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  1. Happy Friday,出文之時甜魔家應該已出發往小旅行中,很希望,這次不會又是一個肚滿腸肥之旅!因為近日連續多頓開年飯,加上元朗實在新增了不少餐廳,讓新年目標又是「減肥成功」的我情何以堪啊?

     

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    好吧,先順序由 老夫子餐館 開始介紹;之前吃過太子店覺得環境勝於食物,不過元朗形點店實在太近我們(穿巴下車時必經!),加上餐單疑似比太子店相宜,如早餐$34起並不收加一,所以兩兄妹放早年假的首天,就去了吃大早餐~

     

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    下圖就是我們點的B+C餐,內容分別有仿鮑魚絲火腿通粉配西煎雙蛋及牛油多士,以及雪菜肉絲米配腸仔煎蛋及牛油多士,各跟熱飲一杯(凍飲+$3)。食物賣相、份量及味道都是中上水準,阿姐更會拋成語「不要吃到亂七八糟」,相比同場的太興/ToastBox,明顯更有趣又抵食,唯一是家庭客要留意雪菜米有點少辣。

     

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    由於首訪經歷不錯,後來又拉了真正有回憶的老公(兩兄妹那裡曉得老夫子)去吃晚餐。場內晚餐只由68-82,價錢已包是日餐湯及熱飲,又不收加一,比樓上太興便宜抵食;不過一場來到,也想試試十大推介,所以只點了一份晚餐,再加其他散點。

     

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    這既是推介,也是晚餐的{呆若木雞}海南雞配油飯 ($78),賣相挺靚仔,但味道就好平凡,尤其與另一新店 三巡小廚 相比... 我們也加了$12要份上湯娃娃菜,並將餐飲升級成紫薯特飲 (+$13),全都沒有驚喜~

     

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    我們也點了一份{小巧玲瓏}夢幻堡壘:一口西多配雪糕 ($42) 當甜品,沒想到比另一份主菜更早上檯,雖然我不介意先吃甜品,不過這方面服務要加強,而且一口西多中間沒有誘人花生醬,襯雪糕也不及配糖漿般邪惡迷人,相比之下我還是喜歡真材實料的傳統西多~

     

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    後方的 熱情果果茶 ($38) 倒是酸甜宜人、相當好喝,但不能跟餐也不能升級。最後上檯是{五花八門}美式雜扒 ($92),一份有齊牛扒、雞扒、豬扒、腸仔及煙肉,另配飯/意粉/薯菜,以及自選紅酒燒汁/蒜茸汁/黑椒汁。

     

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    這份雜扒份量十足,賣相也不錯,可惜雞扒未全熟,牛扒又比較韌,最好吃反而是超清脆薯格以及墊底的蔬菜!為了不浪費,後來打包了幾件扒回家再煮來吃;推介尚且如此,晚市未必有下次了,還是去吃早餐好了。

     

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    接著分享 翠園 的午茶記;這裡本是甜魔家團年飯首選,可惜2月初致電已經爆滿,同場北京樓也一樣,才改去的恆香。吃不到團年飯,來飲飲茶也好,日子當然選過年前,免得阿姐都來「恭喜發財」讓我破財!

     

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    新店環境就是好,尤其這天放下兩兄妹與中同叙舊聊天,就更加的輕鬆寫意了;小點$24、中點$30、大點$34,是合理價位,平日早/茶市更有優惠,但過年前通通停了。

     

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    大家旨在聊天,吃的不算多,除了清爽的豆腐木耳青瓜前菜,就點了 叉燒米粉 ($42)、韭黃鮮蝦腸粉 ($34)、碧綠帶子菜苗餃 (中點$30),以及 栗子焗布甸 (中點$30) 四款食物。

     

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    翠園的點心是中上之姿,其中叉燒及栗子焗布甸是最出色的美味推介,配合清麗環境真是不錯的飲茶勝地。埋單$194物有所值,過完十五元宵後也要去再品嚐更多點心~

     

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    最後是留意好一陣子、但過年前一直沒空去吃的 三巡小廚。愛去星洲旅遊的港人,應該對這品牌不熟生,因為 Food Republic 中,總少不了三巡的雞飯,連香港的大食代也一樣有三巡。最近開到形點來,當然是開心樂事啦!

     

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    我們是初二看完《西遊記3:女兒國》又吃完麥當勞樂園餐,再去吃的 Early lunch,未夠12時還可以直入,之後初四已經大排長龍了~

     

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    雖然雞年已過,但店內的立體雞佈置還是十分吸晴,打開餐牌,食物定價也算合理,平日下午更有抵食下午茶餐供應呢!

     

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    兩兄妹剛吃完麥當勞餐,所以這天中午只點兩份主食,加散點一碗雞油飯好了;如是Matthew未進食,至少要點三份主食再加額外油飯啦!所有主食加$6可享熱飲一杯,兩口子都要了熱奶茶,出品十分香滑,水準不錯~對了,大白兔奶糖也是店主送的,人情味加分!

     

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    我選了 海南雞喇沙 ($56) 配米粉(另一選擇是瀨粉),喇沙湯的椰香及蝦乾味突出,香口惹味,不讓樓下 ToastBox 專美,中間豆卜及海南雞都吸收了湯汁變得可口,以此價位十分滿意!

     

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    老公則點了單人份的 肉骨茶 ($66),我試了一口排骨認真麻麻,但那不濃不鹹、清鮮美味的茶湯卻非常出色,配合豆卜及油炸鬼撈飯吃,已是人間美味!

     

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    最後散點的 雞油飯 ($16) 也香口美味,大大完勝樓下老夫子的出品,相信不久後又要再去重溫了~~~

     

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    老夫子餐館 OMQ Diningroom

    地址:元朗朗日路8號形點二期1樓A101號舖

    電話:28080819

    Facebook:老夫子餐館

     

    翠園 Jade Garden

    地址:元朗元龍街9號形點一期2樓2039號舖

    電話:22593538

     

    三巡小廚 Sergeant Kitchen

    地址:元朗朗日路8號形點二期3樓A315B號舖

    電話:26706038

    Facebook:Sergeant Kitchen HK 三巡小廚

     

    ** 想得知最新飲食情報,可追蹤 甜魔媽媽;欲得知甜魔一家消息,就追蹤 Matthew and Chloe 吧~~

  2. 懶人是甚麼? 就是飯來張口。這天,想吃牛牛三文治,於是點了一份外賣牛牛三文治。

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    Prime Rib "Dip" Sandwich HK$168
    除了一份牛牛三文治,當中還有薯條,最特別的便是有蘋果。


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    用上了USDA prime,牛味特別的濃郁,當中還有辣椒,味道上更加的惹味;吃時可沾上旁邊的au jus,牛味更加濃郁呢;而牛肉的質感亦軟腍。三文治美味外,炸薯條亦很美味,炸得非常香脆,薯味濃郁。

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    另外還有一份熱湯,當中有些雜菜與牛肉粒。


    Westwood Carvery 
    中環蘭桂坊和安里2號地舖
    28698111


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  3. My friend told me about this place so I had to go and check it out because I love chicken.

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    It is slightly different to Roast chicken and potatoes but they had my favourite chips with chicken salt!
    They use free range chicken that are hormone free according to their website.

    Since this place specializes in chicken, I had to have chicken with chips but they have the Birdy pack which also includes a salad and chips so I got the pack.
    For salads, there were so many choices!
    The chicken was roasted perfectly and fuss free while the chips were so good with that chicken salt sprinkled on it.
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    I purposely paired it with the detox salad which is cabbage and carrots.
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    My friend had the DG's chicken and waffle with additional small Romaine salad.
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    Small romaine salad:
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    Finished with the Iced Tea and Lemonade with Cayenne Pepper.
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    The lemonade was spicier than I imagined.
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    Plastic straws are not used here which is quite good.
    It is good to see another Aussie joint in Hong Kong!

