How not to paint the royal portrait

A portrait of King Charles II, attributed to Thomas Hawker

attributed to Thomas Hawker, oil on canvas, circa 1680

This to me is not a portrait of a king you’d want to obtain an audience with. Continue reading


My Tangled Moment

loi krathong festival in thailand

People float lanterns by the light of the last full moon of the Thai lunar calendar. Today is Chinese Lantern Festival day, I’d just like to say how I missed my one chance to be a Disney Princess because the Thai festival of Loi Krathong happened on my birthday last year. Photo courtesy of National Geographic: https://instagram.com/p/-7A4zEgf4_


Laos Café – hold your nose…

Laos Café

On Chinese New Year day, my Dad and I tried the new pop-up Laos Café by Saiphin, who runs Rosa’s Thai Café in Soho, London. It runs until the end of February, and is located 3 minutes’ walk away from London Victoria station on:

25 Gillingham Street London SW1V 1HN
Mon-Sat 12:00-22:30
Sun        14:00-22:00

I myself would not recommend it, but I think I am the odd one out, as everybody else (see photo) seemed to be enjoying themselves, and this other review says that the food is authentic. Maybe I’m just not suited to Laotian cuisine. Continue reading


Just saw some mind-blowing maths, courtesy of my uncle’s wisdom, that shows why 2016 will be a wonderful year, and it’s all to do with numbers that we Chinese find lucky!

2016 = 168+168+168+168+168+168+168+168+168+168+168

2016 = 666+666+666+6+6+6

2016 = 888+888+88+88+8+8+8+8+8+8+8+8

2016 = 999+999+9+9


Hong Kong monkeys


Monkey business


This Chinese New Year I don’t have much to celebrate. I’m a monkey and it’s my unlucky year. I do look back fondly though at my trip up to Kam Shan Park (金山公園) three years ago, when I last met the cheeky macaques who have made the park their home. Believe it or not, Hong Kong is not a concrete jungle – over two-thirds of Hong Kong is rural, and I myself lived in a nature reserve! The ancestors of these macaques were probably pets, and today they have lost none of their fearlessness of humans. So do pay them a visit if you’re ever passing through – only beware of leaving food or drink in sight since they are now expert pickpocketers. This one here is minding its own business…fortune-telling perhaps? Must be my kindred spirit in the animal kingdom.