Thursday, 14 May 2015

Food & Dining: Best Fried Korean Chicken and Pizzas by Pizza Maru Express!!!!





Chickeny goodness!
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Ever since the broadcasting of famous Korean drama "You Who Came From The Stars", Hong-Kongers have not only become big fans of rich and handsome Korean-looking aliens, but also of Korean fried chickens. If you still have no idea that Korean fried chickens should be served with beer, you have got a huge problem.

It happened that my wife and I wanted to give a new shop (new to us at least) a go one day and ended up going back again and again!

Pizza Maru Express at Hysan Place
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Located on the 11/F of Hysan Place in Causeway Bay, Pizzamaru Express is the one shop you must go to every time you visit. There are a few misleading points implied by its name: 1) nothing is 'Express' here, every order takes at least 15 to 25 mins,  2) they offer a range of lovely food other than pizzas, and 3) their fried chicken is their best and most popular dish in fact.

Oh man! All that juice and sauce!!!
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At $89 a set and about half about chicken you get, it is the kind of luxurious food you most likely won't have every day, more like a treat for yourself after a week of hard work. But is it worth it? Just look at the juice in the photo above and the texture from the chicken breast below!

Even the chicken breast is tender!!!
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There are 4 choices of taste: sweet and spicy garlic (chef's recommendation), sweet and spicy, spicy, and original. And you might have guessed it correctly, it is basically a combination of 2 types of sauce that gave the 4 choices.

We tried the sweet and spicy garlic for the first time and then it is every time, simply because it offers the most complexed yet the most well-blended taste ever! The crunchiness of the exterior makes incredibly similarity with corn flakes in your cereal, only that it isn't! It is just one giant addictive commercial secret! Would love to run into their kitchen for that secret, but I know I won'that be able to get pass the two pretty staff at the cashier. One thing to remember, ALWAYS ask for EXTRA sauce!!!

Fresh out of the oven
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What is not so secretive is the flattening of pizza dough which is demonstrated publicly next to the cashier, but that's all you get to see as the crust will then be passed back to the kitchen staff through the hole in the wall.

20 mins of waiting and out came the gorgeous-looking cheesy pizza. The pickle that went with it did not matter, what mattered was the amount of space in my stomach and the last piece that was left on the plate after just 10 mins.

Cheesy goodness!!!
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I did manage to share piece with my wife though, if this tells the quality of it.

Disclaimer: I did not receive sponsor of any kinds, money or food or whatsoever, as usual.


Resources:
TV & Technology: You Who Came From The Stars (aka YWCFTS) feat. LINE & Didier Dubot @ Locky's English Playground
http://lockyep.blogspot.hk/2014/02/tv-technology-you-who-came-from-stars.html

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Cooking: Simple Breakfast / Bunch With Tomatoes


Tomato craze
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Finally! I have completed my assignment, for now. So it is time to make my family a good lunch! There has been a bit of a tomato craze in town for awhile now, so with just $5 for four tomatoes, what's better than creating a whole yummy breakfast to begin the day with?

Tomatoes and paste
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What I did was to chop up some fresh tomatoes, the blend it with a can of tomato paste with a little water.

Purée
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After that, pour the purée into a pot and gentle heat it.

Herbs for the taste
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Add herbs such as rosemary and thyme, or simply just some Italian herbs in bottles to the heated purée with some sugar and pepper.

Truffle& mushroom scrambled eggs
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While waiting, make yourself a nice scrambled egg of your choice.

Cool purée
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Switch off the flame and wait for the purée to cool down a little.

Scrambled egg on macaroni
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Cook some macaroni or rice to go with the eggs and homemade tomato sauce.

Time to tuck in!
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With macaroni in chicken broth, you pour the desired amount of tomato sauce into the soap and DE-Licious!!!! Simple, quick and beautiful homemade breakfast / brunch at low cost!


