17 April 2017

Expat Diary: Hong Kong

Thinking about life at No. 43 with my velvet slippers
 from Shanghai Tang here

Greetings from No. 43 in Hong Kong!
I am in Hong Kong for two weeks continuing my efforts to set up a life in our apartment at No. 43. Shortly after my departure in March I made an executive decision, or rather, an executive demand to hire an interior decorator. Given that my time in Hong Kong will be limited in 2017, it is near impossible for me to complete all the tasks before me in two weeks.  Fortunately, we found someone to help us. Curtains, light fixtures, carpets, re-upholstery, art...it's all on the list. With decorating underway it allows me to focus on spending quality time with family...and carry on with my travel notes.

My Travel Notes...
Mr. H and I are now on the 'other side' of expat life, travelling as two rather than six, we are 'expat empty nesters'. It shifts our perspective and allows us to focus on life in a different light. To that end I have created travel notes for our day to day life in the Central area of Hong Kong, where we live. It will be an ongoing list with more areas to be added as we go along. I am happy to share it in the hopes that you might find something that appeals to you as well, whether you are traveling or moving to Hong Kong.

For those of you in the know, I welcome suggestions! You can write to me jeannecollageoflife@gmail.com

For style...
Hong Kong Tatler 
Hong Kong Tatler Homes
Hong Kong Tatler Dining
Expat Living Hong Kong

For food...
Michelin Guide Hong Kong & Macau

For life in Hong Kong...
South China Morning Post
Hong Kong Moms
Sassy Hong Kong
The HK Hub

To get into Hong Kong mode..
Top 10 books set in Hong Kong
Must Reads: Books about Hong Kong
Asiaxpat for property and classifieds
Hands On Hong Kong for volunteer opportunities

I can not imagine expat life without social media! This is where it all happens for me. Blogging, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook have opened my expat world in more ways than one. If you know where to look you can find lots of great travel tips and open doors to wonderful friendships. I will continue to add social media sites, for now a few HK sites to get you started...
Hannahk132 **

** Hannette and I had an 'insta-meet' in Hong Kong recently. Kismet! A fellow expat living in Hong Kong for several years, she has been a great source for me as I settle in to No. 43. Many of the links here have come at her suggestion. Thank you Hannette! I highly recommend her IG page.  One of the things I love that about social media...you just never know what awaits you at then end of the 'share' button. ;)

I love when people take the time to write to me and give me advice. If you are interested in making friends, attending lectures and exploring new areas..check out..
The Royal Geographic Society- Hong Kong
The Asia Society- Hong Kong
Friends of the Art Museum- The Chinese University of Hong Kong
The American Club- Hong Kong
American Women's Association of Hong Kong
Australian Association of Hong Kong
More membership clubs in Hong Kong

The best art galleries in Hong Kong
Hong Kong Arts Festival 
HK Ticketing for latest events

Tabla for caftans and cashmere
M31, Princes Building, Hong Kong

Gorgeous by Lydia for tailoring
27-29 Wellington Street, Yuen Yick Building
3rd Floor, Central, Hong Kong

Four Seasons Spa Hong Kong for the ultimate relaxation
8 Finance Street
Central, Hong Kong
Note: Tried and true, the Lomi Lomi Nui massage,
especially if you are suffering from heavy duty jet lag.

Tai Cheong Bakery for egg tarts
35 Lyndhurst Terrace
Central, Hong Kong

Happy Foot for reflexology and lymphatic massage
11th Floor, Lyndhurst Tower
No. 1 Lynhurst Terrace
Central, Hong Kong

The Loft By The Nail Library for mani and pedi
Level 2, 26 Cochrane Street
Central, Hong Kong

Ellerman Flowers Boutique for something special
Shop 109, Level 1, Landmark Atrium
15 Queens Road
Central, Hong Kong

Visionaire for cool things
G/F 26 Gough Street, Central

Timothy Oulton for hip vintage inspired furniture
15 Gough Street, Central

Homeless for clever gift ideas
28 Gough Street, Central

Good of Desire for extraordinary objects
48 Hollywood Road, Central

Aesop Shop for everything
A G/F 42-42A Hollywood Road, Central

We enjoy all types of food and are keen to check out new restaurants. Many have been recommended to us by locals and some have been researched through magazines. We have managed to try them all!

