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  1. 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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    These are all Ocean Front Panoramic View Rooms located.

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    As the hotel is situated in a residential community, there are shops, restaurants and a supermarket just around the corner so don't panic if you forgot to bring something essential for your stay. Only if you remember to bring enough cash, haha...

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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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    Different sauces to season the skewers to your liking.

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    Alaskan Crab Legs were only available during dinner time~

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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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    Hotel lobby at night. When everyone has gone back to room, it shows another undisturbed charm.

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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

  2. 繼大半個月前在Aestique Beauty Medical Center做過一次PICO袪斑後,臉上的斑點已經減淡了不少之所以,膚色亦白淨了不少。
    第二次的來到,充滿了期望,希望透過兩次的打斑,可以減少臉上大部份的斑斑。

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    一到來,先登記吧,職員都很友善呢。

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    登記後,先在這邊等一等,姐姐會送上茶或水。
      
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    化妝間

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    我就在這間房進行激光注射的,與大大小小的美容無異,不同的就是機器不同,大家記得認清這部機呢。

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    第一次打PICO,皮膚對PICO的反應都會大些,所以細心既Aestique治療師,會調較合適的能量幫助皮膚適應。到第二次時,治療師就會跟據上次既能量再作調。打斑的力度加強了。因為經過第一次的試驗,知道皮膚能夠承受多大的強度,所以力度加強了;加強力度後,更能打散臉上的頑固色斑;女人為了美,絕對是可以承受那痛楚的。

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    打斑前,其實我臉上真的有超多斑,多得可怕。色斑類型及深度都會影響打斑既次數。一般底層斑或荷爾蒙斑需要的次數會多D,大約5-6次。如果係表面既色斑,3-4次就會明顯減淡。有些好表面或細粒雀斑仔,仲可以用定點結焦方法,快速清除班點。

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    每次打斑後,臉部都會偏紅的,過一會便沒事了。雖然在中心裡已經敷了保濕面膜,但不代表這樣是足夠的,最後在打斑後連續3-4天都自行在敷保濕面膜,這樣對效果好之餘,亦會減低敏感和出粒粒的機會。

    打過兩次laser後,效果都不錯,十分期待第三次呢。

    第一次打斑體驗請按此


    Aestique Beauty Medical Center

    銅鑼灣恩平道42號亨利中心5樓全層 
    Tel: 2155 5522 / Whatsapp 9799 0476
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    Website: www.aestique.com.hk

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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!

    御膳還附有天婦羅拼盤,包括蝦兩隻, 體積很大,蝦肉爽彈,惟蝦鮮味欠奉,冬菇,小青椒和番薯片各一件,外層炸漿若可薄一點更好,沾些加入白蘿蔔蓉的天婦羅汁,幸福呀!

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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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    今助日本料理Imasuke Japanese Restaurant
    地址:荃灣青山公路荃灣段398號愉景新城1樓1019號舖
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  4. [Cafe Malacca] located at Hotel Jen is a popular place for Singaporeans and Malaysians to hang out because you get the real deal there.
    They are now serving Singapore and Malaysian Treats during Tea Time so it was a good opportunity for me to try all these treats which I have not tried before, these treats are also on the A la Carte menu so next time I know what to order.

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    Starting with the Savouries, there is Pie Tee, Chwee Kueh, Murtakbak and Curry Puff, moving on to the sweets, there are Kuih Dadar, Kaya Toast and Durian Pudding which comes with Kopi-O or Teh Tarik for $288 with an extra 10% service charge.
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    All the savouries were equally as good but my favourite had to be the Chwee Kueh which is like savoury rice pudding topped with preserved radish and sambal sauce.
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    It was my first time trying the Murtakbak and it tasted like a stuffed square puff pastry balanced by the pickles on top.
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    Moving on to the sweets, the creamy durian pudding was amazing and the kaya toasts are always my favourite because I love pandan, just like the Kuih Dadar pandan crepe rolls filled with coconut.
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    To finish off, the Kopi-O and Teh Tarik were a perfect ending.
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    I am so glad I tried this and the Tea Set is great way of sampling these Singmalay delights if you are new to it!

    [Cafe Malacca]
    2/F Hotel Jen,
    508 Queens's Road West, Shek Tong Tsui, Hong Kong


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  5. 說起德國,大家想到的有甚麼?世界盃,足球名星或是benz?如果說’德國菜’,浮現的應該不外烤腸仔,燒豬手和大杯啤酒.德國菜在很多人心目中都是份量又大又膩又肉淋淋的almost primitive cuisine,但事實並不如想像般單調.

