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The “Macaron” that has been longing for at Hong Kong airport

My wife and I were attracted to visit the CX lounge at the HK airport after watching some nice introductory footages on YouTube about their very nice macarons.

However, we found that macarons were not available during our several visits over the past 2 months. Neither the CX lounge near Gate 2, nor the one near Gate 63, could we find a trace of them.

Finally, we found them here today and tried four flavours. They were actually quite good – not too sweet, and the texture and softness are just about right. Not sure from which shop these macarons come, it would be good to know though. Compared to my wife’s favourite Pierre Herme, they come very close in overall rating. They go perfectly with the HK milk tea, after a light brunch before boarding.

So tempted to have a couple more. Cheers!

Selected New Hotels for New Year Holidays 2020

Hilton Algiers
Hilton Algiers
This hotel will open on 31 Oct 2019
Pins Maritimes El Mohammadia
Algiers 16000
Algeria
T: +213-21-219-696
Hilton Beijing Daxing
Hilton Beijing Daxing
This hotel will open on 31 Jan 2020
RM 101, No. 19 Building, Gaomidian South, Daxing District
Beijing 100162
China
T: +86-10-80223955
Hilton Clark Sun Valley Resort
Hilton Clark Sun Valley Resort
This hotel will open on 31 Dec 2019
Clark Freeport Zone
Pampanga 2023
Philippines
T: +63-45-5985400
Hilton Doha The Pearl Residences
Hilton Doha The Pearl Residences
This hotel will open on 02 Jan 2020
Abraj Quartier – Pearl Boulevard Tower AQ-07
Doha
Qatar
T: +974-33997019
Hilton Goa Resort
Hilton Goa Resort
This hotel will open on 01 Dec 2019
Pilerne Candolim Road, Saipem Hills
Candolim 403515
India
T: +91-832-6649800
Hilton Guiyang
Hilton Guiyang
This hotel will open on 01 Apr 2020
277 Jinyang North Road Guanshanhu District
Guiyang 550081
China
T: +86-851-82277777
Hilton Hurghada Plaza
Hilton Hurghada Plaza
This hotel will open on 01 Jan 2020
Gabal El Hareem Street, Red Sea
Hurghada
Egypt
T: +20-65-361-5755
Hilton Swinoujscie Resort & Spa
Hilton Swinoujscie Resort & Spa
This hotel will open on 03 Feb 2020
Baltic Park Molo 4
Swinoujscie 72-600
Poland
T: +48-91-4040900

 

Hilton Clark Sun Valley Resort
Clark Freeport Zone
Pampanga 2023
Philippines
T: +63-45-5985400 / Opening 31 Dec 2019

Fancy to try some New Hotels for Christmas 2019

Stepping into October, I am busy planning this year’s Christmas vacation.   My wife suggests to try out some new hotels, preferably enjoying a warm Christmas.  Below is a list of hotels which I’m researching.

Hilton Algiers
Pins Maritimes El Mohammadia
Algiers 16000
Algeria
T: +213-21-219-696 / Opening 31 Oct 2019

Hilton Goa Resort
Pilerne Candolim Road, Saipem Hills
Candolim 403515
India
T: +91-832-6649800 / Opening 01 Dec 2019

Imagine swimming in a pool, with a santa hat, sunbathing – what a wonderful moment!

How old trees are preserved in Japan

These days I was in Kyushu Japan. As the place did not bear the brunt of typhoon Jebi, I could tour around a bit.

I was in Dazaifu where I came across this more than 1,500 years old tree. It was a stunning scene to spot. And if we think about the tree in terms of human life, it was awe-inspiring. If a man has an average life of 80 years, this tree then has been living almost 20 lives. If 30 years is a generation (when people give birth to their children), this tree has witnessed 50 generations of human evolution.

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But what amazed me most was not having a tree this old, but how it was conserved. If you looked carefully at the branches at the top, you could see they were all mounted with some sort of protection. I was uplifted by the efforts the Japanese government made in conserving old trees. By protecting valuable trees, natural, historic and cultural treasures can be conserved. Cities with oldest trees should aspire for better preservation.


日本的古樹保育

最近去了日本九州,該地並未受到颱風飛燕強烈影響,讓我可遊玩一番。

我在太宰府時遇到這棵逾一千五百年歷史的古樹,實在蔚為奇觀。假設一個人能活到八十歲,這棵古樹已活了差不多二十個人的一生了,若三十年是一代的話(假設人們大概在這年紀生下下一代),這棵古樹已見證了五十代人的進步了,想想實在讓人嘖嘖稱奇。

但最讓我留下深刻印象的,並非一棵樹木能活上這個年紀,而是它的保育工作。如果你仔細看,會發現古樹頂部的樹枝護着保護物料,日本政府的樹木保育工作實在值得學習。透過保育珍貴的樹木,我們同時保護了大自然、歷史和文化瑰寶。需要進行古樹保育工作的城市應當仿效。