Day 1 of healthy eating

Thanks to the lovely weather we we’re graced with this weekend, we unfortunately had to cancel our stay-cation in Sai Kung. Even though my boyfriend grew up in Sai Kung and his family reside there, both him and I have yet to go to Tai Long Wan. Tai Long Wan boasts probably the nicest beach in Hong Kong. This clean, untouched beach has crystal clear water and is only accessible if you hike over or drive by boat. Thankfully, today was much nicer so we took one of our dogs up the mountain here in Discovery Bay for a quick hours walk. I absolutely love hiking and can’t wait to get back into it when the weather cools down and all the creepy crawlies go into hibernation!

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On friday, we had the day off so we decided to go to Soho for lunch. I took my boyfriend to Enoteca, which was one of my favourites back in the day and I couldn’t wait to try all the dishes my friends and I use to devour on a saturday night. The dips here are absolutely delicious and accompany the tapas really well. As I’m newly pescetarian (in the hopes of one day transitioning to vegetarian for environmental and ethical reasons), we steered away from the meat section and ordered an array of tasty yet greasy tapas.

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Rosemary sea salt tossed potato wedges with balsamic dip

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Wild mushroom & parmesan risotto balls

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Herbed fish goujons with chilli-lemon aioli  

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Pan-fried chilli garlic shrimp. Probably the best shrimp I have ever had! The coriander, chilli, garlic, lemon juice flavouring was a serious party in your mouth!

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Lastly, the Creamy brie & roasted garlic with toasted focaccia

And to finish it all off, we headed to Holly Brown for gelato and then a little afternoon Shisha to relive our teenage years. Whilst enjoying this piece of heaven, the guilt started to kick in which led us to promising one another that we would finally start this healthy eating programme our friends have introduced us to.

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People often say, start as you mean to go on. Full of enthusiasm, our weekly shop completed and our food plan in order, we completed day 1 without any problems! Even though it requires A LOT of prep work, it feels great to be cutting out the crap as well as eradicating all of my intolerance foods. I hope to record and blog everything I eat and the changes or frustrations I encounter on the way. However, I must admit, I am already counting down the days until our cheat meal on sunday!

Day 1

Breakfast: 3 egg whites, 1 egg yolk omelette with chia seeds, onion and tomato.

Mid morning (post hike): banana, blueberry and pineapple fruit blend

Lunch: Salmon, half a sweet potato and a cup of broccoli

Mid afternoon (post TRX): Half a cookie’s & cream Quest Bar

Dinner: Atlantic cod with homemade tomato sauce and pak choi

Snack: 2 Oat cookies (mashed banana, GF oats, Agave nectar and brown rice flour)

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This weekend, I purchased my Elle Fit Active E guide bundle (Get Bendy, Get Splits and Get Inverted) I have followed @Elle_fit on Instagram for a while now and have been wanting to try out her guides to accompany my Hit training and weight sessions. I have really tight hip flexors so I can’t wait to get my stretch on and edge myself closer to being able to do the splits.

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Tomorrow is my last day before I start work, studying and early morning get ups. Here’s to a positive, energetic and healthy week ahead.

K.

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Exploring Hong Kong – MX Club (Extreme Sports)

When life in Hong Kong gets rather tedious and Lan Kwai stops whispering my name, my close groups of friends and I like to think of activities to draw our brains and bodies out of our monotonous routines. I think its very important to continue exploring as i can garauntee no one has ever step foot on every part/village/town in this agitative city. (After living here for 23 years, I’m ashamed to say my first trip to Sai Kung only commenced last week.)

So, last Friday we decided to visit the hidden and gloriously underrated, MX club located in Sheng Shui, Fanling. We ended up paying $580 for 1 1/2 hours quadbiking (including gear) and 1 1/2 hours in the BB gun war zone (also including gear). The staff were extremely pleasant and there was absolutely no forced time constrictions or pressure (which you normally find when partaking in similar activities around Thailand etc).

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The site included two dirt tracks for beginners & advanced.

Although I did get carried away thinking I was part of the Tokyo Drift crew, I felt very safe and well looked after. The protective gear was still intact, prices were cheap in comparison to other countries, dirt tracks were gratifying and the service was of a high standard. The only downside would be that it is quite the mission, however, it meant I was able to see a hidden part of HK. Even though it took just under an hour a forty five minutes from Disco Bay (by car) I can confidently say, they will be seeing my freckly face many more times this year.

Oh..and i forgot to mention. THEY HAVE GOATS YOU CAN FEED! (easily amused)

Thanks MX Club for an amazing day!

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For more enquiries, how to get there & prices …Visit – http://www.mxclub.com.hk/ or call Angus on 97118003.

