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香港 DAY 2 & 3

December 26, 2012
DAY 2!
It was getting a bit colder on the second day, like around 15 – 18 degrees!
Serene and I woke up early in the morning at 10am (super early for someone who wakes up at 12nn/1pm) to have dimsum at Lin Heung!
Loving the cupcake beanie I bought on the first day and my dad’s trusty white high socks lol. Because I don’t  wear sneakers so I don’t own socks, therefore I had to resort to stealing my dad’s nerdy socks hahaha

The obligatory tourist shot in HK.

So this is Central which is located in Hong Kong Island. This is also the famous nightlife lane of HK, similar to Clarke Quay. It’s called Lan Kwai Fong.

My favorite H&M outlet is located here!

Come back from Perth soon BB, I miss you already!! She’s also TJM supporter, can you see the TJM coat on her??? I obviously am a TJM lover luh!! Head to toe decked in TJM all the time!

So this is Lin Heung, one of HK’s oldest timsum restaurant! Pretty famous and is really like a typical HK restaurant. Located at Wellington street (: My fav eggtarts from Tai Cheong Bakery is nearby also!

See what I mean by oldest timsum restaurant? Filled with TONS of elderly also!!! 
Totally loving it cos I think elderlies can be quite cute and they just make the place legitimately traditional hahaha

So these fierce waitresses would be pushing their carts around. Be forewarned, Hong Kongers (especially those working in low service line) generally are very rude and impatient. I don’t think they intentionally wanna treat you like you’re a “slowpoke and get out of my shop already” but it’s more of like their culture that they are like that?
Especially in such traditional restaurants, everything is FAST FAST FAST. Don’t ask too many questions or take too many pictures of your food. Come in, find your own seats (usually tables are shared among strangers), don’t ask more than 1 question when ordering food, finish up your food and don’t chit chat there, pay money and go. 
It’s a fun or rather fresh experience, but you can sometimes feel like a burden or even offended by their impatience.

Spotted a crowded cafe called Fast Slow Cafe and got our caffeine fix!

No idea why these water “bottles” were all over the road.

My priddy girl <3

Makeshift Hello Kitty cookies shop along the road!
Didn’t do much at Central and headed off to Causeway bay to shop!

Went to the new F21 and they sell all sorts of things!!! Pillows, Hello Kitty stuff, bedsheet, make up, umbrella etc etc. Didn’t get anything from F21 though!

6 LEVELS!!! Singapore, you suck.

And this was near Sogo! Went for mask shopping in Sasa! The face masks/skincare products are quite cheap so I usually buy quite a lot! You can also try out this place called Bonjour which is similar to Sasa.

Super love this stockings!! Bought a few back for some friends (:
Went off to Sushi One for our half price jap food!!! Went there with Daniel on my previous trip and I fell in love with it already. 50% off for sushi, sashimi and a lot of other things after 10pm!

Reached there at 9.30pm and there was already a long queue outside the restaurant! Whatever, long queue also must queue! It’s a must eat for me in HK!

You can haz pouty lips and I can haz slim shady cheeks

Tadah!!! Some of our food, still got ice cream, drinks and more sushi I think! Bill came up to only 170HKD which is about SGD27 for two people!
Headed to Temple Street for the night market which was a bore. Don’t bother going to temple street if you have been to Ladies market. It’s the same thing!! They only sell knock-offs, touristy t-shirts and lame things. I don’t get the hype about ladies market AT ALL.
DAY 2!

Checked out in the morning and headed off for breakfast! Wondering why we checked out on the 3rd day when our trip is a 4 days trip? Shall reveal later! (:
3rd day was the coldest so it was damn shiok!! Like 13-15 degrees?
OOTD!
Okay fine, actually I look the same everyday cos it was a super last minute trip so I didn’t have time to go buy more winterwear. Just made do with whatever I had in the new TJM collection. I wear different stuff under my coat/jacket everyday though, but not that it can be seen after decking on the layers.
Went for breakfast at Macau Cafe at TST!

My favorite drink to order at cha chan teng is ICED MILK TEA! Not damn damn damn nice luh, but I want to copy those TVB shows yknow hahaha. The actors always like to order iced milk tea when they go cha chan teng so I follow suit haha. 

