Happy birthday!

So without much fanfare as per the norm these days, my birthday came and went. It was such a typical day, going to work… just that I got the afternoon off and went off to meet my sis(-in-law) for lunch.

What are birthdays without cakes, especially when I have developed a sweet tooth somewhere along the way over these years.

This wasn’t a birthday cake. In fact, I got this for my friend (and also for myself to try) when I visited her at her home while she was recuperating from a surgery. It’s a new cake offered by Starbucks, a Coconut cream sponge cake, that was surprisingly quite nice, to me. Perhaps because it’s meant to be a sponge cake after all, it didn’t feel dense and heavy, and the coconut scent/taste wasn’t too strong or overpowering. I didn’t really take the cream that much so I can’t comment how good or bad it is. But overall, it’s pretty alright and good for sharing, as always!This was a real birthday cake. Ahead of my birthday, and also my bro’s, who has his birthday in this month too, my eldest bro and sis-in-law took us out for lunch one balmy Sunday afternoon, and surprised us after a hearty and comforting local delights lunch with these 2 slices of birthday cakes topped with candles! This was the one and only candle that I blew out this year. The food we had was good, it had a rather authentic ‘wok hei’ to it, and the cakes were also delicious. Maybe it was made even better because of the thoughts behind and enjoying the special moment as the birthday girl. 🙂Not a cake, but there’s still ‘cake’, i.e. Korean seafood pancake. Haha. Met a friend for dinner and she was having a craving for Korean food so off to a Korean eatery we went! The food was yummy, whether it’s the main or the ban-chan. I loved the japchae, even if it was a little oily but perhaps that was what made it so good! The portion was so generous for it being called an ‘appetiser’ or ‘starter’ so thankfully I didn’t order any main. With the ban-chan, the japchae and the pancake, I think I was already stuffed but yet I couldn’t resist not cleaning up whatever I could because the food was just too good (imho) and I hate wasting. As much as I possibly could.So when I met sis for lunch on the actual day, she brought me to U-town and we had lunch at a bistro. Even though we went fairly late for lunch, the place was still packed. But with the luxury of time that afternoon, we could afford to sit around and by the time we were done with our mains, the place already sort of cleared out and we could enjoy our cakes and coffee in peace while having a nice chat.

The carrot cake that we ordered wasn’t as good as we had hoped or expected it to be. But oh well, we can’t really tell if it’s good just based on looks. It had a rather flat taste and the sponge part felt a tad too dry and hard. But the apple crumble tart was good though! Sis commented that the carrot cake carried more cinnamon than the apple tart but I thought the taste came from the spiced apples within the tart. Anyhow, we really enjoyed the tart and it was a great and relaxing way to spend the afternoon.So that summed up my birthday celebration, if you would even consider it as a celebration. I suppose that as time passes and we age, birthdays become less of an event and quieter. We don’t need to be surrounded with people to celebrate our birthdays, or huge and noisy parties. That was never really my thing anyway. Quiet one-on-one or family gatherings are preferred because these are the people who matter anyway. 🙂

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Wanna Cuppa, New Bridge Rd

To be very honest, if I had not chanced about a Groupon deal online for this cafe, it wouldn’t have entered into my sphere of cognition. There are just too many cafes around in Singapore, that unless someone tells me about it or I read about it somewhere, it is highly likely that I won’t know about it, probably from its birth to dearth.

I can’t remember what the deal was about, something like paying a certain amount to get a $30 cash voucher, which wasn’t such a bad deal. But then again, most times we are just spending unnecessarily because I might not have gone to a cafe then and just make do with cheaper food elsewhere.

So it was with the voucher that was expiring at the end of March that I thought to quickly utilise it during lunch with a colleague. To make sure that the full value of the voucher is used up, we ordered several items to share between the 2 of us. First, we got a slice of Matcha Azuki cake, which was served warm. We asked that they just serve us everything together so we got the cake first, while we waited for the ‘mains’ to be prepared. We reached past 12, maybe around 12:20pm, and it was relatively empty but strangely, patrons started streaming in after 1pm, not just for coffee but food as well, and it was around then that it got crowded, which also meant slower food service. Ours was alright since we were the only ones ordering then.