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    「叉燒煎蛋飯」有「黯然銷魂飯」之稱,我也非常喜歡。在上環出名的叉燒煎蛋飯首推孖沙茶餐廳,但最近發現一家賣叉燒炒蛋飯雖未至「黯然銷魂」,但也相當不錯吃。

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    上環文武廟每天都人頭湧湧,在其旁邊有條小路,轉上便是四方街。沿斜路上會見到一幅漂亮的李小龍塗鴉,茶咖宅就正正在李小龍塗鴉的對面。

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    早餐午市,茶咖宅都一應俱全,賣的都是非常地道的港式食品。午市餐牌大量錯別字,也可說是港式茶餐廳的特色吧(笑)。

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    叉燒炒蛋飯除了主角叉燒和炒蛋,還有不少椰菜。炒蛋即叫即炒,夠熱夠滑,配上甜豉油是一大驚喜。

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    另一主角叉燒則略嫌瘦了點,但幸好肉質還算鬆化,加上蜜味不錯,配上滑蛋還是很有看頭。邊吃邊呷一口奶茶,在這寧靜的小街很是寫意。

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    紅雞碗,港奶茶,還有地道的叉燒炒蛋,加上用心製作,茶咖宅是值得支持的港式小店。

    請多多支持小弟的專頁:
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    茶咖宅
    日期:2018/02/22, 2018/03/02
    地址:上環四方街24號地舖
    推介:7/10

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  7. 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.

    Renault Captur

    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.

    Soft shell crab with aioli

    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.

    Mini Churros with chocolate sauce

    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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  8. 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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    Bibo
    163 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan
    Tel: +852 2956 3188
    http://www.bibo.hk/#new-page




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    It has been a while since my last visit at the iconic, contemporary Chinese restaurant, Above and Beyond. But recently, I was informed that their menu had some new changes and I was invited to try their new items including Wok-Fried Prawn with Tangerine Peel and Luoding fermented Soy Bean as well as my favourite Steamed Minced Pork with Tai O Salted Fish. I went for lunch and we were 4 people, so apart from the a la carte courses we also ordered a few dim sum dishes on the side.


    After we placed our orders, the dim sum arrived shortly. The serving of the food was very efficient, perhaps a bit too efficient in our opinion because soon there were a lot of food on our table and it was a challenge to finish eating the food before it got cold. You know dim sum is best when eaten hot so we asked them to slow down a little bit, and the a la carte courses were served after we finished with the dim sum

    One of our favourite dim sum that we had was the Steamed Lobster and Scallop Dumpling (48HKD per person). The dumpling skin was perfectly translucent and smooth packing juicy scallop and sweet lobster meat. This moreish bite was also topped with a dash of bird's nest

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    On the other side the Steamed Flour Roll with Minced Beef and Tangerine Peel (68HKD) was less impressive as the flour roll was a bit too soft and thick. The minced beef also lacked a bit of flavour

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    I also ordered my favourite Chinese soup; Almond Pork Lung Soup with Fish Maw (428HKD for 4) and I thought it was one of the best that I had in Hong Kong with generous, big chunks of fish maw and perfectly cooked pork lung. The soup was rich and they managed to balance out the flavours between the fish maw, almond and pork lung very well

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    In general, I think they do pretty well with their steamed dumplings so the Steamed Mushroom Dumplings with Bamboo Piths (48HKD) was another likable item among the table

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    We also ordered the classic Steamed Pork Dumplings with Shrimp and Sea Moss (58HKD) with tender meat and a slightly bounciness in the texture

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    Another favourite was actually the Shrimp and Pork Wontons in Soup (88HKD). The wontons were extremely smooth and silky with delicious shrimp and pork paste inside their pockets. This one is definitely a must order next time we come back

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    The last dimsum we had was the Cantonese Style Steamed Brown Sugar Sponge Cake (48HKD). It was served before we even had the main courses so the staff took it away and gave it to us at the end of the meal. Nevertheless, the sponge cake was utmost legitimate with a consistent fluffy and airy texture

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    Moving on to the new dishes in the a la carte menu

    Crispy Claw with Shrimp Mousse - This was overdone and the claw was too firm in texture. The aroma of the shrimp and the crab didn't come out quite well, and it almost resembled like a meatball

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    Steamed Garoupa Fillet with Egg White and Yellow Broth - The fish was very nice and the small pearl-like egg white added an interesting texture to the dish with a light flavour that didn't overwhelm the fish

