3.7.15

The Flying Pan, Central

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G/F 9 Old Bailey Street, Central, Hong Kong.
Brunch is my favourite meal of the weekend. I'm not going to sit here and pretend that I wake up at 7am on a Saturday morning, make a fruit bowl and some granola and get the weekend off to a healthy start. I really don't do that. I mean, you're lucky if I'm out of bed by 12pm. It's all about brunch when you're busy squeezing as much as you can out of every moment of the week.

The Flying Pan is one of my more recent discoveries in Hong Kong. A 24-hour diner-style eatery voted the Best Place for Brunch in HK in 2014, The Flying Pan is nestled away in Central, serving Western (mostly USA) breakfast food all day and all night. It's perfectly situated for those who fancy a sit-down brunch at 4am after LKF, but also ideal for an easy, know-what-you're-getting brunch before a day ahead. Prices are reasonable for the food offered and there's an extensive menu too.

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Daisybutter - Hong Kong Lifestyle and Fashion Blog: The Flying Pan, Central Hong Kong, top brunch places in Hong Kong

I opted for waffles with sausage and eggs, a failsafe option for me. The portion was huge and sadly I couldn't finish it all; around one waffle plus both sides were plenty for me. I thought it leaned a little on the greasy side for my personal liking but sometimes that's what you need after a Friday/Saturday night! Also ordered a super yummy chocolate milkshake which satiated my sweet tooth but wasn't anything to write home about.

It's easy to see why The Flying Pan is always crammed with customers - it's a cute little establishment styled like an American diner where you know exactly what you can have. Oftentimes brunch menus finish at 1pm or sometimes even 12pm, and this is a good option in an easy-to-find area that you can fall back on before wandering through the slopey streets of the area.

2.7.15

Hello July!

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Been here eight months and all that.
Nine months ago, I made a spur-of-the-moment decision to make some bona fide use of my HKID and move to one of my favourite cities in the world. And eight months ago yesterday, I arrived here! I wasn't going to post today - hello many weeks of not enough sleep finally catching up on this ex-night owl - but I felt it apt to crank up the A/C, make an iced coffee and share some thoughts as I do almost every month. I just really like commemorating dates like these, 'k?

I'd be lying if I said straight out that moving here was the best idea of my life. I mean, it was and is, but I often wonder if some things would be better if I'd stayed. My teeny baby cousin is growing up so quickly and he probably won't remember me when I move back. My best friend is getting married(!!) and I'm only able to share her dress shopping and planning via WhatsApp and Skype. I no longer have the bedroom that I lived in for eleven years.

But things change, quickly, every single day and nothing you or I do can stop that. Living abroad is truly rewarding, not only in learning new ways and finding out odd unknowns about yourself, but in gaining a new perspective of the everyday mundane. If you ever get the chance to move abroad and challenge yourself, do it. Even if you're terrified. I promise it's worth it. You can read my month-long pre-move posts right here!

Spending May and June with my visiting family helped me to take hold of just enjoying the tiny moments. I think that sounds super cheesy written down but it did. It does. My family are the happy, hippie-esque kinda clan who just laugh all the time, my Granny practices yoga thrice a day (aged 79!) and it honestly is all about the fun you have along the way.

Let's round this off on a happy note again, shall we? (Clearly the caffeine hasn't kicked in yet!) I'm so ready to seize the rest of the summer and enjoy it exploring, laying out on the beach, hitting junk trips and chowing down on good food. Please just pass me more A/C.

Kisses! XOXO

1.7.15

Seeing Beast and Big Bang Live (2015)

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On going to my first ever Beast concert and seeing Big Bang live again. Mini concert reviews if you will.
It’s been about a month since I saw Beast live in concert for the first time and a fortnight since I saw Big Bang live for the second time and I’m finally in an emotionally stable position of being able to blog about it.

But really.

Music is an odd one with me. I listen to a lot of Kpop, as well as Taiwanese, Japanese and HK music. I rarely listen to ‘Western’ (lol sorry about the term) music nowadays, having left my Fall Out Boy, hellogoodbye, The Kooks, Razorlight, etc. days behind me back with secondary school. For that reason, I rarely talk about music because a) no-one knows who I’m talking about, and b) I often worry that I can’t keep up and/or participate with my real life friends’ chats about music.

With that over with…!

Beast Beautiful Show in Hong Kong 2015 – Saturday 30th May 2015
I’ve patiently waited for a ticket to see Beast since debut. Having given up an opportunity to see them at United Cube in London 2011, I told myself I’d pay whatever it took at the next opportunity. Following a long day at work, Beast announced one show in Hong Kong and after a solid hour of refreshing that ticket page, I snagged myself a darn good seat right in the front tier. (Price: HKD1388.) For reference, I got seat L1 in Block 13 at Asia-World Expo and had a near-perfect, side on view. Oh, and I went on my own.

I could be slightly biased as a die-hard B2UTY but Beautiful Show was one of the best concerts I’ve ever been to. (Topped only by Big Bang!) I won’t share the setlist – although it’s here if you’re interested! – but honestly I was a smidge let down by the Hong Kong setlist. Of course that could be me wanting them to sing every single one of their songs, but I think there was certainly scope to extend the set. Beast’s Cantonese and English was the cutest! As expected, their fan service is amongst the best and you can genuinely feel their sincerity and admiration towards the fans. Kikwang’s eye smile and Hyunseung’s adorable dorkiness alone will melt you.

Vocals wise… YOSEOB. KING. If you’ve ever read a fellow fan account of seeing Beast live for the first time, you’ll know that Yang Yoseob is often touted the king of vocals with a sweet angel voice. His voice was so flawless and enchanting, he even managed to stop the sold-out arena’s fan chants in awe. His voice sounds like the audio version of Photoshopped, and his acoustic Caffeine live was so, so good. The other members are of course also amazing: was pleasantly surprised by Doojoon and Dongwoon particularly.

