Friday, January 31, 2014

Birthday Celebration in Hong Kong

This year, I celebrated my birthday in Hong Kong, and I remembered very clearly that I just went over to Hong Kong last October. Oh well, and this explains that I LOVE HK very much!! Most importantly, we were able to taste some of the best foods and shopping in HKG, in short, I am an ultimate food lover and crazy shopper.

As usual, I took Cathay Pacific Airways to Hong Kong, and I did my normal routine thing onboard and that was to browse through the list of newly released movies from the in-flight entertainment guide selection. I selected 'TURBO' to keep me entertained for my entire flight journey as I missed out on catching it when it was showing in the cinemas.

After 3hrs 55mins of flying, I finally landed at Hong Kong International Airport, as usual, once I cleared the immigration customs/checks. I proceeded to the nearest 7-11 store to get my 5-day tourist PCCW SIM card which included Mobile Data + unlimited usage of local voice-call and wi-fi. Last but not least, I purchased the Airport Express Travel Pass which included 2-way Airport Express ride + 3-days unlimited MTR rides.

I stayed at Shamrock Hotel again as it is located at just a few steps away from Jordan MTR Station. The excellent location of the hotel did compensate for the old-looking room and no free wi-fi access in the room.

Baby and I presented our OOTD(s) in Hong Kong respectively...

It was the eve of my birthday when we arrived in Hong Kong, and we went to Hysan Place, Causeway Bay for our dinner and Baby bought a mousse cake from the world acclaimed French Patisserie, Paul Lafayet for my mini birthday celebration.

I chose Bailey Dome for our indulgence, and Happy Birthday to me and may all wishes come true this year... 


Apart from the cake, Baby got me some seasonal Éclairs from Japan, and I love the packaging very much. 

We did some shopping at Hysan Place, and I stopped by Too Cool For School as there was a super good deal promotion going on. They are selling the Egg Mousse Soap & Pack. (Buy Egg Mousse Pack and get Egg Mousse Soap for Free)

I paid HKD140 for the Egg Mousse Pack and I got an Egg Mousse Soap for free. What a good deal!!

Apart from the beauty products from Too Cool For School, I also picked up some products from Innisfree. The Mineral BB Cream is one of the popular items in the shop, so without thinking twice, I bought it together with the No-Sebum Mineral Powder (translucent).

We did some shopping at Mong Kok, and I picked up some simple loots (1/10 of my entire trip purchase hahaha). Among all, I love the tattoo stockings very much, which were picked up from Argyle Centre via New Town Mall.

We took the MTR to Diamond Hill and we did more shopping at Plaza Hollywood. The mall was full of the CNY festive mood... 

There is ONE thing for sure, we need to do in Hong Kong and that is to visit Chiu Hing as they offer delicious fish noodles, so we took the MTR to Wan Chai to satisfy our cravings. The fish noodles is a local delicacy that can only be found in Hong Kong, and rarely at other places. This is the reason why we will always make a point to eat this dish at least once during our holiday in HKG.

 As we walked around Wan Chai area, we passed by many decent and indecent pubs/ massage parlors which makes this area look like a Red-Light District.

Hong Kong Tramways is a tram system in Hong Kong, and is one of the earliest forms of public transport. It is affectionally called ‘Ding Ding’ by the locals. Hong Kong Tramways is not only a transportation tool, but also an historic icon in Hong Kong.

To give myself a good treat on my birthday to the max, I went on a shopping spree and I got my loots from Coach. You will never believe the price we paid for our loots. I am super happy with my purchases!!

If you are looking what to eat in Hong Kong, do check out my next blog post then.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Pre-Birthday Celebration / Pre-CNY Gathering

This year, my birthday falls during the Chinese New Year period... To be honest, I don't really like it as most of my friends including myself are busy doing spring-cleaning and preparations for the coming new year and have no time to celebrate my birthday for me :(

 Therefore I decided to have a simple dinner gathering cum birthday celebration, exactly 1-week before my birthday, and moreover I have booked my holiday to Hong Kong on the eve of my Birthday...

I picked The Tiramisu Hero for our gathering, and I appreciated each and everyone's attendance!! As many people know that popular blogger, Peggy aka sixpegs is the co-owner for The Tiramisu Hero and most of my friends are Bloggers who love exploring new food haunts, so I suggested this place to them.

