One of the measures taken here in Hong Kong to address the outbreak of Novel Coronavirus is “Work from Home”. Such practice had been extensively adopted by me before my retirement. The impact to restaurants/cafes like us, that mainly served office workers, is a significant drop in business. […]
Just like most of the people in Hong Kong, I queued up at a pharmacy early in the morning hoping to get some surgical masks.
It’s been quite a long time since I published my last blog post, 318 days to be exact. 2019 has been a busy and wonderful year to me where I have the chance to explore and learn so many things that I have never dreamt before. I am […]
Personal look back for the past month
Back in early 2018 when I registered for the VirtuGO Beta testing, I had also requested for participation in another virtual cycling platform testing – The Road Grand Tours (RGT) Closed Beta programme.
Flight from Hong Kong to Taipei is quite short and roughly takes about 120 minutes. Excluding activities like takeover, meal serving and landing, actual flight time is really short.
Since my previous trip to Taiwan lasted for more than two weeks, I had to settle all those ongoing issues before the trip. Having just few hours of sleep before leaving Hong Kong, I was a little bit tired after boarding the plane. As such a short flight time made sleeping or watching a movie not really feasible, I finally decided to take a rest and listen to some music instead.
小朋友在一月中又要挑戰他的跆拳道進級試，今次試場也一如過往位於將軍澳寶琳。由於場地較細，應考學員卻非常之多，考試最終在臨近下午五時才完成。回家路上肚子有些餓，想找點東西吃，剛巧在地鐵寶琳站附近見到一間麵包店，名字頗特別 – I am .. bakery，就走去試一試吧。
My boy was having his Taekwondo promotion examination again in mid January. Same as before, the examination was hosted in a small multi-function hall in Po Lam of Tseung Kwan O. With such a large number of kids participating in various stages of the event, the examination was finally completed by 5 o’clock in the afternoon.
I felt a little bit hungry on our return and noticed a shop opposite to the Po Lam MTR Station that came with a very interesting name – I am .. bakery. Sounded great and worth a try.
During the Lunar New Year Holidays, most of the shops and restaurants will be closed. Even you can find restaurant that is open for service, it will definitely include a 10% surcharge. Other than visiting relatives or friends, hiking is believed to be the most cost saving activities. Not only we can consume some of our free time, it will also bring good health to us and that’s why we had two hiking trips in this holidays.
I had a wonderful day in Mei Lam Estate today with my parents.
星期三（七月四日）下午，離開樟宜國際機場後，我們乘旅遊巴到旅程的第一站 – 新加坡理工大學 (Singapore Polytechnic)。 新加坡導遊Jessy小姐在車上講解新加坡文化和歷史，同學們都聽得津津有味。約30分鐘後，車子已經到逹目的地。眼前的理工大學樓高五層，非常壯觀，環境寧靜，絶對是一個理想的學習地方。我們一行40人，由Jessy小姐帶領到一樓圖書館參觀。 在圖書館裏，我看見了很多遊戲設施和一間小房間。 一位當地老師出來介紹每一樣設施，包括： 單車 彈珠機 籃球機 足球機 發光二極管乒乓球機 幸運輪 遊戲機 … 他們全都是理工大學學生採用不同物料用心合力製作出來的。 此外，那間小房原來是研究鐳射的，鐳射可以用來裁剪不同的物料，例如：𥿄張，膠板，玻璃，連鋼板也可以切割，真是厲害啊！ 老師講解完畢後，就是三小時自由活動。我急不及待地和同學們一起玩彈珠機，非常刺激有趣； 之後我又玩了發光二極管乒乓球機，它是一個玩法非常困難的遊戲，但我卻十分喜歡，所以玩了很久。其他同學也玩得不亦樂乎，房間裏充滿大家的歡笑聲。時間過得很快，我聽到老師的召喚聲後，就知道要離開這裏。我只好懷著依依不捨的心情地離開。 這次參觀，我認識了一些和STEM有關的知識，此外我很羡慕新加坡理工大學的學生們能發揮自己的創意，做出不同趣味的遊戲，我希望將來也能成為他們的一分子呢！😍😍
In our past holiday travels, I would usually prepare detailed itinerary for the trip. However, as my boy is getting older, he has his own expectation on the travel and the places for our visit may change from time to time. As such, nowadays, I only planned for the flights and accommodations, the rest of the trip will only be worked out during the trip.
In my recent Taipei/Kaohsiung trip, we had made a flash travel to Tainan.
Personal look back for the past month
今次我帶大家去看看區內一間較年輕的社區麵包店 – 小豬豬麵包。
Shau Kei Wan is located in the eastern part of the Hong Kong Island. In the old days, it was a fishing village and aging population is one of the its major concerns among other districts in the eastern Hong Kong Island. Along with recent city redevelopment projects, new residential buildings are erected which help to build up a more energetic community.
I would like to take you to a tour of a relatively young community bakery shop – Little Piggy Bakery.
If you still remembered that my classmate had got me two baking books while I was staying in the hospital, one of them is the “火頭工”, of which I had a review on it. The other one is the “野上智寛的麵包全圖解”, a book focusing on the recipe and baking techniques for breads sold in his bakery – Boulangerie Nogami. Despite I have not completed reading it, I was still eager to visit Boulangerie Nogami while I was in Taipei in last December.
I have not baked any bread for several months since I had my surgery. As my recovery is good and it is time for practising baking now.
Our weekday hiking routes are normally focused around those short trails in the Hong Kong Island where we can have adequate time to pick up our little boy after school. The Sir Cecil’s Ride located in the eastern part of the Hong Kong Island that we hiked recently is one of the great choices.
午後獨自出外取回已維修好的手提電腦。一切安頓好後，步行到天后，準備乘搭巴士回家。在英皇道與留仙街口見到一間頗雅緻的麵包店 – 麥典坊手感烘焙。
I went out after lunch to pick up my notebook computer from the repair shop. When everything was settled, I walked to Tin Hau and prepared to go home by bus. Right at the junction between King’s Road and Lau Sin Street, an elegant bakery caught my attention – Wheatie Bakery.
I like to visit bakeries when I’m having overseas tours. This not only allowed me to enjoy tasty breads, pastries and wonderful shop decorations, but also gave me a chance to experience various bread that are local to the place.
Recalled that I have written several posts on those bakery stores that I had visited, however, seems like I have none for bakeries in Hong Kong. Starting in 2019, I would like to spend some efforts on all those local bakeries that I have visited and tasted their breads.
Got some free time this morning and is great for another short hiking trip in Mount Parker. Before starting the trip, I went to NumberOne bakery to buy my breakfast.
You may be surprised that I have not ridden any YouBike before despite that I have been to Taipei a number of times. The main reason is that I don’t have Easycard nor local phone number. For security reason, I also don’t want to use my credit card for one-time bike rental as well.