Monday, February 25, 2008
When we went to pick up the chairs, I spotted this cool clock and bought it also. It is not vintage, but has a cool, retro feel. We hung it over the hallway entrance.
For the main living area, the only items we still want are a sideboard for under the large mirror and a rug--we're getting there.
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Line to get in:
Making the noodles:
Monday, February 18, 2008
The second purchase was a new duvet cover for summer. We have a lovely down comforter and flannel duvet cover for winter. For the summer, we have been using a light-weight comforter from West Elm (love their stuff). Even though it is less than three years old, it needs to be replaced. There are many small tears made by Olive's nails and it has a few stains. Also, I think it will be too heavy for the extreme heat here. I have been searching for new bedding since I arrived in Hong Kong, and I was beginning to give up hope and was debating about ordering something from a US company and bringing it back with me in March, but I didn't cherish the thought of lugging new bedding. This is why I was so thrilled to find something this weekend. It is 100% cotton and very soft. The main color is cream with light brown accents and embroidered gray "flowers". I put flowers in quotes because they are very abstract and organic. The package included the duvet cover, two shams, and a fitted sheet. European style bedding is prominent here, using no top sheet, just the duvet cover. The whole kit was only HK$999 or US$130. Once I buy a thin comforter for it and put it on the bed, I'll post a picture.
Friday, February 15, 2008
March is shaping up to be a very busy month for us due to Erik's crazy travel and work schedules, and my trip to the US. These next two weeks of February will be enjoyed for the relative peace they bring.
The weather has been so cold here for an extended time. I just looked up the facts: "it is the second-longest cold spell since 1885". It has been below 12C (52F) for 22 days straight. I am sure those of you on the east coast with recent temps near zero, don't extend any sympathy to us, but remember there is no heat anywhere in Hong Kong. Thus, our apartment is about the same temperature as outside. We wrap up with the down comforter from the bed to make TV watching bearable. Restaurants, shops, and work are all cold too, although some are a bit warmer than outside due to heat generated by people and appliances. All the space heaters have been sold out. Note to self: shop earlier next near.
Stay warm and have a good weekend.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Most mandarin or tangerine trees are groomed into a columnar shape except for this one on the floor of my office. It is bigger than me and so beautiful.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Nice to see how other countries perceive the United States. This was the only thing we saw with a USA theme.Large, cut, cherry blossom trees sold just like Christmas trees:These are all forced daffodil bulbs that are placed in bowls of water.These are mandarin trees--another very popular part of CNY. We just got a bowl of fresh mandarins, which are totally delicious.Victoria Park is in an area of the city called Causeway Bay, and it is always busy. The crowds on this street are pretty typical. Note: it was close to midnight when this picture was taken.Thursday was the biggest day of Chinese New Year, the day when most things were closed. The tradition is to visit with family and have a big meal. I didn't want to be totally focused on party prep, so I made a nice meal for us including homemade egg rolls. They were a tad greasy, but super yummy. Yes, I am having a martini; it was at least 6:00.
Shrimp Balls: these shrimp balls were SO amazing, but labor intensive. We bought live shrimp from the market, and I made Erik carry the bag home because I couldn't take the wiggling. At home, I put them in the collander to rinse, and they kept jumping out of the collander into the sink and onto the floor! I was screaming and laughing. I didn't have the nerve to decaptitate them live, so I put them in the freezer to kill them. It took a long time to de-head, peel, and devein all those shrimp. Then you grind them in the food processer with a few other ingredients. Next, you form them into about 80 balls and coat in panko. Then you deep fry. They were well worth the effort.Flowers are an important part of Chinese New Year, especially spring flowers since the new year welcomes spring. Here we have pussy willows and red gladiolas--red is the lucky color.Fireworks were totally amazing:Late night, when most people had left except our good friends: Erik and Pinky playing a dice game with Tony and Paul.Amy & Pinky playing Wii. My friend Wenny on the couch.Amy & TonyPaul & Tony
On Saturday, we did absolutely nothing. I was a bit hungover and we were both exhaused. We watched about 5 movies on HBO.
Happy New Year everyone!