Victoria Peak is one of Hong Kong’s most popular tourist attractions, offering incredible views of the city below. Hidden behind the shopping malls and viewing terraces though is a much-cherished tree-lined walk around the summit offering shade and tranquillity, as well as even more opportunities to see Hong Kong in all its splendour.
Urgh or Mmmmm!?
To untrained eye, this might look like something rather unpleasant. But to the trained eye, this is a culinary masterpiece.
Take soft Daikon (white radish) and fry with egg and sweet soy sauce and you get Fried Carrot Cake, a south-east Asian dish I just can’t get enough of. It’s incredibly moreish, very comforting and lip-smackingly tasty.
So, what do you think? It is 'Urgh' or 'Mmmmmmm'?
Over the course of this weekend, the blog has received a flood of traffic and over 1,000 new followers. I’ve been studying the stats and they tell me precisely nothing. So, perhaps you can shed some light on this mystery.
If you’re new to Here To Geneva, how did you find out about it?
One Year On
Can you believe the London Olympic & Paralympic Games were a year ago? I can’t!
I recently revisited the Olympic Park, now known as Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to see how much had changed since the games. A small section of the park has now reopened to the public whilst extensive construction work continues to transform the park into a usable space for recreation, sporting events, housing and business.
The Basketball Arena, Riverbank Arena (home to Olympic hockey and Paralympic football) and Water Polo Arena are gone, whilst venues such as the Stadium and Aquatic Centre are now undergoing renovation for their next roles as a football/athletics stadium and a community swimming pool. Another venue, the Copper Box, home during the Games to handball has already reopened for public use and major spectator sports. Before the games, there was nothing here but a stagnant brown field site. Now look at it! In short, when the London Organising Committee promised there would be a legacy to the games, they meant it.
You can find out more about what’s happening at QEOP by visiting the official website.
I promised more photos, so let’s get started with this shot I took a couple of days ago. A ridiculously heavy rain shower had passed over the capital minutes earlier. Stall owners at the nearby outdoor used book market were sent into a panic as they tried to rescue their stock from the almost horizontal deluge. Typically, almost as soon as the rain had stopped, the sun came out. The retreating clouds created a beautifully sinister backdrop whilst the sun illuminated the white stone of St Paul’s famous dome, creating this perfect camera-friendly contrast.
Prosperity Meal at McDonalds in Singapore
Earlier this year, I was in Singapore during the run-up to the Chinese New Year. To celebrate, McDonalds were running a special menu consisting of a Prosperity Burger (Chicken or Beef drenched in a fiery black pepper sauce with onions), Prosperity Curly Fries and a Prosperity Orange McFizz. I couldn’t leave Singapore without trying it. It was probably the best McDonalds meal I’ve ever had. My mouth waters just recalling it.
Crane Dance, Sentosa, Singapore
No words are necessary. Just watch and enjoy.
Kaya Toast Breakfast Set
Of all the breakfasts in the world, this is the one that brings me the most enjoyment. Kaya Toast (a toasted sandwich with an egg, coconut & pandan leaf flavoured spread and wedges of butter), two soft boiled eggs and a cup of Teh O (a strong, sugary tea). It’s a morning meal that’s unique to the Malaysian peninsular.
Yummy Singapore-Style Dim Sum
While Singapore is frequently praised for its food scene, it’s not particularly famous for its Dim Sum. This doesn’t mean you can’t get it though.
As a self-confessed foodie, it may seem strange that up until earlier this year, I’d never had Dim Sum. To be honest, since I still haven’t been to a proper Dim Sum restaurant (where there is some ceremony to eating these mouth-watering bundles of joy), I still probably haven’t done this integral part of Chinese culture any justice. It was though a treat to be able to try some whilst in Singapore and has whet my appetite for my next visit to the world’s Dim Sum capital, Hong Kong.
In the basket on the left of the picture are four Shrimp (Prawn) Dumplings. These are pretty self-explanatory. On the right are two steamed Char Siew Bao dumplings. Hot, soft and sticky dough with a barbequed pork filling. Absolutely delicious! Char Siew Bao are Dim Sum staples. In fact, Dim Sum restaurants are often rated according to how good their Char Siew Bao are.
Asked by nerdfighter2000
There are certainly some places in the world where you as a vegan would struggle to find something to eat. But in this increasingly globalised world we live in, more and more places are recognising and accommodating for different dietary needs. With a spot of research before embarking on your trip, this shouldn’t present itself as a reason for not travelling. Have a look at happycow.net. It appears it’s a really good and up to date source that you can use to find vegan restaurants before you set off. I’m sure there are other websites that do a similar job.
Will you miss out and not experience as much? Certainly if my diet was restricted and I couldn’t eat anything I wanted, I’d be gutted and this would impact upon my enjoyment. But that’s me and my opinion. Only you can answer this question. Do you feel as a vegan that you miss out on things in your day to day life? If not, then I think you’ll be alright. While for me, food forms a major part of my travel experiences, we’re all different and we all take enjoyment from different things. Think about what you want from travelling, what you want to see and experience. Do those things and I’m sure your travel experiences will be unforgettable.
All the vegan stuff aside, if you’ve wanted to travel your whole life, why haven’t you? There’s no time like the present. What are you waiting for?