Laksa Curry Fishballs (Really Really Spicy!) 咖哩叻沙辣魚蛋 (真係好辣!)

The year of 2013 ends with this post… Another post on cooking spicy fishballs, which you can make for under £5!
A lot of people (like me) still like spicy fishballs, so coming back from Hong Kong, I wanted to make some spicy, very spicy, EXTRA SPICY fishballs like the ones in Cheung Chau. So I went to one of my local Asian supermarkets, bought some Malaysian laksa curry paste (which you can find in most Asian stores), fried fishballs (all Asian stores sell this) and I also some coconut water from a local convenience store… Just 3 ingredients!
Malaysian Curry Laksa Paste
Coconut Water
Fried Fishballs
Fish Stick… I had some left
Prepared the fishballs
In goes the curry paste into a pan of boiling water… I used the whole packet to get the really spiciness of it all.
Laksa paste in the pan
Next I added the coconut water (about half the can) and also the fishballs. The coconut milk is to make the laksa less spicy.
Fishballs and coconut water is in the pan
Boiled for 10 minutes or so… Lower the temperature if you’ve made too much
Boil, boil, boil
They should float to the top.
Fish balls and fish stick will float to the top
Then scoop them out.
And serve… VERY SPICY!!
Phwoooor… Extra spicy it is!! Drink the rest of the coconut water whilst eating this, it will cool you down. ^_^
Use the remaining laksa soup base for noodles or cool down and refrigerate and re-use again!!
Hope you all have a spicy New Year’s Celebration with this (if there’s still time to make this and if you have the ingredients, heheh!!)

Have a Happy New Year!! \(^∀^)メ(^∀^)ノ. 2013 has been a mixed year of ups and downs, so I hope 2014 will be better!! ^_^ Fingers (doubly) crossed…

IKEA Christmas Adverts 2013

Happy Boxing Day!! Didn’t go to the Sales today as I had a Boxing Day lunch party with Mr Games.
And Yay! Another post of IKEA adverts. I think I’m addicted to them… 
I only found a few that looked really Christmasy, and here they are…
Sweden – Julen börjar på IKEA (Christmas starts at IKEA)
Starting off with the people who created IKEA!! Sweden have gone for something simple this year (I didn’t see last year’s one actually)… Here Santa dresses in normal clothes and then goes to IKEA to shop before Christmas. He walks around in sunglasses, tries out the food and also relaxes in an armchair. The children spot him and one of them asks her parents to check if this is really Santa. The dad shakes his head and says no… At the end the driver who is an elf asks Santa if he got everything and if anyone recognised him. Santa replies yes he has everything and he doesn’t think anyone recognised him… If only the elf knew!!

Singapore – Unwrap Christmas “Auntie”
Hah! This one is funny from Singapore. This one is like saying be careful what you hold before opening the door!! ^_^ The young guy in the advert is holding some mistletoe when the doorbell rings, and an auntie appears wanting a kiss. Heheheh. I love this advert!! 
There are two more ads – “Waiting” and “Shake” which you can find on YouTube.
Thailand – Jingle Bell
This is a bit different to last years one. In this one, there’s a lot of children in different scenes and each one sings their own version of Jingle Bells. A sweet ad. I found it very cutesy! 
Malaysia – Unwrap Christmas with IKEA Malaysia – “Shake”
I forgot Malaysia and Singapore use the same IKEA ads, so you actually can see the “Shake” one here. A kid is still awake, he starts shaking at presents to see what could be inside, and then throws them away if he thinks it’s not for him… He gets caught in the end by his parents I believe!! Heheheh.
Austria – IKEA UNICEF Soft Toys XMAS Campaign Episode 1
IKEA Austria have a released a series of ads to support their soft toys for UNICEF. Here’s the first one. The soft toys in this one are: The Big Bad Wolf and an old grannie. I think they start arguing or are a having a conversation of some sort… Not sure… 
Portugal – Campanha de Peluches IKEA Natal 2013
Portugal and some other European countries are using this same advert to support their soft toys campaign… Nothing much to say about this really…
Poland – 100 zł for every 1,000 zł released kitchens
This is a very clever IKEA ad from Poland. The mother is peeling some carrots. The two young girls run in whilst the oven turns off its alarm. The mother switches off the alarm, and the girls are throwing flour into a bowl. The mother screams, throws her knife, closes one of the draws, the carrot peel drops into the bin, and the peeling tool drops onto the table. What great timing for each event! And all the girls wanted to do was help out which they did in the end!! Phew!
Japan – IKEA CM Kids Room篇 15秒
I think this is the Christmas advert for IKEA Japan, but probably it isn’t… Anyway, it’s a kid who decorates his room to be a space rocket… 
Turkey – IKEA’da çocuklar nasıl bir sürprizle karşılaştı? (How did IKEA encounter a surprise for the children?) – I think that’s the translation…
Well this is another soft toy campaign from Turkey. It’s a fun one where two boys encounter a badger toy and takes the badger around IKEA to play with. Another cute advert!!
There’s a lot of IKEA adverts campaigning about the soft toys, some are the same for some countries… Some countries haven’t even done a Christmas advert… 😦
Well I’m choosing Singapore and the Poland one as my favourites. Very funny indeed!!!
I want to see more funny ads from IKEA!

