Travel Live! A Week at Switzerland Part 3-Interlaken and Skydiving!

IMAG7784The three of us headed to Interlaken (meaning the city in between the lakes), where well known for its natures and the Alps. One of the main reasons for this trip is doing skydive in Interlaken, crossing out one more item on our bucket list so we are all very excited about the last few day of the trip.

We arrived Interlaken OST station  in the evening after the short visit to Lusern. The city centre is nothing exciting really, filled with luxury hotels, branded shops like Swiss watches and souvenirs shops, streets of restaurants and two big supermarket. Pretty much touristy. However, I found it very contrasting when behind these city like view are the stunning mountains covered in snow along the Alps, and the peaceful lake aside. I;m really excited to see the nature side of Interlaken.

About 20 minutes walk to our hostel Lazy Falken, we had a chill evening. Unfortunately, our first attempt of skydiving is cancelled due to the bad weather the other morning so we then rescheduled it for the day after. Skydiving is totally weather dependent, not just sunny or not but the wind speed and so.

Tips: So bare in mind if you desperately wanted to do skydiving or any weather dependent sport like paragliding, make sure you free up few day slots in a row. 

Due to the expensive lifestyle in Switzerland, we didn’t have a good chance to try out food in a restaurant (I only ate microwave meal and sandwiches). We decided to enjoy a good one replace our disappointment of the cancellation. Finally we picked the All You Can Eat set will a cheese fondue and a grill and unlimited order of all ingredients. We were served will a table full of food, from cheese, salad, dried seeds, pickles and bread, wrust, chicken breast, horse steak and tiger prawn to potatoes and rice. It cost around CHF 60/pp. I promised I’m so full and unlimited cheese is so satisfying!

The last full day in Interlaken is quiet intense. Since we’ve rescheduled the jump at 3 pm, we have to get up at 0530 to catch the first train at 0635 to Jungfraujoch, the highest peak in Europe along the Alps.

Tips: Highly recommend to take the early train to avoid the crowds or tours in order to enjoy some quality time with the Alps or catching the sunrise.

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Amazing view

After 2 hours ish ride, and changed 2 times, with interchange stops that you can do snow sports, we arrived! The train ticket is like the admission fee of Jungfraujoch, with series of spots and activities you can do on hill.

Stepping out of the station is like a convention centre, with interactive and art displays about Jungfrau the history of building the rail. We headed to the first viewing stage where you can see the tip of Jungfrau and a series of mountains with clouds flowing between. Words can’t even describe how incredible and stunning the view is, especially when the sun beams hit on the mountains, the snow are shinning.

Then we get back inside and walked past the exhibition like the ice hall and entered another exit to see the mountain with probably the most iconic tourist spot where the Swiss flay stands. There’s a Lindt chocolate shop at the end of the building, with lower price and more variety of their products.

Reminder: The height of Jungfraujoch is above 3000m (10000 ft.), it’s totally normal to get the Altitude sickness, that cause by different air pressure, oxygen level of the high altitude. You may fell hard to breathe, dizziness, headache or even throwing up. So don’t panic or force yourself go any higher uphill and report any sickness. 

We took the train back to Interlaken and getting ready for skydiving! We were all so excited and nervous about that. We booked with Skydive Switzerland and got the pick up to the flying space. There were a simple brief about the diving position and precaution the we were getting ready in our jumpsuit and gear! I was assigned to my tandem Field. It’s weird that I didn’t feel nervous any more but with pure excitement. Got on the plane, safely attached to our tandem, flying over the beautiful scenery, maybe 10 minutes or so and it’s time

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With my tandem Field and my lost shoe hahah

Sliding to the door, bending knees, head back and JUMP! Around 45s of free falling, body facing down, I didn’t feel much fear or force that I was expected. Then when the parachute opened, you are now in a standing position, well, 13000 ft. above. IT WAS INCREDIBLE. The bird eyes view is so damn beautiful, the mountains, the lake, the plains… it’s like you’re walking in the sky. There’s nothing like that feeling in my life, EVER! It felt so right to me and never felt so peaceful before.

i-lose-my-shoe02Well, there’s a little funny incident in my dive, one of my shoe slipped off the second I jump. And I ended up with only one shoe when landing. Everyone is having a good laugh about that 😀 I promised I’ll do skydiving again and again!

