Saturday, March 28, 2015

Swissotel the Stamford, Singapore

Had a tough time with the room for a bathroom problem that the toilet bowl had some influx of dirty water coming in from another pipe.  So the front office promptly upgraded to this suite, but another "water" problem came - the wall cried over night (photo 6).  Quite sad to see this hotel running down in this way.  Was once my preferred choice and in the old days I could just pay S$130 (when it's still 2.5 to US$).  Back then it was a Westin managed hotel.  However, the convenience is still a factor for me to choose this one after so many years.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

凍咖啡,熱咖啡,學進心屝裡

每天早上習慣喝一杯熱咖啡, 今早却來了一杯昨夜剩下一半的凍咖啡。 原來妳知道我一直絮絮不休對著週遭朋友說著凍咖啡與熱咖啡相反的食療效益,甚至對著一些洋人也這樣說。
這凍咖啡只不過是你所述說的其一, 先菜後肉,低溫烹調等等,都早巳在我心頭上。 
感謝那年妳的凍咖啡,祝妳一路好走,洽似妳的名字,如金一樣的好,閃耀87個年頭!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

A meal I often enjoy at home

I'd prefer cooking some simple dishes during festivals so that we can remember where we came from.    So I made steamed spare ribs in garlic and black beans and stir fried celery with pan fried fish patty in slices.  This year I made some sticky rice dumpling as dessert.  So many years ago I used to make it a lot for my grand ma.  

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Coffee Alley, Chung Hsiao E. Road, Taipei

The coffee culture and western cuisine have been growing rapidly in Taipei but I really can't appreciate this kind of food and drink places.  Apparently the menu and the deco. resembles The Classified.  I'd prefer the classic style of Taiwanese tea house.  This coffee alley has been a talk of town in HK with long lines.  After I tried this one in Taipei, I found it very disappointing.  The coffee is too milky and their signature berry frosty drink too sweet (and the funny thing the shop waitress warned me of this drink being very sour as it's a berry).  The waffle isn't good either - the inside isn't done well and the outside is just a look as if it was quite crispy.  It wasn't at all.  I'd just go back to those classic Taiwanese restaurants.

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Re-visit: Centre Point Wireless Road being Grande Centre Point Ploenchit BKK

Centre Point soi 15, Langsuan and this Wireless Road were my regular choices in the very early days of BKK visits.  Even held some conference and liaise my business associates to hold conferences for these few branches, in addition to bringing friends and family to stay here.  When I looked at this Centre Point, I often recall how my nephew got surprised to see an apt. with a balcony to feel like standing out in the sky with an open view that there weren't any buildings blocked right in front of you in a few feet.  
This Wireless branch has renamed herself to Grande Centre point Ploenchit.  The room has been renovated but the bath room is still the same.  The good thing of staying here is the convenient location with Central Embassy and the Ploenchit station.  The gym is somewhat too small and congested though the pool area is nice to check out. 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Monday, January 19, 2015

One day clear, then one day smoggy - Beijing

Photo 1: never seen such a clear blue sky in Beijing especially during winter time.  Photo 2: however, the next day it went back to a very smoggy scene. 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Victoria Harbour at night, HK

In the very old days, taking night scene photo on the boat wouldn't be any easier.  The full frame censor and a fast engine made it.  This photo was taken a shutter speed of 1/160 second at F4 on ISO6,400.  

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Re-visiting East 3rd ring road 東三環, Beijing

This road has meant so much to me.  Stayed in a hotel at the far south of this 3rd ring and passed by this road so many times.  It wasn't that busy and very few tall buildings were around.  It wasn't that smoggy either.  That's the cost of economy growth.  I somehow enjoyed seeing some old things still staying here - like that fruit stall trolley.  It was minus 2 and they were still making their living.