# Monday, 14 December 2009

This is the 44th Expo and shall be held from Dec 12, 2009 to Jan 4, 2010, it is always a good chance for us to buy bargain local products, since I live near Victoria Park, I don't have to worry about the hassle of carrying the items back home, but I would always focused on value items by quality instead of quantity, as even if my home is nearby, carrying purchased items around inside the venue can be a challenge, there are just way too many people there, even I got there today at non-peak hours, some shops were still having lots of people in front of the store.

紹香園 is popular for its walnuts, as well as preserved fruits, unfortunately my favorite 話梅肉 (some sort of preserved Chinese plum meat) is not available, and when I tried to ask, I was edged out by a few elders, whom I believe are definitely more than 60 years old.

Another store that I would patronage year over year is Comvita Manuka honey, this year they offer package of 4 bottles of 250g UMF 15+ plus free Huni skin lotion for HKD 999, or 3 bottles of 500g UMF 10+ also plus free Huni skin lotion for the same amount, I have not yet decided on which to take, but sure I would buy either one of this offer.

 

Another of my favorite Koi Kei Bakery 鉅記手信 has an impressive shop "building" there, quite inline with the Central library at the background, quite an ingenious design! But I did not see my favorite Flossy Pork Egg Rolls (肉鬆蛋卷), and I am not sure if the prices are really attractive, I do not buy anything there, they now have a store in Causeway Bay, quite convenient in case I need to buy something from them.

 

But the real value of my visit there today is the food, Farm House Chinese restaurant (農圃飯店) is a popular but expensive restaurant that I have tried only twice in the past, but today at the 工展會 expo, I can order four pieces of 蟹粉小籠包 (Hairy Crab paste Xiao Long Bao) for HKD 30! Their Almond juice Pig Lung soup (杏汁豬肺湯) is truly excellent, this is really an excellent chance for us to try out this restaurant's high quality food at very reasonable price. Again, I am lucky to be living close to the venue, so I can order take home and eat them while they were still hot! A word of caution though, if you order and eat there, it can be quite a hassle.

 

SuperStar also has a counter there, but their crab paste garlic toast (蟹粉蒜茸飽) was a little disappointing even at HKD 15 for 2 pieces, the crab stuff seems to be not very fresh, I would not recommend it. But you should buy their Crispy Whitebait with peanuts (脆脆銀魚) at HKD 50 for 6 packs, as it is a really a big bargain! The abalone seems to be quite tempting, but I did not get it.

By the way, the entrance fee is HKD 10, reasonable enough. But the true spending is not that amount, but the hassle of moving around the crowd, and your time. If you can get there during week days, it would be better, going there during weekends or holiday could be a nightmare for some of you.

Monday, 14 December 2009 21:00:01 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)
# Wednesday, 09 December 2009

Before I watched the movie I had read about some criticizm about it, mostly on the scientific inaccuracies and miuse of the Mayan legend, I think these remarks do have points, but if we see this movie from a pure entertainment perspective, I think it is a great production that should be deeply appreciated.

One great function of a movie can be to help us visualizing something, sometimes when we read or learn about something, the understanding can somehow be limited by our own capability to imagine. For example, for people who had never experienced earthqakes, tsunami or volcanic explosion, they can only have a somewhat imagined feel of what the damage, or fear would be like. After all, you won't be seeing the deeper part of the terrible things on TV News or News paper. A movie, especially one with today's computer technologies, can bring that experiences vividly through the big screens and sound systems in modern cinema. This movie's special effects is the best I have ever seen, it is amazingly realistic!

The storyline is not bad overall, though I do have conservation on some of the ideas, I think ignoring the right of ordinary people in such situation is very bad, but being too emotional and jeopardizing the whole plan is not a good thing either, and I always dislike the idea of having everything hanging on the luck of a single individual, if that should be the case, it should be something to be avoided, and not glorified.

One interesting thought that comes to my mind is, if indeed a doomsday is coming, how would the governments of the world handles it? Would they risk chaos and let the whole world knows about it? Or just prepare to save those who are "worth saving"?

This movie is best seen at Cinema, I watched it at IFC and the facilities are good, I wish I can see it in IMAX, but even I have seen it at Cinema, I plan to get a Bluray copy when it is available, it is worth being a collector item. 

Wednesday, 09 December 2009 14:40:15 (China Standard Time, UTC+08:00)