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Monday, December 18, 2006

Happy Holidays! Home for the Holidays

The Week Before and Ahead
Just finished a very stressful week. It's great that my brother was here last weekend (now he's the one who comes in Friday night and leaving Sunday afternoon...deja vous for what I had to go through) and helped me out of some personal problems that was really driving me off-the-wall. My friends here too were worried. It was just too crazy...don't want to go through something like that but I think it's all just the beginning...

agnes b.
--> agnes b (ifc)
I'm proud to say that I'm a big Agnes B fan eversince I could remember...well...maybe the time I got my first Agnes B barret with the lizard logo. I buy a lot of that brand mainly because the pieces are timeless and will never go on sale - my wallet that I started with from Day 1 is still being sold in the stores and is still the same price. It hardly follows fad and if it does, it's turns it into a timeless piece that it worth of one's money. A lot of people here find it overpriced but I have to say that for what I get - simple yet chic - I'm happy.

I got a few more things for myself and some special friends this xmas. I got their promotion gift item of snowglobes too which was super nice and cool for the season! I also got two tin soldiers (xmas decorative) as part of the mall's promotional gift item also for spending a certain amount in their mall. Now, transporting them back home will be the tricky part.

agnes b cafe.
Due to a very stressful week, I just basically unwinded and relaxed my way @ agnes b's newest resto...what a wonderful reason to eat and be merry...especially because of the season.

Now, I just learned that they have opened an Agnes B Cafe (Le Pain Grille (agnes b. cafe)) in Hong Kong...the very first in the world! I was super excited and upon my first visit with my good pal, Susanna, and was already won over with just their tea selection! Booking was next to impossible since it just opened around a few weeks ago so our strategy was to just go after 9pm and try our luck through a walk-in. Since then, I couldn't resist a trip there as much as possible for me! (My mom would call to check up on where I am if I'm not online to talk and

Price is reasonable for the quality of food that you get. They have set meal courses for two courses at HKD130 or three course meal for HKD170. They also have a high tea offer that is a good deal too! Pastries start from HKD50, I think but I could be wrong.
I love their teas...that all came from France. I enjoy the quiet ambiance...very different to what HK is and it's a nice getaway from the normal.

I've been there basically once a week now...trying on every single dessert that I can find...from chocolate souffle, apple pie, apple tart, chestnut cake, mille fleure (Napoleon cake), and last night - got to try their blue mussels...that were impeccable! If you are there, check to see if I'm there. You never know! :P

If you want to book a place, their contact information is below:
Cuisine: French
Tel number: 852.2577-2718.
Neighborhood: Causeway Bay
Address: Shop 1, G/F, 111 Leighton Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Reservation: Highly Recommended
Special dishes: French Buchot Mussels in white wine & cream saurce, Black Angus Rib Eye, Grilled Duck Magret, Fish Soup, Escargots, Crepes, Strawberry Tart, Mille Fille
Review: Very nice environment, cozy and comfy, good food, unique in Hong Kong, friendly service!!
Must try: Blue mussels from Mt St Michel with white wine sauce. (500g is more than enough. 250g would be fine for 2 persons. It's a must!!!!), Chocolate Souffle, all the TEAS (~ liked L'Opera!)

**I will post more must tries since I could never go there for's always fully booked up! I love the staff...very nice and friendly.
***Oh, one awesome note - they do not automatically include the service charge compared to other places that impose that policy. I ended up ended up paying more than the usual 10% service charge for two girls which I thought was really a bargain for all the joy and stuffs my friends and I got after each and every visit to the resto.

Going Home...
Too excited...will be going home...not only going home but going home for the holidays. Been going home often due to the geographical convenience of where I am but Xmas takes the cake home. The reason is extra special because of : (1) special family gatherings (2) friends
This year also is the last time I would be single by Xmas. :)
There will be so many family and friends gatherings that it would really be interesting. My parents and Ed's parents are going to be meeting formally for the first time whole family and Ed's whole family (immediate family members, of course)...this will be something. I don't believe it was any different for my brother's experience but I'm sure that he felt the same way as what I am feeling now.

Lazy Daisy...
I'm too lazy these days...been out and about. Didn't want to stay at home during this season...busy buying things left and right...super bad for my credit card bill!

My Tag
I got tagged by good pal, Michelle so here it is...
A - Available or single: single but engaged to someone really special
B - Best friend: too many to mention
C - Cake or pie: cake though hardly any sweet tooth
D - Drink of choice: Hot Tea
E - Essential item you use every day: Computer - home and at work
F - Favorite color: green
G - Gummy bears or worms: gummy worms
H - Hometown: Manila, Philippines
I - Indulgence: scrapbooking and "loungin"
J - January or February: February
K - Kids & Names: none as of date
L - Live is incomplete without: family and friends
M - Marriage Date: Dec 2007 (amazed that I can finally answer this)
N - Number of siblings: 1 big brother
O - Oranges or Apples: no preference
P - Phobias or Fears: uncertainty
Q - Fave Quote: Patience is golden
R - Reason to smile: a fulfilling life with no regrets
S - Season: spring or autumn
T - Tag 3 or 4 people: Malou, Dana (Thompson), Dawn (Crafty Girl)
U - Unknown fact about me: I took equestrian lesson when I was a little all the helmet, whip, boots and pants/attire
V - Vegetable you don't like: Chinese Snowpeas (unchopped...too much weird noises when chewed)
W - Worst habit: Worrying too much about everything...even when things just need time to work out on their own...I have a tendency to "jump the gun"..need to chillout more...
X - X-rays: is something I try to avoid...too much radiation is not good for a person...unless terribly necessary
Y - Your fave food: Italian, Thai or Japanese
Z - Zodiac sign: Cancer

Happy Holidays you all!
I'll see you all when I get back!

Kit Name: Imperfect Christmas (ScrapOutsideOfTheBox)
Kit Designer: Doodleboogs
Font: ITC Franklin Gothic
Program: PS7.0

**Last 2LOs before I leave!**

Kit Name: Hugs & Kissmas (Scrapbook-Elements)
Kit Designer: Mikki Livanos
Program: PS7.0
Font: Californian FB
Journaling: Christmas may be a day of feasting, or of prayer, but always it will be a day of remembrance- a day in which we think of everything we have ever loved. (by :Augusta E. Rundel)


scrapgeek said...

That food looks (and sounds) divine!!

Valerie said...

That restaurant sounds so yummy!! And the pastries look so delicious!! I'll have to go with you if I ever make it to that side of the world!! Have an awesome Christmas with your family!!

Dawn said...

Hi Cheryl, some great pics and LOs... wishing you and your family a very happy christmas... speak soon XXX

Dawn said...

only me again... hope your christmas was good Cheryl xxx

Sylvie :) said...


Edleen said...

i so so love snowglobes! have a few in my collection and wouldn't mind having that one ;)

and Happy 2007!