The cake seemed like it could have come from somewhere else, since they don’t actually sell whole cakes (as we heard when someone asked). The green tea flavour was fairly good and there was a small silver of azuki sandwiched in between which was a tad sweet; so it would have to be eaten in tandem, to even out the two tastes.We ordered a sandwich, the Picasso Panini, which even though their menu indicated that it can be ordered as a panini or wrap, we were told that it only comes in panini form, because these were the ones displayed and we guessed that they are also ordered/delivered from somewhere else maybe?
The Picasso supposedly contains Spanish BBQ chicken, grilled mushrooms and cheddar cheese, and it’s served with a portion of crisps and greens. The sandwich isn’t too bad, but the bread turned really hard after some time so it takes a bit of tough sawing before we could cut through it. I like my bread hard and chewy but I can’t say the same for everyone. The chips, on first taste, reminded me of Red Rock Deli’s Honey Soy Chicken, but my colleague remarked that Red Rock’s chips are much thinner than these, which then I thought it could be Kettle Chips, perhaps Honey Dijon Mustard flavour? We had the intention to ask them before we leave but forgot all about it in the end. At $8.90, despite that we couldn’t have the option to change it into a warp, this was not too bad in terms of value and taste.  The other item we ordered was the Spinach Avocado salad; since there was still some value left in the $30 voucher, I decided to add grilled chicken that costs an additional $2. This is how the salad looked.
For $11.90, you get a bed of baby spinach leaves that sort of covers the plate, topped with some slices of avocado (maybe a quarter) and strips of bell peppers, topped with some cut olives. The dressing was served at the side, which we chose balsamic vinegar that we used more as a dip than a dressing, which probably explained why the salad looks so dry. But for a total of $13.90 including the grilled chicken, which was a sad and pathetic few slices, it was a disappointment. I would probably have been better off ordering another sandwich instead. Thankfully, we got a sandwich and a salad plus a slice of cake, otherwise the 2 of us would probably start getting hungry the moment we stepped out of the cafe.

It is quite possible that I won’t revisit the cafe, since there are still so many other places to check out that would probably be more worth it!

Lunch at Drury Lane

It has been a few times since I’ve been to Drury Lane along Tanjong Pagar Road, and so far I have not repeated anything on its food menu. I think I have tried the banana cake/loaf with espresso butter that I really liked and found interesting (at least the espresso butter was something different!), some sandwich that I enjoyed, a yogurt with fruits cup that I found to be wanting in filling me up (but that is just me, maybe) and on this latest trip, I decided to order something from the Mains menu, because my friend had some deal that gave 1-for-1 on Mains, sandwiches not included unfortunately.

This was our order.
The ondeh-ondeh cake, which has a really distinctive taste of the Malay kueh, even though I just took a small bite of it. I wouldn’t say I am a big fan of ondeh-ondeh in general but I do enjoy these kuehs from time to time. Looking at it, it actually makes me think that it could be gula melaka or some other variant of kueh (something).
My friend’s order, which was Salted Eggs Benedict that was served with prawns on soft, steamed mantou buns. These look quite awesome, other than the fact that I prefer bread to be harder for better chewiness and bite, and salted eggs are not my kind of thing. I know of one friend who really hates eggs benedict because she doesn’t like the Hollandaise sauce; not sure if she likes salted eggs though, because then this probably doesn’t have Hollandaise?And my order was Rosti with Truffled Mayo and Herbed Sunny Eggs, with avocado and mushrooms. From the mains menu, this was about the only thing that I would consider ordering, since I didn’t want the various types of eggs benedict, or pastas/risottos. The rosti was frankly, a little too well-done that it’s kind of burnt. I didn’t so much as dig the truffled mayo too, which I also do not know if there was much truffle taste in it. Overall, it was ok though, because of the mushrooms, avocado and egg!
The next time I visit, I would probably choose to just have the sweets (banana bread or pay-as-you-wish muffins) or the sandwiches!

Maiden hands-on baking class at Phoon Huat

I don’t think I’m gifted in culinary art, even if I have tried my hand at cooking a few times over the last 30-odd years without too much of a mishap or disaster in the cooked item. I probably “cooked” or attempted to, most often, when I was taking Home Economics class in secondary school.

Then, when I was in university, I think my friends and I did fiddle around with some simple home-cooking at her place, but that was about it. Living with my parents meant that I don’t need to cook, since the kitchen is my mum’s enclave and TBH, there really wasn’t a need to. But anyhow, I have always wanted to learn or pick up cooking, baking or the likes. My preference would of course be baking, of breads and cookies, which are my indulgences. I had signed up for a bread-making class sometime ago and it was really fun, though tiring; but it’s something I cannot really replicate at home because of the lack of a proper mixer to make the dough that is needed for bread-making.