Resources:
Cooking & Health: How To Cook Perfect Scrambled Eggs with Healthy Oil and Good Wok @ Locky's English Playground
lockyep.blogspot.hk/2012/07/cooking-health-how-to-cook-perfect.html


Monday, 4 May 2015

Message: My First 7000-Word Paper & Upcoming Talks


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Have not been writing for quite awhile as I am trying to rush for my first ever 7000-word assignment deadline. It has to be 7000 words in length to meet the word limit requirement for a publishable paper. Of course, to be actually publishable, there is still a lot of work and refinement, but at least, being able to write a paper this long is already quite an achievement. Right now I still have 2000 words to go, let's hope I can finish this by Thursday as I have to submit another paper on Friday for my talk at the upcoming Asialex 2015 at PolyU from 25-27 June 2015, exact time and date have yet to be confirmed.

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On that note, before giving a talk at PolyU, I will be giving a talk at the CAES International Conference at HKU from 4:25pm to 4:50pm on the 11th June 2015. Both talks will basically be on the same topic with slightly different focus.



Here's my abstract for the Asialex 2015,



House M.D. Corpus Analysis: A Linguistic Intervention of Contemporary American English

Law, Locky
Full-time PhD student


Abstract
Television drama, despite its enormous popularity across the globe, has rarely received attentions from the linguistics field. The dearth of research into television drama dialogue is further exposed by the thriving contributions from various other fields such as philosophy, psychology, cultural studies and media studies. This paper seeks to promote research interest in this unique mediated text by selecting renowned medical dramedy House M.D. as research subject and comparing its 927,922-word House M.D. pure dialogue corpus (HMDC) to both the 450-million-word Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA) and its 95-million-word spoken subcorpus (COCA Spoken) using an adaptation of Bednerak’s (2011) ranked frequency list method. Using WordSmith Tools in the calculation of n-gram (n = 1, 2, 3) at the words/clusters level, the findings indicate that HMDC is more interpersonal than COCA and has a closer resemblance to COCA Spoken than to COCA. HMDC also contains 3.4 times more negativity than COCA Spoken and 2.8 times more than COCA. As such, viewers are presented with English far more interpersonal, as well as involving significantly more disagreement than one will encounter in the real world. This study not only shows similarities and differences between House M.D. and contemporary American English, but also provides a preview of the huge potential in television drama-related research.


Keywords:
TV drama, House M.D., corpus linguistics, ngram, COCA, ranked frequency list


References

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Bednarek, M. (2010). The Language of Fictional Television: Drama and Identity. London: Continuum International Publishing Group.

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Resources:
Asialex 2015
http://asialex2015.engl.polyu.edu.hk/

CAES International Conference
http://caes.hku.hk/facesofenglish/

CAES International Conference Programme Schedule
http://caes.hku.hk/facesofenglish/files/2015/01/provisional_programme_schedule.pdf


Friday, 17 April 2015

Auto: Panda Hotel Superchargers Are Ready For Action!!



View of 4/F Superchargers from my car
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So I have heard today that the superchargers at Panda Hotel car park are ready for use, which is the best news after the opening of Science Park superchargers about a day ago! It would be the first on the west side of New Territories and would definitely benefit those who live in Tsuen Wan, Tsing Yi, Tuen Mun or even further up north. For me, since I often have to attend family banquets nearby, special parking spaces definitely would do me good too! Generally speaking, if it is a banquet I am attending, parking is usually free for the whole night, but if I am just interested in getting some electrons for my car, then 2 free-hour parking for EVs is more than enough for me! Thanks Hopewell!

Tesla sign on the wall, view from my car
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On the 10th April, I had to drive my mum and friend to Tsuen Wan to sign some documents, and because I am just a driver, I got to spend some me time checking out the superchargers there.

Maybe the real reason why it is still not ready
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It was actually very much ready, maybe except for the paint on the floor as I could still smell its 'freshness' that day.

