Year: 2011

Day 161: My first Vedantic gathering and the most sober and sobering start to the new year…

Tonight, for the first time in about 8 or 9 years, I decided to do something quite different for New Year’s… Instead of strapping on my heels and taking my little black dress off the rails; instead of heading to the middle of town to drown myself in endless rivers of champagne and booze; creating hazy, drunken memories of the last and first night of the year, I decided to pull on my leggings and oversized sweatshirt, slip into my new combat boots and head to a mansion in the middle of Kowloon Tong; find a seat on the floor, in the middle of a big, carpeted room; and prepare myself for the most sober and sobering experience of New Year’s Eve I have ever had. / A lot has happened this year and if personal growth is measured by the number, diversity and impact of experiences one has in a lifetime, then I can honestly say that, to date, I have grown more in the last year than I have any other in my …

Day 160: Power 2 in the morning, Family Hike at noon and Acroyoga with my mom and sis in the evening…

Today, I am grateful for having a body that will endure pretty much whatever I put it through. / Grateful for the Power 2 class this morning. It’s funny… There’s not a lot of things I will get out of bed for in the morning. But promise me yoga and I will roll out of bed, gladly, at 5.30 am just as I have every other day this week =) / Grateful for our last family hike of the year. / Really, really happy I got to practice some Acroyoga and mess around with my mom and sister on the beach this afternoon… I have really, really missed this.

Day 159: The ginormous Wellcome grocery in the North Plaza, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Dad's old shirts and the Hatha Yoga Pradipika…

Grateful this new Wellcome grocery has opened up in DB. Nothing beats strolling through a nice, big, gourmet supermarket like this one =) They even have a whole wall for just ‘Fruit and Nuts’! Heaven or what! / I love Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. Especially when they are shaped like Christmas trees! =) / Grateful for Dad’s old, hand-me-down shirts. Now I don’t need to go to GAP to get me some oversized shirts to wear with my leggings =p / Grateful for the Hatha Yoga Pradipika. Second book I’ve read from my yoga course list. It might not be as soulful as the Bhagavad Gita. But it’s sort of like reading a Jack Kerouac novel… It doesn’t feel that special while you’re reading it. But on reflection, you realize you remember quite a lot. It feels great being able to walk into your next Hatha or Power 2 class and find that when your guru says “Now activate your Mula Bandha and tuck your chin under in Jalandhara Bandha…”, it actually makes sense =) So …

Day 158: Chamonix, AKU Hiking Boots, 0-Degree Sleeping Bags and Karrimor Goose Down Jackets…

If ever you are in Hong Kong and in need of real, quality hiking gear for CHEAP, head on down to Chamonix in Mong Kok. This place is amazing. Overlander is definitely a much more relaxing and pampered shopping experience, and if you have a discount card like my parents do you can get up to 20% off. BUT Chamonix has this cosy, underground backpacker feel to it and has equally good stuff with a ridiculous 30% discount off everything all year round, as long as you pay more than HK$300 (£25 – or the price of one t-shirt!) and pay in EPS/Cash (which is peanuts and easily done!). I managed to get these hiking boots, an extreme-weather lightweight sleeping bag, thermal underwear, this Karrimor Goose Down Jacket (in orange) and a 100 lumen (blinding!!!) head torch for a grand total of just HK$3, 500 (£291)! Ridiculous or what! =D / Mom & Dad, thank you for lunch at Watami and again for taking me to all these shops and waiting for me patiently (even …

Day 157: Running around DB with my sister, Sakesan with Rad and Dessert Nights with Kan and Kez…

I will always treasure my runs back in DB, especially when I’ve got my sister next to me, on her bike, keeping pace =) / Grateful for the opportunity to try the food and Salaryman Cocktail at Sakesan, this new Japanese Robatayaki Bar-Restaurant in Soho. / For a Salaryman, mix: Sake, Lychees, Grapefruit juice, Lemongrass syrup and fresh mint. / Rad, so great seeing you again. I miss you loads and it just never is long enough!! Need I say…? – ROLL WITH IT! / Kan & Kez – nothing like Banofee Pies, Mocha Cheesecakes and fresh cups of coffee to kickstart conversations about religion, spirituality, food blogs, history, the american civil war, wedding plans, visas and the little itty bitty, juicy details of each other’s lives that keep us oh so entertained. Love you both. Enough, clearly, to pass on my cold! =p x

