Posts Tagged ‘halloween’

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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It’s the Monday after Halloween.

I haven’t enjoyed life the past week or so as I have a cough that wakes me up every five minutes when I lie down. And when I’m not coughing my throat is complaining to me that I’ve been coughing so much most of my throat membrane has probably been expelled through my mouth. I may have to go to an eerie traditional Chinese medicine place down a side street run by a mysterious yet knowledgeable old mystic fellow and get a jar of magic goop. Or go to a doctor. Let’s see what tomorrow brings! Joy!

So in that frame of mind I have been and not excluding Halloween and Sharyn’s birthday which fall beautifully on the same day. That was Friday a few days ago.

The day started off well as Grade 1 at our school brought in some pets for their year to see. So I hung around petting smelly dogs and hoping that one of them would not go all Cujo and bite off a little ones face.
This is Oscar he is 3 years old and fat. He also growled once in a while but never acted out on it. I think he may be insane. Or just wanted more food. Kids liked him. He was a character alright! He’s bigger than he looks in this pic.

This guy was called either Audi or Polo, I can’t remember and I’m not kidding. He is called a doctor dog around these parts; he goes around and makes elderly people happy by presumably playing bingo with them or joining them in ranting about the weather.

I usually don’t like Corgis but this guy was friendly. The mum insisted I pose for a pic. A couple of things to note. I couldn’t keep my smile as the woman struggled to come to terms with pressing a button to take a picture. And I know it looks like I am pinning down the dog with my leg but I’m not. I save that manouevre for the students.

So after all the fun of school we head out to an Indian Vegetarian Restaurant to meet with friends to celebrate Halloween and Sharyn’s birthday. I wasn’t happy with costume preparation; I need time and resources to manufacture the perfect costume. I went to a street called Pottinger Street in Central:

Which is a slanted alleyway from Hell with stalls set up selling costumes and wigs and has the entire population of Hong Kong there at any one time looking for stuff. Never go there as people stop believing in other people existing in the world when you climb over the scourge of humanity from the top to the bottom or vice versa. I wasn’t successful or very happy as you can tell so I stole a walking cane, white coat and stethoscope from school and called myself Dr. House to please everyone. This gave me the perfect opportunity to act like a bastard all night and get away with it (nearly choking to death with a coughing fit half way through helped with this). Sharyn put on a wig and became Katie Holmes.

The girls together. Um….Mask Woman, Diana Ross, Katie Holmes and the woman doctor from Gray’s Anatomy or something

So this was all in Wan Chai so it was full of western people dressed up but also there was a big rugby match called the Bledisloe Cup between Australia and New Zealand on during the weekend so you had an influx of idiots in town for that. So the pubs were full of seven foot tall beefheads who bumped into you and talked in tongues because their heads have been kicked in so many times from playing the game they don’t know how to function any more. “Duh, me like rugby, me drink all beer all the time. Me gonna start fight! Good me! Rugbbbbbyyyyyyyy”

I go now. We (Hamsap FC) won 4-3 at the weekend to continue our 4 game winning streak. I scored again. And I didn’t cough up my guts doing it which is strange. That’s 8 for the season and 6 goals in 4 games if anyones counting. Hope it continues.

Agenda for this week: work. Although we are going to see Tropic Thunder tomorrow night in a cinema 5 minutes walk away. Tickets booked online which is nice.

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