A 4-hours Drive Up North To Watch SBS??

Date of Visit:  Aril 3-6 2015

This Easter past, a friend and I went up north to Camden Haven for a 4D3N break.  Our plan was to do some hikes around the Greater Port Macquarie area – and Laurieton, being quite central, became our base.  We stayed at the ground floor of a river-front apartment.

Lakes and rivers are a feature of the locale, thus explaining the number of boats and fishing activities.  If we had known that the weather will be so gloomy, we would have brought along our fishing rods!

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Aspire Pelican H2O Apartments

Gloomy skies greeted us for the first 3 days we were there…

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Dark grey sky and fog passing for winter scenes in Scandinavia!

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Fog covered the North Brother Mountain

Fortunately, on our very last night, the sky cleared.  We got an awesome sunset – and some colours at last!  😊

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With the rain subsiding, we did not want to lose the opportunity to walk off the chocolate easter eggs and chips we had indulged, so we did a brisk walk around the track nearby before it gets too dark… Seems that the local residents have the same idea!

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Mangrove

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Mangrove

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One of the many fishing boats in the area

Views of the lake, glowing in gold!

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Breathtaking sunset

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Pretty picture taken by my friend on her iPhone

Happy with our short ‘hike’, once we returned to our rental, we switched on TV to watch news on SBS (ethnic TV station)  … there really are not many TV channels in small country-towns.. but nevertheless, we were happy with our vacay!

‘Take Another View On Art’ @ Landmark, Hong Kong

Date:  March 2015

In conjunction with Art Basel Hong Kong, the atrium in Landmark is transformed into an extraordinary art space where an enormous dome is suspended in mid-air.  The exhibition called ‘Take Another View on Art’ brings exceptional museum-quality art to the city, featuring original artworks by Claude Monet, Marc Chagall, Zao Wou-ki and Zeng Fanzhi amongst others, and valued collectively at over a whooping HK$140 million!

These masterpieces are hung under an iridescent aerial installation created by architect William Lim.  The audience is invited to view 9 aerially installed masterpieces under the dome through telescopes.

For those inclined, featured art works are:

- Alex Prager, 3:14pm, Pacific Ocean (2012) from Lehmann Maupin
- Claude Monet, Entrée de Giverny en hiver, soleil couchant (1885) from Christie’s
- Laurent Grasso, Eclipse (2012) from Edouard Malingue Gallery
- Marc Chagall, Les fleurs devant la fenêtre à Paris (1976) from Opera Gallery
- Simon Birch, The Cutter (2014) from Ben Brown Fine Arts
- Stella Zhang, 0-Viewpoint-3-11 (2011) from Galerie du Monde
- Xu Longsen, Celestial Shore (2011) from Hanart TZ Gallery
- Zao Wou-ki, 07.06.63 (1963) from de Sarthe Gallery
- Zeng Fanzhi, Untitled (2002)

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The dome

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Tired visitors sitting outside the dome… perhaps instagraming or FB-ing😜

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Telescopes

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Aerial display of the artworks

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Explosion of colours and lights

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A different perspective at looking at a masterpiece

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…Closing time…

Best Wishes for the Year Of Sheep 2015

HAPPY NEW YEAR DUDES AND DUDETTES!!  

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New Year Fireworks @Sydney Harbour Bridge (swiped off the internet ‘cos I liked it so much!)

It’s 2015.  And this is my first blog post for 2015… I have more drafts in my folder than actual blog posts, needless to say,  I need to speed up!! 😵 

I have been busy with my art investment courses since the last half of 2014 (and my vigour in bodybuilding towards a competition means that I am exhausted most evenings!😜).  AnywaZ, if you have already broken your new year’s resolution, there’s another new year coming up – the Lunar New Year, coming up on February 19 – celebrated by 1.35B Chinese in the world (omitting people of Chinese origins living outside of China) and no doubt mine will be to write and post more often!  

As to whether my Chinese New Year Predictions 2014 (here), came true… I shall reveal in due course after Chinese New Year, since talking about it before the conclusion of 2014 might change my smooth-sailing now. 😇

SO!!

Without further ado, lets’s take a walk around the malls I frequent often in Hong Kong.

A  flock of sheeps spun from yarn under a woollen-balls tree and clouds…at Landmark.  Bright colors really liven up the atrium of the mall! 😎

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Sheeps under the a fuchsia tree @ Landmark, HK

 

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Sheeps under the a fuchsia tree @ Landmark, HK

 

Meanwhile at IFC…a mini garden of 12 Chinese zodiacs constructed from artificial flowers and tiny lights.

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Chinese Zodiacs @ IFC, HK

Welcoming the Sheep…

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Star for this year – The Sheep or Goat!

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Sheep

The Dragon…

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The Heavenly Dragon

This is my favourite, the Rat on top of an Ox!

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Rat on top of an Ox

 

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Happy Monkey…

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Monkey

 

And Piggie smelling the daisies.

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Pink Piggie

 

Lastly, as the Lunar New Year looms, may your celebrations with family and friends be filled with joy, laughter and good fortune.