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    Wok-Fried Prawns with Tangerine Peel and Luoding Fermented Soy Bean - The prawn was succulent with a distinct taste of tangerine peel and fermented soy bean

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    Wok-Fried Wagyu Beef Cubes with Chiu Chow-Style Soy-Marinated Goose Liver - The beef cubes were overcooked and rough, and the combination with the gooseliver was a bit oily as the whole dish had too much oiliness which made it it very heavy

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    Steamed Minced Pork with Tao O Salted Fish - This was probably my favourite among the new dishes. The meat had an appropriate balance between lean meat and fat giving it the right texture and taste

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    Marinated Chicken in Shaoxine Wine - The chicken wasn't tender enough, perhaps the cooking time was a bit too long and the Shaoxine wine aroma was actually quite weak

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    Northern Chinese Style Crispy Sliced Potato with Dried Chili Pepper - Surprisingly good with a crunchy outer texture and a soft inner center releasing out an earty potato taste with a kick of spiciness

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    Baked Sago Pudding, EggYolk Sponge cake, Sesame Puff Bird's Nest - All three dessert didn't fare very well as the sago pudding was too thick, sweet and heavy while the egg yolk sponge cake wasn't soft at all. The best thing was probably the sesame puff

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    Above and Beyond is a great place to take family and relatives for something different for dim sum and dinner, but I reckoned that their contemporary dim sum dishes had a stronger edge than their creative a la carte courses. 

    Where: Above and Beyond, 28/F, Hotel Icon, East Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong (+852 34001490)
    When: Oct 11, 2015
    Highlight: The Lobster and Scallop Dumpling and the Shrimp Wontons
    Downside: The dessert and the Marinated Chicken in Shaoxine wine




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  10. 每次去尖沙嘴都唔知食咩好,因為實在太多嘢可以揀,但得自己一丁友去食又食唔到幾多嘢,所以好多時都係食吓小食或者食碗麵就算,查到有間拉麵店新開,有比較少見嘅櫻花蝦沾麵,試吓無壞。

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    由於係新開而且係三點幾鐘,無咩客人係件幾正常嘅事。店裡嘅裝修都真係幾樸素,木枱同木色筷子好似食魚蛋河咁嘅款,加上一個唔知係特色定係甩色嘅牆身,其實成件事幾時光倒流又意外地夾。

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    沾麵有四款而且有得揀冷暖麵,要食就梗係食冷麵嘅。除咗沾麵仲有三款拉麵,仲可以揀麵嘅軟硬度,或者走唔走蔥筍,細節位做得幾足啵。

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    上枱喇﹗睇個樣都幾足料,沾汁嘅櫻花蝦鋪到滿晒,沾麵除咗叉燒溏心蛋筍乾蔥呢幾樣基本嘢之外,仲有海帶芽呢個味噌湯常客。

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    一手摸落碗沾汁度,個碗熱到辣手即時一縮,好明顯個碗係比沾汁更加熱,咁樣做就有保溫效果。雖然小處有著眼,但沾汁就不過不失,個汁唔會過鹹亦食到蔬菜嘅清甜,唔需要加湯割都可以成碗飲晒。另外櫻花蝦的確用咗唔少,但一清晒櫻花蝦個汁就無晒蝦味,不如攞部份蝦去煮沾汁咪仲好。

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    大堆頭無以為繼

    沾麵呢邊都係大堆頭,啲配料基本上冚晒成碗麵。

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    但佢真係得個樣唔錯,沾麵係結實得嚟無彈性,口感自然唔好,無落鹼水可能係原因,但其實可以喺麵粉上著手,其他舖頭無鹼水味得嚟都可以彈牙,無理由做唔到嘅。

    而叉燒可以話係燈影叉燒,三塊加埋都唔夠人地一塊厚,除咗要讚一下刀功外,就梗係要彈塊叉燒無咬口,切到咁薄完全食唔出究竟入唔入味,尚幸有啲火炙味點綴下,成件事無咁寡。

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    燈影叉燒味道淡,麵質較硬欠彈性

    溏心蛋個樣的確係溏心嘅,但係睇色水就知唔夠入味,軟熟度可以但好細粒,照計細細粒應該容易入味先係嫁…

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    人地仔細老婆嫩,佢地蛋細唔夠嫩

    老實講呢度嘅基本功真係做得麻麻,有注意到細節位,主動加水同埋禮貌良好係件好事,但去餐廳食嘢,梗係嘢食質素排先。仲要拉麵唔係平嘅菜式,以呢度嘅定價,其實有更抵更好食嘅選擇啦,不過開業初期,應該有進步空間嘅。

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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.