Mafia Serene!

MY FAVORITE NOODLES IN HK!!!!
This beats wanton noodle ok!!

It’s a kinda mix and match cold noodles thingum. There will be a wide range of ingredients and sauce you can pick from to mix with your noodles. SGD$0.50 for every ingredient. After you pick whatever you want, they will mix everything in a transparent bag for you and you have to eat it from the bag (in the picture above).
I always pick spinach noodle, crab meat, corn, sausages, chilli and garlic sauce! I love it <3

The list of ingredients!
Continued shopping at Fa Yuen Street and Arqyle Centre then headed back to Isquare to have lunch at…….
ANGELABABY’S CAFE!!!!
Ahhhhh she’s so gorgeous!! I swear all her pictures in the cafe makes me feel terribly ugly. 

Ordered a high-tea set which was mediocre, but not too bad since it was only SGD$10!

Interior of the cafe.

They have very futuristic-looking cubicles too.

Ordered truffle ravioli cos the high-tea set wasn’t filling enough. This is pretty nice though!

Then we were off to Chrome hearts @ Peninsula hotel!
Such a disappointment cos they ran out of female t-shirts which I wanted to get for myself, and small sizes for men’s t-shirt which I wanted to get for Daniel 🙁 so I left empty-handed!!!

Super tired from all the walking 🙁 Eyes were damn red from lack of sleep also!

Hong Kong’s skyline from the ferry terminal <3 mad love the view.
Pictures DO NOT do the view justice at all. Please go buy an air ticket and see for yourself!

And we managed to catch the light show at 8pm! It’s played everyday at 8pm without fail. Caught it last year when I was on the ferry from TST to Central. It didn’t seem so nice this time as compared to last year’s :/ but still my favorite skyline!
So as I mentioned earlier on, we checked out in the morning even though our flight was on the next day! 
That’s cos I told Serene that I wanted to save money and it’s not worth it to pay for another night of hotel since our flight was at 8am the next morning (means we have to leave for the airport at 5ish am)!
So instead of wasting the last night away, we went to drink and KTV!!!!
Fortunately, we chanced upon a stretch of really nice bars at Kimberly Road after my duck rice dinner! Settled for Dada bar!

Beer for the tanker, and pina colada for the lousy drinker.

Spent the night playing 5-10 with each other then decided to hit a random KTV lounge called Club Crawl. At first, we were damn shy to sing and all but the owners were really really good and friendly hosts. Somewhat very glad to have met such nice people in HK who kinda became our friends. They let us have free flow drinks, sang with us, taught me how to play darts, let Serene make her own drinks behind the bar, and even offered to pay for our cab ride to the airport cos we spent ALL our money!!!!
Of course I won’t be so bad to take people’s money so I gave them 50SGD in exchange for 300HKD for our cab ride to the airport. One of them, who’s a policeman even dropped us off at our hostel.

Damn random, but I bought Oreo this Heineken soft toy from Harbor City! The canned ones are for my mum lol.
So, that’s about our HK trip! Took our 8am flight back to Singapore the next day and poof, what an awesome trip though it was damn short.
It really is a good way to end off my gap year. I feel like life is now more complete and I’m ready to go back to school in 2 weeks’ time!!
I miss HK and I’ll be back I promise <3
XX
Sophia

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香港 DAY 1

December 24, 2012
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVE SINGLE LADIES~~~
So as promised, I’m back with HK post!! I know some of you asked me for a HK guide. I’ll blog about my trip first then do a guide at the end ok? (:
SO…….
Last week was a very very rough week for me. Personal problems, problems with Daniel, stress and tired from all the work/TJM. Felt like I needed a good break cos I was at the verge of breaking down. So last minute, I decided to go Hong Kong. Like really damn last minute!!! I decided and booked my flight+hotel at 12am on Monday morning and flew off 7 hours later! I actually wanted to go alone cos 1) it was meant to be a lone trip break 2) who can go with me on such a late notice?!!!
But Serene, being the most awesome friend she is, spontaneously agreed to go with me. So yeah, we spent the few hours packing luggage and poof….OFF WE GO TO 香港!!! #yolo
Flew by Cathay Pacific cos I wanted a more comfortable flight but err…. IT WAS SUPER UNCOMFORTABLE??? And the plane food was quite bad. Plus I paid $600 for the flight :'( Was so looking forward to a comfy flight cos I had no sleep that night and damn little sleep for the past week…

Reached HK at 11am and we took airport express from the airport to Hong Kong island! HK is separated into 2 if you don’t know, HK island and Kowloon.

