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Bits and pieces

There seem to be more French people moving to Park Island. Has anyone else noticed that?
Also more Korean air hostesses are moving here, it seems. If you want to meet some of them, they can be often be seen poolside at Chic Chic on weekends. So, if you want to practice your Korean, or are looking for a Korean friend, girlfriend, or wife, that might be a good place to meet them!

Has the gwailo who has joined the old folks doing tai chi in the piazza started a trend? Apparently a second gwailo was spotted joining them last week.  Maybe I should give it a try?
The luxury villas are apparently having their current kitchens ripped out and a newer modern kitchen installed. Word is that Sun Hung Kai are going to position these as even more upmarket than they had initially planned, so are now putting in top of the line European kitchens.
Around 20 workmen and engineering-looking types were recently seen thoroughly inspecting the structure right next to the new villas. What were they up to I wonde…

Ma Wan Village houses under construction.

There are still around 100 village houses under construction, on Ma Wan, apparently. Here is a photo of some of them under construction.

The construction process seems to be well planned and orderly (quite the opposite to the usual chaos that you see when village houses are constructed). The reason for this is that the entire Ma Wan village was planned and is being built by Sun Hun Kai, who under an agreement with the villagers agreed to provide a certain number of houses for them.
And in case anyone is worried, the villagers (or indeed anyone who lives in these houses) will not be able to use the Park Island facilities such as the pools and gym etc. Only Park Island residents with resident cards can get access to these facilities. The village does have some facilities that anyone the island can use. They have a tennis court (that seems be more often used for soccer), and a large soccer stadium, and also kids play areas.
I know some foreigners who actually live in the village apartments…

Where to get good coffee on Park Island

As more expats, who appreciate (and crave) good coffee move to Park Island, the question as to where to get good coffee on Park Island is becoming more common.
I am a very fussy coffee drinker, and somewhat of a coffee connoisseur, so I struggle to find good coffee anywhere in HK. To put things into perspective, I would rank a Starbucks coffee at around 2/10, Pacific Coffee at 3/10, Café O and McCafe at around 4/10, and Press Room and Classifieds at 7/10.
I tried a coffee at Café Roma on Park Island and would rate it at 4/10 (although for many people the coffee there would be considered entirely fine).
Anyhow, a number of people recommended me a café in the Ma Wan village, called Rosanna Tea Room, so I thought I would check it out.
See below some pictures of the café.
First pic shows a yellow table where you can sit it you want to drink outside.
Second pic shows some of the homemade cakes and biscuits for sale.

Pics 3 and 4 show the seating inside the café.

I forgot to take a pic of the coff…

The end of a great day on park island (with photo).

After my morning coffee, I went down to the beach, and had a sleep for an hour or so. Then I went for another swim. Then I went back to my apartment and did a few emails. Had pizza and a few beers for a late afternoon brunch/early dinner.
Now chilling with a cold beer on my balcony. Here's a pic of the sun setting over the ocean:

Nice huh? In the distance you can see the ocean and the setting sun shining down. Then, closer to the  bottom of the picture you can see some shrimp farms, and at the bottom are the houses of the Ma Wan village (in that area you can go and eat nice local sea food).
Have a great week ahead everyone!
Good night from Park Island!