Travel Live! A Week at Switzerland Part 2

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It’s the fifth day of the trip!

I finally met up my friends from Hong Kong in Zurich. We stayed at the little old town Maur and had an super amazing time! Definitely recommend this city just 30 minutes away from Zurich, along a huge lake and beautiful nature.

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The host and Swiss homemade dinner

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Traditional Rosti

Another highlight of my stay is the great hospitality from our host. We stayed at the cozy little room in their 200 years old cabin, filled with details of memories. One the first night, the host Reinhard took me and another guest in the house Silke to the concert at a church where his wife Elisangela is working at. It’s an very unique experience to listen to prayer and songs in a totally foreign language and meet the big family.

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Stunner in the rain

It’s was raining on the second morning. I stuck with my original plan to go for a walk along the lake. Although it’s quite difficult to get photos in the rain, I managed to capture the other sides of her beauty in the rain.

After wandering for almost 3 hours to the one end of the lake, I took the bus to get back to the house. Reinhard and Elisangela prepared us the Swiss traditional dish Rosti, a potato pancake, along with wrust and fried egg. We spend the night sharing our travel and life story. Was such an amazing night to meet friends from all over the world.

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Doing the stunt !

We left the next morning, Sun are shinning bright so we head to the central for another photo. The next destination is Interlaken. Reinhard suggest that we should go for a walk in Lucerne since we need to interchange there anyway.

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Lucerne is one of the most famous cities in Switzerland, with the famous bridge and lion statue. The main street is filled with renaissance vibes and a bit too touristy for me. The view is definitely stunning under the sun though.

We then continue our rides to interlaken. Stay tuned for more adventures update here !

Travel Live! A Week at Switzerland Part 1

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I’m currently in Switzerland for a week b break of Easter. Had a great time already and got some stunning shots that I can’t wait to share with you all. I’ll keep the trip updated, and write about the trip highlights, itinerary, adventures and some travelling tips.

Day 1 Basel

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My flight landed in BSL airport in Basel from London STN at 10 am. Since there’s plenty of time until I can check in in Zurich, I planned to spend the afternoon to Basel.

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The Basel World

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The Basel Minster

I’m amazed and stopped few times by the modernism architecture along the way to the city center.

The Fondation Beyeler

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First things first, I went straight to to the contemporary art museum the Fondation Beyeler, where called as one of the art lover bucket list. With a permanent collection of modern art like Picasso and Van Gogh’s and a pop up exhibition .

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During my visit, the exhibition is for Jean Dubuffet, a contemporary artist who breaks the rules about doing art. His art instantly became one of my favorite, with colorful and joyful sprites, really fun to look at !

In the afternoon I headed to the train station and going to Zurich in the evening.

Day 2 Zurich

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Stunning view !!

Luckily it’s a sunny day! Go straight to the city center (central station -1 stop from train station HB ) and walk along the river. The sun hits on the colorful buildings and reflected on the shadows.

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I walked from one end to the other, cross the bridge then back to the station. In the side of the old town, there’s restaurant and churches that you can climb up to catch the view of the Zurich city. The other side is more like a luxury and designer shops.

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Then I walked up hill, to the university of Zurich and visited its Zoological Museum. The best thing about it is free to entry! With 2 floors of animal specimens and interaction corners, 2 hours are easily spent.

Travel tips:

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Transportation in Switzerland is pretty easy, with strictly scheduled tram and buses connected everywhere. Simply by a day passes for certain zones in different city for different durations. Although there’s no one to check your ticket on the bus, bare in mind to buy a ticket since everyone is cooperating and be responsible.

If you need to go to cities from cities, I suggest you to get the half fair card (CHF 120) that can apply to your all travel tickets.

Stay tuned for more details about the trip!

