Friday, November 30, 2007

Eating-Shopping-Eating-Shopping...

FINALLY!!! I've gotten the pictures ready to pen down the events that occur during my trip to Hong Kong... For those who faithfully checks into my blog often, please do accept my apologies for the long lapse of updates as I've been unbelievably busy the past month... I really wondered what has happened... :P

Alrighty here are the details of my trip...  
It was 4.30am when I arrived at the Singapore Changi Airport on 17th Nov 2007... a crazy hour to be rushing to check-in for a flight... -_-  I was so zonk that I was literally yawning away... anyways... we arrived at the Hong Kong International airport around 9+ in the morning...don't be fooled by the smiles... cos behind the shades were a pair of dark panda eye-rings... *bleah*
We checked into the BP International Hotel that's wonderfully located along Austin Road... it's at the heart of Kowloon and it's just 5 minutes walk to the Jordan MTR Station. Hotel rooms were clean albeit puny... 
Our first stop after checking in? FOOD!!! of course... we were famished by the time the check-in was done... cos that was already after 2pm... we headed to the cafe right opposite the hotel... they served fabulous 云吞面. I can't believe the amount of minced meat/prawns that was stuffed in those yummilicious 云吞... the sight of the food just made me salivate... or maybe I was too hungry? *grin*
Without a proper agenda, we started our 'expedition' of shopping from Central... my colleagues said that they wished to visit H&M and off to the store we trotted... we were at the branch that's located along Queens Road... the place was packed like sardine that day... 4 storeys of fashion ranging from men's wear on the basement, accessories on the ground floor, to ladies ready-to-wear fashion on the 2nd floor and kids fashion on the 3rd floor... it seemed to me that things were free of charge... hehehe... I didn't get anything from there given the crowd and long queue at the cashier... FORGET IT... but I must say stuff there are the likes of Top Shop, Zara etc but at a slightly more affordable price bracket.
That evening, we had a company's dinner gathering at Shadowman Cyber Cafe(owned by a colleague's dad)... the food was western style...the twist? It's halal... interesting eh... a halal restaurant in Hong Kong... food was simply delicious... I'll give it two thumbs up!!! The restaurant is on 21 Ashley Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon.

Day 2 - 18th Nov 2007, the HK election was on... and the streets were somewhat busy... as our hotel was just next to the Kowloon Garden where the election was held at... we took a short walk and settled for a 茶餐厅 and took a quick bite of breakfast before heading for the next shopping belt... we were told that there are interesting things to see and buy along 深水步 but to our dismay most of the shops weren't open yet...and those that were open, we only noticed merchandise that will appeal to my mum or dad more kekekeke... ok lesson learnt...
We didn't do very much shopping that morning except for walking down the entire Tsim Sha Tsui. We then headed for lunch at 糖朝 along Canton Road (towards the direction of Harbour City)... didn't manage to get the name of the restaurant in English... *sorry* This place served the most decadent dim sum and desserts... the 豆花 is a MUST TRY!!! I saw patrons order the beancurd jelly in barrels (ahem not those big ones that are used for making wine though)... 

We took a 15-20mins rest back at the hotel before we charged for 花园街市集 Fa Yuen Street Market this is a place that most of us went crazy... things here are cheaper than the 女人街 and the fashion goods are extremely trendy... if you are the sort who goes for quantity rather than quality... this is the place to SHOP till you DROP!!! Just look at what I've got... *grin*
The final count... I've gotten 6 pairs of shoes, 5 bags, 3 belts, 2 pairs of denim skinny jeans (capri & long), 2 scarves, and too many clothes that I've lost count of them and the bed in the hotel couldn't contain them for me to do a photoshoot... *blush* 

That night we shopped till we drop (literally) that we didn't even have the energy or desire to have dinner... you get the picture...

**Side track - if you enjoy shopping in a mall with air-conditioning and yet have the variety like Fa Yuen Street Market... this place you might want to check out... "New Town Mall"... take the MTR and alight at Mong Kok and take the D2 exit... it's just a few steps away from the exit of the train station.

Day 3 - 19th Nov 2007 (the FINAL day)... it was an unexciting morning...we woke up late - the aftermath of being a shoppaholic? Aching legs!!! We had a quick breakfast at yet another cafe along the street... but here are some interesting things I've photographed along the way that day... 
While at the cafe, we noticed that the locals use the hot tea that's served on the table to rinse their cutlery... I heard it's because, the tea has been left on the table way before any customers came in...therefore we do not know how long the tea has been left in the open with dust or even lizard's poo being dropped into it... *shrug*... 'when in Rome do what the Romans do'... hehehe
Another thing I've observed was that the staple food (eg. rice/noodles) usually comes in HUGE portions... it only came to our realisation that if you order eg. chicken rice, the waitress will ask if you wish to have it in a bowl or on a plate... the difference? Bowl comes in smaller portion while plate comes in a HUGE portion... *faint*  
I was rather amused by these words that are painted on the floor on both sides of a side street reminding pedestrians to watch out for on coming traffic... 
At the MTR station, there were notices that are in interesting formats to warn passengers to not to try rushing into the trains when the door chimes is going off signalling door closing. While on the train, the train route chart has blinking indicators informing you of where the train was headed and also at which side will the doors be opening... so COOL!!! so unlike our MRT trains...teehehe...
When you are along Mong Kok... you really do not want to miss this heavenly dessert... the 许留山 mango dessert is definitely a MUST TRY!!! Almost every corner you turn along Mong Kok, you're bound to find a Hui Lau Shan cafe or stall.
Lastly...some cam-whoring exercise going on as we went along the 3 days stay in Hong Kong... 

Verdict of the place? Definitely a shopping paradise... much better than Bangkok in my opinion... although it's a little costlier than Bangkok and many many times better & much more interesting than Singapore I feel!!!

3 comments:

Vyvy said...

u are spot on man!! the mango dessert ahhh is really to die for!! when i was there last year, i can't stop eating them!! yummy!

The New Parent said...

Hi MB--sounds like you had quite the time and the food looks yummy (smile)!

Mama Bliss said...

Hi Ivy, yeah... hui lau shan is simply heavenly... i can't have enough of it... ;P

Hi NP, HK has lots and lots of good food... wish i had that ability to eat more...teehehe... i've had a great time in HK... hope to go there again sometime... ;P