H&M X Lanvin

I considered going to line up at 4 for the leopard pumps and zebra trench, which were really looking quite hot from various haul photos… but discarded the idea after seeing these photos circa 11pm Nov 22nd @ Elements H&M…

@ the 50-60 odd ah suk ah sums in Queue. I wonder how much is the Queing fee? Just shows how much opportunity there is to be had in Hong Kong, as long as you know where to look! They say – “American Dream” – I reckon based on these lines, Hong Kong Dream > American Dream! at least the american lines did not look like this until 5-6 am!

Taiwan

Went on an impulsive trip to Taiwan.

Not much to do in Taiwan except eat! So here are a few snaps of foodie delights…

Shaved Ice

To clarify, I did not have the big chunk of stuff in the middle of the first picture – can you guess what it is? Its Pigs Blood with sticky rice … blood is just not my cup of tea…

Mooncake time again!

Anyone who knows me knows I love mooncake. Traditional mooncakes especially, but in recent years I have been diverging to try “weirder” mooncakes – snowy, custard.. all really good!

But this flavor is a bit too much for me…

冰皮迷你馬來咖喱綠荳蓉月餅

原價: $45
門市優惠價: $29.5

Curry in my mooncake? No thanks… O.o

叮!

很久未坐過叮叮。今日難得下班還天亮!

Career training

So the four consequetive days of training has finally come to an end.

The past few days of training has really been quite tiring. Waking up at 730 to eat breakfast, then training from 830 to 600. But overall it is a fruitful experience.

A good training requires an experienced trainer or facilitator. I think the best trainings are the ones where you learn from your peers, not from a trainer. This has certainly been my observation over the past few days, and I find that even among a bunch of us who work for the same company with similar projects, there are so many different schools of thought, so many different methods of tacking a situation. I am grateful that I had this opportunity to share and learn from my peers.

Bangkok!

Change

Elements 的名店開得越來越多… 但也代表着一衆比較小的品牌[冇得留低]

So sad!

Out: Calvinklein, Annasui, Osim Chairspa, Aigner, Victorinox, Lanvin, Lancel (pity I quite like the lancel bags) Luella, Biotherm, Stage( this one I will really miss!), Diesel, Lucky brand jeans … Many more I missed, but these are the ones I remember.

In: Burberry, Miumiu, Rolex, Ysl, Carshoe (is this like the first one in HK?), Shiseido, Paul and Joe (clothes, I want the cosmetics!) Dior cosmetics, Giorgio Armani, Agnes b, AquaScutum…

I guess the only thing constant in this world is change! And the 汰舊換新 nature of this capitalist society. If you are not making money, can’t pay the rent, not a big enough brand name… Then… O-u-t spells OUT!

My dad seems happy with the miumiu tho. (actually, I am happy with the miumiu and made him take this pic)

Installed wordpress on my phone. Hopefully this means I’ll have more entries!

TOTD – Aug 12, 2012

今天在人來人往的地鐵隧道裡,緩緩慢步,突然,走在我前面的人,打了個大噴嚏,一剎那後,我就FEEL到我的腳有一點溼氣。EWW。

立刻閉氣。

香港真是人多得很.

一編有感發的文章

This blog was never intended to have many visitors as I treat it as more of a personal blog – somewhere to write down the things that interest me at the time – a documentation of my inspirations throughout life. I have never really advertised this blog to my friends, or told them of its existence; tho true facebook stalkers may find a link through my facebook, (hey, if you are one of them, I have nothing against fb stalking, I am pretty much one myself).

Despite the low advertisement levels, this blog actually gets some traffic. Mostly from spammers, who post seemingly “nice” comments like “Well, the post is actually the freshest on this laudable topic. I concur with your conclusions and will thirstily look forward to your future updates.”… then place a link on the little blue pill or something. And from approving comments, I notice that the posts with the most activity are my “World of Warcraft” post, which attracts quite a bunch of gold farmer links, and my “Sammi” posts… which attracts a lot of unknown chinese comments.

