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Monday, December 31, 2012

Farewell 2012

What a year! Plenty of great things happened on Simple Dreamer in 2012. It's time to wrap up this prosperous year.

This year, we've reported from 9 cities in almost 70 posts. The number of visitors grew once again and has reached new heights in December 2012. Thank YOU for your support!

We will continue to share wonderful happenings from China, Hong Kong, New Zealand, USA, and around the world. See you again next year! 

Friday, December 28, 2012

Shanghai Xujiahui Shopping Area

Shanghai Xujiahui shopping district, a famous name that I have always knew, has always been a mystery to me. I was always under the impression that it is an area offering unique shopping experience.

Shanghai Xujiahui Shopping District

An opportunity finally came in my recent Shanghai visit. I went to explore Xujiahui. Based on my experience, Xujiahui shopping district is only an area offering internationalism.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Shanghai Pudong Lujiazui Skyline (Videos)

It's Boxing Day! We have a present for YOU!

On 2010 Boxing day, we brought you Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour. This 2012, we are bringing you Shanghai's Huangpu River: the skyline of Lujiazui District of Pudong from The Bund.

Shanghai Lujiazui from The Bund

Shanghai waitan "The Bund" is a fascinating place that one will never get tired of. On my previous visit, views of Lujiazui were partially blocked by clouds and mists in the air. In a recent visit, I finally get to capture great pictures of Lujiazui, one of Shanghai's fastest booming commercial area.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Swarovski Christmas Tree at Shanghai

It's 24 December 2012, Silent Night! We have a present for you. A modern Crystal Christmas Tree from Shanghai!

Swarovski Christmas Tree at Shanghai
Hong Kong property developers have successfully brought commercial Christmas to Shanghai. If you happened to be in a major shopping districts such as Xujiahui, simply walk into one of the shopping malls and seek giant Christmas decorations. If you can find something stunning or at least huge, you are most likely visiting a shopping mall operated by one of Hong Kong's property developers.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Christmas Trees and Lights at Shanghai

Twenty years ago, who would have thought that Shanghai would be full of modern shopping malls? Who would have thought that Shanghai would put up Christmas trees, lights and decorations to celebrate Christmas? Thanks to the open policy, Western culture has influenced China's major trade port, Shanghai, once again. 

Christmas Decorations at Shanghai, China

Apart from the fact that there are a growing number of Westerners in Shanghai, property developers from Hong Kong helped to bring the modern Christmas culture from Hong Kong to China.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Art Displays at IFC mall

In addition to a pair of huge deer and their winter wonderland, the IFC mall at Central of Hong Kong has also installed a few pieces of temporary art display.

Sinking Chair at IFC mall, Hong Kong

These displays looked great and has certainly lightened up the shopping mall. However, I failed to find any descriptions or a theme of these scattered masterpieces.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

LOVE is All Around at Hong Kong Harbour City

Event: LOVE is All Around at Harbour City
Dates: Nov to Dec 2012
Location: Harbour City 海港城
Address: 3-27 Canton Road, Ocean Terminal Forecourt, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon

Have you ever wonder, how would the wonderland of "Alice in Wonderland look" like in real life? This Christmas, indulge yourself in this real life wonderland at Hong Kong's one and only Harbour City! Simply visit Harbour City's LOVE is All Around Christmas decorations.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

LEGO Villages at Time Square Hong Kong

There are reasons why the playing blocks LEGO have been so successful in the past decade. One of which is its creativity in promoting itself.

Giant LEGOs at Hong Kong Time Square

In this day and age when LEGO is no longer competiting with other toys, LEGO constantly need to seek new ways to maintain its popularity. Their current competitor, mini games on smart phones are far more popular for kids. 

Monday, December 17, 2012

Huge Teddy Bear at 1881 Heritage

Shopping malls and shopping complexes in Hong Kong LOVES huge displays. This year, we have already seen a giant Garfield, a giant Tiffany Christmas Tree, a pair of huge deer and a huge Ferrero Rocher Christmas Tree. But wait, there's more!

