My Pictorial Arvo @Art Basel Hong Kong 2014

Date of Visit:  May 14 2014

This is the 2nd Hong Kong edition of Art Basel, the world’s premier show of Modern and Contemporary Art.  I was lucky that I got a free ticket.

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Otherwise, I would have to fork out HK$300 for a day pass like what my friend did…

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Is this Art??  I can do this too!  In fact, there were several mono-coloured canvasses in the exhibition.  Perhaps done by big names.  And we all know, any doodles by big names conjures a hefty price tag (belt our your number Jessie J!)

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This is kooky! So cool and psychedelic!  Reminds me of Austin Powers! Yeah, Baby!

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The bizarre.  A life-sized mannequin of a hairy young girl cradling deformed baby??

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Totally outrageous!  A dog encased inside glass bubbles??  SPCA where art thou?!

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Waste not, want not... the next time you stop by for a Chinese, remember to bring home the scallop shells.

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The comical – the singing Banana Trio!  Inspiration from Casper The Friendly Ghost?

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A wake-up call, don’t eat too much

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But don’t starve yourself to the bones either!

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A bit of reality call – the post 80s generation?  Demonstrations!  Protests!

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A bit of logic!  My favourite 3 Ms: Chocolates, Junk and Post-It Notes!

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Recyclable art…

Buddha sitting on a pile of used clothing.

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Shredded papers as sculptural art?

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What about a mangled smashed-up car?

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Something contemporarily religious…

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Art Basel is basically an art expo with over 245 leading galleries from 39 countries.  Heck!  I even met a sister of a friend who runs a gallery in Kuala Lumpur!!

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I spent  over 2 hours at the expo…and was dead tired…

Check out this man face-planted on the floor! Bet he WAS really tired! Zzzz…

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Any qualms?  Talk to me, better still, email me!

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Building a HK$100 Rump @ Tsui Wah, Hong Kong

Date of Visit:  Numerous

To build a butt like this, you need protein and LOTS of it.

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Lifted this kickass arse from the internet.

If you are sick of drinking protein powders and looking for some cheap protein cuts to chew,  I suggest Tsui Wah.  The ones I frequent are in Central and Tsim Sha Tsui, there are around 30 branches in Hong Kong-wide (and fast expanding into Macau and China too – it’s on the HK stock exchange).  It gets pretty crowded during meal times, so you have to know how to time your visit!

My HK$1oo Sizzling Steak Set Meal was quick and simple – arrived within 10 minutes!  It is also a proper 3-course meal – soup, main (sizzling steak) and coffee or tea!

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Chinese-styled Diner

My bun… most delish and chewy…and a choice of sweet corn or vegetable soup.  (I like vegetable soup).

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Bun with butter and Vegetable Soup

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All’s calm before Steak before drizzled with Peppercorn Sauce

A little video clip… and I get SO excited with anything that sizzles on a hot plate!

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Bubbling steak

Sometimes, I choose to be naughty and go for a Hotdog!

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Hotdog

OR a Scrambled Egg Corn Beef Sub! (not as good as the Hotdog 😞 )

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Scrambled Egg Corn Beef Sub

Maybe a  Chinese Pork Burger?  (Gosh!  This is SO filling!)

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Chinese Pork Burger

The ABSOLUTE MUST is the Champagne Milk Tea

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Champagne Milk Tea

Hey Sista, Go Sista, Flow Sista… @ Wooloomooloo Prime, The One , TST, Hong Kong

OH MY, Oh my… goodness gracious me!  How had my blog stalled!  Well, can’t blame me.  I’ve got myself a saucy gal pal and we have been hitting the town.  It never cease to amuse me how grotesquely retarded some guys are – Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce sour?  Excuse me??  I don’t speak French, but I think I know what that means from ‘Lady Marmalade’!!  F-Off Loser!

Some updates…

On my dating front, I’ve called it quits.  Enough with phatic expressions and raking my brains with what to say.  I don’t need more stress in my life!  The last date – bless him, he came all the way from Macau to meet me – was akin to meeting my university professor, talking about archi-torture, deconstructivism and Zaha Hadid for 2 solid hours (?) – man, can you find a drier subject??  To my credit, I  did try to read Umberto Eco’s works, hoping to make me more intellectual, I read, and I read, but I could not make any sense! Daunting indeed…and unlike Zaha, I’m too feeble to stick to my guns to pursue my dreams for over 20 years!

A promo clip of Zaha’s latest commission in Macau – City of Dreams Hotel Tower.

Deconstructivism, by the way, is  ‘anti postmodern’, basically a study of semiotics – signs, metaphor, symbolisms and a whole heck of goodness know what – I did attempt to understand it, but in the end, I figured, hey, why not distort all the lines on my CAD drawings – and voila!  Deconstructivism!  Elementary!  But of course this is not what it is…

The past month I resumed hiking, took up belly dancing and been out on several wine masterclasses.  I’m also making marked improvement in my physique, breaking my PRs and having lost 8 lbs of fat since January – and getting RESPECT in the gym.  LOL

‘Nuff said, I met up with my uni mate on a wet melancholy day in Wooloomooloo Prime @ The One, one of my fav places in TST (previous post here).  We had the perfunctory 3-course set lunch menu…pics and my 2-cents follows…

Date of Visit:  May 9 2014

Appetiser

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Smoked Duck Carpaccio, celeriac, Baby Spinach and Hazelnut Dressing

Tasteless duck carpaccio with a thick layer of solidified fat with neither a hint of smokiness about it.  Hazelnut dressing was bland, I thought perhaps some anchovies might give some saltiness that the smoked duck lacked…  The celeriac-slaw was alright – and the baby spinach too.

Main Course

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King Fish with Purple Coleslaw, Crispy Almonds and Yellow Capsicum Sauce (HK$218)

The King Fish was severely overdone and tasted like rubber.  We asked to change which the waitress graciously allowed. We noticed later, that this is the most popular choice in the resto, and perhaps due to our earlier complaints  the cook took care to not leave the fish too long on the grill (as we noted none were returned to the kitchen).  Kudos to us! 😜

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Slow-cooked Cajun Spring Chicken with Creamy Lentils, Cabbage and Fresh Lime (HK$228)

The chicken fared better.  Juicy and succulent but unfortunately not properly cooked in the middle.  By then, I was too full to complain – the creamy lentils and the cabbages paired well.

Dessert

My friend ordered Tiramisu, while I had the cheese plate.  I should be on carb-cycling diet at the moment – Day 1:  High-carb Low-fat; Day 2:  Moderate-carb Low-fat;  Day 3:  Low-carb Moderate-fat; Day 4:  Zero-carb High-fat.  It’s an easy plan to follow if you are a hermit in a cave, but because I like to go out, I tend to be on Day 3 most of the time… so far, I’m still making progress in the gym… but I really need to be more disciplined by NOT eating out if I want a more dramatic transformation! 😱 😱 😱

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Tiramisu with Amaretto, Lady Fingers and Chocolate Tuile

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Cheese Selection wit Dried Fruits, Nuts, Apples and Crackers

We took time to finish with our complimentary tea and coffee – watching the the rain drops beating on the windows and the grey skies clearing to reveal a very clear unpolluted skyline of Victoria Harbour, it was the best 3 hours spent in perfect girly talk.  Flow Sista!  See you in June!  😘

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Raindrops falling on my window