Thursday, April 16, 2009

Friday's Shoot Outs: Native Foods and Restaurants

Shenzhen China like any bustling metropolis is a hub to various international cuisines. Since its opening up to foreign enterprise last decades ago, hundreds of foreign restaurants begun to sprout offering its own various specialties. There are lots to shoot about like the famous Steak from the West, The Nasi Goreng from Malaysia, Chicken Curry and Chapatti from India, Sushi from Japan, The Vietnamese Spring Rolls, Adobo from Manila, Tum Yum Kung from Thailand, and a lot, lot more which are just around the corner. You can taste it all here in Shenzhen..!
They got Pizza Hut here..

And even MdDonalds and KFC..

But in this Friday's Shoot Outs, what I wanna show is the authentic Chinese cuisine. NO EXTRA and here it is..

Within the vicinity of this Dongmen Area, you will smell and taste all the foods that you never seen before..

If you want to experience the most exotic food trip, try one of these..

Well known for their Super Hot Chilly Meals. If you're in for a super chilly meals, you must come and try this place.

Chinese Waffles. One of the best to try when walking around Dongmen.. It has different flavours such as chocolate, walnut, peanut and more..

This is not owned by Bruce Lee. They just want to benchmark their own style.. I just wonder what food has to do with the Karate Expert Sign..

Come to this place if you want to try their famous Ngau Lam Mien (Beef Noodle Soup)

Chinese Muslim Foodstuff famous for the Lamb and Mutton meals and known for the best Naan Bread and Roasted Chicken Legs.

Have you ever tried how Chinese Pizza would taste like? Come and join us..

This place offers the famous Chinese Hash Brown.. Gee, it really taste like chineseyy and it's too oily..

Cafe De Coral is a Chinese Franchise Restaurant offering chinese fastfoods such as shrimp dumplings, chinese doughnut and many more..

Hope you had enjoyed the exotic foods from China.. See you again next Friday friends and may you all have a happy and safe weekends ahead! Happy eating..

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

I'd been tagged!

I'd been tagged by ever-fashionable scientist and a friend MERVAT of

To keep this going and to know more about your blog friend and new found ones, there are some guidelines to follow such as:

1. Respond and rework. Answer the questions on your blog, replace one question you dislike with a question of your own invention; add a question of your own.

2. Tag eight other un-tagged people.

What is your current obsession?
I am currently obsessed in keeping up with my planned future studies. I terribly wish to earn my Masters Degree if not PhDs but I don't think I can be able to achieve this. Money wise and time wise are out of hand. Hmmn, maybe when I reach 60. hahaha!

To replace my friend Mervat's Question: Good fika place? (That would be coffee to us non-Swedes), can I be questioned about a
Good Doughnut Place?
I only drink coffee once a day; only after waking up in the morning and that's all I need to perk me up. What I really need is a good doughnut place.. I cannot find any doughnut here except the chinese version, a deep fried dough rolled in rough white sugar.

Do you nap a lot?
Oh I wish I could.. this 8-hour job i got into is ruining my wishes for an extended nap everyday! Especially now that I'm still not feeling well. I caught this terrible colds and flu 2 days ago and I'm still not in the working mood. Can I take a nap now, pls..?

Who was the last person you hugged?
My daughter, just this morning before I went to my office. Usually it's my hubby but he's away for work and will return today.

What’s for dinner?
Mostly vegetables and meat but right now I'm craving for Japanese Ramen so I might have a dinner in Yifen House just right outside the Hong Kong border. I ought to call my hubby and daughter for a date this evening.. Hmmnnn, good idea..

What was the last thing you bought?
Thermal Underwear.. Yaikks.. Pls forgive me, I'm just telling the truth.. I gotta buy a lot to get ready for the future weather we have to face in the next few days.. My friend Patty kept me worrying about the Canadian weather so please don't laugh at me when I said I bought thermal underwear for the whole family!!

What are you listening to right now?
I'm listening as always to the chinese 'chit chat' from my chatty officemates. They are always busy talking while we're having lunch in our office tables.

What is your favourite weather?
Rain is my favourite only during nightime and whenever I'm in our home in Baras; you can distinctly hear there the raindrops falling on our roof while I am being cuddled by my husband and our children snugged cosily in their own beds..

And Sunny Days too.

What’s on your bedside table?
Most of the time, you can see the reading lamp, book I am currently reading, mini photo frame of myself and my hubby then my children's photos. But not right now. Our house is kind of a Junk Shop, we got to move verrry soon.

Say something to the person/s who tagged you.
Mervat is the rarest kind of person I had ever encountered here in blogland. Not that she's out-of-this-world-person but because she's a scientist! I have a high regard for scientists noting that sci-fi is one of my favorite genres when talking about novels; except that this woman is really wonderful; holding such a noble position in life yet she still able to provide a wholesome life to her family.

She's so caring and soft-hearted. I can feel that she's a kind-hearted person from the way she writes her post and how she comments on anyone. She really mean what she write and I love her for that and for being such a modest person. She never complemented herself considering that she got all it takes to be successful in anything she wants. Be it a writer or a proprietress of her very own fashion boutique..

If you could have a house totally paid for, fully furnished anywhere in the world, where would you want it to be?
Our house is already fully paid and fully furnished in Baras and it would always be our dream house. It's a home that hardwork built and myself and my family would never replace that for anything else in this world.... However, it would be nice to always have a second or third home, right? So we hope to have one too in Mississauga :)

Favourite vacation spot?
I'd been to many parts of Asia, a part of Australia and then we'll soon be moving in North America so it is always our dream to have a vacation in Europe particularly Paris to visit our family there. (gee, that must be awfully expensive..!)

