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About Restaurants/Diners I’ve been to Recently

19 Apr

Two are in Tsim Sha Shui and the other two are in Yuenlong:

 

#1. The Chinese/Taiwanese restaurant on the 4th in the shopping mall The One:

→ Food recommended: steamed buns, pan-fried dumplings, glutinous rice cakes, fried pork chops, spicy steamed dumplings.

→ If you are a Taiwanese soupy noodles lover fond of the well-renowned beef noodles, wanton noodles or sour & spicy noodles, I guess you’d like this place.

→ pan-fried dishes: It was a pity that I couldn’t get to try any. They were mostly sold out by the time I got there =.=a…I would very much like to try their San Bei (Three Cups, sesame oil is one of the 3 sauces) Chicken or Spicy Chicken Dices (Kung Bao Chicken) and sweet sour pork.

 

#2. The Chinese restaurant on the MTR level of K11 Art Mall:

‧Menus here are similar to those in the Chinese restaurant in The One. I particularly liked shrimp steamed dumplings, stir-fried beef (very tender!) with green onions and ginger, eel fish slices with teriyaki sauce and spicy pan-fried chicken dices.

 

#3. The Turkish diner in a small alley of Yuenlong:

→ This little dinner in a small alley of Yuenlong is definitely a hidden pearl!!! When I found it on Google search, I was so surprised that in a quite suburb town Yuenlong, there is a Turkish restaurant located in a small alley intersecting with the main road! There are English menus & English speaking waitresses available so even you don’t speak Cantonese, it’ll be totally fine~ XD’

→ The diner is a tiny place. I guess (less than) 20 customers will make the little place full~ ^^!

→ Dishes recommended: Turkish doner, Turkish fried chicken (different from western fried chicken), Arabic samosa and stir-fried rice (what Tony Stark had when he got captivated in Afghanistan but I can’t remember its name…=.=a)

→ Desserts exist only on the menus but are never available! XD According to the English-speaking waitress, they’ve never had desserts available so I can’t help but wonder why on earth they even bother to list those yummy-looking desserts on the menu? =.=a

 

#4. The Chinese diner on the main road (Castle Peak Rd) of Yuenlong:

→ A little family diner opens 24/7 on Castle Peak Rd, Yuenlong.

→ I love steamed fish there!!! There are 5 choices and all are cheap and cheerful!!! I also like their dim sum, including spring rolls and steamed shrimp buns.

 

About Massage Places I’ve been to in Hong Kong So Far

17 Apr

I’ve enjoyed massage SO MUCH. Not only does it feel relaxing but as a computer-based freelancer, it can no doubt relieve my occupational “hazard”: shoulder stiffness or even soreness. However, I haven’t been to any in Hong Kong until last month since I “officially” lived in Hong Kong. NOT that I didn’t want to but I couldn’t find any (Google massage parlors/salons in Hong Kong and you’ll find out why~ Orz’). Luckily, my significant other found one on Cameron Rd in Tsim Sha Shui last month and that set off our massage “journey” in Hong Kong! XD~ The two we’ve been to so far, one as said above in TST and the other in our local area Yuenlong, both have their pros and cons but weighing up benefits and drawbacks, we prefer the one in Yuenlong. Here are more details of the two massage houses::

 

Massage House in TST:

Price: reasonable (about 50 dollars more expensive than the one in Yuenlong)

Membership Discounts: Yes, they offer different packages but I didn’t pay attention to any of them. =.=a

Space: Lager than the one in Yuenlong

Comfortableness of the reclining sofas: very comfortable

Friendliness of the staff: friendly but business-like

Location: Very convenient to both HK locals and tourists.

Masseur(s) recommended: Yes, there is one there I would highly recommend!

 

Massage House in Yuenlong:

Price: reasonable (slightly cheaper than the one in TST)

Membership Discount: Yes, about 15% off if you pay a HKD$3000 deposit.

Space: smaller than the one in TST

Comfortableness of the reclining sofas: above average

Friendliness of the staff: VERY friendly and attending to customers’ need by frequently asking if the massage caters to their need.

