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Amazing baby race

I have been scouring the city for things for Little Miss Ha Gaau. Being in the final league of my pregnancy, I found my self wishing I was back home, where huge malls serve as one-stop shops for everything I need. The closest thing I got here is the Kid’s Wear and Maternity section in Harbour City. If you are into Armani Junior, Baby Dior, Burberry Kids, DKNY Kids, Fendi Kids, Gucci Kids, Ralph Lauren Childrenswear and Tommy Hilfiger Childrenswear, then you will definitely find everything here. I specifically go here for 0/3 baby and Babies R Us for Peg Perego and Graco products, respectively. For most other items, I have been dragging Mr. Diplomat to each of the following shops for the past couple of Fridays. Each shop is located in a different building or district, a fact of life we have come to accept in Hong Kong. Mothercare 305-307 Prince‚Äôs Building Central For bath mats, cotton balls, cotton buds, Moses baskets, and reasonably priced Avent bottles, bottle brushes, bottle warmers, cardigans, hats, maternity …

I won? Yey?

I Googled my name today, which my geeky self does every once in a while for no apparent reason, and Asia Tatler Dining came up. Surprise! My name is in a roster of winners of a HKD1,000 dining voucher for Hugo’s in Hyatt Regency Hong Kong Tsim Sha Tsui! Not much, but hey, it’s free! Maybe I can treat Mr. Diplomat to their four-course Sunday lunch, which includes the following. Wait a minute, I never join such contests!? There can only be one person to ask…Mr. Diplomaaat?!

Books for the bathroom

As promised a year ago, I accompanied Mr. Diplomat to this year’s Hong Kong Book Fair to fill his insatiable need for books. We were amazed by the Hong Kongers’ love for books. Last night’s crowd was more like that of a concert than that of a book fair. We got the following books for HKD29 to HKD134 only. 1. Band of Brothers by Stephen E. Ambrose 2. Classic Storybook from Disney Press 3. Eisenhower by Carlo D’Este 4. InStyle Ultimate Beauty Secrets from the Editors of InStyle, with Eleni Gage 5. Mayo Clinic Book of Alternative Medicine from Time Inc. Home Entertainment Books 6. Nursery Rhymes from Disney Press 7. The Handbook of Style from the Editors of Esquire Magazine 8. The Mayo Clinic Plan from Time Inc. Home Entertainment Books 9. Watches International XI from Tourbillon International 10. Wine by Andre Domine Who owns each book is a giveaway.

The root word for cultural is culture

Any diplomat posted in Hong Kong knows that this dynamic place never runs out of cultural events for you to attend to. The Leisure and Cultural Services Department will make sure that you become familiar with the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, as well as the Hong Kong City Hall and Hong Kong Arts Centre, before your tour of duty ends. This year, the events we decided to grace ranged from the Moscow Circus on Ice to Swing for All, a kickoff jazz night to the City Festival 2011. These form just a fraction of all the other events we declined for not having the time. It is commendable that their government spends money and time to bring world culture closer to the Hong Kongers. My only wish is for more locals to also do their end by somehow dressing up for the occasion as appropriate and not coming in shorts and slippers. Perhaps not necessarily for a circus but for an orchestra, a concert opera and the likes. These are, after all, cultural events in …

Silvermine Beach Home

Searching for a quick weekend getaway for the holiday, I realized we can actually live in a beach-front hotel! The monthly rates of Silvermine Beach Hotel range from HKD8,800 to 13,300, cheaper than what most expats are paying for their flats here. Assessing the Web site photos, the hotel is not bad at all. I just wish we can do away with the 30-minute ferry ride to Central. Living in a beach-front hotel…sweet life.