Day 156: Happy Feet 2, Something Borrowed and Nha Trang…

I loooooved Happy Feet 2! Even funnier, cuter, more heartwarming and thought-provoking that I expected. I mean, c’mon, there were existentialist krill that made the whale in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy sound calm and enlightened =p / Quotes of the day:  Sven on Sven Think: If you want it, you must will it. If you will it, it will be yours. / Will: Everything has got an end. See here? This is where I end, right here at my tail! This cannot be all that we are! There has got to be something beyond this swarm! / Bill: What are you doing? Will (tapping his little krill feet at the butt-end of an iceberg): I don’t really know. But it brings out my happy! – I’ll tell you what. This film brings out my happy! / Something Borrowed – an unconventional and modern love story that makes you question your moral values and not just what is right and wrong… but also whether there is such a thing as being ‘justifiably right’ or ‘acceptably wrong’. I …

Day 155: Christmas morning, booking my flights to Peru, my new OMM 35L rucksack and the fattest turkey I ever did see!

Grateful for Christmas morning and waking up to a tree stuffed full of presents =) / Thanks, Mom and Dad, for my new OMM 25L rucksack. Just what I need! =) / Glad I finally bit the bullet and booked my flights to Peru. AND am even more chuffed I get to spend a few hours in Miami beforehand =D / Mom – thank you very much for dinner. It ain’t Christmas without turkey. And it ain’t proper turkey unless it’s momma’s turkey! This has got to be the biggest, fastest bird I have ever seen. It was SCARY. And we were clearly defeated! NOM!

Day 154: Christmas Eve, Stocking Pressies and The Curran Times!

Grateful for traditions, especially around Christmas time. So tonight I’m grateful for: hearty family dinners to warm us up from the inside; single malt whiskey to keep me pacified and mum throughout a 2-hour, bilingual Noche Buena church service; my sister running around preparing churros, hot chocolate and (skimmed!) milk to leave by the window for “Santa”; the moment the clock strikes midnight so we can all open our stocking presents. / Grateful for my new Charles & Keith aviators; my new corduroy jeggings (radical I know!); my N-rit campack towel and my new yoga gear… Can’t wait til tomorrow! =D / So, so, so glad The Curran Times – our first online family newsletter – is finally done. And so grateful Campaign Monitor was so easy to set up and use! =) / MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE! =)

Day 153: High School Reunions, Lululemon Scuba Hoodies and Nine West Space Cadet Boots…

Gotta love high school reunions. Especially when the night ends up with all the different cliques and sub-groups lost, scattered and dispersed somewhere between Central, Soho and Lan Kwai Fong. I guess some things never change! =p But you know what the best part of it all was? The number of chance encounters and missed calls and text messages that were transmitted across the Hong Kong skyline when we were all desperately trying to find each other again. =) / Sam – thank you so much for organising the whole thing! Until we meet again! x / I love Lululemon and my new scuba hoodie! / I especially love the fact that this scuba hoodie comes with a built in ’emergency hair tie’ – pure genius! / I love Nine West and how it is always on sale every time I come home for Christmas =) I love that… and my new space cadet boots! =D

Day 152: Full body massages, my new Havaianas and spending the afternoon wrapping Christmas presents with my sister…

Am so grateful for that massage! Was feeling so much like a tightly wound alarm clock until that just took all the knots and crosses out of my muscles and bones! Ahhh… relief at last! Until tomorrow’s yoga class that is! / Grateful for my new havaianas. Surprising how 18 degrees can feel hot compared to London at the moment! / Even more than receiving presents, how I love wrapping them! =D / Am so grateful all my presents got to Hong Kong in once piece and intact! Phew!