MX Club offers:

  • Dirt Bikes
  • E Bikes
  • Mountain Bikes
  • Quad Bikes
  • War Games
  • Birthday Parties

Thaimatic

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A friend of mine recently purchased a Groupon deal for 4 Muay Thai classes. The deal included classes for 2 people and luckily, I was asked to go along with her. Since returning from Thailand, I have found myself really missing training so I was practically running to Thaimatic.

Thaimatic is located on Paterson street, Causeway Bay (close to IKEA). It currently holds 3 trainers from Bangkok, who are friendly but at the same time, do not take any crap. (Much to my amusement, I enjoyed watching them give a group of giggling girls a hard time for not putting in any effort) My advice to anyone looking to give Muay Thai a go, go somewhere where you’re taught by Thai’s. It may be less of a cardiovascular workout/circuit, but when it comes to perfecting technique and really getting a feel for the sport/art, you will learn much more. Whilst I found the gym to be quite small and cramped, you do receive more 1-on-1 training than I had originally expected. If you’re looking for something a bit more serious and strenious, I’d recommend checking out JAB (Quite expensive but a great workout – http://www.jabmma.com/)

I’ve had to stop myself from comparing Thaimatic to other gyms because for HK $20 per hours session with the Groupon deal, you most definitely can’t complain…and to be honest, there isn’t much to complain about except for the receptionists organizational skills and obvious stink eye.

Recommended – Beginners looking for an introduction to Muay Thai and people who don’t want to spend a mass amount of $$$.

Address: Flat B, 2/F, Hyde Park Mansion, 53 Paterson Street, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong.

Tel: 3104 2221

Email : info@thaimatic.com.hk

8 reasons why I’m grateful for being an expat brat.

 

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While most expat brats feel the need to complain about how hard their lives were growing up in another country due to identity issues and not being able to order a good burger, I wouldn’t have had it any other way. And here’s why:

1. One day during my teens, I remember my dad mentioning to my sister and I that he was extremely proud of the fact that we hadn’t grown up racist. At the time, I couldn’t quite understand how that could possibly be something to be proud of, until I moved to the UK.

Growing up in Hong Kong and attending an international school meant being taught all about the different cultures and religions. Whilst I was naïve to the fact that discrimination existed, There aren’t too many places where your closest group of friends are Icelandic, Spanish, Israeli, Indian and British.

2. Most third cultured kids have a number of identity issues and it can sometimes be a little irritating having to explain that I’m from Hong Kong but have never lived in the UK. (Queue the you don’t look Hong Kong-ish?’, ‘Does everyone in Hong Kong have blue eyes?’,‘Do you ride a panda to work?’ type questions) However, It easily generates conversation when you first meet someone, making it less awkward for all parties involved. I then feel that little bit more interesting and to others I officially turn from that blonde girl to the girl who lives in fricking HONG KONG.

3. How many people can say they flew before they walked?

(And before I sound too cocky, let me state that I’m extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to visit an array of beautiful countries!)

4.  I can swear in a variety of languages…I’m sure it’ll come in handy one day.

5.  The sound of foreign languages actually brings comfort to me, which makes travelling a hell of a lot easier. I can glide through the airport without a stress in the world…until I get on a plane, over 150 flights and xanax’ed up to my eyeballs, I still can’t stand those horrid air gliders!

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6.  I am constantly reminded by my parents and the people around me, what hard work and personal responsibility looks like. On the flip side, it makes pulling a sicky extremely guilt ridden.

7.  We make great debaters, as were aware of current global issues and the latest gossip from the daily mail. (Oh em gee, still can’t get over Kristen Stewart cheating, what a trampire)

8. The thing about third cultured kids is that we generally establish relationships quickly. We’re welcoming, converse with adults well and seem to adapt quick to unfamiliarity. We also infamously know how to have a good time…

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Date Ideas – Hong Kong (Part 1)

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Firstly can I just say, where the bloody hell has the romance and chivalry gone in Hong Kong? 

I don’t mean to generalize here but I can count on one hand, the amount of times most of my friends have been on dates (and they’re a good-looking & intelligent bunch!) Hong Kong just seems to lack in the dating department. These days the most romantic gesture to come out of our generation is being bought a Jager Bomb at Carnegies and thats if you’re lucky!

So for all you closet romantics/horny buggers out there, I’ve constructed a short list of fun dates to take your significant other on:-

Hong Kong Park – Have a wander round this $398 million venue and gander at the waterfalls, Koi fish, Tai Chi Garden, Olympic Square, The Vantage Point and the Aviary . There’s an extremely relaxing atmosphere circulating this park and so much to do. For the calm couples. (http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/parks/hkp/en/)

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Art Jam – Located in Central & TST. Art Jam provides the canvas, paint and materials for a chance to show off your skills! Allows you to B.Y.O.B. And remember ……with wine, comes inspiration. For the creative couples. (http://www.artjamming.com)

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Laser quest – Right. I know most of you girls wouldn’t dare suggest laser tag but hear me out…. Running around a dark room trying to shoot your opponents, is somewhat mysteriously exciting and sexy. Also a great way to develop team work between the two of you! This laser tag company is also mobile, so they can come to you. For the adventurous couples . (http://www.lasertag.com.hk/)

 Aqua Lunar – English afternoon tea on an exotic Chinese Junk, dim lighting with the view of the harbor. Couldn’t think of anything better. (Unless its raining of course) For the extremely romantic couples.

