[Hong Kong] This is exciting. Huge fans of Doraemon would know that his birthday falls on September 3rd 2112. You are not reading wrong, this means we will be counting down to his birthday 100 years early!
This is kind of embarrassing, for a huge guy my age to confess that I like Xiao Ding Dang aka Doraemon.
I have the whole set of 12 McDonalds Doraemon Horoscope! Imagine how many Happy Meals I ate.
The truth is when I was young, I liked Nobita first because I felt like a complete nerd and loser like him. We had some many resemblances – short-sighted, lazy, did not like to do homework, and kept getting nagged by my mum (this doesn’t change). That was when I craved for a friend like Doraemon.
Of course I am a lot more hardworking now, and it was Doraemon’s cartoons which taught us life lessons.
Lesson 1: Although there are quick gadgets to get past problems, hard work prevails all.
Lesson 2: Help a friend in need, and they will help you back in need.
Lesson 3: Always be well-equipped, you never know when you need those tools. (That’s why my bag is full of things, that people call it the Doraemon bag.)
Doraemon and I have one thing in common – the love of Dorayaki
Good news for Doraemon fans (especially if you stay in Hong Kong), Harbour City will be hosting the “100 Years Before the Birth of Doraemon” Exhibition from August 14 to September 16. It will be the start of the one hundred year countdown to his birthday!
The exhibition will showcase 100 unique Doraemon figures along with 100 different pieces from his well-known repertoire of secret gadgets. It would be like a dream come true to see my Top 3 favourite gadgets which are 1) Dokodemo door (can travel anywhere) 2) Take-copter (put on your head to fly) and 3) Big light torch (can enlarge objects – I need to enlarge some of my jeans after all that eating).
The ‘Dokodemo’ door (ren yi men) which will lead to Harbour City at Hong Kong.
The BO-LO’GNE café and bar located inside Harbour City’s LCX will also be transformed into a pop-up Doraemon themed café, where you can enjoy Doraemon spaghetti and hamburger set. I would so want to eat this.
Talking about food, Hong Kong’s Harbour City is a diner’s paradise and there are so many restaurants that I would want to try. If Doraemon and friends are indeed around, these are some food found at Harbour City I would recommend them.
The 5 Food at Harbour City that Doreamon & Friends Will Like…
Gong Cha for Doraemon ドラえもん
Doraemon favourite food is dorayaki, because he loves sweet cakes with red bean paste within. He should also like the sweet beverage of Gong Cha Milk Tea with Bubble pearls for him to slowly chew on. Since Doraemon has the tendency to panic, sipping on the cold bubble tea can also calm him down.
Zone：Star ANNEX, Shop No. 316A, Telephone：3485 5543, Opening Hours：11:00am – 8:00pm
Greyhound Café Hong Kong for Nobita Nobi 野比 のび太
Doreamon’s owner Nobita is unfortunately a little slow, frail, unlucky, weak, and worse of all … lazy. The recommended food for lazy people like Nobita is the Greyhound Café Chicken Wings. These crispy addictive noms are cut to half the size of the usual wings, so that you can even eat it with just two fingers. Really! Since Nobita likes to suck his thumb sometimes, he can just suck it after savouring those chicken wings marinated with fish sauce.
Zone：Harbour City．Ocean Terminal, Level：G, Shop No.：G01, Telephone：2383 6600. Opening Hours：11:00am – 11:00pm
agnès b. CAFÉ L.P.G. for Shizuka Minamoto 源 静香
Shizuka is the girl that Nobita likes, and is pretty, smart and very kind. She has a talent for music and love to eat sweet things. Any girl like her should like the cosy and classy agnès b. CAFÉ L.P.G. at Harbour City, where she can indulge in French delicacies, pastries and elegant little chocolates.
Zone：Harbour City．Gateway Arcade, Level 2, Shop No.：2402K. Telephone：2956 1258. Opening Hours：10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Itacho Sushi for Takeshi Goda 剛田 武
Takeshi, is better known as Gi-an, because he is a giant – big, strong and with a huge appetite. Unfortunately, his fierce mother does not cook very well. I recommend Itacho sushi for big-sized boys like him, because he can savour all the delicious Japanese sushi of different varieties at a very budget price. Also, “Itacho” means “Chief Chef” in Japanese, and I think Gi-an does look like a leader and chief.
Zone：Harbour City．Ocean Terminal, Level 3, Shop No. LCX, Telephone：2736 2731, Opening Hours：11:30 – 22:30
Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao for Suneo Honekawa 骨川 スネ夫
Suneo is the rich kid who loves to flaunt his material wealth before everyone. I ought to recommend him something classy. Other than COVA Patisserie, he should enjoy Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao which provides quality Chinese cuisine with superior service. As Suneo is also very self-conscious about his height, maybe he can try eating some hand-pulled La Mian as some Chinese feel this would length years and height.
Zone：Harbour City．Gateway Arcade Level 3, Shop No. 3328, Telephone：2622 2699 Opening Hours：11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
With fantastic celebrations for Doraemon, great shopping and dining, it is time to make your way to 海港城 Harbour City! Where’s my Take-copter to Hong Kong?
Organizer: Harbour City and Animation International Ltd.,
Curator: AllRightsReserved Ltd.
Date: 12 August – 16 September, 2012
Time: 11:00 – 21:00 (Monday – Sunday)
Venue: Gallery by the Harbour- Shop 207, Ocean Centre, Harbour City, Tsimshatsui (next to Fendi), Hong Kong
Harbour City Hotline: (852) 2118 8666
“100 Years Before the Birth of Doraemon” Official Facebook Page: http://facebook.com/100doraemon