This year my wife was too busy that she did not have time to make any Nyonya Bak Chang dumplings. She is WFH doing 3 different jobs and getting 3 paid salaries during this trying times.
So we were eating bak changs given from well wishers and a powered bak chang from wife's ex student who is now an award winning pastry chef. Then I saw someone shared the chart below and prompted me to post it for useful remembrance. I didn't know that there are at least 6 types of Chinese dumplings. I have eaten all types below except Hakka styled. Besides that, I have eaten famous dumplings from Shanghai and Kaoshiung while in overseas. Have you tried all those below??
This Zong Zhi festival really brought me fondest memories of Hong Kong when all the photos popped up in my Facebook memory. I will throwback and repost them again. In fact, I posted these photos in my blog 3 years ago when I visited Cheung Chau island.
I have visited or transited in Hong Kong over 10 times ever since the scary old Kai Tak Airport was still in operations. It was the only airport that planes flew close to all the windows and flat balconies in Kowloon. You could see people playing mahjong in the living rooms or drying clothes at the windows. A real sight to behold then.
I always regretted that I never had my own quality time to venture around that buzzling city as it was always a rush or working trip. Even my 2 weeks stay with my sister who had a 4 storey house in Discovery Bay in Lantau Island did not grant me the opportunity to go island hopping.
The good fate smiled when my wife had to attend a week long stint at the Chinese University of Hong Kong to present her papers on Computational Thinking for all all the world academicians to hear. Wife at work, Hubby at play! I walked and explored all the backlanes along Nathan Road and the whole hills of the luxury homes at Mid Levels in Central Hong Kong. Then we hopped into the boat to visit Cheung Chau island during her one day break. Remember how happy we ate the frozen fruits?? I still did not make my own frozen pineapple and watermelon yet. Maybe tomorrow!
It was truly my dream come true to see a real Dragon Boat Festival atmosphere in my life. It was packed with thousands of local tourists.
I learnt that I have terrible phobia for dark and narrow space when I visited the famous cave of Qing Dynasty's pirate Cheong Po Sai who hid all his treasures inside. I definitely cannot take MRI scans without getting sedated. Many HKG youngsters backed out and climbed up from venturing further as their fear took its toll. It was very pitch black and you would have to use both hands to feel the extreme narrow cave walls to navigate. The solid cave walls would sandwich your front & back body along the way and that was scary inside the unknown. I highly don't recommend this place.
Many friends said I was nuts to jump into the sea off Tung Wan Beach! There is nothing I would not want to try in life.
The lunch and dinner by the seaside at Cheung Chau island was unforgettable. Good memories are truly precious. I have planned my future visits to Tai-O, Lamma Island and Peng Chau Island to explore.
My Next Coming Posts:
1. I Got Vaccinated
2. Computational Thinking Centre @ Taman Desa