As mentioned in my previous post, I’ve been having trouble sorting through photos of my recent trips to Hong Kong and Macau. There are hundreds of them and I figured it would be easier to just share them by batch (in this case, by day) so nobody gets overwhelmed. My new app, TurboCollage (it’s the bestest!), was of big help. Now I won’t have to bombard your dashboards with tons of individual photos. It makes photo sharing easy peasy!
Anyway. Here are a few pre-travel tips to jumpstart the entry:
- Pack light if you will be using public transport a lot. Take with you light clothes, and only those that you really need. I had in my luggage (which I was able to SHARE — well what do you know?) the following: clothes to last me six days; two pairs of comfortable shoes; three pairs of socks; two sets of sleepwear; a small pouch for accessories; and a small pouch for toiletries. I was able to survive! (Only of course, I cheated a little because I bought “necessities” while shopping in Hong Kong.)
- It would be best to wear your “chunkiest” jacket when in transit so you save on luggage space. It’s ultra cold in the airport anyway.
- Remember to keep liquids in your carry on bag to a minimum. Chuck the rest in your check-in bag. (I will never forget a past trip when an airport guard threw away my NEW cologne in the trash bin. Stupid me forgot about the airport rule.) I had two carry on bags for this trip. These were the only items in bag #1: prayer pouch; make up kit; wallet; passport; ID; a pen; a small notebook; and my gadgets (phones, Rosie, SanPod, and Pixie Dust). And in bag #2: the two dresses that I did not want wrinkled in my check-in; a hat; and food. Pack light!
- It would help to do a little research prior to your trip so you know the kind of items you wanna pack. Be prepared down to the littlest detail. For instance, since it was freezing in HK, we made sure to pack a couple of moisturisers to combat skin drying/ cracking.
- When traveling, there will be a lot of waiting…and waiting… and waiting… so bring with you things that would keep you busy.
- Make sure to take with you an adaptor since electric sockets may be different in your chosen destination. (Haha I’m obviously gadget-obsessed!)
- Get a good night’s sleep so you are up and about on the first day of your trip. Do not take after me and my brothers who slept early in the morning.
These three were ready for Hong Kong! =)
We stayed at Citadines (sister hotel of The Ascott) on Ashley Road. Ashley is lined with restaurants, bars, and convenience stores so you won’t ever have to worry about not surviving in Hong Kong. If you are looking to check in at Citadines, just a word of caution: do not expect so much as the hotel is really small and simple. The best part about it though is its location — it would only take about five minutes (tops) to get to more shopping and dining places (Nathan and Canton roads a.k.a. where you want to be).
On day 1, we went around the city for a bit before heading to lunch. Nothing much has changed in Hong Kong, really, since the last time we visited. Nathan Road is particularly still busy as ever, and is still considered a shopping haven by many.
Here I am with the boys somewhere on Canton Road. I like this picture because it’s among the few that’s able to capture my brothers’ real smiles. =)
Here we are posing by the harbor. Behind us is the Hong Kong skyline (which is waaay better at night), covered by a thick blanket of fog. It rained a little that day so Hong Kong was extra chilly. Not even my leather jacket kept me warm.
When we finally made it to the Ocean Terminal, everyone got excited over the mall’s red and silver themed Christmas decor.
I also spotted this Ladurée window display. The lines were crazy that day so we didn’t bother to queue for macarons. *sigh* Now enjoying those macarons will remain a dream. =(
We selected Greyhound Cafe (G/F, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong) as the venue for our lunch. Us four split set meals, while Josh went solo with his burger + fries dish. Each set meal included an appetizer platter (chicken wings, spring rolls, veggies), a rice meal, a pasta dish, and some (odd-tasting) tamarind iced tea (even the ice cubes were flavored). Great first meal! =)
Mom, Pop, Jae, and Josh <3
We spent the rest of the day taking the streets of Hong Kong until it grew dark. Would you agree that the city is so much more beautiful at night? Bright lights in the city!
We did a bit of shopping that day, too. I absolutely love my cheap finds at Sasa Cosmetics and Colour Mix (will blog about those soon), but not as much as the band shirts sold over at HMV. Since I’m so kuripot, I got myself just one: a The Strokes shirt I’d been dying to own since forever. I finally found you!!
On to more eating! We had dinner at Hing Fat Restaurant (on Ashley Road). They had such a comprehensive (bordering on overwhelming though, with pages upon pages of Chinese food) menu. Turo-turo was in order!
Yummy Chinese food, albeit served in terrible circumstances: the restaurant had serious sanitary issues plus service was undeniably crap. The worst part: they gave us the bill in CHINESE so we weren’t able to review our orders at all. Mom’s gut was right — we got duped! They added an extra HK$100 or so to the total. Lesson learned: do not pay unless you understand the breakdown of your bill!
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