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Since when do we have to start wishing everybody Happy Halloween?! Happy Christmas and Happy New Year I can just about manage but I really don’t see the point of wishing somebody well for a day of dressing up in crappy costumes and performing pagan rituals.

Every year on October 31st one of us in Chez Bonkers celebrates their birthday, you may think it’s me due to sentiments spewed out in the first paragraph but alas it’s not. You will know when it’s my turn.

So we decided to wine and dine and treat ourselves at Habitu Ristorante in Lee Gardens Two just beside us here in Causeway Bay. Being the careful dude I rang up and booked a table for 6:30 just in case. At 4pm we nipped off to see Saw VI. Same old premise, entertaining enough for 90 minutes.

Habitu is located on the tippity top of Lee Gardens Two. It was fairly empty when we got there and stayed that way for the duration. Because said birthday person is a wine connoisseur I forked out for a 2006 Scansano red from Tuscany. It was nice. $448HKD worth of niceness? My brain says “probably”, my wallet says “Idiot”

Onwards to the main courses after some tasty bread. For me a char-grilled Wagyu Striploin

Now, don’t get me wrong it was a perfectly good Wagyu piece of goodness but bloody hell I need some potatoes with my cow! At least offer me some when I am ordering so I realise that all I’m getting is cow and some char-grilled peppers and asparagus. Disappointing.

The birthday girl had a handful of vegetarian options to choose from and went for the saffron risotto.

Do you think the risotto looks watery? Well it was! We’ve seen Gordon Ramsay fling enough risottos in to aspiring chefs’ faces in Hell’s Kitchen to know the consistency of a risotto! Other than the H20 abundance it was just plain bland. “Meh” is the word.

After feeling not too full from the cow I ordered a Warm Flan dessert. It would take 20 minutes I was warned. Fine.

The flan was bursting with oozing rich chocolate. If it wasn’t for the lemon gelatto it would have been too strong of a dessert for me.

So it was with a little disappointment that we asked for the bill. The food was of a lesser standard than we had expected but the wine was a fortifying comfort to us as we paid the wallet crushing bill.

Thank you Habitu! Don’t think we will see you again though. I’m sorry. Really. Please move on with your life. And keep an eye on your risottos.

Some nice buildings are to be observed when you’re out on the podium outside.

It’s my bet that some classy, cool and sophisticated people live here.

from https://bonkersinhonkers.wordpress.com

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A very boring video of a short part of my bus journey every morning to show the video quality of the iphone 3Gs as requested by a reader who shall remain nameless. Actually it’s probably the worst sample I could give due to dirty windows and a dodgy suspension.

On Friday we went over to Hung Hom on the Star Ferry from Wan Chai. There is a weird little place called V King Bar on the pier. It shouldn’t really be there; that was my overall impression. And the smoking ban obviously hadn’t made it’s way there yet. Man its been a while since our clothes have smelt like crap. Anyway, it was nice to meet up with a few friends there and to experience a little different side of the pub scene in Honkers.

Iphone photos of getting there. Night time shots are not the iphone’s forte. That’s for sure. Feel the noise.

One of us loves the Star Ferry and one of us does not. ..I love it!
Setting off  from Wan Chai. Would have turned out better with My Casio P&S
The view from V King over to where the Star Ferry docks in Hung Hom.
This barely made it as it’s pretty lame. But there you have it. Looking over towards Honkers island; probably Quarry Bay area.

from https://bonkersinhonkers.wordpress.com

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Woop, woop, woop, woop!

Batten down your hatches, strap down your children and staple your pets to the floor because Severe Tropical Storm Goni has just scared the crap enough out of the Hong Kong Observatory to set a Number 8 Storm Signal at 9:40pm tonight.

I have leaned out of my 11th story building to tape those weird X shaped things on my windows ( I wondered why Mulder did that on an episode of The X Files once, then I found out it was a signal to his inside man) and I have ran to 7-11 to get a stock of canned oysters to see me through this perfect storm. May God love us all.

I haven’t done any of the above, actually. There is a very puny tree down below our apartment, it’s not even fluttering a leaf. As you can see, it’s going down south to annoy somebody else. A small moth may perish in the middle of the night on mainland China. Pray for it.


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Last Friday after a work related meeting over in Mong Kok, I wandered over to TST to meet up with a friend whose favourite bar happens to be an Ozzie Jazz bar. The tipple of choice is a pitcher of Guinness, now this goes against all fiber of my being. Guinness doesn’t belong in a pitcher; a bottle is pushing it. Having said that, I don’t know whether it was the long week at work or what but it went down well and we got through a couple of them. But in the cold light of day now I shudder at the image of that poor poor Guinness head withering away to a yellow quagmire. I’m sorry Ireland.
Anyway the jazz started and it was cool, the trumpet guy is like 102 years old or something, so they say. Entertaining and not too loud even when sitting in front of them.

Tonight a group of us will get together to worship the ghost of St. Patrick because we don’t want to drink until 4am mid week. It’s hard enough to get up at 6:30 sober. Delaneys at 8pm in Wan Chai. Expensive, yes. Irish….no. Well maybe one barman is Irish, the rest of the staff is probably Filipino. But nice. I wonder do any other Irish expats do this pre-St. Paddy’s shindig as well. Probably not. Photographic evidence will be produced I’m sure.

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…so why can’t I!?

This poor poor lady was too busy smoking crack in the ladies’ toilets in Hong Kong airport that she missed her flight by a few minutes.

I really believe if you kick up a storm like this that the plane should turn back and pick the person up. It makes perfect sense.

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