (including one more member, otherwise known as “MS SK”) invited me for a 9:00am ‘heavy’ breakfast… no sooner had my stomach been once again filled to capacity, I returned to the hotel to change for the race and was then accompanied by the entire remainder of the touring party for a ‘late breakfast’ at 11:00am… wait a minute – I usually eat three meals a day… in the hours leading up to the bathtub race, I was pretty much tricked into eating two dinners with dessert and two full breakfasts. I must’ve weighed at least 5kg heavier than my normal (already overweight) body mass. Clear intention by the conspirators to ensure that it would be difficult to keep the bathtub upright – further evidenced by the aforementioned “MR J” who practically forced an extra fried egg and sandwich down my throat at the 11:00am (second) breakfast.

CONPIRACY – EVIDENCE EXHIBIT 1.07 – SOME CO-CONSPIRATORS SPYING ON THE AMOUNT OF FOOD CONSUMED

Previously published as 'papparazzi' - now identified as potential 'Spies'

Previously published as 'papparazzi' - now identified as potential 'Spies'

SUMMARY
Further evidence is still being collected, but the above ‘truths unveiled’ are already enough to warrant a full and detailed investigation into the ‘BIG SPLASH‘ Conspiracy!!

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