    [Little Birdy]
    15-17 NEW STREET, SHEUNG WAN, HONG KONG
    OPENING HOURS: 11:00AM-10:00PM (MON-SUN)
    http://littlebirdy.com.hk/


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    鰂魚涌は私にとって馴染み深いところ。
    太古に住んでいた私は、日本人駐在員の多い太古はちょっぴり窮屈で、よく鰂魚涌方面を徘徊していました。
    話題になったモンスターマンションの地下にはローカルスーパーのParkn'(百佳)があったし、日本城やワトソンズもあるし、VCDショップもありました。
    日本人がいそうでいない感じが大好きで、ローカルに浸りたいときはよくウロウロしたものです。

    街市と言えば、コーンヒルプラザの裏手にあった小さな街市をよく利用していたのですが、実は一度だけ【鰂魚涌街市】を訪れ、フードコートで奶茶を飲んだことがありました。今回、約20年ぶりに訪問してみました。

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    モンスターマンションは現在撮影禁止となっております。
    プライバシー保護のため、マンションオーナーより許可なく撮影することが禁止されました。
    多くの注意書きが貼られていますが、それを無視して撮影する旅行者がいらっしゃるようです。悲しいです。マナー違反は絶対だめ!

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    この裏手にひっそりと佇む【鰂魚涌街市】。意外と気づかないんですよね。

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    訪れたのが15時近かったので、お片づけに入っていました。既に閉まっているお店もあり。

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    街市と言えば、この赤いランプシェード「紅燈」。ダブル使いは初めて見たかもww。

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    街市の中ではかなりこじんまりしています。GFは入り口でMF(中2階)にフードコートがあります。確かここに来た記憶!

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    フードコートも片づけが始まっていました!!でもまだお店は営業しているところもあったので、飲み物だけいただくことに。本当に小さなフードコートです。

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    ここだったは記憶が定かでないのですが、入ってみた【合興(全新)咖啡檔】
    お向かいにも似たような大排檔があります。
    お店の前に紙で書かれたメニューがワンサカ貼られているのに惹かれてしまう・・・。
    写真を撮らせてもらったら、お店のお兄さんが手を振ってくれた~。お兄さんありがとう!

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    この日は本当に暑かったので思わず凍奶茶!ここの奶茶、美味しい!!!味もまろやかでいい感じです!これはまた飲みたくなる味でした。鰂魚涌に行ったらオススメです!

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    小腹も空いていたので、朝食べなかった『奶醤多士(ピーナッツバターと練乳のトースト)』を頼んじゃった。

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    それにしても安い!ドリンクは10HKD台、トーストはどれも10HKD!物価高の香港で、ここだけゆっくり時間が流れているんじゃないかしら?

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    ご飯ものも充実してます。40HKD弱とこちらもまた安い!やばいなぁ、これから晩御飯食べに行くのにつまみたくなっちゃうww。
    広東語メニューが読めるとこうした大排檔や茶餐廳が楽しめるので、自分が好きなメニューや食材からでいいので、広東語で理解できるようになるといいですよ!

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    雰囲気も味も大満足ー!ただ、横で掃除されていたので、一緒に行った母は落ち着かないようで・・・ww。
    「私、さすがにここでご飯は食べられないわ」だってww。私は父に似たのね~。

    思い出深い鰂魚涌を駆け足で散策しました。
    20年近い時を経て、私が知っている風景もお店も変わってしまったけど、その場所に立つとあの当時を思い出すから不思議です。
    徘徊するには1日かかるので、またゆっくり訪れたいです。

    【合興(全新)咖啡檔】
    住所:鰂魚涌鰂魚涌街38號鰂魚涌市政大廈閣樓熟食中心C2舖
    (Shop C2, M/F, Quarry Bay Municipal Services Building, 38 Quarry Bay Street, Quarry Bay)
    営業時間:不明(恐らく朝~16時くらい)



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  5. 保加利亞首都蘇菲亞南邊的里拉修道院,是保加利亞以至巴爾幹半島最大的東正教修道院,同時亦在巴爾幹半島最高的山上。里拉修道院始建於十世紀,一直受到保加利亞第二帝國的沙皇支持直到奧斯曼帝國入侵為止。在十四世紀時遷到目前的位置,在一九八三年成為世界遺產之一,已故主教若望保祿二世亦曾到訪此地。

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    由於是熱門的旅遊點,所以我的旅館其實可以報一日團去參觀,價錢會比自己去略貴一點但方便得多, 雖然我是自由行但我會推薦跟團去省卻很多煩惱,除非你跟我一樣想在修道院過夜。(?!)

    既然是在深山上交通自然不方便,而且是真的很讓我頭痛,因為車站名有英文跟沒英文是無分別。所以我記錄了我坐電車的位置,最少看到此文的人也較容易去。



    在上址乘坐4號電車直到下址長途巴士站

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    可以看到一天只有一班車直達里拉修道院,10:20千萬不能錯過,後果嚴重。他們的電車走得挺慢,在我寫的位置好像坐了四十五分鐘才到,所以最好多預留一點時間。

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    車站有收費廁所,能夠找贖還有點意外,歐洲多半都沒有找贖啊…

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    車子不算大型,不過還是有行李位,但看樣子就不覺得有廁所,另一要點是排隊的人很多,所以為了確保有位置一定要早到。

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    車程全程是三個多小時,中途會在這裡稍作休息,也可以上廁所,這個位置是連小賣店都沒有,相當荒蕪。中間叫София的,就是蘇菲亞了。

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    再一個多小時終於來到里拉修道院了,看起來有點像圍城

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    先來看看地圖,感覺佔地不是很大

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    入口處的說明指865年保加利亞開始成為基督教國家。此後一位聖人John of Rila創立了隱士修行制。這位聖人曾經經歷過與世隔絕的生活,在冰冷的洞穴在生活了十二年之久,這個行徑當然跟宗教有關,是用來杜絕魔鬼的引誘。

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    魔鬼的引誘是怎樣我不清楚,不過眼前這座就很清楚是參拜的教堂了。

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    教堂牆上有很多繪畫,當然我幾乎一個也不懂,只有中間這幅應該是聖母聖子像

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    也有不少連環圖,相信是聖經裡的章節

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    這風格如果是在博物館裡我可能會當成占星術的文物

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    這裡講述了上帝如何跣阿當…不,是撒旦慫恿夏娃吃禁果的故事

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    也有些很暴力的場面,掃蕩邪惡當然要用武力啊~

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    這幅壁畫是在描述地獄的狀況

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    造工精緻的噴泉,不少人跟它合照

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    是時候進入教堂了,不過裡面不能拍照,只能說跟西歐的教堂很不一樣,沒有花巧的雕琢,一整排的椅子不常見,反而是一格格像懺悔室的模樣。

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    里拉修道院裡最古老的建築是這座塔,而且是戰爭用途的?這Hrelyo塔在14世紀時由一位封建領主Hrelyo興建的,當時的里拉屬於塞爾維亞領土,這位領主是塞爾維亞軍分隊指揮官。除了興建這座塔外亦修葺了修道院的教堂。有人認為這座塔曾經是僧侶的庇護所,亦是藏寶庫、監獄和精神病人隔離所。現在地面是一間賣紀念品的小店,而如果想參觀塔內是要付費。

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    從塔的後方可見到有不少小洞,這些其實是箭孔,所以這也是座箭塔,怎麼跟我想像的不一樣,完全沒有氣勢啊,得個高字﹗

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    來逛逛修道院吧,這一整排其實是修士的寢室,這裡還只是半條邊,已經有不下二十間房,而且還在擴建中﹗

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    這位叫Neofit Rilski的僧侶,同時也是老師和藝術家,他把半生時間都奉獻給里拉修道院,寫了第一本現代保加利亞語文法書,把聖經翻譯成現代保加利亞語,而且也死在里拉修道院,不單是宗教上,甚至對保加利亞有相當大貢獻呢﹗

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    這裡有著泉眼,泉水非常清涼好喝,你看鳥兒都忍不住要大喝幾口

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    雖然是在偏遠山區,這裡依然有郵局(還是因為這裡是偏遠山區才需要放個郵局?),大家可以在這裡買郵票和明信片,我也是這裡做。

