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Marks and Spencer Food Store Opening Hours

Why don’t corporate websites publish their opening hours?

This morning rogue #1 requested clementines. She said: “I like the ones that are easy to peel and without seeds. Can you go to Marks and Spencer to buy them.”

Geez. Ok so rather than disappoint a four year old, I checked that the local fruit shops didn’t have anything similar (ok they had the Japanese Mikan version at twice the price) and hopped on a bus to the nearest M&S food hall.

I recalled that opening hours were later on Sundays and public holidays than the rest of the week but I couldn’t remember if it was 8am instead of 9am or 10am instead of 9am.

I looked up their website only to find this.

Hmm. Ok address yes but no opening hours. Urgh. Am I going to wait around for an hour or get there just on time?

It was 8.45am on a Sunday morning and I waited 17 minutes. The auto glass doors rolled open for me at 9.02am and two other waiting women (who arrived just after I did).

I picked up 3 packs of easy peelers and 1 pack of Satsumas at 49 HKD each. Three freshly baked croissants at 13 HKD each.

The clementines were a hit with the kids on our hike, I distributed them at the summit and the wonderful perfumed scent of small citrus fruits filled the air.

So now you know when the opening hours are for M&S in Queens Road East..!

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Where to buy Bitcoins in Wan Chai

Bitcoins are all the investment rage now. Check out this Bloomberg article on the astronomical prices.

Bitcoin Guns for $10,000 as Cryptocurrency Mania Defies Skeptics

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.


How fantastic


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.

A very strange playground off Bowen Road

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.

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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: Thoughtless, Careless, Lazy

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 👍

New Japanese lunch spot on McGregor Street

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.