18 May 2015

Dark chocolate

If you ever get a chance, go get this:
It's one of those things that gives you a kick and tastes oh so good. Ah my weakness, something that gives me a slight little kick while still satisfying my forever-craving for dark chocolate.
Yes, I said it, a forever-craving. I have literally not had a point in my life where I said "that's enough dark chocolate for me'.
Enough chocolate? Yes.
Enough dark chocolate? No.

There's just something about the bitterness of dark chocolate that does it for me.

Anyway, so the dust has settled and I'm finally in Hong Kong without any more travel plans for this month. Things have been absolutely hectic with my catching up with work and dealing with personal issues.

I've also come to realize that as time flies, so does my age and as I'm getting older, I'm starting to get weird pains. Recently I've been getting cramps in my thighs (like I used to when I was a teenager, like growing pains). If this is some sort of delayed growth spurt, that'd be hilarious for stand up comedy, not so funny for my wardrobe. I own only 1 pair of pants ahahah :P

I had these cramps really bad while I was in Kuala Lumpur that I would wake up throughout the night just having to stretch and massage them before I could get back to sleep. Oh well, at least things like these make me appreciate the days I have when I'm lying in my own bed.

Speaking of KL, let me just say, it was an absolute blast, not only hanging out with the comedians there (which oddly has become such a casual thing now where it's like my coming to KL is like no big deal ahaha) to performing. They had the all-out 1-year anniversary show on the last night of the celebrations and basically showcased the absolute best of the celebrations. I must say, I was nervous in my heart because I wanted to do good amongst such high-level comedians, but at the same time, I was so goddamn excited to watch all these guys just bring  their A+ game! It's so much fun being amongst top quality comics because it forces me to evaluate and re-evaluate all my bits to make sure they are at least on par with the night.

I had a good set which ended the first half of the show, then enjoyed the 2nd half. After every night, we somehow end up eating absolute trash (read tasty food). Food there is so cheap and I have to say, so many parts of me still get confused as to how people can eat this on a regular basis! But I guess after my Melbourne trip, I get why many expats come to Asia and wonder how we can survive on certain things in our diet. I guess it's just a matter of normalizing yourself to the situation. Much like how it took me a few days to get used to HK's air quality (both pollution and the thickness of the air) after I came back from Melbourne, I guess even my diet has gotten settled now.

Speaking of food. If you ever visit Kuala Lumpur, try their tissue roti and roti bomb. Every nutrition's nightmare but every food lover's paradise. If you're in Singapore, try their sting ray. If you're in Hong Kong, well let me know I'll tell you what to eat. And if you're in Melbourne. One word. Meat.

Alright, so I've finally settled back in HK and gotten back into the grooves of things. Other than the occasional look at things like free-range chicken breast and the random thought of putting butter and sugar on my bread (similar to roti bomb), I'm back to normal (by normal I mean the normal madness that is my life in HK). Comedy-wise, I got to enjoy watching the always-legendary Paul Ogata (one of my absolute biggest influences!) while he was here for the weekend, I'm back to working out and my work is never-ending.

Ah Hong Kong, you never bore me.
Anyway, like every HongKonger, it's late and I should be asleep yet I'm staring at a screen. So happy next-10-days! :D


Blogger Daniel K said...

Thanks for the food tips; I knew something was missing from my trip in Singapore... stingray! In fact I was only 30cm away from it but I was too busy chatting and catching up with relos at a buffet. If buffets are your thing make sure you check out Penang Place in Singapore (http://www.penangplace.com/) if you haven't done so! Plenty of stingray there but there's so much food there it's not possible to try everything unless one starves themselves.

On the topic of food, I kinda realised how spoilt we are in Australia. Food is so damn fresh that many people have taken it for granted, Australians waste so much food (the average Australian household throws out 20% of their food) that the generalisation that Australian's don't know how to budget is very true (in addition to eating out and partying all the time)... it really is the lucky country (and some people just don't know it).

18 May, 2015 19:14  
Blogger Vivek Mahbubani said...

Yeah dude. After eating in Melbourne for 3 weeks, it was such a big eye opener when i was traveling in other cities around Asia. Don't get me wrong, I still absolutely love the food in Asia, it's just a different experience. Like the food in Australia is good because of its freshness, while in Asia it's its flavor.

Well it's been a month since I returned and got back to my normal diet, ahaha, but every now and then my brain goes "ah I remember eating this but in Australia, it was different in its own way" :)

Food waste is a shame but I was so happy to hear that recently France had a new food waste policy for all its supermarkets...heh hopefully the rest of the world will get on board with this...

30 May, 2015 15:13  
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