Pictorial post

My dad always says we’re caterpillars

This is my sneaker contribution

I actually tried typing out the dates to when I bought each pair of sneakers but I gave up because it was too difficult. I usually buy these sneakers on my trips overseas, maybe only two/three pairs were bought in Singapore because it’s usually much cheaper to buy overseas. Each pair typically last me 1.5 years because I wear out the soles very quickly!

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Cats

This is Mao Mao who looks a bit cock-eyed here. He has lovely white socks paws. 

He’s a very unkempt cat whose fur is very unmanageable

 

Stretches a paw

I can’t see you anymore

Super clear pictures with courtesy of Canon D800.

 

Hong Kong food: Breakfast and Pastries stop (Day 5)

Hong Kong Day 5

As usual: Bad resolution photos are mine. Good and lomo photos are from my talented friend, Roger Yeo. Check out his Facebook for more photos, he does photo shoots. Some other  photos are from Shu En’s Olympus Pen. If you’re interested to know whose who’s, drop a comment.

We woke up super early for breakfast at a random teahouse, a few streets from our block:

Apparently this is a snack unique to Hong Kong called Cui Cui. It’s a buttery crispy bread.

We made a pit stop at this bakery along the way. I bought some pastries back for my grandma.

Freshly baked pastries

 

Hong Kong Sight: Ngong Ping (Day 5)

Hong Kong Day 5

As usual: Bad resolution photos are mine. Good and lomo photos are from my talented friend, Roger Yeo. Check out his Facebook for more photos, he does photo shoots. Some other  photos are from Shu En’s Olympus Pen. If you’re interested to know whose who’s, drop a comment.

Then we headed off to Ngong Ping which was an island away by a 25-minute cable car ride from Tung Chung MTR. Initially, our plan was to head to Ngong Ping before going to Citygate outlet for shopping. Being the lucky people we are, that was the day of the typhoon alert no. 8 hence, the cable car was not operating. We pushed our plans later to day 5. Do plan your Ngong Ping and Citygate outlet shopping day together to save time.

Also, do check out Ngong Ping’s website before heading down as they do close for maintenance.

This is the beginning of our harrowing experience. Read on…

Citygate outlets and Ngong Ping are both at Tung Chung station

Go up this long escalator

Be prepared to queue for a while.

We took the “crystal cabin” which was the cable car with a glass flooring which in my honest opinion, is not very worth it because most of the time you’re looking out of the windows instead of the floor.

Jeremy Scott by Adidas

This is what you see out of the windows as compared to the floor…

Doesn’t it make more sense now?

However, the queue for the crystal cabin is also way shorter than the normal cabin.

The requisite tourist photo

There are some food outlets there but this is was the only thing we could afford

They had some cows wandering around and they weren’t scared of humans. But I was pretty scared and I ran away quick

There are a couple of shows, museums and temples to see there. But our mantra (what a pun) for that day was to be tourists and take pretty pictures.

What a nice path

Another tourist picture

Running Man came to film at this location and Shu En insisted we had to come here.

They sold ginger tau huay which was disgusting

This picture marks the start of our harrowing experience

So after all the picture taking and leisure strolling, we headed to the cable car station to catch the cable car ride. From Tung Chung we had to take the MTR to Tsing Yi to catch the Airport Express to the airport. Shu En’s flight was at 7.55pm.

So it looked like this: Cable car ride – Tung Chung – MTR to Tsing Yi – Change to Airport Express train – customs – plane

We started queueing at 6pm. The scary part was after queuing for about 25 minutes at Ngong Ping outside the cable car station, we realised that HOLEY SCHMOLEY there are winding queues inside the cable car station and WE ARE GOING TO MISS OUR FLIGHTS. We started to panic and went like “Oh shit, this is not happening”. We were all panicky and we are poor graduates/students with no money to buy extra plane tickets!!

The courageous me went to the counter and told the customer service person that we are going to miss our flights, they asked to see our boarding pass and we were allowed to jump to the top of the queue. We got on the cable car at 6.30pm. It doesn’t help that we were in the same cable car back as this bunch of Ngong Ping employees and they were sniggering at what lousy tourists we are.

It was a tense wait in the cable car. Everything has a silver lining right? We caught the sun set on the cable car ride back.

The sun set along the way

It eased our anxiety a little

The sight was really pretty

We reached Tung Chung at 7pm, ran for our lives, took the trains and made the changes and reached the airport at 7.30pm. Shu En ran for the customs as her gate opened at 7.30pm.

Thankfully, we all caught our flights back! Shu En boarded the plane with 10 minutes to spare. This concluded our Hong Kong journey on a good note!

It was really a fun trip with people I never expected to go with. Initially, I was rather apprehensive but it turned out all good and I renewed friendships that were stale for a while. You know how some travelling really sucks the fun out of it when people have disagreements. I’m really glad that everyone was easy-going enough and it was a happy trip. And I’m excited for our (if any) upcoming adventures together.

3. Ngong Ping 360

Hong Kong sight + useful Kowloon check in (Day 5)

Hong Kong Day 5

As usual: Bad resolution photos are mine. Good and lomo photos are from my talented friend, Roger Yeo. Check out his Facebook for more photos, he does photo shoots. Some other  photos are from Shu En’s Olympus Pen. If you’re interested to know whose who’s, drop a comment.

We took a walk through the wet market which was… the same as Singapore’s one I suppose.

It was a very hot day

Obviously I am not artistic enough to take such shots

We headed back to our apartment to pick up our bags. The apartment owner kindly told us that at Kowloon MTR, you could check in your luggage so you don’t have to lug your luggage around town. That sounded perfect for us because we needed to check out in the day, and our flight was at night. In order to utilise this free service, you’ll be required to ride the Airport Express -which is a train that operates from a few MTR stations. So technically, you are paying for the check-in service.

