Sunday 26 February 2012

A luverly day

Had a lovely day yesterday, trekking over to the darkside with Mrs G and AA. And when I say darkside I mean it....We went to a birthday party in Yau Yat Chuen, an area on the approach to the old Kai Tak airport, and therefore very lowrise (there was a height limit of 12 stories in force for many years). After the birthday party, full of scrummy German cakes, we went to Jaspa's for dinner with the boys. So it was me and Ross, Mr and Mrs G, AA, Josh and Filo.  The boys even ate some food! chips and burger bun for Felix, and a gallon of ketchup for Josh.

Thursday 23 February 2012

Wednesday 22 February 2012

Big up

I went to the Landmark the other day with Ross, pre-doctor's appointment. We found what can only be described as the most amusing people watching spot in Hong Kong. There were so many alpha males around, I feared I would drown in testosterone. All gweilos, all wearing suits (or Louboutins for the few token ladies). The only newspaper available was the FT. It was like an 80s timewarp. All we needed was a giant mobile phone and we would have been extras in Wall Street or something. Not that I've ever seen that movie.

Anyway, we had a masala chai at Fuel, the "espresso boutique" (eye roll) in the basement. Here's the spiel:
Fuel Espresso is a luxury offering, focused on serving business executives traditional hand crafted espresso based beverages.
I can confirm that there were quite a few business executives present. I had a masala chai which was, I kid you not, to DIE FOR. The only time I have had a better one was when Saroja's mum was staying with her when I visited. She doesn't speak English, but in the tradition of Indian mums, she more than made up for the lack of conversation by serving about a gallon of genuine chai that she had constantly simmering on the stove. Fuel's banana bread was also to die for.

I haven't stopped thinking about Fuel since, but as there are only 2 outlets in HK (compared to more than 100 Starbuckses and about a quadrillion Pacific Coffees) I am unlikely to be back soon. The first time I went to Fuel was with Mrs N, back in the heady pre-baby days. I met her at Mrs B's baby shower, and we just hit it off. That day at Fuel we were both preggers and having conversations about things that we thought were important, like which stroller to buy. Curiously we didn't explore more useful and relevant topics such as "what to do when your child repeatedly vom voms" and "what to do when your child won't eat at all". We met at Fuel for a coffee, and left about 2 1/2 hours later. Like I said, pre-babies! This was us. Maybe a bit less boob, and bit more baby bump.

For those of you who think I have gone waaay overboard on the description of an over-priced coffee break, cut me some slack. I love writing, I love expressing myself without having to see your eye rolling (or is it just me that does it?) and I am externalizing and normalising. So there. 

ps the more observant among you will have noticed that i have been liberally pilfering vocab from FauxFuschia, my favourite blogger to whom I have a spurious connection through the afore-mentioned Mrs B. 

Tuesday 21 February 2012

Breaking news

Josh is eating a slice of pizza, I repeat, Josh is eating a slice of pizza. It's $45 M&S pizza, but still it's an improvement on nothing.

Monday 20 February 2012

Before and after

Now I know this looks dreadfully boring, but it's actually ground-breaking. First proper food consumed. I won't show you Josh's plate because the Before and After are the same.

Los ninos, 22 months

We're all going on an Easter Holiday

Hurrah! we have booked a holleeday! Seeing as Phuket is so 2011, we're going to the Shangri-la Rasa Ria in Kota Kinabalu, Borneo. I  have been to Borneo before, when I was little, and all I remember about it is a dead frog being devoured by an army / swarm / colony of ants and the giant pitcher plants. I think we went to Sarawak then, but Mother will correct me if I'm wrong. I seem to recall climbing a mountain to see these mythical carnivorous pitcher plants, but it was probably a small hill.

There will be 14 of us going - 2 babies, 4 toddlers, and 8 adults.

More words

The boys call Vergenia "nana", which is a bit weird...either they are trying to say "yaya", or they are so used to saying night night to her that they are getting confused!

Socks seems to be something beginning with R, and "draw" is "gru". Can't quite figure that one out.

Joshy can moo like a cow, and they can both go "pop pop pop" for a fish, and do a little meow (accompanied by a chin rubbing motion, which I think is supposed to indicate whiskers) for a cat. Also Felix sometimes remembers that a crocodile goes SNAP, and they can squeak like a mouse too.