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Mexus: Mexican/American restaurant (formerly “Mamasitas Cantina”)

Formerly known as “Mamasitas Cantina”, ZS Hospitality Group has changed things up a bit after the whole fiasco with Harlan Goldstein last year. The restaurant still serves a variety of Mexican fare by the energetic and charismatic Chef Edgar Navarro. In addition, you’ll find a selection of American food on the menu as well, hence the new name: Mexus. The restaurant is vibrant, with a few funny wall murals (like the one of Trump in a sombrero holding a hot dog).

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Fang Fang: Contemporary Asian food & unique cocktails

As with a few other restaurants and bars around the city, there’s a story behind the restaurant: Fang Fang is a Shanghai opera singer who left her career behind to travel throughout Asia and bring a variety of flavors to Hong Kong. This new contemporary Asian restaurant serves up an array of unique dishes by highly acclaimed Executive Chef Kent Lee Chin Heng, former Executive Chef of Hakkasan Mumbai, along with an impressive cocktail menu crafted by the talented bar manager Gagan Gurung.

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5 Things I’ve Realized About Family After Living Abroad for 5 Years

I’ve now been living abroad (in Hong Kong) for five years and a whole lot has changed since I first moved here. Thankfully, the one thing that has remained constant is my wonderful family. I’ve grown a heck of a lot over these past years and have learned so much about myself and the world around me. While I’ve always been close with my parents, moving half way around the world has certainly changed a few things. I can never thank my parents enough for everything they’ve done for me, so here is a little ode to them in the form of five things I’ve realized about family after living abroad for five years.

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Cabana: Soaking up the sun (and champagne) at Repulse Bay

Cabana has been open for quite some time above The Pulse on Repulse Bay Beach, but I could never quite justify paying to lounge on their beach chairs or soak in their onsen baths when a free beach was only steps away. This past Saturday, G.H. Mumm Champagne hosted a “Save Water, Drink Champagne” event that I had the chance to go to and I had a great time. I mean, what’s not to love about a glass of bubbly in hand, a comfy reclining beach lounger, and incredible views of Repulse Bay?!

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Casa Lisboa: Modern Portuguese dining in a newly renovated location

Casa Lisboa formerly occupied a floor in the LKF Tower for a number of years until it silently closed its doors in preparation to move. I’ll be honest: I had no idea it was relocating to Wyndham Street until I walked by the building and saw a sign in the lobby. Given that my last experience at Casa Lisboa wasn’t too enjoyable, I was skeptical about trying it again. After a bit of debating, I figured as long as I kept my expectations low, it wouldn’t hurt (this mentality can be applied to almost anything, mainly dating). The decor has completely changed for the better, and the food is much more appetizing, both in taste and how it is presented.

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Momojein: Modern Korean dishes by Chef Lim Hee Won

Since I haven’t tried too many Korean dishes (I usually stick to gimbap or bibimbap), I figured I would finally try Momojein. Helmed by Korean Chef Lim Hee Won (who is incredibly sweet and down to earth, and is well known in Korea for being on a reality TV cooking show), Momojein offers diners a modern take on a range of traditional Korean dishes. Chef Lim Hee Won has recently introduced a handful of new dishes to Momojein’s menu that I had the chance to try.

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Masalas and Olives: A raw plant-based private dining experience

Private dining has become increasingly popular in Hong Kong over the last few years as more people in the city are opting for private kitchens to celebrate an event or to have a more intimate dining experience (no doubt thanks to the size of most flats in the city, making hosting near impossible). While there are a few private kitchens that have been around for a number of years, I went to a newer raw, plant-based private dinner the other week at Masalas and Olives. I’ve never been into the whole vegan/raw eating, but I’ll admit I was really impressed with the food and atmosphere.

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Mama Malouf: Modern Middle Eastern food in Hong Kong

Since its opening almost a year ago, I’ve been wanting to try Mama Malouf after hearing plenty of good things about the place. This quaint Lebanese restaurant gets its name from the Alex Malouf’s (the owner) mother. The dishes take inspiration from Alex’s mother and the recipes have been developed from his experience growing up in a Lebanese home. You’ll find traditional, as well as more modern dishes on Mama Malouf’s menu, all of which are hearty and satisfying. In terms of atmosphere, you can expect a cozy, home-like feel at Mama Malouf with minimalist decor.

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Living in Hong Kong: Just your average (hilariously weird) day

These are snippets of what I’ve experienced living in Hong Kong over the past years: from the funny to the weird, and everything in between. I’ll continue to update this post as I come across more strange and wonderful things around the city.

70. Where this anti-smoking ad is more likely to make you laugh than to quit smoking. 

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69. Where honesty is key.

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68. Where you’ll find “Monkey Head” on a menu.

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67. When monks wear “spicy” shoes on the MTR.

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66. When people have too much money and too little sense, and decide to cover their Porsche in black velvet. 

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65. When restaurants need to specify that liquor is intoxicating, as opposed to it being..? 

