Eastern Easter

I have never celebrated Jesus in Finland (or anywhere else, for that matter), but Easter has had it’s place in my life, mostly in the common egg-shaped, chocolatey form. In Finland, Easter has always been the culmination of spring and everything that’s starting to bloom after the gloomy, harsh winter.

How are things in Hong Kong? Well, there is abundance of chocolate (Western brands leading towards sugar-rush and food coma), and restaurants do offer a variety of Easter brunch, buffets and lambs. My Easter? So far, I’ve gone to pay the rent, and to yoga, sushi buffet (by far the best so far) and a nunnery.

Flashback from Japan, only difference is the skyscrapers
This could be a flashback from Japan, only difference is the skyscrapers

The weather has been rather grey and depressing, lately. Nothing that a Finn hasn’t experienced before, though, so I decided to go out and explore Kowloon city (the rain beat me, Kowloon Walled City Park yet remains to be explored).

Nunnery amidst all the urban infrastructure
Nunnery amidst all the urban infrastructure

From the extremely tranquil and beautiful Nan Lin garden in Diamond Hill, I continued my pilgrimage to Sik Sik Yuen Won Tai Sin temple (yeah, I had to check the name).

Prayers and fortunes, most likely no Jesus involved
Prayers and fortunes, most likely no Jesus involved

What do you do when the rain just won’t stop? Go to have a cup of tea, to the cinema and/or shopping!

Not a bad location for a restaurant
Not a bad location for a (vegetarian) restaurant

Easter is not yet over, and the shops are still filled with bunnies. So far, I am very much pleased with the holidays, even though I haven’t seen the sun, I didn’t get to go to Macau as planned, not to mention Lantau (or finally get to try out my new bikinis!).

PS: I completely forgot that my blog is now 1 year old! Whoa, time flies! I have only 2 months left in Hong Kong…and then, who knows?

Two very happy girls having a very good Easter dinner
Two very happy girls having a very good Easter dinner

Happy holidays, everyone – no matter what, where and how you celebrate!

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Four Sigma Philosophy

I may sound like a broken record, but as time keeps on passing by faster an faster, I cannot emphasize enough how much I enjoy being here and constantly learning about different aspects of life.

This video reflects some of the things I am surrounded by in my daily life – although I spend my days in an office, rather than jumping from cliffs and doing beach yoga. Working for Four Sigma Foods is truly different than being involved in a large, heartless mass corporation.

 

Shroomy life ain’t that bad! I have been taking the Instants for as long as I’ve been here, and I do feel better than ever before. Maybe it’s the sun, maybe it’s the inspiring company – who knows? It definitely is not the rush hour that is making me happy, or the smog. In addition to Instants, the nutrition-dense Raw Honeys definitely don’t make my smile any smaller!

Organizing my babies
Organizing my babies

In case you were wondering what the heck all this stuff is about and if it is as good as people say, try them yourself! With the code “foodie-love” you get 5€ discount on your purchase in FSF Store. This discount is valid until the end of March, so don’t hesitate for too long!

Royal Flush
Royal Flush

Questions and comments (about FSF, the products or whatever else) are more than welcome!

Luxe life

The reason for not posting for a while is not that I did not have anything to write about; quite the contrary. Last week’s Friday I got to see my mother for the first since leaving to Japan! The last week I left Paul Yee Mansion and moved to The Luxe Manor in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon island.

Beautiful decor in Luxe Manor
Beautiful interior in Luxe Manor

 

Even the toilet in the hotel room was bigger than the room I live in! Besides the luxurious room, there was a rather satisfying gym, and very fulfilling breakfast with a lot of things I didn’t expect! And since my mother came from Finland, I got some souvenirs…

Finnish twist to Hong Kong breakfast
Finnish twist to Hong Kong breakfast

I didn’t think I missed something from Finland, but oh man, the rye bread was something divine! And let’s just say that the souvenir salmiakki I brought to work didn’t last more than 15 mins. I was not the only one enjoying it, though.

 

Dada bar with dada drinks and decor
Dada bar with dada drinks and decor

 

This week I did, saw, experienced and ate a lot of things I haven’t done, seen or tried before. Just to mention a few:

Hong Kong from the Peak
Hong Kong from the Peak

 

Viru beer in a triangle bottle in the highest bar in Asia: Ozone, 118th floor
Viru beer in a triangle bottle in the highest bar in Asia: Ozone, 118th floor of Ritz Carlton

 

 

Lamma Island, almost deserted with beautiful nature
Lamma Island, almost deserted with beautiful nature

 

 

Horse races. To be honest: horses were not the main point in Happy Valley that night
Horse races. To be honest: horses were not the main point in Happy Valley that night

 

 

Tai O: fishermen's village with a lot of character (and gooey, smelly, purple shrimp paste)
Tai O: fishermen’s village with a lot of character (and gooey, smelly, purple shrimp paste)

 

 

Vegetarian sushi. I know
Vegetarian sushi. I know

 

 

Oh yes, these past 10 days have been exquisite – I even got to be a pincushion, aka try Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture. I will not do that 3 times a week as advised. This evening mom left back home to freezing Finland, I came back to my home to sweating hot Wan Chai, and started munching on the salmiakki I hid for this kind of situations. Homesickness? Nah. But there is quite nothing like being with family. And we were home, or at least I was. I think mom was happy to go back to the peace and quiet.