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Travel Strategy: Inspirations of Day Trip to UK Cities from London Part 2

10509603_10202168631963616_7334239794689673106_nSometimes I love having a spontaneous weekend trip to different cities in the UK. Most of them are well-known for a specific things like its historical buildings, architecture or those famous one born in the city etc. So, if you’re not particularly very into any of those factors, I suggest a day return trip from London would be enough for most of them.

Here are some of the alternative recommendations besides Part 1:

Yorkshire

My Rating: 5 ★ 

The only thing I know about York before I get there is probably Yorkshire pudding, but I instantly fell in love with this little old town when I get there. The town centre is full of handmade or art crafts shops along the narrow street made out of stone. Everyone is chilling with a cup of coffee or a pint in hand in the big park next to the beautiful cathedral or along the stunning cannel.

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The National Rail Museum in York in quite fascinating as well. The museum is partly open-air,  displayed full sets of trains according to their service era or serial number, from the oldest steaming on to the latest bullet train. Detailed explanations of how people build those train, rails history and life in the old days. Easily spent a whole afternoon taking photos in and out of the trains.

I and my mom tried the British tea set in the Yorkshire famous tea room Bettys, well, personally I found it just average and there’s plenty of better scones around the UK.

Brighton

My Rating: 4 ★ 

One of my friend is studying in Sussex University, so I’ve spent few weekends there. Brighton is a beautiful seafront city specially in the summer. The Brighton Pier is a mini carnival, with indoor arcades and outdoor rides. It’s great fun to spend the afternoon in it testing your luck. Alternatively, it’s nice to simply grab a cool beer and chilling under the sun.

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The Royal Pavilion

Walking through the city centre, you’ll see The Royal Pavilion, a place of the British royalty and refurnished into an Indian style dome. Next to the pavilion is the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, with varies collection from the porcelain decoration, Egyptian pottery to the contemporary interior design. The museum is recording the timeline of Brighton history. In the main street, there’re plenty options for nice restaurant, from budget to fancy dinning. Bill’s

If you’re ready to stay overnight in Brighton,  don’t forget to check out the clubs along the beach front. Since there’s two universities around, the club will filled with students and wild vibes!

Oxford

My Rating: 2.5 ★ 

10482498_10202327245648859_6200730125176097825_nLots of people struggled choosing between visiting either Oxford or Cambridge, the two world class  universities in the UK. I would say the two are quite similar with a classic Royal like college, but personally I prefer Cambridge than Oxford.

Once you get out of the train station, you will see a bronze Ox statue that represent the city. The main attraction is the college itself and the museums surrounded. The city is also known as the birth of the classic Alice in The Wonderland, but only you could find that in the souvenir shop.

Travel Strategy: Inspirations of Day Trip to UK Cities from London Part 1

10553352_10202378387487373_1097319061743792693_nApology for the late post! Was a super busy week dealing with filming and editing for my last project of the year. This month I decided to write about my life in London, embracing my identity partly a Londoner (for 3 years) and partly a tourist, still exploring the UK.

During summer 2013, my mom came to visit for a month and we decided to travel throughout the  Britain. Here are the list of cities that we’ve been that may help when you plan your trip around UK:

Salisbury + Bath

My Rating: 5 ★ 

One of the main reason of my mom’s trip to the UK is to see the heritage and mystic Stonehenge. Personally I think Stonehenge is a tourist must see compare to the other check-in spots, these strange stones has a fascinating story behind indeed. Remember to book your ticket with certain time slot that helps you to skip the walk-in queue and secure your entrance to the stone circle.

We travelled from London Victoria to the old town Salisbury in the morning. At the entrance, we were given a time slot ticket and a guild headset. Then there was a transfer cart to take the visitors to the stone circle group by group. The Stonehenge are bounced that we couldn’t get close access. The headset guild introduce the history, myth, and fun facts about the stone.