*Setlist Spoiler Alert!* My favourite songs of the night were Midnight, 12:30, On Rainy Days and It Wasn’t Me. No surprise there, knowing me, but the live renditions were above and beyond anything I expected! I've included a 15-second clip of Midnight below (:

m i d n i g h t * �� Yoseob live is literally somethin' else. #BeautifulShowHK #hkig

A video posted by Michelle Chai (@winyeemichelle) on


Would I recommend for a non-obsessive level fan? 5/5, yes. And you will undoubtedly become a fangirl.

BIG BANG ‘Made’ 2015 – Sunday 14th June 2015 (Closing Show)
Gosh I truly went out on a limb with this one. Equally as eye-wateringly expensive as Beast’s (HKD1888), a few friends and I nabbed amazing tickets before they’d even released songs from their album. I know.

Before the concert started, I was fairly nervous that after a 3-year hiatus, some of the spark with Big Bang would be missing. Alive Tour was easily the best concert I’d been to so y’know, Jiyong and co. had a lot to do to top it.

And they did.

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Again, I won’t spoil the setlist (it’s here for reference) but it was the perfect mishmash of their classics, VIP anthems, new tracks and solo material; Big Bang have an amazing discography behind them and the innate ability to refresh a song every time they perform it. Something I LOVED about Made was the set itself: two moving, transparent stages so the members could interact with fans underneath in the packed standing area.

The most obvious thing to mention are the members themselves. I’ve never known a group with so much electric energy, charisma and talent. While they’re not all as on par vocals-wise as Beast, Big Bang just bring it with their individual personalities and ability to get the crowd going. Taeyang and his crowd routines, Seungri and his sweet personality. Goofy T.O.P. Faux cool guy G-D. And caring Daesung. I also adore that despite the band’s move towards a more swag image, they’re not afraid to continue with choreographed dance routines and keep that original flavour about them.

My favourite lives from Made are Bang Bang Bang, Lies, Fantastic Baby and We Like To Party. In fact, the entire setlist was perfect. What’s more, I won a prize draw for the Meet-and-greet Sending Off Event afterwards! It wasn’t much - I got to spend time with each member but it was pretty badly organised. Still, y’know, got to touch and speak to Big Bang members, so what can you do ;)

Hope this helped somewhat in paving your expectations for future Kpop concerts! I suppose it goes without saying that both bands are out-of-this-world good, but just a more in-depth look into it all, eh? x

30.6.15

Beach please

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Striped top, H&M; Denim shorts, Uniqlo; TOPSHOP Fairy sandals; Longchamp Le Pliage.
Weekend wanderings when a beach is involved are my favourite. I'm certainly a water baby through and through, despite my obvious inability to swim! Lately I've been completely gripped with astrology and star signs, so do excuse me as I go through in an even deeper Hippie Mish phase ;) On Sunday I decided to head down to Repulse Bay Beach again; easy to get to, plenty of restaurants, bars and clean showers around, and ridiculously soft sand.

I opted for something simple as ever. Honestly, this heat is almost unbearable! Stripes and denim were my go-to tools to battle the humidity - seriously, kudos if you're a fellow HK-er and you manage to look chic at the beach.

Please also excuse the fact that the wet sand covers over my ankles - how oddly short do I look here?

Currently on the search for an amazing bikini to see me through the summer. I've been dithering over a Triangl one or a simple Topshop number. Send me recommendations?! It was almost like torture to lay on the beach sans bikini and hence being unable to go for a sneaky saltwater dip. Nevertheless, another p e r f e c t way to see off a weekend - sun, sea and sand just 10 minutes from the city. HK, I love ya more every day ♥

PS. Less than 6 months until Christmas!! England, I'm comin' for ya!

29.6.15

Child-like Enthusiasm.

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Monday thoughts about channelling child-like enthusiasm.
Oftentimes friends and strangers alike laud me for my unwavering enthusiasm. My persistent faith that there's a silver lining to every cloud and my hippie-esque outlook towards most if not all situations. Hopelessly lost on an accidental hike in Sai Kung with no water and only mints for sustenance? We can't be the only ones who've been lost on a long hike. I'm almost certain we won't die of dehydration... It's odd, isn't it though? That unadulterated enthusiasm and positivity is all too often seen as a rarity. Dat British standoffishness, eh?

I champion child-like enthusiasm with every fibre of my being. Being completely unfiltered in my love for the mundane beauty in everyday, for anything Hello Kitty or Little Twin Stars, for my favourite drink coming in carton form, for the swings being free at the local park. That pure, non-jaded vision towards every moment. I truly live for it. I think I went through a phase where it was cool to be cool, whether you were or not. Fake it 'til you make it is the mantra so often thrown about in the industry I chose; fashion. Just pretend you're too cool to take your sunglasses off indoors. You're too cool (cold?!) to coat properly. Novelty and cute things 'should be' left behind when you turn 18. You're only 'allowed' to like Taylor Swift ironically or if it's the 1989 album.

Honestly? Life is too short for that.

I was that guy who unwaveringly stood up for Taylor Swift from 2008 and onwards. I couldn't even tell you how much I adore that woman. I'd give a limb for her but I know she wouldn't be down for that. The lounge in my apartment is decorated with talking Pikachu toys, Hello Kitty plushies and handmade lucky paper stars, not marble work surfaces, copper lamps and cacti. (Secret: I'm working on getting cacti. I'm just too lazy for the flower market.) Yes, sometimes I do laugh too loudly at things that seem only half-funny to you. So what if it's Monday? Smile and the world smiles with you.

Today, be the reason for someone else's smile.