Recently, I signed up for another baking class, this time for cakes and cookies, at Phoon Huat. The good thing about such classes is that even if you need to clean up the place and wash up the utensils and equipment, it isn’t at your own kitchen, and so it’s much more convenient. They supply all the necessary ingredients too, so it’s all worth it for the price paid, S$55 for a one-time class.

In the class I signed up for, there were 3 items on the list to be made. First, we learned how to bake a Pineapple Manuka Honey Almond Butter Cake, where the pineapple and manuka honey mixture was pre-prepared by the chef to save time. We did the rest, i.e. making the batter, etc. As there were limited working tables, we did the baking in pairs or groups of threes. It’s pretty scary to know how much butter, eggs and sugar went into baking one butter cake. Horrors!

Here’s how the batter mix for 3 cakes looked like.After the mixture was deemed to be of the right consistency by the chef who was teaching and supervising the class, we scooped the mixture into the cake tins and off they went into the mega-sized ovens.
While the cake was being baked, we cleaned up and starting preparing the ingredients for the second recipe, which was a cookie. But this was how the cake looked like after it was baked, removed from the oven and left to cool. It smells really good and tastes great too, although I found it a bit too sweet. Perhaps the amount of sugar used, together with the honey that was being mixed in with the pineapple, added to the overall sweetness.  I brought the cake to mum & dad’s place for dinner the day after and they all said it was not too bad but somehow it was a little crumbly. Wonder if it’s because it wasn’t oily enough to hold everything together?

The second item we baked was supposed to be Viennese Butter Cookies. The ingredients also looked scary, with the copious amount of butter and sugar that went into it. Everything felt really oily, especially when we had to put the batter into a piping bag so that we could try to create an S-shaped cookie, or something like the figure of 8. I was very bad with this but this was how everything looked like before baking. The cookies I piped were quite small haha.
This was how they were supposed to look like after baking. I took this photo of some other groups’ cookies. The baking smell wafting in the air as we worked in the kitchen was heavenly, by the way. You can tell how much I love pastries.  Unfortunately, this was was how my cookies turned out. All the effort spent piping the cookies ended up in pools of butter, eggs and flour because we somehow got the proportions wrong while measuring out the ingredients. These look like the usual 鸡蛋饼 or 鸡蛋仔, even though comparatively, based on what the other classmates said when they tasted them, these were less sweet and not as oily. I don’t know if they were trying to be nice, but it made sense because a lot of the oil had seeped out of the mixture due to the insufficient flour to hold the oil in. These smell very strong in butter, and somehow reminded me of Jenny’s cookies. I’m not saying these are comparable, even though I don’t find Jenny’s that great (over-hyped if you ask me), but the same buttery smell is just so strong.
The last item that we made were Almond and Tea Cookies. Actually this wasn’t the last thing we made, but the last thing that went into the oven, because after mixing the batter, we had to freeze the dough. It was rolled into a long, cylindrical rod and popped into the chiller. After a certain length of time had elapsed, we removed the stiffened dough and sliced it into discs, laid them out on the baking tray for baking. There were lots of almond flakes used in this, with earl grey tea leaves added to give it the tea flavour. Any tea leaves can be used, but for the class, the chef provided earl grey tea, which was fine for me because I love the scent of earl grey tea!

The end product, which was much more successful than the butter cookies.The roll yielded a large number of cookies so there was plenty to go around that I brought some to office to share with the colleagues and gave a huge bunch to mum. Reviews for this cookie were pretty positive too! 🙂
On the whole, I find the class fun, though the washing and cleaning was very tiring and it made my hands feel very dry and grimy at the same time. Also, as I chose an evening class that was supposed to be from 7-10pm, take note that it usually does not end on time. This was supposedly an easy class and we ended around 10.30pm. Mostly, I heard that other evening classes could end at 11pm or after. If it’s a weekday night, it will be extremely tiring. Weekends would be better, as the timing is from 2-5pm, but then those classes tend to get full very fast. I’ll probably try other classes in future, but only when the recipe has something that I’m interested in!

Christmas Eve.

