18 July 2014
First of all, I would like to thank my boss for letting us off early so that we could catch our flight at 5.05pm. It's gonna be a very short trip to Hong Kong with my colleague, Shujuan, whom has been closest to me in this company. I was the one who introduced her to this job as I find it very interesting and the company was hiring another analyst so I shared with her this opportunity. I'm glad that we became colleagues as we were previously from the same university.
Arriving in Hong Kong International Airport as scheduled (9pm), I got myself an octopus card, usable almost everywhere - trains, bus, convenience stores, fast food chains, etc, from the Train Tickets booth before exiting immigration. Payment by cash only, I paid HKD 150 (SGD 24.10) for the octopus card with HKD 100 (SGD 16) credits and HKD 50 (SGD 8) deposit which you could get back once you return the card.
The train (Airport Express) from airport to the city is only 24min but it's more expensive than taking the airport bus. So we followed the signboards and made our way to the bus stop for bus A21 which will stop at Yau Ma Tei - Man Ming Lane (Stop No. 9). The price for taking the bus from the airport is fixed at HKD 33 (SGD 5.30). You may go to Citybus' website to use their interactive route search on how to get to your destination. Also, there's free wifi on the bus! Bus journey was about 40min from the airport to Yau Ma Tei.
Address: No. 285 Shanghai Street, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon
Homy235 was not easy to find at all! Let me show you the signage, the pictures below were taken on 20 July before we checked out of the hotel:
|Close up picture below|
|THIS IS THE ONLY "SIGNBOARD" OF THE MOTEL/HOTEL/WHATEVERYOUCALLIT|
|Building of Homy 285 within Chi Residences|
|Spot Chi Residences and you'll find Homy 285 on the right of the building|
|Reception - so small lol|
|No lift, only staircase and we stayed on the 4th floor T.T|
|In HK, their ground floor = our first floor. Thus we actually stayed on the 5th floor.|
|Though small, this room was rather cozy|
|It was a bit scary at night when we had to come down from the stairs|
|Our bed - pillow too soft, bed's quite hard, blanket's very soft and thick. Quite nice to sleep in. The aircon is strong enough to cool the whole room.|
|Full capacity of the toilet. Smallest toilet I have ever seen! Hahaha|
Hong Kee Restaurant 兴记煲仔饭
Address: 15 Temple Street, Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong (香港 油麻地廟街15號地下)
Review Website (in Chinese): http://www.mafengwo.cn/poi/5505435.html
|Hong Kee Restaurant 兴记煲仔饭|
|滑鸡腊肠煲仔饭 Chicken with Sausage Claypot Rice (HKD 34, SGD 5.50)|
We wanted to go to Hui Lau Shan, a famous dessert place in Hong Kong, which was just nearby but it was already closing when we reached. Thus we bought mango pudding and brought it back to our place.
The mango pudding was quite nice, not fantastic. I believe it would be better if we had other desserts at the cafe. =/ Nevertheless, we slept without setting any alarm as we wanted to wake up naturally to prepare ourselves for a brand new Saturday in Hong Kong the next day!
19 July 2014
Rise and Shine!
|Duofie using my selfie stick in the motel before moving off|
Mido Cafe 美都餐室
Address: 63 Temple St, Hong Kong (油麻地廟街63號地下)
Contact: +852 2384 6402
We simply love this classic cafe of Hong Kong! I made a statement to Shujuan "I finally feel that I'm in Hong Kong!" after we sat down on our table. All the customers were seated on the second level, there were tourists from Japan, Taiwan and Singapore in the cafe as well. This cafe offers a great variety of HK food and their menu is just right under the glass of the table.
|Pineapple Bun with Butter 鲜牛油菠萝包 (HKD 12, SGD 1.95) - AWESOME|
|Pineapple Bun with Butter 鲜牛油菠萝包, our favorite dish!!|
|Lemon Honey 柠檬菜蜜 (HKD 17, SGD 2.70) - Very nice and soothing drink!|
|Pork Chop with Macaroni in Broth 猪扒汤通 (HKD 38, SGD 6.10) - Average|
|Chicken Omelette with Creamy Sauce (HKD 55, SGD 8.80) - Average|
|Street view from our seat in the cafe|
|Yau Ma Tei|
|Our duofie photobombed by Hong Kong citizens|
Argyle Centre 旺角中心
Address: 688 Nathan Road, Mong Kok, Hong Kong
MTR: Mong Kok Station Exit D2
If you have been to the Platinum Mall in Bangkok, you will find the familiarity in Argyle Centre. During my previous trip to Hong Kong, I didn't buy many clothes, except from H&M and random street stalls as other places were not that cheap. However, this mall totally changed my view of HK. Not only are the clothes cheap, they are very nice too! A wide variety of clothing to choose from all the different shops/booths in the mall and I guess you need at least one whole afternoon if you wish to finish the entire mall.
SJ and I bought sooo many clothes within 3h and I didn't even spend over SGD 100! (She did though she said she didn't want to spend money, tsk tsk tsk.) I didn't take much photos as we were really busy shopping.
|Sale starting from HKD 15, SGD 2.40 WHATTTTT|
|Happy girl with her purchase|
|Petite Store - Good quality clothes and friendly shopkeepers!|
Tao Heung 稻香 (Pier 88)
Address: Shop B, 3/F., Grand Plaza, 625 & 639 Nathan Road, Mongkok, KLN
MTR: Mong Kok Station Exit E1
Operating Hours: 7:00am - 5:30pm; 6:00pm - 12:00pm
Grand Plaza is just opposite of Langham Place Shopping Mall in Mong Kok. Tao Heung has many branches all over Hong Kong. As we were meeting our ex-colleague in Mong Kok, Shujuan brought us to this branch situated on the 3rd floor of Grand Plaza.
