Picture perfect pineapples 

Picture perfect pineapples 

Tonight I get to be in the same room as Anthony Gormley, the man who transformed my hometown beach into the above chillingly beautiful work of art. And now he’s here in Hong Kong. Cool, eh! ‘Tis a small world after all… 

Tonight I get to be in the same room as Anthony Gormley, the man who transformed my hometown beach into the above chillingly beautiful work of art. And now he’s here in Hong Kong. Cool, eh! ‘Tis a small world after all… 

The best ideas come as jokes. Make your thinking as funny as possible.
Loving this little insight from the copywriter of all copywriters, David Ogilvy. Channeling this kind of thinking and aim to start all brainstorms with the phrase “do you know the one about the…” 
Over Christmas I spent two (and a bit) delightful weeks in the UK.
After landing in Heathrow at an hour which I can only describe as GAH, we dragged our giant suitcases through the deserted streets of that there London and looked upon, with jetlagged eyes, the place we once called home.
As London slumbered, we trudged from one (the wrong) hotel to another, and en route I spied this street sign which took me back to our very own Hong Kong’s Gough Street. Two very different places, sharing only a name.

This sparked an idea to snap and blog all of the London / HK twinned streets I could find.  But then Christmas happened and I got distracted. I did stop long enough to get this one, though, so here it is. The first and only pic of my pipe dream blog.

Over Christmas I spent two (and a bit) delightful weeks in the UK.

After landing in Heathrow at an hour which I can only describe as GAH, we dragged our giant suitcases through the deserted streets of that there London and looked upon, with jetlagged eyes, the place we once called home.

As London slumbered, we trudged from one (the wrong) hotel to another, and en route I spied this street sign which took me back to our very own Hong Kong’s Gough Street. Two very different places, sharing only a name.

This sparked an idea to snap and blog all of the London / HK twinned streets I could find.  But then Christmas happened and I got distracted. I did stop long enough to get this one, though, so here it is. The first and only pic of my pipe dream blog.

I’m not a massive fan of the new year concept. I prefer to think of days just coming one after the other, in a big long row. None of this ‘make it a good year’ nonsense. Too much pressure. I am looking forward to getting a new diary, though. Oh and some forthcoming nuptials

I’m not a massive fan of the new year concept. I prefer to think of days just coming one after the other, in a big long row. None of this ‘make it a good year’ nonsense. Too much pressure. I am looking forward to getting a new diary, though. Oh and some forthcoming nuptials

This weekend Ian and I have mostly communicated through the art of coughing and sneezing. It’s been a delight. So I’ve resolved to dusting-off the juicer and cramming as many green (and some yellow) things as I could find.

Turns out the result was pretty tasty, if you like mint. A lot. Made a little better by the flamingo glass, but let’s face it, what isn’t?!

Let’s hope my immune system agrees…

I blinked, and it was Autumn! 
It’s easy to forget where you live. (It is!). When life happens, taking a look around you, and generally looking upwards, is usually the first thing to go. 
Luckily, my mum and dad have arrived just in the nick of time, affording me a fresh, non-cynical pair of eyes with which to drink-in the city. 
I like these new eyes, and intend to keep them through the Autumn months.

I blinked, and it was Autumn! 

It’s easy to forget where you live. (It is!). When life happens, taking a look around you, and generally looking upwards, is usually the first thing to go. 

Luckily, my mum and dad have arrived just in the nick of time, affording me a fresh, non-cynical pair of eyes with which to drink-in the city.

I like these new eyes, and intend to keep them through the Autumn months.

A restaurant opens in Hong Kong every 3 seconds. Which is why it’s surprising you always end up frequenting the same old favourites over and over again. After a recommendation from a friend, glad we tried this beauty of a place, Chom Chom! Definitely the best Vietnamese I’ve tasted so far, and seemed to be coeliac friendly for my GF other half. Mmm! 

A restaurant opens in Hong Kong every 3 seconds. Which is why it’s surprising you always end up frequenting the same old favourites over and over again. After a recommendation from a friend, glad we tried this beauty of a place, Chom Chom! Definitely the best Vietnamese I’ve tasted so far, and seemed to be coeliac friendly for my GF other half. Mmm! 

