“Second to the right and then straight on till morning.”


What else can make you feel more like Christmas? A trip to Disneyland!!!

The park is operating from 10am til 9pm on the day we were visiting so we decided to leave the hotel a little after 10am. Park hours slightly differ so always check before going, here’s a link to the park calender: Disney HK Park Hours.

From the hotel, we made our way to Sheun Wan MTR and travelled one stop to Central station. At Central, interchange into Tun Chung Line (Orange Line) and be ready since it’s a bit of a walk. And if you feel lost, just look for a group with a number of eager kids with parents trying to run after them or being dragged by them. 🙂 Ride the Tung Chung line all the way ’til the second to the last stop, Sunny Bay.

At Sunny Bay, you can ride the Disney train! There are only 2 points on this line so you can’t get lost (Sunny bay and Disneyland).

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Sunny Bay. Sweepin’ the clouds away. On my way to where the air is sweet. Can you tell me how to get… ooops wrong show.

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Only 2 stops!

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To Disneyland

Best looking train on the MTR

Best looking train on the MTR

Work in progress.

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Faith that transcends gender


It’s rare that I get to have meaningful conversations that do not involve work when at the office but today, I was lucky enough to have some downtime with very interesting people.

A friend shared with us that he had prayed to God to give him a sign if being gay is really a sin. So what will happen if he finds out that it is, we asked. And this is where we hit an impasse. I can barely imagine how hard it must be to think and worry every day that being true to yourself is also the same reason that can separate you from God.

The earlier conversation will probably stay with me as I find my own faith. You see, while I have always strongly believed in God and prayer, I have always been more a social reformist than a religious practitioner. The battle inside myself is about reconciling the loving God that wants the best for his children and the laws of his church. Faith, they say, is a strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof. My faith believes in a God that has no prejudice and one that allowed things to happen because he has a grand plan for everything.

I shared what I had seen on TV last night about a church that was run and made up of LGBT folks. Amongst the stories was about a gay who wanted to become a priest but couldn’t because the whole neighbourhood knew that he was gay since childhood, he was depressed until someone told him about the church. There was also an interview with one of their priests who highlighted the dilemma that as the Catholic Church continues to not accept LGBTs, this would lead to more and more LGBTs losing their faith.

Thanks to Google, I found out that what was featured is the Metropolitan Community Church Philippines. On their website, they said “…is a church where Gays, Lesbians, Bisexuals, and Transgenders are accepted and loved. This is the church where you can be who and what you are without pretending to be who you are not just to please people. God is already pleased with those who accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior….” I believe God works in mysterious ways perhaps, I was meant to share what I had watched at the same moment that a friend is asking for a sign. Perhaps, you’re on your own spiritual journey and what I shared here might help you.

Perhaps, one day, we will all find enlightenment.

Photo credited to Martin Marcinski (http://www.flickr.com/photos/marcinski/)

Penne & Veggie Salad


Are you like me who finds it hard to choose vegetables over other food? I actually enjoy eating vegetables once I get through the first bite but it’s the putting it on your plate that’s the problem for me. Thus, I cheat myself by mixing my veggies into seemingly more mainstream food.

Here’s a recipe that I came up with by scourging through our vegetable chiller and salvaging produce. The inspiration for the dish is the Greek and the Mediterranean salad.

Ingredients:

400g cooked Penne

150g ripe grape tomatoes, halved

1 large white onion, strips or diced

1 cucumber, diced

1 green bell pepper, strips

1 tsp ground oregano

1 tsp dried basil

1 1/2 tbsp olive oil

1 handful fresh dill

1 handful parsley

1/2 lemon, juiced

100g feta cheese, crumbled

salt & pepper to taste

Get a big bowl and combine all ingredients. To ensure flavors are consistent, toss well after adding one ingredient. Add additional veggies or add/lessen portions based on what you like or not. Serve hot or cold.

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Healthy but goes down easy! 🙂

My Penne fascination


Because of watching a lot of Food Network and Lifestyle Channel, Hubby and me are finding ourselves experimenting a lot in the kitchen lately.

Tonight’s inspiration: Cooking Light’s Bacon Mac

I used Penne Pasta, skipped the hot sauce, replaced green onion with one whole white onion, cut down the Cheddar cheese to 3/4 cup and added 1/2 cup of Monterey jack cheese and 3/4 cup of Romano cheese. Also, to make the sauce more flavorful, I used the same pan where I cooked the bacon for the milk and flour over medium heat step. It’s the first time I used the turbo broiler and I didn’t have any baking pans so I used spare lyaneras. Don’t forget to take it out of the broiler after the set time or do it a few minutes shorter and leave it in, the cheese on top ended up a bit too burnt with the second batch.

239 240As evidenced by the half-empty container, I absolutely enjoyed the dish. Cheesy, salty, flavorful!

Homemade street food


When I’m sick, I comfort myself with food. So the past few days have been about eating leftovers and experimenting in the kitchen.

So today, after devouring 3/4 of a whole block of Cadbury Milk Chocolate, I decided to try cooking our favorite orange street food, kwek-kwek.

Like everything I try to imitate, I simply got the recipe online: All Recipes kwek-kwek. 😝

One tip, careful with those small mccormick food coloring bottles cause they spill easily. At one point, the batter made me think of Freddie Krueger’s lunch.

This dish is quail egg and deep fried so it’s not one of your healthier options. To make it less sinful, I used EVOO and Canola oil in frying the batter-coated quail eggs.

After taste-testing, I realized I didn’t prefer the vinegary sauce that came with the recipe. What I craved for was that sweet brown sauce that you normally get with fishballs.

I befriended google one more time and found Streetfood style fishball sauce. There were a few changes I did to the recipe though like skipped using cornstarch cause I didn’t have any ☺ and used tbsp measure for the flour instead of tsp, it just wasn’t thickening if I kept the tsp parts.

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Overall, I was pretty pleased with how it turned out. Can’t wait for the hubby to wake up and try it. Thinking quail eggs and fishballs will be a regular on the grocery list after this. 😊😊😊