Someone's gonna meet here
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2 stalls on 4/F
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Overall, the spaces are much wider than non-charging parking ones, but still a bit tight for two Model Ss to park next to one another. This is how wide Model S really is!

Panoramic view of 7/F
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On the 7/F though, the story is completely different! First, there is a sign saying that this level is meant to be for VIPs,

Panoramic view of car park on 7/F
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then because of this reason, there were virtually nothing on this floor, so I said this floor is capable of installing at least 20 superchargers if Panda Hotel really wants to.

769 and 770! Here they are!!!
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To my surprise, there are only two stalls available with 3 parking spaces, strange enough. That will actually mean the space by the wall is virtually just a normal parking space as the supercharger cable will not be long enough to extend to the charging port of a Model S if it is parked at space 771.

Everything is well-connected
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Everything was well-connected so all that was needed to be done was the removal of plastic bags and those yellow chains.

I probably will not bother using those two on 4/F
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I do hope this is just the beginning of many more superchargers at Panda Hotel. If the level of usage is as high as that at Hopewell Centre in Wan Chai, then there is a good chance Panda Hotel will add more, if their electricity wiring permits.



Resources:
Travelling & Living: Picnic Day At Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks!!! @ Locky's English Playground


Friday, 10 April 2015

Travelling & Living: Picnic Day At Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks!!!



Baby Muse having fun at Science Park
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Early April we enjoyed a day of great weather at  Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks. It was my wife's brilliant suggestion that we should have picnic sometimes and it was mine to pick a place where there is excellent view,

Excellent weather with an excellent view and lots of bikes
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lots of places for baby Muse to run around like Kai Tak Cruise Terminal

Fellow Tesla EVs: green Roadster and Red Model S, CLP electricity "vending machine" on the pillar, $0 / hr with Octopus
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and 10-hour free parking and charging if you have an EV and have applied for an EV Pass. 10 whole hours!!! That's a lot of money saved and worry-free time with family!

Lots of charging points, some are occupied by selfish non-EV owners.
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There are 18 standard charging stations (13A sockets) run by CLP, not fast at all but pretty good for the long free parking duration. And they are very conspicuous to find at the basement of Phase 2 car park, though I have failed to understand why non-EV owners failed to see the huge green walls and chargers there and still occupy our charging stations even though there were many other vacant spaces nearby for normal cars.

Outdoor theatre!
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Once we left the car park, we were scotched by the blazing sun and so we went to find the best shade around, and there it was the theatre, where everybody else take time to enjoy some cooling breeze.

Picnic time!
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We were totally starving when we arrived so it was sandwich-making and devouring time immediately!

Chasing bubbles!
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Outdoor theatre has a canopy providing ample shades, best place for bubbles with little ones.

Cherry Blossom!!!
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We are in Japan!Image from Locky's English Playground

And to our surprise, you can even find a few cherry blossoms to trick your dear friends that you have gone to Japan by posting some photos on Facebook!
Easter fun!
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It was during the Easter holidays, and so there were Easter workshops for 4-6-year-old kids, too old for baby Muse, but she still managed to squeeze out some photo-taking fun.

Workshops for 4-6-year-old kids, too old for baby Muse
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Too bad she is underage, otherwise baby Muse would have had a lot more fun! Especially with all those bouncy castles!


Too young to play, baby Muse felt puzzled
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People cooling off under the shades
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It would have been nice to have dinner there too, or on weekends occasionally, but because we already had dinner plans somewhere, so decided to leave this experience till next time round.

6 Tesla superchargers will be open soon!
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Then of course, as most Tesla owners will do, we visit the site where the soon-be-ready Tesla superchargers are located, took photos and update each other on our chat group. It would be nice to have a solar canopy so that our cars don't get cooked before they finish charging.

Cables aren't really connected yet
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The stalls aren't ready yet but if everything goes well, it should be ready in less than a month. By then, both human and EVs can have great meals at  Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks.

More photos of my Model S supercharging then.