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    這個icon gallery裡面有很多跟宗教有關的人像畫,當然我是不懂誰是誰…

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    美術館旁放了少量不太像文物的文物

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    還有一個教會學跟歷史博物館,這個博物館要收費也不能拍照,裡面收藏很多古物包括十四世紀時的木雕、羊皮紙文獻、還有俄羅斯送的絲綢,都是些珍貴的東西。

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    不想花錢看文物的話,他們也有免費參觀的,

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    你會看到不少舊時的工具,真的是當年修士的日常用品

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    很大的一個蜂巢

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    這個是消防水泵,像這工具其實還有不少偏遠地區還在用

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    除了救火,還有另一個意義的救火,沒想到這裡還配備火器

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    如果我不說的話可能會以為是藝術品,其實這個是位於廚房的煙囪。

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    這裝束看起來挺帥氣啊

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    有點肚餓了,先離開修道院找東西吃,從另一側的門口離開會有一些商店。

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    這邊有著獨特的自然生態,所以也見到不少爬山客大包小包的

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    一出門口左邊就見到一間感覺像酒吧的店舖,但沒甚麼人流就pass了。

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    另一邊則有些紀念品店

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    在修道院見到偌大的蜂巢,都猜到會有蜂蜜販售,這些蜂蜜的色澤亦相當通透,可惜不能帶回家。

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    看到有個賣小食的檔口,不能錯過

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    店主會將冬甩再翻炸一下,再加上糖粉和蜜糖

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    製成品就是這樣,味道其實不太特別,不過蜜糖甜而不膩不錯吃,真可惜帶不了回家啊

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    往修道院反方向走,會見到一條很清澈的河,可能修道院的聖水就從這裡來

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    順著走會見到一個十字架出現

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    原來這邊是墓地啊,當然不好意思拍照喇

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    本以為郊野山區花草樹木挺多,結果真的很抱歉只那麼一點點

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    繼續走走看看,沿途都不太看到人,到看到人的時候他們居然在對面岸,而我面前只有一條不穩的獨木橋,走過去都嚇到我出冷汗。

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    因為再走下去也沒意思,就沿路走回修道院。在前面說過這修道院可讓人過夜,當然我也不甘示弱要當個一夜修士,發現也有一些行山客用修道院作中繼點。由於回去蘇菲亞的車次不多,所以要先看清楚班次避免錯過要等太久。如果是住蘇菲亞要即日來回的,就是10.20從蘇菲亞開出,15.00從里拉修道院離開,一天只有這麼一班直達。所以我是從修道院去Dupnica轉車回蘇菲亞的。

    身處在修道院就得守一些院規,九點的門禁過份嗎?反正這邊又沒夜生活,OK啦。

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    拿到鎖匙了,上房吧﹗我的房間在最頂層,樓梯還會吉吉作響。

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    看過去教堂,修繕得不錯呢,都沒有破爛的感覺。

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    房間比我想像的大得多,配套就相當簡單只有一張枱和一張櫈,床當然不是高床軟枕,被鋪亦相當粗糙…這裡畢竟是修道院,其實有點像出家人的地方,當然不會很華麗喇。

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    除了三人間外還有一間獨立房,這間房有洗手盤還有耶穌的照片,看質素比剛才的大房佳,應該是給較高級的修士住。不過這裡貼近走廊,對住耶穌我也睡不著怕他半夜來找我,所以算了。另外這裡是沒有浴室的,廁所也要到走廊盡頭,

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    在休息途中看到有修士出來不知在做甚麼

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    看到他在敲木板,可能是類似報時的作用吧?

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    在建築物裡看到兩間特別的房間,但不能參觀,可惜了。

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    時間不算太晚,不過擔心這邊很早就沒飯吃,所以早一點吃個晚餐,飢寒交迫這樣我可是會死啊。

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    雖然是偏遠山區兼旅遊區,這裡的生活指數始終沒香港的過份,所以價錢其實不比香港的貴。

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    餐牌上寫著Bulgarian national drink,我一定要試呢,選了最便宜叫Burgas muscat的 ,我想有muscat都係甜白酒之類?沒想到香氣竟然是火酒味,原來保加利亞Rakya係烈酒類,用提子即是白蘭地啦,難怪跟vodka whiskey同一頁。Muscat做烈酒係第一次試,第一啖有點嗆喉,但都飲得出有花香,再飲發覺帶少少玫瑰香,配雪糕應該不錯。

    這間餐廳更提供修道院餐單,就點了一個價位同樣相宜的。看到盤口如此大,以前的修士怎可能這麼豐富,少一半就差不多!這菜餚應該是先煎到豬肉半熟再放蔬菜芝士上去焗,豬肉有少少肉膻啦,但係相當爽口係梅頭,夠多汁食得滿意。出家人還吃得真豐足呢﹗

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    吃飽了就回去宿舍休息,宿舍當然是沒WIFI的,在這偏遠山區沒熱水浴也真的很頭痛,即使是炎熱的八月,晚上也是相當清涼,甚至我覺得有點冷,差點要拿其他床的毛氈來用,所以記得多帶一些保暖衣物才去。作為城市人,一夜修士其實不太好當,還好旅程積下不少疲累,即使不怎舒適還是睡得香甜。

    第二天要乘搭九點的車前往Dupnica,所以八點多就必須起床,你會看到不少住客在臨別前拍照留念,難得沒人啊﹗

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     然後就坐上這架大巴出發到Dupnica,今次的巴士就新淨很多了。

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    修道院到Dupnica的路程大約兩小時,這個巴士站看起來光鮮,不過只有看起來光鮮,我相當懷疑這甚麼反差…

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    下圖是巴士時間表,最左上角的就是蘇菲亞,班次幾乎是每小時一班不怕沒車,所以如果有興趣也可以在這個鎮上逛一下才回去,不過我約好了朋友所以就直接回去了。

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    然後我的車呢?是一部十幾座的小巴?﹗沒冷氣不用說,上面還真有夠髒,又是五六十年代那種又破又爛一片污黑的程度,唯一比較先進的,是車上還有一把USB風扇向司機方向吹,時代果然進步了。

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    一小時後就會回到蘇菲亞,至於蘇菲亞的行程就另文再寫吧。

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  6. Strokes is the latest mini golf x restaurant and bar concept that opens in Causeway Bay Fashion Walk. Covering a large square feet, it features two 9-hole mini golf course with bright neon outlines as well as an event space that caters food and drinks.

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    Strokes

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    Strokes Hong Kong

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    My Man

    There are cocktails, craft beers, fresh fruit juices and teapigs’ teas on the drink menu. The grapefruit juice is super fresh and tangy; whereas the popcorn tea tastes like Japanese genmaicha.

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    Popcorn Tea

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    Grapefruit Juice

    The food menu includes many health options offering protein bowls, low carb and high fibre cauliflower pizzas and burgers; while we opt for a comparatively indulging roasted pork knuckle which is juicy, meaty, served with smoky barbecue sauce and roasted potato wedges.

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    American Pork Knuckle

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    With Smoked BBQ Sauce, Potato Wedges & Mixed Greens

    Before golf, we finish off with a FITYO low calories and high protein frozen yogurt which carries only 150 calories and 15g of protein per 100g. There are original vanilla flavor, chocolate flavor and Summer Berry is always my top choice among all!!!

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    FITYO Protein Frozen Yogurt

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    Summer Berry Frozen Yogurt

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    Mini Golf

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    Strokes Hong Kong

    Check out my Instagram for a super impressive play at the golf course 🙂

    Strokes Hong Kong
    Address: G2-3, 1/F, Fashion Walk, 9 Kingston St, Causeway Bay
    Telephone: 2877 1800
    Opening Hours: Mon-Thur 11:30-01:00 ; Fri-Sat 11:30-03:00 ; Sun 11:30-23:00
    Website: https://strokeshk.com / https://www.facebook.com/StrokesHK


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    Okra has been in Hong Kong for two years now and, despite living only a few minutes away, I only just dined there for a much-anticipated feast. Over the past years, I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews about Okra Hong Kong, so my expectations were admittedly quite high. I won’t beat around the bush: every dish that I tried was incredibly unique and delicious, and the atmosphere was cozy yet upbeat; something that most restaurants struggle to provide. If you’re looking for a different dining experience in Hong Kong, I would highly recommend heading to Okra.

