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Has anyone noticed the new plant boxes in Wan Chai? 

These plant boxes appeared sometime this morning (Friday, June 30). I know because I left home at 8.15am and they weren’t there yet. But on my way back before noon, they appeared. 

How fancy! Is a VIP coming this way I wonder? 


I wonder if they’ll be removed at the end of July or are they here to stay?



They are of quite solid quality and the distressed wood look is quite nice. Unfortunately, they look a bit shallow and the soil they used doesn’t look particularly nutritious.


Thanks LCSD.

I’ll have to see if these planters have been placed elsewhere. Hopefully they’re here to stay.


None seen along the rest of Queens Road East… or other parts of Wan Chai.

Chinese New Year 2017 Lantern Display at the Avenue

….looks just like the 2016 Chinese New Year display. It is still very impressive and they did a good job keeping those lanterns (customised with the name Lee Tung Avenue on them) looking clean, smart and surprisingly new. It makes sense to recycle them especially since they are large and look like decent quality to begin with. 


I have to say it really sets the mood of the street, it’s nicely festive and sets it up for great photos no matter the weather or angle.


They also got out the faux Oriental Botero sculptures along the street. I’ve seen several tourists and locals posing for pictures beside these statues.


My friend NDS who runs a corporate florist in London was particularly impressed with these cherry blossom trees. I said “hmm.. it could be fake.” And she said “Nooooo way”.

So guess what. I took a close up.


Yup, sorry ND, they are real trees but fake flowers stuck onto the branches. I guess we’re both half right and half wrong?!!

It must have taken a lot of manual work to complete that project.

Finally, cast a look next door at Hopewell Center across the street.


And decide where you might like to take your selfies or bring your visitors for a stroll at night.

If you need to bake that cake, head over to Baking Story on Wan Chai Road

Update July 2017: Sadly, this shop has shut down… please visit I❤️Cake on Wanchai Road for all your quality baking needs.

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No, you don’t have to go all the way to Kowloon to buy baking stuff. 

In Wan Chai there are two very good baking accessories and “raw materials” shops. There’s I❤️Cake along Wan Chai road near Heard Street and there’s Baking Story on Wan Chai road near the market. 


Both have shelves stacked to the maximum with baking goods. Flour, check. Dried fruit, check. Cake and muffin molds, check. Jelly molds, check. Decorating accessories and sugar in every possible colour and consistency (fondant, icing, paint etc), check. Cake boxes, cards and stickers, check. Cream cheese and whipping cream, butter by the stick, check. Let’s not forget the chocolate. Valhrona 70% dark, check.

The difference I’ve noticed is that I❤️Cake sells equipment like tabletop mixers and different kinds of scales. They also do multi-level came display trays if you’re looking to get very creative with your cupcakes. Baking Story is a little more civilised, there aren’t things piled high in each aisle. In I❤️Cake, you’re perpetually at risk of tipping something over. Furthermore, I❤️Cake does have 2 steps to get up into the shop which is a bummer with a pram/ stroller. And there’s barely any place to park it inside. Baking Story however, has a lift lobby area and is accessible with wheels. That helps. A lot!

So it depends on what you’re after. Now I’ll post the photos so you can see what I mean.


I bought cranberries and white chocolate balls today from Baking Story to make some lactation biscuits for a friend. Here they are placed nicely in a box I bought from Baking Story as well.

Pretty pink biscuit and pastry box
White chocolate cranberry lactation biscuits

Prices are reasonable and you can pay by Octopus. Yay! 

They’re open 7 days a week.


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