Loving these retro posters of Hong Kong. Such brilliant colours - how HK should always be depicted. Must acquire some for myself! 

Images via Hong Wrong

When you slip on a banana peel, people laugh at you. But when you tell people you slipped on a banana peel, it’s your laugh
I love this quote on the wonder of storytelling by Nora Ephron

A Beachy Escape.

This weekend, in need of a quick escape, we packed up our stuff and ferried ourselves to a little apartment on Cheung Sha beach, South Lantau. Despite being only half an hour from the city, within minutes of arriving we were greeted by a herd of buffaloes - mission complete. After two days of sunshine, a few close encounters with wildlife, dips in the sea and lots of BBQ food, we were finally chased back to reality by the growl of a looming storm. Probably for the best. 

Packing for a ‘staycation’ is interesting because popping back to the flat to pick up the stuff you forgot is much more tempting than actually making the effort to pack properly. Definitely taking a book, pad & pencil and sunnies. The lemon is just to add colour to an otherwise monochrome affair. It is summer after all.

Packing for a ‘staycation’ is interesting because popping back to the flat to pick up the stuff you forgot is much more tempting than actually making the effort to pack properly. Definitely taking a book, pad & pencil and sunnies. The lemon is just to add colour to an otherwise monochrome affair. It is summer after all.

When it comes to film there are many shameful gaps in my viewing history. 

Here come the confessions. I’ve never seen Star Wars. I only saw my first James Bond film at the end of 2012. And it doesn’t stop there, I could go on to list Back to the Future(s), Alien (the so-titled films, and most general Alien related films too) and Godzilla. And it’s probably best not to mention Rocky, the Godfather and / or anything that had three or more iterations. Because I haven’t seen those either.

Whoops

So I’ve decided to take advantage of Hong Kong’s rainy season and slowly but surely begin to fill these very big gaps. But not with any of the films listed above, let’s not be silly. Starting with Thelma and Louise and The Way We Were, which I rented just last night, here are a few films I plan to tick-off the list in the coming months:

1. Cabaret - love the music, must see Liza in action asap

2. Under African Skies - a recent one, docu about Paul Simon (hero!)

3. To Kill a Mockingbird - just read the book for the first time so I can justifiably judge the film 

4. Casablanca - ‘Here’s looking at you, kid’

5. Shutter Island - the short clip I saw recently has intrigued me (plus small (BIG) crush on Leo)

Spring has been one busy season so far.

To me, spring is is the season in which Hong Kong begins to show its truest colours. Epic rain and thunder start to become a regular fixture, it’s still cool enough to hike and take in the scenery. Boat trips and BBQs start again, humidity levels creep up. And lots more rain.

Living for the weekend (or for the many public holidays) is practically a religion. But that’s a trait that seems to pervade all seasons here…

My dad always says that you don’t truly know a place until you’ve seen it in all four seasons. I’ve now experienced 3 out of 4, and each has been unique - let’s see what summer has to offer!

My So-Called Week

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I tell myself lies on a daily basis. ‘I’ll get up as soon as the alarm goes off’, ‘I’ll just have one’. So this little project (dailydishonesty.com) is nice to look at because you see all your little lies in very pretty font, which makes me feel better about them. Since starting yoga in Jan, the above from the project is a little porky I tell myself every week. Maybe this week, I’ll actually do it (pah).

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When my kindle’s battery died in the middle of a page-turner on holiday recently, it took all the strength I had not to hurl it into the pool. There is a time and a place for it, that I know, but the incident has reminded me of the beauty of real books, with real pages. This week I plan to rekindle (yes!) my relationship with paper and ink

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Wedding planning currently coming in peaks and (mostly, for me) troughs. But I feel a peak coming on this week after cooing over this beautiful warehouse feast (image via, originally from Kinfolk mag).

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Having recently developed something of an obsession with Nora Ephron and everything she ever said / produced / created, I recently revisited Sleepless in Seattle, and remembered what a brilliant soundtrack it has (now the soundtrack to my journey to work this week). Especially loving this Joe Cocker number. 

(image via and by designsponge)

xxx