    WELCOME TO MY NEW BLOG: www.gustobeats.com
    Please give a LIKE to my Facebook Page !You can also fine me on Weibo/ Twitter/ /Instagram/ Openrice/ Ufood through Home Page links.

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  12. 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.

    This post has been sponsored by Hennessy Artistry





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  13. I thought it was the Rose Water by Watsons Water.
    Watsons Water is a brand that supplies distilled and mineral water.
    Last year, they launched Rose Water in a Pink Bottle.

    When I took a closer look, it turned out to be Sakura Honey Water in a similar design but this time the plastic was not see through was opaque.

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    The barcode at the back was pretty.
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    Unfortunately, I didn't like the taste because it tasted like lipstick!

    This drink is available from 4/4/2018-17/4/2018 while stocks last.
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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.

    The post Where am I? appeared first on Hong Kong Thru My Eyes.


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  15. Hi everyone!

    Thanks for being supportive on Spot The Food.

    From today onwards, I will start on my own website so please check it out for more updates!

    See you all at http://www.spotthefood.com

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    The CNY aside, February is always a busy yet rewarding month for men and women alike. We plan what to buy, where to dine, and how to spend the romantic night together. Everwhere you have special treats and menu for Valetine…

    As I can hardly resist a nice afternoon tea, I was excited to try the Island Shangri-la’s recent special that is only available for a short while. As if a decent cuppa and fine little sweets are not enough, this afternoon tea came with Pierre Jouet’s Rose. Having afternoon tea in a Harbour-side hotel with your loved ones sounds, I know, cliché, but you do have a decent Champange here to brighten things up. It was foggy day when I was there for a media event; that glass of champagne was particularly helpful.
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    The scone here is commendable; it is difficult to find a nice piece of scone these days, even in London, let alone in Hong Kong. I was still haunted by my recent experience in one of the big name hotels in London, but the scone here was a pleasant surprise, though it is by no means perfect. It got a nice fluffy texture; it would be better if it is more buttery. The flavour needs some more work. I had much worse but I indeed had better ones.
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    The menu was, I presume, tailored to suit the champagne. I found the lobster sandwich, Alaskan crabmeat sandwich and foie gras terrine went particularly well with the champagne. The champagne marinated Gravlax was very refreshing; could be a good appetizer for my dinner.
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    Many of the sweets are worth trying. I would recommend the cherry and champagne cheesecake and the mascarpone and champagne rollcake. I am not a big fan of cheesecake but I did like this one. It was not heavy at all and actually quite balanced between the cheesy and sweet flavours. The rollcake was very moist and filled with creamy mascarpone. Shangri-La should consider keeping these items in their cake shop. But it was the Amour cake that won the day. It was beautifully constructed sponge cake with champagne infused cream layers, with shiny bubbles on top, possibly a tribute to the champagne. I could easily finish my slice.
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    Apart from the tiny glitches here and there, this thematic afternoon tea was beautiful. The chef’s effort in pairing the food with the champagne was particularly commendable. There was no “tea” per se here; this French interpretation of tea works just fine for me.

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    Food: wwwwwww
    Service:wwwwwww1/2w
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  17. Right, I am a morning person who can't skip breakfast for a day and in Dubai, I was so much looked forward to the breakfast time everyday 'coz there were just too many nice places around to enjoy a lovely brekkie to kick start a day. My friend brought us to this cafe & restaurant, Shakespeare and Co. to have a Full English Breakfast in a truly English atmosphere.

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    The crafted glass cake cabinet has instantly unveiled the vintage feel.

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    Once I stepped inside, whoa! I was like being brought into the imaginative world of Shakespeare!! Look at all those photos below, do they look like in the fairy tale? They are all sweet and colourful!

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    Toasts and butter, served along with a tray of cute mini Bonne Maman jam & honey.

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    The set includes a glass of fresh pressed juice and a cup of tea or coffee. Here came my grapefruit juice, which wasn't too sour nor bitter but just refreshing!

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    My friend's cup of Earl Grey, nothing much special about it indeed...

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    My own Caffe Latte. Not too bad but a bit too much milk to my liking.

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    My friend's English Breakfast (AED50) with grilled beef bacon, turkey sausage, roasted potato, scrambled egg & baked beans. Their scrambled egg was generally too dry and not fluffy enough, while the beef bacon and turkey sausage were quite nice and tasted special as I never tried a bacon made of beef and sausage made of turkey before!

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    My American Breakfast (AED50) with same dry & stiff scramble egg, sauteed mushrooms, beef bacon and hash brown. Everything on the plate was not remarkably good or surprising, except the hash brown that wasn't the ordinary frozen type but made from freshly shredded potato! I was impressed indeed!