After lunch in the old pub in Salisbury we headed to bath. I instantly fell in love with this little old town. We visited the Roman Baths Museum, where included the actual hot spring pools, the temple and artefacts from the Roman period. I recommend to rent the audio guide as well,  surprising well made with detailed information and special narrative with  virtual characters that made the history easy to remember. It’s a lovely to spend your afternoon in the Roman Plaza, it became super beautiful when the sunset hit the main street and everything turns into golden colour. Chilling with a cup of coffee or gelato, with the classical guitar playing along. I’ll definitely visit again in the summer time!

Cambridge

My Rating: 3.5 ★

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Mom outside the King’s College campus

Cambridge is well known for its college. If you’re a fan of Academicism or simply want to listen to  some proper British accent, Cambridge is worth visiting. I didn’t try the punting since it’s a bit pricey but the campus and botanic garden is very nice indeed.

The most interesting part about Cambridge to me would be there’s lots of free, hidden, small museum that you will find around another corner. These museum are usually sponsored by different departments in University of Cambridge, that specialized in a field of collection and researches. I found some weird one but I like it.

The city centre have everything for daily life, shopping mall, restaurants and so on, nothing really special though. Day trip is pretty enough for me.

Manchester

My Rating: 2.5 ★

10494698_10202282905780390_6574679349631947492_nManchester is another big metropolitan city in the UK, with busy town centre, a city university and national museum and so.

There are a National Football Museum that still pretty interesting for sport dummy like me. And the city is full of modern architecture and contemporary art piece. Well, it maybe a holly place for football lover, match is proper in Manchester Stadium. However, I won’t say it’s a must visit city for a regular tourist like me.

Oi oi! Scoltland is a 24/7 Beaut

1660851_10203421602885447_1693260532_nI was born in a big city and living in one, that’s why I really appreciate and feeling blessed whenever I came across in nature. Scotland is probably my favourite country in the UK, where you can find those eyes widen sceneries. I went to Scotland twice, once in winter and once in summer. She offers us her two sides of beauty, different yet still a stunner.

Since we don’t drive, I joined a 3 days tour the Highland, Isle of Skye and Loch Ness for both of the trips of different companies. There are several tour company running for local tours, itinerary may varies but similar, and some of the attractions have  added on admission upon aboard. Remember to check the tour start day, not every tour are departure every day.

Winter Scotland

Feb 2015

Duration: 5 days

Group size: 3

Tour company: Highland Experience

It was a week break of my first year studying in London. With the accompany of 2 friends, we decided to head North to feel more of the winter. We arrived Edinburgh and stayed for the first night, visiting the city centre to some of the main attraction like Edinburgh Castle.

It was nearly a day driving just to departure from Edinburgh to highland, remember to take pills or sleep all the way through if you’re sensitive to motion sickness!

On the second day we visited the highland waterfall, The Quiraing and the Eilean Donan Castle, which used to be where the Scottish Royal lived and now refurnished to be a museum. Then we visited the old battle field you see in the movie Braveheart – Culloden. On the last day of the tour, we walk along the mystery Loch Ness and learn about this mythic creatures of its museum. Then ended the trip with a visit to Scottish whiskey factory.

Highlights of the tour: The mountain covered in snow and the purplish sunset is stunning. Seafood and Scottish beef in a Michelin restaurant next to Loch Ness taste amazing! Since the accommodation of the tour was along the way, we stayed at two fine and cozy BnB with tasty breakfast!

Remarks: The ticket to Eilean Donan Castle, Culloden Museum, Loch Ness Exhibition and whiskey factory is additional. Remember to let your driver know if you are participating or not to avoid misunderstanding. Since that happened in our tour that a guy complaining and saying the driver is deceiving his money, leaded to a delay of the whole tour.

Summer Scotland

Jun 2015

Duration: 5 days

Group size: 2

Tour company: Rabbie’s

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It was during my mom came to visit for a month before going back home for summer in my first year. I though Scotland is beautiful enough in winter and never expected that she has another sprit in summer! The weather is so nice and the nature is awaken, the mountain, the sky, the sea… are painted with saturated colors.

Like the first trip, we stayed in the Edinburgh for a night and enjoyed some cheap but tasty mussel in the Mussel Inn.

