Do you ever have a Filipino food cravings? I recently do. The repercussion of living away from home far surpasses my imagination, when one of these seemingly insignificant moments, like stealing food from my helper's Sunday church Filipino feast actually made an imprint in my mind. Somehow, that imprint got me wandering off to World Wide House a few days ago, (the Filipino helper's shopping paradise in Central) searching for a HK$20 box of Filipino comfort food. Here are my findings.
Beef Mechado - a Spanish influenced tomato based stew with a decadent sauce filled with chunks of beef, garlic, onions and carrots, bell pepper and potatoes. My ultimate crave.
Chicken a la King - Knobs of chicken in a thick creamy white sauce, usually floating with carrots, potatoes, onions and pepper
Pinakbet - a vegetable staple of pumpkin, string beans, eggplant, okra, (and bitter melon, which I usually push aside) accentuated by the electric pink and sometimes very smelly bagooong (shrimp paste)
Pancit - Thin rice noodles with an assortment of shrimp, pepper, carrots, onions, usually topped with a few slices of hard-boiled eggs
Banana Springrolls - Crispy lustworthy springroll sheets wrapped bananas with a generous drizzle of syrup
Tupig - glutinous rice with shredded coconut wrapped in grilled banana leaves
And my all time favourite Filipino hot spot, a stone throw away from my Thai mani-pedi spot (oh how I love HK)
Looking out the window and yearning for some sun... I was just staring at my coat tree yesterday eve, wondering if T3 will finally get out of our weekend when I found my forlorn Black Panama Fedora, acquired last summer from local swimsuit extraoridnaire, Sabina Swims, perched in one corner, forgotten. How quitessentially summer on vacation is this wonderful classic? I dug around for "The Original" and found this website, carrying the most extensive styles of Panama hats one can ever imagine!
My original Italian Fedora, but in Black. Think mafioso on holiday
The Lover - channeling a music festival frollicking Alexa Chung
The Monte Carlo - The Plantation/Luxe Farm owner's hat of choice
The Breton - The classy Breakfast at Tiffany's version
The Marco Polo (wobby vs up brim) - 2 looks for the casual picnic and the boarding school girl alive
The Optimo - Apparently, the Classic colonial Panama, worn by British expat travelling to Asia. (i.e. Hong Kong!) channeling The Tai Pan !
Which one would you pick?
The Original Panama Hat @ Sabina Swims 1/F, No. 99F Wellington St, Central Tel: (852) 2115-9975
Now that I've blindly purchased Brian Atwood heels, Margiela pumps, Jill Sanders sandals, a few more Alexander Wang tees, a trunk load of Shopbop summer dresses, various impulse buys from Mango and Zara, and I even got myself an Olympus E-PL1 camera. My wallet is in dire need of a break, but how am I going to resist this? Ugh.
Frankly, I can't wait till the Blackberry 6.0 software launches. (arriving end of Q3) Although I've pre-ordered the lust worthy iPhone 4 (oh I can bear with the lying Steve Jobs, antenna, what antenna?) and have fleeting thoughts of the geeky Android, I still have a soft spot for Blackberry. Given, I've had the then, sexy handset since my very first job, (remember the side scroll?), trained my fingers from keypad to the blackberry thumb, and through the years witnessed the shift from business to social to all of us burying our face chatting away on bbm. I've had 4 versions of the Blackberry and there is something familiar and functional about this Smartphone pioneer. Well, now that I hear that RIM is upgrading the interface with features like multi-touch interface, webkit browser, universal search and wow, social tools, Blackberry is back on the game to compete with the giants. Will this convert more people? I doubt it but the business users in the world will rejoice with me!
Beatles crooned "Money can't buy you love", but the modern world exclaims, Money can buy you skills! And for as little as US$1.99, any idiot with an iPhone can claim "photographer" as a proffession with this absolutely eye boggling app that turns your low res, sometimes kindergarten looking phone snaps into the moodiest, sexiest, plushest images money can't buy.
Well now, you just need someone to fall in love with your photos and this would be your cheapest trick up your sleeve to win a girl's heart.
In this era of digital nowism, many of us has forgotten the beauty of receiving letters, hand-written notes and greeting cards tug the heart just a wee more than a "Subject: hey thank man " email. And of course, my judging factor of all times, beautiful penmanship and wishfully, a lefty writing me a card scores high in my books. Greyscale seems to understand my obsession. A home grown stationery brand backed by the stylish Whitespace ad agency, these people perfected good looking but affordable and released a series of black and white note cards evoking class. I'll be stocking them for my next "Thank You".
Sticks and Stones
Greyscale Stationery Available at Kapok 2 Sun Street Wanchai
Blast HK summers! My usually obedient hair tangles into a knotted mess with splits and breaks and flyaways, oh and sun damage. Lucky for me, a caring girlfriend brought goodies from abroad and lo and behold, she gifted me a fraction of her precious Moroccanoil, thick golden liquid that looks intimidating to use, but a quick slather and you'd be in awe by the absorption rate, my thirsty hair slurps up this surprisingly light weight formula, leaving my hair shine like the sun, with none of that greasiness. It's graced the locks of many a celeb. (Angelina Joile, Selma Hayek, Charlize Theron, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Ashlee Simpson and Pink just to name a few) Now, where can I find me a bottle in Hong Kong?
The annoyingly mono-tone musical instrument that took over South African stadiums now has a twitter account! And what does the_vuvuzela has to say to the world? BZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ! And yes, he has +10K followers! where are the GOOOOALLLLLLLLLLLLBZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ tweets?