The way this restaurant work is quite funny. There wasn't any receptionist and based on SJ's past experience, you got to find yourself a table, sit down and select the food you want from the menu. As we were there during lunch hours, our table was not cleaned yet thus we had to ask someone to clean for us as well as to bring us a set of menu. The menu is fully in Chinese, unfortunately for people who can't read Chinese, you got to ask someone to translate for you.
|The only menu with pictures (not full menu though)|
|Super love this mochi!!!|
|Freaking awesome sesame paste in the mochi!|
|Cleared everything. Fantastic Dim Sum!|
|SJ, Mau and Me|
|Triofie with SJ and Mau in the street of Mong Kok|
Ozone (Highest Bar in Hong Kong)
Address: The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, Level 118, International Commerce Ctr. 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, Hong Kong
MTR: Kowloon Station
Contact: +852 2263 2270
Mon-Wed: 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. (Dinner 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.)
Thu: 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. (Dinner 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.)
Fri: 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. (Dinner 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.)
Sat: 3 p.m. to 3 a.m. (Dinner 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.)
Sun: 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. (Brunch 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.)
|Level 118, Ozone Reception|
|Outdoor seating with panoramic view of Hong Kong|
|Me with my ex boss, Mr. Mau!|
|Ended up sitting indoor as it started pouring T.T|
|Dragontini - Very nice drink! (HKD 170 before tax)|
|Thanks for the treat Mr. Mau! Do let us know when you're back in Singapore, we'll give you a good treat in return!|
Hong Kong Trams
SJ and I have always wanted to take the trams in HK! They will make the "ding ding" sound when they move. Very old but cute. :)
We alighted the MTR at Admiralty Station and exited the station (asked the MTR personnel in the control station regarding which exit to take) towards the tram's stop. No matter which stop you are alighting at, the tram charges a fixed rate of HKD 2.30 (SGD 0.40) for adults. It's the cheapest mode of transport in Hong Kong.
|Seated separately as there's limited spaces on board the Tram|
We alighted somewhere near Times Square (Causeway Bay MTR) and walked towards it as there's a Batman outdoor exhibition! All the cool bat mobiles were on display!
|Public performance by music talents at Times Square|
|Cong Sao Star Dessert - Our main motive to drop off at Causeway Bay but the queue was freaking long! Been there during my previous trip to Hong Kong.|
Lan Kwai Fong
MTR: Central Station
Lan Kwai Fong is similar to Clarke Quay in Singapore. The only difference is that LWF is MUCH MORE HAPPENING than CQ! It's a fabulous night scene in Hong Kong where you could easily find all the party goers and drinkers here at night.
We were unaware that there was a Beer Fest going on during our weekend in Hong Kong. It was EXTREMELY CROWDED at Lan Kwai Fong that night (19 July, Sat)!! It was so difficult to move through the crowd! People were dancing in the street, with tall glasses of beers. Loud music, happy faces, drunk faces, sexy ladies, EVERYWHERE.
|Big Pizza - spotted this while we were feeling hungry|
|Slice of Pepperoni Pizza - Good!|
It was seriously over crowded in LWF. We did not settle down in any pub as all of them were full. Despite that, we still enjoyed ourselves by maneuvering through the human traffic and immersing in the hype-up mood. The last train departing Central MTR Station towards Yau Ma Tei was 12.50am. We took the train at 12.15am back to Yau Ma Tei.
|Passed by this stall when it started raining again while we were walking back to Homy285. So we sat down to eat!|
|Bacon wrapped with Asparagus (most right) was good! The other 2 were not bad as well!|
|Curry Fish Balls - Yummzzzz|
20 July 2014
The last day in Hong Kong. =( In the morning, we had breakfast together at a stall nearby our motel in Yau Ma Tei and then split up to do our own things.
|Very smooth Chee Cheong Fun!|
|Fav Stall in Fa Yuen Street (Mong Kok)|
Walked back from Mong Kok to Yau Ma Tei, taking pictures along the way:
|View from the window of my room in Homy285|
|Hong Kong Station In-town Check-in|
|Tim Ho Wan at Hong Kong Station|
|Char Siew Bun and Beef Balls. The beef balls were disappointing =/|
|Still the BEST Char Siew Bun I've ever tasted|
|Shopping at Lane Crawford, noticed the view outside the store and snapped a picture of it|
|Taking the Airport Express train back to Hong Kong International Airport|
|Bought a new bag from Lane Crawford. A bag that I almost bought in Korea but didn't get in the end as they didn't have a new piece. Hehe =D|
|Saboten Item #1 on the menu (HKD 110, SGD 18)|
|Very very tender tonkatsu!! Must try!|
|Food area in the airport after immigration|
|All the stalls in the food area|
Before boarding the plane, MY PHONE WENT MISSING!! After I boarded the shuttle bus which ferries us towards the budget boarding gates (Gates 500+), I realized that my phone wasn't with me! Frantically, I stepped out of the shuttle bus and began searching all my baggage for my phone. I couldn't find it at all! So I rushed towards the toilet that I last used before boarding the shuttle bus, and finally found my phone in the cubicle I was in. PHEW!!! So thankful that the toilet was empty and nobody took my phone. Thank you my guardian angel (I don't know who it/he/she is) for always watching over me. I've been pretty lucky through my entire life up till now. =')
I was still traumatized by the loss-of-my-phone-moments after boarding the plane and finally calmed down after the plane took off. How we wished that we could stay just one more night in Hong Kong. =( Nevertheless, it was certainly a marvelous trip with SJ!! Thank you girl!