Michelin Guide Hong Kong Macau 2009

My friend has mentioned before, as there is no clear understanding on how they come up with the Guide, he found no interest of it. I just believe that is why everyone is so eager to find out. Let’s take a look on the freshly released Hong Kong and Macau Michelin Guide.


Hong Kong

3 Stars

Lung King Heen

2 Stars

Amber
Bo Innovation
Caprice
L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon
Shang Palace
Summer Palace
T’ang Court

1 Star

Fook Lam Moon (Wanchai)
Forum
Hutong
Lei Garden (IFC)
Lei Garden (Tsim Sha Tsui)
Ming Court
Petrus
Pierre
Regal Palace
Shanghai Garden
The Golden Leaf
The Square
Tim’s Kitchen
Yung Kee

Macau

3 Stars

Robuchon a Galera 

2 Stars

Tim’s Kitchen

1 Star

Imperial Court
The Eight 8
Tung Yee Heen
Ying


Maybe because service quality is a factor of judgment, lots of the restaurants on the list are located in fine hotels. Quality is being well-promised, but lack a pinch of exploration and excitement. Nonetheless, for the upcoming month, it provides topics for all those food-tasting magazines and columns. And, I can tryout the list one by one when I go to Hong Kong next month.

Kosuke Kitajima Won Another 100M Breaststroke Gold Medal with A New World Record

Kosuke’s long-time rival, Brendan Hansen, has broken the World Record 10 days ago.  During the semi-final, Alexander Dale Oen from Norway, broke the Olympic Record in a surprise. Both have beaten Kosuke’s best record. Therefore, it could be the toughest 100M Breaststroke Final ever in the history of Olympics which began at 11:30am in Beijing (4:30am in Norway) today.

When the camera was zoomed at Kosuke, he was tightly grabbing the Japanese Flag sewn near the heart on his jacket. When he took-off his jacket, you can clearly see a red mark on his left chest, telling us that he must be under great stress. As soon as the match started, Kosuke was behind the others because of his height. However, because of his effort and persistence, he final beat fellow swimmers and defended his Gold Medal with a new World Record of 58.91sec. Norwegian newcomer, Alexander Dale Oen, won the silver, and Hughes Duboscq of France got the bronze. Bendan Hansen, who complained against Kosuke in the last Olympics, was the fourth.  Haha!

Just finish watching the medal presentation ceremony. Kosuke was still very modest; and I, can finally take a nap now.

Clip : Kosuke Kitajima Olympic Men’s 100 M Breast Stroke Japan GOLD

The Latest New Face of Madonna

No actress will be willing to be the covergirl of this week’s "New York Magazine". I believe Madonna is no exception, especially with the recent photo of her aging headshot taken by the paparazzi. If there were a HK version, it must be Hong Kong’s actress Do Do Cheng on the cover of Hong Kong Magazine "Sudden Weekly". It may not be a tasteful layout with a big heart on the face. However, with the same botox technique, it is still the same old story.

Wii Klik, Wii Candy!

Respect must be paid to the fiendish idea of using the outfit of Wiimote to become a candies dispenser, just like PEZ, do a click, candy comes. This widget known as Wii Klik Dispenser is the latest product rolled out by the candy proprietor Au’some, which is legitimately granted the right by Nintendo. No wonder the packing is exactly the same. 

Time Out in Hong Kong

Years ago, an issue of "Time Out" on hand is snugly perfect for receiving hip information about fairs among scenes of culture and entertainment as well as dining tips in a week, no matter you are in London for the sake of traveling or residing. It does not only have reviews in appropriate length, which is nothing more, nothing less, and it also has categorized dating-service ads, which belonged to the age before the internet immersion.

From time to time, the phenomenon of releasing different versions for varied cities, e.g. New York, Moscow, Sydney, Singapore and so many, is just similar to what "Metro" can be seen in all over the world. Nevertheless, the fact that Hong Kong has got Hong Kong version of "Metro" for ages just makes me wonder when "Time Out" Hong Kong, which should be coming soon for sure, will be finally out, hehe.

3P emerges on Portishead “Third”

Being one of the pioneers of Triphop, long-awaited record of Portishead “Third” is eventually releasing in April after being waited for more than 10 years since their second self-titled album “Portishead”. Before the official release, leaked version was spread out to the internet since few days ago so that all triphoppers were to quenched their thirst with having a zest of the album at once.

The experience of listening to the complete album, setting off from the groggy beat “Silence” to indulge in this 50-minutes journey of groaning, is totally different from listening to the clips of live version which are of poor quality before hand. Listening to this album made me  realise that Portishead is still the only Portishead which is anyway irreplaceable though there have been so many imitators. Never can you forget them. So far, my favourite tracks are “The Rip” which is as tranquil as quicks and as well as “Machine Gun” which is as tight as being strangled by crew neck.

