Thursday, December 31, 2009
We were then delayed because someone tried to get on the flight without a passport which meant we had to wait for her bags to be removed. Ah what a relief to get back to Heathrow for once.....
After doing a lot of non new things which I always like to do in Hong Kong, we left mum's which made me cry, and headed to the airport where Grappa's bar was a new thing. Bye Honkers.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
We time the trip quite well, as we got to the foot of the Buddha and as we came back down the steps, the fog hurtled towards us at some pace rendering the path back down almost invisible.
We then got the train to Hong Kong where I bought a jumper from a woman who managed to be even ruder than my last experience, putting my change under the bag for some reason. We then walked through the streets of Soho which are full of character, to go to Yung Kee, one of the top 15 restuarants in the world (or it was in 1959 anyway) where we had a brilliant, if expensive, meal, of prawns, crab meat and thousand year egg. It later transpired that as a child, I'd been here more than once, but still counts as a new thing!
Much later, we did a couple of new things at the Hong Kong Jockey Club in Shatin where we had an incredible dinner with mum's friends. I haven't eaten meat for some time, but was so glad I made an exception for the incredible Peking duck which was the first course of our meal.
After dinner, and full of good food, we took the new line from the new station in Mei Foo to the Star Ferry to make the crossing again, this time by night. This wonderful view couldn't be ruined by the fog and was magical. We then headed by tram (which broke down halfway - unthinkable!) to Causeway Bay where went to the Excelsior Hotel! I'd been here before for a memorable holiday in 1988 where we stayed on the 22nd floor which came flooding back to me the moment I got in the lift. We went to the bar at the top TOTTs (Top of The Town). Not normally our scene, but we really enjoyed the fabulous nighttime view of the harbour, to the strains of the house band (I will survive!), and cocktails such as Causeway Cosmo, Gentleman's Cleanse and Monkey Gland....
1. A jaunt down Nathan Road, stopping off to buy a dress from a woman who was so rude to me that it made my hair curl, before heading to the other end of the service scale and going to Sam's Tailor where Mabel had two shirts made. Bizarrely, the staff member serving him was wearing a sweatshirt and jeans, unlike the visions of Mr Humphries from Are you Being Served that I had in my head. Then Sam himself measured Mabel, using a tape measure which must have been placed on the chests, legs and shoulders of some of the most powerful world leaders including Bill Clinton, Prince Charles, Nicolas Sarkozy and Pat Jennings...
2. We then went to the most amazing sushi place for the freshest and tastiest sushi I've had, even including in Japan. Surprisingly it cost a fraction of the plasticy stuff you buy here. I shamelessly stuffed my face with salmon and ebi. Just wiping up some drool off the keyboard!
3. We had a quick look around Chung King Mansions which seemed a lot more salubrious than last time I was here, before we headed to the Peninsula to watch a string quartet. We thought we would have a coffee but never got served in the half hour we were there - not sure if this was because we were busy or because we were scruffy....
We eventually got booked onto a flight for the next day, so went home in the most beautiful snowfall and went for a long walk along the Kennet and Avon Canal which looked magical, to the Regency Park Hotel to road test the food and service. A thumbs up!
Friday, December 18, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
So boring that I will backtrack to Monday....not new but gig at 12 Bar is worth expanding on! Saw Simon Friend, Dan Donnelly and Martin Pannett - a wonderful gig with a talented and friendly bunch.
In an attempt to get him out of the habit of playing with his eyes closed, Dan Donnelly said that if you managed to sneak a CD from this box without being caught, you could keep it. One girl managed to pilfer the whole box! He did the beautiful Emergency Brake, which is my favourite of his, and also Diamonds in the Road. Simon Friend did his brilliant songs - why has he not released his own album?!! All your dreams, Elations, Angel, Social Insecurity, Men an Tol, Maid of the River ("my friend said 'that's lovely, who wrote that?' I said, 'you did Rev', The Boatman
and then they all did Hey Mate, F*** Off, Plastic Jeezus, Fulsome Prison and bizarrely, Auld Langs Syne!
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
Lots of new things in Windsor and Eton tonight as we went for a Christmas party. After paying £6 to park for two hours, I was determined to enjoy it! We had a quick scoot around the shops, before heading to a pub called the George (I think), then onto the restaurant for the night called the House on the River which had a view over the river, the castle....and a crane.
We had a lovely meal here, tasty fish appetizers, salmon starter, seabass main course with a lovely sauce. I went fishless for dessert with some raspberry cheesecake, then chocs and mince pies.
Only complaint was the three-track Cd which they played over and over!
New meeting room at work. Yawn. Then not a new thing, but of note, I went to a cheque presentation and the reporter sent by the local paper was a former colleague of mine! The other new thing was a bar of orange and geranium chocolate.
Saturday Even typing this makes me look old. New things were three jumble sales in assorted halls around the town; St John’s Hall, Royal British Legion and Salvation Army Hall. Sunday Bagnor for a bracing Sunday walk! Monday Went to an office in Chalfont St Peter that I’d not been to before. The smell of the toilet is still with me now.
Even typing this makes me look old. New things were three jumble sales in assorted halls around the town; St John’s Hall, Royal British Legion and Salvation Army Hall.
Bagnor for a bracing Sunday walk!
Went to an office in Chalfont St Peter that I’d not been to before. The smell of the toilet is still with me now.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
Monday, December 07, 2009
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
Then, the UNited Reform Church as I thought I saw the Big Issue seller go in there, and I wanted a copy. I imagined it, or he was an angel, as there was no-one in there.
Lastly, wild goose chase around Reading to pick up my wedding dress bought from eBay. When I arrived (FINALLY), it had a big red stain on it! There was no apology for wasting my time, they just kep[t waffling on about how it had been in storage and how there had been no stain on it when they took the picture. Not very helpful..but never mind, I have seen another likely looking dress on eBay. Fingers crossed!