Resources:
Travelling & Living: One Great Day At Kai Tak Cruise Terminal With Family @ Locky's English Playground
http://lockyep.blogspot.hk/2015/04/travelling-living-one-great-day-at-kai.html

Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks Corporation - Parking Facilities
http://www.hkstp.org/en-US/Facilities/Hong-Kong-Science-Park/Transportation/By-Car/Parking-facilities.aspx

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Travelling & Living: One Great Day At Kai Tak Cruise Terminal With Family



Baby Muse is enjoying her run in the park at Kai Tak Cruise Terminal
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One fine day near the end of last month, I took my whole family to Kai Tai Cruise Terminal for our first ever green outing on my Tesla Model S. It was my second time to be here (the first being the Tesla Model S first RHD delivery event), but my first to actually target the greenery rather than the superchargers. Just posting the video again here, it is an excellent piece reminiscence:


It was also my first time to visit the superchargers there, took a little while to find the stalls but I was lucky enough to be the only car there when I arrived, though immediately another petrol car arrived to block our chargers. In fact, most of the cars there at Kai Tak are used to blocking charging spots, whether they are standard 13A or the Tesla superchargers.

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It was only after the petrol car has left then I saw a metallic movable sign hiding behind the supercharger stands.

I placed this sign to fend off ICE
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Immediately I took one out and placed it in the spot to fend off further musking. I have at least fended off three ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) vehicles after the sign was placed. The thing is, there were actually some other parking spaces available at that time but people just didn't care! Surely need to be re-educated.

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By 3pm, it was almost the end of the yum cha session, but since my dad insisted, we tried out the only Chinese restaurant there.

Crispy rice rolls?
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The food may look alright, but the taste is far from standard.

Looking good, taste average
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And the price is pretty expensive too, if it wasn't for my dad, or that we were extremely hungry, or for the view, we would have settled for a quick snack instead. The only thing that is worth mentioning about the restaurant is that it does offer free parking upon spending, but one has to remember to press that ticket button at the machine before entering, or the restaurant will not offer you rebate for the parking.

Baby Muse is learning about flowers from mummy
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After late lunch, baby Muse woke up and so we left the restaurant for the rooftop park. She was having a great deal of fun and experiences with flowers, plants and ample space for her to run around.

Baby Muse on the move
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There are toilets, seats and vending machines every 20 metres or so, very caring!

View from the rooftop
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The end of the rooftop has an amazing view of the arch, the signal tower and the harbour, taking a panorama of the scenery is a must-do!

One floor down
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Afterwards, we went down one floor for more photos and close up of the harbour,


Baby Muse on the grass
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then we headed down to the pasture for baby Muse to explore.

Artwork on the floor for display
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There were organizers running several art events for children on that day, there were group paintings,

Lots of children's creation to be dried by the breeze
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individual painting on round Chinese paper fans,

Pencil drawing by the wind
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as well as exhibits of wind's pencil drawings.

Baby Muse is charging!
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There are people playing music, reading books, or just sitting around enjoying their own private time. Overall, it is a top spot for a good family outing or even picnic if you have young children, there are eateries to fulfil your stomach's emptiness and even babies' room for changing diapers.


Parking is $8/hr for Mon-Thurs and $12/hr for Fri-Sun, so it is relatively inexpensive considering the parking fee could actually be the only price you have to pay to have a whole day of fun!

Model Ss charging at the superchargers
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And of course, if you do drive an EV, not just a Tesla, you can get your cars charged at the thirty-six 13A charging points all around the car parks! Free electricity, why not?


Resources:
Auto & News: Hong Kong Tesla Model S First Delivery Event!!! @ Locky's English Playground
http://lockyep.blogspot.com/2014/07/auto-news-hong-kong-tesla-model-s-first.html

Tesla Model S First Delivery Event in Hong Kong @ YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGrWeFsf2eo

Baby Muse's 1st Visit To Kai Tak Cruise Terminal @ YouTube
https://youtu.be/lgNObXrbPjI