However, not all airlines have the check-in service so do check ahead. Our single trip ticket cost 60HKD which was about SGD9.60. We bought the single trip ticket because a very rude customer service officer said, ” Well if you are a millionaire, you can pay using your octopus card” to my friend. If I was there I would gladly told her that “thanks, I’m a millionaire and I’ll be sure to do that.”

But we still bought the single trip ticket anyway.

We checked in our luggage at Kowloon MTR

Useful links:

1. Airport Express

2. Airlines that have check in counters at Kowloon

Hong Kong Sight: Citygate outlets (day 4)

Hong Kong Day 4

As usual: Bad resolution photos are mine. Good and lomo photos are from my talented friend, Roger Yeo. Check out his Facebook for more photos, he does photo shoots. Some other  photos are from Shu En’s Olympus Pen. If you’re interested to know whose who’s, drop a comment.

Day 4: Random brekkie, Citygate outlets, more shopping at New Town Mall

Then we were off to Citygate outlets for some “branded” shopping. I was thankful that one of our friend’s boyfriend was based in Hong Kong and he became our walking router with his wireless connection. It was a perfect day for us to shop since we wouldn’t have been able to do anything outside. That was the day when there was the typhoon alert no. 8. The wind was so strong that day.

Our walking router is second from the left

It was a very long train ride to Citygate outlets, but thankful for the wireless connection to get in touch with the virtual world.

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Hong Kong Day 4: Starbucks

Hong Kong Day 4

As usual: Bad resolution photos are mine. Good and lomo photos are from my talented friend, Roger Yeo. Check out his Facebook for more photos, he does photo shoots. Some other  photos are from Shu En’s Olympus Pen. If you’re interested to know whose who’s, drop a comment.

After shopping, we wandered into this vintge Starbucks outlet in Mongkok which had vintage decor. At the start of the trip, we did mention wanting to go this Starbucks outlet but it was such a coincidence we stumbled upon it. There was a consistent old school cinema theme throughout the outlet. It was decorated with old movie posters and cinema seats.

I read a couple of articles online abut it, this particular outlet was designed by an artist from Goods of Desire.

Starbucks so quaintly

Check out the vintage interior

2. Starbucks outlet suited in old school cinema charm
89-91 Sai Yee Street, 1F-2F Wai Kee House, Mong Kok, Hong Kong

Hong Kong food: Breakfast and roast meats

Hong Kong Day 4

As usual: Bad resolution photos are mine. Good and lomo photos are from my talented friend, Roger Yeo. Check out his Facebook for more photos, he does photo shoots. Some other  photos are from Shu En’s Olympus Pen. If you’re interested to know whose who’s, drop a comment.

Day 4: Random brekkie, Citygate outlets, more shopping at New Town Mall

Working hard before each meal

While the breakfast noodles may have looked very plain but the breakfast noodles are usually the best part of the breakfasts I have in Hong Kong.

Some random tea house that we walked into

 

On our way back to Mongkok, before the girls head off to New Town Mall, we went for a roast meats dinner. Apparently this chain of restaurants were famed for their roast meats. The roasted goose is a must try! The meat was succulent with perfect bits of melt-in-your-mouth fats.

Roast meats for dinner

Shu En and I headed back to the apartment first with the intention to drop our bags off. But this ditzy girl, at the door step, said that, “I forgot I don’t have the keys with me!!” I was like  -_-”

We were left stranded outside our apartment waiting for the boys to come and rescue us with keys.

 

Hong Kong Day 3: Stanley Market

Hong Kong Day 3: Part two

As usual: Bad resolution photos are mine. Good and lomo photos are from my talented friend, Roger Yeo. Check out his Facebook for more photos, he does photo shoots. Some other  photos are from Shu En’s Olympus Pen. If you’re interested to know whose who’s, drop a comment.

We were supposed to head to Zhu Hai/Shen Zhen as planned initially but we decided to ditch it because the ferry tickets were very expensive and it wasn’t like any of us wants to gamble. So we decided to be touristy (again) and with the power of Google, we settled on Stanley Market.

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Hong Kong Day 3: Tim Ho Wan

Hong Kong Day 3

As usual: Bad resolution photos are mine. Good and lomo photos are from my talented friend, Roger Yeo. Check out his Facebook for more photos, he does photo shoots. Some other  photos are from Shu En’s Olympus Pen. If you’re interested to know whose who’s, drop a comment.

Day 3: Tim Ho Wan, Stanley Market, sneaker shopping

We were all greedy pigs so we woke up super early (by my standard) to queue for dim sum at Tim Ho Wan, the 1-star Michelin restaurant. I think there were a few branches, we were at the very first store I believe. The place was full of tourists looking to satisfy their dim sum craving.

If I’m not wrong, we were there about 9.45am. We were seated in the second sitting, I think we waited about 1 hour 10 minutes.

Was it good? Definitely, for the price – I think it averaged out to about $SGD9.25/each for five persons. We ordered approximately 15 dishes to share. The char siew baos were to die for.

Tim Ho Wan

I hereby declare these char siew baos as my favourite ever

We were supposed to head to Zhu Hai/Shen Zhen as planned initially but we decided to ditch it because the ferry tickets were very expensive and it wasn’t like any of us wants to gamble. So we decided to be touristy (again) and with the power of Google, we settled on Stanley Market.

Useful links:

1.  Tim Ho Wan

Flat 8, Ground Floor, Phase 2, Tsui Yuen Mansion, 2-20 Kwong Wa St,

廣華街2-20號翠園大樓2期地下8號舖, Mong Kok, Hong Kong, Hong Kong