Zuma for modern Japanese, all delicious!
Landmark, level 5&6
15 Queen's Road, Central

Beefbar  A steakhouse with a twist.  (One Michelin Star)
2/F Club Lusitano
16 Ice House Street, Central

Summer Palace for Dim Sum lunch. Try the Peking Duck!  (Two Michelin Stars)
Level 5
Pacific Place
Supreme Court Road, Central

Lung Keen Hing for exceptional Chinese Cantonese (Three Michelin Stars)
Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong
8 Finance Street, Central

Bisteca for Italian steak house..with a buffet
2nd Floor
Grand Progress Building
15-16 Lan Kwai Fong, Central

The Red Pepper Restaurant-knock your socks off spicy!
7 Lan Fong Road
Causeway Bay

Afternoon Tea-because I just love afternoont tea!
Clipper Lounge at Mandarin Oriental 
High Tea at Sevva
The Lounge at Four Season
Lobby Lounge at Island Shangri-La
Cafe 103 at The Ritz Carlton
The Lobby at The Peninsula
Palm Court at The Langham
More tips for Afternoon Tea in Hong Kong

Time Out Hong Kong
Hong Kong Foodie ToursBigBus Hong Kong Tours
Trip Advisor Hong Kong


WORD OF MOUTH...the best words of all!

Caroline's suggestions...

"Go up to The Peak and do the wonderful 360° walk around Lugard Road.

Go to the Feather Boa for the best strawberry daiquiris in the world..it is in So Ho.

Members only...but, if possible, go to David Tang's China Club for dinner- 
old world Shanghai antiques- great atmosphere.

Go to Ocean Park amusement park (my son loves this idea)

Go to the markets at Stanley, a laid back part of HK on the South Side of the Island.

Try the outside escalator in Central and walk along Hollywood Road to explore the shops.

Visit the market on Cat Street- full of curios and kitsch Chinese antiques. 
They also sell old fashion Chinese POSTCARDS...I love this!

Visit the bird market.. old men walking around with their birds in cages. There are bags
of grasshoppers for sale for bird feed.

Visit the flower market to see the orchids.

Take the tram across the city for more sights."

Cherry's suggestion...

"English local radio is RTHK3- Morning Brew-on the pulse with what's happening in HK"


04 April 2017

The One Thing....


Sometimes I look at my 'to do' list and it gives me the shakes.

But then again...my outlook on 'to do' lists is probably not your average outlook.

25 March 2017

Going with the flow...around the world

Indeed it is!
(in Sydney)

Before musing on the flow of life...I want to thank you all for the creative and clever names you suggested for our 'perch' in Hong Kong. We loved them all!  They continue to come in and as soon as I am back in Hong Kong I am going to sit and contemplate each and every one!

02 March 2017

First Impressions and Elizabeth Barrett Browning in Hong Kong

The day begins at #43... sun rising to the east, behind the mountain ridge 

Good Morning, Good Evening and Hello!
Well, here we are again, on the Expat Express to Hong Kong! Many of you have been with me for the long expat haul, from our first days in Australia (pre-blog) to last days in New Zealand ( started blog) to life in England, Vietnam, Tahilla Farm and now Hong Kong. All I can say is thank you, thank you, thank you..from the bottom of my heart and up, it is full of appreciation!

13 February 2017

The Productive and Happy Woman- Podcasts

Did you make any New Year resolutions this year?
How is that going for you?
Still on course or are you feeling adrift?

I thought about my New Year resolutions for about a day
and that was it. I wasn't interested in focusing 
on a long list of goals...again.

I just wanted answers to a lot of questions.
Life changing kind of questions, the kind
that make you want to pull your hair out
 in search of answers.

23 January 2017

Puppy Love...True Love..Farewell Tika

Tika in Australia, 2003

Dear Friends,

I have stopped and started this post so many times in the past weeks... a loss for words, until now. Many of you would have seen on my Instagram post that our dear Tika passed away peacefully. Her 14.7 adventurous years had come to an end at Tahilla Farm in New Hampshire…a long way from her birthplace in Melbourne, Australia. We all take comfort that she is resting with us and is now part of the Tahilla Farm story.

09 December 2016

Hong Kong, London, Tahilla and a Christmas Book List

Birds of a feather flock together and guard the Christmas trees in New Hampshire, USA

There is no other way to start this blog post other than jumping in and saying HELLO!  Some of you may have thought I had travelled off into the midnight blogging sky never to return...again. My great attempt to complete a 30 post writing quest by the end of 2016 has gone awry...as life often does. I have decided to postpone it for another year....when life settles down a bit. (cough, cough, if ever) ;)

If I told you what I have been up to in the past month you would think I was nuts. As I know many of you already do...I won't add to that number!

14 November 2016

Hello...it's me

Just checking in to say...
I did something out of the ordinary recently
and booked myself a photo session.
It was time to be me.

Say what?
Yes, time to be me.

Simply said..
I hate having my picture taken.
The art of dodging an eager photographer 
is a specialty of mine. 

The only one who always 
seems to be one step ahead of me 
is my mother-in-law.
Clever woman.

I decided to 'just do it'
and where better than Sydney.
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