Sculpture in the City

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Sculpture in the City 

Have you ever thought of exploring the City within the city that you’re living in right now? Probably not, particularly if you work in the City you would just want to go home straight away after work, right?

I would have done the same until I decided to look for the miniature sculpture of Tomoaki Suzuki.. and there I was walking about my ‘well-known’ city one day after work, instead of one sculpture piece of work I found many more.

IMG_1736Bells II – Kris Martin

IMG_1733Broken Pillar – Shan Hur

Some sculptures are blended into the actual environment of the city.. like this one, if you don’t go looking you wouldn’t have notice this sculpture and thought it exist ages ago…

IMG_1730-2Breakout II – Bruce Beasley

It feel pretty amazing that there are sculptures scattered around between tall buildings…

IMG_1725Charity – Damien Hirst

… Would urge you to slow down your walking pace and explore this or your city slowly.

IMG_1720Red Altas – Ekkehard Altenburger 

have to say, some pieces it takes a longer time to understand or might not have the same interpretation as others….  but nevertheless, use your own imagination to interpretation that piece of work!

…… on a side note, I really cannot interpret the Red Altas above. (Sweat~~~)

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Miniature Sculpture – Tomoaki Suzuki

Favourite piece of this year….. Love miniature sculptures. Have you ever watched the anime The Borrower Arrietty, its about those little borrower that lives under house. Doesn’t it sound like Pixel’s Inside Out?

IMG_1706-2Miniature Sculpture – Tomoaki Suzuki

IMG_1585Days of Judgement – Cat 1 & 2 – Laura Ford

I bumped into this one random day without realising its part of the Sculpture in the City and it really caught my eyes like it did to this business man. You wonder why is this believe in suits but head are covered. Fat cat? but it also looks like a humanize rats.

Art is a beautiful that exist in this world and please go explore around this city, whether it is something you like or not, try doing something new will be good for you. Enjoy art. Explore this public art Sculpture in the City until Summer 2016.

soft boiled egg and avocado on Seeded toast

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What’s the best thing on weekend? Instead of breakfast, you make brunch that’s because I need to sleep in!
And what makes it even better is when you have avocado and your favourite 5 seeds bread at home.

This is what I have made to make myself happy on my last Saturday.

Soft boiled eggs x 2, shell peeled
Perfectly ripen Avocado half, sliced
Two 5 seeds bread, toasted

Cut the toasts into triangle, it work better in uneven number on plate. Eat one triangle of toast.
Scatter the toast freely as you like.
Then line the avocado freely and half one egg while keeping one as whole, line them as you wish.
A little salt and grounded pepper on top, ½ teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil drizzle lightly over and serve.

I did one of the egg poorly where the yolk is in the corner!!! Tips; turn the egg around when you place it in the sauce pan to boil to make the yolk going to the middle.

Now have this with a cuppa and enjoy the rest of the day.

Lung Ha Wan Country Park Trail

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Most people understand as a city that’s full of sky scrapers and neighbour area full of housing estates but the least you know is that Hong Kong has amazing green lands. Although, I didn’t do as many trails I would want within the 6 months that I was there but there are some unforgettable trails that I went on and definitely has been an eye opening experience to what country side of Hong Kong can offers.

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I went on this hike via meetup.com on Hong Kong Hiking Group, the trail organiser and assistants at the hike were amazing. Guided the hike all the way and make sure everyone is at the similar pace and ensure the same number of people are there from start to finish.

Beginning of the hike was a little too much of stairs, how on earth you do a nature hike on stairs I wonder, this is totally different to any UK hike that I have been on. Once I was 1/3 up, not to the summit but almost, the scenery that I have got rewarded was breathe taking.

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Took a photo with the girl, Sophia, that was queuing next to me before we got on the bus. She is such a nice girl with a more western mindset in comparison to local Hong Konger I would say. Quite enjoyable talking to people mixed age and widen my perspective on what kids nowadays thinking like..

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Would you not say these scenery is amazing?

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I went wonder how people lives in villages, must be quite tiring travelling so far for the city.

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Once we made up to the summit, there were some areas that were pretty easy and flat. We admire the scenery that we got rewarded and starting to hike downhill and reach the Lung Ha Wan aka Lobster Bay.

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We took some group photo for the meetup website and we quickly ran off for our own sport outfit shoots (hahahhaaa~~~~~~). In fact, I have taken more photos with myself in it than scenic only on this hike. Pretty good to have Sophia on board.

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Great hike. Hong Kong Government has made some really good website for hiking info, below I have included the official hiking link to this hike. Please do check out other routes while you’re there.