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Mom’s genius picture of me with the castle and everything out focus…

We headed to the departure point and drove away by our energetic guide Andrew. We arrived the Eilean Donan Castle on the first day. The itinerary was bit different from our last trip, Andrew took us to many nature sites like cliffs and hills with striking view. Despite Andrew’s age(he told us he’s in his 70), he led all the way running uphill and climbing on rocks!

A lady from Australia in my dorm told me that she has been travelling in the highland for a month without renting a car. Since there’s no fixed schedule for transports, she was simply taking an adventure and a good way to discover Scotland.

Highlights of the tour: Summer breeze in Scotland is gorgeous! Everywhere I’ve visited before look very different! Another important factor that make this great trip is our tour guild Andrew. He asked us to sit together and introduce ourselves so everyone became friends on the way. He also showed use some exclusive spots that not included in the trip that are very beautiful and photogenic.

Remarks: The accommodation these time is according to the price range so we stayed in the cheapest one in a dorm. Many restaurant there offers late lunch menu till 6pm so you can enjoy a tasty and budgeted 2 or 3 courses if you check on the time.

Ultimate Guide to Bricklane Market, London: Insider Tips from East Londoner

10446477_10202158111900621_8023066287751226761_nChilling with a pint of cool cider along with live jazz music on a Sunday afternoon? That’s proper for a East Londoner like me.

If I have to pick my favourite place in London, the answer would be Bricklane Market on Sunday without any second thoughts. Bricklane Market is one of the well-known street markets in London, it’s different from the others like Camden or Nothing hill, with the real East London vintage vibe (oversized sweater and ripped denim jeans). It became my habit to go there at least once weekend in a month, I can nearly tell where’s where with my eyes shut and my friend joke about I spend more time there than my uni. If you’re looking for some insider tips of the market, here are few things you should know:

Come on Sunday or you Missed EVERYTHING!!

Ok, every times I talked to people that found nothing special about Bricklane came to one and only conclusion: They never visit it on Sunday. Yes, there’s plenty permanent vintage boutique in the area but there will be pop-up cloths racks, food cart or street performers that filled up the street only on Sunday! A big empty car park will turn into a pop-up market that half filled with food stalls from all around the world and half with budget vintage or designer shops.

So plan a visit on Sunday, nearest tube station: Shoreditch High Street/Liverpool Street

Budget Vintage Fashion

Fancy some hippies round glasses, oversized leather jacket, turtle neck sweater, high waist denim? Bricklane will be the shopping paradise for you. The style here are more like a rock n roll, worn out 70s-90s style than the classy Parisian vintage, so the price are relatively cheaper than any other vintage market I’ve ever been! Simply look through the pop-up one along the street or in the car park, most of the time they will have sales like all racks for 5 quid or 10! You can even try asking for a cheeky price cut when around 5 at  the closing time!

Here are some of my favourite budget vintage shop:

Beyond Retro

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One of my favourite coat brought in Beyond Retro

Definitely my first pick! Sailor anchor with a yellow background is symbolic! It’s a vintage chained stall all over the UK or even Stockholm. Located 5 minutes away on a side street along Bricklane, only true vintage lover know the place. With an outlet that clothes are always on sale and every sales are one fashionista!

Rokit

Another vintage chained store, located in the middle of Bricklane, the two stores are separated by a brand outlet. Each one have a slightly different theme, and both men and women fashion. The racks are classified into styles or materials, and those Rokit Recycle are redesigned pieces perfect for the petite vintage.

Vintage Basement

Two floor filled with vintage clothing, all pieces in the basement are 10 quid under!

Foodie Paradise

Sunday Bricklane is not just for fashion lover but all foodie, literally you will find one in every ten steps! There are few places filled with food carts and pop-up food stalls:

Old Spitalfield Market, with all kinds of freshly made food

Sunday pop-up corner/Truman Brewery Food Court

Along Bricklane

Last but not least you can’t leave before you get a proper British salted beef bagel! 10/10 with tender salted beef server with mustard and London gherkin in the signature bagel! Fancy something stylish, try out the Cereal Killer Cafe or amazing Mexican restaurants along the road!