Name the things you can’t live without.
Can I copy your answer Mervat? We mothers are copycats when it comes to those whom we cannot live without.. My HUBBY, 3 KIDS and my computer..

What would you like to have in your hands right now?
A confirmation of our Canadian Citizenship. And our Dual Citizenship later on.

What is your favourite tea flavour?
Cammomile Tea

What would you like to get rid of?

If you could go anywhere in the world for the next hour, where would you go?
Anywhere except inside my office..

What did you want to become as a child?
I wish I could become a Lady Santa Claus. I'm not crazy but please believe me.. when I was a kid, I cannot sleep until I had all my friends and relatives have some gifts from me during Christmas and during their birthdays! I started feeling like this when I was three.. Imagine that..? I always want to give gifts to anyone I befriended with and to my cousins. I always felt lonely whenever I see someone who don't have enough while I have a lot even when I was a kid. And up to now, I always made sure that all the people that I love and those that works for us have their presents. I'm not rich, but I don't know why I always felt like this. Maybe I need a psycho-analyst? Hehe..

What do you miss?
I'm not copying Mervat, but I also miss my late grandmother. She's my maternal gradma who took care of me while my mother was busy working as a Government Employee in our country. I miss her so much as well as my late mother.

What are you reading right now?
DBA Handbook 1: The Course Stage (supplemented by Edinburg Business School, Herriot-Watt Uiniversity). Ironic but I gotta read this so I can explain to my boss how he can proceed with his Doctorate Degree Course.

What do you fear the most?

What designer piece of clothing would you most like to own (new or vintage)?
I got some from Chloe but I never wore it. I just love to wear Levis jeans and shirts.

Admit one thing you feel awful about. Once you have written it down, you are no longer allowed to feel bad.
I'm not punctual enough and I hate myself for being like this!

I wish to tag more than 8 good people here so to minimize missing anyone important, may I just invite anyone who would like to get tagged can follow this.

Thanks Mervat. You're such a nice friend. I am always awed at you.

Thursday, April 09, 2009

My Hometown: Shenzhen + Europe

Brace yourself folks! This could be a very long post. This Friday's "My Hometown Photo Shoot Out" would be a blast for me.. We'll be leaving my town soon and I guess I need to cherish this photos as much as you do...

My dear PATTY of Crisfield and Reggie Girl mentioned that GingerV was next in line to pick the subject of this Friday's Shoot Out.

GingerV wrote:
"Here is what we will be shooting: The main four corners, the traffic / cars / people / street vendors / store fronts / alleys /trash bins of the main parts of main street that are your town.."

And as a bonus, may I take you to SHENZHEN and EUROPE at the same time..

Let me welcome you to Dong Le Hua Yuan (Dongle Garden), our home for over a decade. Let me show you why I always admire our backdoor and nearby alleys with its trees and pave roads leading to various places like supermarket, recreational parks and the Main Roads adjoining the newly built freeways..

The people that built Shenzhen and why it became what it is today.. And we're part of it..! (Gee, we're paying our taxes here, so why not..?)

When I came to work and live in Shenzhen in 1994, I never thought that Trash/Garbage Bins shall be introduced here. Wayback then, roads and alleys were sure to make you go back to where you belong. I'm glad we had stayed. Shenzhen now is far better than most developed countries we used to admire and garnering awards as one of the cleanest and environmentally-friendly city. Now every streets has its dual bins as well as bins in every blocks in our home..

You can find these street vendors around the area every Sunday. The Urban District although really strict on controlling hawkers are giving them free time on Sundays to push people to spend more and keep the economy moving..

Shenzheners preferred the imported variety despite of having their very own brands.

Let me show you the wonders of living in a place where language is a barrier.. Check this out and tell me exactly what they are selling..

Kind of lucky when I get this photo, not so busy this time of the day.. But come office hour and I bet you'll gonna swear why you took this route..

Stop, Look and Listen..


See the above Road Sign and locate where the Tai An Road East would lead you.. Straight ahead and you'll be in the direction of the Wutong Mountain as seen below..

I'm not kidding folks.. At the back of that mountain is a road leading to a pictureque view of Shenzhen and on top of it is EUROPE. Look below and tell me where these shots were taken from.

The above European-inspired architecture is part of my town noting that it adjoins the Road where I live. The European Theme Park is among the highlights of the OCT Interlake Hotel located in the toppest part of the mountain. And my hubby's Entertainment Company had supplied the Bands there.. Isn't it fun?

See for yourself the beauty of my hometown: and

Thanks to you all for keeping up with my very longggggg photo shoot out. I hope to keep up with the town shoot outs later when we finally found our next town we can call our own.. But opps, our home in Baras is still intact. We'll be there to visit and I intend to show it to you later on..



PATTY of CRISFIELD and REGGIE GIRL of NEWMAN had chosen me to choose the subject for the next Friday's Shoot Out. Thanks Girls.. I had chosen


Any town cannot be considered completely beautiful and worthy to visit if that town failed to offer it's own native food, drinks and a place to hang out, right? So I'm choosing the photo shoot outs of Bars, Restaurants, Entertainment and Recreational Areas including the Food and Drinks it serves.

See you again next week my dear friends..

Smiling as always,

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