We created a Facebook group called “What Pinoy Lawyers Love” as a platform for Pinoy lawyers to connect and share hobbies and interests with each other. We envision the group to be a virtual place where Pinoy lawyers can find their balance after a stressful day at work. We also hope to make it into an active environment for swapping talents, buying/selling stuff exclusive to members, organizing events, or sharing job/career opportunities with fellow Pinoy lawyers. So we’re shouting out to all Pinoy lawyers out there. Come join us at http://www.facebook.com/groups/PINOYLAWYERS
I’m still alive and kickin’ friends! I admit that I reached a point where I got confused about whether I should continue this blog because I just can’t find the time to update it even if there are so many things that I want to share with you. I’m a bad blogger and I’ve actually realized that much earlier yet I did not do anything about it. Does that make me worse then? Heh 🙂 The good thing though is that I am slowly gaining back some time for this blog so expect me to be slightly active henceforth.
Fast forward to November 2016, I made a huge decision in my career. As if this year isn’t full of changes yet (I got promoted in March, we moved to our new house in April, had stress-related health issues mid-year which prompted me to take a 2-month leave, etc.), I decided to quit my job and be my own boss. Now, I am free to balance my career, family and extra-curricular activities because how I spend my time is all up to me. Primarily, I will be spending more time with my son. Career-wise, I am going to do private law practice and take some consultancy work, and also start a business (I am going to tell you more about this business of mine that will open soon). That will keep me busy and hopefully not as stressed as I was when I used to go to the office.
I don’t want to drag the topic any longer as it is already getting boring. Let’s talk about the more interesting stuff, shall we?
This post is all about food, food, food, and more food. In all of my trips to Hongkong, I always make it a point to try something new and revisit my old time favorites. I don’t necessarily follow popular recommendations because taste is universally personal and subjective but I do read and take note of some blogs and whenever I get interested, I go and give them a try, and sometimes, I even write about them too.
To name a few, I have written about Crystal Jade, City Super (Times Square and Harbour City), Sift Patisserie, and Honeymoon Dessert; Pasteleria Koi Kei, Wong Chi Kei, Yee Shun Milk Company, Kai Kee Street Food, Tree (at Horizon Plaza), and Sift Patisserie (again), Tai Cheong Bakery, Guang Dong Barbecue Restaurant, Food Republic, Charlie Brown Cafe, Green Islands Restaurant, and Bambu, Pasteleria Koi Kei and Wong Chi Kei in Macau.
In this post, you’ll notice that I went back to my favorite street food stall and barbecue restaurant in Tsim Sha Tsui. But you’ll also see new ones like a Michelin-star resto and a newly opened Austrian bakery. Let’s move on, shall we? 🙂
Since we had our son, a trip to Hong Kong would not be complete without a visit to the happiest place on earth. The first time we brought him to Disneyland Hong Kong was before he turned one and back then, he was just familiar with the characters of the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. Fast forwrard to this year, he’s now a fan of all Toy Story movies and its characters. Well, his favorites change here and there but at the time I was planning for the trip, he was very much into Toy Story. And that was why we brought him back to Disneyland. We knew that he will be very happy to set foot on Toy Storyland and boy, we’re absolutely right!
I looked online for kid-friendly places in Hong Kong but I wanted something other than Disneyland Hong Kong or Ocean Park. I came across several options like Ryze Ultimate Trampoline Park, the Hello Kitty Go Green Organic Farm, Noah’s Ark, and several places where kids can pick strawberries like Tai Tong Organic Farm, Mapopo Community Farm, Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden, Rainbow Strawberry Farm, and Kam Tin Country Club. I wish we had more time to stay in Hong Kong but given that we’re there for one weekend only, I needed to choose just one. And I chose Kam Tin Country Club because based on my research, it looks like it is the easiest to reach by MTR.
Okay. I’ll be honest and say that we did reach Kam Sheung Road station just fine but once there, we had a little difficulty finding out how to reach the strawberry farm. The problem mostly was caused by language barrier. Locals could not understand where we’re going even if I showed them the website of Kam Tin Country Club. We encountered a group of Filipinos also going to Kam Tin Country Club and they told us to just get a taxi and tell the driver that we are going to the strawberry farm. We hailed several taxis but we were not accommodated.
It was by some stroke of luck that we saw a bus painted with a picture of the strawberry farm. I rushed to tell the driver that we are going to the strawberry farm and the driver loudly said “Yes, yes!” as he motioned for us to hop on board quickly. Hallelujah!
So THIS is how you can reach Kam Tin Country Club: Take the MTR and get off at Kam Sheung Road West Rail Station, Exit D. Outside the station is what appears to be a huge parking lot with bus stops from a distance. Find the bus stop of Bus No. 601 and wait there. It’s a green roof minibus with the strawberry farm painted on its body. The bus arrives at the Kam Sheung Road station every 10 minutes from 11:00 am: 8:00 pm daily. The bus will have several stops along the way but you’ll know that you are at Kam Tin Country Club because you’ll see a huge tarpaulin sign outside the park. This is the same bus that you’ll ride to go back to Kam Sheung Road station.
Scroll down to read more about our family adventure at Kam Tin Country Club.