    Vibe at Okra Hong Kong

    The dining space at Okra is small so it’s best to go with only one or two other people. There is seating around the bar/kitchen, which I would recommend trying to snag, and a few tables for two if you’re looking for something a bit more intimate. The music, which is curated by Okra’s chef-owner Max Levy, is a fitting mix of Dead Kennedies, The Misfits, and the like. I also loved the massive risque mural adorned on the wall inside. As the night continued, conversations grew louder, the sake continued flowing, and the vibe kept getting better.

    Sake

    okra-hong-kong-7-683x1024.jpg“THE COCK” Junmai Ginjo (Fukuoka) HK$108 per glass or HK$798 per bottle

    Okra Hong Kong has a great sake list that is broken down into a few different tasting notes. We opted for the hilariously named (although appropriate given that 2017 was the year of the rooster) “The Cock” Junmai Ginjo (HK$108). Aside from the slightly acidic and refreshing tasting points of this sake, I liked that it was made in collaboration with Tsui Hark specifically for Okra.

    Starters

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    We began with the popular Nigari Sai Farmhouse Tofu (HK$98) with Okra’s handmade Pigeon Sauce. The handmade tofu was silky smooth and paired beautifully with the fresh cherry tomatoes. Although this is not a dish I would typically order, the Goose Blood Toast was on the specials board (sorry, can’t remember how much it was!) and I was curious to try it. The goose blood was somewhat similar to a pate and was full of flavor. We also tried the Salt Tomato (HK$88), which was on the specials board. Despite the simplicity of the dish, this was one of the best tomatoes I’ve had in ages (in case you weren’t aware, Hong Kong is not known for its produce).

    Mains

    okra-hong-kong-5-1024x683.jpgDry Aged Beef Tongue (HK$168)okra-hong-kong-11-1024x683.jpgDry Aged Baby Tuna (HK$118)okra-hong-kong-8-683x1024.jpgUnabi Fun (HK$188)

    Moving onto the mains, we began with the Dry Aged Beef Tongue (HK$168) from the specials board. I wasn’t entirely sold, given that I’ve never tried tongue before, but I have to admit it was really tasty. The thick pieces of cured meat were absolute perfection and I had to stop myself from devouring the entire plate. Another really interesting dish was the Dry Aged Baby Tuna (HK$118), also from the specials board. Dry aging fish heightens the taste, giving it that umami flavor everyone raves about. Despite living in Asia for 6.5 years, I had yet to try eel (I know, it’s shameful), so we decided to order the Unabi Fun (HK$188) – eel on crispy sushi rice. The eel had a delicious smokey flavor and the rice around the clay pot was perfectly crispy.

    Dessert

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    We finished our meal with the Uji Matcha Cookie Boy (HK$76) – a roasted green tea and red bean cookie with smoked cream and lemon salt. Although I liked the overall flavor of the cookie, I wish the outside was crispier.

    Verdict

    From the cozy yet lively atmosphere to the delicious pours of sake, and incredibly unique and refreshing dishes on the menu, I loved everything about Okra Hong Kong. If you’re tired of the same restaurants in the city and are looking for something different, you need to try Okra. Perfect for a date night or an intimate catch up with a friend, the setting compliments the food flawlessly and I can’t wait to go back and slowly work my way through the rest of the menu.

    Okra Hong Kong
    110 Queen’s Road West
    Sai Ying Pun

    Tel: 2806 1038


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    過去幾年,感謝奇華餅家邀請,讓我家小朋友可以參加一些坊間難尋的傳統糕餅工作坊。在Facebook或Instagram都曾經有朋友問這類工作坊能否報名參加,但可惜大埔廠房地點不太方便。好消息是最近奇華租用了鄰近喜帖街的一楝三級歷史建築物,從此就可以在市區參加奇華工作坊了。

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    位於灣仔皇后大道東188號的這幢陽台長廊式唐樓,於三十年代興建,已獲古物古蹟辦事處列為三級歷史建築物,現在則由奇華餅家租用。唐樓的地面是賣餅的奇華餅家,一樓是奇華茶室,二樓就是奇華工作坊了。

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    這天我們參加的,是迷你臘腸卷及膶腸卷親子班,由專人導師教授,也有工作人員從旁幫忙。奇華工作坊網頁有不少課程可以選擇和報名,詳細可以看看到官網看看。

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    材料由奇華準備好,到達工作室,穿上圍裙,學員就可以開始工作坊了。

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    先把低筋麵粉、生粉、砂糖、酵母、泡打粉、牛奶及水等材料,以攪拌機攪拌成麵團,接著加入豬油,整個過程都有工作人員從旁協助,所以十分安全,不用擔心小朋友處理不來。

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    麵團準備好,還要放在室溫等大約半小時的發酵,才可以用來包臘腸卷和膶腸卷。這半小時可以做甚麼?除了休息,奇華還為大家準備了少許奇華食品,一邊茗茶,一邊享用。奇華產品眾多,相信大家應該有很多想試但又無機會試的食物,就趁這個機會每樣都試試吧。

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    半小時過後,麵團就發酵好,把準備好的奇華臘腸和膶腸,以剪刀一分為二,就可以開始聆聽導師教導如何包臘腸卷了。

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    導師會先示範一次,把麵團切成每件約40克的小塊,壓成長條,包著臘腸膶腸,大約包三圈,便成。相比之前參加過的年糕和月餅等課程,臘腸卷的製作方法相對簡單,所以十分適合親子一起製作呢!

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    拿著切刀,運用電子磅,慢慢把麵團平均分割,這一階段也是讓小朋友自行挑戰發揮的好時機。

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    就像玩泥膠、勞作手工等,小朋友最開心就是這個時候,先把已分割的麵團搓成長條,再圍圈包著臘腸膶腸,準備好後,就可以拿去焗了。

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    麵團份量奇華會預留多一點以備不時之需,所以剩下的,就是小朋友自由發揮創作力的時候,小名和我合力造了小貓樣子,大家看像不像?

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    最後,就是把製成品放進焗爐裡去焗了!臘腸卷和膶腸卷焗好後都香氣迫人,好想馬上吃一口呢!

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    和過去在大埔曾經參加過的幾次工作坊相比,這次臘腸卷和膶腸卷的製作過程相對簡單,但有趣度不減,個人認為十分適合和小朋友一起參加。

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    奇華工作坊還有如菠蘿包、合桃酥、老婆餅和曲奇蛋撻等工作坊課程可以報名,加上地點方便,相信以後會成為各家長們的一處親子玩樂好地方吧。

    參考連結:
    https://studio.keewah.com/frontend/web/index.php

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    奇華工作坊
    日期:2017/11/26
    地址:香港灣仔皇后大道東188號2樓
    推介:8/10

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  9. Great professional French actors come exceptionally from France for the HK French Theater Festival to perform in:

    Politically correct //  Politiquement correct  --- English Subtitles --
    @ Sheung Wan Civic Center     March 8th   8:00 PM     Buy tickets www.ticketflap.com/hkftf3

    23rd of April 2017. Thunderclap for some: The far-right party made it to the second round of the presidential election. Love at first sight for others: Mado and Alexandre met just one hour before the results. They talked about everything but politics. Mado has always voted for the left-wing party. She doesn't know she just fell in love with an activist of the far-right party...

    2 nominations to the Moliere awards in 2017 in France: best author and best supporting actress !! 

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  10. Founded in 1875, Charbonnel et Walker is one of Britain's earliest chocolatiers. Encouraged by Edward VII, (then the Prince of Wales), the company first formed as a partnership between Mrs Walker and Madame. Charbonnel hence the name Charbonnel et Walker.
    They are endorsed by the Royal Warrant as one of the few chocolatiers to Her Majesty The Queen where iconic customers have included Princess Diana and Princess Margaret.
    The chocolates are hand-made to the traditional recipes of Madame Charbonnel.  Their renowned dark chocolate is made from the finest dark couverture which results in a decadently rich taste.