International Christmas Adverts 2013

It’s Christmas Day… Happy Christmas to my blogging friends, friends, readers and the rest of the world who stumble across my blog!!
I was going to start this early (research early) but I just never got the time, and so now is the time to do the research, and quickly write about each international advert I find on YouTube this year… ^_^
So as the same as last year I’m going to go through YouTube with the word “Christmas” in lots of different languages, and then hopefully be able to post it on here…
USA – Apple
Let’s start off with the USA!! This is an Apple ad… I am beginning to warm up to Apple now (since I want an iPad Mini in the nearest future). I actually had a tear in my eye after watching this… A teenager who looks like he is acting rebellious, but actually taking videos of his family. He then joins all the videos on his iPhone and displays it on a big TV screen with the family gathered around…Oh my… Heartwarming video…!! Thumbs up for a lovely Christmas ad!!

USA – Kmart – Show Your Joe
This is a very naughty advert from Kmart. It’s been very popular around the world. Lots of jingles there ¬,¬ which I think half the population of the world will like. 
Canada – Westjet Christmas Miracle: Real time giving
This one has been a very popular advert worldwide. Westjet, which is a low-cost airline in Canada. It’s really quite touching, as each person who was on the exact same flight were asked what gift they wanted for Christmas. Then the Westjet crew were set to find the gifts whilst the passengers were on their flight… The gifts were wrapped and waiting at the other end of the passengers journey… Go Westjet!!
South Africa – Cape Union Mart
I believe this is the first time I’ve ever found a South African TV advert! It took me a couple of moments and re-watching to realise that the beginning of the video started in 1983. I was wondering why the mother was looking old-fashioned! Jump into 2013, and kid has grown up, has money and wants to shop in Cape Union Mart where you can get a lot of deals! It’s an ok advert… not the best I have seen so far…
Spain – “Put your dreams to play”
Oh, the Spanish are fun!! It doesn’t snow there but they still celebrate Christmas! This is a very nice advert, it makes you want to sing along (I’m listening to it again as I write this). There is a singer from everyone… ^_^ And then at the end one of the caged wired balls rolls and rolls, and I realise it’s about the Spanish Lottery!! LOL!! I can’t read Spanish, but now I know Lotrias means lottery. XD
Hong Kong – Ocean Park
There’s quite a few Hong Kong ads on YouTube, but this one seems to be the most popular one, and the cutest of them all. I went to Ocean Park when I was 18 years old and have never been back, although I have wanted to… Didn’t get a chance this year… Maybe next time… This one is about some special offer they’re promoting… I just like the fish when they become grumpy at the end of the ad… Hahahah.
Denmark – Sorø Reklame
I still don’t understand Danish humour. I think I’m too ignorant to understand it as Mr EvilMonkey would say to me. This one is an animated advert. Don’t know what it’s about. It just pops out with some signs at the end… ¬,¬”
Estonia – Jõuludeks uus pill nulliga! (“Christmas new pill to zero!”)
LOL. The Estonians have a sense of humour that I do understand!! I had no idea what this advert was about at first… Just an old guy playing the tuba with a young Estonian band… And then the advert ends with offers on mobile phones!! OMG!! ^_^
Philippines – Jolibee
It’s been a tragic year for the Philippines, so here’s a nice Christmas advert. A young father travels home for Christmas, he rides in a taxi and the driver talks about his son who is in London (I assume from the photograph). The passenger feels he should do something for this driver and so invites him to eat with them at Jolibee, which is a fast food chain in the Philippines… Sweet.
France – Dior
Well, this year it seems to be hard to find a funny French Christmas advert, so here’s one from Dior. A nice pretty one with animation and perfume of course… nothing much to say about this one…
Greece – COSMOTE 
I swear it doesn’t snow in Greece. I’m sure my Greek friends would say the same. Cosmote are back with a new advert. This time a young Greek fellow is off to a Christmas party. He starts using his phone like a remote control to get couples together (or I think is messaging people to do things)… A little corny Greek mobile advert really. Heheheh.
Italy – Pupa Makeup – Princess Collection Trailer
Awwww. Isn’t this one cute!! This fat cat is being all vein dressing up and looking at the makeup in the dressing room, but not sure if a cat should wear the make up… It’s a cutesy advert. Wonder what the full ad looks like.
Japan – Google モバイル:さがそう。「食べる Xmas ツリー」(Google Mobile – Christmas Eating) & Google モバイル:さがそう。「雪」 (Google Mobile – Snow)
Another hard to find Christmas advert from the Japanese!! This one is where a couple of friends, one black guy (sorry don’t know his name…) and one Japanese guy use a Google Mobile to order food or look for ideas for Christmas food for their Christmas party. Not a bad advert and I’m quite amazed that the Japanese would use a foreigner in their advert. It’s like uniting the world with Google and the use of Google Voice!! 😀
This second ad features the two same guys dressed up as Santa. The children want snow for Christmas! So the Santas use their Google Voice app to see if it will snow that day / week… Unfortunately it’s going to be sunny… So next they order food instead, and the children love it!! Oishii!