So, blogging is all about keywords. Put the right keywords and your post will fair well. Lets see how this one fares in terms of comment count, considering that I mention “World of Warcraft” – twice now, and posted all of Sammi (now I gotta type 鄭秀文& 許志安 to trigger the correct keywords) letter below (which is really something I was touched by and genuinely want to share/remember)

Go spammers! O.o

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僅餘的一小片天空 – Sammi

對不起,因為三言兩語實在不能全然表達清楚我自己以及我的想法,也極怕被斷章取義,所以,我決定自己用文字。

公司同事Mavis剛給我發短訊,說想我回應安仔分手之事。Mavis善意提醒我:「不用回應得太認真!」我本想推卻,但我深知在這事上,我實在難以飾演事不關己的局外者,於是,我決定一次過在這 清我的想法,我的內心。而且鄭重而認真的。” m1 g6 i- m’ h8 K: N

再一次,由始至終,都未曾再一起過。(外間統稱「復合」)。分手十年八載,這數千日裏頭,如果你問我心底有沒有想過同安仔「復合」這事,我會坦白:「我有。」我確實有。但最終有沒有發生過?沒有。從來沒有。一直也沒有。因這些年月,我們都忠於朋友角色。這裏面有愛嗎?當然。打從我十六歲認識這人,冥冥之中我們就成了彼此生命之中的一個守護者,這廿多年,我們雖不歷劫過大災大難,但事實也共同度過了很多人生高低起跌和悲喜,來到今天,愛情變了情誼,我珍而重之。外間常說我們「復合」,但事實上,要從這接近十年八載的朋友角色撤換回去情侶關係,並非如外間想的如此輕易簡單。分開這麼多年,我們各自經歷了很多,時間大概也讓彼此改變了很多,我和他再也不是廿年前的那個自己,要再走在一起,並不是空憑那個記憶中的對方就可以成事。於外間看來,好像非常簡單而又順理成章的「復合」故事。於我來說(尤其一個女人),這是一場跟幸福攸關的大事,豈能輕率。這十年八載,我碰上過安仔的次數頂多十多次,基本上我很多習性喜愛甚至想法也改變,我猜,我現在喜歡什麼,他又厭惡什麼,都得重新確認。難道就憑廿年前那點點一起的回憶?「復合」,都總得從原點開始。外間難免把「復合」想得太戲劇化了。

安仔與女朋友分手,我沒有資格發言,然而這事上我不能避免成眾矢之首,你問我,我難受嗎?當然、但我可以置身事外飾演局外者嗎?我知道我不可以。我只能讓這事情慢慢褪去。‘ Q. a& _5 H! w( _/ D

談到Michelle,在我記憶之中,只見過一次。就是那次安仔家中BBQ,對於她,認識確實不深,但印象中活潑開朗。由於先天我跟安仔的十多年根基過於深入民心,讓她跟安仔的戀情也處於我的陰影之中,如果我是她,我也會難受。但這些先天性的因素,實在無人能控制。也許這個就是娛樂圈變的大法則,誰和誰曾一起過,總難免會成為彼此一輩子的話題牽繫。

 {藝人常希望保有私隱,其實歸根究柢,我們不過想保有自己的內心,鎮守住一些屬於自己的真正想法。外間愈想撕裂它挖個深入探個究竟,我們愈奮力保守這僅餘的一小片天空。這兩天,我一直在家,樓下有全天候緊守崗位的娛樂記者,我沒有外出,我實在需要一個空間去靜靜思考,到底該不該把這僅餘的一片小天空留給自己?
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從沒復合,從來也未曾有過什麼求婚,分開多年,要從朋友變回情侶,並不是外界所想像那麼「拎起個篋就行得」這麼簡單。然而我體會到,安仔的分手,從各路的報章筆下,鄭秀文看來責無旁貸。從未復合就發展到如斯地步,我感到透不過氣。