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    Other chocolates in the range are really tempting.
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    www.charbonnel.co.uk

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  11. This is my first time to go to D2 Place and my friend suggests me to try this Japanese restaurant because the decoration is quite special.

    Sushi Geikan really impress me because of the decoration! It uses lots of paper artworks to decorate and it became a ‘feature wall’. It must be a ‘check point’ for this restaurant ; P

    We have chosen to sit ‘Tatami’ this time, such a new experience for me as Hong Kong seldom have these type of restaurant which provide tatami to customers.

    We have ordered a sashimi platter, there will be total 7 types of sashimi, and all of them are fresh!! One of the sashimi (I forgot its name) looks like a flower, beautiful!

    We also ordered two Running Noodles as well because we have never tried that before. After ‘running’ and mixing with the noodle sauce, fantastic! The noodles was so fresh!!

    Probably will go next time with my family J

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  12. 香港飲食業界の超大手企業「Maxim's Group 美心集団」が日本の駐在スタッフを募集しています。


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    マキシムグループは香港、中国、ベトナムなどになんと1,000店近くのお店を持っています。実はみなさんがよくご存知のあのレストランも、マキシムグループのひとつかもしれません。

    日本でもおなじみの一風堂や元気寿司、スターバックス、Lawry's Prime Ribなども、香港ではマキシムが運営していますね。
    レストランだけでなくベーカリーも美心西餅のほか、東海堂Arome Bakery、Urban Bakery、Simplylifeなど、多数の有名ブランドを擁しています。

    今回マキシムグープが募集する人材は以下のとおりです。
    勤務地は東京都中央区だそうです。
    香港好きならぜひやってみたいお仕事ではないでしょうか?!

    ※お仕事に関するお問い合わせは、直接Maxim'sのHRメールアドレス(careers@maxims.com.hkにご連絡をお願いします。
    香港毎日ローカル飯を見て連絡した旨をお伝えいただいたほうが、香港に興味が深い求職者だと思われてちょっと得するかもしれません。保証はありませんが 笑


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    Hong Kong Maxim’s Group

    Founded in 1956, Hong Kong Maxim’s Group is a leading food & beverage company comprising of Chinese, Asian and European restaurants, quick service restaurants, bakery shops and institutional catering, while providing a range of festive products, including the award-winning Maxim’s Mooncakes.



    To cope with expansion, we are looking for an Assistant Procurement Manager works between Maxim’s Hong Kong and Japan Office, taking care of procurement function for the group.


    Responsibilities:

    Assist the daily operation of our subsidiary office in Japan, which includes:

    l   Explore potential cost savings opportunities by substituting other products or developing new products

    l   Follow up regular or ad-hoc purchase orders from Hong Kong, including delivery arrangement and cost management, if necessary

    l   Coordinate with external suppliers and internal stakeholders to pursue business KPIs

    l   Research and develop new business partners in Japan to foster solid business relationship

    l   Report market information to Hong Kong office, such as latest Japanese Food trend as well as new restaurants and bakeries outlets

    l   Work closely with office in Hong Kong


    Requirements:

    l   University graduate in Supply Chain, Procurement or Business Administration

    l   5-7 years procurement experience in sizeable organization, food and beverage, retail industry

    l   Good command of both spoken and written Japanese and English

    l   Well organized with good communication, interpersonal and negotiation skills

    l   Highly independent, self-motivated and attention to details

    l   Station in Japan



    Interested parties please send resume via email: careers@maxims.com.hk


    All applications and data collected will be treated in strict confidence and used exclusively for recruitment purposes. Only short listed candidates will be invited for interview. The company will retain the applications for a maximum period of 6 months and may refer suitable candidates to other vacancies within the Group.


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  13. Hey guys! Today I wanted to share something different, but something that matters to me. I’ll start off by saying that I’m no domestic goddess or green warrior, but I do and have always cared about recycling and not being wasteful. But in recent months, after getting educated about various issues from dairy, to fashion and plastic, I’ve been opening up my life to more changes that reduces waste and stress on the environment in general.

    The second thing that I was to disclaim right now is that I’m not perfect. I’m not “good” enough to not do paper, or never use a single piece of plastic, or eat vegan or 100% organic/sustainable etc. But I think, to me at least, the important thing is to try. Every action we do matters, and every little action leads to a little bit of goodness.

    I used to just “give away” unwanted clothing or item, and by that I mean putting everything in the donation bin and forgetting about it. Then I go on to buy more. But now, I make my purchases more mindfully. But hey – I still taobao or buy from H&M. It’s all about balance after all. So here, I wanted to share with you a few simple ways to start reducing waste and living more mindfully without going full cold turkey.

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    1. Bring your own cup

      I bought a Keep Cup! Like I said in my Instagram post, it was one of my best, if not the best, purchase I’ve made this year or ever. It is so light weight, easy to clean, has a valve seal so you can hoist it around, AND it really helps reduce waste one paper or plastic cup at a time. This is because I watched this video about recycling paper cups – FYI a lot of places don’t have the right process to recycle these coated paper cups so they end up going to the landfill. By bringing your own plastic cup on the other hand, you can even save a few bucks (depending on where you go – Winston’s, Barista Jam and many more cafes have discounts when you BYOC.)

      Side note: My girlfriend also bought me stainless steel straws, I use them at home now because I always forget to bring them out, but they’re absolutely a dream to use.

    2. Minimize takeout waste

      I know, sometimes you can’t plan every meal of your day, and more often than not you have to opt for meals al desko. What I find useful is, if I end up going to some place near the office/home for takeout, I opt out of taking the plastic bag and utensils. Maybe I’m too shy (for now) to bring my own container, but at least I’m saving one plastic bag and one pair of utensils (in another plastic bag). Don’t be lazy and wash the office/home forks instead!

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      Should’ve recycled this… :S

    3. Think before you throw

      Lol I’m starting to sound preachy right? But I’m not going to teach you the basics of recycling, I’m sure (I hope) you already know that. But what I realised was, sometimes I’m quick to throw away something instead of recycling because I wasn’t thinking. For example, some really sturdy takeaway boxes can be cleaned and re-used or then recycled, I do this all the time in the office so everything from my takeout caused no waste. I also recycle groceries packaging and yogurt pots etc. Just make sure you clean everything before recycling.

    4. Refuse packaging

      It’s a very small gesture, but when you see shop keepers wrapping up your goodies in rice paper or extra plastic bags or ribbons and frilly things, just politely say you don’t need it. I know sometimes pretty packaging is great for the ‘gram, but if you’re not going to re-use or gift it, it’s pretty much seconds from going into the trash. Again – it’s better to not be wasteful than to recycle.

    These are just a few of the ways you can reduce waste without making huge changes, but slowly you can amp it up if you feel like it. Rock the bamboo toothbrushes, go sans packaging and shop from wet markets… Everything is a choice and the choice is yours. The key is to be educated, and when you are, you will automatically be aware of the waste you can save.

    I’m gonna run off before sounding too preachy… ?
    But leave me a comment and share your feelings! x

    The post Easy Habits for an Eco-ish Lifestyle appeared first on Helloabella.com.