Korea – Baskin Robbins “맛있게! 사이좋게! 귀엽게!” (Enjoy! Peacefully! Cute!)

Ah, Baskin Robbins are back with another advert!! Yay!! This time it’s with three big guys, 2 Koreans (Kim Junhyeon & Ko Changseok) and 1 New Zealander (Sam Hammington)… All three of them are comedians. They perform a short dance and a short comical clip… and I also have to mention the delicious ice cream cake they display during the advert!! I want a bit of that too!!! ^_^
Korea –  파리바게뜨 크리스마스케이크 광고 내 마음에 날개를 달아  (Paris Baguette – Cake ad – Wings To My Heart)
It’s all about food in the Asian world… Here’s another advert from Korea featuring Paris Baguette which is a Korean bakery. The song is in French, and it features a lot of cake between a family… I want cake now…
Brazil – Natal Pão De Açúcar (Sugar Loaf Mountain)
A Brazilian advert!! This one is from Pão De Açúcar a Brazilian supermarket. It’s a cutesy ad with lots of animation, food, family loving and sharing… Not bad. I like this ad!
Slovenia – Westgate Shopping
It’s almost Christmas in Slovenia, and I have a feeling Santa doesn’t want to wake up! Mrs Santa is trying to get Santa to wake up to buy the gifts, ready for delivery… so why not shop at Westgate where you can find everything… Another typical Santa ad…
Sweden – The Dinner Party – The Good Guys Christmas – Unicef Sweden
Here’s an advert from Unicef Sweden. I think they have guts to pull this one off with Jesus (who sounds American), Mother Teresa and Ghandi, plus a nobody! Don’t forget Unicef is a children’s charity, but featuring these three doesn’t mean they are going to help the children of the future… Or can they? It’s a nice effort for Christmas…
Sweden / Other parts of Europe – Tele2 
But this advert either from Sweden or another part of Europe is worthwhile! It features a sheep singing during a Christmas Carol service… Tele2 is a Swedish telecoms company… What else can I say about it? It’s funny in a way that makes you wonder what type of advert is this!!??!!
That’s the end of the International Christmas Adverts of 2013. There are many ads on YouTube, I would have liked to have featured a lot, but those videos are set to not appear on other websites. I’m sure you can find a lot too… I just don’t have the time to find more! BUT I’ll be looking out for the International IKEA Christmas ads so watch out for the next post!! ^_^
Just to let you know my favourite advert is the Spanish Lottery one!! I love the singing!!
Hope all of you have a great Christmas… !!!!

Boyzone Concert BZ20 2013 – London O2

Oh my days (as one would say to me for doing something I would never have done). I can’t believe I went to a Boyzone Concert (on Friday 20th December 2013). Just Oh. My. Days!! XD
Miss Money, who lives only a few miles away from The O2 Arena has been dying to go to a concert since there’s been one nearly every night and sees crowds of people… So she wanted to go to the Boyzone Concert… I was once a fan of theirs in my teens but suddenly I turned away from them when they started doing their own things… (and that’s when I switched to Backstreet Boys, and survived through uni with their music). I do like Boyzone and it’s so sad Stephen Gately passed away so suddenly – I was in shock when I heard about that!! Boyzone have survived for 20 years hence the concert name BZ20.
Now it’s onto the concert!! They started this in a different order…

Usually the concerts I go to start off with the main band / singer, then the supporting act, then the main act again. Well, in the BZ20 concert they started off with the supporting act – Jessica Clemmons. She comes from Texas, and has a great voice! Miss Pinky would have loved her, as don’t forget we went to Dallas earlier this year… Texans are definitely great singers!!

Then there was a 30 minute break!! Wow, I have never been to a concert with a break in between…!!
And then finally Boyzone came on!! The following is a lot of pictures from the concert… tried not to take too many as everyone was standing, and I didn’t want to block people’s views…
Ronan is still as fit as ever! I believe he is the favourite out of the crowd, not mine, but is still a wonderful singer. Not proud of all his moments in life, but one has to forgive and forget… I have seen worse in my lifetime…
At this point, they were discussing Stephen Gately… He was actually my favourite out of the five!!
Mikey is a really good singer!! I have never heard him sing so much in my life… It’s great to hear him sing!
This was after the main concert. So whoever answered the question right got to see Boyzone backstage! Keith is a very funny person (although they say he is a very business-like person). 
Shane has changed a lot over the years, he has become more of a show off, but nevertheless, he is a great singer and definitely deserves all the attention. I think one of my colleagues likes him a lot!!
During the Boyzone concert, they sang most of their new songs from their last two albums. I have not heard these songs, and I think I’m going to have to purchase their last two albums, otherwise listen to them on Spotify. ^_^ One of those new songs has suddenly been stuck in my head for the past few days… 
A very enjoyable evening, and I actually enjoyed myself.
Here’s a couple of videos I filmed right at the end of the concert during the encore…
Video 1 – Right Here Waiting

Video 2 – Love Me For A Reason & No Matter What

Winter Wonderland 2013 – London Hyde Park

Mr Games invited a bunch of us to go to Winter Wonderland this year at London’s Hyde Park. I have never been before and decided I definitely want to go this year! So many adventures and outings this December, I don’t think I’ve had any time to rest and think…

Well, Mr Games chose one of the wettest days of December to go to Winter Wonderland. I hate getting soaked, my trousers were soaked, poor Geek… *SNIFF SNIFF*.