Spent Christmas eve and part of Christmas day in Hong Kong. I shall just let the pictures do the talking, most of it anyway, because I am lazy to write. 🙂

Met the cousin early for local breakfast near his apartment. This is the Hong Kong milk tea, which I find is so much nicer than what we have locally, i.e. teh-c.

The standard breakfast fare, to me at least – soupy instant noodles topped with some ingredients like pork / chicken chop, sausages, eggs, or the likes. Or maybe everything! Order a noodle and add-on the other stuff you fancy, sunny-side up, sausages…
Yummy.
Problem with Hong Kong’s local cafes is that they don’t usually do bread the way I like it. Mostly, when I order a sandwich or toast, it is just 2 slices of plain white bread that is of the soft variety, totally not how I like my bread to be. Even when this is toasted, at an additional charge (!), it still doesn’t cut anywhere close. The smooth, creamy scrambled eggs help to make it a bit better though, but then the processed meat in the form of ham probably isn’t too great an idea.
After we had the milk tea and the breakfast, we still went for the next round of caffeine at a hole-in-the-wall cafe near Jaffe Street.  After parting with my cousin, I went to meet my friend and we decided to check out this soft-serve that was highly-recommended by the cousin. I really love this, because the matcha flavour was very distinctive and strong! And best of all is that it doesn’t feel like it’s too sweet. They have a few outlets, but we went to the one at Fashion Walk. There’s one in the basement food hall of SOGO at Causeway Bay too and if I’m not wrong, near City Super in Harbour City in TST.
Went to meet another friend thereafter, who halted her gym-time to accompany me for the Christmas eve afternoon. We popped into a random cafe where she decided to have lunch, and I ordered a salad which was a total disappointment. Where’s the ‘salad’? This looks more like dessert than salad.  It’s actually a few slices of apple cooked in some sauce I presume, topped with egg mayo and a sprinkling of some powder (don’t ask me what because I forgot), plus 2 sticks of buttered toast, very lightly-toasted might I add. I was then busy scraping away the egg yolk and mayo obviously, and left it in a mess.
After the decidedly-unsatisfying meal (for me at least), we proceeded to Lee Gardens’ Starbucks, which was also very crowded despite that the mall was almost devoid of other customers. Either everyone is out and about in their last minute rush for Christmas gifts, or this mall is just too high-classed to see many patrons. We dropped by the supermarket at Hysan Place first though, to get ourselves a pot of yogurt each to go with our coffee (my third caffeine for the day). Love the variety that is available overseas but again, I’d think this is from the vantage point of being a foreigner and seeing things with a fresh pair of eyes.  Last year, when I met my friend in Hong Kong, we ordered the Christmas orange cranberry loaf cake/bread and since they have it this year again, we ordered it again! We enjoyed this because it’s more bread than cake, meaning it’s a bit drier and crumblier,and not so oily to boot. Wished they had this on our local menu too but so far, it has only made an appearance in 2014.
Headed back for a short run at the gym thereafter, before heading out for Christmas eve dinner. We settled in at an Italian eatery in SOHO, which somehow felt like we were obligated to dine at, because the host-cum-owner was rather pushy and we felt bad walking away after reading the menu. It was probably a wrong choice, because we ended up not ordering the huge Christmas meal that came with 6 courses per person (at quite a reasonable price actually). We didn’t think we could have finished all that food so we opted for a-la-carte, which to them meant ‘budget menu’, and we were being treated as ‘budget customers’. They changed the table setting, removing the napkin and replacing it with a paper serviette!? It wasn’t even like the eatery was some fine-dining place because each table was within an elbow’s width away, even if you are paying for the so-called Christmas set menu. Bleah. What a big downer.

The food was pretty decent though, to be fair to them. It’s just that service sucks, or rather it’s dependent on how much you pay for your food.
  After dinner, we took a short walk to PMQ, where most shops were already packing up. But they had pretty interesting Christmas decor, including a holographic Christmas tree instead of a real physical tree.
  And finished off the evening with dessert near our hotel, sweet soup with lotus seeds! 🙂

Enjoying. Holidaying. Eating!

Planned to meet my friend for an early breakfast at Cupping Room but got into a bit of delay due to a miscommunication. I thought there were only 2 Cupping Rooms, but apparently not so. She went to the one at Wan Chai, and realised I wasn’t there, and after a while, we found out that we were at different outlets – I was at the original Cupping Room in Sheung Wan. My bad.