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    大年初二吃御膳 @今助日本料理
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    新年伊始,大年初二跟隨家人出外走一趟,到了荃灣的D.PARK,已N年沒有踏足這地,商場翻身成為兒童專區,內裡有專賣小朋友和年青人商品的商舖、小型電動私家車、中庭空間設遊樂區「中央公園」和「鯨魚花園」等都充滿歡樂氣氛,真的很適合家長們帶小朋友來"放電"呀。

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    進座後店員很快就為我們擺放好餐具、熱茶及餐牌

    說明是大年初二,各處食店當然是繼續休息,未有營業啦,難得D.PARK內有數個選擇,不外出"冒險"了,最終決定在今助落腳,晚上8時需要取票輪候呀~ 大約15分鐘後我們進座,同行家人喜歡烏冬鍋物,尤其冬天食用最佳。

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    顧客大多是情侶、夫婦或年青家庭

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    和紙燈飾和日系格局,舒服又光猛


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     單點食物,冷熱烏冬和烏冬鍋

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     御膳款式多而精彩

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     愛肉食者有日式炸豬扒、滑蛋豬扒或赤味噌豬扒,
    右手邊更有鍋物御膳,家人很感興趣,可惜年初二那天暫停售賣呀

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     四款熱辣辣的烏冬鍋膳配天婦羅、刺身或壽司,真的好適合寒溫下享用

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     切合商場以兒童為主題,這裡有兩款Kid's menu

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    刺身、丼和壽司,以這個定價,筆者會光顧另外的魚生專門店

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    望著餐牌經過一輪腦交戰,三客心水定食是讚岐風素食冷烏冬迷你北海飯御膳、讚岐風素食冷烏冬迷你蒲燒鰻魚飯御膳及讚岐風溫泉蛋撈烏冬天婦羅壽司御膳,有飯有烏冬,感覺好豐富呀。

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    讚岐風素食冷烏冬迷你北海飯御膳 HK$140元

    每客御膳都包括味噌酒粕湯、茶碗蒸、刺身併盤,先來是讚岐風素食冷烏冬迷你北海飯御膳HK$140,天氣寒冷先來一碗味噌酒粕湯,先看湯色已知材料份量十足,味噌味加入暖胃酒粕,濃郁而不過鹹,內裡有豆腐皮、蒟蒻、蔥花和豆腐,喝完後全身暖和,好舒服。

    茶碗蒸內傳來陣陣香濃冬菇味道,更有雞肉,蛋夠香滑,個人感覺質地過稀,可以做得紮實一點,鹹度偏重,質素平平。

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    迷你刺身分別是三文魚、鱆紅魚和大甜蝦,前兩者厚度適中,鱆紅魚新鮮軟滑,魚味不弱,三文魚無筋啖啖肥美油潤,甜蝦爽甜舔滑,蝦腦甘香。

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    北海丼內容包括熟三文魚肉、爽甜生帶子粒和油美三文魚籽,顏色亮麗,味道豐富, 最重要還是材料夠新鮮吧,配合溫熱的珍珠米,太滋味幸福了!

    冷烏冬一盆份量很多,面頭撒滿紫菜,賣相精美,在旁附設專用汁料,按個人喜好隨意加入柚子皮、蔥花、薑蓉和白芝麻粒,湯汁味道即時變得精彩多層次,選用幼身烏冬,爽滑煙韌又掛汁。

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    讚岐風素食冷烏冬迷你蒲燒鰻魚飯御膳 HK$140元

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    另外一款讚岐風素食冷烏冬迷你蒲燒鰻魚飯御膳 HK$140元, 配菜大致與北海丼無異,只是主食轉成迷你鰻魚丼,鰻魚肉質爽彈,不算肥美,份量亦小,幸好飯粒圓潤分明,拌勻甘甜醬油,香氣四溢,挽回分數。

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    讚岐風溫泉蛋撈烏冬天婦羅壽司御膳HK$135元

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    讚岐風溫泉蛋撈烏冬天婦羅壽司御膳HK$135元,大顆溫泉蛋 最為精彩,烏冬選用較粗身的種類,同樣彈牙爽滑,面層鋪滿天婦羅,芝麻 和紫菜條,戳穿黏滑的蛋黃呈鮮橙色,蛋味濃郁,烏冬底部墊有醬油,拌勻所有食材同吃, 口感和味道都好豐富,美味程度是可以幻想到的。

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    五件壽司分別是三文魚、吞拿魚、帶子、鱆紅魚和鰻魚,喜歡壽司飯緊緻度拿捏得好,飯粒醋味適中,當中帶子厚肉鮮甜,好吃!

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    最開心還是可以與家人至親一起過節、遊玩和分享啊?

    這兒食物價格偏高,定食或御膳大致由135元至170元,額外加一收費。欣賞是食材豐富新鮮,質素平穩,給予顧客「吃得飽」的滿足,服務是正常水平,店員會定時為客人添熱茶,加上和風格局夠光猛,食客大多是年青家庭或情侶,未見高談闊論的嘈雜感,餐桌與餐桌之間保留充足空間, 若再來這個商場,應該會再度光顧哦。

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    Where am I? #mtr #LeiTung #station is also on the tiny island of #ApLeiChau in #HongKong. This #mtrstation is on the new #HK MTR #SouthIslandLine.  #hkig #sign

    Where am I? The MTR Lei Tung station is also on the tiny island of Ap Lei Chau in Hong Kong. This MTR station is on the new South Island Line.

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  16. The last birthday celebration for J was at Bibo where we had a tour of its art installations before our dinner! We had been to Bibo before when it first opened two years ago and decided to revisit after we had a great chat with the restaurant group's sommelier about champagne when we dined at The Ocean a few months ago. J wanted to try more kinds of champagne and his birthday coincided with the last week of the month which is when the Art Tours are offered, so we decided to sign up for it. The Art Tours occurs every last Thursday of the month at 6:30pm with no costs and it was definitely interesting to learn about the many different artists on display in the restaurant. It lasted about an hour and we walked all around the restaurant (even up to the private dining room) before making our way back to main dining for the start of our meal.
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    Coincidentally, we sat at the same table as last time right by the Invader wall.
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    The Bernardaud plates designed by Prune Nourry and JR are still a prominent part of the table decor at Bibo. 
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    After J chatted with the sommelier Wallace on what he was looking for, Wallace recommended the Franck Bonville Prestige Avize Grand Cru Brut NV Blanc de Blancs ($1370) for us to try. He recommended the use of wine glass instead of the usual champagne flute to maximize the aroma and taste of the champagne. 
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    Food-wise, Bibo offers a 5 course tasting menu for $1100 but we decided to order a la carte instead for more flexibility. After placing our orders, a refreshing amuse bouche with apricot jelly and almond mousse arrived along with bread and butter (one of which was a seaweed butter!). 
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    We were treated to this off-the-menu house smoked salmon which had a subtle smoky flavor and deliciously chewy texture to go with our champagne. 
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    For appetizers, J went for the Le Pate En Croute ($290) with homemade terrine, foie gras from Les Landes, pistachio and pork belly. As opposed to the soft pate spread, the pate is baked in a crust and is a very "French" dish that may not be for everyone (the people next to us only took a few bites). 
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    My Le Calamar ($250) with pan-fried squid, Hokkaido scallop, chorizo, bok choy and lemon dice was solid with very safe flavors but I thought the scallops could have been more raw while the dish could have used more acidity to make the tastes more interesting. 
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    Moving onto mains, the Le Bar ($480) with pan-fried sea bass, cherry tomatoes, white asparagus and Jerusalem artichoke puree was nicely executed but again the flavors were pretty safe and tasted as expected. 
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    I preferred the Le Homard Bleu Roti ($730) with roasted blue lobster and seaweed butter better which was served with seasonal vegetables, salted butter sauce and triple cooked fries as the flavors were on point and the portion can easily be shared between 2 people!
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    Lastly, we had the La Fraise ($180) with fresh berries, yuzu cream, strawberry and ginger sauce, sesame tuiles and lychee sorbet to round off our meal and birthday celebration for J!
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    Tel: +852 2956 3188
    http://www.bibo.hk/#new-page




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  17. Trip planning could be tiring and stressful especially for a family travelling with kids. For those in need for a short break and wanna save the hassle of planning a trip, it’s not necessary to fly off as Hong Kong has quite a few brilliant getaway choices to offer. Some popular ones are the rented houses and hotels in Cheung Chau, Mui Wo and Lamma Island, but rarely do people talk about Discovery Bay. 

