Have yourself a merry coffee Christmas

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Christmas began early for me.

A couple of weeks ago, I received a parcel from a friend in Canada. Actually, TVB called me to pick it up from the entrance office because the parcel was too big to put into my company locker. Inside the parcel, I found a pair of much-needed safety goggles; thank you; but that wasn't enough. The parcel also contained an insulated very-nice-to-hold coffee mug similar to the ones you'll see at Starbucks but made by a Canadian coffee chain. I've been using the cup a lot recently because the weather here in Hong Kong has become seriously chilly and my coffee cools far too quickly. If that wasn't enough, there were also a few packets and a can of high grade coffee. Unfortunately, I don't own a coffee grinder so grinding the coffee was something to ponder about.

A week ago, a friend from Australia came to Hong Kong to visit his family here. He's actually the same fellow; and his wife too; that gave me the Breville espresso maker. Before leaving Australia, he asked me what I'd like from Australia and I told him; cheese. We have cheese here in Hong Kong but it's too expensive for me. In fact, basically any quality food imported from overseas is too expensive for me. When I go to City Super (one of the best local stores for good imported food), I generally content myself by just walking around and looking at the great food but rarely buying anything. Just a quick example. In Australia, we can buy really tasty whole legs of ham for between HK$100 and $200. Here in Hong Kong, forget it. A decent leg of lam costs hundreds of dollars. It's simply not reasonable to consider buying a leg of lam here. Come to think of it, a leg of lam is one of the things my parents brought me when they visited us in June this year. That was a very yummy month.

Well my friend came over and when I visited him at his home here, I disbelievingly watched as he and his wife showed me what they'd brought over for me. First on the list was a new Breville coffee grinder! There go my coffee grinding problems. Next, there were two 1kg packets of freshly roasted coffee from Australia, a few more packets of coffee of other brands, several packets of various flavours of cheese and what seemed to be a gazillion other things.

It was turning out to be a very coffee Christmas, something I have no problems with.

A coffee Christmas

Some of the Christmas coffee goodies I've received this year. In the front, there are also two plain-wrapped packets of coffee beans that I purchased in Bali earlier this year. Now that I have a grinder, I'll actually be able to drink it.

It's certainly going to be a while before I need to buy more coffee at Starbucks.

A few nights ago, my wife and I went to a small gathering of mobloggers here in Hong Kong. We did the 'silent Santa' thing and I found myself with . . . . . wait for it . . . . . a USB-powered coffee cup warmer!!! OK, now things are getting creepy.

Suffice to say, I've been drinking nothing but coffee for the last couple of weeks. Probably not too healthy; everything in moderation is the golden rule; but in this cold weather, coffee will have to do for the time being.

So long, and thanks for all the coffee (sounds like a line from Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, a TV series which probably only the older among you will be familiar with).


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9 Responses to “Have yourself a merry coffee Christmas”
  1. Mai says:

    Have a very merry Christmas and an exciting New Year Greg!

    Best wishes to you and your family.

    Personally, I prefer drinking hot water in cold weather..Must be an asian thing! :P

  2. sapphire says:

    當看到你介紹禮物的相片時,還以為上錯了一個 “聖誕禮物廣告雜誌” 的網站。哈!
    希望你在英國有個 white Christmas, 到時可否影多些 Scottish baronial castles 的相片給我們看呀?
    不過我們今年會有個 brown Christmas, 因為明天會出發去 Las Vegas 玩幾天,劉德華 Christmas eve 晚會在 MGM 開演唱會。
    住在無落雪地方的人希望有個 white Christmas,但住在有落雪地方的人就想有個 brown Christmas,真是有些諷刺。

  3. TVB Series Lovers says:

    Hi Greg, :)

    Wow...you have a lot coffee there as X-Mas presents but the thoughs that counts right?

    I tend to drink coffee only when I need to stay awake; other than that then I don't drink coffee.

    Can you sleep even if you drink coffee before bed time? I can't sleep or have to sleep later when I drink coffee before bed time or even early in the day.

    However, my mom can sleep easily; eventhough, she just drinks coffee before her bed time because she is a coffee drinker.

    Anyway, wishing and your family a Merry Christmas filled with love and happiness; and a Happy New Year with lots of good health, luck, and prosperity! :)

  4. TVB Series Lovers/Your Fan :) says:

    I had just finised watching Healing Hands III and I saw you in there when you are singing a song and playing the guitar; and you sings pretty well. I like it! :) Do you know the title of the song? Thanks a lot! :)

    Btw, do you know how to play guitar or any musical instruments? Thx for answering! :)

  5. Arthur Heng says:

    So long and thanks for all the fish, lol. Anyway, enjoy your Christmas!

  6. firthette says:

    Hope you have a safe and coffee-ful Christmas in Scotland! :-)

    I definitely enjoy a white Christmas, but after a long, cold and very white winter last year in Toronto, Canada, I'm so happy to be back enjoying the Aussie summery Christmas ;-) Hope you come back to Sydney to visit soon...!!

  7. yoyo says:

    i like,but most of time i didn't this...
    Just say merry christmas!

  8. Jack says:

    Hi Greg! I wish you a very happy New Year! I do hope that I can see you more often on TV this year. By the way, have you (or can you) apply for being the host of the programmes on Pearl (Like the new one, Dolce Vida?) That way we can see you more often 'cos you don't have to wait for the chance for a foreigner to come up on the script - Or do you think TVB can do an English series? Something about an Australian living in Hong Kong. I mean, they do have a lot of actors & actresses who can handle an English script so theritically it is possible and it sounds cool.
    Although I personally hope that I can see you as a lead role in a Chinese series. I still remember that you have got quite a big role in a drama a few years back with So Yuk Wah. I forgot the name of that series but you were playing her best friend. You are really good there!
    By the way, you were saying that the things in City Super are too expensive, have you tried the Park'n'shop Super Store? They have got some good stuff there cheaper than City Super, still a bit over-priced though... Better than nothing if noone is visiting, right? ;-)

  9. sapphire says:


    FYI, 上星期的"一週刊" 825 期的"優質生活" 有你跟 Mobloggers 的聖誕聚會訪問出街呀!

    在訪問中不單只可以見到你的太太,還見到你其他的至愛.......Canon 相機及長火,(很長的lens ) 及那個綠白色很漂亮的 iBook。
    早知你當時有iBook 傍身,我們可以 online send 個 message 去現場跟你 say Hi 啦.