im 20 and im back from hongkong! we managed to survive with minimal cantonese because most of the people there understood chinese/english. ate all the cheap good food recommended by books/karen/anthony bourdain. and of course, visited two different H&Ms. took alot of photos & drank alot of milk tea.
119 pictures taken during the hongkong trip ahead.
we managed to get a window seat on the flight to hk! how lucky (:
goodbye fellow singaporeans!
i was so excited i couldnt sleep but jacky fell asleep almost immediately.
at hongkong airport! i think their airport is really nice. changi airport looks so old in comparison. while waiting for the coach to send us to the hotel, we realised we’re the youngest travellers with the biggest baggages & we were the only two people staying at regal kowloon hotel.
our hotel room. number 677. fairly big & clean & comfy but there was a series of mysterious knockings on the door over the 3 nights. frankly speaking, i was quite freaked because our room was at the end of the corridor and room 666 was just next to ours.
first stop: mongkok. langham place. the shopping mall has 10 storeys worth of shops! the architecture within the building itself was pretty magnificent.
it was also where i had my first dose of H&M here. the wait for the fitting room was SUPER LONG because the maximum number of pieces each person can bring in is SEVEN. this H&M was so crowded and chaotic and i couldnt find my sizes on the racks. i bought a clutch, 2 bangles and a top only.
ladies market next. seriously, it just feels like a singapore pasar malam with very little walking space. bargaining was the way to go and jacky demostrated how to do it for me. we didnt chance upon the icecream truck that karen raved about. ):
took the MTR back to Tsim Sha Tsui. their ‘octopus card’ works the same way as our ez-link card. you can also use the octopus card to pay for your purchases at 7-elevens. their trains come every 2 minutes or so.
by now, we were pretty famished because it was already around 10.40 and we have not had dinner.
there was a charlie brown cafe that was still open on the way back to our hotel from the train station so we went there for dinner (:
you can sense jacky’s hunger from this picture haha.
on the way back i gave charlie brown a kiss lol.
jacky went out while i was bathing and he returned with a snoopy cake for me when it was midnight. happy 20th birthday to me (: i feel so old now because im officially 20. i have to use at least two big candles on my birthday cakes from now onwards!
the cake was mango yoghurt cheesecake with a white chocolate base. it was really yummy! and snoopy was edible :D
day two. back to the train station & took a station down to jordan. we walked up and down this longggg street in search of our breakfast place.
the menu pinned to the wall. we sat at table ONE! we simply ordered the breakfast set with iced milk tea. that was nearly what everyone else was having anyway.
the set includes: 1.macaroni with ham. i like this.
2. toast with eggs. you can choose between scrambled or sunny-side-up. the main reason why we were there was for their melt-inb-your-mouth scrambled eggs but because we didnt understand what the waiter was talking about, we ordered both types. and yes, i agree that they probably serve the best scrambled eggs ever.
iced milk tea. its more tea-ish than milk-ish, hence, this is a thumbs-up for me (:
the place was extremely crowded with the breakfast people and we were sitting at some corner in something that looked like a booth seat but we were sitting next to each other and facing a wall haha. i think jacky liked the food too because he finished everything, even the sunny-side-up although he had always rejected the watery eggyolks in the past!
i was just posing. i was, in actual fact, really happy & satisfied with my breakfast!
the place seems to be fully run by men. doesnt this just feels so authentic-ally HONGKONG?
had to take a picture of the shopfront. love this place!
jacky: “i wonder how many eggs they use up each day.” (:
hongkong doesnt use the parking coupons. they insert coins into this little machine over here and depending on the amount you put in, it will start to countdown the parking time.
mister pay’s street.
off to disneyland!
mickey train. the seats are cushioned, mind you! disneyland must be making alot of money.
so excited i smiled until my eyes were so tiny.
queuing up for entry. our tickets!
donald & daisy! <3 donald duck is so cute quack quack.
the souvenir shop! mickey & buzzzzzz lightyear.
marie the cat & stitch.
it was a good choice to head for disneyland on a friday because there was not much crowd and we didnt spend too much time waiting!
hi this is my lamborghini.
for once, jacky gets to be driven around by me. hahah
the marching band. i know im not a trumpet-ist but theres no clarinets!
the castle is behind me!
he seems alot calmer haha.
on our way to watch a 3D cartoon. it was cool because not only was it 3D, it also incorporated the sense of smell and touch into the performance. for eg, they sprayed water on our faces/blew wind/added in fragrances as the cartoon progresses.
mickey mouse. we didnt take picture with minnie mouse though.
winnie the pooh had a sad face ):
goofy looks goofy. it had such a goofy look that there were hardly anyone queuing up to take a snapshot with him.
the ‘castle’ behind is actually the ride “its a small world”.
lunch! aint the dining hall LOVELY??????
fish&chips leftovers. minnie mouse ketchup!
i told you that the dining hall was lovely, didnt i? dont you agree with me? (: there was one more of the prince & cinderella but we didnt take a picture of it.
entrance to adventureland! the guy behind in khaki shirt & cowboy hat seems to be filming but i dont recognize him as any of the hongkong stars. he did a thumbs-up sign to me haha.