Lung Ha Wan Trail – Hiking gov reference

Trail information
Bus journey – Diamond Hill Plaza Holloway; Take Bus 91 and get off at Tai Au Mun Road: Journey should take around 40 -45 mins
Hiking route – Start off at Tai Au Mun Road, walk for 10-15 mins to the starting point of the Lobster Bay Country Trail; takes about 25-30 mins to reach to summit; another 30 mins down and walk back to the Tai Au Mun Road
Hike statistics – 5 km, total ascent 200 m, estimated time 2.5 hours
Finishing Point transport – You can catch Bus 91 and travel back to Diamond Hill Plaza Hollywood to take the MTR/Taxi/Buses for your next destination.

Must visit coffee spots in Hong Kong

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Apparently, there is a steadily increase in the number of western coffee shops around Hong Kong in comparison to the traditional canton style cafe which are decreasing. I mean its such a struggle to take preference as I love both equally and definitely does not want our canton style cafe disappearing because that’s where the fundamental Hong Kong foodie culture comes from.

Nevertheless, my take on sharing with you where I have been (in the past 6 months in HK) and let you decide whether its worth adding them onto your to visit list while visiting Hong Kong…

Cafe Deadend – 72 Po Hing Fong, Hong Kong
Located on the quiet area of Sheung Wan, this cafe is famous for quality food menu served with bread made from Po Atelier next door. What I enjoy the most is coming early around this area and enjoy a quiet breakfast sitting outside while reading your book. This place gets a little busy at lunch and afternoon so its probably wiser to come early. Beside the good hot or iced latte that I have tried, their apple tart is something that you should not be missed out on.  I made my way after my leather class one Sunday and learnt that it was SOLD OUT only around 3pm. You might have guessed what I did… I went before my class just to eat their apple tart on the following Sunday!! A perfect cafe to enjoy chill time on your weekend.

ToolssToolss – G/F, Fook Tin Building, 38 Wai Chi Street

A new comer in the end of 2014, the owner was previously a fashion editor but got tired of the fashion chasing and go for his dream of owning a coffee shop; he drew an associate of coffee with stationary (sth new hey!). Located in Shek Kip Mei amongst those industrial buildings and car garage, a different atmosphere! The shop is petite but love the wooden bar and stools also their serving cups/tray. However, I do feel the body lacks a little aroma and body. It might have improved since my visit!? Nevertheless, if you are near this neighbourhood, its worth stopping by.

Cafe hayfeverCafe Hay Fever – G/F., 62-64 Flower Market Road

This visit was unexpected, I walked by the shop while I was exploring around the flower market near MTR Prince Edward. And bump into this shop that the front half is a shop, the back half is a coffee shop. Its in a floral shop so you do see loads of greens and floral related items/books lying around in the cafe. The coffee and latte art was indeed really good, I cannot resist such a nicely made latte art on my coffee top. Nice little cafe perfect for stopping by after your weekend floral purchase.

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No one will not recognised this developed chain of coffee shop/cafe that does western dinner too. I tend to avoid well known chains if I have got a choice but we was out of choice at the time for wifi and sockets. Coincidentally, we went to this shop and guessed what I found? My favourite carrot cake(!), something I misses of the London scene. Howdy, not the best carrot cake I have tasted but nevertheless, the coffee in this cafe is definitely better than some chain but not as good as other boutique barista coffee shop though. I still enjoyed my hangouts in this chain though.

cocoexpressoCoco Espresso – Stanley Street

I never get around to visit their Queens Road branch and thank god they’ve opened one on Stanley Street! Yay! Closer to my then office, so I made my way there one lunch to pick up some photos after my South Korea trip. This little gem is definitely worth a visit, the atmosphere is modern and pleasant with some tall tables at the back of the shop. There’s some by wall bar table with stool, not the most comfortable sitting ever but you do get that casual hang out feel from this boutique coffee. Make sure you visit this place early around lunch time to get a seat, otherwise the place get filled up; of course, you can always buy one to go like most…

coffeeacademic (2)Coffee Academics – 35-45 Johnston Rd, Wan Chai

On the top of the list to visit while you are in HK, my first visit was after a lunch run to airport and back into HK island just so that I can doss the remaining hours  of my day in this coffee shop before I trek home back to NT side of Hong Kong. The shop have from by window bar table to high communal wooden table; and to more cosy small tables to choose from. I personally choice would be the high communal table, love how everyone brings their laptop and work on it alone. Do we go coffee shop to find some company to prove you’re not the only solo person? howdy, I would say the service lack a little but their barista skills are top notch, love how rich and full body my flat white was.. can’t stop keep getting the top down view of them. Perfect place to work alone with a nice cup. what about noises? when you focus on doing what you’re doing, you won’t get to hear a thing!

