2019, Mon



It’s that time of the year again. The Mid-Autumn Festival has come and gone. That means you’ve probably got a whole stash of mooncakes from work sitting in your apartment collecting dust.



“No, Johnson! You can’t have a raise. You can enjoy these MOONCAKES though!!”


Fortunately, your options aren’t limited to merely throwing them away or regifting them on any unsuspecting family members who are planning on visiting China in the nearby future.


Here at Sherpa’s, we’ve been racking our brains trying to find out great ways to utilize your unwanted calorie bombs. Waste not, want not.


Yoga Wheel  瑜伽轮


Yoga is great. It keeps you fit and helps reduce stress. Unfortunately, it’s a bit on the pricey side, but no worries – you just scored a free yoga wheel from your repurposed mooncakes!


Coaster  杯垫


“Dude, how many times do I have to tell you? This isn’t college anymore. You have to respect the wood.” With mooncake coasters, you’ll never have to wake up the next morning after a great party to encounter water stains all over your table again.


Park Spinners 公园扯铃


Alright, we admit it. We don’t know what those spinny things the old people play with in the park are called. Fortunately for you, you’ll impress the shu shus and ayis so much with your skills that it won’t matter how bad your Mandarin is.


Bikini 比基尼


You’ve already booked your Spring Festival flight to Thailand, you’ve chosen your sandy resort, and now you have the perfect bikini for the beach! Just make sure you don’t get hungry and nibble away too much.


Earplugs 耳塞


No more 6am jackhammer construction wake up calls for this laowai! The dense egg yolk and lotus root fillings will block out all unwanted sounds.


Rat Trap  捕鼠器


The big raise at work came in and you made the move to that gorgeous renovated lanehouse you’ve been dreaming of. The only problem? – Those mice sure do like 1st floor apartments in the alley. Good thing you’ve got mooncake traps.


Pothole Fix  坑洞修复


Just in case the city takes a little bit to fix that hole on your morning commute, you’re already prepared. Your scooter will thank you.


Cat Bed 猫床垫


You’ve spent countless rmb on beds for Miss Fluff, but she just won’t use them. Leave a few spongy mooncakes out though, and we bet she’ll have a new favourite spot.


VR Goggle Headset  头戴式VR眼镜


The kids have been begging for a PS4 Pro with VR goggles for Christmas for a while now. Too bad for them that whole setup is really expensive. Try out this knock-off set instead. It only plays Mooncake Mania, but its really, really fun. You’ll win parents of this year this upcoming holiday season.

孩子们已经吵着闹着好久说想要一个带VR护目镜的PS4 Pro作为圣诞礼物了。但整个装置真的很贵。试一试这套替代品。它只会播放月饼狂潮,但它真的,真的很有趣。在即将到来的假期里,你将赢得今年的最佳家长奖。

Frisbee 飞盘


Get out and enjoy the nice weather before the big chill comes! Your new mooncake frisbee is soft on the hands, and the bright colours make it easy to see. Perfect.


For even more mooncake ideas, check out our Mooncake posts from years past:


Mooncakes Part 1

Mooncakes Part 2

How about you guys? Do you have any fun alternative uses for mooncakes instead? Just us know in the comments below and maybe we’ll photoshop them for next year!


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2019, Fri



Happy Mid-Autumn Festival! We hope your long weekend is off to a good start. Like any Chinese festival, food plays a big part in the celebrations of mid-autumn festival, the most popular being mooncakes, but what other food is enjoyed and why?


We’ve put together a scrumptious list of popular food you can eat over this glorious festival that celebrates the season’s harvest.


Duck 鸭肉


Image via Unsplash 图片来自Unsplash

You don’t need to go very far to find this delicacy, especially in Mid-Autumn Festival as it is the most popular food after mooncakes. Chinese people believe it plays an important part in keeping the yin yang balance in our body, thus to enhance health.


Pumpkins 南瓜


Image via Unsplash 图片来自Unsplash

Much like western countries, the pumpkin becomes a popular vegetable through the autumn months. Eating pumpkin on the night of Mid-Autumn Festival is believed to bring good health because of its round golden appearance.


