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Story #2: Silent Nights

June 16, 2015 Leave a comment

 

Silent night, crowded city.

No one heard her.

 

 

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“Causeway Bay” by akwan architect

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Tokyo Roar: Beautifully Shot & Filmed

June 3, 2015 4 comments

Oh damn.

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This is an amazingly composed film – from the silent shots to crazy products on the shelf. I love how the Japanese gravitas and silence permeates Tom O’Bedlam’s spoken narrative.

And it shows Japan in a particularly mystical light. One that doesn’t lift with the morning rays of light.

Lovely.

Best watched for those with Tokyo plans – now or future.

Tokyo Roar from Brandon Li on Vimeo.

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Phuket: Full Moon BrewWork

June 1, 2015 Leave a comment

In Phuket for a company retreat/value setting session.

The session was so-so. The food rather disappointing – unless I walked out to the street. But for some strange reason, they were far and few in between.

Nevertheless, there’s beer! Not the usual Singha, Chang lagers, but tasty microbrews just a stone’s throw from Bangla Road.

The Beer…

Wild Honey Coffee Stout

Oatmeal smooth with strong chocolate notes. Didn’t taste too much of the honey but I guess that’s the priming sugar uses in making the beer. I’m actually surprised by the “coffeeness” of the stout – for some reason, Thai coffee has never struck me as good.

But this beer, well it works.

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Best paired with…

Nham Spare Ribs

Grilled Issan style. Anything done that way is great with beers. The best parts of the spare ribs come from chewing on the crunchy connective tissue (pleural) while swishing a good glug of beer.

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Weird? Give it a go first before you pan it. Smile

Where

Full Moon BrewWork

193 Unit #2110, 2210 Raj-u-thit 200 Pee Road, Patong, Kathu,
Phuket, THAILAND 83150

http://fullmoonbrewwork.com/

Hunan Food in Beijing

March 1, 2011 2 comments

This is a long overdue food post about Hunan food in Beijing’s Sanlitun district. Hunan food is spicy like Sichuan food except that the spiciness is far more poignant and less slathered in oil.

It’s my first time eating Hunan food. The flavours escape me now, as I try to remember, but hey if I ever make it back into China, I’ll head out for some Hunan street food.

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Restaurant interior.

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Piss poor appetizer

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Cabbages with chillies. The oiliest of the lot.

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Lamb with cumin and spices. Only two pieces though.

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More lamb with cumin and spices.

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Tofu slices.

Scene: Macau…Sin, Almond Biscuits & Painters

January 9, 2011 Leave a comment

“What’s there to do in Macau?

“They come to gamble and to womanise. If you don’t gamble, there are women for you everywhere! A handjob costs $200, anything else – $800 to $1,000. And that’s for one session.

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“Since you’re here, you should visit Bai Fong. You know, it’s an old ruined cathedral where only the facade was left standing after a fire. It’s popular amongst the tourists. You should take bus 3, it’ll drop you nearby.

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“I have a kid. She’s six years old. The men come to Macau to play with women. It’s just a need that they have. Her father played with women, so I left him and started work. It’s been five years since.

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“There are so many Mainland Chinese now! They gamble with so much money! Everywhere I turn, it’s Mainlanders here, there, everywhere! Sometimes a gwailo comes in here, that’s when I charge him $500. But those from China, or Hong Kong, or Macau, it’s just $200.

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“So, how about it?”

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Images of Macau

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Scene: Hong Kong (Cheung Chau)

January 7, 2011 Leave a comment

Cheung Chau is quite possibly Hong Kong teenagers’ most favourite resort island. Like Lamma Island, one can reach it from Central Pier by 45-minute boats that ply the route every half hour. It’s also home to many villagers and fishermen.

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Unlike Lamma Island, it’s Chinese-oriented. While the signs are still bilingual and everything’s nicely paved, I was hard-pressed to find a gwailo in the thronging masses of lovey-dovey trishaws, 

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causal weekenders in the marketplace,

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and meandering corridors flanked by close-knit buildings.

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Part of Cheung Chau’s charm is its throwback feel to a village stuck in ‘70s where the pace of life is much slower,

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where bicycles – not flashy cars – are the main mode of transport,

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and sea-wise folk eschew brightly coloured boats for a surfboard and paddles when fishing for seafood.

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When night falls, hunger pangs drive us to search for food. There are many stalls along the main stretch. They’re just right to feed a platoon of emaciated soldiers with its mounds of fried rice, heaps of clams and mussels, and tangles of vegetables. Everything fresh, hopefully.

But if you’re just one – like me – then try the stall at the very very end, past the main strip. It’s run by a family where the women deep fry stuffed vegetables, blanch che zhai mian, and bake egg rolls under a canvas awning. Enough for a modest and quiet meal next to the sea.

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Regardless, Cheng Chau’s best feature is the sea. A  wide expanse of green against grey fog and relentless splashing. Enough to lull a wide-eyed insomniac into slumber.

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Images of Cheung Chau

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Scene: Hong Kong (Death Edition)

January 3, 2011 Leave a comment

Being made up of mostly Chinese, Hong Kongers have a fascination with death. No doubt they speak of the dear departed in the past, but at the same time, it feels as if they are taking a long hiatus at a holiday chalet.

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These tomb plots are considered to be “landed property”,

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while urns of ashes in sealed cubicles are akin to Hong Kong’s high-rises.

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Paper money, clothes, shoes, cars, a number of credit cards and whatever else is wrapped and lettered with the recipient’s name.

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Delivery by fire.

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Light a joss swirl and leave your wishes in the temple.

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