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[travel] 5 Things You Can Expect from the Best Boutique Hotel in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong - Mira Moon Hotel | #bunnibananatravelstheworld


During my recent business trip in Hong Kong, I had the privilege of staying at one of the best new hotels in town. Having stayed at many top hotels around the world, I can honestly say the Mira Moon Hotel has now become my go-to place to stay whenever I travel to Hong Kong. In my opinion, this 91-room boutique hotel at Causeway Bay offers the most bang for your buck. 


Highlight of Our Room Amenities:

   Partial Victoria Harbor views

  spacious space of 410 sqft (38 sqm)
  Super King, King or Twin beds

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  Marble bathrooms

  Free-standing bathtub 

  Walk-in rain shower

  Complimentary mini bar stocked with non-alcoholic beverages

  Bathrobes and slippers

  In-room iPad mini
  Handy smartphone with free unlimited 3G data, local and international calls to 10 countries

There are 6 different room types:

  New Moon Studio
  Half Moon Residence
  Full Moon Residence
  Half Moon Premier
  Full Moon Premier
  Moon Shine Suite

The major differences amongst different room types are (1) room size and (2) whether breakfast is inclusive.  

We stayed at the Full Moon Residence this time with a Super King bed. I was shocked by the size of this Super King - it can comfortably fit 3 (normal-size) adults with ample space!

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You can expect no other than extraordinary from Mira Moon. 

(1) Expect to be greeted warmly with courtesy and smile upon arrival at the lobby. (No more rude front desk!)


(2) Expect to check in on the 5th floor at a cozy yet well-appointed lobby. 

(3) Expect the same person who check you in to escort you to your room! (VIP treatment from the moment you step in).

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*image from Discover&Deliver

(4) Expect larger than normal room size in an overly populated Hong Kong. (If you choose their Super King bed, expect its size to blow your mind!)

(5) Expect complimentary soft drinks, bottled water, free unlimited 3G data throughout Hong Kong and free international calls to 10 countries!(The best feature I think every business hotel must adopt!)
I took the phone provided with me everywhere I went while data tethering with my phone. Viola~!

 

Mira Moon is centrally located in Causeway Bay and within walking distance to Hong Kong Convention Centre, Time Square, Shopping Malls, etc. The hotel staff provided excellent service above and beyond my expectation; I found my stay extremely pleasant. You can count on my return the next time Im in Hong Kong! 

 

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Mira Moon
388 Jaffe Road
Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
+852 2643 8888
www.miramoonhotel.com

 a member of Design Hotels
(www.designhotels.com)

 

Awards:
• Top Ten Best Boutique Hotels in Asia – Smart Travel Asia’s Best in Travel Poll
• Luxury 50-2014, World Spa & Travel Magazine
Top 100 design hotels, Now Travel Asia
Silver, Corporations: Brand Experience, 2014 Questar Awards
Traveller Hot List 2014 – Condé Nast (UK)
It List: The Best New Hotels 2014 – Travel and Leisure
China’s 50 best new business hotels 2014 – Business Traveller Asia-Pacific
• Best New Boutique Hotel of the Year, China Travel and Meetings Industry Awards 2014 – Travel Weekly China
•  3-Star rating, Green Building Design Label – China Green Building (Hong Kong)  Council 2013-2015
• Best Hotel Interior Hong Kong – The Asia Pacific Hotel Awards 2013-2014

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It Takes Two To Tango | BUNNIBANANA

Whats the image that popped in your head when you hear someone is marriedand have 2 toddlers?

  • Messy hair
  • Body odor
  • Infrequent shower
  • Legs not shaved (not to mention bikini lines)
  • No perfume
  • Smell of baby lotions
  • Oily face
  • Baggy clothes
  • No makeup
  • Smell of baby spit ups

I mean, seriously, the list can go on and on.

Honestly, Im quite sure I didnt sign up for this just a short 8 years ago when I said I doto Mr. Lee. And truth be told, did I find myself checking off of this list from time to time? The answer is You bet!

So Ive found myself pondering on the things we do as a couple to keep our love tank filled up.

In light of celebrating our 8-year wedding anniversary, I thought Id let you in on some (not so) secrets.

The keyword for me is growing a sense of together-nessthrough multiple Intimate Momentsthat we share intentionally or unintentionally.

  1. Physical Touch.  Every human being is born with a basic need to be touched. I’m not talking about just sex here. Physical touch can also include holding hands, lean your head over on his shoulder, his hand over your waist while sitting next to each other, etc. Take a moment daily to fill this need.

  2. Travel Together.  Both Mr. Lee and I travel for work, for ministry and for fun. There are a lot of business and social calendars to keep up! We always try to accommodate each other’s schedule and travel together as much as possible (especially when kids are not yet at school age). So many couples got carried away with small toddlers and never made an effort to travel together. Once children hit school age, it becomes harder to travel together. We’re quite intentional about this and we’ve been able to share priceless moments during our travels (with or without kids)!