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    My hubby's American set was almost similar with mine, only with the scrambled egg being replaced by egg benedict. Another disaster on the egg benedict as the pouched eggs were overcooked and wait, where is the Hollandaise sauce for it??

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    This additional order, Savory Crepes with Smoked Salmon (AED33), should be the most delicious dish in our breakfast that day... The mixed greens was fresh & crisp and the crepe rolls were creamy with good dollop of lightly seasoned sour cream and fresh smoked salmon. Yummy!

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    Basically, the dining experience was great given such a dreamy atmosphere. Food quality was on average, which was more towards the positive side. Besides, indoor, alfresco dining is available too but the Sun was just too strong for me at that time. Yeah, I do recommend those who are visiting Dubai to spend a breakfast there.

    Facebook Page : https://www.facebook.com/Shakespeareuae

    Address : G/F, Dubai Marina Mall, Exit 32 directly off Sheikh Zayed Road,Dubai, UAE

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  18. 從來都覺得尖沙咀是個可愛好地方,吃的看的都多,最近更添多兩項:首先是帝苑酒店二樓的 J's Bar Bistro,推出的$148平日沙律吧自助午餐,健康美味得來十分超值!

     

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    人在尖東要找地方 Happy Hour,晚飯直落,環境優美、型格又復刻的 J's Bar Bistro 從來都是不二之選,年初甜魔媽媽更在這裡 遇過 Shine!最近週一至五12:00 - 14:30推出$148任食沙律吧,內容包括麵包、餐湯、水果、甜點,真的不夠飽還可以$50加點主菜,非常抵食。

     

     

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    已經是第三次到訪,還是被餐廳的優美清靜氣氛所醉倒,環境實在很治療令人放鬆,連步往沙律吧的腳步也不期然放慢下來~

     

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    順序介紹一下:當日一開首就有新鮮水果併盤,內容包括西瓜、菠蘿及蜜瓜,全部極甜極美味;之後又有迷你焗蛋批、Blueberry cheesecake、兩款芝士,作為頭盤或飯後餐點皆宜!

     

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    之後沙律吧的選擇可謂令人眼花瞭亂:熟的有西蘭花、烤野菌、烤椰菜花、烤紅椒、烤黃椒、烤青椒、烤茄子、紫薯,生的有紅椒圈、黃椒圈、羅馬生菜、法式雜菜、綠牛油生菜、紅珊瑚生菜、羽衣甘籃等新鮮水耕菜,加上車厘茄、薯仔沙律、烤雞青蘋果沙律、番茄豆芽沙律等等。

     

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    另一邊還有每日精選餐湯,當日是清甜好喝的粟米忌廉湯,加上數款好看又好吃的麵包、多款沙律醬如千島醬、法式醬、凱撒醬,以及四款特色油醋醬,來製作創一無二的沙律。

     

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    長檯上更有大量健康的沙律配料,包括青橄欖、珍珠洋蔥、醃青瓜、甜粟米、青瓜、石榴籽、金菜頭、蘋果乾、紅腰豆、紅棗、提子乾、無花果乾、杏桃,以及藜麥、糙米、合桃、脆榛子、開心果、全麥小米、粟米脆片等,營養豐富又頂肚,吃完不可能不飽啊!

     

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    最後場內還有 Toss Salad station,大家可以選好配料,由專人幫忙拌製好再食用,不過我更喜歡自製沙律的樂趣!對了,酒吧還設有優美室外位,初時也選坐外邊,不過後來漸有微雨才搬回室內繼續用餐。

     

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    以下就是我的午餐了!水果、沙律、芝士、穀物、麵包、餐湯,全部都是優質健康的食材,吃下去除了是滿足口腹之慾,也補充了身體所需的多項營養素,不夠飽還可以再出去拿,無論男女其實一定夠飽有餘~

      

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    然而嘴饞如我,又怎會放過$50品嚐 Roasted Spring Chicken 的機會?皮香肉嫩的美味烤春雞配上滋味燒汁,再拌上薯泥及雜菜,$50實在太超值。當日另一主菜選項是 Indian Seasonal Vegetable Curry Basmati Rice,適合素食人士,而內容每週更換,常來吃也不會悶!

     

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    來惠顧午餐,更有加$38選點 Special Mocktail 的優惠;這裡的飲品向來出色,當日試了一杯青蘋果特飲,果香滿滿兼有不少果泥,貨真價實,$38十分超值!