 

Oh, I will miss these pillows and everything that came with them
Oh, I will miss these pillows and everything that came with them

Monthiversary

It’s been a month and a day since I came to Hong Kong. Time flies, though on one hand it seems like much more than just a month that I’ve been here. Besides work, lately my life has been filled with the following.

Nice views from the tram
Nice views from the tram

I took my first tram ride as well as the ferry to Kowloon last week!

Notorious sushi buffet (yes that is ice cream, one third of our order) after paying the rent
Notorious sushi buffet (yes that is ice cream, one third of our order)

Gluttony in sushi buffet after paying the rent. You never know if you’ll order will come or not – they might bring 6 oysters even if you didn’t order anything after the 12 ice creams they brought…

Red wine chocolate macaroons and wine in East Island Markets
Divine red wine chocolate macaroons and wine in East Island Markets

I can never get enough of the New York vibe in East Island Markets and it’s small, often local producers.

Michelin-worthy dining
Michelin-worthy dining

Hanging out with friends; we went to a Michelin renowned dumpling place, where we got to sit in the back room next to bags of who-knows-what. Not bad for 2€ meal, but definitely not worth the Michelin.

Canapés at Libertine
Canapés at Libertine

Foodie club’s event as well as a gallery opening for Adidas – more of that lovely New York atmosphere for me!

People who have eaten or have diarrhea should not go swimming
People who have eaten or have diarrhoea should not go swimming

Yeah, I have done other things than just eat! I went to test the swimming hall, and it surely was an experience! if Chinese people are on your way when walking, they tend to have the same chaos in the water, too. And even at 8 am, the pool has more people than a Finnish pool has in a whole day!

And the happiness continues tomorrow, when I get to see my mom for the first time in over half a year! And I get to spend over a week on the other side in Kowloon, in a hotel! And I don’t have to cook! And I get to go to the gym! And I can finally do all the tourist stuff there is! So much exclamation points that I’ll start getting embarrassed!

Paul Yee Mansion

Hong Kong is geographically much smaller than Finland, yet it has more population than all of my beloved motherland doubled. Since there’s a shortage of precious land space, buildings rise high up to the skies. Of course some are more stylish than others, so it is rather interesting to walk in different areas and see the wide variety of architecture.

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I am lucky to live in Wan Chai area, which is also known as the “red light district” of HK. I can walk in peace, but my male roommate sometimes has some eager suggestions when coming home late. Wan Chai is in very central location, and I am within few minutes walk from pretty much everything. Causeway Bay with it’s restaurants and massive shopping is just along the street, and Victoria Park is a nice destination for some nature.

Rather creative infrastructure
Rather creative infrastructure

I share my apartment with my co-trainees. We live in the penthouse of a mansion! My room is not the one called “Harbor view”, but at least I pay the least for rent. I tell you, living in Hong Kong ain’t cheap.

Welcome to the penthouse
Welcome to the penthouse

After arriving to the 14th floor and our house, there is the living room.

Living room, picture taken from the kitchen. Front door next to couch
Living room, picture taken from the kitchen. Front door next to couch

It is definitely interesting to share this apartment with 2 people, since our schedule is pretty much the same and the space and equipment are limited.

Top chef kitchen with washing machine
Top chef kitchen with washing machine

We don’t have a microwave, and the fridge has two shelfs (no freezer). So far it’s been going pretty well! Even though my laundry was in the broken machine for 2 weeks, and we broke our only knife that works. It’s a big difference to the life in APU, here I can (and do) go shopping every day, and the amount of fruits I eat has gone berserk. What I really do miss from AP House is the ofuro.

Our bathroom. Shower is conveniently located on top of the toilet
Our bathroom. Shower is conveniently located on top of the toilet

This apartment is pretty decent in HK standards, from what I’ve heard. At least we have a hot plate and a sink – that’s more than most apartments, apparently.

And what about my room? Well, let’s just say it was too small for the picture. When you stand on the door (which you can’t fully open because of the sofa in the 1st picture), you pretty much hit the bed already. No, it’s not a queen size bed. And that’s pretty much it.