Thursday, January 31, 2013

Nom-y updates

For those wanting a change from the usual Tsingtao, Deerhorn has brought in some Nepalese brews. Buffalo Wilbur is hooked on the new lager (HK$30 a bottle).
While I have been going to Nitaya's Thai Kitchen almost daily. I'm glad to see that it is getting lots of regulars, both locals and expats.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Mui Wo's forgotten buildings

We were walking past Chung Hau Village when we noticed a few huge buildings tucked away behind the old houses behind the beach. This one looks like it used to be a grand mansion. 

But it is really crumbling down one side.
 This yellow building is even more intriguing. It looks like it used to be shophouses.

If it were shophouses though, there's no easy access. Here's the way we entered.
Any old timers have any idea what it used to be? Here's a view of the yellow building from the road.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Chinese New Year market

The flyer said there will be a flea market section too. So guess what poor Buffalo Wilbur will be doing for the next two weekends?

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The new cafe is called...

Oceania. And it's started by a former Cathay Pacific flight attendant. It will be opening in a week or two.
You heard it here first!

Monday, January 21, 2013

New shops in Mui Wo

The Mui Wo gossip mill is working at full speed. There are three vacant shops along the busiest stretch... what are they going to be?

Some say this is going to be a cafe.

Not sure about the former Typhoon Brewery.

Or the old Easy Reach office. And who is this Irene Linden who has her name up in many Mui Wo shopfronts recently?

Sunday, January 13, 2013

On the Olympic trail

We finally tackled the Olympic trail. We've been putting it off because the name sounded like it would be an Olympian effort. But it turned out surprisingly easy... there were even families with toddlers walking the trail. Actually, the only bit that we found difficult was walking over the saddle from the Silvermine Caves.

Once you get to the rain shelter, it's mainly downhill or flat.  
Pat Mong village awaits on the other side of the trail. It is home to the famous Sword Sharpening Stone (so called because the stones look like they were cleft in two).
 And the village watch tower, which doubled as the village school after World War II.

The rest of the walk to Tung Chung was relatively blah... but if you walk through the underpass at Pat Mong, at least you get the views of the sea and the airport. It took us about two hours to cover the trail and another hour trying to find our way to Tung Chung.