有些關係,我實在驚動不起,也不敢驚動。/ L7 }+ _. c* Y9 J! a, S

縱使獨居,我偶爾會感受到寂寞,也早習慣了跟寂寞混熟,我斷不會因為寂寞而亂踩入一些不明的狀况。
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可以嗎?可以暫且放過我,放過安仔,放過Michelle嗎?人的情感,總需要時間去處理,療傷,平復。「我、他、她」都不過是個人而已。
謝謝,不好意思,我跟一些不耐煩的讀者一樣,復合的新聞我也感很煩厭。

就這樣,一次過,說完。

P.S.上帝,也請別讓我久等,可以嗎?: G$ w! B& Z- _; U

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Manhattan Restaurant Review

On my recent trip to the States, I spent the last 2 (too short) days in the Big Apple; where I had the chance to experience some city life – -shopped at my fav Micheals and Old Navy and forever 21 (hey, they dont have in HK><), reunited with some dear friends, took a first hit on a smoke (cig, not pot…), getting drunk and puking in a karoake bar (I hope my parents dont read this and if you do, just ignore it, I will never let myself be a smoker/alcoholic, okay?)… tasted some Michelin 3* goodness (while semi-hungover, but good nonetheless)…visited the Museum of Sex…and had too much chocolate.

 Skipping through the “bad girl” part as that’s mostly all a blurr, and kind of embarassing seeing that it was in fact my low tolerance that bought me to such a state (everyone had more than me and were fine, I guess that’s what my lack of city life did to me) ; I mostly want to talk about the eating experience.

 Let’s start with the last item on the list – Too much chocolate. How is that possible, you may ask? After all, this blog’s tagline is “Where chocolate eating and intellectual thinking is not mutually exclusive” - a line that I now think is quite silly – I realised that I am in fact not a huge fan of chocolate. *Boing*. Maybe I should consider changing the name of this blog.

Case in point – we visited Max Brenner, the Chocolatier for a place to chat during teatime. I ordered a chocopop hot chocolate drink; the bf ordered a white chocolate milkshake, and i agreed to split an egg roll with a friend.

What came to our table was chocolate overload! My coffee cup sized hot chocolate was half filled with solid milk chocolate balls and half filled with a rich and creamy hot chocolate base (which, at 4.99 seems quite a bargain considering their Ready-to-eat chocolate retails for like 10+). The egg rolls, came with a liquid chocolate / caramel dip. Not knowing, I dipped the roll into the chocolate and proceeded to take a bite. Chocolate exploded in my face and dripped all over the table, almost ruining my new F21 shirt. Not only was this egg roll dipped in chocolate, it was also almost completely infused with molten chocolate inside the roll, giving the consumer a truly messy, chocolately experience.

What’s more, my bf actually have to leave the restaurant before his drink was served, which left me with another chocolate milkshake to finish. This was served in an adorable Alice mug

But the adorability only lasts so long. By this time I’d already consumed half a mug of solid chocolate, had chocolate explode in my face… my stomach was already telling me, no more chocolate! but my brain was telling me; at 8 dollars a mug…i should at least drink some of it. So relectantly i brought my lips to the metallic straw and into my mouth flowed a sweet, not too thick, white chocolate goodness. I was surprised that the balance of ice and chocolate was so perfect, normally chocolate slushy drinks would be too sweet (Esp white chocolate) or too icey… I would actually have enjoyed this drink had my stomach not been tug-o-warring with my brain and trying to expel any hint of cacao I put into it.  

Anyhow, that was my experience at Max Brenner. The episode at Jean Georges earlier in the day also involved a little bit of chocolate – so after our wonderful 2 course meal @29 dollars, we opted for the desert menu @ an additional US$8, where you had a choice between “Spice” “Citrus” “Chocolate” “Rhubarb”. I chose a “Spice”, and my bf chose….”Chocolate”! Who says girls are the only chocolate lovers. Anyhow, of course we had a bit of each other’s deserts, and that’s how I came to having tooooo much chocolate in a day.