Month: January 2011

10 Things I learned while our private staff is on vacation

Our private staff went on vacation since the first week of January, hence, this blog went hibernating for a while. It is the first time we were left for ourselves, just me, Mr. Diplomat and Little Miss Siu Baau, since we got here last June. Here is what the past 3 weeks have taught me. 1. OPI can last a week on my nails and a week of household chores without chipping. 2. Mr. Diplomat can return the hair dryer after using it. 3. I can wait until after lunch, when Little Miss Siu Baau is taking an afternoon nap, before I turn on the laptop for the first time in a day. 4. The hardest of all chores is making the bed with a heavy quilt. I opted not to change the quilt cover! 5. You can burn up to 2 inches off your hair if you are close enough to the flame while tasting what you are cooking. 6. A sheet of Bounce is too much for a day’s worth of laundry and can …

Money back

If there is one card that I would recommend any future resident of Hong Kong should get first thing, it’s nothing but the MoneyBack card. Why?, you ask. The name says it all. This is by far the quickest way we have earned rewards through a card. Using this free card while shopping at Park n Shop, International, Taste, Watsons and Fortress, as well as dining at Gourmet, Fusion and Great, will earn you points. For a typical Hong Konger, that practically means living your everyday life earning points. The best part is, well at least for Mr. Diplomat and me, these points can be converted to Asia Miles! Our first 4 months here alone earned us 1,800 miles. Good deal, right? If they would only include Ikea for earning points, then this card would be no less than perfect!

Un-wrapped

Last year, I gave away gifts wrapped like they should be…fit to be put under a Christmas tree. I had to go back after a couple of days for the gift wrapping to be done, but the faces of those who received my gifts were worth the wait. For me, gifts should make one wonder what’s inside. They should make one feel like opening them right away instead of having to wait for Christmas Day. The wrapping plays a big role in dressing up any gift. Over the holidays, I have been looking for a mall that can do a fabulous gift wrapping service for free. I found some that provide such service, but fabulous? Not. The locals I asked wrap their own gifts or settle for the paper bags that shops provide. But my point is, wouldn’t you know what is inside a paper bag that has been sleeping under your Christmas tree the whole December if it says Tie Rack London or Links London. Almost everyone had those paper bags last month. So …

I got a 73

Our Cantonese class was fortunate to have a very accommodating teacher who patiently answers all our irrelevant questions about Hong Kong and generously shares their history and culture. He brought us to Wong Tai Sin Temple before 2010 ended. He frequents this place if he wants some of his questions about life answered and finds it to be pretty much accurate by far. Of course, our class of so and so women and only one man had to try it out. Inside the temple, we were given a couple of worship sticks each. Our teacher recommended at least three of these sticks to be offered to Wong Tai Sin. I offered all of mine. Those who wanted to experience the question and answer part had to get a bamboo cylinder filled with fortune sticks. I knelt down in prayer, with my question in mind. I had to keep shaking the bamboo until a fortune stick came out. There it was, number 73. We headed for the rows of fortune tellers beside the temple. Our teacher …