     

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    飯後再來點高水準水果及甜點,非常滿足了!需要提神的,則可以加$28點杯咖啡,來為忙碌一天充電。明天又是 Green Monday,想來一頓健康/素食午餐的朋友,真的推介來一試啊~

     

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    事實上,這頓後甜魔媽媽一直飽到晚上,連晚飯也沒吃,不過就去 K11 買了吃了 Paul Lafayet 的甜品;原來,接下來4月24-26日是「法式焦糖燉蛋節」,這幾天12-7pm 全線店內 Crème Brûlée 都有買一送一優惠!

     

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    還記得當年對此店的焦糖燉蛋驚為天人,這次則為新出 Crème Brûlée Cake 傾心,除了又香又滑的燉蛋味忌廉,也因為中間的花生層實在好吃啊!甜魔們可以一試~

     

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    J's Bar Bistro

    地址:尖沙咀東部麽地道69號帝苑酒店2樓

    電話:27332088

    Facebook:The Royal Garden 香港帝苑酒店

     

    Paul Lafayet

    地址:尖沙咀河內道18號K11購物藝術館G23舖

    電話:35869621

    Facebook:Paul Lafayet

     

    ** 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~~

  19. 最近趁天氣凍返,即刻黎食呢間人人都讚既火鍋店。位於登龍街永光中心二樓,裝修懷舊,牆上掛有霓虹燈飾,枱上放有傳統既壽星公碟,藍色瓷碗,木筷子等等;餐廳仲播埋八九十年代既經典歌曲添!

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    十下火鍋

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    歡迎光臨

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    酸梅湯

    首先來一盤醬汁,有豉油、醋、麻油、麻醬、沙茶醬、蒜蓉、蔥花、辣椒,仲有我最愛既芫荽碎喔!寶寶就超級鍾意落蒜蓉同沙茶醬。

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    醬料

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    豉油, 醋, 麻油, 麻醬, 沙茶醬, 蒜蓉, 蔥花, 芫荽, 辣椒

    至於湯底,我哋揀咗「火瞳花膠魚肚雞湯」。湯頭用上雞骨、金華火腿、紅棗、杞子熬成奶白色既湯,所以味道比較鹹;配埋花膠,魚肚同魚翅,仲有半隻鮮雞,非常豐富同鮮甜,火鍋之前服務員都幫我哋「筆」咗幾碗湯飲。

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    火瞳花膠魚肚雞湯

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    火瞳花膠魚肚雞湯

    我哋點既火鍋配料,「黃金麻吉燒」,原來係魚蛋包住麻薯;「麻辣湯包」,非常燙口,一咬落去會有好香既麻油且十分彈牙!

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    黃金麻吉燒

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    麻辣湯包

    炸魚皮就吃得多,炸魚骨就真係第一次。炸得非常脆口,點點湯底又係另一番風味。可惜響鈴就唔算脆,但掛湯力係十分強既,哈哈!

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    脆炸魚骨

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    脆炸響鈴

    海鮮方面,我哋只係簡單點咗鮑魚同蝦滑。前者好新鮮,後者加入鹹蛋黃後味道特別,質地都唔錯。仲有流心「芝士丸」同十分足料既「蟹肉蟹粉餃」,餃子皮好薄而且好重蟹膏味呀!

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    鮑魚, 鮮打鹹蛋黃蝦滑

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    蟹肉蟹粉餃, 芝士丸

    牛肉方面,寶寶點咗「美國肥牛」,份量足夠兩個人食,大理石紋好明顯,牛肉味都重,唔錯唔錯。

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    美國肥牛 (大)

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    美國肥牛

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    鮑魚

    值得一提既係餐廳好盡責,用餐當日先後打咗兩次電話俾我 confirm booking。至於價錢同質素都 acceptable,值得一試喔!

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    十下火鍋

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    十下火鍋

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    單據

    十下火鍋 Suppa
    地址: 銅鑼灣登龍街28號永光中心2樓
    電話: 35204111 / 54020239
    時間: Mon – Sun 12:00 – 16:00, 17:30 – 00:30
    網站: https://www.facebook.com/SUPPAHK


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  20. I've first read about Soft Creme from people's photo tag on instagram, and this ice-cream shop was so new that it wasn't even posted on OpenRice back then so I googled on it to get the address.  One day Missy Mo and I decided to go chill at Tai Hang, and Soft Creme immediately came into my mind.  We grabbed a quick bite then came here to check it out.  Probably because it was still new and not alot of people knew about it yet, there wasn't too long of a line-up.

