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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Week 3 + Week 4 ✔️

Week 3:  September 12 2014

I didn’t lose much weight this week,instead I gained 1kg of lean muscle! 😱

So, now under 20% body fat, having lost 1.3% body fat, currently  standing at 19.4% in week 3.

In body-building, that’s a good thing – ‘cos for each kg of lean muscle built, one burns an extra 444 calories a day.  But I’m still living in ‘normal’ people’s worlds – entrenched in what the scales say and obsessing over lower numbers each time I on the scales! Duh!  I’m disappointed, anyway…

My training is going well – pushing hard, training 5 times a week.  Lots of squats – an exercise I’ve stopped doing for the past 4 years since I fractured my hip bone.  I’m slowly warming to squats after learning the breathing techniques, and I must say, I’m starting to enjoy it!  Good news for my booties!

Gameplan for the week ahead:  Tightening up my diet by reducing sugar free lollies, sauces to pep up my meals, diet cokes…. basically reducing eating empty hidden calories..

I’m also test-driving my new dessert treat – coconut oil mixed with nut butter (raw nuts blitzed in a high-power blender). I’m going to eat 2 tablespoons of it after dinner as a treat.

Until next week… xx

Week 4:  September 22 2014

The past week, I got a new nutritional plan so am consuming 6 meals a day!  Wowsers!  I’m constantly cooking and stuffing myself silly.  Being a glutton is NOT pleasurable at all, it’s a painful chore!!  Up to date, I’ve lost a grand total of 6.1% body fat, standing at 18.5% body fat.  Still a long way to go – like, 8%-9% body fat to cut!  My goal is 57kg at 10% body fat!

Gameplan for the week ahead:  Ditch all sugar-free fizzy drinks (am drinking 3 diet cokes per day…)

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My cheat treat on Saturday: A man-sized bag of crisp, a bottle of Pinto Gris (yes!) and some Ben & Jerry’s ice-cream

PS:  In case you are wondering if I’m doing some cheesy poolside bikini comp, here’s the epitome of the bikini athletes.  Watch the distraction here:

Quaffs: Chinese Wine – Grace Vineyard

Did you know that China is the 2nd largest grape-producing country in the world after Italy?  Come to think of it, there’s lots of sun-dried sultanas from Xinjiang Province! 😉

And for those in Hong Kong, do you remember that red wines were served with ice-cubes – yes, with ice-cubes – maybe 15 years ago??  Cringe you may, but yes, you were once country-bumpkins too!

Anywaz, I was invited to a wine tasting event organised by an investment fund company.  There were over a hundred wines and hard liquors to sample, but I was intrigued by a Chinese wine producer so decided to spend my liquor quota there.  Grace Vineyard was founded in 1997 by a Chinese man, C.K Chan together with his French friend, Sylvain Janvier in Shanxi province. Their first vintage was produced in 2001.  The wine emulates the French Bordeaux style, with the first vine cuttings imported from Bourdeaux, France.

Deep Blue is the company’s flagship wine.  Bright, clear crimson-purple with 74% cabernet sauvignon, 21% merlot and 5% cabernet franc, the wine has clear expression of red and black currant fruits.  It has been matured in French oaks – and maybe a bit tannic/oaky for some.  Light and medium-bodied, and very quaffable.

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Grace Vineyard Deep Blue

Grace Vineyard with Torres, ‘Symphony Series’ is a white wine.  It is a ‘beginner’s table-wine’.  Aromatic with melons, peaches and light floral notes; it is refreshing with crisp acidity but ‘too flat’  for me… akin to a cheap Jacob Creek’s table wine…

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Grace Vineyard with Torres, ‘Symphony Series’

Voted one of the Top Wines from China, Grace Vineyard’s Chairman’s Reserve is a lighter-styled Bourdeaux.  It has clear bright medium ruby colour.  The nose is predominately youthful plum fruits, red cherry, ripe blackcurrants with noticeable toasted oak scents. There is some herbaceous blackcurrant leaf combined with a medicinal aromas too. This wine is still developing – to be enjoyed in perhaps  4-5 years time?

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Grace Vineyard Chairman’s Reserve (HKD350)

Interested to know more?  Check out the wine interview by ‘Nicely Made In China’ with Judy Leissner, the CEO of Grace Vineyard, daughter of the owner, here.

Week 2 ✓!

Date:  September 5 2014

Week 2 ticked.  Not a good week at all because I only lost 1.6% body fat this past week.  Grr…very, very annoying. I shall blame it on the weather – and boredom.  I snacked on a few extra almonds and brazils nuts on top of my allowance on my nutrition plan.  Coach’s advice was to eat 1 tablespoon of coconut oil or nut butter after dinner to keep the cravings away…  Anyway, the cold weather has gotten so bad that I climb into my electric blanket at 8:30pm! 😅

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9g of Macadamia nuts are in fact 3 macadamia nuts!

Good news is, tomorrow, I am allowed a cheat meal.  So I’m going to have a huge bag of chips and a cherry ripe chocolate bar after dinner!

Here’s David Jones’ Annual Spring Flower Show currently showing in the City Store.  Enjoy!

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