Tracklist

01 “Silence” – 4:59
02 “Hunter” – 3:57
03 “Nylon Smile” – 3:16
04 “The Rip” – 4:30
05 “Plastic” – 3:27
06 “We Carry On” – 6:27
07 “Deep Water” – 1:30
08 “Machine Gun” – 4:43
09 “Small” – 6:45
10 “Magic Doors” – 3:32
11 “Threads” – 5:47

The music dialogue between Madonna and Justin Timberlake “4 Minutes”

Neither "Candy Store" nor "Beat Goes On", the lead single of Madonna’s brand new album【Hard Candy】out in April is eventually named as 4 Minutes" without the following line “to Save the World”.

The song is vigorous, catchy and sophiscated. That the babbling brass emphasises the Bhangra rhythm, which Timbaland is good at, as well as the repeated performance of Madonna and Justin Timberlake singing against each other is utterly inviting.

4 Minutes Feat. Justin Timberlake & Timbaland

By Madonna

Lyrics:

Timbaland:I’m out of time
And all I got is 4 minutes, 4 minutes

Madonna: Come on boy, I’ve been waiting for somebody to pick up my stroll
Justin: Well don’t waste time, give me a sign, tell me how you wanna roll
Madonna: I want somebody to speed it up for me then take it down slow
There’s enough room for both
Justin: Girl, I can handle that, you just gotta show me where it’s at.
Are you ready to go, Are you ready to go

Madonna and Justin:
If you want it, You already got it
If you’ve thought it, It better be what you want
If you feel it, It must be real just…
Say the word, and I will give you what you want

Madonna: Time is waiting
Justin: We only got 4 minutes to save the world
Madonna: No hesitating
Madonna: Grab a boy
Justin: Grab a girl
Madonna: Time is waiting
Justin: We only got 4 minutes to save the world
Madonna: No hesitating
Justin: We only got 4 minutes, 4 minutes

Keep it up …..
Madonna
You gotta get in line, hop
Tick tock tick tock tick tock
That’s right, keep it up
Keep it up, don’t….
Madonna, uh
You gotta get in line, hop
Tick tock tick tock tick tock

Madonna: Sometimes I think, what I need is a you intervention, yeah
Justin: And you know I can tell that you like it
And that it’s good, by the way that you move, ooh, hey hey
Madonna: The road to heaven, paved with good intentions, yeah
Justin: But if I got a night
At least I can say I did what I wanted to do
Tell me, how bout you?

Madonna and Justin:
If you want it, You already got it
If you’ve thought it, It better be what you want
If you feel it, It must be real just…
Say the word, and I will give you what you want

Madonna: Time is waiting
Justin: We only got 4 minutes to save the world
Madonna: No hesitating
Madonna: Grab a boy
Justin: Grab a girl
Madonna: Time is waiting
Justin: We only got 4 minutes to save the world
Madonna: No hesitating
Justin: We only got 4 minutes, 4 minutes

Keep it up …..
Madonna
You gotta get in line, hop
Tick tock tick tock tick tock
That’s right, keep it up
Keep it up, don’t….
Madonna, uh
You gotta get in line, hop
Tick tock tick tock tick tock

Timbaland: Breakdown

Do you accept Edison Chen’s apology?

In the end Edison Chen came back to Hong Kong to hold his press conference literally in the following days of the earth-shattering death of Lydia Sum. In his speech, he admitted most of the photos which were private and were not shown to anyone were taken by him. He apologized to his family, friends and the victims the ladies on the photos, and therefore he begged for forgiveness from the public. What is most shocking of his speech is he decided to quit the entertainment industry in Hong Kong.

His  speech  was a very witty and proper response definitely assisted by his think tank, but someone challenged the press conference and his stepping away of Hong Kong entertainment industry are his only choice to be done to resolve the whole mess because  he is currently getting a seat to star in Hollywood movies and he can just devote himself on the showbiz in either Mainland China or Taiwan. Meanwhile, people thought it was just another well-planned tactic to prevent any legal problems in the future in view of the statement, in which he would reserve all the rights to have legal actions for his private photos published in magazines, written by his lawyers.

So after hearing different opinion, do you think his apology is whole-hearted? What do you think? Do you accept his apology? What do you think about the incident now? And comparing to the one done by Gillian Chung, which one gains your trust more?

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"Today I have come back to Hong Kong to stand before you and account for myself. I have never escaped from my responsibility. During the past few weeks, I have been with my mother and my family and my loved ones to show support and care and at the same time to have them support and care for me.

I admit that most of the photos being circulated on the Internet were taken by me. But these photos are very private and have not been shown to people and are never intended to be shown to anyone. These photos were stolen from me illegally and distributed without my consent.