I got off at Hyde Park Corner, and I seemed completely lost at first because 1. it was dark and 2. I have never taken that route before… I finally got there, all wet of course, should’ve worn some Kickers or wear black trousers… Oh well, it’s all part of the fun!

Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park

The big sign

Mr Games was with Mr Sensible when I arrived… they were at the ferris wheel which I couldn’t see, he said to keep going and I will see them…
At this point I got side tracked by the extra stalls on the side, and then I got lost, so i took pictures along the way!! Heheheh…

I seem to like minions a lot these days… This one is cute!! ^_^


The ferris wheel looks so close but yet so far… By the way, the rides cost quite a bit of money to get on, so if you are planning to ride on any of them, make sure you have plenty of money!!

No way am I going on these rides…

After this, I found Mr Games and Mr Sensible!! They were looking at the stalls…

Cute jingles

Nice hedgehog 

After this we went from stall to stall, one area to another…

Miss Pinky was also invited, but she never came 😦  I think she would have liked this stall…

Jewellery stall

Mr Games was looking at hats, and he spotted this weird looking minion hat. Hehehe.

Minion hat

Reindeer ride

I think I was really hungry, and we were looking at the food stalls… This is BBQ fish… Oooooh, I want some of this!!

Those fish look smokin’ hot!! 

Beer Garden… I understand this German word. 😀

There’s a Haribo stall!!! Wow!!!

Haribo stall!!

We finally gave in… As we were waiting for Mr Games’ friends we ate… Mr Sensible had the Pork Pot… and Mr Games and I had the Hog Roast… Mine was big!!

Pork Pot

Mr Games’ Hog Roast

The menu board

This one is mine… Lots of meat in it!!

Yummy Hog Roast…

Finally Mr Games’ friends arrived, and we wanted dessert after that small dinner…

Crepe Time

I went for the rum and raisin crepe, this cost £4, and I got lots of raisins, and lots of rum ^_^

Lots and lots of raisins

My hot crepe

This is Mr Games’ crepe being prepared…

We were waiting for Miss Goldilocks and her partner… it took us a while to find her but once we did we again headed off and started walking around… The Geek now takes more pictures…

Ah!!! They have crisps on sticks here too!! ^_^

Crisps on sticks

A laughing moose head

Cute candy!

Hello Kitty!!!

It was now the end of our walk around the park, and I can’t remember what the two guys were singing… but it looks like this lady was enjoying herself that night!! ^_^

A lady dancing herself away that night…

I only spent £10.50 on the food… I didn’t go wildly spending on decorations, hats and other things… The Geek was being sensible.

It’s a nice place to go to, but I think I prefer to go to the German Market in Southbank. The stalls are similar and you can’t get lost in Southbank!!

Address: Hyde Park

Ends on 5th January 2014!! So hurry before they go!!


Work Christmas Party no. 2 @ Henry’s Café & Bar – London Covent Garden

Next day. Next Christmas party. The Geek is on a roll, but tired as ever ¬,¬””!
This time I went north of the river, as people say when they are coming from the south of London. Hahaha. I decided to go a little early than the others as I wanted to stop off at Artbox and also Radley (yep I’m a Radley fan). I got a new lunch box (Hello Kitty of course) and a new red purse… my current one looks old. ¬,¬ I’m a shoppaholic, but a responsible one!
I was in Hong Kong when this was being arranged. Instead of going to a posh restaurant, we went to a posh bar Henry’s in Covent Garden (pub more like)… whatever you might call it, it’s in a fancy area.
A colleague of mine and I were there early so we had a drink, sat and waited for the party to begin!! ^_^
Outside the pub
Was the first ones to arrive!!
Mr Bear came along too. Yay!! I feel like I haven’t seen him for ages… although I saw him before my holiday. We catched up on office stuff as we haven’t had a proper chat for a long time. I already had a half pint of Heineken, and then he bought me this £9 gin and tonic! Woah. That’s expensive!! But it was in a big glass. So I guess it was worth it…
The G&T is expensive in a big glass…

A selection of food for the party was already ordered by my colleague, and so I just took the pictures… ^_^ I don’t think it was part of the Christmas menu but it was ordered for about 40 people or so…
I didn’t like this whatever it is, I think it is pate on melted butter and bread with some vinaigrette… I think without the vinaigrette it would’ve been ok.
I like the chicken on this plate, but I didn’t like the other piece of meat… Hmmmmm
Chicken and other meat
 Didn’t like this spinachy pasta… Too much vinegar!!!
Bread coated prawns are always good at parties. I like these!
I like this! Sausage and bacon go well together…
I think this is bread coated cheese… Nice…
This was nice. I don’t think a lot of us ate this, but it’s nachos with guacamole, jalapenos and mince… Nice!!
Yep, we also had boiled potatoes… Can’t complain about this!
I paid zilch! Yep. Nothing that night. So happy!! My colleagues paid for all the drinks, and split the food bill…
My geeky rating: 4.5/5
Good points:
– Nice pub environment
– Food was ok, but not the greatest
– Nice place to catch up and have a drink with friends
Bad points:
– Expensive for a bar in the city!! I would be glad to go to a pub in the outskirts of Central London for less…
Address: 5-6 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 8PS
Telephone: 07557 740183

