Hi everyone, it’s free rides on the trams on HK island today.
Crowded, but FOC!
Hi everyone, it’s free rides on the trams on HK island today.
Crowded, but FOC!
Bitcoins are all the investment rage now. Check out this Bloomberg article on the astronomical prices.
All this news about bitcoin currency exchanges being banned in China got me wondering what and why it’s such s big deal. Is it really that this currency is only used by people up to no good? That’s the feeling I get whenever I read mainstream news media.
And then I saw this. Genesis Block. It’s on my regular route to the kids playgroup Center.
What’s the exchange rate?
After reading this article, I’m still not sure what it’s about… how does one mine Bitcoins?
Here’s an article that describes the risks of crypto currency.
Then of course there’s the bubble effect of this asset class and how high it can go….
Here’s where to find it Genesis Block and their Ethereum ATMs.
Bowen Road has been undergoing some remodelling and renovations recently, mostly slope reinforcements and a refurbishment of decade-old toilets 👍.
But still no concession stands or octopus pay drink machines anywhere, which would be nice if LCSD could address. (I mean sometimes we forget to bring our water bottles and snacks for kids and ourselves…. how about allowing a pop up juice bar- coffee shop with croissants and bo-lo-baos that operates on weekends? Or a food truck?) Anyway, on my walk yesterday I noted the completion of a new playground off the fitness path. I really don’t know what to make of it. I think it’s neither here nor there.
only two rocking horses and a small platform that's not even a slide. Oh yeah that's exciting. Yawn.
A badminton court surrounded by trees. Hmm, great for blocking the wind I suppose but kind of dark and enclosed.
It seems like a bit of a tick the box we have these facilities type thing. What a waste of money. To get kids and parents to go down those stairs to get to rocking horses and then back up is probably too much for most Hong Kong families. Mums with babies and toddlers wouldn’t go if they had a stroller. Who is this for exactly? Someone who has a kid of 2-5yrs and a 2 teenagers who play badminton?
ok, the space and area layout is sort of awkward but they should have done a fun looking playground based on a theme. Or just put in an awesome swing set with a view.
Maintaining it is quite a job in itself too. Poor sweepers looking at the stairs are likely to hate it.
Wish those in charge had been a little more innovative in design, then maybe it would be worth the effort.
If you want to see what inspiring playgrounds look like, check out the pics at the end of this post.
Rant #1 Planter beside Wanchai market bus stop
There simply is no excuse. These polluters are just inconsiderate and downright lazy. The rubbish bin is less then ten paces away. Can you not finish your food or drink or blow into your snotty tissue before you get into the bus queue?
I would try to understand it if there were no rubbish bins around but in this case there are two within 20 feet.
There are 3 planters along this railing and the one closest to the start of the bus line is the one filled with trash. I feel so sorry for the plants.
Who do they expect to clean it up once it’s full? Perhaps it will start to smell and annoy the perpetrators. I hope they are regulars and see their disgusting handiwork daily.
Rant #2 Queens Road East Sidewalk
Okay these guys are just completely thoughtless. Renovations go on in Hong Kong every day, it never ceases due to the opening of new shops, offices or general upkeep and maintenance of facilities. So do the guys who keep these wheels turning consider the limited space that is available in public areas? Look at how these guys arranged their heavy sacks of sand on a busy sidewalk today.
Crazy. A stroller can barely fit through without manoeuvring and nicking the wheels. A disabled wheelchair user or a dependent who needs an assistant to walk beside them? Forget it.
There is no way to move that heavy pallet. I tried. Why don’t they leave it in the street lay-by instead?
If you backtrack, it’s at least 50-60 feet to the nearest traffic light. And if you’re going to the post office or Wu Chung House that’s a detour of at least 150 feet to get to the other side of the street and back to get there.
It had better be gone by tomorrow or I’m filing a complaint. I had to consciously avoid it twice today with a stroller. Ridiculous.
Update: the pallet as of 9.30am this morning 22nd Nov has been removed 👍
After promising to have lunch together for at least 4 months, my friend PB and I finally agreed on a date.
“What are we having?” asked PB, “I can have anything.”
Since we went to Samsen on our last date, I thought we should try something new.
“A few options… new Thai place, new Japanese place, burger joint, fish n chip joint…”….”Pick one”.
Japanese it was. Full disclosure to her that I’d never been and was curious to check it out.
It’s one of these hole in the wall restaurants that does not make any effort to welcome you. The window panes are frosted so you can’t peer in, the menus are written in chinese (only an issue if you can’t read it) -and most of it is sushi or skewer based- but the restaurant goes through the effort of having an English name printed on the signboard. It’s called Silver House Japanese Restaurant (首庫居日本料理).
I remember seeing it on the launch day when a row of flowers lined the street in front of the restaurant and people stood on the pavement looking in. I thought it was all a bit odd as staff and presumably owners brought in large plastic bags of packed food and they sort of stood around consuming it. Shouldn’t a launch party have a bit more organisation to it than that? Anyway.
We got there promptly at noon when the restaurant had just opened and was completely empty. The waitress presented us with a lunch menu consisting of about 8 different sets and told us that the a -la-carte sushi and skewers wee only available for dinner.
We settled on sharing a quick seared salmon sushi bowl and an eel bowl.
First came the salad, a small but tasty portion, I forgot to take a photo.
Next came a simple miso soup.