We ordered our respective dosages of coffee, and a portion of egg white scrambled on sour dough to share. It was amazing! I love egg white scrambled, even if they are probably not as protein-packed as regular scrambled eggs, but as I don’t really like the ‘eggy’ taste of egg yolk that much, I find egg white scrambled easier on the palate somewhat. But it comes at a premium, always.After breakfast, we took a slow, long walk, and ended up at Pacific Place, where we each bought a pot of yogurt (which has become something we do all the time now) and looked for a next place to plonk ourselves at. We settled at Pret-A-Manger at a mall linked to Pacific Place, where my friend got herself a second coffee and I ordered a log cake, just because it’s Christmas and I have not had a single slice of log cake!
We didn’t finish this eventually because she didn’t seem to really like it and I certainly did not want to have it alone, so unfortunately it went to the wastelands.

We walked a lot more after that, strolling all the way to Wan Chai, where I spotted the Cupping Room she was at this morning, some other interesting cafes that I could consider visiting in the next trip perhaps, a local bakery that she frequents where we bought some buns and had it at the seating gallery overlooking a track and field, the Joel Buchon bistro where she bought some breads, and which had such a delectable array of baked stuff that I would totally want to have… then she had to leave, and I went to meet up with my friend, who had sadly, fallen ill. I walked back to Pacific Place where she was at, and we went to Simply Life bistro for a late lunch or early tea-break. One tea-time set costs about HKD58, which is pretty decent and value-for-money, because it was a rather substantial sandwich and coffee/tea. I got myself a long black and an open-faced sandwich, that also came with a serving of cajun fries! *big love* Check out that layer of melted cheese draped over the grilled mushrooms and spinach, on a slice of very chewy multi-grain/seed toast. I love this and finished every single thing, yes I know it’s a lot of carbohydrates and what I see is that females having the same thing just left the bread there or a good part of it. But! That’s the whole essence of this open-faced right? To me at least, the bread (and maybe the fries) were the highlights!
My friend had the quesadilla or flat-bread; I can’t remember what’s on the inside, but it came with the same cajun fries too.After so much eating, of course we need to do some walking right? So we hopped over to Kowloon for a small spot of sightseeing. I’m sorry to Kowloon dwellers, but I really do not enjoy being there. Although Hong Kong is known for being an overcrowded city not unlike Singapore, Kowloon seems to be more so than say, Central. Causeway Bay can also be a big mess of people, especially tourists who usually walk in haphazard fashion, but being in Kowloon never fails to give me a headache at some point and it makes me feel claustrophobic and frustrated.

We visited the heritage place in Tsim Sha Tsui, where not surprisingly, tonnes of tourists were packing the place and taking selfies.
It wasn’t dark enough for the lights to look pretty but then since it would probably take a while more for it to become dark, we went over to the harbour front area.  It was cloudy or foggy day despite that it didn’t start out as being very cold. In fact, it was a considerably warmer day as compared to the day before (i.e. winter solstice). We couldn’t even see much across to the other side.
The laser show was only scheduled to come on at about 8pm, which was really a bit too much waiting for us to do, so we headed back to Hong Kong island, and decided to have dinner at the Ukrainian restaurant that we spotted on Sunday near the Lebanese place we had dinner at that rainy night.

Our drinks – kefir. I totally love this because it’s a yogurt drink and it reminded me of the milky drink I had in Helsinki years back when I was there on a business trip. It was really quite filling but I could almost just bottoms-up the glass!We ordered a soup to share, a pumpkin soup that seemed a little too salty.
My friend ordered a stew – with lots of meat (chicken I think), mushrooms and carrots. It doesn’t seem like a huge pot but the serving was again quite substantial, and it came with a puff pastry covering it!  Close-up.
Compared to Sunday, this weekday night seemed so much busier. Perhaps we couldn’t really tell from the outside, but I suspected that Sundays are generally quieter in SOHO, or perhaps it was raining that night so the crowd was thin. We were lucky to get the last available table, as others had to wait, and the wait time for food to be served was also pretty long. However, the food quality was relatively good and looking at the menu, it resembled what I saw when I was in Moscow, which makes sense since they are so near to each other. But I remembered having the borscht soup and didn’t like it. But stuff like skewered meats (whites please) are ok with me!