🎊 HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR!! 🎊

Fleeced… @Sumo Sushi Sake Event 2014

Date of Visit: December 13 2014

The weekend past has been fuelled with booze… First up, was the Sumo Sushi Sake event on Saturday at West Kowloon.  It was a disappointment, as I was looking forward to some awesome sushi and sashimi.  But instead, they had half-assed California rolls, noodles in a cup (😱 !!), yakitori, chips and other Japanese street food…I felt I had been fleeced of HK$320 (inclusive of 9 tokens) for the entrance fee.

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The crime scene

We were early, so basically sat under the sun for 3+hours to wait for the sumo wrestling to start…

The sumo wrestlers were not in great shape either.  I can’t see much due to the crowd in front of me.  But lucky me was standing next to a really tall guy who was taping the event, so I watched the match on his phone!😜

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Sumo Wrestlers

View of Victoria Harbour on my way to Port-a-loo.  Do remember to bring own hand sanitiser and toilet papers!😝

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Victoria Harbour

This is the most expensive sake in the event.  I exchanged 7 tokens (HK$87.50) for a cup.  It was good – smooth and dry.

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Premium Sake 40 tokens (HK$500)

So that I don’t stuff up my nutrition plan, I had 3 skewers of the beef tongue and a skewer of mushrooms…

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Yakitori: Beef tongue @ 4 tokens each (HK$50) and mushroom @2 tokens each (HK$25)

Unfortunately, I needed something ‘stronger’ to soak up sake… so here comes the spoiler… chips!  Which, I must say is very good and deserves a thumbs up! 👍

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Chips: 4 tokes (HK$50)

My friends and I shared 2 bottles of sake…cheap…but they did the trick…left me laying awake half the night!

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Cheap Sake #1

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Cheap Sake #2

Well, since I have 2 tokens (HK$25) left, I might as well redeem this can of “Berry Sparkling Sake”… It’s still sitting in my fridge as I’m not going to OD on sugar!

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Sake in a can

No doubt – I WILL NOT be back!

Window Display: Man-Made Wonders @ Harvey Nichols, Admiralty, Hong Kong

Date:  December 2014

It’s SALE time!  Time to go shopping!  First stop is to the window displays to check out the latest trend for this season… Oh! Hang on, the window stylists have decided to take us around the world!  Am L-O-V-I-N-G the laser-cut foams glued piece-by-piece to create a multi-layered 3-dimensional effect.  Very clever! 👏👏👏

We go to US of A…

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Mount Rushmore

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Mount Rushmore

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Mount Rushmore

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Snow Globe of Famous Landmarks

To United Kingdom…

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London Parliament House

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London Parliament House

To Easter Island…

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Rapa Nui

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Rapa Nui

To Italy…

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Leaning Tower of Pisa

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Leaning Tower of Pisa

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Roman Colosseum

To Greece, maybe?

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Generic temple ruins

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Generic temple ruins

To China…

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The Great Wall of China

 

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The Great Wall of China

 

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The Great Wall of China

 

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The Great Wall of China

 

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The Great Wall of China

QF127 From Sydney to Hong Kong (II)

Date of Travel:  November 24 2014

ALWAYS stick to your original flight schedule!  NEVER EVER change it!  I received a massive wallop to my wallet to the tune of A$500 – because my fare is “no longer a cheap fare”???

Not happy but anyway, I got a lift to the airport from my friend who brought me for breakfast at Bread & Circus, a very popular cafe in Alexandria.

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‘Breakfast with Gwen': 2 fried eggs, spinach and quinao & Sour dough, tomato and avocado

I didn’t particularly enjoyed the flight – squeezed in the middle – despite paying Business Class,  I was suspecting I’m going Premium Economy!  Anyhow, these are what I ate…(previous trip here)

I got the side of fruits because somehow in Qantas’ system, I’ve registered for a ‘Fruit Platter’?   But lucky, they had enough food around so I could order off Neil Perry’s Rockpool menu.

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Fruits

APERITIF:  Shaw & Smith Sauvignon Blanc with nibblies.

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 ENTREE:  Quite liked this –  the eggplants and pomegranate

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Smoked Cured Lamb with Roast Eggplant and Capsicum, Pomegranate, Mint and Harissa Dressing

 MAIN:  Ocean trout was way overdone, me no like

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Pan Fried Ocean Trout with Zucchini. Chilli and Tomato Scapece. Polenta and Pine Nut Pesto

 DESSERT: Very enjoyable

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Cheese with Accompaniments

PRE-LANDING SNACK:  So not good…meh!

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Salt and Pepper Quail with Cabbage and Radish Salad

Xmas 2014: Landmark

Date of Visit: November 27 2014

I always look forward to festive decorations in the atrium of Landmark, Central. This year is no exception. Giant hot air balloons ascending and descending mechanically in tandem with each other, in the centre a block of Parisian boulevard decorated in the high spirits of Christmas filled with dolls going about their activities. This – is the ultimate dollhouse!

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