I was in the process of unpacking my first "dream flat", bags of red white and blue's crowding around my dining table, small carton boxes stacked on top of medium carton boxes on top of large carton boxes, scattered here and there like an unfinished lego project. Sea of "Misc" bags, better named "excess" haunting my burgeoning deadline of "fully unpacking". A thought, what have I done? A decade of my life now summarised as stuff?
What a scary thought! When eyespy thought of confessing, someone did my job, via a drawing log of what she had bought every day! The mundane, the necessary, the excessive and the guilty are all laid out in pretty little illustrations called Obsessive Consumption. Ingenious! And definitely a wake-up call to all of us.
"I make work about personal consumerism, market economies, guilt, joy, excess, more guilt, gifts, celebration, repetition, and the community of these shared experiences." — Kate Bingaman-Burt
Maybe I should buy a little coffee table reminder of this sad reality. Oh wait! I'm shopping again... The irony!
Obsessive Consumption: What Did You Buy Today? is available on Amazon
Noticed this visually enticing all-over mural, under-lit temple tops decorating all 4s of this brand spanking new Thai hot spot. A slice of up market Bangkok in Hong Kong? Rejoice!
With a modern interior and a punchy name like Ayuthaiya, Aqua Group's newest restaurant slash bar will be bringing in the Happy Hour suits looking for something Asian, but not Rat Alley.
The after-work crowd coming in for an opening night beverage, location is key! (Hollywood Road, what beats that?)
A circular bar with individual booths facing outwards, great positioning for a bit of people snooping (Bar still pending liquor license when eyespy stopped by, cash only for drinks)
The food here was surprisingly thoughtful and well executed. With a great selection of Thai favourites at a reasonable HK$110 and under, even a generic plate of Pad Thai was to die for! The lamb shank had the tenderest of meats and the chicken curry was the ultimate comfort food. Chicken satays had a mix of crushed lemon-grass that made it punchy and addictive. I was surprised by the efforts of the condiments, pickled carrots and radish of perfection. The softshell crab summer rolls had a great summery bite of mango and avo! Meal was approx HK$150 per person, affordable, good looking, and great food! A must for a weekday meal that doesn't rob you!
Ayuthaiya 35 Hollywood Road Central Tel: 3105 5055
Live "manequins" at shop front? Herds of paparazzi? What's going on at the Central Joyce boutique last eve?
Oh no, oh yes! Donatella Versace herself is hosting her SS10 preview cocktail in Hong Kong!
And while eyespy was entering the door steps, catching snaps of the vibrant display of Versace's collection...
Donatella herself emerged out of no where! She is tiny (!), walking right pass eyespy in her 6 inch killer heels and iconic bleach blonde mane. (Note 7 ft tall "event partner" with a jacket meant for a 2050 black tie event)
Many a body guards surrounding the pouty diva, sniffing Diptique perfume while husky chuckling in Italian