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the storm that never came..

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it was a strange week in hong kong. the supposed mega- storm megi which ripped and torn her her way through the philippines was expected to make land fall in hong kong on friday night.

everyone was bracing for it. people cancelled events -i volunteered for this pet fund raising event –woofstock ( which has been rescheduled to the 7th of november)  i taped down all the windows at home as a precaution because the wind had been so strong on thursday night, my balcony doors were shaking.

but megi never came, the whole thing got blown to taiwan. it didn’t even carried the usual aftermath of a failed- to -happen storm – the horrible rain!

hong kong island on the 23rd of October on bowen road - after the storm comes the CALM

last week i went to two really good places for dinner – which i can’t wait to tell you about. my friend jo and i went to oolaa this italian restaurant on bridges street at mid levels. we HEART the atmosphere. jo is from new york and since moving to hk three years ago, she has really missed the big apple.

she said oolaa reminds her of nyc, there is a huge bar area for you to wait for your friends, have a pre-dinner drink and the space lay-out is very generous.

i had the blue swimmer crab lasagna which was UNBELIEVABLY yummy.

sorry i didn’t take any good pictures – had to rely on the iphone because i forgot my camera that day but the restaurant is far too dark for the pictures to turn out well

oolaa is a must try  – i sum it up with three adjectives – great food, great value as the serving is huge and great atmosphere.

last friday after a vigorous workout at the gym – i was so hungry i swear i could eat a whole chicken. rudi and i took a nice stroll from central to wanchai hoping to find a new place to eat.

at the corner of gresson street, we caught a whiff of greasy chinese fried food. we were sold immediately. i took a quick look at what most people were eating – see picture below and the crab baked rice.

razor clams in black bean sauce

i love a good dai pai dong style dinner. i love unpretentious good food and friendly down to earth servers. if you ever have guests in town asking for an authentic hong kong style dinner, i’d suggest you bring them to crowd restaurant.

we ordered the peppermint cheese ribs and the prawns with scallops and eggs. i really like the prawns because prawns are such difficult things to cook well. it’s very crunchy and fresh whereas as the peppermint ribs – perhaps they could marinate it longer for the meat to absorb the flavor.

prawns with scallops and eggs. they also sprinkled a dash of cashew nuts over the dish giving it more ommppphhhh

peppermint ribs with cheese. interesting concoction

if you are interested to check out crowd restaurant -the address is shop a, 14 gresson street wanchai, 2866 8088.


a nice summer weekend in hong kong

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there is a lot that you can do in hong kong.

there are times i choose not to do much but to hang out with friends – we don’t hang out enough in hong kong. people here are always scurrying around and always keeping to a busy schedule.

i had a good relaxing weekend and i hope you did too.

i love summer weekends like this. blue skies, puffy white clouds resembling dancing marshmallows in the sky.

yesterday karen and i sat outdoor for lunch at isola at ifc. this has to be one of the longest lunches i have had in a long time. it’s just that we haven’t seen each other in so long and we had so much catching up to do. i enjoyed every bit of it. it was such a beautiful summer day overlooking the victoria harbor.

i honestly love living in hong kong. there is something about living close to the sea that comforts me. every time i come to isola for lunch, i honestly don’t remember the food much. i just remember the view but this time however, we ordered the beef carpaccio. it was superb.

i haven’t been to the beach much since summer started. sophie my 6 year old labrador loves the water and a good game of tennis ball. as well, i am in dire need of a nice tan. i don’t look good pale, my skin’s natural tone is kinda sallow and slightly greenish. when i am too fair, i look sick and plus this year because of my bad neck – i didn’t do the dragon boat. i want to get back to it next year hopefully.

whenever sophie catches the sight of a tennis ball, she goes MAD.. do you think that this hereditary trait for labrador retrievers? maybe it says it in the name, retriever. ever since i was young with all my experiences with this particular breed of dog, they are crazy about balls..

goodnight everyone. have a good week ahead. sophie is snoring at my feet.

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