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Friday, December 31, 2010

Candy, Sweets, Lollies and Marshmallows @ ifc mall Hong Kong

Can you believe it? It's the last day of 2010 already! 

We'll leave you something sweet to conclude this year with. Happy New Year from SimpleDreamer.com!


Thursday, December 30, 2010

The 8th HK Mega Showcase

The 8th Hong Kong Mega Showcase was held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from 24 to 27 December 2010. The organizer has put together a collection of mini-shows and made it into a mega extravaganza that offers goods that cover almost every aspects of our daily lives.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Iron Man Cosplay at Asia Game Show 2010 (Video)

Cosplay or Costume Play is a hobby that has gained its popularity amongst teenagers and young adults. The idea is to dress up as a particular cartoon, video game or comic book character and take photos. It originated in Japan, where the comics and cartoon industry is huge.

Cosplay as Iron Man from the movie Iron Man 2

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Asia Game Show 2010

The Asia Game Show was held on the 24 to 27 December 2010 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. This is an annual event that gamers and cosplayers would not miss. The video game show displays the latest products and trends in the industry. It is not surprising to see that the key trend of this year is 3D gaming. (Since Avatar the movie, everything in the entertainment industry is now 3D!)

Gran Turismo 5 - Racing in 3D

Monday, December 27, 2010

Touching Art: Louvre's Sculptures in Movement

An art experience named, Touching Art: Louvre's Sculptures in Movement, is on display at the Hong Kong Museum of Art from 10 Dec 2010 to 20 Feb 2011. Visitors are encouraged to use their hands to touch and feel the Louvre's sculptures. 


This marvellous event is jointly organized by the Hong Kong Museum of Art and the Louvre Museum. It goes without saying that the exhibits are replicas of the originals. :)

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour with A Symphony of Lights (Video)

It's Boxing Day! I hope you have received the presents that you desired. Here is another present for YOU: a three-minute video of Hong Kong's World-famous stunning panoramic view and skyline of Victoria Harbour in the evening!

Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong, China

The Hong Kong Tourism Board organized a free daily (or "nightly" rather) light and laser show at at 8pm. During "A Symphony of Lights", the exterior decorative lights of key buildings on both sides of the Victoria Harbour synchronized with music to put on the world's largest permanent light and sound show (named by Guinness World Records).

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas Lights & Displays in Hong Kong 2010 (Videos)

Merry Christmas! Here is a present for YOU: a video and several photos of Christmas lights and displays in Hong Kong! (Come back and open it tomorrow if you only unwrap presents on Boxing Day.)

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Hong Kong is known for it's collection of outdoor light displays at night. During the Christmas and New Year period, commercial buildings and shopping malls put on extra efforts to light up the city. These lights and decors are usually on display from late November to early January.

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Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour with A Symphony of Lights (Videos)

Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Tree @ Elements

Elements, yet another giant shopping complex in Hong Kong, literally sets the foundation of extremely expensive residential real estates in Hong Kong. If you are into expensive properties at West Kowloon, here are the names that you must be aware of: The Waterfront, Sorrento Tower, The Harbourside, The Arch, The Cullinan; along with International Commerce Centre, which is the tallest building in Hong Kong at present, offering dear office space. The whole complex is built on reclamation ground.


Thursday, December 23, 2010

Christmas Tree @ 1881 Heritage

In late 2009, a semi-outdoor shopping complex named 1881 Heritage was opened at the water-front of Tsim Sha Tsui. It is on Canton Road (which is famous for having upmarket designer brands flagship stores) and within walking distance of the Star Ferry Pier, a prime location that every property developer wanted their hands on.

Christmas Tree at 1881 Heritage

This site was home to an historical monument, the former Marine Police Headquarters, from 1884 to 1996. In 2003, the Hong Kong Administration awarded the site to a particular property developer for commercial purpose at a price, and with an agreement that the historical building will be persevered.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Christmas Tree @ The ONE

Located at the fringe of Tsim Sha Tsui, The ONE is one of the three new shopping complex in town. In terms of the overall concept, style, interior design and selection of stores; I believe The ONE is the best out of the four.

Christmas Tree at The ONE

The fact that it is not at the centre of Tsim Sha Tsui put it into a slight disadvantage. It is however in the "golden" shopping section of Nathan Road, making it convenient for shoppers.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Christmas Tree @ Prince's Building & Alexandra House

Located at the Status Square, opposite to the 98-year-old Legislative Council Building, and adjacent to the HSBC Hong Kong headquarters; the Prince's Building and Alexandra House are at the center of Hong Kong.

Christmas Tree at the Alexandra House

The Prince's Building and Alexandra House need no other landmarks to put them on the map. For decades, they have made their name for having a collection of upmarket designer brands boutique stores in their shopping malls.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas Tree @ Exchange Square

This Christmas Tree might be ordinary; the building that it is in isn't any ordinary building. Hundreds and thousands of elites from the financial sector walk passed this Christmas Tree per day. It is located at the Exchange Square in Central of Hong Kong.

