All posts tagged: Hong Kong

The Black Face and Dimple Face

Grateful to have spent another day out climbing with this lot on Tung Lung Island. Grateful that I finished another climb – The Black Face (F5+) – on top rope (route no. 2 on the topos below, c/o HK Climbing), something that I couldn’t do this time last year! Most of all… grateful I got to watch this one send Dimple Face (Nipple Face? :P) – F7b+ – after the 3rd go that day, and after setting all my lines up for me! TINNIES FOR ALL! 😀

climbing, tung lung, hong kong

Nailing Onion Booty

Grateful for this beautiful day climbing out at Tung Lung Island with friends – especially Tash who’s come all the way from the UK to NZ via HK! Even more grateful I finished a project I was working on which I shall aptly name “Onion Booty”. 1) Because the topos has no name for it. 2) You have to use your ass to bump along up that crack! 😛

Day 256: HK Diner, This photo of Hong Kong, my new Zipcard and Abhishek!

Grateful for this beautiful photo of Hong Kong. Perhaps “home” is not so hard to recognise after all! =) / Grateful for HK Diner. It means that when we’re feeling homesick for a little bit of home comfort and Tsui-Wah, there’s a little corner of London that we can run to 😉 Plus, it means Kat and I have somewhere to go to when we need to sign contracts for our new home =D / Grateful for the arrival of my new Zipcard. Now I finally have access to a car… or two… or three… =D / Rooke, thanks for meeting me and dropping off my post. Much appreciated. / Ab, always a pleasure catching up and so happy to hear you’re happy and doing well =) Your mentoring and friendship are, at least, one of the great things that came out of that place. I will forever be grateful for ‘Dil-Logic’ and all your many many inspiring and entertaining quips. Keep me posted 😉 And I will see you soon enough =) x

Day 193: When family and friends call in a sickie to see thee and the HK$6000 Scheme…

I will not mention names, but I am extremely grateful for all those people that have purposefully taken the time off today and tomorrow,  just to spend time with me for the 24 hours I am in Hong Kong. I’m grateful for the people that woke up especially early today so they could hop on a ferry at 9 am in the morning to visit me on my little island hideaway, and spend time with me before a potentially significant job interview back in town at noon. Grateful for the people that have/will call in sick tomorrow just so that they can see me off, again. There are no words to describe how…unworthy and undeserving this makes me feel. But also how extremely grateful and overwhelmed I am because of it. Thank you. Thank you for your time. Thank you for your company. Thank you for your effort. Thank you for your friendship. Thank you for your love. / Extremely grateful for being a HK resident that has successfully qualified for the HK$6, 000 scheme. …

Day 192: Snapshots of my week, Reconciling invoices, Surprising my Dad and Alix at home, Finger limes and Delilah!

Grateful for catching flight 5 of 14. / I really am grateful for this business trip. Last minute but most definitely worth it. I think the pix above summarise the week quite nicely =p / Grateful Jo and I managed to reconcile and organise the last set of invoices for the year! / Finger limes – umm… perhaps the most awesome things I’ve encountered and had the excitement and pleasure of eating in a while?! Try this with a slice of brown toast and avocadoes. YUM! The original recipe actually came with Tuna tartare, but obviously couldn’t have that. But the veg option is just as good! / Grateful for Delilah and her acoustic performance of ‘Time’. Powerful, beautiful, painful, and true. Like all great songs are. / Grateful for the look on my Dad and sister’s face when I surprised them last night =) Priceless. x

Day 164: Patrick Creelman, Cafe O, Schoolbus Smoothies, Maxim's Palace and the look on my sister's face when I gave her the Peace bracelet she wanted…

There is something about Patrick Creelman’s classes that just really, really makes me smile… on my face and in my heart. Smile through all the pleasure-pain of his classes. And so I guess, in that sense, he really does embody and exude the founding essence of Anusara Yoga. GRATEFUL. / Anusara (a-nu-sar-a): “flowing with Grace”, “flowing with Nature”, “following your heart”… No wonder I love it. Maybe this one after Dharma? Ohhh and the stakes get high! =p / I will always love Cafe O. The perfect post-yoga retreat. This first image is how I will always remember it, jumping out of a cab on Arbuthnot Road at ridiculous hours of the morning, making a silent salute in my head and already imagining the taste of their scccrrrumptious Schoolbus Smoothie in my mouth. YUM! / For a Schoolbus Smoothie, mix: strawberries, frozen yoghurt, banana, honey, muesli and milk. And then feel yourself all ready and prepped and energized for the day! =) / Glad I got to have one last quick catch-up and update with Kan. Love and see you soon! …

Day 163: Missing my flight, Going back to my first ever yoga studio, Eka Pada Rajokapotasana, Tick Tock Wheel and my Schrade Tough multi-tool…

So when you realize you have missed your flight back to London and that this isn’t the first, second, or third… but the fourth time this has happened to you… what have you got to be grateful for? Well, I guess I am grateful for having parents that love me so much they are actually ecstatic about the news and believe I am worth paying the £300 re-booking fee to have me here an extra day. / Today I’m grateful for the intensive 2-hour Anusara yoga class I attended with my mom. / I absolutely love this pose! – the eka pada rajokapotasana, i.e. the one-legged king pigeon pose. / I love that I got to try what they call the ‘Tick Tock’ Wheel transition from a backbend (chakrasana) flipping over and onto my feet (uttanasana). Here’s another pose I’m now determined to master! See here: http://www.facebook.com/v/537692360752 / I love that I was able to sneak into Studio Room No. 1 after class to practice these poses a little longer. This was where I had my …

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