    Here we came to Auberge Discovery Bay Hong Kong and enjoyed a night of staycation for the weekend. The hotel is located in Discovery Bay, a tranquil residential area on the Lantau Island, and is easily accessible by MTR with the free hotel shuttle bus pick-up at Sunny Bay station. It was a beautiful sunny day and when we stepped out from Sunny Bay station, we felt so relax as if we’re in another tropical country going on a sun’n beach trip! It’s so different from the “Hong Kong” we used to know!

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    Hotel shuttle bus stop is outside Sunny Bay station Exit A. It is available at around every 30 mins and only for hotel guests, so get your booking confirmation ready before getting on the bus. Alternatively, non-hotel guests may take public bus DB03P from Sunny Bay station as well. 

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    After a brief ride of 15-20mins, we arrived at the Auberge Discovery Bay Hong Kong!

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    It's still plenty of time before standard check-in time, why not treating ourselves a feast to kickstart our getaway? Had a lunch buffet (HK$298/adult, HK$198/child) at the hotel's restaurant, Café bord de Mer & Lounge, which offers daily breakfast buffet, lunch & dinner buffets on every Friday - Sunday, and nightly dinner buffet throughout entire month of August. The current buffet is featuring dishes cooked with fruit ingredients and unlimited glasses of Red Bean Ice (紅荳冰) to beat the summer heat! 

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    Had some soothing Cantonese soup to wash away inner heat.

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    A wide range of colourful sweet treats is available for the sweet tooth and the little ones. Look at that marshmallow cake, rainbow cake and those mini mousse cones! Kids must love them all!

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    Self-made Affogato with the Haagen-dazs ice-cream & freshly brewed coffee from the coffee machine. Yum~

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    Portuguese egg tarts were also available!!

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    Restaurant interior filled with plenty sunlight.

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    Time to get our room after we're done with the lunch buffet. It was an Ocean Front Panoramic View Room on high floor. Wow wow wow!!! We were so astonished by the 180 degrees ocean view of South China Sea and the spacious room!! It's a genuine escape from the city life while falling asleep in a king-sized bed with such an ocean view!

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    Hotel room with contemporary design in a tone of ocean blue.

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    We could see some Discovery Bay residential buildings from afar as well as the hotel's White Chapel and European tall ship The Bounty, which were just downstairs.

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    Enjoyed stunning ocean view even in the bath! 

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    A little mention about the welcome basket that we really appreciated. It's not ordinary welcome fruits but a basket full of sweet & savoury snacks! Best for kids and adults who are not on diet! 

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    "You've arrived at another side of Hong Kong" printed on the key card sleeve, couldn't agree more.

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    Let's get out and explore the hotel and places nearby. The hotel offers a full range of recreational facilities for all ages. Spacious gym room with essential equipments for the sporty ones, playroom for family guests with kids, and the leisure hotel's must-have, swimming pool!

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    If you're kind of adventurous, drop by the recreation counter in the lobby to rent a bike and cycling around the neighbourhood.

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    The hotel is also renowned for its one-of-a-kind wedding venue with the sleek triangle White Chapel and the exquisite European tall ship The Bounty that are hardly found elsewhere in Hong Kong. The ship and the blue sky resembled a beautiful and classic scene like the picture we used to see on puzzles and postcard!

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    Same stunning ocean view can also be viewed from the town square right beside the hotel.

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    It's dinner time when the sun went down. We again visited the Café bord de Mer & Lounge for the dinner buffet (HK$338/adult, HK$198/child) featuring BBQ skewers. 

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    Stayed awhile at the restaurant even we've finished our dinner just for the 9pm fireworks at Disneyland. Yes, we could see a little fireworks from outside the restaurant!

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    Good morning world!! Life would be perfect if we could wake up with such a breathtaking ocean view everyday... 

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    Breakfast buffet is always the best way to start a day and that's why we usually prefer to book accommodation with breakfast buffet included. :D The restaurant has a good spread of breakfast buffet with both Oriental and Western dishes. 

    You may DIY a set of Hong Kong styled breakie with congee, stir-fried noodles, a few pieces of Siu Mai and a Cha Siu Bao.

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    Plus a bowl of made-to-order soup noodle from the noodle station. There are choices of noodle like rice vermicelli, egg noodle and silver needle noodle (銀針粉) to choose from, and choices of ingredients like different types of mushroom, veggie, fish/beef/cuttlefish balls, and bean curd to custom make your perfect soup noodle. 

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    And/Or have a set of American or Continental breakfast with eggs, sausages, hash brown, different kinds of bread and pancakes.

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    I've never seen pancakes made by such a pancake machine!! What a great idea for the restaurant to provide fresh hot pancake without employing an extra staff at a pancake station! Haha... 

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    A breakfast could never be perfect (and not healthy enough) without fruits. And the satisfying breakfast put a beautiful end to our staycation.

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    Last but not least, don't forget to book your seats 1 day before check-out for the free hotel shuttle bus bringing you back to the Sunny Bay station as the buses around check-out time are always full! Huge thanks to all friendly staff in the hotel who have taken care of us and it was truly a great place to unwind ourselves. If you're interested in taking a break or just spending a day with scrumptious buffet at Auberge Discovery Bay Hong Kong, take a look at their website where you will find different promotions and room packages on offer: http://www.aubergediscoverybay.com

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    Hi everyone, thanks a lot for being with me and my little blog through these years. I have a bad news and a good news for you all!

    This blog will be shut down. I will keep all the posts here, but there will be no update and no maintenance since now.

    Good news is, I have already started a new blog which have a new and nicer layout. The new blog is no longer about food. I have too many stories from my trips around the world to be shared with you! Of course, food and drink will be one part of my personal journey, but you will find a fresher and more interesting site there.

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  19. While we stepped into the new page of 2016, I believe it was still worthwhile to do a little throw-back to one of the biggest musical event last year by Hennessy because it's coming along this year!

    Since its founding in 1765, Hennessy has been driven to create the world's best cognacs. In this continuing quest for excellence, seven generations of the Fillioux family have been Master Blenders at Hennessy, thereby ensuring the transmission of this precious savoir-faire from one generation to another.

    Hennessy was celebrating its 250th anniversary celebration last year. Despite plans to celebrate this anniversary, its annual music-fest “Hennessy Artistry” – an innovative musical platform- was set to be a more unique celebration of the relationship between Music and the Hennessy brand as it took a new turn to re-emphasize Hennessy’s love for music hence, the theme for last year’s celebration; “Hennessy loves Music”. The event was star-studded and attended by Peter Okoye, Falz, Toni Tones, Ehiz, DJ Lambo, Saeon, Emmanuel Ikubese and more.

    The creation of Hennessy Artistry Halo is based on the philosophy of “The Global Art of Mixing”; essentially the seamless blending of East & West. This is exemplified not only through the varied genres of music and the synthesis of top talents and emerging artistes.

    Previous Hennessy Artistry headliners include Jesse Jagz, Nneka, Cobhams, Kas, Jude “MI” Abaga, Banky W, Sir Shina Peters, Tiwa Savage, Ice Prince, El Dee, Bez, Wizkid, 2Face and other notable Nigerian acts.

    Hennessy Artistry is an innovative musical platform, launched worldwide by Hennessy in 2006 to celebrate the vibrant multiculturalism of different genres.

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    Trip to legoland 

    First day - Car from Singapore to Johor Malaysia

    This is the first time I take car from Singapore to legoland as well.  For those who were thinking of taking bus, I would rather rent a private car include a driver from the service company in Singapore.  Especially for those who were with kids and family.  

     

    Early in the morning, All the way from Loong arh Su pass through ang mo kio via woodsland

     

     

    The most take your time waiting will be this troll, you could be stuck for 1/2 in the car during peak seasons. totaly took us about 2hrs, actually not bad at all.

     

     

     

    Finally!! We have reach Legoland !!  This is the Front door of Legoland hotel, let's take a look inside the hotel, It's amazing !!  Lego fans! get ready to say "Wow!!"

    Omg!! Build with Legos !!  Hanging on the wall!!   For those who are fans of mini figure, don't forget to exchange with the service trader there.  Or you may ask any of those hotel employee to exchange their mini figures clip on their uniform. 