Christmas Tree at Exchange Square

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Swarovski Crystal Christmas Tree @ Central

The Hong Kong Tourism Board and Swarovski put together a 30m giant Crystal Christmas Tree in the Status Square of Central.

30m Swarovski Crystal Christmas Tree

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Giant Chupa Chups Machine @ iSQUARE

A giant Chupa Chups vending machine (approximately one story tall) is currently on display at the front entrance of iSQUARE shopping and entertainment complex in Hong Kong. How sweet!

This is certainly one huge Chupa Chups vending machine!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Lio and Stitch @ Miramar

These life size Lio and Stitch models are currently on display at the basement of the Miramar Shopping Centre in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. Seek your opportunity to take photographs with them!

Stitch in Chocolate

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Charlie Brown Cafe @ Tsim Sha Tsui

To y'all Snoopy's fans out there: I am thrilled that there were so many of you read my blog post on Snoopy's Land posted in November.

Here are more information on the presence of these Peanuts characters in Hong Kong: Charlie Brown Cafe.


I personally have never dined in this cafe. I just happened to walk passed the shop recently. What has caught my attention was the unique shop front and Mr. Brown's friendly face.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Dialogue in the Dark @ Hong Kong

Dialogue in the Dark, a social enterprise with a mission to raise the awareness of the daily challenges that the visually impaired (ie. the blind) faces, offers a great taste of darkness! In a 75 minutes indoor journey, visitors were soaked in complete darkness and were given an opportunity to maximize their other senses. Each small group of visitors is guided by an enthusiastic visually impaired guide They are more than happy to share insights of their world with you - the visitors.

Dialogue in the Dark at Christmas!

"Dialogue in the Dark" is a World Wide organization with branches in many countries, including: Austria, China, Estonia, India, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand and USA. Visit their official website for more details.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Whangarei Falls @ Whangarei

This is the Whangarei falls. The locals described the Whangarei falls as the most photogenic falls in New Zealand. If compared with the Huka Falls in Taupo, the Whangarei falls looked like a small garden hose. I am sorry Miss Photogenic but this is the truth.

The Whangarei Falls

However, being small and tiny does have its advantage: visitors can get up close (and real close) with the Whangarei falls. Standing on the other side of the pond, we could cleanse our faces with the water drops in the air. There is a loop track around the Whangarei Falls, allowing visitors to have a closer look from different angles.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Aratiatia Rapids @ Taupo (Videos)

Near the Huka Falls, there is a place downstream called Aratiatia Rapids. The Aratiatia Power Station is the first hydro-power station built on the Waikato River. The power company that operates the station opens the gates at regular intervals to suit the power generation needs.

Aratiatia Rapids

There are eight power generation plants along the Waikato River which generates 13% of New Zealand's electricity. Aratiatia is best know for it's scenic features. The lookouts were built on very hilly terrains. It was an amazing experience to observe water flows and twists on these rocky corners.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Hundertwasser Toilets @ Kawakawa

An artist named Frederick Hundertwasser and a free public toilet put a small New Zealand town called Kawakawa on the tourist map.


Kawakawa Toilets by Hundertwasser

In all long distance driving, toilet stops are more than actions that satisfies one's physical needs. Toilet stops mark milestones of a journey and give something the passengers to aim for. Kawakawa's toilet stop is unique as it adds colour to your experience.


Saturday, December 11, 2010

Huka Honey Hive @ Taupo

Literally just down the road from the Huka Falls, there is a sweet little house that sells honey product. When I last visited, they called themselves "The Honey Hive". I believed they have changed their name to Huka Honey Hive

It is a souvenir shop; a small cafe; a bee farm as well as a bee museum. You are free to explore all sorts of knowledge related to bees and honey. If you are interested, you can sample or purchase honey related products. Just walk in and their friendly staff will assist you with patience. (Disclaimer: It does sound like a commercial. But again, as mentioned in the lion zoo post: I am just a tourist who enjoyed my visit. I am not related to these businesses.)

Friday, December 10, 2010

Huka Falls @ Taupo (Videos)

If there is one water fall that you must visit in New Zealand, it would be Huka Falls near Taupo. It is easy to access with lots of photo opportunities.

Huka Falls, Taupo, New Zealand

Draining from the nearby Lake Taupo, Huka Falls is an important milestone of the mighty Waikato River. The Huka Falls are so powerful as the Waikato River narrows from 100m to only 15m just a few hundred meters upstream. The New Zealand government built footbridges and lookouts, making it easy for visitors to observe, hear and feel the power of the Huka Falls. Parking and admission is absolutely free.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Tongariro Alpine Crossing @ New Zealand (Photos)

Tongariro Alpine Crossing, one of the "must visit" tramping tracks in New Zealand, is a great one day tramp destination. In that 6 to 8 hours of a rather comfortable journey, trampers will experience all sorts of volcanic terrains with a bit of native forest at the end.

Early start at 7:45am!