Work Christmas Party no. 1 @ the Baltic Restaurant – London Blackfriars

Refreshed from my holiday/family visit/rest for the family (not that much rest really) and now it was time to go back to work and off to the Work Christmas parties / dinners!! Yay!! Mr Stingy said to me before this all started that my social life will kill me one day… More like it will kill my bank account if I keep going out and spending. Luckily I didn’t spend much in Hong Kong otherwise I don’t think I would have been able to buy much when I came back!
I had three dinner parties one after the other when I came back to work. This is the first one (dinner party 3 was at work so I won’t be blogging about that)! When I explained to Miss Pinky I would be too busy to see her that week she was actually green-eyed and envious of all these places I was going to without her!! Hahahaha!! I also said to her she needs to find more friends to socialise with… She can find friends, she’s just being lazy with the socialising bit…
I was invited to this party before I went on holiday. It’s actually the first party I’ve been to with this team. A lot of people were invited, but only 19 of us turned up! That was ok… small dinner party is what I needed… My colleague who organised this is Polish, and she chose a poshy type of Polish restaurant – Baltic Restaurant. Well the interior was posh, but I’m not quite sure about the food…
Baltic Bar / Restaurant

I was the first to be at the table!

Nice ceiling decor

Unique roofing

I started off with a couple of drinks, a Rhubarb Punch cocktail (I got a disapproval from my colleague ¬,¬””) and an Orange and Spice shot. I had bread in between, since some of my colleagues were late!! 

Rhubarb Punch Cocktail

Orange and Spice shot

There was a small selection on the Christmas menu but we got to choose our mains and desserts. 

Christmas menu

Here’s the starters… They weren’t too bad, but I wish I wasn’t so shy about getting the food… I think the tables were too wide, so it was hard for me to grab the food. 😦

Siberian Pelmeni filled with Veal and Pork – these tasted like Chinese wanton!!!

Kamchatka salad with Crayfish, Prawns, Crab, Apple and Gherkins

Blinis with Smoked Salmon, Marinated Herrings,  Aubergine Mousse & Mushroom Caviar and Sour Cream

Chicory, Walnut and Beetroot salad with Manouri Cheese

I chose the salmon for my mains. Wrong choice!! Why did I choose the salmon?!!!! I had too much meaty stuff in Hong Kong, so I wanted fish. Unfortunately it wasn’t filling even with the sides that came separately. I think the sides should have been on the plate instead of us having to grab and split.

Grilled, lightly cured, Salmon with Sweet Pickled Cucumber Salad and Sour Cream
The sides

My colleagues chose the chicken kiev and some chose the pork… It was too filling they said! Oh, why did I choose the salmon…

I chose another cocktail called Kraken Express in between starters and mains… this was not bad. Those who like strong espresso coffee should go for it!

Kraken Express

However I chose the right dessert. This is the caramelised hazelnut parfait with pear compote. This was smooth, and made my meal filling in the end.

Caramelised Hazelnut Parfait with Pear Compote

I had a small taste of the cheesecake, and I’m happy I didn’t go for it even though I’m a cheesecake fan. The cheese they used tasted like Dairylea… hmmm… try Philadelphia, it’s better. ¬,¬”” One of my colleagues complained that wasn’t enough white chocolate… she couldn’t taste it!

Sernik – White Chocolate Cheesecake

The evening ended with this last shot of this alcoholic strawberry… brilliant stuff!

Total bill I believe came up to £400 that included the drinks which were being paid separately. Woah!! Well my colleagues are richer than me, so that’s ok (for me)!! I paid £31… The meal was £28, but I think our table was booked for 20 people originally, so we had to cough up £2 more… That’s ok with me!

My geeky rating: 4/5

Good points:
– Very modern Polish restaurant… check out the artwork, ceiling and decor
– Easy to get to, nearest Tube station is Southwark Station
– Friendly service
– Funky toilets!!
– Try out some of the cocktails 😀

Bad points:
– Food wasn’t entirely filling for me (because I had the salmon), but it is posh style… and I bet their usual menu is better than this!
– The lighting where I was sitting was too dark – I prefer a brightly lit restaurant (so I can take pictures)

Address: 74 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8HA
Telephone: 020 7928 1111


Regal Oriental Hotel 富豪東方酒店 – Kowloon City, Hong Kong

So holiday over, and now it’s time to talk about the hotel I stayed at…
I’m a Regal regular. My family always chooses the Regal Riverside Hotel as it’s big, nearer to the trains, buses and a big massive shopping centre, but this time I wanted a hotel with free WiFi as Regal Riverside does not offer this in their hotel rooms… Boooo!!!! Such a big hotel but no free WiFi? So on this occasion we stayed in Regal Oriental Hotel 富豪東方酒店 which is located opposite to where the old Hong Kong airport was (which is now a piece of land and hasn’t built into anything yet).
The entrance to Regal Oriental Hotel
Took this whilst on a bus ^_^ … the street view
The hotel is located near several streets with old style buildings and shops below. It’s a good place to be in if you like Thai food and various types of food plus a bit of shopping in the KCP shopping centre.
One of the nearby streets… 

