Saturday, 25 October 2014

These shoes were made for walking

The uneven pavements and walkways of Hong Kong are infamous for the insidious deterioration of footwear. The fact that I find it very difficult to walk around Hong Kong, Soho in particular without accidentally clipping, skidding or scuffing my shoes is a testament to my lack of coordination or the lack of uniformity in Hong Kong surfaces. That coupled with the tremendous humidity and the constant carousing and it should come as no surprise that shoes of Hong Kong stand little to no chance of preservation. Well, at least my shoes stand little to no chance of preservation. 

Take for example my work shoes - Purchased in 2011, size 42, black leather regular work footwear, having weathered T8s, black rain days and LKF on tilt, look a lot older than three years old.

As I look at the  mouldy insoles, supination on the outer heels, terribly warped leather, broken laces and obviously glaring hole in the sole (which explains why my socks never survive puddles) it makes me wonder and what point in time I stopped caring? Not so much that I stopped caring, just that they're so damn comfortable, they feel like I'm wearing socks, so perfectly moulded to my feet, like little clouds. After much workplace ridicule I've decided to throw these shoes out. They say you can tell a lot by the shoes that a man wears. I suspect I've been telling people that I'm a homeless vagrant for a while now... 

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Not again...

When you drop your phone and see the screen shattered for a second time, you ask yourself "is it the phone? Or is it me?".

Dropping your phone and seeing the screen splintered is akin to being fined for parking in the wrong place. Frustrating, avoidable, careless and a waste of money. I was walking out of work (on a weekend) and my hand accidentally caught my headphone cable, dislodging the phone from my hand as I was putting it into my pocket. Is this Karma for all those drunken texts and calls?

Saturday, 13 September 2014


Never one to shy away from food trends and diet fads I have managed to incorporate the 5:2 diet into my lifestyle for three months. In short, this means that 2 days of the week the consumption of food is limited to water, green tea and a dose of Branched-Chained-Amino-Acids (BCAAs). The benefits, are still debatable (and lack credible scientific evidence) however the claims of improved mental focus, lowering IGF-1, weight lose, reduced risk of cancer, heart disease and the promise of longevity were enough to pique my curiosity.

So, how am I after 3 months? Weight lose, well, due to the calorie restrictions it's inevitable that there's a drop in body fat, I feel leaner and there's been noticeable impairment to work or exercise routines. Mental focus, well that's slightly hard to quantify. Things that I have noticed, I am more easily irritated, lack of calories on fast days is noticeable and the urge to lash out is more common. 

Impact on social life, "Can't do dinner, because I'm fasting" is some kind of social taboo, it's worse than saying "I'll come and just have a salad and water". This is by far the most difficult thing about the fast, the sharing of food and drinks is integral to Hong Kong and to remove 48 hours of potential interaction has left me somewhat of a whacky-diet-driven-recluse. On the topic of social interaction, my breath on fast days is ridiculously noisome, to the extent that I have to be more cautious when speaking to people on calorie deficit days. There is a noticeable drop on bodily temperature on fast days, I'm more susceptible to the cold and find myself complaining about how cold the office is.

So what are the positives? Reduced the time spent figuring out what to eat and how to plan my day, given my issue on indecisiveness this can save up to 10-15 minutes a day! The flip side is, breaking fast is a huge deal and I can easily spent 10-15 minutes planning the "five feeding days". After the initial stomach protests and hunger pangs it's easy to suppress and meditate on the hunger and you come to realise that the human body really doesn't need to be eating so frequently or in such volumes. Very keen to see my blood works after 6 months of fasting. Initially when I started, I used to have insane cravings on Fast days, I wanted to EAT EVERYTHING once I broke fast. The cravings have subsided. Stay tuned.

Currently Reading: "A Short History of Nearly Everything"

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Full Circle

When one of the people whose living room you inhabited for 7 months comes to you and asks "Hey, do you mind if I stay on your couch for a while?". The answer is an unequivocal yes! Albert is back in Hong Kong after a long tenure overseas and he's intermittently staying in my living room. I have been fortunate enough to have been able to offer my couch to the people who took me in when I took the chance to live abroad. In London, I stayed in Paddington for a a few weeks on a friend's couch (Again, another Albert) and have managed to return the favour to him here in Hong Kong. Now, I've had the pleasure of taking in my Hong Kong host.

Funny how things come full circle, couldn't be happier: Take out, Australian Sports, Seinfeld, and drunken musings - Just like the old times!

Currently Reading: "The Fault In Our Stars" - Managed to start reading consistently again, stoked!

Sunday, 3 August 2014


Came home from Macao, having accidentally left my Kindle on the Ferry and with a pair of odd-sized thongs. I probably need to make some changes in my life.

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Green fingers: Herbs

1 month old Basil (L) and Chilli (R). Trying to get some Cilantro seeds, but not sure if Hong Kong is the right climate.

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Natural Infinity Pool

Another mid-week Public Holiday and despite the weather managed to check out Hong Kong's latest attraction, the Tai O Natural Infinity Pool.