River Snails  田螺


Image via Wikimedia Commons 图片来自Wikimedia Commons

In the south of China, particularly for Cantonese people, river snails are an important dish and is thought to help brighten the eyes. Because of its strong odour, it is often cooked with medicinal herbs.


Taro 芋头


Taro cake – image via Max Pixel 图片来自Max Pixel

People love the fresh and soft texture of taro and it becomes a versatile vegetable during Autumn used in both sweet and savoury dishes. Since the Qing Dynasty, it is believed that eating taro during the Mid-Autumn Festival will dispel bad luck and bring good luck and wealth.


Hairy Crab 大闸蟹


Shanghai Hairy Crab – Image via Wikimedia Commons 图片来自Wikimedia Commons

Eating hairy crab has become a popular delicacy in recent years and they’re at their best in September and October, being richest in protein and amino acids. The custom of eating them originated from Jiangsu and Zhejiang but is now popular across southern China.


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2019, Thu




Image by @thecheesebarldnvia Instagram 图片来自Instagram

Conveyor belt food isnothing new. It started out as early as 1958, when Japanese restaurant manager Yoshiaki Shiraishi took a novel approach to dealing with staff shortages in his small sushi joint. He invented kaitenzushi – translated literally to ‘rotating sushi’ – a restaurant style where the fish dishes make their way through the restaurant on a conveyor belt, waiting for hungry guests to pick off their favourite.

回转食物不是什么新鲜事物。早在1958年,日本餐厅高管Yoshiaki Shiraishi想了一种新方法来应对服务员短缺的问题。他发明了Kaitenzushi——翻译过来就是“回转寿司”,也就是一种餐厅风格,可以把餐盘放在一条回转带上,这样就可以经过整间餐厅让饥饿的客人挑选他们最爱的食物了。


Image by Henry & Co via Unsplash 图片来自Unsplash

Sushi trains should all be familiar to most of you (if not, get yourself down to a kaitenzushi restaurant!), but how about putting other foods on the brilliant belts and letting guests serve themselves? Well, that’s just what one London restaurant has decided to do.



Image by Pick & Cheese 图片来自 Pick & Cheese

Pick & Cheese has just opened in London’s Covent Garden area – and it’s the world’s first restaurant with a cheese conveyor belt. Rather than the usual salmon nigiri and tuna homosaki snaking through the restaurant, you can instead expect to see the likes of gouda, cheddar and pecorino slowly gliding past you – as well as some cured meat plates added in for good measure.

Pick & Cheese在伦敦考文特花园区域新开张,这也是世界上第一家拥有回转奶酪的餐厅。没有寻常的三文鱼寿司和金枪鱼小吃,你可以在这家餐厅邂逅高德干酪、车打奶酪和羊乳干酪,他们会在你身边慢慢飘过——此外也会有一些腊肉拼盘等。


Image by @thecheesebarldn via Instagram 图片来自Instagram

The cheese chunks are accompanied by condiments, and there are waiters on hand to offer expert tips on wine pairings for the 25+ cheese options. While it might be easy to get carried away, you’re best advised to keep an eye on the number of colour-coded plates you’re plucking off the 40-metre belt – they can pile up quick! If you still haven’t quite had your fill of cheese, even the soft-serve ice cream is infused with brie.


Unfortunately, the conveyor belt doesn’t quite reach all the way to your door in China – but leave it our delivery drivers, and they’ll make sure your food gets to you just as easily.


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2019, Wed



Not only are we huge foodies at Sherpa’s but we’re also pretty big movie buffs – after all food and movies go hand in hand. So, in between munching on great burger deals as part of the Sherpa’s Burger Fest, we went to watch some of this week’s hottest movies.


Free Solo 徒手攀岩


Image Source: National Geographic 图片来自National Geographic

Hailed as one of the finest and most riveting documentaries released in recent memory, Free Solo follows dedicated daredevil Alex Honnold as he attempts to become the first person to ever “free solo” climb Yosemite’s 3,000ft high El Capitan Wall. As Honnold prepares to scale the vertiginous cliff without ropes or harnesses — his loved ones looking on in fear and admiration.