Huge Teddy Bear at 181 Heritage, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

A shopping mall, transformed from a historical monument, 1881 Heritage has put up a huge, a large, a giant, a big big big, Teddy Bear in 2012! This 1881 Heritage was the same place that brought us a giant merry-go-around in 2010!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Mona Lisa Toast Mosaic Upgraded

We have previously report a piece of art on permanent display at the K11 shopping mall in Tsim Sha Tsui of Hong Kong. It is Mona Lisa Mosaic made with Toast!

Mona Lisa Toast Mosaic at K11 Shopping Mall

In the original work, or should I say: in my previous visit, Mona Lisa was holding a cup of ice cream. This has changed to something modern and trendy. Have a guess what Mona Lisa is holding before you click "read more"...

Saturday, December 15, 2012

LOVEME Piggy at K11

An inflatable art named LOVE ME! is currently on display at the most artist shopping mall in town, the one and only K11 of Hong Kong.

Love Me Pig at K11

K11 is the name of the shopping mall, and LOVE ME! is the name of the inflatable pig. This art piece is unique as it constantly inflate and deflate to symbolise the cycle of life.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Yeoypawka at Windsor House

At the Windsor House shopping mall at Causeway Bay of Hong Kong, a monkey with big ears is waiting for you. It's name is Yeoypawka!

Yeoypawka at Windsor House, Causeway Bay

Yeoypawka is part of Windsor House's 2012 Christmas celebrations. Themed around a small Russian town, Yeoypawka and his friends offer plenty of photo opportunities.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

To-Fu Club at The One

One of the best designed and operated shopping malls in the Tsim Sha Tsui area is definitely The One. Yes, The One is its name. In this day and age when malls are competing to put up the best Christmas decorations to attract Christmas shoppers, The One has decided to join forces with To-Fu Club.

The One To-Fu Club

What on earth is To-Fu Club, you may ask. What has a character based on Tofu do with Christmas? First of all, for those who don't know what is Tofu, it is a Chinese food made with coagulating soy juice. Tofu itself usually offer little taste. It's texture is soft and yet solid enough to offer an unusual party in ones mouth.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Christmas Trees and Lights in Hong Kong and Shanghai 2012

Today is the twelve day in the twelve month of the twelve year of this century. Plenty of couples choose this memorable date 12.12.12 to get married.

We would like to celebrate 12.12.12 by formally presenting this year's SimpleDreamer Christmas Special!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Huge Deer at Hong Kong IFC mall

It's simply impressive to see a true winter wonderland inside a shopping mall. IFC mall, short for International Finance Centre, at Central of Hong Kong did just that.

Deers at Hong Kong IFC shopping mall

The center piece of the winter wonderland is a pair of huge deer. I am not an expert in fake plastic deers, but this pair is certainly an unique breed.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Tiffany Christmas Wonderland Hong Kong

We have shown you pictures of the giant Tiffany Christmas Tree from Hong Kong WinterFest 2012 in a recent post. We thought you haven't seen enough of the Tiffany Christmas Wonderland in Statue Square of Central from those evening photos. We have revisited the Christmas Wonderland during day time!

Giant Tiffany Christmas Tree at Hong Kong WinterFest

It is without a doubt that the Tiffany Christmas Wonderland looks much better at night with lights on. However, it is much easier to see the efforts event organizers put into decorating Statue Square under daylight.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Korean Band Big Bang at Causeway Bay

Hong Kong is a city full of advertisements. This is particularly true in key shopping areas such as Causeway Bay on the Hong Kong Island. The Korean electronic giant Samsung sponsored the Hong Kong Concert of Korean boy band BigBang.

Big Bang Alive Galaxy Tour 2012 @ Hong Kong

Although Korean boy band has its niche in Hong Kong, they are really not that popular amongst most locals. Hence promotion is necessary. A set of promotional materials are currently on displayed at prime location in the Causeway Bay shopping area. 

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Ferrero Rocher Christmas Tree at iSQUARE

It's Christmas! Shopping malls, or self claimed Shopping Complexes, cooperate with known consumer brands and setup Christmas displays to attract shoppers. Every year, iSQUARE shopping mall at Tsim Sha Tsui offers something special.

Ferrero Rocher "Golden Sand" Christmas Tree at iSQUARE Tsim Sha Tsui

This 2012 Christmas, iSQUARE has erected a giant Ferrero Rocher Christmas Tree at its door. Since its humble beginnings, iSQARE has always been a huge supporter of erecting giant displays to seek attention. 

