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Low Tea @ Penninsula Hong Kong

It’s been a while since I wrote about my high tea adventures.  I still love to high tea, but I’ve found that they are all quite mediocre and there is not much to talk about.  However, recently a coworker and I both happened to be in Hong Kong so we decided to baller it out and go to Penninsula Hotel in TST for High Tea.

My coworker called and was told that they do not take reservations for high tea, and line up starts at 1:30pm for 2:00pm tea time.  Maybe coming from western civilizations, it’s a bit strange, but I’m not sure why a grand hotel would prefer to have a bunch of people lining up randomly but whatever.  We got there at 1:15pm and already there were a few people lined up…so we stood around in the lobby for almost an hour waiting to be seated.  By the time it was close to 2pm, the line up was amazing –  I would say close to 50 tables + were waiting.

We got a table in the first round of seating, and we got to order our teas really quickly.  Both the tea and food came out really quick, service as expected from a top notch hotel team.  Teas were fabulous – aromatic and obviously high quality loose leaf tea.  The food however, was beyond disappointing.

Since no one introduced the tiers to us (again, is this only done in Canada?) let me give you a guesstimate of what we ate.

Bottom tier (pics below) – raisin scones.  It wasn’t bad per se.  They came out warm…but quite dry for scones.  Not very fluffy, and from the taste, obviously not very much butter was used.  Verdict: my scones are better.

Mid tier – finger sandwiches…i THINK it was tuna roll, smoked salmon sandwich, and what should’ve been a cream cheese and cucumber sandwich.  Tuna roll was rolled in this black….bread…that was so dry it tasted like cardboard.  To be honest, I thought it was chicken, but my coworker thinks tuna…so we’ll go with tuna.  Smoked salmon was okay, except the ikura on top was a bit dry which means this was done before hand and left in the fridge with no cover.  Plus my coworker’s ikura had membrane attached…which was sort of disgusting.  Finally, the cream cheese sandwich – a high tea staple – was DISGUSTING.  It was soggy, and the cucumber was SO salty that I wondered if it was a cream cheese and pickle sandwich?

Top tier – dessert.  By the time we got here, both of us were a bit wary and no sure if we wanted to continue tasting.  TBH I can’t really guestimate what we ate because I’m still not sure.  I THINK there was a lemon curd profiterole, a key lime tart, then either a mocha or caramel tart or something…and a chocolate sorta cake or something.  Lemon curd was pretty good, a little soggy but that’s okay.  The key lime part of the tart is fantastic but the crust was SO thick and SO hard.  The unidentifiable tart was actually pretty good despite the fact I didn’t know what I ate.  But man that chocolate thing.  was DIS.GUS.TING.  It tasted like week old brownie – dry, too sweet, and did I mention DRY?  If we weren’t sitting in the middle of the lobby of Penninsula Hotel, I would’ve spat it back out – instead, I had to rinse it down with multiple cups of tea.  NOT a good way to end my tea time.

And during all of this, there was a line up of people watching us eat behind me.  (again, reservations would totally clear this issue…)

So, for a price of $724 ($658 + 10% mandatory gratuity)… what.the….eff?

In conclusion, don’t waste your time here.





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Bae Soo Bin…

He played Cha Chun Soo, Dong Yi’s beloved orabeoni. The one who was cast aside as soon as Dong Yi set her eyes on the king. Poor guy seriously dedicated his life to her. I did some research into the real Dong Yi in Korean history, and so far have not found any mention of this person. Whether or not he really existed, Bae Soo Bin did a fantastic job with this character. Chun Soo is the kind of guy that no parent would ever say no to if he wanted to date their daughter. But I suppose Ji Jin Hee is tough competition 😉

I fell slightly in love with Chun Soo orabeoni in Dong Yi…enough so that I began watching Brilliant Inheritence (Shining Inheritence?) which also stared Han Hyo Joo (Dong Yi) and Bae Soo Bin (Chun Soo). But of course, BSB loses the girl again…this time to some KID. *sighs* I still don’t know why. I’m on episode 7…the story itself isn’t really that appealing to me… I just keep forwarding to the parts where BSB and HHJ are on screen together because they’re so damn cute.