This was the plate of grilled vegetables that I ordered, which were a little oily but on the whole, I really liked it too because it’s such a generous portion!We were totally stuffed by the end of the night that we couldn’t finish every single thing on the plates. Almost did. I guessed the kefir filled us up, at least for me it did, but it was quite a good meal and maybe in future I could consider coming again!

Year-end getaway. 

Happy 2016!

It’s amazing how time flies. 2015 seemed to have come and pass in a flash. It was a milestone sort of year for me, witnessing the first major investment of my life so far, with the finalisation of the flat purchase in early January. Renovation proper only started sometime in April, and has dragged on almost to the end of the year. Despite that it is still not 100% complete, the contractor’s work is done and the remaining items are touch-ups and ah hoc works that I found out I should or need to do. Anyway, we have officially crossed into a new year and this will be the year that sees the next chapter of my life.

Before the year ended, I took my final trip of the year, closing 2015 with 5 vacations! I ended where I started the year at – Hong Kong. It was the first vacation of 2015 in January, and it was also where I decided to go for the last vacation of 2015.

As always, flights are in the morning and what better way to start the trip pre-boarding, by having a aromatic cup of local coffee with a warm, lotus seed paste bun. These may not be the best choices for coffee or paus, but nevertheless makes for good comfort food at the airport!We arrived at the hotel in the afternoon, after the usual long, snaking queues clearing the Hong Kong arrival immigration, picking up our luggage and hopping onto the Airport Express train and then connecting shuttle bus from Hong Kong station. Our hotel, Island Pacific, located in the Western District area of Hong Kong Island, was the last stop on the shuttle bus route but it’s still quite a fuss-free and complimentary connection from airport to hotel!

The view from our room, which we didn’t really take the time to enjoy because most days we are out in the day. At night, there weren’t any lights on this part of the opposite shore to beautify the view so we just kept the curtains drawn, which also helps to keep out the cold!
The hotel is generally ok, but I felt the decor and its overall look and feel were a little dated – the old-school kind of hotel complete with amber lighting. I found the housekeeping standards of the hotel quite inconsistent, and they don’t seem to be thorough enough despite that on the whole, we kept the room quite clean and tidy. Maybe that’s also the reason why they don’t spend extra effort on the house-keep because they think everything is in place? Hmm.  The bathroom, with the marble vanity top, is just so typical. Haha.
After dropping off our luggage and snapping some photos of the room, we decided to head out to grab coffee. In anticipation of possibly nicer coffee that I could get, I hadn’t requested for any coffee or tea onboard, and the short hours I had the night before had already wore out the effects of the morning Kopi-O. Or so I would like to think, to justify the need for a second cuppa!

There was this place in Sheung Wan that was on my list of cafes to visit and as we walked past it, it was just the opportune time to pop in. Barista Jam, which was just on the street opposite to Holiday Inn Express Soho, which I had stayed at last December, proved to be pretty good!

We ordered a muffin and chocolate mousse cake. I think the muffin had walnut but I can’t remember if it’s banana walnut, or was it with something else.I realise that muffins in Hong Kong now are made without the proverbial ‘muffin top’, with the top overhanging the paper-cup. I wonder if it’s a conscious effort to steer away from the negative connotation of eating muffins and growing a muffin top as a result. Haha. Anyway, it was pretty forgettable and quite a disappointment for me because the top wasn’t as crunchy/crisp as I would have liked it to be. It’s rather soft, without too much distinction of texture from how the inside spongey/cakey part felt, so after this I actually did not order any more muffins from other cafes. Perhaps a good idea as well to keep to my goal of having less of such indulgences.
The chocolate mousse cake was not too bad though, as the cocoa or chocolate used had a tinge of bitterness and wasn’t oozing of overbearing sweetness like how some cakes tended to be. The size was also a comfortable one for sharing and went perfectly well with a cup of coffee or tea. 🙂The crema of my long black, along with the gold foil paper used to hold the cake, exudes an appropriate festive, yuletide feel for the moment.
We continued our traipse along down to Central, where we headed into the Landmark, and check out how elaborate their Christmas decoration was. Malls in Hong Kong probably try to outdo one another in their annual Christmas decor, and it’s on a completely different level and scale from what we have in Singapore! I wonder if any of their festive decorative pieces have caused any mishaps though. There were oodles of people all around this centerpiece vying for the best angles to take pictures or selfies. As much as I could, I tried to get a shot without too many heads bobbing at the bottom, and I think I did quite an ok job at that!