As you can find lots of photographs and descriptions about Tongariro Alpine Crossing online, let's talk about the logistics or planning details that you should be aware of.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Inno Design Tech Expo 2010 Japanese Inspirations II

The Inno Design Tech Expo was held at The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from 2 to 4 December 2010. It was an opportunity for the industry to showcase and exchange innovative design ideas. Furthermore, the general public can explore innovations by designers from Japan, Germany, France, Hong Kong and more.

The Japanese are experts in Shows & Expos

It is without a doubt that the Japanese are World Class innovators and exhibitors. Working in teams, the Japanese have designed so many great products that simplifies life. They have also created arts that enrich life. (See also: Japanese Inspirations I)

The Japanese innovations are also very good at combining arts and tools together to present exhibits that improve lifestyle. They know how to design great products; and they know how to present their products in the most appealing way. Here are the solid evidence:

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Inno Design Tech Expo 2010 Japanese Inspirations

The Inno Design Tech Expo was held at The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from 2 to 4 December 2010. It was an opportunity for the industry to showcase and exchange innovative design ideas. Furthermore, the general public can explore innovations by designers from Japan, Germany, France, Hong Kong and more.

That's right, HONDA's ASIMO were there!

It is without a doubt that the Japanese are World Class innovators and exhibitors. Working in teams, the Japanese have designed so many great products that simplifies life. They have also created arts that enrich life.

The must see star exhibits of the event were ASIMO by Honda, Key Between People (KBP) by Yamaha and a capsule hotel room of 9h nine hours. As you may be aware, ASIMO is a human like walking robot. KBP is an extremely thin flat piano that brings that audience and performer closer. 9 hours hotel modernized and added style to stack guests on top of each other with (quite frankly) coffin look-a-like capsule hotel rooms. You can see a video of some of these star products in the Japanese Inspirations II post. But wait! there's more!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Inno Design Tech Expo 2010 German Inspirations

The Inno Design Tech Expo was held at The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from 2 to 4 December 2010. It was an opportunity for the industry to showcase and exchange innovative design ideas. Furthermore, the general public can explore innovations by designers from Japan, Germany, France, Hong Kong and more.

"Egg carton" walls surround the Germany display area.

The Germans showcased an impressive collection of innovative designs. From the overall design concept of the show area to each exhibits, it is evident that every detail was carefully calculated and crafted. The Germans brought along products such as various household appliances, cutlery, an award winning unusual clock and of course a Mercedes-Benz.

Recommended posts:
Inno Design Tech Expo 2010 Japanese Inspirations
Inno Design Tech Expo 2010 Japanese Inspirations II

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Inno Design Tech Expo 2010 Hong Kong Designs

The Inno Design Tech Expo was held at The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from 2 to 4 December 2010. It was an opportunity for the industry to showcase and exchange innovative design ideas. Furthermore, the general public can explore innovations by designers from Japan, Germany, France, Hong Kong and more.


The local (Hong Kong) designers and university students showcased their work at the Expo. Out of all the designs and inventions from the Hong Kong Chinese, the following handbags were the most impressive.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Inno Design Tech Expo 2010 Hong Kong

Yes, ASIMO was there!
The Inno Design Tech Expo is currently being held at The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from 2 to 4 December 2010. It is an opportunity for the industry to showcase and exchange design and innovative ideas.

The general public can admire designs and innovations from Japan, Germany, France, Hong Kong (the locals) and a few other participating countries.

As someone who loves creative ideas that improves lifestyle, I spent plenty of time at the Lifestyle and Design Pavilion of the Inspiration Hall. I had mixed feelings and went through an emotional roller coaster. I was both impressed and disappointed by the various exhibits.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Whakatane @ New Zealand

Whakatane, a small town on the East coast of New Zealand's North Island, is the gateway to an active volcano called the White Island. The town also offers local wild life tours and boat trips; making it a popular tourist spot.

Visitor's information centre at Whakatane
Whether you dare to walk on an active volcano, or you desire to swim with friendly wild dolphins; your dreams can come true at Whakatane.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Swimming with Dolphins @ Whakatane (Videos)

Do you dream to dive into the ocean and swim with wild dolphins? Your dream can come true in Whakatane, New Zealand.

Whakatane is a small town on the East coast of New Zealand's North Island. It is the gateway to the White Island: an active volcano that became a popular tourist attraction. The town also offers local wild life tours and boat trips.

A pod of friendly dolphins

On "The Strand“, the only main street in town (the locals might disagree :p), there are several shops that offers boat trips to watch and/or swim with wild life dolphins at a reasonable price.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Lion Feeding and Lion Fights @ Rotorua (Videos)

Fancy some lion feeding and lion fights when you are in New Zealand? Sniff around in the Bay of Plenty region!


Paradise Valley Spings is a wildlife park located near Rotorua of New Zealand. It is a zoo operated by a sweet family. You can meet New Zealand birds, trouts, farm animals and a pride of African Lions at a small admission fee. If you wish to make your trip absolutely worthwhile, plan ahead to see the daily lion feeding at 2:30pm!