    Ice-cream numbers 1-4 were made from Hokkaido milk (uh oh, I sense radiation) and A-D used cereal milk, not really sure what that was though.  I really wanted to try the special of the month which was the Moet champagne flavor but annoying Missy Mo rejected my craving and ordered the Flamed Bacon. sad
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    We were watching the food experts preparing the cups behind the counter and thought that we gotta try the Australian honeycomb next time.  Meanwhile, I also kept glimpsing at the cute cashier guy while waiting for our ice-cream... ;P
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    They put dry ice at the bottom of the cup underneath the ice-cream to prevent it from melting too quickly since it's "soft" ice-cream and not the usual ones you take out from the Park n shop freezer.  I tried to take picture of the smokey effect (oooo, spooky) but was a tad bit late.  Anyway you get the point, I think the dry ice was just another gimmick but in terms of taste, the ice-cream was indeed very soft and was surprisingly good with the bacon bits.
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    I went to Tai Hang again the following weekend but this time there was a long line-up outside the shop, and I'm never a fan of queues PLUS the cute cashier wasn't there this time...I will be back.


    Soft Creme, G/F 6-7 Shepherd Street, Tai Hang, +852 2370 3205
    District:  Tai Hang
    Overall Rating:  4 / 5
    Cost:  $42 per cup



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    西貢の旧市街にあるメインストリート「市場街」をズイズイと奥まで歩くと左手にあるのが【同坐軒】
    オーナーの謝さんは女性で、景徳鎮や中国や香港の若い芸術家の作品を取り扱っている器のお店です。
    お土産・・・というよりは、自分のお気に入りを見つけたいお店。
    都合により今回は購入しませんでしたが、食器好きの私はウズウズウズしてしまうものが多かったです。
    許可をいただいて撮影させていただいたのでご紹介しますね!

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    Googleマップで見るとこのお店はまだ存在していません。以前はマリンショップだったようです。

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    当然のように茶器もいろいろ揃っています。実用的なもの、おしゃれなもの、レトロなもの、いろいろです。
    景徳鎮っぽいデザインのものもありますね。

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    一瞬、和食器かと思うような小皿もあり。日本でも十分使えそうなものばかりです。

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    桜が描かれた食器発見~!すべて湯呑みでした。

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    和でも中でもない洋の器もありました。これは何に使うものか聞きそびれました・・・すみません。

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    気に入った食器その①。無と書いてあってその周りをウナギ?のような魚が渦巻いています。これ買えばよかったなぁ。

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    気に入った食器その②、お魚マグカップ!あぁ、これも買えばよかった・・・。

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    恐らくこれが一番気に入りました!!茶碗より少し大きめの器。中国っぽい?香港っぽい?だけど新しいおしゃれな器。「福」と「寿」が欲しかったなぁ。

    HPもない新しいお店です。
    西貢に行って食器を買う!と言うのもアリだなぁと思いました。
    街中にあるザ・チャイナな食器でもなく、香港っぽい食器でもなく、素朴でオシャレな食器を見つけてみませんか?

    *営業時間は不明です・・・。

    【同坐軒/Take aBreak】
    住所:西貢海傍街11
    (No.11, G/F Hoi Pong Street, Sai Kung)
    電話番号:2956-1616



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  22. Hey guys! How has it been?! Happy 2018! Happy Chinese New Year! Happy Valentines Day! Sorry I’ve been missing out on blogging… I really have no excuse, I just hope y’all will forgive me.

    So what’s been new in 2018?! I’ve actually been producing content for Instagram consistently, and I’ve recently released a Youtube video reflecting on my year-long love affair with Bounce Limit. If you’d like to learn more about this, please watch the video below:

    It’s truly been an extremely transformative year. Many people will argue (including myself) that I’m quite literally a different person. I eat better, I have better stamina, posture, motivation, self-discipline… Basically everything they say is true about exercising has happened to me – all without “dieting”. Again – I’m not going to annotate the entire video in text form, but please feel free to watch the entire video above. I go through basically the whole history, PLUS my story with personal training.

    I know I promised a FAQ video and I’ll be releasing that soon, hopefully next week!

    Though late, I’m still sending you a whole lot of love and well wishes for the new year. If you’ve not been working on your goals yet, it’s still not too late to re-start. Get on it, and most importantly live well.

    K x

    The post One year along my fitness journey appeared first on Live Well Basics.