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Canstruction Christmas Tree at Olympian City

Perhaps for some bizarre reason, the shopping mall Olympian City in Hong Kong has decided to mix a Canstruction event with its Christmas decor this year. While it is pleasing to see big and small structures made of cans in the shopping mall, most exhibits don't quite match with the Christmas theme.

Christmas Celebrations at Olympian City Shopping Mall 2012

A green tea company saved the day! Big and small Christmas trees made of cans of green tea tied Canstruction together with Christmas. All the shopping mall needed was a backdrop that somehow promote the Christmas theme.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Canstruction Hong Kong 2012

Canstruction, a food charity event, is currently happening at the Olympian City in Tai Kok Tsui district of Hong Kong. Teams piled up cans to create artistic structures in this local shopping mall to attract awareness and "giving hope" to ones who needed. 

A huge pig made of canned food!

According to the organizers of "Olympian City x Food Angel – Christmas canstruction® Hong Kong", the canned food on displayed will be donated to local food banks. While it is a nice gesture to do so, it is highly suspicious that the choice of cans used were limited to only the brands of the event sponsors.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

From Hong Kong to Shenzhen Airport

How to fly from Shenzhen to save money? How to go to Shenzhen Airport from Hong Kong? How do I enjoy the benefits of cheaper domestic flights in China by flying from Shenzhen instead of Hong Kong?

Shenzhen Baoan Airport

Life is about exploring new things and new ways to do the same things. Are there certain things in life that you have heard about for a long time but never tried? To me, my friends have been talking about the benefits of flying from Shenzhen Airport to cities in China. That's right, in most cases, air tickets from Shenzhen is much cheaper than flying direct from Hong Kong

Monday, November 26, 2012

Tiffany Christmas Tree in Central

The Hong Kong Tourism Board and Tiffany & Co. put together a 18-meter-tall giant Christmas tree at the Statue Square in Central Hong Kong for this Christmas. The Status Square has been transformed into a Tiffany Christmas Wonderland with giant outdoor displays and Christmas lights in this Hong Kong WinterFest 2012.

Giant Tiffany Christmas Tree at Hong Kong WinterFest

The center piece is of course the Tiffany Christmas tree. Apart from the giant Christmas tree, a collection of giant Tiffany gift boxes in the brand's signature Tiffany Blue are very eye catchy! There is even a merry-go-round next to one of these boxes! 

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Illuminated Forest @ Langham Place

Event: Illuminated Forest at Langham Place
Dates: Nov to Dec 2011
Location: Level 4, Langham Place, Mong Kok 朗豪坊商場 
Address: Langham Place, 8 Argyle Street, Mongkok, Kowloon

Langham Place, a shopping mall in Portland Street of Mong Kok in Hong Kong, hosts regular small to medium sized exhibitions. There is of course no exceptions in this holiday season. This Christmas, you can find a small jungle of white glowing Christmas trees at Langham Place Mongkok.

Illuminated Forest at Langham Place Mongkok

Theme around white Christmas, white trees and houses made of plastic and LED warmed up one's heart. According to Langham Place, displays in the Illuminated Forest are supposed to be 4D: stimulating ones sight, touch, sound and smell.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Two Years of Simple Travel

This is the 250th post of our Simple Travel Blog! Since its humble beginnings in October 2010, Simple Travel Blog has plenty to celebrate.

Now at November 2012, we have:

Our most important achievement is of course your continuous support. Thank YOU! 

We are setting new goals to achieve new heights. We will continue to travel, continue to share and continue to be simple. Let's ride on the journey to Simple Travel Blog's 500th post together!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Chengdu Wuhou Memorial Temple (Video)

In memory of one of the smartest and brightest man in Chinese history, Zhuge Liang, the Wuhou Memorial Temple in one of key attractions at Wuhou District of Chengdu City in Sichuan Provence of China.

Chengdu Wuhou Memorial Temple

There are plenty of online resources on the Marquis of Zhongwu, the state chancellor of "Shu Han" Kingdom during the Three Kingdoms period, a period when landlords, warriors and strategists competed to rule China.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Chengdu Jinli Ancient Street (Video)

In Chengdu City of China, next to the historical Wuhou Memorial Temple, there is an Ancient Chinese Street called Jinli. Literally translate to the "Lane of Bright and Beautiful", Jinli or Jin Li is a street full of traditional Chinese houses hosting shops that offer Chinese food and souvenir.

