the queen of cool returns

December 18, 2009 · Posted in Fashion, Lifestyle · Comment 

Sade soldier of love
I can still remember the first time I saw Sade it was a late night in London I was 16 or seventeen, It was the Video for Smooth Operator, I ran out the next day and bought the single. Her sleek cool beauty and her soulful voice was a stark contrast to the over processed heartless commercialism of Whitney Houston, who was popular at that time.
Sade and her bands music has stood the test of time and it would be difficult to pick a favorite song, there are so many good ones. I eagerly anticipate the release of her new album.

In the mood for love and more

December 8, 2009 · Posted in Lifestyle, Travel · 1 Comment 

If you are a Wong Kar Wai devotee such as myself, one of the highlights of visiting H.K. is doing an informal tour of some of the iconic locations from his films. On my first night I walked bye Cafe Goldfinch which was in both In The Mood For Love and 2046. Later that week i ate there, granted the food it not great, but what do I care, it was like traveling back in time. It was perfect that the terminus for Happy Valley Mini Bus is right in front.
One day I ventured into Kowloon to the Chunk King House, it is anything but a “de Luxe Hotel” but as I wandered through the vendors stalls I felt like i was in the movie. One evening we went to the Central Escalator that was also in Chung King Express, it was so cool, traveling up just like Tony Leung did.

hong kong, all is not lost

December 8, 2009 · Posted in Lifestyle, Travel · Comment 

hong kong gaborgeous
I recently visited Hong Kong, the city can be overwhelming that is sure. Louis Vuitton and Chanel shops litter the street and compete with Starbucks for sheer volume. All though Hong Kong seems to be obsessed with the acquisition of status symbols (Porsche 911′s appear to outnumber taxicabs) there still is a bit of culture and beauty that has escaped the wrecking ball.
I was walking the streets of Happy Valley early on my post jet lag day, I came across some rare examples of early architecture, later that day I ventured to some traditional markets. I even journeyed to the Big Buddha.
Yes, Honk Kong is a Mecca for shopping but there is so much more to see if you just look around.