We were all put on the 12th Floor, it was quite a while for the receptionist to give us our rooms! 
MummyGeek and I shared a twin room… The room was really small. I really do prefer the Regal Riverside Hotel…

Our room was quite modern, and I was happy with the bathroom we had compared to Mr Stingy’s room…
Shower was great!
Mr Stingy’s room… He got a double sized bed, a very spacious room, and two settees. Lucky sod. But all the controls to his room were on the side of his bed… He couldn’t find the off switch to the air-con. My room had better settings… The view wasn’t great from his room. You could see scaffolding and rooftops…
Unfortunately his TV was small. We had a better TV.
His bathroom was a bit rubbish compared to ours. He had an old style shower head.
Regal Oriental has free WiFi BUT it is terrible within the room, especially if you use a mobile device.With my netbook it was ok. On my second week there, I discovered that it was best to stand next to the door, as reception was better in the corridor.
Noise level wasn’t too bad, but don’t count on always getting a quiet night. You will obviously hear some people getting up early and you will hear some cars and dogs from outside. I got a couple of good nights sleep.
It’s an ok hotel although you’re not really near any metros. You will need to get a bus to get to the nearest one! I don’t always recommend a taxi, you should only get them once in a while… and only if you get lost too easily… We get lost all the time. XD
Next time I go back I will book for the Regal Riverside Hotel or stay with my family! Will have to give up free WiFi… 😦

Address: 30-38 Sa Po Rd, Hong Kong 香港九龍城沙浦道30-38號
Telephone: +852 2132 3291

Hong Kong Trip 2013: Day 11 – The Journey Home and Lost Luggage

Thursday 5th December
My last day in Hong Kong 😦 … I had a short 6 hours sleep because I couldn’t sleep too. 😦
We checked out early, there was nothing to pay for (because we bought our own food) and took the Airbus A22. The journey time took about 45 minutes and I was taking advantage of the free WiFi! I love the airbuses. It’s really convenient… I think the UK should consider these type of things.. uh hm, we want free WiFi access in public areas!! Not just the airport!!
Taking pictures on the bus
Got to the airport too early and again we took advantage of the free WiFi!! Got to love free WiFi!
It looks empty, but the airport is actually really big!
Christmas display in departures
Still lounging around before check in
Below is the arrivals section and where people eat
Finally it was time to check in, we passed security (this time it was me who got checked… I forgot to take off my belt!!) and then it was time to eat food!!

