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March 3, 2008

A post of bits and pieces from the last couple of weeks.

Took advantage of the good weather this weekend and went to Stanley. Beaches, restaurants and markets dominate the place now but during WW 2 the Stanley peninsula was a major battle zone where, among others, Canadian soldiers refused to surrender against the invading Japanese forces. If you visit, you can check out the memorial cemetery there. Wonder what they’d think of the place now?

Stanley boardwalk

On the bus on the way back to Central, we had a trio of middle-aged Irishmen behind us. I couldn’t help but listen in on their conversation, not so much for the topic but the fact that one of them (the loudest) couldn’t string three words together without dropping an F-bomb. It sounded something like this: “Blah blah blah f*ck. Blah blah sh*t. Blah blah f*ckin’ sh*t.” For the entire half hour bus ride.

Went to Sham Shui Po to walk around. This is one of the poorest areas of Hong Kong but also one of the most interesting. You actually get an idea of what Hong Kong was like 20 or 30 years ago. The old ‘corner houses’ are really interesting architecturally. There are also street-level stalls which sell everything to cheap knick-knacks to electrical odds and ends.

Wet marketCorner houseTrinketsPassing time

I love good food and I really love cooking with top of the line ingredients but these very limited batch balsamic vinegars are way out of my price range. In Canadian dollars at current exchange rates, for 100 ml bottles the 80 year old is $500 and $880 for 100 year old. Bet they taste divine though.

The other black gold

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