Art and Lifestyle

Once you step outside Shoreditch High Street Station, on your left hand side of the  main road there’s a series of designer brand inside Boxpark, a pop-up venue made with shipping containers. You will find some really fun and stylish stuffs to get home. Along Bricklane, you will find some show look like a garage or filled up with messy antique. If you’re not afraid to get your hand in the messy, you may find some really unique and budged decorations.

If you’re a music lovers, you should love the Rough Trade, with all kind of Indie, Alternative music. On the weekends, the shop will turn into a gig venue, as well Cafe1001 right opposite to Rough Trade. You can find lots of vintage, classic vinyl records in the market as well.

Not far from the station, there’s a flower market named Columbia Road Flower Market, you can get all kinds of plants in there.

If you ever see me there on Sunday, don’t hesitate to say hi!

Travel Strategy: Festival/Seasonal Celebration in Hong Kong Ocean Park

148658_1492059829681_5414362_nI’m a fan of any theme parks, Disneyland, Universal Studio, pop-up carnival… I do influenced by the fun and care-free atmosphere, they make me feel young(er) again. Hong Kong Ocean Park is the one and only local theme park that like no others, it’s totally  worth a visit for whom ever planning a trip to Hong Kong. Ocean Park is a theme park locate at the Southern district in Hong Kong, with two main sites, one uphill as The Summit and one at the bottom named The Waterfront.

Ocean Park is basically divided into two theme, The Waterfront is popular among family visitors that filled with animals, including a huge and beautiful aquarium with all kinds of marine species like sharks and tropical fishes and an animal park with 4 China’s exclusive species Panda and all kinds of birds; The Summit is perfect for those who is bold and looking for adrenalin rise, it’s full of thrilling rides, 3 roller coasters, turbo drops, water rides, 360 degree swings…and much more! So there’s always a spots in the Ocean Park that suit everyone’s taste.

The permanent stuffs in the park are great enough for a enjoyable visit. However, Ocean Park has much more to offer while it’s come to special theme during festival or seasonal holidays. Here are some highlights themes you might consider in your next visit or even revisiting it:

Halloween Bash (mid Sep-31st Oct)

Tired of dressing up like an armature and doing pub crawl, or looking for some real trilling experience in Halloween? Plan a visit in Halloween. Ocean Park Halloween Bash is the most famous event in the year to all locals. It had already been holding for the past 15 years and remain one of the most popular time of the year.

The park will extend its opening hours from 6 to midnight and turned into a haunted park. Some of the venue will turn into haunted house in the evening, and each year the will have different trending themes, for example in 2015 there’s one with zombie like the Walking Dead and one with Vampires. Personally I love those haunted house with local themes that related to local ghost stories that dedicated to Hong Kong’s myth, for example decorated like an old haunted hosing estate or high school that make it extra scary when we can be related to the environment. Be careful when those actors/actresses scare you out along the side!

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Biggest show in Halloween Bash! Must see especially the last show on 31st Oct

The Halloween Bash is very entertaining indeed, you can interact with performers dressed up as all kind of ghost wandering in the park(Trust me, the ghost are much more scarier than you can imagine, with professional f make up and all the bloody disgusting stuffs will creep you out!) or go to the special shows in different corners. With lots of the most talented contracted performers, dancers recruited for Halloween, the shows in Ocean Park are surprisingly amazing. I remember the time they have a band gig called ‘Rock in Hell’ and dancing with all the ghosts in the midnight, that’s what I call a proper Halloween!

Summer Splash (July-Aug)

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Bubble bath tube !

Want something alternative to go apart from the beach or wanted to be soaking wet in the summer? Then come to visit Ocean Park in the summer holiday! There’re pop-up games for summer time, there used to be like a water maze, water fight or a 20m slides that make sure you will get wet in the hot weather! The park even increase the water amount in some of the water rides that make sure everyone get wet once again. Don’t forget to enjoy the special shows for the Summer Splash like the diving performance or music with splash!