At the other end of security
One of my cousins messaged me to say there were some new eateries at the airport but I couldn’t see them, so all of us in the end opted for Chinese food. Mr Stingy queued in this place called Tasty Congee & Noodle Wantun Shop 正斗… I should have queued with him but I was tempted to have Japanese food before I decided to have Chinese….
Tasty Congee & Noodle Wantun Shop 正斗
And I queued in this place… Tsui Wah Eatery, I Love 翠華
Tsui Wah Eatery, I Love 翠華
The menu
Bad idea… I REALLY should’ve queued with my brother or eat Japanese food. The people in front of me had ordered all of their food in one big order, and the people serving placed their food on several trays for all of them to separate… It was mayhem for a few minutes and I was getting my British (and Chinese) anger back! It was very annoying… I get temperamental with people who want to argue about service…
Queuing before the argument took place…
Anyway I was going to get the baked spaghetti but they ran out and I would have had to wait for it… I should’ve waited since I had to wait anyway… 😦
I had the shredded pork fried noodles with an iced lemon tea… It was an expensive meal. I think I paid over HK$100 (that’s around £10) just for this!! RIDICULOUS PRICING!!!!!
My geeky rating for Tsui Wah Eatery, I Love 翠華: 4/5 (service was bad, but food and drink was good, although pricing was expensive!)  
Mr Stingy had this. Fried beef ho fun.
Fried beef ho fun
Cheung fun… forgot to ask him which one it was…
And MummyGeek had this. Not sure what it was… lo mein I think…
Lo Mein
Can’t give a rating for MummyGeek’s and Mr Stingy’s food. I guess they liked it.
We shopped around for an hour looking for last minute gifts and food… And I spotted a lot of different flavoured wife cakes. They are very popular in Hong Kong!!
Lots and lots of Wife Cakes!
It was time to board, and MummyGeek and I were waiting for Mr Stingy… He was late!
The planes are waiting for us to board
Not our plane, but I took a picture of it… didn’t realise I took a picture of an engineer next to the plane!
We’re waiting Mr Stingy, waiting…
He was 10 minutes late as everyone was boarding!! The boarding system wasn’t as good as when we were in Heathrow (I preferred Heathrow’s way of boarding)… Once on the plane, there were a few seats still available and luckily MummyGeek got to the seats in front of us that had more leg room!! I think a few others were eyeing those seats too as you have to pay extra for them… Hahahaha… Mr Stingy also moved to the front and he got at least a 30 minute sleep… I got 3 seats to myself!! Yay!!
It was an ok flight, not the best service as we had during the flight when we went… and again we had a lot of turbulence…
Food was average. They already ran out of the pork dish, and so I had the pasta… It was boring. Nothing adventurous in this dish!
Plane food on Cathay Pacific… boring pasta dish. Ice cream was not rock hard this time!
After watching 4 movies, 3 variety shows and listening to some music we had our second meal (I also had a pot noodle in between). This time I again had the pasta. It was a better meal, but I didn’t enjoy it that much… I asked for a coffee and was offered another drink, but I wanted coffee… unfortunately I never got it, the flight attendant had forgotten about it, although she had promised to come back and bring it. It was already 12 hours on the flight AND I needed coffee!!!!!
The only bit I liked was the raspberry mousse… the fruit was ok… pasta ok…
We finally landed after 8pm on Thursday evening London time (a 13 hour flight!!!!!). Landing is always better on the bigger planes. So happy that some budgets airlines don’t fly out long distances!
We were standing in the European passport line, and I think we always get stared at because we’re Chinese. I’m an ethnic minority in the UK. Was born here. London has a wide population of Chinese people and descendants. Get used to it! 😛
Got to the luggage area after passing the UK border unfortunately Cathay Pacific in HK lost MummyGeek’s luggage!! Oh dear!! My mum was so upset because she bought a few things and her clothes and other things were in there… 😦 (Luckily they found it the next day, and phoned me TWICE about it… I wonder if they saw my tweet…!!).
We called for a cab from Heathrow and it seems I always have to negotiate on prices. They said it would be about £56 (I think) I said we got to Heathrow for £40 and would there be anything cheaper… The guy got me a £40 cab!! Yay!! It’s always good to negotiate prices even with cab services… ^_^
Well, that’s the end of my holiday with my mother and brother… Will be going to Hong Kong again some time in the future when I have more savings! Hope it will be a slightly longer stay next time!
End of Holiday.
Tips when going to Hong Kong:
  • Compare a lot of websites for a good deal when planning your trip. I chose, but definitely compare!
  • If you’re going to live in a village area in the New Territories bring mosquito repellent and don’t be afraid of other small insects / reptilian species
  • Get a visitor Octopus card (it’s similar to the Oyster card), you can pay for goods using this card instead of using cash… The same as a UK Connect Bank card, but the Octopus card is so much better!
  • Always bargain at a market stall or in shops that don’t indicate the price of the product… if you don’t know how to bargain, ask for the CHEAPEST product they can offer, then talk prices. Always offer the price you want to pay then bargain/negotiate in the middle… I learnt this from my cousins, friends and MummyGeek… never show weakness in bargaining
  • Bring tissue with you everywhere as some restaurants and some toilets will not have any… you may also need to learn how to bend down when using the toilet, as lots of Chinese use the old fashion style toilets.
  • Mr Stingy said to find free WiFi!!! It’s everywhere, you just have to find it… Public transport areas, PCCW phone booths and 7Elevens offer this
  • Chinese people don’t say “thank you” when you open the door for them, so open the door and leave, don’t hold it for the next person, as you’ll be there forever… (one of my cousins pointed this out to us)
  • You can’t eat on public transport (but you can drink), so resist even if you have a tasty chocolate bar or crisps in your bag, save it when you get off
  • Always have change (coins or smaller notes)… some shops won’t have change unless you’re in a supermarket
  • Download the CityBus app from Android or Apple as it’s impossible to predict when the bus will come. Each bus, train, metro and journey have different prices – there is no one fixed price!
  • Bring a shopping bag with you as it costs HK$0.50 Cents (about £0.03 or £0.04 pence) for a plastic bag
  • Spending money: bring about £600-£700 for 2 weeks. I didn’t spend as much, but it just depends on how you travel about and what you find to eat…
  • Be aware of pickpockets and scammers… Don’t get pulled in by people looking to do business with you
  • Learn some Cantonese… Mandarin is not widely spoken in Hong Kong yet so some Hong Kongers might be offended OR speak in English, as there are loads of youngsters that speak English too

If you do plan to go have a safe trip! Think smart, be smart! ^_^

Next Holiday: Unknown… Will start planning next year!

Hong Kong Trip 2013: Day 10 – Return to Tai Po 又去大埔 and eating a lot 食食食!

