Saturday, 22 October 2011

What came first?

Once again I've been lax at writing in my blog. I think it's just because there are so many reasons to be lazy. I suspect that the only reason I am writing right now is because I'm supposed to be studying for my PRINCE2 certification so blogging sure seems like a lot more fun (I'm sure if you just clicked on the link you closed off that window very quickly).

Still, I will keep this short and sweet - I just wanted to share this interesting sight - this is a photo of a highway of sorts near my apartment.

Yes, it is goes straight through a building. The building houses government offices, a library and a carpark. Now was this a result of building the building after the road was there, or did the building come first? It's all very chicken and egg to me.

Gotta love Asia.

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Cyber Clean to the Rescue!

We were wandering the Hong Kong streets and checking out the local neighbourhood when we came across a poky little electronics store that seemed to sell a bit of this and a bit of that. After having a nose around and deciding there was nothing there for us, upon exiting I spied something on the front counter that intrigued me. Cyber Clean - the High-Tech Cleaning Compound that catches dirt and kills germs!

Just like food, it comes in a variety of 'flavours', Citrus (yellow for the home and office), Mint (dark blue for car use - I suspect it's exactly the same as yellow but it's a more 'manly' colour) and of course, like most things in Hong Kong, it comes in a Strawberry Hello Kitty version (bright pink).

I really couldn't go past that one so I purchase a pack of Citrus-y goodness and headed home to see how gross my laptop keyboard was. To be honest, I was expecting a bit of grot - this laptop was the one I had purchased many moons ago that had a defect in the casing. Unbeknownst to me at the time of purchase, there was a high probabilty of the casing cracking when I closed my laptop. I found that out while I was overseas and so my laptop wasn't closed for a good 3-4 months. You can imagine the amount of dust that was settling on it!

Here are the before and after shots:

Shiny and fresh out of the packet

Now a bit gross

I have to say that Cyber Clean worked a treat! Yes the after shot show a fair bit of expected grot, but it really does get into the grooves of the keyboard.

I didn't take any photos of the actual cleaning, but for proof there seem to be a gazillion videos up on YouTube - check out Cyber Clean TV World, or just their website for basic instructions.

It really is all kinds of useful - and I've just seen that the range has expanded to include a super pale green (hypo-allergenic) variety. No idea what it smells like so if you're unsure I'd highly recommend the Citrus - effective AND fun. Win-win!

Oh and Cyber Clean sounds like a cartoon superhero name - I couldn't help myself with the title of this post... :)

Thursday, 23 June 2011

Excuse me, there's a bug in my cup.

I came across this little gem during a farewell brunch at Betty's. I was there to bid goodbye to Special K, who needed a cuppa or three to recover from the shenanigans of the night before. Her chamomile tea was served up with the expected teacup and saucer set. Now I've never been one to coo over china or any kind of porcelain-like material, but I thought this was adorable.

Ladybug love.

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Toastbox Toastbox how I love thee....

When I moved over to Hongkers, I thought that I would be inundated with all sorts of Asian foods and would be spoilt for choice. That definitely has been true, however there is a part of me that just wants some decent Malaysian grub and it's been a struggle to find some.

I don't think that's too much to ask to have some decent Malaysian fare over here seeing as KL is less than a 4 hour flight away - Melbourne is a 9 hour flight away and the Malaysian food there is pretty darn good! Admittedly most food is good in Melbourne but c'mon... I'm in Asia!

After several failed attempts (Festival Walk food court - you should be ashamed of yourself!) I discovered Toastbox in HK! Hurrah hurrah! Not only does it serve up decent versions of my standard Malaysian favourites like Nasi Lemak and Hainanese Chicken Rice, but feast your eyes on this lovely creation!

That's right baby, Milo sprinkled over condensed milk on thick toast!!!

A piece of Malaysian goodness amidst all the HK misses. Happy sigh.

(We'll just pretend that it isn't a Singaporean company... shhh...)

Monday, 23 May 2011

Quality Control

I was recently in Phuket (my first time ever!) and came across this gem by Patong beach.

The ISO 9001 certification must be a huge pulling point for customers.


Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Posh Fast Food

I've noticed that certain chains of restaurants are marketed differently in various countries, and Pizza Hut is no different. The Pizza Hut in Australia is pretty standard from what I recall (it's been a really long time since I've ordered anything from there). Decor is basic and you have your usual fare - pizza, pasta, garlic bread, soft drinks.

In Hongkers, it's a lot more upmarket - classier furnishings, a line to get in (but I think that applies to most eateries in HK) and quite a comprehensive menu featuring pizza, pasta, garlic bread, soft drink, but also various salads, stuffed chicken wings, soups, entree platters and exotic beverages. What really pushes it over the top though is the dessert.

Who would have thought Pizza Hut served something like this??

There are even customised Pizza Hut skewers for the fruit. :D

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Blog Poll and the Results

I haven't blogged since December - terrible I know - and other than the standard reasons of lack of time and general malaise, I found that the more I didn't blog, the harder it was to come back to it because I felt like I had to play catch up for the things I missed. Obviously the longer I'm slack the more there is to write about, which then makes me feel more reluctant... and so cycle goes.

Also, since relocating to Hong Kong, I've done absolutely zilch in the sewing stakes. I know the blog is called 'SuBoo: sewing and stuff', and a lot of 'stuff' has been happening, but I somehow feel guilty about neglecting the first part. It's almost like I feel like I'm lying if that makes any sense.

So. To just get over it all, I used Facebook Questions to see what my friends thought about it all.

The results were interesting - and the friends who read my blog most regularly and also have blogs of their own were the ones who wanted me to play blog catch-up (totally understandable!), but after having the question up for voting for a week, the winner was option 1 - 'Pretend the last 4 months didn't exist and start new posts from today'.

Am I relieved? If I'm being honest, yes! 4-5 months is a huuuuge effort to catch up on and I'm pretty sure I mentioned the word 'malaise' previously somewhere... so from this post onwards, I'll be posting a little more about 'stuff', and who knows, some of the stuff that happened earlier this year might make its way in here...

Thanks for voting peeps!