Friday, December 31, 2010
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Monday, December 27, 2010
New thing was Food Junction in the airport where we had prawn noodles at a place called Chen Fuji which was less than impressive and quite expensive. Then a blimming long flight where I watched so many films that my eyes hurt:
Despicable Me: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jo9-bcbLn1Q
Dinner for Schmucks - terrible remake of Le Diner de Cons.
A Christmas Carol.
We went to the Grand Central cinema at the utterly amazing Elements shopping centre in Kowloon Tong, a brand new shopping centre that is shiny, clean and lovely. Unfortunately, the film only had Cantonese subtitles so not ideal for us, although I love his animation so much that I would have been happy to watch it in silence even, but Mr SN was steaming drunk, so we had an ultra fast look round a couple of bookshops and headed home.
We had a slow saunter back via Man Mo temple and Harbour City in Tsim Tsa Tsui before ending up in a restaurant in Mei Foo that I've walked past about 100 times and will continue to do so after I ordered a dish that never arrived...
Anyway, we started the day with the most incredible plate of hor-fun noodles at a little cafe in Mei Foo, think it's called Buk Kai or something. Then onto the Eaton Hotel for the big day which basically entails me being shouting at by the wedding planner man who snatched my drink out of my hand when I tried to toast my mum, then shouted at me later that I had to toast my mum and replacing the glass of wine in my hand with a glass of tea which he calls brandy. Then he shouts that I must place a strawberry in my husband's mouth and he must do the same to me, calling it a Chinese tradition. It is not, and nor is coming into a RESTAURANT to the Bridal Chorus by Lohengrin, nor is forcing us to stand by the door when our guests are finishing their meal to make them leave. While I am complaining about these niggles, it was actually the most fascinating evening, anyone who knows me will confirm that I am not a huge fan of being told what to do...
When the guests arrive, we kneel down and hand the older ones a cup of Chinese tea while they give us "lucky money"in red envelopes to wish us well. There are of course hundreds and hundreds of the obligatory photographs to be taken. Then it's onto the food, 15 courses which arrive as soon as you've started the previous one (I'm moaning again, aren't I?), and then a speech and toasting each table.
A wonderful evening and a great opportunity for Mr SN to meet my enormous Chinese family (they're not all enormous, in fact, I'm the only one who is).
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Then had a meal at the Carnarvon Arms - have been here before but never eaten here before.
New thing was the Tesco in Gerrards Cross. This one: http://www.nce.co.uk/tesco-finally-restarts-work-at-gerrards-cross-tunnel-collapse-site/1965393.article
Sunday, December 12, 2010
New thing was walking off the week's excesses in Peasemore before a brilliant lantern parade in Newbury. This is another one of the Corn Exchange innovative outdoor events (funded by the Greenham Common Trust). Children were invited to make lanterns and then carry through the streets accopmanied by live music, culminating in an exciting display in the Market Place.
Before the parade, we had a quick shop, buying lots of mulled cider and a blue cardigan for Mr SN, and seeing Felix Francis (son of Dick) signing his book Crossfire in the Hungerford Bookshop. My new thing was visiting Gaia wellbeing, a holistic healthcare shop in the courtyard, before rushing back to see the parade which seemed a bit short this year (maybe due to the nasty car accident at the very top of the street), but the street looked like it did 100 years ago with Punch and Judy, steam engines and lots of stalls, topped off with fireworks.
Friday, December 10, 2010
We arrived and were welcomed by a huge Christmas tree in the Gerat Hall, a marvellous oak panelled room full of 16th century paintings and a magnificent staircase and the biggest fireplace I have ever seen in my life. Brought from Rome, it was bigger than a climbing wall, but in marble and had a lovely roaring fire underneath. My colleagues were already here and each of them had also driven past the gates numerous times.
We had a wonderful evening, starting with pink champagne, then a starter of langoustine and artichoke jus, followed by turbot with lime sauce and then a fantastic warm chocolate tart topped with Irish stout, which was fitting as - although this won't rival the scandal that erupted when John Profumo met Christine Keeler in this very building - it turns out that my colleague's boyfriend may well be a distant cousin of mine from Ireland...
Tuesday, December 07, 2010
Monday, December 06, 2010
This isn't the choir in question, but gives a good idea of how lovely this was...
Friday, December 03, 2010
Thursday, December 02, 2010
First thing was Apple Print in Newbury who were charming and also printed our orders of service. Then MrSN took me to the very top of the Corn Exchange where there is a very cosy cinema to see the French film "My Afternoons with Margueritte" which was a charming story about a semiliterate handyman who meets Margueritte and strikes up friendship with her in a park. Very heartwarming on such a cold night!