Location: Convenient to only locals in Yuenlong

Masseur recommended: I haven’t really found one yet but those two serving us last Saturday were both good enough.

 

“We Did Not Teach Ma Well”, NTU Law Professor Says

14 Apr

http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2014/04/13/2003587905

During a group discussion titled “Civic Disobedience” hosted by National Taiwan University’s (NTU) college of law, college dean Shieh Ming-yan (謝銘洋) said that if anyone had the right to say “we failed our students,” it was the NTU college of law.

“We have truly failed our students, because we have not taught [President] Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) well,” Shieh said.

Ma received his bachelor’s degree of law from the college in 1972.

Shieh’s comments referred to how the government allegedly intended to indict students for illegal actions when they were the only ones to stand up and highlight the government’s incapabilities and shortcomings.

 
Along with “bumbler” dubbed by The Economist and “administrative bungling and personal remoteness” described by Washington Post, it is really amusing to see his professors back in National Taiwan Univeristy now apologized for “failing” him~ *shrug*

To wrap up, Jerome Keating, a commentator in Taipei, nailed it!

Ma continues to refuse to let the dangers of this trade agreement receive proper examination. However as has been contended, this has not been just a matter of those for trade and those against. It even suggests the difference between a president who is involved with but not committed to the country he represents.
This precarious position also reflects the wider plight and position of Taiwan over the past six decades. Taiwan is a mid-sized nation; it is larger in population than 75 percent of the countries in the UN. Its economy places it in the top 20 countries of the world. It has a thriving, hard-won democracy and yet because of the financial pressure and politicking of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), it is at risk. Furthermore, as Taiwan strives for long overdue international recognition it also watches the failed promises of democracy the PRC gave Hong Kong and the way in which the people of Hong Kong classify the Chinese — as locusts streaming across their border.

 

The Live Band Performance Last Night (Typo Fixed)

6 Apr

This is where I went last night:

live band performance card

This is one (I like the most) of the three bands performing last night:

live band performance

This is one of the intervals:

live band performance (in a break)

 

I used to go see live band or live singer performances quite often in Taipei but this is the first time I saw a live band performance in Hong Kong. It wasn’t the first time I went to this bar though. Last time I went there was to see a standup comedy show. 🙂

 

Taiwan’s Sunflower Movement Protest Is Also Strikingly Beautiful~

1 Apr

Earlier I talked about the recent protest in Legislative Yuan and what perspective a retired US diplomat with 35 years of service in Taiwan, China and Mongolia took on the cross-strait service trade agreement. Here is a a link on Sunday’s rally that gathered more than 100,000 supporters! You can click on the link to see all the photos!! The following is the excerpt from the report:

Holding aloft sunflowers, over 100,000 thronged through the streets of Taiwan’s capital Taipei on Sunday, accusing their government of ramming through a controversial trade deal with China.

The protests, dubbed the “sunflower movement,” started two weeks ago when Taiwan’s ruling party pushed the trade bill through the parliamentary review process without bipartisan discussion, the Wall Street Journal reports. Students stormed the parliament building and have occupied the main chamber for 14 days, fending off attempted police raids by piling entrances and exits with furniture.

Taiwan split from China over 60 years ago, but China still regards the self-governed island as part of its territory. Under Taiwanese President President Ma Ying-jeou ties between China and Taiwan have greatly improved, and the president insists that increasing trade with China is essential to maintain Taiwan’s economic competitiveness. However, many in the country are deeply skeptical of China’s influence while at the same time demanding greater transparency from their government.

The Wall Street Journal notes that Sunday’s rally was a peaceful family affair, with baby strollers, chants from the Les Misérables musical, and dogs dressed up in the protesters’ garb.

 

There is an article on The Economist called “On the Antlers of A Dilemma” that I would like to share. However, due to a recent policy change of The Economist, only registered or subscribed users can view the whole article so I can’t really link and share it here like I’ve always done. Nevertheless, if you Google it, hehehe *wink*.