《徒手攀岩》被誉为最近发行的最优秀、最引人入胜的纪录片之一,这部电影以勇敢的Alex Honnold为视角,讲述他试图成为第一个“徒手攀岩”登上Yosemite’s(优胜美地) 3000英尺高的El Capitan Wal的人。当Honnold准备不系绳索和吊带爬上令人眩晕的悬崖时,他所爱的人充满担心和爱慕地注视着他。

IMDb Rating: 8.2/10

Editor’s Rating: 4.5/5 – “Incredible documentary with stunning visuals and an epic story”

IMDb 评分:8.2/10


Fast and Furious: Hobbs & Shaw 速度与激情


Image Source: Universal Pictures 图片来自Universal Pictures

Brixton Lorr is a cybernetically enhanced soldier who possesses superhuman strength, a brilliant mind and a lethal pathogen that could wipe out half of the world’s population. It’s now up to hulking lawman Luke Hobbs and lawless operative Deckard Shaw to put aside their past differences and work together to prevent the seemingly indestructible Lorr from destroying humanity.

Brixton Lorr是一名具有自控能力极强的军人,他拥有超人的力量、聪明的头脑和一种致命的病原体——这种病原体可以消灭世界上一半的人口。Luke Hobbs终于和Deckard Shaw放下他们过去的分歧,共同努力防止看似坚不可摧的Lorr毁灭人类。

IMDb Rating: 6.8/10

Editor’s Rating: 4/5 – “You know what to expect and it delivers everything you want, plus more.”



Crawl (Out this Friday) 巨鳄风暴(本周五上)


Image Source: Paramount Pictures 图片来自Paramount Pictures

When a massive hurricane hits her Florida town, young Haley ignores the evacuation orders to search for her missing father, Dave. After finding him gravely injured in their family home, the two of them become trapped by the rapidly encroaching floodwaters. With the storm strengthening, Haley and Dave discover an even greater threat than the rising water level — a relentless attack from a pack of gigantic alligators.


IMDb Rating: 6.8/10

Editor’s Rating: We’re yet to see this one, but it looks promising. We’ve already pre-booked our tickets through the Sherpa’s App!


编者评语:我们还没有看过这部,但看起来很有令人充满希望。我们已经通过Sherpa’s APP预订了电影票!

Cold Pursuit 冷血追击


Image Source: Lionsgate

Nels Coxman’s quiet life as a snowplough driver comes crashing down when his beloved son dies under mysterious circumstances. His search for the truth soon becomes a quest for revenge against a psychotic drug lord named Viking and his sleazy henchmen. Transformed from upstanding citizen to cold-blooded vigilante, Coxman unwittingly sets off a chain of events that includes a kidnapping, a series of deadly misunderstandings and a turf war between Viking and a rival boss.

Nels Coxman平静的生活在他心爱的儿子在神秘的环境下死去后被打破,作为一名铲雪司机他对真相的追求很快就遭到了对一位名叫Viking的精神类毒枭和他卑劣的追随者的报复。从正直的公民转变为冷血的义务警员,Coxman不知不觉地遭遇了一系列事件,其中包括绑架、致命的误解以及Viking和对手大boss之间的势力战。

IMDb Rating: 6.2/10

Editor’s Rating: 4/5 – “Predictable at times but still suspenseful and thrillingly enjoyable.”



How can I book tickets?


All you need to do to get started is open the Sherpa’s app and look for the ‘Movie Tickets’ banner, find the movie you want to see, choose the cinema, select the seats and then pay!


After purchasing through the Sherpa’s App you’ll receive a booking number or QR Code, just find one of the self-service kiosks in the cinema and print your tickets!


Make sure you have the latest version of the Sherpa’s App and just look for the banner. So, no need to worry about the rainy days or extreme heat, whether you decide to stay in and enjoy your favourite restaurant or go out and catch a movie, we got you!


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