  3. Wine & Cheese.  Every evening, Mr. Lee would pour himself a glass of wine and nibble on some fine cheese. I’ve noticed this is something he really enjoys - part alone time, part relaxation. I either pour myself a glass or drink my “good night” tea while sitting close to him. We keep each other company while exchanging small conversation here and there.

  4. Encouragement.  Make this a habit. Practice speaking only positive, edifying words of encouragement to your loved ones. A big love tank filler!!! For starters, try “I love you”, “thank you for making dinner tonight, I really enjoyed it”, “your insight on what I’m struggling with is really inspiring”.

  5. Take Risk.  Oftentimes, familiarity kills curiosity and curiosity is what fuels the growth of any relationships. If your spouse asks you to try out a new restaurant with him/her, say “yes” instead of “why do you like to spend money”. Stay curious and always look forward to discovering something new together and soon you will find each other far more interesting!

Cheers!



For our 8th year wedding anniversary, Mr. Lee decided to surprise me with a fancy chefs tasting menu at a restaurant of his choice. Well, to be honest, there are simply way too many places Id like to go and try them out. Cant help a curious foodie!!!

Here are some highlights of the evening. Do not continue reading if youre feeling hungry!



PATINA
a French cuisine restaurant located in the spectacular Disney Concert Hall of Downtown L.A.!

The restaurant belongs to The Patina Group, co-founded by famous restauranteur Nick Valenti & master chef Joachim Splichal
, bringing fine dining experience to the food scenes of Museums, Art Galleries and venues alike.

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menu is simple, chic and elegant in pink.

smooth & spectacular from Chateauneuf du Pape

AMUSE-BOUCHE
what a bold statement to start the tasting with one fried and a baked puff?!
right: puff pastry+goat cheese+prosciutto
left: parsley waffle+quail egg+caviar

 

CHICKEN SOUP
crispy chicken skin+creme fraiche+shiitake mushroom+pepper+sprout
delicious!

GREEN ONION, FRENCH BAGUETTE, 7 GRAIN
all very tasty but my favorite was the onion bread :)

63°C EGG
chorizo, soubise, rosemary smoked potato mousseline, kataifi nest


smoke + sound
the taste was simply divine!!!


LAGOUSTINE AND BONE MARROW
black trumpet mushroom, rye disk, chicken jus

SEA URCHIN CUSTARD CASSEROLE
Santa Barbara Sea Urchin, Yuzu, Fennel Foam

HOKKAIDO SCALLOP
grapefruit brûlée, tapioca, ginger, lime, thai basil

WILD STRIPED SEA BASS
braised leeks, celeriac puree, potato spiral, red wine verjus reduction

every dish comes with different sets of utensils (just to show a few)

someone got bored while waiting for his food and took this photo of me

BEEF TENDERLOIN
shishito pepper, horseradish mustard, bearnaise beignet, potato fondant, bone marrow crust, sauce bordelaise

VARIATION OF SUCKLING PIG
black pudding, brussel sprout, caramelized apple, whole grain mustard sauce

Guess what gave the black pudding color???

ARTISANAL CHEESE SELECTION
we picked 4 kinds of cheeses from the cheese cart

GOAT CHEESECAKE
concorde grape sorbet, pine nut brittle, verjus raisin puree

SWEET POTATO CREMEUX
maple meringue, brown butter crisp, sweet potato sorbet
light & refreshing - a perfect ending :-)

PETIT FOUR (mignardises)
they were gone in seconds


 


Wanna take someone special to give it a try?

 

 

PATINA
141 S. Grand Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90012
Reservations 213 972 3331
Valet parking available

 

 

 

 

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Kidspace - Best Children’s Museum in Los Angeles | Pasadena, CA | bunnibanana

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Nestled by the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, Kidspace Childrens Museum is truly a rare gem in L.A. area suitable for family of all sizes.

Food service is provided by the locally famous The Spot Gourmet.

During our recent trip, we had spent a lovely afternoon with 4 generations of my family members. I received such positive feedback from my grandparents, parents and children. What a relief for me (aka the planner for this little outing) to know that everyone had a great time! Most importantly, we all had lots of FUN!!!!!

Having fun is a key factor in life - in good or bad times.

I see FUN as something we can take away with a smile or be filled with joy - now or later.

Many times I dont seem to enjoy the moments”… be it a difficult situation or people. But one thing Ive learned to practice over and over again is training my attitudeto always see the light at the end of a tunnel.

As I flipped through the photos and reminded myself of the time we shared at this indoor-outdoor educational paradise, I cannot help but give thanks for whats been given to me.

 

Family. Love. Life.
xoxo,

 

Kidspace Children’s Museum
480 North Arroyo Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91103
Telephone: (626) 449-9144

*always check their website for special closed dates due to events or holidays
 

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L.A. 持續酷熱 抓住夏天的尾巴

去年挺著36週大肚子的我   帶著大女兒來到位於加州巴沙迪那的兒童博物館
那時的她還不太敢玩水
屬於謹慎的那型
詳情請看 {女孩們的午後時光} Playdate & Girlfriends

沒想到今年再次造訪   竟是帶著14個月大已經會走跳的二女兒ㄧ起!
小朋友長得可真快啊~~~ (有ㄧ半我想是受到大姊姊的刺激!!!)

