Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Housekeeping - All in a Hong Kong Second

I've always been a slow blogger, but recently the eagle eyed might have discovered a little more slowness than usual. There are two big things going on right now that are keeping me busier than ever (eating and writing already get pretty busy, I'll have you believe) so I thought I'd let you know and hopefully my tardiness will be somewhat excused.

A) Island East Markets.

Words cannot describe how excited I am about this one. On September 30, I'll be opening a farmers market!!!!! 

It'll be 40-plus stalls of local (Hong Kong) organic farmers, arts and crafts, delicious food and drink, jams, honey, snacks, eco-friendly homewares, plus bands, cooking demos... everything great about farmers markets in every other great city in the world is coming to Hong Kong. It's about time we had one, dontchyathink? 

We've been getting so much help from everyone, from finding the right organic farmers to cool vendors and more, and it's still a work in progress, so if you think you can help, please get in touch!

Meanwhile, we're on Facebook, Twitter, Sina Weibo, Vimeo, and have a blog, newsletter and website - come say hi!

B) A wedding

My wedding, to be precise. I've been looking at fabulous places, table settings, and enough white floaty fabric to wrap around the globe 5 times. 

Nothing, aside from the Chinese banquet location, has been settled. An extremely messy affair this is, I tell you. Just look at all the places I've already been to to check out as potential venues!

Chapel at Bethanie Hall. Nope, not religious and certainly no drinks allowed here!

Suites at the InterContinental, sadly not enough space for everyone and layout not ideal

Cowshed - love the cow, the boy doesn't because he grew up on a farm

Peninsula - fabulous deck but closed for renovations first 6 months of 2013 at least

Yee Tung Heen for Chinese banquets - not big enough for our gigantic family

American Club - decent deck, but the indoor part (coffeeshop) looks very tired
And of course, I might have gone just a little crazy at pinning white dresses on Pinterest...

So, please excuse me if I'm a little slower than usual at blogging!


  1. Hey, congratulations on your upcoming wedding! Wonderful news. You still have lots of time to plan it. And I look forward to the farmer's market in September. You have done a good job promoting it.

  2. Congratulations on both counts! I can't imagine how busy you're going to be. Looking forward to all the pictures that you'll have from both events! Once again, congratulations and the best of luck!!

  3. Congratulations and good luck to both! Looking forward to Farmers' Market!!

  4. Nadine9:26 am

    omg, Congrats! :D so much excitement in your life! All the best!

  5. Congratulations Janice and best of luck! Great and meaningful project!

    So much going on in your life no wonder you have been (are) extremely Busy.

  6. Melissa11:42 pm

    Wishing you the best in your new ventures!

  7. I laughed-out-loud (like, IRL) about the cowshed. Congrats, girl! Your banquet caterer won't know what hits them ;)

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  9. The organic scene is just not very vibrant here in KL. I struggle to find markets as the one you're involved in. If a tiny island with so little space can do it, Malaysia will all of its land surely can!

  10. Best wishes for both, I understand that your days are passing that fast when managing both things. Sure you are really excited about it, especially your wedding ;)

  11. Congratulations Janice!! Wishing you all the best for both of your ventures! ;) (And all the happiness in the world for your wedding!)

    Very much looking forward to visit your farmers market (and to cook with the ingredients purchased from there)!