Let’s roll the spotlight to Laduree macarons! Their first ever store in Hong Kong was launched on 1st December 2012, about a month before our trip. Macarons luck all over me! Tee hee…
I have missed it during last year’s Paris trip (I know I shouldn’t !), this time I must however get my share of Laduree macarons despite the long queue (yet another long queue) ! I finally stepped my foot into the macaronland after approximately half an hour (still in the queuing line) and have started to feast on rows and rows of purple-pink-green-yellow-brown-black macarons….with my eyes. To decide on which flavours to go into my one dozen macaron box can really cause sweaty palms.
Should I go for the Lemon or Lemon Lime Marshmallow…? Ermm, wonder how does the Black Liquorice taste like… Can I have 15 pieces instead of 12??
Finally. I won the macarons battle. Victory!
This box of macarons cost a bomb.
Lesson learnt: If you want to be a millionaire, sell macarons!
I called this poisonous morsel. Once you sink your teeth into one, there is no turning back. Absolutely gorgeous. Enough said. 12 pieces gone in minutes.
Now please excuse me while I go watch how to make one million dollars selling macarons video how to make macarons video.
There are Christmas, New Year’s Eve and my Birthday! What’s not to love about December? :)
It’s even greater when during the year-end holidays, you get to escape from the city you are living to another city. That’s what we did. 4 hours flight away, to a beautiful as ever metropolitan – Hong Kong. It’s no secret that we love Hong Kong. There’s so much to do in Hong Kong – shopping, eat, shopping, eat, eat… Err, that’s probably all we did in Hong Kong. Lol! This was the most unplanned trip – no itinerary, no research done (except for Chris who has did some research for my birthday dinner’s venue). On some days, we didn’t even know where to head to after we got out from the hotel. A real holiday is about being empty-minded, take things slow, get lazy and waste a good 1 ½ hour queuing for a bowl of famous Japanese ramen…
Yes, you've read it right, 1 ½ hour for Butao Ramen, 豚王 at Lan Kwai Fong! The snake-long queue just kept growing longer and longer on the street, while the 300sqft stall could only accommodate lesser than 20 diners at a time. But you’ll know the queue is worthwhile when you have your first sip of the thick and sticky broth.
The onsen egg was the best I’ve had thus far. I also couldn’t refrain myself from adding (a lot of) the complimentary condiments on the table such as self-grind toasted sesame (love!!) and pickled vegetables. From being ushered to our seat to done eating, took us only about 20 minutes! You know, the pressure of having 3 dozens of people queuing up across to the street, waiting for you to get out from the stall so that they could have your seat! Because it was so good, we went to their branch at Causeway Bay the next morning and guess what? No queue! Perhaps it was still very early and not many know about this new branch?
One of the highlights of our Gold Coast trip has got to be the winery tour and tasting at Sirromet. But no, I’m not a wine drinker. In fact, I find myself frowning in disgust every time I have a sip. Boo! I can never be an atas people or even try acting as one. I just don’t know how to appreciate wine and totally not a fan of any alcoholic beverages. I only drink on some special occasion when I’m in a jolly spirit and when I’m at places that only serve boozy liquids. And when I want to act cool. I consider myself as a dummy social drinker who has zero knowledge about wine and beer. But we are never too old to learn! I saw this winery tour while I was doing research for our Gold Coast trip and I knew right away that Chris would love it!
The tour began with a brief explanatory about the winery background and history by our tour guide, followed by a tour inside their production factory. I was listening very carefully like a student, trying to catch every word the tour guide said because she spoke a little too fast. Or perhaps my English understanding is very low -_-... The entire tour took less than 45 minutes. And now, aha! The best part of the tour – wine tasting! We get to try about 7-8 types of wine. The tour lady opened up a new bottle of wine sequentially, from light to stronger flavour for us to try while briefly describing some facts about each wine.
Love this picture very much.
By: Chris's Mum
Of all the wine we tasted, LOVE MY SWEET SPARKLING ROSÉ is “my glass of wine”. Well, not hard to guess – it’s a very light tasting sparkling wine with a hint of sweetness and most of all, it’s pink in colour! A very romantic-ish wine! In fact, I heard this wine is pretty popular for wedding banquet. Towards the end of wine tasting, I was feeling giddy…for the first time ever in my life! My body felt light, vision was a little blurry, I had a light blush on my face… Actually I kind of miss my giddiness moment. I looked pretty, blush-y and happy! Lol!
The greenish surrounding at Sirromet is so soothing for the eyes and great for photography too. It’s a very ideal venue for wedding ceremony or celebration of any sort.
Sitting on the green grass, looking at the picturesque view of blue sky and mountains in front of me while breathing in the fresh green air.. I felt so thankful. Thankful that I able to see this beautiful view with my own eyes, thankful that I can be here, thankful that I have the opportunity experience different culture… I’m so blessed :)
June to October is the best time to go whale watching. Since we were going on the month of August, we grabbed this opportunity to add whale watching into our lifetime experience. Although I must say, the price for this experience doesn’t come cheap. We took the combo ticket which includes the whale watch and one time entry to Sea World.
We were strongly advised to take the sea sickness pills to prevent us from getting, well, sea sickness as wind was pretty strong that morning. And hell, I was so regret! That stupid pill caused me extreme drowsiness for the entire day! I think even the real sea sickness wouldn’t be that bad. We need to be really concentrated and focused because the whales might leap up the surface anytime but my eyes were so heavy! I tried so hard to stay awake because I didn’t want to miss a single thing!
During the 3 hours cruise, we managed to watch a couple of whale’s movements which they termed it as “the blow”, “tail slap”, “tail lifts” and “breach”. A lucky day for us indeed :) But sadly, the drowsiness ruined my whale watching experience a little :(
The cruise terminal is located beside Sea World. So right after the whale watch, we entered to the Sea World since we were there already. But my memories about Sea World were all blurry as I was drowsy, drowsy, drowsy all the way…. @@ My knees were so weak, I swear I could sleep on the floor or anywhere I don’t care! What left in my brain was the picture of the happy dolphin face, the handsome jet stunt performers and … fish and chips?