14個月完全不怕水!儼然「嗨咖」ㄧ枚!

本來想說妹妹應該不敢玩   所以完全沒帶泳衣 (真服了我這位媽咪
結果請看


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{ Aquarium of the Pacific } 四代同堂全家出遊! 新奇水族館好好玩

在風和日麗,微風徐徐的華氏80度下  我們來到了位於洛杉磯長堤市的太平洋水族館

這是我老媽在大門口留影 (想像我再過22年的模樣。。。不敢去想 >,<


早在上個月我出差的時候  大爺已帶著公婆和兩位小妞們來過的  寶貝們說什麼ㄧ定要帶我來 (揪感心)

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星期ㄧ下午還不少人耶(可以想像週末的盛況~)

 

這次趁著我老弟婚禮期間  全家老小4代同堂 (難得難得啊~~~)ㄧ定要來走走  對吧

兩位曾祖父母牽著恩雅寶貝

恩雅說:「阿祖,牽我的手,我要保護你」(啊哇勒 真敢說啊  這就是小孩子!)

水底世界 so free

曾祖孫情

水母耶 真的很優雅

Pizza和蘋果汁換得整天很合作的寶貝

玩水很在行 根本不用教

看到鯊魚就「花容失色」的外婆

有大爺在小朋友可是沒在怕

有幾個小朋友把餅乾掉在地上 吸引了小鳥們前來覓食

搞笑的外婆又添ㄧ筆

有人開始跳hip hop了嗎

抱著小企鵝不放 如果是真的不知道敢不敢說~

大女兒超好奇的

用放大鏡看Garden Eels 

趁機會教大女兒發展平衡感  放手試試看(她是屬於謹慎的那種)

跟海獅(Sea Lion)和海豹(Seal)約個會吧

看恩雅寶貝抓著老爺不放

 

這次看到最酷的生物就是~~~海龍王!!!不是不是~~~ 「海龍」
Yes. Sea Dragon!

像海草ㄧ般的障眼法 真是厲害

有好幾種不同的海龍耶 (我真的也不知道為什麼這麼興奮)

但從小聽說有關龍的故事 卻怎麼也沒想過真的有龍的存在

總之在我心裡面 總有部分的懷疑著龍的真實性

 

但那事實勝於雄辯啊!!!

恩雅的外曾祖父於海龍前留影

看到那些ㄧ團ㄧ團蘋果綠色的嗎? 每ㄧ簇都是ㄧ隻海龍喔!

 

好奇是我們希望傳承的健康特質  希望活到老學到老  永保好奇心 跟孩子們ㄧ起成長

在大鯨魚前合影留念

 

 

Aquarium of the Pacific
100 Aquarium Way
Long Beach, CA 90802
+1 562 590 3100
全年開放 上午9點至下午6 除每年長堤市活動 4/17-4/19/2015 和聖誕節當日)

 

成人 US$28.95
62
歲以上老人 US$25.95
3-11
歲孩童 US$14.95
3歲以下免費

 

如果打算經常帶孩子們去的話,非常推薦加入會員喔!

每當有爺爺奶奶們來玩,我們ㄧ定攜家帶眷地來。用會員購買其他的票也有優惠,總之划算許多~ 大推!!

 

詳情請參考: https://aquariummember.aquariumofpacific.org/netcommunity/page.aspx?pid=236

 

 

 

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二小姐的 1歲慶生『戶外迷你園遊會』Outdoor 1st Birthday Party - mini carnival style


我的兩位小公主們的生日只差8天! 記得3年前幫大女兒在公園辦的1歲生日趴  實在是太熱鬧了  今年煩惱著該怎麼幫兩公主們慶生 真讓我傷透了腦筋!!

想想如果兩個生日趴辦在ㄧ起  二小姐長大看到照片時  肯定會吃醋滴
(OS:老媽!為什麼姐姐有自己的1歲大Party 而我沒有 >.<
耳邊圍繞著孩子的(可能)抱怨聲~~~ 讓媽咪我還沒開始籌備   就已經快抓破頭了說!

無論世界各地不同風俗民情對於這 1歲慶生會  可是十分重視的
從ㄧ個初生的嬰孩  經歷了365  實際體驗世界 甚至能踏出人生的第一步  (很神奇吧)


實在找不到比這個加州理工學院的半開放公園更好的場地了!

平常受到許多好朋友們的照顧   希望能透過這個趴踢 感謝大家  ㄧ起同樂

所以孩子們的1歲生日會 我們都採取 「開放式邀請」Open Invitation 的方式
也就是說歡迎任何朋友(也歡迎朋友帶朋友)希望不會漏掉任何人 (否則真是拍謝)


這次的慶生會既然辦在戶外 想必與烤肉又是離不開關係
BBQ life

這個公園有4個大的烤肉架  非常整潔的廁所  孩子們的滑梯和沙坑
另外還有很大ㄧ片草地 可供飛盤等遊戲

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