The airport express is even more comfortable than our plane!

Went for lunch straight after! Can’t remember where this was but it was average only!!
I didn’t want to waste too much money on hotels so I decided to book a hostel in Tsim Sha Tsui. For those who don’t know, HK hotels are pretty expensive. Average is about $180/night – $300/night? Booked this hostel called Panda Hostel for $100/night after tax!

This is our pathetic room. We have our own private room and toilet, but goodness it’s damn BLOODY BLOODY X100 SMALL!!! 10m^2, just imagine! I’m standing right at the entrance taking this photo.
The bed was hard as a board so it was very uncomfortable. Not recommended if you’re going with your boyfriend or family. It’s really just a “sleep and go” kinda room. Location is damn good though, and the room is very clean!

View from the bed. 
Headed to Mongkok Langham place to shop cos there’s Monki and H&M!!
First time in Collect Point (a shop that brings in foreign brands) and it’s pretty cool. Shall go back there next time!!

H&M, SALE SALE SALE EVERYWHERE~~~~

Monki was quite disappointing though :/ Bought quite a number of things from H&M cos the sale is quite good so the things are a lot cheaper than Singapore!

Roadside stall!

Serene looking so happy with her fishballs!

Hui Liu Shan! Another of my favorite place to go in HK cos they focus on mango desserts <3 They have super a lot of outlets so it’s quite easy to find! 

Duck duck duck~~~

Then shoe shopping at Fa Yuen Street <3 
SUPER A LOT OF BOOTS AND OTHER KIND OF SHOES!!! All below $30 but of course, the quality is not like fantastic luh!! Only bought 5 pairs 🙁 haha bought 16 pairs when I was in Taipei that time. That one really spammmmmm.

Went back to our hostel to put down our loot and camwhored a bit 😡

LOL how’s our act cute pose? Werkin’ for ya?

Headed out to our area to gai gai and for dinner!! Tsim Sha Tsui!!

Little miss grumps.

It wasn’t very cold on the first day, like I think it was 20 degrees? 

Walking towards Harbour City. The street and shops are so nice right!!

♡ MY BBG 
In case you haven’t noticed, we were wearing the same leather jacket ^^ 

1881 Heritage! One of the most stunning places in TST!!! It always looks so majestic and done up.

I literally screamed when I saw the huge teddy bear!!! SO DAMN CUTE  
I want it in my room 🙁

A part of TST map (: my hostel is at Cameron road! Just look at the amount of subway exits they have just for one station. I have a love/hate relationship for HK train station cos it’s damn huge and has tons of exits so you gotta walk a lot just to get out of the station but the advantage is that it’s very easy to get to different places also!

Settled for dinner in a Korean fast food restaurant called Hungry Korean! Pretty decent and reasonably priced. Located at Ashley Road, TST!

My Bibimbap set meal which cost around SGD$10?
Walked over to Peninsula Hotel at Salisbury Road after dinner. To me, it’s also one of my favorite hotels in HK. Not that I’ve stayed there before cos it’s crazy expensive, but because the architecture and decor of the hotel is just stunning. Never EVER fail to wow me when I’m in HK!

The christmas lights just make me so so so so happy!

OHAIDERE~~ ^_^

Ended our first night at Avenue Of Stars. Don’t mean to overuse the word “favorite” in this post, but the view at Avenue of Stars is also my favorite of all. There’s just this very warm and homely feeling whenever I’m facing this view. 
Somehow or rather, it just reminds me that I’m in Hong Kong and I’m somewhat at home. It could be because I can speak cantonese pretty fluently, or that I’m rather familiar with the place, or because my grandma/great-grandma was from HK, or that my childhood friend and some good friends live in HK that makes me feel so attached to HK. 
It’s only been a week since I was there and I’m already missing it. 
Gonna blog about Day 2 and 3 very soon (:
Stay tuned!!!
XX
Sophia