“Must knows” for holidaying in Hong Kong. 

I had the privilege of going on vacation to Hong Kong. What an absolutely magnificent holiday it was.

I have given you a few key points that you should take into account if you are planning a trip to the busy city of Hong Kong.

  1. Keep to the left on the escalator – pass on the right.
  2. The subway is amazing! Use it, affordable and idiot-proof.
  3. People wear medical masks – it’s not you, it’s them. I believe it is because of the extreme humidity, and that can easily make one ill. Or paranoia – you decide.
  4. Hong Kong is insanely expensive. Not just for South Africans and our awful currency. But for everyone.  
  5. Disney Land is a must – but get there early as it fills up very quickly. I started my rides at the very back and worked my way forward – this way I missed out on major queueing in the beginning. 
  6. So, the locals are totally happy to help – but they ain’t gonna invite you home for a Braai – different culture (man I love South Africans) 
  7. Funky odours. Just when you feel like you are breathing fresher air, smack, bam, boom and it hits you like a truck in traffic and you are unable to move. 
  8. Ferry’s are available from Central *
  9. The locals do not speak Mandarin, however, I am sure the majority do understand or mix their languages together. The official language is known as Cantonese.
  10. Sneakers, sneakers, sneakers. No matter what you are wearing from the ankles up – you will notice that below, ordinary sneakers are being worn. Whether dressed to the tee or just in your sweats, thisis totally the norm and you will realize very quickly why. 
  11. Eat where the locals eat to save buck or five.
  12. Do not buy without bargaining. The locals will easily to rip you a new bumhole if you don’t, and they really are willing to negotiate; of course only after you walk away and showing no interest.
  13. Alcohol is super expensive, so deffo’s do pre-drinks when planning to paint the townred.

 

This is definitely a the tick off the bucket-list holiday, but I wouldn’t recommend more than 4 or 5 days in the city.

 

Also, if you have the time – catch a ferry to Macau. Even if just for the day. The hotels are exquisite and Macau puts Las Vegas to shame.

 

Laters, babe x

Penny Water

I haven’t written in a while and truthfully there should be no excuse for it. 

On average it takes 15 minutes to write an article and even though my life seems to be upside down and totally crazy, 15 minutes of calm would do a world of good.

I have been bruising very easily lately, my hand barely touches something and I almost instantly turn blue. So, while I was at the doctor yesterday for my usual, I asked him for something to take for my semi-new problem I have been facing. 

I have tried iron tablets and I have a pretty balanced diet but it doesn’t seem to be up to scratch. The Doctor gave me a couple of ‘liquid’ sachets to test and when asked to describe the taste he assured me that it wasn’t terrible but he could imagine that if you licked a penny it would taste something like that. He called it ‘penny water’.

I was beyond horrified by the taste that I felt compelled to email him my thoughts. My review of his “penny water” is below:

“ Thanks, Doctor. 

Just by the way –  your ‘penny water’ was undoubtedly one of the vilest substances I have ever attempted swallowing.  You are absolutely welcome to take your free samples back as they will just go to waste in my possession. And, when presenting your patients with this ‘value add’, I would highly recommend referring to the liquid as a rather vulgar broth that has leaped far past its expiration date and could possibly cause heartbreaking offense to one’s taste buds.  

This way your patients can manage their expectations when testing the product. “

He agreed with me and ensured me that the only reason he was giving me these samples, was to get rid of them, quickly.

Thank you, Doctor, again. 

So, my question to you is, does anybody else suffer from anemia and what can I do to try and prevent these awful marks appearing all over my body at the touch of a feather?

The Executive Update

In a couple of hours, I was able to gather an array of relevant information by opening only one book.

Ian’s book was easy on the eyes and completely captivating, it kept me wanting to read and learn more. And that is what I did, I learned.

This was a definite value add and I look forward to the next one.

Just a few chapters to look forward to:

  1. People and machines
  2. The evolution of organizations
  3. Working with a higher consciousness
  4. Leadership medicine

Ian Mann has written the following three books and I would totally recommend to everyone that they give them a bash.

  • The Executive Update
  • Managing With Intent
  • Strategy That Works

What to and what not to

I have been downloading tons of movies at work lately. Let me tell you something. Nothing annoys me more than being excited to get home and turn on the TV to find out what I downloaded is absolute garb! I do not trust others views and ratings any longer. So, out of the kindness of my heart, I am recommending movies, old and new – what to watch and what not to watch.

 

List number one – totally watchable

  • Sing
  • Bridget Jones baby
  • Chef
  • The Imitation Game
  • That awkward moment
  • The rewrite
  • Gone baby gone
  • The founder
  • Moana
  • The accountant

 

List number two – word vomit

  • All roads lead to Rome
  • This is the end
  • Swiss army man
  • Tammy
  • Don’t breathe
  • The forest

One night in Century City

A quick shout out to Phumile ( Pumba ) from The Century City Hotel.