Jinli Ancient Chinese Street, Chengdu, Sichuan, China

This Ancient Street felted a bit commercial, especially when I saw a Starbucks shop coated with a traditional Chinese exterior. However, when compared with places such as Tianzifang in Shanghai, Jinli felted more "traditional" than Tianzifang.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Chengdu Wuhou District

Chengdu, the capital city of Sichuan Provence of China, is a history rich city. It played an important role in the Three Kingdoms period (BC 220–280) in Chinese History. Named after a legend in Chinese History, the Wuhou District in Chengdu is a partially history rich area.

Wuhou District, Chengdu, Sichuan, China

Wuhou, short for the Marquis of Zhongwu, was the title given to one of the best strategist in his era. Often considered as one of the smartest and brightest man in Chinese history, Zhuge Liang was the state chancellor of "Shu Han" Kingdom during the Three Kingdoms period.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport

Just when one have little expectation of a domestic airport terminal in an inland Chinese city, Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport left an exceptionally good impression. It is so good that it gives a wow upon arrival, and it leaves a wow before departure.

I did not have a chance to see the International terminal of Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport, I would imagine that it would be either as good or better than its domestic terminal. Search for photographs of the exterior of this airport and you will understand what I mean.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Giant Garfield @ Hong Kong

It's huge! It's Garfield! To celebrate this Christmas, Maritime Square at Tsing Yi District in Hong Kong put on a huge Garfield figure. It is part of Orange Christmas 2012 Garfield x Panda-a-Panda Christmas decorations. This two stories tall cat face has certainly up-lifted the spirit of this MTR shopping mall.

Giant Garfield @ Hong Kong

Although workers are still installing final pieces of this temporary display, one can clearly see Garfield is covered in patches of snow. Once completed, it would offer plenty of photo opportunities for shoppers. As the slogan of the display puts it, it's time for an Orange Christmas!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Food @ Hua Hin Thailand

Those of you who have been following our blog would know that I am a strong believer in tasting food at the country where it originated. Every city that I have been to, every city that I have visited, most of my time would be spent on tasting its local food. 

Thai Chicken Fried Rice @ Hua Hin Thailand

I have momentarily put aside my believes when I was in Hua Hin Thailand. Yes, I spent most of time eating Western food. Nonetheless, these food were well presented and well made

Monday, November 12, 2012

Hua Hin Night Market

Hua Hin Night Market is one of the must go places when you are in this part of Thailand. The other three alternatives are: go back to hotel and sleep early; hang out at pubs; or attempt foot and body massage. A visit to the night market is probably the only night activity that suits the whole family.

Hua Hin Night Market, Thailand

Located at Hua Hin city center, Hua Hin night market is just 3 minutes walk from the clock tower; 10 minutes walk from Hua Hin beach. The night market is centered around one street, Hua Hin 72, and stretched along two blocks. Groceries and food stores are scattered in near by open areas. 

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Elephant Ride and Show (Video)

Thailand is one of the countries where you can find Asian elephants. It is an unique experience to ride on these giant animals in the bushes. Hua Hin elephant rides can be organized by the hotel you stay in. The elephant place we visited provide pick-up from hotel, one hour elephant ride as well as a mini elephant show.

Elephant is Coming!

The ride began with the sound of unique footsteps. A two meter elephant appear from just round the corner with a driver on its head. We walked up a wooden staircase to a platform, where we can move to a basket tired on the back of the elephant. The seats are made of wood that hurts our bottom, the "safety belt" was as loose as a goose. These didn't matter because the journey has begun.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Relaxed trip to Hua Hin Thailand

Hua Hin, a name that may not be familiar to most travellers. It is one of the holiday destination of Thailand in Asia. It has a beach tho it is not magnificent. It has a night market tho it is not unique. It has got a tourism and hospitality industry but it is not known for its size.