He’s such a sweet heart. and TWICE he loses the same girl lol.
I wonder if he’s like that in real life too…cuz he lost his real gf not too long ago also.

Don’t worry, Sunny oppa. You can always come find me 😉

As long as you smile at me, I’ll be putty in your hands, and no one will steal me away….unless it’s HyunBin.

Then all bets are off 😉 jkjkjk! LOL


….when is it your turn to win?


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Scent of a Woman – the Korean version

I actually finished this a while ago.  Scent of a Woman is one of the newer romcoms to come on tv…and as enjoyable as it was to watch, I find myself struggling to write about it.  The plot is pretty straight forward kdrama.  Girl lives simple life, gets picked on by everyone…find out she has cancer so quits her job and does her own thing.   While doing her own thing she meets the man of her dreams, who’s rich but has obligations because of it, including the obligation to be married to some rich man’s rich daughter….the daughter is of course a giant b***h (as mentioned in the previous post, this one is certified 110% psychotic)…. and while being a patient re-encounters a man who’s been in love with her for like 20 years.

and touches a zillion lives while she is sick.

The female lead was played by Kim Sun Ah…who lost too many pounds to play the cancer patient.  She is the only reason I kept watching this series.  She played Kim Sam Soon opposite Hyun Bin years ago and I was so impressed then…I’m still super impressed with her acting now!

The male lead (that’d be the rich man of her dreams) was played by Lee Dong Wook, who is seriously not my cup of tea.  He reminds me of James Franco.  80% sleeping in every scene…and can’t act. and isn’t hot.  Maybe I’m just biased because at the very beginning when he stepped out of his beaut of a car, and turned around….i expected HyunBin’s face lol. oh what a disappointment.

The psychotic woman was played by Seo Hyo Rim….who…isn’t…pretty. At all.  her face looks like the Cheshire Cat.  and that…blob….of…hair…what the heck was that?!  It looked like she didn’t quite know what to do with it either.

and finally the doctor who she SHOULD’VE picked cuz he actually looks ok and can act was played by Uhm Ki Joon.  He was actually pretty good. Very geeky look lol. I quite liked it.  Then again I always fall for the one who looses out. Unless he looses out to Binnie..then well yeah sorry man.

Seriously nothing to say. So I’ll just rate it:

Storyline: 5/10 – overused plot…
Cloths: 5/10 – Seo Hyo Rim had some impressive outfits…other than that…zzz…
Scenic: 9/10 – I’ve yet to come across a present day kdrama series that doesn’t have good scenery
Hotties: 1/10 – the 1 is for Kim Sun Ah.  The rest of them? not my cup of anything
Teary moments: 7/10 – I cried my eyes out when Kim Sun Ah’s room mate died.  She was like sunshine.

Overall: 6/10 – I enjoyed it….finished it in 4 days…but again, only because Kim Sun Ah was great.  I don’t think this would be a series I’d go back to, unless I seriously had NOTHING to do.

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I’m not upset that you lied to me…

let’s let someone else try and put into words what I’m feeling:
all of these are found on @TheNoteboook on twitter

  • I knew from the day we met, you’d be kind of hard to forget.
  • I still remember the first time I fell for you; I haven’t gotten up since.
  • Sometimes when you give up on someone, it’s not because you don’t care anymore but because you realize they don’t.
  • If you start to miss me, just remember that I didn’t walk away… you let go of me.
  • One day we will be together, I’m sure… it’s just not our time yet.
  • Knowing that something won’t happen won’t make you want it any less.
  • I just hope one day you see me, and your heart stops, and you realize what you could’ve had this whole time.

…I’m upset that I can’t trust you anymore.

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It takes…

… not a lot to make me smile.
… even less to impress me.
… hard work to gain my respect.
… care to gain my trust.

