Month: October 2010

A Friday with Dadawa

Spending a Friday at a cultural center may not be ideal for many. For us, this is becoming the norm. Last Friday was no exception as the Hong Kong Cultural Centre hosted Hear the World, Dadawa in Concert 2010. If you haven’t heard of her before (like me), Zhu Zheqin, better known as Dadawa, is a phenomenal Chinese diva who will remind you of Bjork or Enya. Her third album, Seven Days, a collaboration with Oscar-winner Ross Kauffman, won the Best World Fusion Album at the Independent Music Awards in 2008. More than that, last year, she was named National Goodwill Ambassador for China of the United Nations Development Programme and was tasked to preserve ethnic minority cultures. This concert is a product of her travels to ethnic regions in Western China for the past year for her project Show the World, Culture-Based Development Goodwill Action for Ethnic Minorities. Hence, it featured excerpts from the traditional music of China rendered with ethnic music masters from the Mongolian, Kazakh, Yi, Miao and Tibetan ethnic groups. A …

Ka-ching!

After going through 96 receipts of the past 3 months, our average monthly grocery expenses amounted to ta-da just HKD4,230 yey! These cover for the basics that we usually get from International and Taste but not for household goods we buy from a local shop that does not provide receipts most of the time ssshhh. I’d say we end up using HKD4,600 a month for groceries, which is waaay cheaper than what we anticipated. Good job, Mrs. Diplomat! For me, that means we can save more. For Mr. Diplomat, that means we can eat out more often! But then again, I guess everything will depend on how you shop. I am a thrifty shopper. I almost always start buying the cheapest, and if we don’t like it, I buy the next one up the ladder. By cheapest, I mean the cheapest among products that are manufactured by recognized companies. I check the price, the country of origin, the manufacturer or importer and the label, in that order. (Hah! I know what you’re thinking.) For a …

Why are lovely ladies attracted to married men?

For a deeper understanding of the lovely lady (of my earlier post Amah, lovely lady, John Travolta and Uma Thurman)… According to Health And Marriage: Benefits For Men, studies show that married men apparently have less stress, as indicated by having less of the stress hormone cortisol, compared with their single counterparts. However, studies also show that having low levels of cortisol make men more attractive to women. And yes, by the transitive property we all learned in grade school, that translates to…married men are more attractive to women! The findings come from Dr. Fhionna Moore, a psychology lecturer at Abertay University. “We analysed different levels and combinations of cortisol and testosterone and found a strong link between low cortisol levels, which is present when someone has low stress levels, and being highly attractive to women.” From uk.askmen.com Hmmm…

Yum bui!

From 23 October to 13 November, Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel will serve worldwide selection of beers. The German Bierfest also brings you traditional tunes and madcap antics by The Notenhoblers, a seven-member band from Munich. To uplift the atmosphere, a number of games have been added for guests to enjoy, including ‘Strong Man’ game; ‘Milking the Cow,’ ‘Pump-the-Balloon,’ ‘Chicken Dance,’ various drinking contests, and many more exciting activities lined up every evening! The culinary feast features authentic German dishes such as Roast pork knuckle served with braised red cabbage and gratinated potatoes ($145); Pan-fried sausages “Nürnberger” style with sauerkraut and mashed potatoes ($95); Braised beef steak in red wine vinegar sauce with braised red cabbage and spätzli ($115); Roast herb-marinated half chicken with carrot and potato salad ($115); Pan-fried salmon cutlet with lemon sauce, creamy spinach and boiled new potatoes ($130); and Roast lamb leg with garlic on onion mustard sauce, braised red cabbage and gratinated potatoes ($130). Then, indulge in the wide selection of beverages that include beers, apple schnapp, red and white wines, …