coffteaThe Cofftea Shop – Yue On Building, 78-86 Catchick St, Kennedy Town

Knew about this place so long ago, but its so far beyond Sheung Wan for me to visit. Not until one Sunday that I get dragged my bestie to go Kennedy Town to check out the area when Kenndy Town MTR was finally operating. Cofftea is a tiny coffee shop by the corner of the neighbour, not many sitting space and expected people are mainly buy to go. This place was special in terms of the machine that they use, they were still using hand press coffee machine to extract the coffee out. I got curious and asked why or how… the barista replied and goes its all by experience! booo! Nevertheless, using the hand press and still can get a decent shot is still amazing! Howdy, the latte was great, not overly powering of the coffee taste but a smooth pleasant cup I would say. Worth to pop by if you’re in Kennedy Town!

colourbrowncoffeeColour Brown Cafe – Sai Kung

This was definitely out of expected visit in Sai Kung after my walk around and waiting for dinner hours to arrive. There I ordered my latte with a typical HK Peanut butter toast with condensed milk. Nice heart latte art hey! Sitting outdoor enjoying the breeze was something that you should do on your weekend in HK before the humid summer arrives. The atmosphere plus this glass of decent latte, I would say it was definitely a good ending to my Sunday weekend.

commongroundCommon Ground – G/F, 19 Shing Wong Road, Central

Well well…a little of a hike up heel when you want to visit this little gem on in between Sheung Wan and Central. I love this place, not too much on the foods that they provide (why would my english breakfast all chopping up and served individually?!) but for their coffee I will definitely return for it. The ambiance of this coffee shop is neat and cosy, right next to a stair case but it still offers a quiet environment for you to catch up or do your own things in the shop. They have outside stable and stair seating as well. If you walk up you will have reach Caine Road.. Imagine that steep up heel climb? The furniture, loved wooden stuff! and take a looky to their China used, quality!! The staffs were pretty laid back and appears to be from aboard that’s probably brought the whole western environment back in town. Must visit from me!

cuppingrm-2Cupping room – off Queen’s Road

Another boutique turned into a few shops (I do wonder why can’t people create new names rather than a chain?? I hate chains!!!!) Their brunch choices were amazing, equally their coffees aren’t bad considering their barista was the winner in the Barista Championship. Having said that my personal preference kicks in and found that their coffee is slightly more sour and bitter to my usual cupping. Can’t fault much of this place beside the lamps on top of the reflected table, making it super hard to get nice shot down.

elephantgroundElephant Ground – Gough Street

Lost count of how many times I have been to Elephant Ground at lunch just to get my coffee fix. Elephant Ground operates inside a clothing shop, very tiny corner with some bar sittings and outside bar sittings. One Friday lunch I literately just sat by the outdoor bar bit and enjoy my own quiet Friday to unwind for the weekend. It was very pleasant, overlooking what people do in the park below the coffee shop.Their iced and hot coffee are good, their cups were pretty big and loved the half body of the elephant legs! And what’s getting famous is their ice-cream sandwiches!!!!! I only had it twice so far, wish I get to try more when I was around… must go on weekend!

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Lof10-2Lof10 – G/F, 1 U Lam Terrace, Sheung Wan

Saw a lot of IG shots of this coffee shop, they have stools on the shop font and people enjoy outdoor sitting there! Additionally, they have this raw communal table and wooden stools by the entrance makes it extra attractive to enter into this coffee shop (maybe only me!?). I was hungry after leather class and went for a flat white and pineapple roll. Really enjoyed both, love how the presentation of the roll and how it has chopped pineapple inside.  The coffee probably one of the best in town and enjoyed every sip of it. Other bloggers have said the staff stares at them a lot while they were there. I didn’t feel any of that, when you are focus on doing your own things, you will definitely not get affected by other’s sight. Please do go to Lof10 if you are up the hill already, love that quiet atmosphere….

themixingbowlhk-2The Mixing Bowl HK – 5 Shin Hing St, Central, Hong Kong

Another gem but hidden off the side road of Gough Street. Totally quiet and peaceful when you want a quiet environment to work, there’s wifi in the shop… I didn’t know this place until some IGer posted a photo, quickly I popped by at lunch for one. Can’t fault my latte, just felt the services were a bit cold (I think this is a culture of HK…)! as always loved the wooden furniture; its more of a mix before natural and modern interior design. Apparently if you want to seat outside, you will only get a paper cup! Make sure you double check before you place your order. I do recommend this place for weekday quiet time.