What an absolute pleasure to be in the company of this fine gentleman. Our Lion King member, working for the Century City Hotel was on top form while we spent a night at this trendy hotel. His vast knowledge, broad smile and willingness to help was completely refreshing. 

You don’t often find employees of this caliber. So, CC Hotel, look after this one.

A slice of heaven

Whilst wanting to savor each and every bite of this succulent piece of art, I found myself devouring it within seconds. The flavors of orange and granadilla could not but help but burst through the door to meet my taste buds in a form of pure bliss. This experienced chef, Kim Napo, perfected the balance between sweet and tangy to an absolute tee. Who would have thought one could be in awe over a craft straight out of the oven?

 

Have a look at Gourmet Moods to experience what I just did.

Rosemary and Parmesan bread sticks

Ingredients

1/4 cup grated Parmesan

3 tablespoons of Dijon Mustard

1 egg

1 tablespoon chopped, fresh rosemary leaves

1 packet of puff pastry

Finely ground sea salt, optional

 

Directions
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.
Line 2 heavy large baking sheets with silicone baking sheets or parchment paper. Grate the Parmesan and chop rosemary. Mix together. Set the mixture aside. Separate the pastry strips. Using a pizza cutter or a large sharp knife, cut the pastry into 1.5cm strips. Working with a strip at a time, spread a small amount of mustard onto the strip then coat each strip with the cheese mixture, pressing very gently. Twist two, cheese covered pastry strips together and place onto prepared baking sheets. Brush a tiny amount of your beaten egg for bronzing. Sprinkle with the salt, if you wish.
Bake until the breadsticks are golden brown, about 10 to 15 minutes. Transfer the warm breadsticks to a basket and serve.

Simple, quick and easy cheese cake.

You can thank me later.

 

Ingredients:

1 x 200g packet tennis biscuits

1 x 140g butter, melted

2 x 397g tin of condensed milk

3 – 4 large lemons, squeezed

620g smooth cottage cheese

 

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 160 degrees C.

Crush the tennis biscuits finely; pour melted butter over and mix well. Press the mixture onto base and against the sides of a round, ovenproof dish and then refrigerate for about 15 minutes to set. Whisk the remaining ingredients together until well blended. Pour into biscuit base.

Bake at 160 degrees for 10 minutes and then at 120 degrees for a further 10 minutes.

Leave to cool then refrigerate for 12 – 24 hours.

 

Add toppings as you wish, fruit, chocolate, plain etc

 

Enjoy with a perfect cup of strong tea .

Benguela on Main – Somerset West

Benguela

ˈBen/gwe/la

Proper noun

  1. 1.

A fine dining experience. Where romance is expressed through cuisine, décor and ambience.

 

From the outset, the standard is set. The feeling of almost being out of place kicks in. Do they realize I am no one special? Should I just play along and enjoy the ride? I bite my lip and then smile as my chair is pulled out and a crisp napkin is placed gently on my lap.

 

My eyes wonder around the room, taking in the exquisite setting. For the next two hours I will be dining in this exclusive restaurant. What more could I ask for? The impeccable etiquette which the waiters possess is refreshing. Something Benguela can be proud of.

 

As we settle in, a two-option menu is placed on the table. The à la carte and the Chef’s Tasting Menu are your options for the evening. Could I have both? Hmmm, temptations.

 

Not five minutes pass when the waiter returns with a tasting platter consisting of bite-sized portions to nibble on. Salted caramel popcorn and Mash Potato puffs are placed delicately on a bed of pastry topped with caviar and a cheesy-bacon bite. Absolutely delightful.

 

Each ingredient in my starter salad complemented one another with pure perfection. The portion could have been slightly bigger, however.

 

For mains, I decided to go with a Lamb. Spring crusted lamb rump, lamb ragout, pommes maxim, peas, zucchini and roasted garlic. I would personally recommend a soft Merlot to accompany this dish. Each sip of the Benguela Cove Merlot was enticing, leaving you longing for more.

The elegance in the way the dessert was presented was totally memorable. Bite- sized portions of pure happiness were placed into a wired tree. Definitely a Kodak moment.

 

There are only two points I would chide. Number one being the location. If set in the heart of Cape Town, Benguela would outshine any neighbouring restaurants. Point number two would be the absence of live music. I am certain that if there was a violinist or a pianist, the ambience would have been turned up a notch or two.

 

All in all, a lovely evening spent with good friends and a beautiful fine dining experience. I would return to Benguela on Main in a heartbeat.

 

 

Look out for Benguela on Main