*There’s lockers for putting belongings but if you want to save money, just bring come with flip flops, a water proof bag for your electronic gadgets and sets of cloths for change.

Christmas Sensation (whole Dec)

60997_10200357029071575_1368209386_nChristmas to Hong Kongnese is more like a celebration for young adult than a family fest. We celebrate with going out for western meal or watching special lighting decorations on those skyscrapers along Victoria Harbour.

The Christmas edition in Ocean Park is indeed very festive! The park will be refurnished like a winter wonderland, with Santa’s house you can meet and greet the old man and his elves, special rides and performances and artificial snow once in an hour! Well, seeing snow is especially exciting for local when Hong Kong never snow. There’s lighting ceremony in the park is extremely beautiful!

Simple Recipe: Inspirations of Alternative Chinese Mains in 30 Minutes

IMAG1934Rice is an essential element in Chinese dinning however, I’m not much of a rice person. Since my family is not a very traditional one, they won’t force me to have rice in every meal, so I prefer having mains with very small portion or even without rice. After I’ve been studying aboard, it became even harder to cook the right proportion of rice that I always ended up eating the same pot for few days. So here are some inspirations mains that sorted a meal for one:

Tiger Prawn in Two Ways (Steamed with shredded garlic and in tomato stew)

I’m a seafood lover, prawns, crab, fish, oyster…are all my  favourite. I found that the way of cooking seafood had much more variety in Asia than in the west, and here are two of my favourite ways to handle a whole tiger prawn (from head to tail!):

Ingredients:

1/2 kg whole prawn

Tomato stew:

2 tomatoes

ketchup

sugar and salt

chopped garlic

Steam with garlic:

shredded garlic

2 t/s rice wine/white wine

salt and black pepper

Preparation: Clean the prawn and leave the shell on, put them into a cold salted water for 10 minutes that will make the  prawn more chewy textured

How to(tomato stew):

  1. Pan fried the half of the chopped garlic with butter. Then add half of the prawn in. Take them out when you see the prawn started to change into orange colour for later.
  2. Added the tomato in, flavouring with ketchup, salt and sugar, taste it for your own preference. Pour bit of boiled water till the sauce became thicker.
  3. Add the prawn in and stir until they are wrapped in sauce and fully cooked.

How to(steam prawn):

  1. Prepare a pot of boiling water and a metal tray that higher than the water level.
  2. Place the rest of the prawn on a plate and topped with shredded garlic, salt and pepper. Evenly pour the wine on the prawn.
  3. Place the plate on the metal tray and cover the pot with it lid (this method is call water steaming, that apply to many other Chinese dishes as well).
  4. Steam around 7-10 minutes until cooked (varies with prawn size) and dip with soya sauce.

Homemade Dumpling

IMAG1932Alternative choice of nutritious meal, with starch, meat and vegetable. Homemade one is much cheaper and tastier than those you buy from any Chinese supermarket, simply frozen and save for the next meal when you fancy some dumplings!

 Ingredients:

300g minced pork

1 pack of Chinese dumpling pastry (30 slices in white colour)

1 Pak choi (large) or 4 (small)

plain flour

How to:

  1. Marinated the minced pork for 10-15 minutes How to marinate*
  2. Spraying some plain flour on a plate that make the pastry dry and separated from each other.
  3. Chopped the pak choi into fine pieces and mix well with the minced pork.
  4. Take out a 10p coin sized portion of meat filling and placed it in the middle of the round pastry.
  5. Folded it halved, stick the edge of the pastry with water and flour. Making small fold along sides bit by bit to seal the dumpling.
  6. Put the dumplings into a boiling pot of water until they all float. Serve them will you favourite sauce!

Dip suggestions:

– soya sauce with fresh chopped chilli

– soya sauce with sesame oil and vinegar

– soya sauce, sesame paste, vinegar and chilli oil

Special Congee in Winter Melon Broth

Serving rice in soup is perfect for those day that you don’t fill like eating a lot and suitable for dieting. Winter melon is summer seasonal vegetable that can cool down your inner body heat.