IMG_4512-2Brew Bros – 33 Hillier St, Sheung Wan

I bumped into this coffee shop on my way to find Nail Point in central, hidden in a side street off Queen’s Road. Tiny shop with slight dim setting (not my usual preferred style) but the counter and bar area are neat and tidy. Though, once again I have got sucked into this shop due to the wooden sign of the shop front. Placed my order and waited for my coffee by the little side table into the shop. I do occasionally like latte served in glass and on this occasion I cannot fault anymore with the latte art that I get to see, I am a real sucker for pretty latte art! Drank the latte without any sugar, a good sign to tell me that the coffee beans were rich and full body without the bitterness that I dislike on some of the cups that I taste.

Its only recent that they had their 1st year anniversary and hopefully many years to come for Brew Bros. Another worthy place to go for a cup of quality coffee.

And while I visited other places but doesn’t quite have a nice photo to share.. but still worth a visit are;
Rabbithole – Wan Chai
Fuel Coffee – IFC
St Francis Street – Wan Chai
Veygo Coffee – Sheung Wan

Top ice-cream spots in Seoul, South Korea

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Frankly speaking, I had a vague idea of what desserts I should have when I am in seoul and have had a list of places to visit. You know, you never get to do what you planned to do and you end up exploring different area at different time…

Go with the flow I would say and by this I mean eat as much ice creams or desserts as you see while on holiday. After all, you’re on holiday, right !?!?!

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Picture above. Churros are not new in London but it appears to be a new comer in different corners of Seoul. I had another churros shop on my list but yet when I walked past this shop while strolling through Cheongdam-dong I couldn’t resist queuing up an order!
I had the original favour with the half churros on milk soft serve. And I have to say although the soft serves aren’t as dense and smooth as I would like it to be but the churros and ice cream are definitely a good combination! Why did London not have this!? Worth the try!

IMG_8837Macaroon Ice cream, Insa-dong main street

Not having enough time to hunt for the macaroon ice cream on list. I randomly walked past this stand on Insa-dong. Although I think it’s a little expensive (maybe I was broke after all the masks I have brought!) but I still went for it. This is new to me, I have never had a macaroon ice cream before beside homemade choux puff with homemade ice cream! I can assure you the texture is different but indeed worth the money you have paid. The only downside of this is probably the ice cream was too hard to bite into in comparison to the crunchy macaroon!
Other must visits includes Antique in Hongdae, Macameron, A la papa Cafe in Ehwa Woman Uni…

IMG_8806Remicone – 547-12, Sinsa-Dong, Gangnam-Gu, Seoul

I have made sure I get time to visit this place! I was surprised to see how small this ice cream parlour was… Nevertheless, I went straight in when the outside temperature was 10C, I was freezing but going in to have an ice cream? (I wonder why I did that too!?)
There were loads on their menu but I choose their infamous Thunder Bomb soft serve, It’s a mint favored candy floss served on top of the soft serve. Impressive looking huh?? It served with a tray so you can pretty much take the thunder down and have a bite with the ice cream. Speechless!!!

IMG_8379Softree, Itaewon

I was so full when I walked past this softtree, there’s a branch in HK but have a mixed view and pretty expensive for its cone! Knowing I don’t have much hours left in Seoul, I couldn’t help but push that door in… Viola, ordered a soya powder covered milk cone. The softserve was soft and milky however, as much as the soya powder gave it a little special. I find it a little hard to eat as I kind of choking from those powder… I shall return for its original again. Worth a visit!

IMG_7999Aboong, http://www.aboong.net

The queue was massive to the point that his neighbour stalls got annoyed and kept on telling us not to stand in front of his stall. What does Aboong sells? They sell this Bungeoppang, a fish-shaped bread filled with red bean paste topped with a soft serve and chocolate covered stick. For approx. 3500 won you get to eat this, HK sold it at a double price..  what!? Of course, I would rather eat it in Seoul.

IMG_7989Sobok – 58, Eoulmadang-ro, Mapo-gu, Seoul

Beside Coffee Smith, I went Sobok hunting in Hongdae area. This parlour sells healthy desserts that made by rice and gains. The ice cream was refreshing and you can taste a sense of rice on this smooth and detail decorated cup of dessert. Its so pretty, look at the flower details! The parlour was really easy to find but a little far off from Hongdae Station, I had a guy trying to talk to me in Korean but sadly to say I don’t know how to speak a word of Korean. And what’s the worse situation when at parlour? Its you dropped your dessert as you arrived at the table….I saw this happened to the girl next door, so be careful when holding this as the cup is light but the body of the dessert is heavy…

Enjoy the lovely summer and ice cream while in Seoul. I wish I am going back anytime soon!!!!!!