Wednesday 4th December
It was our last full day in Hong Kong!! So sad 😦 We had so many places we hadn’t revisited and I hadn’t bought enough stationary as I usually do when I go to Hong Kong… I guess that would have to be another time when we have more money to return back to visit. (I must carry on saving money…). Don’t remember why we weren’t staying for long, but I had to go to work the following week, and needed the time to get over the jet lag (everyone was on my case when I got back)…
Mr Stingy, MummyGeek and I decided that this day was going to be our free day. Mr Stingy said he wanted to go back to Ma On Shan and Shatin… so he went the opposite way to us. And MummyGeek and I went back to Tai Po (since she kept mentioning it and I already had been to all the places I wanted to go to during this visit. She was surprised that I agreed!) to look on the other side of the street.
We again took the Bus 75X (which does take a long time to get to the bus stop from the hotel!). But since it was day time, we could see which way we were going… It took us an hour to get there. So if you’re sleepy definitely sneak in a nap, but don’t miss the stop!!
MummyGeek and I were a bit hungry so we went into this place Sun Long Ching Tong Nam 生龍清湯腩… It’s not far from the bus stop we got off.
Sun Long Ching Tong Nam 生龍清湯腩
The menu had English! Excellent! This place must get loads of tourists… So I had the Pig Intestines noodles soup. That’s right pig intestines!! And I also had beef tripe with a little chilli oil on top. It was very spicy, so order a soft drink to simmer the heat…!!
Pig intestine noodle soup
Beef tripe with some really spicy chilli on top
Iced lemon tea to cool me down
MummyGeek had the Curry Beef Brisket and rice and asked for it to be a little spicy… When they say little, it actually means medium in English terms!
Massive bowl of (little) spicy beef brisket
Rice with a cherry tomato on top ^_^
Get this with a drink and it becomes cheaper
Total bill came to HK$117 (£9.75). Quite cheap! I paid too!!
My geeky rating: 4.5/5 (I didn’t like the chilli oil on the tripe)

Address: G/F, Shop 4, Pui Kam House, Nos.106-112 Kwong Fuk Road, Tai Po, N.T.  大埔廣福道106-112號培錦樓地下4號鋪

Next it was time to walk around, shop and eat more!! This cute tabby cat was sleeping on this bunch of soft Andrex tissue… Hong Kongers are animal lovers, and I guess this cat loved the tissues more than its owners. Heheheh. The cat is trying to say “Buy Andrex tissues!!”… Lots of people were passing by and I think they wanted to take the cat home…
Cat sleeping on top of Andrex tissues =^+^=
The centre
Lantern in the sunshine
Play area 
7Eleven Sanrio toys
Lots of Caaaaaaake!!!
I didn’t buy much, but we went pass a lot of small snack stores…

We passed this place Snack Castle at the start of this journey. I think my fellow snack bloggers will LOVE this store. It’s full of Japanese and foreign snacks. Everything looked so tasty, but I only selected a few things which will be posted at a later time (possibly next year)!

Snack Castle in Tai Po
Address: 110 Kwong Fuk Road, Tai Po, New Territories 新界 大埔 廣福道110號 地下
Before I went into the snack store, I bought some sushi from this place. When we got there at lunch lots of students were buying their lunches from here. I presume it’s a very popular store! Probably nice and cheap for them… Well it was ok… Cheaper than London!! 
Bought sushi from here
And then MummyGeek stumbled across this Hakka small snacks stall called Hoi Fung Siu Sik (Hoi Fung Snacks) 海豐小食 just across the street as we were about to go back to the hotel…
Hoi Fung Snacks – Hakka snacks
The snacks… they are quite popular
Egg shaped waffles
Curry fish balls
Quail eggs and Hakka tea cake (茶粿)
It was back to the hotel area, but before we went back I went into the small cute store shown in the 3rd post. MummyGeek said she would wait for me in the park, and after I shopped I went searching for her everywhere in the neighboring park… There was an accident nearby, and I thought it was her because I couldn’t find her!! Thankfully it wasn’t her… MummyGeek scared me to death!!
Accident in Carpenter Road… someone got knocked over 😦
We stumbled across an old man selling snacks near the hotel… MummyGeek said I should try out these eggs that have been heated and cooked by hot salt… and also this sweet potato…It was all very cheap. Can’t remember the price (probably about £2-3 altogether).
Sweet potato and eggs cooked in hot salt
Purple sweet potato
I was so full that night I couldn’t eat dinner. I threw away the rest of the sweet potato (I know, I waste food… but I ate half of it already!), so MummyGeek and I went out for food for herself. She went to where we had rice and pork the night before…

So instead of dinner, I had dessert at Shalom 嚐樂. I’ve been passing this store nearly everyday, and I was dying to try it out!!

Shalom in Kowloon City
They love their toys!
And there’s more!
The menu on the window
The menu continued
This dessert is called “Hak Gu Lou” 黑咕嚕. I think it’s named after a fish (Eleotris fusca – searched this online), but not really sure. Literal meaning means “black grunt” but probably means “grumbling empty stomach”. Well there’s jelly made with coffee that needs more coffee flavouring. Cream for the coffee. Crunchy chocolate (probably Nesquik) cereal balls. Chocolate ice cream topped with chocolate sauce… It tasted ok, but that coffee jelly needs more flavouring in it!!
Hak gu lou 黑咕嚕
Close up
Closer close up
I also bought a takeaway sweet soup for later snacking…
Papaya and White fungus sweet soup
I can’t seem to remember the full price (I do have a copy of the menu somewhere). It’s not expensive. It’s definitely a place to go to after work or after a night out of eating a lot of savoury foods… I do recommend it. I think I would have tried a lot of the desserts if I stayed in HK a little more longer during this visit…

My geeky rating: 4.5/5 (the coffee jelly let the place down)

Address: Shop A-B, 86 Tak Ku Ling Road, Kowloon City 九龍城打鼓嶺道86號A-B舖

End of Day 10… Time to sleep… But I couldn’t sleep very well that night…