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The One With My 10,000th Tweet

And so it happened, my 10,000th tweet.


I have tried to find out what my very first tweet but to no avail. Ah well. Perhaps some tweets are meant to be buried in the past.

Twitter, in many ways, have changed the way I read and consume news (useful or otherwise) and to engage with friends. It was through Twitter I was reminded of the Hungry Ghost Festival, and that senseless riots are sweeping across UK.

In many ways, I can’t imagine my digital life without Twitter. So cheers to me, for yet another milestone on my social media journey!

The One With Captain America

I’ll not pretend that I am a fan of comic, especially not the Marvel. While my childhood friends starve themselves silly to save up their miserable stipends for shiny, glossy comic books, I was more contend with a full stomach and a hearty (read: thicker than average) library book.

So when my better half treated me to watch Captain America, I went with an open mind.

Captain America

At this point I bet you think I would say Captain America blown my mind (my style of writing is, if nothing else, a tad predictable). Only it did not, but it doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy the show. Who doesn’t enjoy a from-zero-to-hero tale of a Brooklyn boy whom, by a stroke of scientific genius, turned from a scrawny boy with a big heart to a shield-wielding super hero, still with the same big heart, only now with bigger muscles?

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The One With Sesame Rice Cake At Hunan Garden, Times Square

Okay, I am stumped. Serve me right for not taking photos of the menu, or making notes of what I am eating. Sometimes the food is just so good and unique that I had to blog about it.

Anyone knows what this dish is?

Hunan Garden @ Times Square

It is like some rice cake, only that it is deep fried and generously covered with sesame seeds, with pockets for you to stuff food in. Crunchy to the bite, delicious down to the last seed.

I’ll just call it sesame rice cake, shall I? LOL.

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The One With French Toast, Hong Kong Style

There are many reasons to love char chaan teng in Hong Kong. Apart from the fact that there are literally one located at every corner of streets in Hong Kong, this is the closest you can get to the local culture, food wise.

Of course, not all char chaan teng is created equal. Nor is its plethora of food available from its pages of menu, usually written entirely in Chinese. But if you ask me what is the one thing you can’t afford to miss eating at a char chaan teng, the answer is easy.

French toasts.

Lunch @ Kalok Restaurant

This is not that kind of toasts you usually get from a Western restaurant. The Asian variety (or rather, the Hong Kong version) is made by deep frying stacked sliced bread in beaten egg, served with a melting slab of butter, often topped with golden honey syrup.

Hmmm… typing that alone made me crave for it.

The one pictured above is my favorite, from Kalok Restaurant just mere steps away from my house. Such proximity often results in overindulgence on some weekends, followed by some guilty hours on the treadmills…

… only to be followed by yet another craving. Ah, what a vicious (but oh so delicious) cycle.

The One With Cubix, Fleming Hotel (Wan Chai)

One of the many perks about being on a social buying mailing list like Groupon and Twangoo is the endless restaurant deals, often at more than 50% off their normal price. At times I do wonder how these merchants make money, but I guess whatever possible losses they make from group buying ventures are consider customer acquisition cost; their objective is to get first time customers through the door.

Eh, where was I? I digressed. I blame that on job hazards.

And so I bought this super deal from Cubix restaurant from Groupon a few weeks ago, and managed to use the voucher last week.

Cubix is located at The Fleming Hotel, located along Fleming Road at Wan Chai. The hotel is surprisingly not easy to find; it is best you have the full address and Google map with you. The entrance to Cubix is also somewhat confusing. There is no direct entry from the hotel lobby. You need to get out of the hotel, down a side corridor to a wooden door that looked just like a wall.

The restaurant itself is small, and most of the available table has a full view of the kitchen door, which kept opening and closing during my visit. That was surprising because there were only two occupied tables at that time of the night, and a little more than annoying.

But the food, thankfully, more than made up to it.

Caesar Salad (HK$98)

Dinner @ Cubix, The Fleming Hotel

The salad was surprisingly well done. Served with Parma ham, the lettuce was crisp, the dressing just nice, the bread crouton crunchy to the bite. I am not fan of Caesar salad but this is recommended.

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The One With The Art Of Art Jamming

What is art jamming? It was touted as a group activity where you and your friends gather together in an art studio, pick a canvas, and start painting. Amidst the background music, chatter and (often) free flow drinks.

Art jamming is all that, but to me it was more.

Art Jamming @ Central

There is something about diving into painting whatever your heart desire, with no planning and no vision. You just let your imagination flow, your brushes stroke, your paints colour.

Art Jamming @ Central

In the hour or two I spent painting, I found some inner peace. A sense of tranquility of what the mind can do, and sense of pride of what my creativity can produce.

Definitely an activity you could consider doing with your date. I mean, how many time can you go to movies and for dinners with your boyfriends/girlfriends? Here are some places I have been to for some hours of art jamming fun:

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The One With Ten Years Of Harry Potter

I remember that moment vividly. It was in 2001. I was done with my working day (I was an attachment student then) and walked into a book store, carelessly picked up the third book of Harry Potter, wondering what was the fuss all about.

Fast forward ten years. Seven books, eight movies, countless hours spent rereading the entire series from the first to the last page, endless tears coursing down my cheek as scene after gripping scene tugged at my heartstring, the adventure ended.

How did it start from this…

Ten Years of Harry Potter

… and end with this?

Ten Years of Harry Potter

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The One With Eighteen Pieces Of McDonald’s Nuggets

So I heard all about this gigantic value set dinner at McDonald’s, “specially designed” to go with the spectacular cartoon of Kungfu Panda 2. I was intrigued because, at eighteen pieces of nuggets, I couldn’t believe one could finish it single handedly mouthedly in one seating.

I was right.

McDonald's Kungfu Panda Meal

The packaging is cute, but the food stuff was not spectacular. I thought the offering of the four new nugget dips would have been the reason for the whole value meal.

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The One With Altar of Eden By James Rollin

When I tell people that I read books about genetic engineering in creating creatures of heightened intelligence using ancient viruses to create biowarfare, I was often greeted with huff of disbelief.

I know I have been going on and on about my love for chick lits (and more recently, of cupcakes), but do I look like someone whose interest in books seem limited to all covers pink and pastels?

Altar of Eden by James Rollin

Altar of Eden by James Rollin is your cookie-cutter science fiction of a novel, complete with a heroine with a dark past, a brusque hero with a soft spot for (surprise, surprise) the heroine, the unpredictable yet likeable sidekicks, the concerned and yes-I-will-get-injured brother… the list went on.

Not indefinitely, thanks to the literary God. I was losing track of the throngs of unnecessary characters.

But what worth mentioning is the scientific background of the case for human performance modifications. There is an author’s note towards the end of the book which explained the scientific facts of the story. You’ll appreciate the amazing use of fractal, genetic throwback and ancient viruses once you have read the adventure of Lorna and Jack, spanning from Baghdad to New Orleans to the Caribbeans.

(Side note: Why do thriller always have to span the globe? Can’t they be confined to, say, a small dot like Singapore? Huh huh?)

Worth a read? Yes, but if it is the last one of your unread books. James Rollin’s plots are as predictable as my next Starbuck’s muffin; sweet, full of calories and ultimately bad for my waistline.