… real talent to make me angry.
… ice cream to make everything better. Always.


so congratulations to the one who hurt me so much today that not even ice cream and hyunbin made it better. you were the last person on earth i would’ve expected this from. but it took real talent nonetheless.

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Tea time at Adonia

So it’s been a while since I’ve had the chance to go out to check out new high tea places, but we did manage it once during Christmas week.  This time it’s at Adonia Kerrisdale Tea House (2057 w. 41st Ave, Vancouver).

First impression: quaint.  To the point of…there’s totally not enough room in here.  Everything was very English, which is exactly the kind of thing I like, but the door opens and immediately in front is a small divider, and immediately behind the divider was a table. Which was where we ended up sitting…and it was COLD every time the door opened. I do suppose it’s better than a blast of heat in the summer.  Lots of little tables against the walls with 2 chairs, so if you have a bigger party (by bigger, I mean more than 2) I’d recommend making a reservation.

The tea selection was decent.  Lots of roiboos to choose from…but still, I am partial to the selection at Secret Garden.  I have yet to find something to beat the Vanilla Earl Grey (remember, this is coming from a girl who doesn’t like Earl Grey tea).

The food was set because it was the Christmas tea menu.  Most of it was decent.  The desserts were pretty good.  Most disappointing were the little quiches that we had.  Why? Because I have a pack of it in my freezer – purchased from Costco.  I didn’t pay 30+ dollars to have re-heated Costco quiches (and suspicious about the potato salad!), no matter how great they taste.

Service was good.  The girl was running around so much though, I felt bad to ask for more hot water. Considering they were turning people away because everything was reserved, I figure adding another body to help out that day would’ve been great.

This one is a recommend.  But with Secret Garden literally just around the bend, I’d go back to Adonia only if Secret Garden was full.

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Welcome home Nazzy.

always in my heartStopping the West Coast Express wasn’t an option, slowing it down barely was, and if regrettable circumstances hadn’t gotten in the way of its production and chemistry, 2002-03 would have just been the tip of the iceberg

Lots of people have scolded me over the past two years because I completely stopped watching Canucks hockey since my beloved team fell apart.  That team…the West Coast Express era…were the past, and our team now is great.

WCE is the past, Echo. You gotta let it go.  You can’t just give up on the game you love to watch.  You’re the only one who’s never fallen off the wagon.

Well, I’ve never been on a wagon…I’ve watched them since day one in Canada…I watched them as I learned English at the Pacific Coliseum. I watched with so my anticipation, excitement, and eventually in tears as their 93 Stanley Cup run ended in disappointment.  I watched through the Keanan reign of terror…with a broken heart as they traded our Linden.  I watched as slowly, they rebuilt it into the first class Canucks team that was led by Nazzy.

I watched the Sedins grow from silly bunnies to a formidible second line…to being our 2 for 1 captain.
I watched Matt Cooke score…two veryvery fantastic goals…2 seconds to go, how do you beat that? with a 1.2 second goal.  I watched as I choked on the apple I was eating, tripping over my blanket, and received txt after txt after call from my friends congratulating my boy.
I watched the West Coast Express soar.  Shorty said to hang on tight, because it’s going to be a heck of a ride.  It was one freakin ride. Bert, Nazzy, and the always under-appreciated Mo.  Jovo, Ohlie, Malik, Salo…Cookie…Cass…
I watched as year after year, Clouts ruined Nazzy.

I watched as Vancouver fell off the bandwagon one by one…as Bert defended our captain.  As we sent them both off…without a big hug and eternal thanks.

His greatest fault in Vancouver was only that he got older as a player. Ours is that we didn’t let him. Tonight makes everything better. – The Vancouver Sun.

When you recognize 20+ guys by their stride…by their eyes…it was no longer just a hockey team. Those were memories, that was pride.  It was family.

It’s difficult to say good bye to family.

Tonight wasn’t goodbye.  It was a reunion. It was to welcome our Naslund home, because we didn’t give him the proper send off the first time around. (Nor did we recognize the efforts of Morrison…but that’s another story)

Welcome home, Nazzy.  I’ll always miss you.

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