The only selling point of Hua Hin is simple. It was the place where the Thailand royal family spent their holidays. Yes, it "was". Compare to other well known Thailand holiday destinations such as Phuket and Chiang Mai, Hua Hin has a long way to catch up.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Iron Man Graffiti @ Hong Kong (Video)

One of the popular posts of Simple Dreamer features a cosplayer dressed as the Iron Man at the 2010 Asia Game Show. Although Iron Man is certainly not the most popular super hero in Hong Kong, we did came across this graffiti recently.

Iron Man Graffiti

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Food @ Shanghai

A trip to Shanghai is not complete without tasting its famous dishes: xiaolongbao and shengjianbao, unless you are vegetarian or you cannot eat pork that is. I had several attempts of "genuine" xiaolongbao and shengjianbao during my stay at Shanghai. I must admin I was a bit addicted to these local food.

Yummy Xiaolongbao and Shengjianbao at Shanghia

There are of course plenty of other choices. These two are famous for their unique shapes, tastes and presentations. Furthermore, they are at absolutely affordable prices (very cheap in deed) and in snack servings. You would have plenty of stomach spaces to taste other food.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Remains of Shanghai World Expo 2010

In 2010, the whole of Shanghai and most of China has gone all crazy about something called World Expo. On the surface, the original intention of World Expo is to introduce the different nations on this planets to visitors of the hosting city. The Chinese of course saw this differently. They saw it as the chance to show off the magnificence of China to the world.

Shanghai Maglev Train Station at Longyang Road

What really happened was, the majority of visitors were from different corners of China. These local visitors travelled to Shanghai and saw how well China presented itself to the world, while dreaming that all foreign visitors would admire China's greatness. While this could be true, foreign visitors were the minority. World Expo has successfully archived its actual purpose: showing the world to the locals at the hosting country, while keeping them excited about the greatness of their own country.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Old Shanghai Revamped

It is without a doubt that Shanghai has changed a lot in the past ten to fifteen years. Apart from being more open, modern, developed and rich, it has ever more energy. Foreign tourists and expatriates came from the West to experience Shanghai, while influencing how Shanghai redefined itself.

Tianzifang of Shanghai, China

If you ask the old fashion folks in Shanghai, they will tell you that Shanghai has been losing a lot of its "old" streets and buildings in the past ten to fifteen years. These old districts that carried more than memories are now modern buildings.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The Bund @ Shanghai Tang

The Bund of Shanghai, most common known as the waterfront of Shanghai, or Shanghai Tang, is a thin strips on land next to the river banks of Huangpu river opposite Pudong district

The Bund - Shanghai Tang - World Famous Water front of Shanghai

Hundreds of western styles historical buildings built in late 1800s became treasures in today's Shanghai. These buildings are evidence of trade and settlement between China and the Western world.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Neon Lights @ Shanghai Nanjing Road

Every world class city has its famous main streets and shopping areas. New York has its Broadway and 5th Avenue; London has its Oxford Street; Hong Kong has its Nathan Road and Canton Road. Shanghai has its Nanjing Road.

Nanjing Road of Shanghai, China

Literally translate to the road of Southern Capital, Nanjing Road is pretty long road. It is divided into different sections that stretches through different subrubs. If you have limited time, consider to visit the Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street near the People's Square underground railway station.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre Revisited

We blogged about Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre in February 2011. For some bazaar reason, something escaped from our eyes during the previous visit. We have recently revisited these former Whitfield Barracks at Kowloon Park. To our surprise, we have discovered a decent size public gallery on Chinese history. 

Hong Kong Heritage Discovery Centre

While we still couldn't believed that we have overlooked such treasure, we tried to comfort ourselves by suspecting that the gallery was setup recently.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Ocean Park Hong Kong: News and Tips

In the previous post we shared the unofficial success story of Ocean Park Hong Kong. Let's talk about the theme park experience itself in this post. Ocean Park Hong Kong built many new attractions in the past 10 years, and in particular the past 5 years. These new facilities gave the 35 year old park a fresh image.

Ocean Park Hong Kong and its famous Sea Horse logo

The main entrance area now looks just like any other world class theme park. From the moment visitors enter the park, the "magical" theme began to build up. Facilities that visitors see in the next five minutes continues this theme.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Ocean Park Hong Kong: The Unofficial Story

The Ocean Park is a legend in Hong Kong! It is a theme park that fought its way against all odds. It is definitely a successful business story of all time.

