Less Smog, More Smaug

By Stephen Ewashkiw | January 5, 2014

8,008 km so far.

One more move while we are here in Hong Kong, as we headed back to Teresa’s for our last couple of nights in town. After dropping our stuff off, we went out for food and a walk around Teresa’s neighbourhood.

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Teresa with yoga glow.

This involves endless stairs, up and down, up and down, but this also gives us great views out over the city, of the many buildings climbing higher and higher into the sky.

Rising higher, Sheung Wan district.

Rising higher, Sheung Wan district.

Fortunately the air is clearer in Hong Kong than it was in Shanghai so all this walking isn’t burning our lungs (as much).

Damn Fine Pastries

We finally got to visit Po’s Atelier, which Teresa had recommended to us when we first got to town. At Po’s we had the best pastry we’ve eaten since we were last in France, back in 2005. And we have eaten a lot of pastry since then.

Seriously. It is that good.

The Danish with petit pois was phenomenal. That might not sound like a great combination, but trust me. Then we had little puffs filled with dark chocolate that were heavenly. We went back almost immediately and bought a couple of pain au chocolat for tomorrow morning.

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The main man, Sheung Wan district.

I talked to the pastry chef who had lived in Vancouver for 12 years, studied at Simon Fraser University, and then decided she loved making pastry. So she gave up her career path, came home to Hong Kong and created Po’s.

I am so glad she followed her dream, because damn, those are fine pastries!

There Must Be Some Dragons In The Atmosphere

This evening we did something we have been meaning to do the whole time we have been in Hong Kong. See a movie. Most movie theatres around the world show films in the local language, so since we left on the trip we have only seen three movies in the theatre: The Great Gatsby in Budapest, Gravity in Berlin, and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in Shanghai.

Tonight we are headed to the Dolby Atmos theatre (in Times Square!) for a screening of The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug. Dolby Atmos is 360 degrees of surround sound, with speakers all around – above, below, and side to side. A special mix of the film is done to the specs of the theatre speaker system so that sound really moves all around you as the action moves on the screen.

Yes, you read that correctly: they do a special sound mix of the film just for the handful of Dolby Atmos theatres. Add 3D film-making into the mix and it’s a totally immersive experience.

If you have the opportunity to check out an Atmos screening, I highly recommend it. I swear that some of Smaug’s breathing made my hair blow back slightly.

The experience was incredible. It’s amazing how special something like seeing a moving becomes when you haven’t had the opportunity to do it in a while.  

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