Thursday, December 25, 2014

Christmas in Hong Kong :)

Hello Kitty gets into the spirit of the season ;)

Further proof, if needed, that Hello Kitty is big in Hong Kong :)

In my final years in the US, I'd spend my Christmas holidays visiting friends in Los Angeles.  And invariably, we'd go hiking on Christmas day.  This is a "tradition" that I've practiced with other friends in recent years in Hong Kong.  But due to such as bad weather, I didn't go hiking today.

Instead, the fun began for me this morning with a viewing of Big Hero 6 that was actually pretty enjoyable despite there being quite a lot of kids in the audience -- and has left me wanting to have a Baymax of my own.  (In the meantime, I console myself with the fact that I do already have many Hello Kittys, three Ponyos, etc., etc. in my menagerie.)

Afterwards, I treated myself to lunch at Sushi Fukusuke, my favorite mid-range sushi restaurant here in Hong Kong.  As per usual when there, I opted for the "self pick" sushi lunch set option -- and made sure to have some toro (fatty tuna), ikura (salmon roe), uni (sea urchin) and my favorite kani miso (crab...sperm) along with some in season ankimo (monkfish liver).  And for those who think it's too cold to eat sushi now: consider this -- in winter, the fish grow fattier because, well, it's colder.  Which makes them yummier to eat!! 

Then, post-lunch, I headed to the Hong Kong Brands and Products Expo -- an annual event at which I make sure to pick up some discounted bottles of the multivitamins I take and also check out interesting new products being hawked.  (Among that which caught my eye this year: D24 and Musang King durian ice cream!) Sure, this event can be on the budget side but, in all honesty, that's part of its charm for me!

After heading home for a rest that included a nap, I went out again -- this time for what turned out to be a pretty satisfying Italian dinner with a friend at the surprisingly uncrowded Perbacco.  By themselves, the meal -- and pretty much every other activity I partook in, bar for the Hong Kong Brands and Products Expo -- may not seem particularly "Hong Kong" things to do, but taken together, I think they made it all a very Hong Kong -- as well as pretty international -- Christmas Day, don't you? ;b


bill said...

Hi Yvonne,

A very cheerful blog which reminds one of what an exciting and unique pastiche Hong Kong really is...Congratulations to those lucky passers-by who were treated to an early Chinese New Year's gift from Cai Shen, God of Wealth (Money) - in the form of cash (some in delectable packets) which spilled onto the streets of Wan Chai!


nulle said...

bill, you meant Choi Shun...the HK Police shouldn't give a hoot about the gift given the cash belong to the CCP itself...

yvonne, you can always have so warm sake with your lunch...makes you much warmer for the cold (50-60F/10-15C)

YTSL said...

Hi Bill --

Glad I helped to spread some Christmas cheer - but now I'm going to be a scrooge and point out that some of those people who went and got that cash have been arrested.

Hi nulle --

Cai Shen, Choi San, Choi Shun... however it's spelled or pronounced, seems you and Bill have more faith in the God of Wealth than me. Seems he was just playing games on people!

And no warm sake -- I prefer my junmai cold to better appreciate its taste, thank you very much!