    Don't be shock, take a look beneath the bicycle wheel (magnifier) all are mini figure hanging on the wall.  And that giant Lego guy is riding left and right to show you how huge they are. 

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    As soon as we put down our backpack, we dash to the Lego land in no time. Lego land, here we come !!  GO GO GO

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    This way to the WET water park, "Get out my way !! shorty!!"  Shouted the giant figure.....56a9c231c66cd_legowaterparkenterance.thu

    Waterfun time!!!   Lego land water park! A great place to burn your kids energy!!  Remember to bring a waterproof camera or video !!! Or you will regret !

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    Oh!  Forget to mention the famous common food - Lasi lomak at the waterpark.  It's so yummy that I can't forgive myself not to take one more dish and eat with the chili sauce is a MUST I tell you (Singlish)

     

    After a long day, you must be hungry or your kids do ?!  instead of resting in the hotel, there is another choice outside the lego land.   Mall of Medini .  The ones whose durian die hard fans must die die try this "durian durian"  order it before you take your main dishes it's the best sell item . @Secret Recipe   Curry laksa noodle , yummy !! 

     

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    Last but not the lease, Breakfast place.  Lego fans, get ready to catch pours of Legos.s.s.s.s.

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    More will be coming up ! guys !! stay tune !!!

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  20. Renault - Captur

    Renault – Captur

    Thank you everyone for the warm welcome back :) I can’t describe how much it means to me! I’m trying to do one blog post a week and eventually get back to posting 2-3 times a week, but please be patient with me! Got some bad news that my new manager is leaving and moving on soon…which is really sad because I only just started in the team. However, I am so happy for him to be spending more time with his young children and the next stage of his career.

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    If you follow me on Instagram you will know, I have been very spoilt by Renault Australia and Soda Communications this year. Every time they have an event we will always be picked up by a Chauffeur in a Renault car, it started from the launch party this year for the new Renault Captur (SUV – Sports Utility Vehicle). The next event was high tea at Fancy Nance with Adriano Zumbo and recently I was also then given the car for 2 weeks to test drive (separate blog post to come about this :)

    Fleurage - Create your own signature scent

    Fleurage – Create your own signature scent

    However, the event that I enjoyed the most would be the ‘Create Your Own Perfume’ held at the hidden but gorgeous Mon Bijiou on Flinders Lane. The day started at around 9:20am when our lovely driver picked us up in a Ivory White and Diamond Black Captur, I’ve been in this car many times and it always surprises me how spacious it is both in the front and back. We then arrived at the venue at around 10am and all settled in with a glass of champagne in hand and took time to enjoy the great scenery Melbourne has to offer.

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    Once all the guests had arrived, we sat down in our seats and was introduced to Emma the owner and perfumer of Fleurage based in Williamstown. She explained to use how we were going to create our own personal scent and that perfumes consist of a base, heart and top notes. Which made sense because when I spray perfume, I can smell the different layers of scents. It was very interesting the first thing we were asked to do was to fill out a short questionnaire and Emma would then give us indication of what colour of scents we should focus on smelling. For instance, one of the question was which season do you like the most and I chose Spring because I’ve always like floral sweet scents and rest assure I was asked to smell and focus on the scents in the ‘pink’ section. While Mr Bao (yes I dragged him along with me :P) much prefers Autumn and one of his favourite food is sushi…he was asked to focus not the ‘green’ and ‘black’ which had scents like seaweed!!!

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    The next step was to choose 4 base notes, 7 heart notes and 2 top notes. You start from the bottom of the tray and move your way to the top. I thought it was going to be a lot harder to choose from 80 scents but I think I know myself very well, because it only took me a couple of minutes to choose everything. I chose scents like Gardenia, Jasmine, Honey Suckle, Fig and Vanilla all those sweet girly scents. While Mr Bao had a lot of trouble choosing between the woody or fresh grassy scents, he ended up with Fernwood, Sandalwood, Lime and Citrus huge contrast from mine.

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    So glad they had coffee beans for us to refresh our noses because honestly after a while my nose was getting desensitised and I couldn’t distinguish the different scents. That’s why I have so much respect for Emma, she didn’t have any trouble with the scents and was able to quickly formulate each and everyone of our perfumes! That’s about 20 in only 10 minutes or so.

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    Once we got our ‘formula’ from Emma, it’s actually quite easy to ‘make our own perfume’ we grabbed our bottles from the bag which had I believe distilled water and we started added drops of scents. You would add more droplets of those that you want to have a stronger presence in the perfume, like mine I had more drops of rose and jasmine.

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    Thanks Mr Bao for capturing this photo! It’s my favourite from the day!

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    He didn’t do so badly himself, but he was much more particular than me. He was counting every drop again and again and was worried he would add too many or little. It must be the scientist in him haha

    Never Too Sweet Own Scent!

    Never Too Sweet Own Scent!

    Ta da!!! Here it is! My very own Never Too Sweet perfume! Staying true to my brand it’s a very sweet florally perfume with strong musk, jasmine and apple notes haha. While Mr Bao’s was very citrusy and refreshing with grass, sandalwood, lime, mint and orange.

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    Mr Bao was very skeptical at first when I told him we were going to a perfume making class, but he thoroughly enjoyed himself and has been using his own cologne since then. I’ve been joking once he’s used up his bottle he wont have his own signature scent anymore but not to worry because Emma offers a refilling service for $2.5 a ml which works out to be around $125 for 50mls. For more information about Creating Your Own Perfume please visit the Fleaurage website :D I think its a great idea for a birthday party or a bridal shower, I highly recommend it and would love to do it again.

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    Now let’s move onto the FOOD because at the end of the day I am a food blogger and eating takes precedent over every if not most things :D And don’t forget camera eats first hehe I’m glad the waitress was so patient and would come to me first with the food, because she knew I wanted to take a photo. The catering was done by Om Nom from the Adelphi Hotel which means we were in for a treat because food is always great. I still remember when we stayed at the hotel last year for my birthday and I really enjoyed the room service.

    Grilled halloumi with pesto and eggplant

    Grilled halloumi with pesto and eggplant

    Pork meatball with ice berg lettuce

    Pork meatball with ice berg lettuce

    Poached chicken with shiitake mushroom

    Poached chicken with shiitake mushroom

    All the savoury canapés were presented so nicely with a heart shape skewer and all tasted delicious! I was impressed with how much flavour such small items had. They were also a great size not too big or small and no mess when eating them.

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    Soft shell crab with aioli

    My favourite was definitely the soft shell crab with aioli, deep fried but not greasy. Wish I grabbed another one! I really love how soft shell crab is such a trendy food item now it appears on most menus, I remember when it use to be limited to Japanese restaurants.

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    Mini Churros with chocolate sauce

    Rapsberry sorbet with fresh berries and meringue

    Rapsberry sorbet with fresh berries and meringue

    As for sweets they had mini Churros with chocolate sauce and also Rapsberry sorbet with fresh berries and meringue pieces. Another smart way of serving sorbet no spoons required, as they are made into little discs very refreshing.

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    Huge thank you to Renault Australia and Soda Communications for hosting another fantastic event and for inviting us. What more could I ask for delicious food, great fun and even better company!

    And for those who are interested in learning more about the Captur now is a great time, because Renault Australia and French skincare brand Nuxe have teamed up and the first 50 people who book in a test drive by the 31st December 2015 will receive a limited-edition pack worth more than $100 :D

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    I’ve also entered in a competition and the more people who book a test drive and mentioned from Never Too Sweet the higher chance for me to win and the prize is to drive the Captur for 3 months at our own leisure.

    If you would like to help me, please following simple steps:

    1. Book in for a test drive
    2. Take a selfie in the Captur and email this to renault@sodacommunications.com.au
      Include the following information:
      – First name
      – Surname
      – Phone Number
      – How they heard about this promotion – Never Too Sweet ;)
    3. You will then receive your Nuxe gift pack

    Please let me know if you have any questions. Have a wonderful week ahead!

    Daisy@Nevertoosweet and Mr Bao was invited as a guest of Renault Australia and Soda Communications all opinions are based from our own experience. 


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