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64. When these are the things I see on my commute to work in the morning. 

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63. When the Hong Kong Observatory issues a T8 (strong typhoon warning) without it even raining, and the whole city literally shuts down..

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62. When precautions are taken very seriously around a work site..

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61. Where people need to be reminded of proper hygiene practices.

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60. When it’s 30°C outside and people are wearing a down jacket and Hawaiian shorts.

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59. Where this outdoor display is meant to entice you to eat here. 

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58. Where the elderly take their exercising seriously.

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57. Where the world’s most insane beauty products exist. 

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56. Where people are badass.

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55. Where seeing this becomes normal.

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54. Where clothes can be incredibly ironic.

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53. Where you can purchase a “Mini Portable Toilet”.

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52. Where you can find people sleeping at the bottom of stairwells.

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51. Where soup exists for your hands. 

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50. Where department stores display Halloween and Christmas decorations side by side.

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49. Where fashion is taken seriously.

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48. Where products like this actually exist and famous soccer players actually promote them.

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47. When you’re not sure what the marketing strategy is.

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46. Where people own incredibly large cellphones.

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45. Where you always get a good laugh out of locals wearing English shirts.

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44. Where you can find a truckload of bamboo just lying on the street.

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43. When fancy port-a-potty’s equipped with carpeted floors, a full length mirror, and a framed picture are rented for the Rugby Sevens. 

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42. Where drying your entire wardrobe along a public walkway is a thing.

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41. When a notice regarding “throwing animal discharge from height” is posted in your apartment building.

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40. Where the love of egg tarts is real. 

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39. Where you’re just not quite sure what to do in some situations (so you just take a photo instead)

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38. Where you can wait for the bus in style.

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37. Where you have announcements like this in the MTR:
“Please hold onto the handrails and not just look at your mobile phone.”

36. When businesses run out of the back of a van.

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35. Where you can get some exercise on the side of the road.

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34. Where the food safety and hygiene guidelines are questionable.

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33. Where people will queue for hours on end.

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32. When a water pipe bursts, construction workers are more concerned with taking a picture of the flooding street than fixing it. 

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31. Where advertisements sure know how to catch your attention.

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30. Where DIY projects consist of sticking oven mitts to the handle bars of motorcycles.

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29. Where you can buy wine by the plastic glass in the grocery store. 

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28. Where this is considered entertainment at a nightclub. 

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27. Where your choice of local grocery store is based solely upon how much its name makes you laugh. 

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26. Where public stretching in short shorts and no shirt is serious business. 

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25. When candy wrappers warn consumers that “children and elderly people should not eat absolutely.”

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24. Where you can’t walk more than two blocks without seeing one of these “litter cum recyclables” bins.

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23. Where you can find horse figurines, among other oddities, randomly stuck into large rocks.

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22. When these are a few words of wisdom imparted on you by a local restaurant owner:
“Don’t go back to Canada. So many animal. So few people. Don’t waste your life.”
*Mr. Wong from Mr. Wong’s, Mong Kok

21. When eating pig skin is considered a delicacy.

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20. When your concept of what dessert is  completely flipped around.

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19. When signs like this are posted outside of the washrooms at a bar.

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18. Where people are really serious about Hello Kitty.

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17. Where this is on display at an amusement park.

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16. When this becomes a regular sight on a night out.

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15. Where adults dressing the same is a thing.

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14. When the smog is so thick you can no longer see half of the tallest building in your area.

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13. Where embarrassment does not exist.

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12. When the weather is more indecisive than I am.

11. When owning an oven is the epitome of wealth and the envy of all your friends.

10. When you can take the escalator up to the gym.
Bonus: having a McDonald’s right underneath.

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9. When you can find preserved whole baby crabs in a snack bag.

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8. When Groupon sells stuff like this.

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7. When you climb up a mountain and have this as your view (just ignore the smog).

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6. When the only way to get hot water in your flat is by turning this on.

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5. Where people either fear or are obsessed with dogs.

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4. When families and couples coordinate their outfits so they all match.

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3. When it is 20° out and people are wearing winter jackets and boots.

2. When you’re on the MTR and see a man plucking out his facial hair with tweezers.

1. When you’re at the gym and
a) Men are wearing shorter shorts than women
b) People are wearing their work clothes
c) One in five people are talking on their cellphone

Discovery Bay to Mui Wo Hike, Hong Kong (Lo Fu Tau Country Trail)

The Discovery Bay to Mui Wo hike is perfect if you’re wanting to get off Hong Kong Island without wasting much time getting to and back from your hike. This hike is very straight forward and offers fantastic views of Discovery Bay and the surrounding islands (if the weather is cooperating). The first half of this hike can be challenging, with a lot of uphill stairs and a fairly steep climb up to Tiger’s Head. However, the rest of the trail is flat and downhill. The hike ends at Silvermine Bay Beach, so bring your bathing suit and take a quick dip in the water before catching the ferry back to Central.

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