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The One With The China Bear – British Fare At Idyllic Mui Wo

China Bear at Mui Wo

When I mentioned that I wanted to visit Mui Wo, I was told (repeatedly) to pay a visit to China Bear, which has the best waterfront view and fish & chips in town. So I did one fine sunny Saturday, celebrating the best of summer in Hong Kong and to get away from the hustle and bustle of HK Island where I stay.

So we ordered a couple of stuff to try:

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The One With Mimi Smartypants

Hoegaarden @ Inn side out

Today I met up with an ex-date for the first time after our break up…. if you can call it that.

(Breaking up, apparently, is only for couples who were actually committed to each other. I don’t know about you, but I do think that breaking up means your heart was broken when you break up with someone. My heart did, so it was a break up. And I think it is a disease that I can’t blog without going to lengthy explanation in parentheses of some terms I used.)

The venue of choice was Inn Side Out, which was already packed with peanut-crunching, beer-guzzling customers by the time I arrived. While waiting for my ex-date to arrive, I spend many happy minutes crunching peanuts, guzzling beer and reading Mimi Smartypants.

Oh, happy times.

Anyway, the ex-date arrived and we caught up with each other’s lives. Maybe I had one beer too many, but I spilled some beer, salad and beef nachos onto my pants. Staring at the stain in dismay, I jokingly said that I am a full meal from the waist down; appetiser, main course and beverage.

That sounded a lot dirtier than I intended it to be.

Anyway, on to the ex-date. It might not be a closure, but it certainly was good knowing that we have moved on to better places.

And if you can separate what is fiction and what is not in this blog post, I would love to know you.

The One With A World Of Beer

Beer, the bane of my expanding waistline.

If there is one vice that I am unable to give up, it would be beer. Which man can say no a tall pint of frothing, ice-cold beer? Regardless where I am as I travel the beer, I always, always look out for their local version of beer.

Why do I love beer so much, you say?

Beer is cooling. If you live where I am – first in Malaysia, then in Singapore, now in Hong Kong – you will appreciate just how much a glass of ice-cold beer can help bring down your temperature on a hot summer night… and in my case, that’s all year round! In fact, my mum swear by it to cure fever and the like. Yes, I know, my mum rocks :D

Beer gets you drunk faster than your other alcoholic drink, and it’s usually much less expensive. A pint of beer will cost you like, what, S$10 at happy hour? One glass of hour pour, on the hand, can make you S$15 poorer… and let’s not even touch the martinis. The ladies need a couple of those to achieve what one good pint of beer can do.

Beer is the center of celebration. Beer on tap, cans of beer submerged in a large chilled container, rows of beer bottles in the fridge. The sight of so much mouth watering beer lined up for your inspection and consumption will never fail to cheer up even the most tired soul.

Beer is easy. Easy to drink, that is. Crack open one, and you are good to go. It’s wayyyyy easier than having to mix a long island tea (that’s seven different alcohol in one glass), or a lychee martini (you know how tricky is to pierce one slippery lychee with a toothpick?). Unless you are a bartender, of course.

I am not ashamed to admit that, over the years, I grew to appreciate beer more and more despite my worry about my expanding beer belly. So in compensation, I run the extra miles in gym to keep my gut in check…

… simply because I just can’t give up beer. Can you?

Now for a visual journey through my years celebrated with beer (in no particular order):

Beer Fest @ Lan Kwai Fong

Recently taken. Beer Festival @ Lan Kwai Fong, Hong Kong. They sell beer by the yards.

Beer & Nachos at Brewerkz

My favorite hangout, Brewerkz. This was one of the dinner I had there. I believe the beer was “Moh Gwai”, translated as Monster. A monster it was!

Beer & snack...

Singha beer goes very well with deep friend snack, when you are in for a spot of sun tanning and see breezing by the beach in Phuket. My favorite holiday spot in the world!

Carlsberg Beer...

This is no ordinary Carlsberg. This is ice-cold beer served in frosted glass. Right now you can get this anywhere, but the concept was made famous by the good folks in Ipoh, Malaysia.

In a moment of madness...

In a moment of madness one Christmas season, I bought one carton of Chang Beer for no rhyme nor reasons. This lot was finished within two weeks!

Mythos Beer.. again

It’s strange how beer can even taste good during winter. This was Mythos beer of Greece. I was holidaying in Santorini, and sipped on this delicious glass of beer right next to a roaring wood fire. Heavenly.

Beer session with boss

Best way to bond with your boss after a long day of work? Over a pint of beer, of course. This was in a hotel lounge in Hong Kong, after a particularly trying day.

Beers are men's (and some women's) best friends!

Beer are men’s (and some women’s) best friends! Some of the best moments shared with my buddies were over bottles of beers like this.

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I became a beer-holic at a young age. This group of absolutely fun people was my colleagues from my very first job. Pardon the unglam hair. I was young and naive and didn’t know better.

Night Out @ Wild Oats, Mount Emily

Beer is on the menu even at the classiest of places, like at the Wild Oats of Mount Emily.

Epes Pilsner

Who would have thought that a Muslim country like Turkey will have their own national beer? That Epes Pilsner, a delightfully smooth beer I discovered while I was in Istanbul.

I realised I don’t have photos of my all-time-favorite, Hoegarden! Oh well… a pint for you and me, soon?

Beer Festival @ Lan Kwai Fong

It’s summer in Hong Kong. Like you won’t believe it. Everywhere the weather is sweltering. Airconds are in full blast.

But with the hot weather, comes the annual Lan Kwai Fong Beerfest.

The festival was held from July 11-12th from 1pm-late. Being held for six consecutive years, the Beerfest features food and beer from around the globe, live music and dance shows, drinking and eating competitions and cooking demonstrations.

Beer Fest @ Lan Kwai Fong

Being the beer fanatic that I am (check out my beer belly for proof), of course I went to and indulged at this thrilling festive event! The entire Lan Kwai Fong was transformed into a carnival-like street fair, with multitude of booths spilling the sidewalk hawking their beer. And not mere pints, mind you. You buy them by the yard.

Beer Fest @ Lan Kwai Fong

Thanks to Kevin, Keith and Connie for such a fun night out. I know, I am a bad influence :P

Full set of photos here. I didn’t have my camera with me, so used their phones for this set.