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Cheung Chau – Hop on over to Pier 5 ferry terminal located in Sheung Wan to this buzzing traditional fishing village. Rent bikes, taste great seafood, shop for handmade crafts and visit hidden caves. Just get lost. For the couples who love to explore. 

Beat the summer heat

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I reckon Hong Kong would be THEE best city on earth if it wasn’t for the humidity & pollution. Not only does it mess up our appearance but also decreases our mood. No matter how many showers we have a day, 10 minutes walking around central and we’re sweating bullets out of places we didn’t even think we could sweat from. And you can forget about wearing make up or deodorant….

Here are a few tips to beat the summer heat.

1. Store your moisturizers, eye gels, cleaners (basically any facial products) in the fridge. You will experience a cool sensation when you apply them but can also make them more effective as storing it at +35C or higher temperatures can cause chemical changes in the products. Try purchasing light moisturizers so your face doesn’t sweat more or clog up, causing blotchy skin. Also to the men who have dared to read this post, remember to moisturize before bed to help with sun damage. You do not want to be 50 year old with saggy, blotchy skin..trust me. Same goes for light sunscreen.

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Garnier Light Daily Moisturizer – Found in Sasa, Watsons & Mannings

2. Use a scrub once a week to remove built up dirt you’ve collected on various junk trips, pool days, hikes etc .. Exfoliation is a must as dead skin cells lead to pimples and skin irritation. According to Berg , one of the reasons men’s skin looks more youthful than women’s is because men tend to exfoliate daily when they shave.

3. Go for frozen yoghurt instead of Ice-cream! Less calories,more nutritious, gives you an energy boosts but doesn’t leave you with that groggy post sugar meltdown.

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Central – Infinitus Plaza, 199 Des Voeux rd, Sheung Wan HK, Wan Chai – Shop 12, Causeway centre, 28 Harbour rd, Wan Chai HK

4. Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate. Such an obvious one but we need to be drinking double the amount of water we usually do, especially when consuming alcohol!

5. Go Ice-skating at Festival Walk. Aircon, fun AND exercise!  $50-55 depending on how many hours you wish to skate. (http://www.glacier.com.hk/fun/fun_index.html)

6. Hit Splash in Macau.

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Booze, Bikini’s & Music. 
When: 14th July 2012 (Saturday)
Where: HardRock Hotel Poolside
Time: 2pm-1am
DJ’s: Miss Nine, Timo Garcia, Sonny Wharton
Price: $300 pre-booked, $350 on the door.
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7. Avoid Beer as It makes you sweat. Try Pimm’s, Sangria, Mojitos, Margaritas, G&T’s etc as they are more refreshing and tend to have less calories. To all you lads out there who need to be seen with a beer in hand in order to look cool infront of your mates, try a vodka lime soda instead. You’re more likely to throw up the next day but hey..all for the banter ay?
8. Avoid foods that make you bloat. No one wants to feel bloated in their swimwear. Keep these foods to a minimum before a junk trip: Salt, White Bread, Potatoes, Brocolli, Coffee & Tea, fried foods, chewing gum, carbonated drinks etc.
K.

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Three Dimensions Exhibition
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See a different side of Hong Kong- Including prominent landmarks shot from odd angles and the modernization of old districts – In blindspot’s showcase of three photographers’ images of architecture. (HK Magazine)

When: now-July 7th

Where: Blindspot Gallery, 24-26A Aberdeen St., Central, Hong Kong, Hong Kong S.A.R., China
Price: –
Phone: 2873-3819
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Hong Kong’s Pub Crawl’s 2nd Anniversary
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HKPC’s birthday bash takes place on the Handover anniversary weekend, with an itinerary including four bars and a club. Participants will enjoy a free shot, $30 cocktails and two-for-$40 beer specials at every venue. For the special occasion, also expect an HKPC birthday cake, a magician and live DJ sets at all the bars.(HK Magazine)

 When: Jul 1, 9pm
Price: Free for those wearing HKPC t-shirts, or $100 entry fee including a HKPC t-shirt
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 Fireworks Display to Celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
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(The HK Times)
To celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the Hong Kong SAR, a spectacular grand fireworks display will light up Victoria Harbour on the evening of 1 July. (Discover Hong Kong)
When: 1st of July
Where: Victoria Harbour
Time: 8pm (duration: 23 minutes)