There is no doubt whoever obtained these photos have them uploaded on the Internet with malicious and deliberate intent. This matter has deteriorated to the extent that society as a whole has been affected by this. In this regard, I am deeply saddened. I would like now to apologize to all the people for all the suffering that has been caused and the problems that have arisen from this. I would like to apologize to all the ladies and to all their families for any harm or hurt that they have been feeling. I am sorry. I would like to also apologize to my mother and my father for the pain and suffering I have caused them during the past few weeks. Most importantly, I would like to say sorry to all the people of Hong Kong. I give my apology sincerely to you all, unreservedly and with my heart.

I know young people in Hong Kong look up to many figures in our society. And in this regard, I have failed. I failed as a role model. However, I wish this matter will teach everyone a lesson. To all the young people in our community, let this be a lesson for you all. This is not an example to be set for you.

During my time away, I have made an important decision. I will whole-heartedly fulfill all commitments that I have to date. But after that, I decided to step away from the Hong Kong entertainment industry. I have decided to do this to give myself an opportunity to heal myself and to search my soul. I will dedicate my time to charity and community work within the next few months. I will be away from Hong Kong entertainment industry indefinitely. There is no time frame.

I have been assisting the police since the first day the photos were published and I will continue to assist them. After this press con., I have obligation to help them with their investigation and hope that this case can end soon as everyone I think has the same wish.

I would like to use this opportunity to thank the police for their hard work on this case. Thank you. I believe everyone’s priority now (and) my priority now is to stop the suffering and pain, for not letting this…we do not want to let this situation become more out of control. We need to protect all the innocents and all the young from matters like this. In this regard, I have instructed my lawyers to do everything possible within the law to protect all the innocents, victims of this case. I believe that a press statement is being issued as we speak on what my lawyers have advised me to do.

Lastly, I would like to thank everyone for coming here today and listening to what I have to say. I would like to also apologize once again to all the ladies and their families, my family and to everyone in Hong Kong and everyone in our society. I am deeply saddened by this. And I apologize to everyone (who) has to go through this. I would like to also thank you for giving me this opportunity to say what I have wanted to say all along in my heart.

I hope, after today, I can have your forgiveness. With regard to this case, with everything, everything that has happened, I am deeply sorry. I hope you all accept my apology and give me a chance.

Thank you." – Edison Chen

Related Post: Do you stand by Gillian Chung?

Do you stand by Gillian Chung?

Gillian Chung, the first female protagonist of the scandal of Edison’s sex photos eventually stands in front of public in press conference in where she made a brief word for the incident:

“I admit that I used to be very naive and very silly, but I’ve already grown up now. I wish to thank my company,family and friends for their support. I deeply regret the trouble caused to the general public. I will work hard in the future and will positively face my life ahead.”

On the other side, her sincerity of Emperor Entertainment Group, the company to which Gillian belongs was challenged by some people with the reason that no clarification has been made for their lie in which they insisted the photos are made up by digital editing in the beginning. And some people voiced that it was just an arrangement for soothing the companies for which Gillian has been working. Furthermore, people are deeply suspicious that Gillian is all in all still acting and fooling the public in disguise of a beautiful idol since she has completely broken her integrity by lying for so long, e.g. her advocating no sex before marriage but her sluttish performance and face in the sex photos leaked out. So what do you think? Would you still support Gillian Chung? What is your reason?

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Does Edison Chen really feel sorry for the sex photo scandal?

What a sex photo scandal!


Today I have broken my silence.

As of this evening, the police have made significant advances towards solving this malicious crime. As from the beginning I will continue to give the police my fullest cooperation to bring the perpetrators to justice.

At this time I am not able to discuss matters related to the case, but I do feel it is my obligation to accept full responsibility and take action to help both the victims and those associated with them to heal their wounds.

In this regard, I plead with everyone to please stop forwarding the images on the internet. Furthermore, to completely rid the images from your computer. This is a small step that each one of us can take to help the innocent rebuild their lives. The priority now is for all of us to pitch in and help those in need.


Despite the fact that Edison chan has made his public speech via video, his genuineness was put into debate by many people.

In view of consecutive quite controversial reaction taken by Edison Chan, quite a lot of people have voiced that he does not really feel sorry at all for the whole scandal. As we all remembered how Edison as the person who took great responsibility of this incident fled from Hong Kong on the second day of this case, it is hardly persuasive he is a responsible person. And his posting a entry titled as "Sniper" in his blog prior to any responses made publicly became a dismay to other victims and the people who have put trust in him. Some opinions stated that this act seemed to be a improper reaction for revenge.

Besides, his video of apology is not well accepted by the public because the video resembles a discreet material for refraining shouldering any legal responsibilities in light of his dressing up in formal wears as well as his choosing of speaking English, instead of a whole-hearted apology. They are likely to be suggested by lawyers in order to taking advantage of making Edison himself as an appearance of normal person instead of celebrity. And one point made by public is that he did not apologize in his speech obviously.

Many factors drive us to be dubious about his genuineness of apology. So what do you think about it?