Ingredients:

1 slice of winter melon (3-4cm thick, can be found in any Chinese supermarket)

1 portion of boiled rice

1 cube of chicken cube

Any other ingredients you want, ham, chicken slices, mushroom, mixed seafood…

How to:

  1. Pealed the skin of the winter melon and chopped it into 2cm cube size. Chopped any other ingredients you want
  2. Add the chicken cube to a boiled pot of water and the melon in and cover with lid then boiling it for 10-15 minutes. Added other ingredients.
  3. Pour the soup into the rice bowl and it’s done!

Simple Recipe Part 1: Quick and Tasty Hong Kong Dishes you can Sorted in 30 Minutes

IMAG1274My cooking skills had improved a lot since I studied aboard, since I’m totally dependent on my own now. Eating out in London is a quite pricey for me, I prefer cooking myself in order to save up and be healthier. While I got used to the busy, efficient lifestyle in Hong Kong, long preparation for a meal like marinating, baking really bother me, so usually my meals can be sorted with the simplest ingredients, nearly no preparation time and cooked in less than 30 minutes. If you are looking for a quick meal for 1-2 portions like me, here are few easy and still, tasty recipe inspired by homemade Hong Kong dishes:

*Remark: Marinate beef, pork or chicken with soya sauce, salt, sugar and black pepper is our basic preparation for meat. This is a simple but incredibly useful tip to bring up the taste of any dishes.

Baked Rice with Pork Chop in Hong Kong Style

Baked rice is a very signature dish for Hong Konese ‘Local Tea House’, kind of a east meet west fusion dish and taste extremely satisfying!

 Ingredients:

2 pork chop steak

2 tomatoes

2 portion of rice (may varies)

1-2 eggs

1 bottle of tomato pasta sauce

Cheese

How to:

  1. Marinate the pork steak for 15-20 minutes, pan fry it for use later.
  2. Fry the steamed rice with eggs. (even better with leftover/refrigerated rice, the less water in it, the easier to fry!)
  3. Place the egg fried rice at the bottom of a oven plate, topped with pork chops then tomato pasta sauce. Add as much vegetable and cheese as you want!
  4. Pre heat the oven, but the plate in and bake for 15 minutes/ the sauce dried up.

Braised Pork Belly

IMG-20140123-WA0007When I cooked this dish for my westerner flatmate they all don’t believe how easy and tasty the dish is simply made with 3 ingredients.

 Ingredients:

200g pork belly

Soya sauce

5-8 Crystal sugar cube (this sugar is best for braise dish)

Additional flavouring:

-White/black pepper

-seven spicy powder

-deep fried onion

-dark soya sauce

How to:

  1. Put the pork belly in a pot of boiling water for few minutes till the surface is slightly cooked. Diced it into small pieces around 1cm cube.
  2. Hot a pot with oil, fry the diced pork belly. Add 1:1 ratio of soya sauce to water into the pot. Turn it to low heat after boiling.
  3. Add the crystal sugar cube, constantly taste the sauce and varies the sweet or salty level with sugar or salt. Gently stir it or with additional flavour and colouring with dark soya sauce .
  4. Braise for another 20-30 minutes till the sauce is thicken and wrapped around each pork belly cube.

      5. Serve it with plain noodle/steaming rice/ hot steam rice!

Tomato Soup with Homemade Meatball

Ingredients:

4 tomatoes

2 potatoes

1 carrot

1 onion

150g minced pork

Meatballs preparation:

  1. Marinate the minced pork* for 10-15 minutes.
  2. Mix well the minced pork with strength like crushing a flour dough, till it became a meat platter with thick texture.
  3. Take a portion out and rounded it like a ping-pong size.

How to:

  1. Quartered the tomatoes, chop the other vegetable.
  2. Pour a t/s oil into a pot, slightly stir fry the tomatoes. This will get the taste of it into the soup easier
  3. Put all the vegetable to a pot of water till boiling, then add the meatball in.
  4. Crush the tomatoes. Wait till the soup changed into slightly orange colour and the vegetable are fully cooked. Sever we a pin of salt and it’s done!