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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 👍

Premium meat lovers alert: Foodies Gourmet has reopened opposite the Blue House

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.

See what you can buy!
Unfortunately it’s not stroller friendly so you’ll have to park it outside

The space is a little smaller but he’s somehow managed to pack more into the fridges. 

Flowers for a blooming start
Owner Derek, wife and a few friends

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.

Wines, pasta, pasta sauces, olive oil
Half bottles of wine, beef jerky, quinoa

On the right as you enter are the dried goods.

On the left, he’s filled it wall to wall with freezers.

Big freezer full of imported meats and a wine fridge
Door 1: German sausages & Turkey
Door 2: Pork, Beef, lamb, chicken
Door 3: Fois gras and French baby chicken

Then he’s got a small chest type freezer for the carbs.

Pain au chocolate, croissants, chocolate tart and udon noodles

And of course the chilled meats section where you can buy top grade Japanese beef, New Zealand lamb and Norwegian salmon. 

Chilled beef
Salmon, iberico pork, cheeses

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. 👍

Philippino Helpers packing boxes on Sam Pan Street

5 Nov 2017: I usually see the helpers packing their large cardboard boxes at Worldwide House in Central. It’s a weekly affair that takes place every Saturday and Sunday, the outer lobby walkway of the building is thronged by helpers shouting to each other for masking tape or just assistance to shut their boxes. There are the guys hanging about waiting for the packing to finish so that they can put the boxes into crates for loading onto trucks. Add to that mix, the chaos of the general public trying to make their way to the footbridge and the lifts to the MTR station and it’s a recipe for bumping, jostling and avoidance steering… if you’re good at bumper cars, you might be good at this. 


Today I witnessed a more relaxed version of this in Wan Chai along Sam Pan Street. It’s a little street that branches off Spring Garden Lane into a what is now a back alley that leads to the market. It often smells because the refuse site for Lee Tung Avenue is situated along this street and wafts of the rubbish often float into the playground adjacent. 


I thought I’d take a look to see what was being packed. 


Boxes and bags were all placed along the side of the street and the ladies were busy filling them up to the brim, sealing over them with masking tape.


The truck was parked on the side of the road waiting to be filled. I’m quite sure it was going to be filled as the queue of packers went down and round the street.


I guess the idea is that these parcels with gifts and household stuff will make it home by Christmas or the New Year.