Karaoke Hong Kong

Karaoke is my jam. Especially in Hong Kong!

Karaoke Hong Kong

Karaoke is one of my favourite things in the entire world. I do not sing well but I commit to my performance and that’s what’s important.

As a young adult living in New York City, I started karaoke-ing in public rooms. You know the ones where the bar turns into the stage and strangers watch as they sing along. This type of karaoke was tough for me because I only ever participated following one-too-many-beers beers and a couple of red headed sluts.

As a grown-up adult living in Melbourne, I was introduced to private room karaoke. For fancy celebrations, like my bachelorette party, we’d book in at Fitzroy’s Rice Queen. For more common occasions and a dingy experience, we’d book in at KBox in Melbourne CBD.

Most recently, I karaoked in Hong Kong at Neway Karaoke in Wan Chai. OUR LIVES HAVE BEEN FOREVER CHANGED. I now live in fear that I will never tolerate karaoke at any other venue, in any other city, ever again. The caliber of Neway’s overall offerings vs the price paid was incredible and I will never forget it as long as I live.

Below are only a few reasons why our karaoke date night was the best:

  1. There was a bathroom INSIDE our private room.
  2. We were given a complimentary basket of snacks.
  3. Said basket was refilled without us even asking.
  4. Singers can order drinks/food through an iPad that actually worked.
  5. said drinks were delivered within 5 minutes of ordering.
  6. The staff was incredibly helpful, encouraging and patient.
  7. Lasers, neon lights and smoke machines were blazing all night.
  8. They had a SKIP (a song) button and it worked a charm.
  9. Neway is family friendly. We left at 1am – a family of six (youngest was four) left at the same time.
  10. Once you have a room you can extend hourly and as many times as you like.
  11. Our room was bigger than our bedroom and there was only two of us.
  12. No one made fun of the weird slightly tipsy married couple karaoke-ing in I <3 HK shirts. At least not to our faces.

It’s Neway or the highway, baby.

 

 

 

Marathon

The Great Ocean Road Marathon 2016

I did it guys! I can finally cross out Run a Full Marathon from my General Life To-Do list.

Another big, sweaty, congratulations to the runners who took part in last weekend’s Great Ocean Road Marathon!

I was 21 when I first signed up to participate in a marathon. As a NYC inhabitant at the time I  signed up for the San Diego Marathon. Of course. I was young and naive and didn’t really know anything about the world, let alone anything about long distance running. I backed out of the race within a few months of training.

Fast forward to 2015: I had 4 half marathons under my belt and a husband that was willing to commit to being my Running Coach. Jack’s only qualification for being my running coach was that he felt comfortable telling me what to do and he’d know if I was lying about it. Half the battle with running is mental and excuses can creep in like parmesan on a carbonara.

I really couldn’t have done it without Jack making the planning of all it so easy. All I had to think about was running. Jack booked my spot, the accommodation, found me a running plan, made sure I had my bib and that I got to the start line.

He also met me at the 40k mark when I thought I was going to die and my legs were no longer obeying my outrageous demands to keep going. He snail paced the last 4k with me and I collapsed into his arms just after crossing the finish line. It really makes me appreciate this whole partnership thing. Life is so much easier when you have someone not only rooting for you but helping you.

I also need to mention the legend standing at the 30k mark with a bowl of (only!) red snake gummies who let me take handfuls and stuff them in my bra for later use. I was not prepared with a tiny back pack full of supplies like most of the other runners, and those sweaty, little, delicious snakes really did get help me make it over the finish line.

On to the next!

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Spring

Coffee date, because…

How funny! We’re both sporting gym clothes, ordering only one coffee and a green juice to follow. We are such New Year cliches.

And as a New Years cliche, we must talk resolutions. We just gotta! If not to actually accomplish them, then to get us started on a path. And I’m not talking proper life resolutions like “Run a marathon under four hours”. I’m talking cute, small, day-to-day food related resolutions like…

1. Drink one coffee a day. Two, tops: My husband thinks I’m addicted and he may be right. Just admit to it so we can all move on!

2. Try something other than the chips on the sides menu: I have a great gift for knowing when chips will be good at a restaurant. Trust my gut. Don’t take chances. Order something else.

3. Meditate for 10 minutes a day after work and before dinner: Use the Headspace app. this is when I give myself 10 minutes to sit on the couch and go through Instagram, anyway.

4. Keep the kitchen (this includes the fridge, Bianca) neat: I don’t need to explain this. Just do it.

5. Learn to cook healthy easy meals and keep the kitchen stocked so that I don’t rely on pasta when in a jam: The amazing Cookbook Book Club you have started with your friend Bel will help with this! Look at you go!

6. Eat properly to sustain the amount of running I’ll be doing this year: Great Ocean Road Marathon – Here I come!

7. DO NOT buy any more Doritos: Doesn’t matter if Coles has them on sale. PUT. THE. DORITOS. DOWN.

8. Please avoid spilling food on your clothe: If you do not succeed, call your mom straight away. she’ll teach you how to remove said stain.

9. Stop eating leftover food from other people’s plates: This is non-negotiable. It is not cute. Anymore.

10. Once a month, dress up real nice, make sure your nails are done and go to a fancy dinner: #treatyoself

Kenya

2015 Roundup

The madness of the silly season is finally winding down and the reality that 2015 has come to end has hit me hard. It has slapped me across the face and not even apologized. I know you’re going to say “Well… time flies when you’re having fun”. But I think time flies all the time. And I believe it currently flies a Concorde.

Can someone please figure out a way to slow time down?

Here’s some highlights from my 2015:

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