Then the eel bowl arrived.
The eel tasted fine with the teriyaki sauce but the texture was a tad soft.
This salmon bowl was nicely done. I could definitely have this again.
Dessert finals, a small fruit palate cleanser. The melon was ripe, succulent and sweet. The grapes weren’t bad, but they definitely weren’t japanese 😉
The salmon set was $128 and the eel bowl was $88, very reasonable lunchtime prices.
The restaurant was full to maximum capacity when we left. Some fashionable types, some office types and some singles looking to tuck in alongside their mobile phone.
No, it’s not the smell of coal power stations…although quite often that’s what it smells like in Hong Kong on polluted winter days.
Walking across the traffic crossing towards Wan Chai MTR, a wonderful scent of roasted chestnuts filled my nostrils. It’s winter time!
Yum yum. I haven’t had any yet… but I’m sure these ladies will be somewhere around here as long as no buskers get the spot first.
They are also often across the street by the Hang Seng bank.
Surely all men must know that inebriation to any significant degree can end in all sorts of trouble.
In a fairly typical story, this guy didn’t have a companion to ensure he got home after a night of partying and stumbled about until he met a lady in a red dress who took full advantage of the situation. She plied him with a few more drinks, took him to a secluded place and waited for him to fall asleep. Then she made off with his necklace and cash (why was he wearing such an expensive necklace?!).
If it had been a woman in that situation, it may have ended more horribly with not only stolen valuables but physical harm.
When I walked about in Lockhart road on Sunday afternoon , I saw several women walking around in red dresses and wondered if any of them could’ve been the culprit… 💃🏽
5 Nov 2017: I was amazed to see that after a whole year of non starting, the vegetarian place Soul Food was getting a new signboard put up today. Apparently the vegetarian concept was not going to work (taste the veg place round the corner, it’s not very good in my opinion) and the management has now decided on New Life- Thai cuisine instead. Hmm.
Let’s see whether 2018 will be a time for them to finally launch and if the New Managers can make it a success.
Read this post to see what it was supposed to be.
Update 13th November: Looks like this sign was not up to standard and taken down again…
It was Friday night and we didn’t want to head out for dinner. My in-laws were here and we couldn’t decide what to eat. No surprise when #1 jumped and whooped for joy when pizza was put forward as a suggestion.
Pizza Express, unsurprisingly, was full. The table availability only started at 9pm. Perfect! A chance to try something new.
I remember seeing this little pizza place with funky lettering called Jacomax on the junction of Hennessy and Luard, a very bold location. The exterior was sort of dark and it didn’t look that welcoming but I had a look at the menu when it first opened and it looked like a very traditional pizza parlour with all the conventions.
So off we went to order pizza!
Some photos of the quirky interior decor .
Small person was mesmerised by this Star Wars infused painting. “What’s the stormtrooper doing?” This painting which looks rather grand scenic style was quite unexpected and a nice touch. I asked the lady waitress where they got it but all she knew was that her boss chose it.
We left with 3 pizzas. A 13″ magherita for small person, a 13″ Hawaiian and tuna half half and a large 20″ pizza salami and mushroom half half.
We lugged the boxes home and ate with so much relish that I forgot to take a photo of them. Well, my hands were full of pizza. 🙂
Click here for Jacomax branches, opening hours, telephone numbers and location.
Derek chose a beautiful autumn afternoon to launch his newly renovated shop selling imported meats and a few new accompanying products. He’s retained the same brand name Foodies Gourmet.
The space is a little smaller but he’s somehow managed to pack more into the fridges.
He had a wonderful spread of canapés which included German sausages, some caviar on a small vol-Au-vent, roast suckling pig, steamed chicken, smoked salmon on crackers and figs with various deli hams. Fresh juices quenched the thirst and made all the canapés taste better. Thanks for the delicious snacks Derek!
Derek is moving towards a delicatessen style of shop, he’s got the dried goods and some nice meats in cans and jars. The shop has a false wall behind it where their back kitchen sits. It’s too bad that we can’t see the sink and cutting table anymore, I rather enjoyed watching the sushi master (Derek) prep the salmon and wash his knife and boards… just gives you confidence in the cleanliness. Oh well.
I forgot to take photos of the canapés, but here are the meats and accompaniments he sells in his shop.
On the right as you enter are the dried goods.
On the left, he’s filled it wall to wall with freezers.
Then he’s got a small chest type freezer for the carbs.
And of course the chilled meats section where you can buy top grade Japanese beef, New Zealand lamb and Norwegian salmon.
Derek is super helpful and will marinade your meat for you with advanced notice, so that all you have to do is bung it in the oven or pan fry it to perfection.
He’s taking orders for his specialty, baby turkey for thanksgiving or Christmas. It takes 10 days advanced notice for best results. He’ll defrost it thoroughly and marinade it with his special seasoning and heat seal it all in a bag for you to take home.
I bought one last year, it fed 5 people and was perfect in the oven with Derek’s instructions. Tasty, tender and thoroughly recommended.
Yes, you can tell I’m a satisfied client.
His contact number remains the same. 🙂
Find him on Stone Nullah Lane, more or less opposite the Blue House and Samsen. It’s across the street from those two, between a school uniform shop and a hk style coffee shop.
Oh yes, if you live in Kowloon or HK island, Derek will deliver to your door FOC as long as your bill exceeds $600 HKD. 👍