Upon stepping into the premises, I was greeted by Sir Antonio who is the mascot of the cafe.

 The STAR attraction of The Tiramisu Hero Cafe is none other than the huge Sir Antonio’s head and this spot is a popular photo-taking point for every customer. Our visits to The Tiramisu Hero Cafe is not complete without our impersonation of Sir Antonio!!

Here I am again as the lady version of Sir Antonio hahaha!!

Terence and Jas Jas had Ham and Egg Roll.

Sweetie, TZ and Andrew had Chefchef Curry Baked Rice.

Cindy and I had Mash and Bangers.

The crazy us say cheeze!!

Finally, the heavenly moment! YES! It's time for desserts, the signature MOMMAHERO Tiramisu...

 Before we left the cafe, we took our group photo at the entrance of The Tiramisu Hero Cafe, as we love the garden-like alfresco area very much.

Thanks for all the gifts that you guys have given to me and as well as for the love that was rendered to me... I sincerely want to say a BIG THANK YOU to all the people who came all the way to join me for this simple gathering...

It has been a SUPER LONG-TIME since I received a birthday card moreover it was a musical card. I love it loads!!

I met up Rosanne on another date as we shared the same birth date, and I received a gift from her by CITIGEMS.

OM!! It looks good on me!! Thanks Babe for getting that for me and I miss you so much. I want to meet you soon!!

I end my post with a complimentary Hot Cocoa Mix from The Tiramisu Hero!!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Kreta Ayer Charity Dinner with Asia Pacific Breweries Singapore

In the Year of the Horse, Asia Pacific Breweries Singapore (APB Singapore) has taken its charity outreach one step further with a series of Lunar New Year initiatives that bring cheer and joy to the elderly and needy. Nearly 50% of APB Singapore’s staff joined the spring cleaning project to clean up 46 rental flats of 200 senior citizens at Jalan Kukoh.  

Apart from the annual Lunar New Year Charity Dinner for elderly beneficiaries at Kreta Ayer Square, for the first time, APB Singapore spring-cleaned 46 rented flats for the elderly at Jalan Kukoh and supported ‘Chair for a Cause’, a programme of Chingay 2014, that provided 1,500 tickets to beneficiaries of charities to enjoy the exhilarating multi-cultural performances at the parade.

To date, this is the largest staff volunteer effort by Asia Pacific Breweries Singapore who has been dedicated to serving the Kreta Ayer community since 2002.

APB Singapore hosted the 2014 Kreta Ayer Charity Dinner in partnership with the Kreta Ayer Community Centre, and I was invited to join in the celebration of Lunar New Year Charity Dinner with the old folks at Kreta Ayer Square.

 I felt very special as this was a good kick-start of welcoming the Lunar New Year, as well as to raise my CNY mood. I brought my babe, Rosanne with me to the charity dinner as she always passionate to help out the needy elders...

 She shares the same birthday with me, and it is pretty hard to find one and this bonds us up together tightly. Thanks Rosanne and Happy Birthday to you and me!

Kudos to 50 staff volunteers from APB Singapore for the great job in serving the old folks during the dinner. While having our dinner, the hosts and performers entertained the old folks with some stage performances.

This year, 200 elderly beneficiaries attending the Charity Dinner at Kreta Ayer Square and they enjoyed the auspicious ‘Lo-Hei’.

Guest-of-Honour, Dr. Lily Neo, Member of Parliament, Tanjong Pagar GRC was there to usher in the Lunar New Year in style and festive feasting, and she sang a song for the old folks, and they seemed to love her vocals and she sang well indeed!

Both Rosanne and I enjoyed the sumptuous dinner with a high spirit of CNY feeling...

Through the various philanthropic activities, APB Singapore aims to give back to the community in a more impactful way and to make this Lunar New Year a more meaningful and memorable one for its beneficiaries and staff.

Before we ended our night at Kreta Square, the veteran actress, Cai Ping Kai (er-gu) joined us at our table for some desserts, and Rosanne took the opportunity to snap a photo with her...

Thanks so much for the invite and I am so looking forward for Chinese New Year...