souvenir shopping for a cap/visor because the sun was unbearably blinding.
ippt gold awardee, use all your might & pull it out!
start of the disney parade!
i was damn happy because the parade’s disney music was so upbeat & it was in cantonese. :D :D :D
chip & dale!
hi ho hi ho! 7 dwarffffffs.
the princesses float.
alice in wonderland.
the disney gang!
cinderella & the prince. she said to me “ooh i like your dress, you are all ready for the ball, arent you?” hahha no i need my glass slippers first.
snow white pointed to jacky and turned to me “so, is he your prince?”
sleeping beauty: “i like your outfit! why dont you pull your dress together with me?” oh my gosh, all the disney princesses were so gorgeous but why do they say such silly things! the weird thing about hongkong disneyland is, they seem to deny the existence of princess jasmine from aladdin! ): they didnt appear in the parade, much less the phototaking sessions and there were NO souvenirs from aladdin the cartoon! why!
byebye disneyland! we didnt stay for the fireworks because it was only 5-ish when we left and there was nothing much to do in the park anymore for 3 hours before the fireworks start at 8pm. and we didnt want to be caught in human traffic jam because there is only ONE train that brings us back to modern hongkong haha.
sunny bay station. the place to change from the normal train to the disney train.
dinner at a porridge place that we chanced upon with displays of many newspaper clippings & many stars/singers graced this humble eating place before.
set meal : porridge & fried beehoon & homemade soya bean milk. their porridge wins crystal jade’s handsdown. the soya bean milk tastes good too!
there were numerous porn video shops flanking temple street. they sell nothing but porn and of course, there were men inside.
i SCREAMT in joy when i saw the icecream truck! (: i guess we were really lucky because according to karen, there’s only about 7 of these in the entire hongkong and it was already pretty late. we both had icecream & it was lovely, cheap & creamy (:
temple street! we walked aimlessly while licking icecream and went past more pasarmalam-ish roadside stalls and to my amazement, there were more than 5 stalls selling adult sex toys along that short stretch of road.
day three. central station in search of old school restuarant for breakfast. the coach store opens in june!
our very heavy dimsum breakfast!
ho sek ho mei dou!
the place was truly oldschool. it was crowded with locals who sat there with newspapers and there was hardly any seats for us. we had to share a table with three other strangers. we also had to choose/take our own dimsum from the pushcarts and let them stamp on a piece of paper provided for every item that we took.
lin heung teahouse.
it was shophouse-style! according to a hongkong reference book, a murder took place here before but that hasnt stopped people from coming here to taste their dimsum!
next, the city bus to ocean park!
ocean park tai shue wan entrance!
ocean park is big, like BIG.
theres multiple escalators upppp. although it was a saturday, the park was not as crowded as we thought it would be.
shark aquarium this way please!
does this ride looks familiar?
yes we did it again haha.
OKAY OKAY no problem!
viking ship snapshots again (: im going to make a collection of these haha.
SO CUTE. :D
challenged myself! we went up this TWICE. the scariest part was when we were all the way up there and waiting for the fall.
macdonalds was everywhere! i heard that their fries taste better than ours. well, it tastes more potato-y.
cablecar ride down to the ocean park lowland.
cablecar rides are scary especially when you look down and you see deserted land areas.
one of the ocean park mascots – parrot.
another. his nametag reads: PROFESSOR.
pandas are so lazy and they do nothing but sleep & laze around hahah.
although they are so lazy, lots of people still flock over to catch a glimpse of these black&white bears!
how the pandas got their blackeyes! after we left ocean park, we were back at central and we visited the H&M store there. this H&M was much bigger than the one at langham place : 2 storeys of ladies, 1 basement of menswear and the 3rd level for kids. jacky bought a total of 4 polos&tees. i bought 2 bags, 3 dresses, 1 top, 1 belt & 1 wallet. omgggg.
the peak! OMGGGGGGGG the scenery took my breath away. hongkong nightview is amazing. but i cried at the peak because while alighting from the peak tram, i banged my head against the metal pole and there was a bump instantly & it hurt like mad.
we took the open top bus back from the peak to the MTR!!!!!
last day: cha chan ting for breakfast (: yawnnnn, jacky.
iced milk tea (:
it was so early the shops were not even open yet. we went granville road (:
central MTR station! we went back there specially to buy eggtarts. we bought some before we went to the peak the day before and decided that we should get more fresh ones back to singapore. the eggtarts here are SUPER delicious & the egg custard is smooth & silky. for someone who doesnt fancy eggtarts, i had two in a row.
the best eggtarts ever. its on ‘no reservations’ list too. :D
how we got around hongkong by ourselves for four days. after getting the eggtarts we went silvercord & harbourcity. haha i got stopped for a picture by a hongkong magazine at harbourcity and they just emailed me. cheap thrill.
we had xu liu shan’s mango desserts. this is goodstuff, why singapore dont have!
this is a summary of four days in hongkong. im so sorry i couldnt find krispykreme at the airport because im at a different terminal ): sorry ):