Ocean Park Hong Kong

There are probably numerous travel blogs that introduces the must-go and must-see attractions in Ocean Park. Let me introduce Hong Kong's local theme park from another angle, begin with its business story.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Avenue of Comic Stars

Inspired by Hollywood Boulevard, several Hong Kong Government led organizations set up the Hong Kong Avenue of Stars at the waterfront of Tsim Sha Tsui to honor celebrities from Hong Kong's movie and entertainment industry.

Cloud at Hong Kong Avenue of Comic Stars 步驚雲@香港漫畫星光大道

Perhaps encouraged by the success of Avenue of Stars, the Hong Kong Government decided to sponsor the set up of the Hong Kong Avenue of Comic Stars at Kowloon Park. Of course, the official reason is to foster the development of the comic industry in Hong Kong. Huge plastic figures are erected at Kowloon Park as permanent display.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Flower Beds @ Kowloon Park

Kowloon Park in Kowloon of Hong Kong is a just like the Central Park of New York City. It is a dedicated area for metropolitan to relax! The flower beds at Kowloon Park are managed according to season. 

Flower Beds at Kowloon Park, Hong Kong

It's getting chillier here at Hong Kong, indicting that Autumn is here. Let's take a look at some of the current selection of flowers at Kowloon Park.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Terracotta Army at Hong Kong Museum of History

A stunning 3D painting of Qin Terracotta Army is currently displayed at the Hong Kong Museum of History. This enormous painting is a promotional piece for The Majesty of All Under Heaven: The Eternal Realm of China's First Emperor Exhibition that runs from 25 July to 26 November 2012.

China's Terracotta Warriors at Hong Kong Museum of History

This is a temporary exhibition at Hong Kong's Best Museum. One can tell the importance and scale of this exhibition by looking at it's promotional materials. As the official site is nicely done, I shall focus on the brilliant promotional materials.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport @ Thailand

The capital city of Thailand, Bangkok, have a world class airport! According to the local that is. The Suvarnabhumi Airport (สนามบินสุวรรณภูมิ in Thai), known as the "new" airport in Bangkok, recently had its 6th Anniversary.

The King - A well respected figure in Thailand

I recalled my visit to this airport around five years ago. Although memories are fading away, I did remembered clearly that it was the only airport I have ever been to that broke my luggage. I also recalled the modern yet impressive architectural designed. Despite of breaking my luggage, I was very impressed until I came to the arrival hall.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Wellcome Angry Birds

Unless you have been living in a stone cave, the name Angry Birds would not be foreign to you. Unless you have lived in Hong Kong, you would think that I misspelled welcome in the post title.

Angry Birds soft toys at Hong Kong Supermarket

Angry Birds need no introduction; and Wellcome is a major supermarket chain in Hong Kong. Angry Birds have landed in Wellcome!

Monday, October 1, 2012

Mid-Autumn Festival et China National Day

You have GOT to "Like" the number of public holidays one can enjoy in Hong Kong!
Moon cakes from The Peninsula Hong Kong

In this 2012, 30th September happens to be the 15th day in the 8th month of Chinese lunar calender. The folks here in Hong Kong are granted a day of public holiday to celebrate a traditional Chinese festival: mid-Autumn festival on this day.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Food @ Ho Chi Minh City

One of the MUST-DOs in Vietnam is to taste its local cuisine. Vietnamese rice noodles in soup (Phở in Vietnamese) is an excellent choice. The popularity of "Pho" can be represented by a T-shirt I saw in Ben Thanh Market that reads "iPho" (as in brother of iPhone).

Vietnamese rice noodles Phở

They are not to be confused with the Chinese egg noodles that you might have tasted before. Vietnamese noodles are made with rice and can easily be distinguished by its pure white colour. Furthermore, their texture are tender yet soft.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Motorcycles @ Ho Chi Minh

Why did the chicken cross the road? To get to the other side of the road, of course. How did the chicken cross the road in Ho Chi Minh? Probably by pure luck.

One of the notable and obvious phenomenon in Ho Chi Minh City of Vietnam is the overwhelming number of motorcycles on the road! They are everywhere! According to the locals I have talked to, almost everyone in Ho Chi Minh have a motorbike. Motorcycling has GOT to be the favourite mode of transportation in town.