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    When looking for a hotel in Georgetown, I came across the lovely heritage boutique hotel: Hotel Penaga. I knew I wanted something with a good dose of traditional charm, but still have a variety of modern necessities. Built in the 1920’s, the building was originally comprised of homes and ground floor shops until 2008 when a couple purchased the property, and carefully renovated and transformed it into Hotel Penaga Penang. The hotel is full of history and fascinating artwork throughout, and the staff are very helpful and welcoming. I honestly couldn’t have asked for a better hotel to spend a few days in while exploring the lovely area of Georgetown.

    First impressions of Hotel Penaga

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    The concierge was all smiles as he opened the main doors of Hotel Penaga upon our arrival. Everything – from check in and out, to getting information about Georgetown and arranging transportation to another part of Penang – was so incredibly easy thanks to the helpful staff. I really did feel at home here thanks to the staff who were always going out of their way to ensure we had a great stay. Aside from the staff, I immediately fell in love with the design of the hotel. It honestly felt like I was taking a luxurious step back in time while walking around this heritage boutique hotel.

    The room

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    I had the most beautiful room – from the minute I walked in, I fell in love with all of the polished wooden furniture, the subtle Asian touches, and the paintings that adorned the walls. My favorite features of the room itself were the large canopy bed that took center stage and the wooden dresser decorated with red Chinese designs. Hotel Penaga also supplied a good range of fairtrade coffee and teas in the room with a life-saving espresso machine that made a killer cup of joe.

    Although it may sound a bit silly, I relished time spent in the bathroom when I was showering and getting ready in the morning. The bathroom was huge (almost the size of my bedroom in Hong Kong!) and I loved the contrast between the light blue tiling and the dark wood paneled floors. I always look out for a big bathtub when I’m choosing a hotel and Hotel Penaga’s massive jacuzzi did not disappoint.

    We were also lucky enough to get a room with a balcony that overlooked the pool and other parts of the hotel. Perfect for enjoying a cup of coffee in the early morning before breakfast (and before it became too hot outside!), I loved being able to have a bit of outdoor space. Also, if you didn’t notice from the photos, many of the room’s light switches were actually bells – a really neat added touch.

    Breakfast

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    Breakfast at Hotel Penaga Penang was a casual affair. They offered a variety of hot items (some changed daily), breads and spreads, and fresh fruit and juice. The service is prompt and friendly and there was a good selection to choose from, whether you liked more of a western-style breakfast or an Asian one. They also offered any style of eggs you’d like (poached eggs on toast, please!) and had a selection of their own Penang homemade bread with kaya spread (a delicious coconut jam) and other unique locally sourced jams.

    Facilities

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    Hotel Penaga Penang has just about everything you could ask for. The location is perfect in that it’s within walking distance of everything you’d want to see in Georgetown (just be sure to bring comfortable shoes!). There is a lap pool with a handful of covered tables around it and a few loungers if you can bear hanging out in the blistering heat. The hotel also has a spa, library, meeting rooms, and a restaurant/bar. One thing I found quite interesting was the artwork throughout the hotel. Hotel Penaga actually runs an artist residency program where contemporary artists can apply to have their work put on display throughout the hotel, so be sure to take your time while wandering around to read about the artists and their work.

    Overall thoughts on Hotel Penaga Penang

    Hotel Penaga Penang is a boutique hotel with a whole lot of charm and personality. The service is honestly exceptional here – they even used their own personal phone to call us a Grab (the company that recently bought out Uber in Malaysia) when we couldn’t use the app in order to get to our next destination in Penang. During the two nights we spent at Hotel Penaga everything was fantastic and I would definitely recommend booking your stay here when you visit Georgetown!

    Hotel Penaga
    Corner of Jalan Hutton & Lebuh Clarke
    10050 George Town
    Penang
    Malaysia

    Tel: 04-261 1891

    I partnered with Hotel Penaga for this post. As always, all views and opinions are sincerely my own. 


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  24. Big Wave Bay, Sai Kung

    Wondering where to find a place in HK to really relax and unwind? Love camping or hiking? This is Hong Kong’s little paradise. It’s a bit of a trek to get there, but it’s worth it. The photos below were taken on two separate occasions.

    The first was at the start of November, beginning of winter, the weather was beautiful! The water was cold but not too cold for a quick dip. The second time was at the end of June and not advisable because of the heat. It was more like a beach holiday than a photography outing; the group of people I went with were all part of the Hong Kong Photography Club. Both occasions, we camped over night to capture sunset, night and sunrise.

    Big Wave Bay in Sai Kung is the total opposite of Big Wave Bay on Hong Kong Island. You are more likely to see cows than you are to see crowds of surfers and bikini clad models!

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    How to get there? Click here: Big Wave Bay directions

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