Monthly Archives: July 2011

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The One With Hungry Ghost Festival

Wow, I just realised that tonight is the start of the Hungry Ghost Festival, thanks to this tweet from Brad.

Hungry Ghosts Festival

Not that I do pay attention to Hungry Ghost Festival. While I do take note of the usual housewife precautions about not going out until late at night, not to venture into dark areas, to trust your instinct when something feels wrong etc etc etc… I don’t really think much about the festivities.

How festive can you get during the month when the dead revisit the living and the living remember the dead?

Still, it’ll probably do me good to visit the Wong Tai Sin temple just to pray for my recently departed uncle, whom joined my grandfather and great grandmother.

The One With Mu Dan Ting – Chinese Buffet & Dim Sum At Great Prices

“That price to eat all you can? Dim sum and Chinese dishes? Are you sure?

That was my first reaction when we reached Mu Dan Ting restaurant located at Pacific Centre at Tsim Sha Tsui. You would have the same reaction too when the price to eat all the dim sum and Chinese dishes you want is an affordable sum of $138.

Yes, that’s HKD. As in, like, S$20.

I can’t really tell you much about what I ordered. That’s because I didn’t. The entire menu was in Chinese.

Chinese Buffet @ Mu Dan Ting

But what I can tell you that, despite my initial skepticism of its quality (you get what you pay for, and all that theory), the food turned out to be surprisingly good.

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The One With Kungfu Panda 2

Let me start by saying there is no spoiler ahead in this blog post.

Kungfu Panda 2

Well, not that much of a spoiler anyway. Disney tried-and-proven formula of the good guys winning over the bad guys worked time and time again, and Kungfu Panda 2 wasn’t an exception. There was more than a touch of Harry Potter to it. Fat Bo, the panda finally learned about the prophecy which led to him having a goose for a father and a showdown with an unlikely villain in the shape of an arrogant peacock.

Kungfu Panda 2

Together with the faithful five, Bo was so comical throughout that the moments of hilarity wasn’t short in supply. The 3D effect was stunning and one of the best I have seen so far.

On a side note… for this movie, I watched the movie in Cantonese, and with someone named Bo too.

And that’s why it was special.

The One With Lan Kwai Fong Beer Fest 2011

How time flies! It has been two years since my last Lan Kwai Fong Beer Fest in 2009. For some reasons or another I missed the one last year, but this year I was determined not to miss out the gallons, pints and barrels of pleasure waiting for me!

Lan Kwai Fong Beer Fest 2011

Oh yes, I love my beer.

Running in its 8th year now, the Lan Kwai Fong Beer Fest 2011 is dubbed the first large-scale outdoor festival in this hot summer (it was definitely boiling in Hong Kong!) over the weekend of July 9 and 10.

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The One With Pee Long Thai – Disappointing Thai Fare

There is a little Thailand in every country. Everyone loves a little bit of that culture, food and hospitality from the Land of A Thousand Smiles, so it was a delight for me to walk down the Thailand “town” in Hong Kong, located roughly along two main streets in Kowloon City.

We were starving and were desperate for some Thai food. Our first choice was closed until 6 p.m. – I won’t blame them; afterall, who in Hong Kong have dinner at 5-ish in the afternoon? – so we settled for the next tiny restaurant with the curious name of Pee Long Thai.

The eatery itself looked promising. A tiny shop with a handful of tables and wait staff speaking in perfect Thai and surprisingly good Cantonese. We settled down at a rickety table, full of anticipation for some Thai goodies.

But alas, we were in for a disappointment.

Thai Tom Yum Goong

Pee Long Thai

No one in the right mind having Thai food would give this famous dish a miss. Pee Long Thai did this pretty decently. It wasn’t as spicy as it looks, probably because the taste was attuned to the local tongue, but both my friend and I agreed that the soup lacked that punch. Which is surprising, because there were two Thai women manning the (somewhat) open kitchen, and you would think they could do a punchier job.

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The One With Meet Me At The Cupcake Café By Jenny Colgan

Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe by Jenny Colgan. What was it like?

It’s like…

… the feel of warm, buttery toasts at the end of a long, diet week
… the overarching rainbow at the end of a wet, dreary rain
… the make-up sex after a bitter show down between estranged lovers

Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe by Jenny Colgan

Oh yes, this shot was by me.

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