3 DAYS IN HONG KONG
20 July 2015
Okay, so when I said Hong Kong will be a country that I will always return to despite all that insane amount of walking and cursing and intolerable summer heat, I meant it. The first time I visited HK was when I was 17 or 18. I was blown away by the architectures, the shopping and of course, the food. I had the most amazing cable car ride up to Ocean Park and conquered the theme park under the ridiculously hot sun. I visited Disneyland and met Mickey, Cinderella and Duffy up close who all spoke in Cantonese.
Anyway, so when Skyscanner and Hong Kong Tourism Board approached me and proposed a trip to HK, I was quite glad. Afterall, I was already planning for a short trip back this year so this offer came at a good time!
For this summer only, visit the Hong Kong Summer Fun Booth upon arrival at the airport to redeem a free gift, including a Free 7-day wifi pass! I got a ticket to Lantau island but unfortunately did not have enough time to squeeze that activity in :(
When choosing an area to stay in HK, I would personally suggest Tsim Sha Tsui, Mongkok, Jordan, Causeway Bay and Central. These are the places you will travel to the most, where most restaurants and cafes will be at too! I stayed at Mira Moon, located at Causeway Bay during this trip and I must say this hotel is extremely comfortable and the service is applaudable. Just look at that toilet!!!!
Nothing beats having a bowl of delicious, piping hot beef brisket + wanton soup. Add noodles if you like! Mak’s noodles is highly recommended by our friends and on the internet so of course we had to try! So was it really that good? Hell yes. Beef & briskets were tender, wanton were filled with crunchy shrimps and the soup was fragrant but a tad salty IMO. I heard they opened a branch here in SG too, anyone tried it yet?
Breakfast buffet at Mira Moon. Their scrambled eggs with caviar was good, and so were their croissants. I did not try any but I remember Fiona was crazy over them. Heh.
Obsessed with this leather cross-back number from Hyphen!!!!
I have always dream of taking a ride in those cute coloured trams ever since my first trip in HK. But have no idea where do they go to and stuffs. Anyone want to fill me in on that?
I love huge windows!!!! Can’t stand hotel rooms with tiny windows… or worse still, no windows at all. I just don’t understand. I mean, no windows…. Why?! Wearing Neonmello cut-in peplum.
Fiona and I loved the breakfast at Mira Moon so much, we decided to have it again the next day. Yum!
I love just sitting by the edge and watching the ships go by. The view, the ocean breeze, and sound of the crashing waves… Would love to have that right now.
Lunch was at The Landmark Cafe. I heard raved reviews about their cream lobster pasta but I mistook that and ordered the tomato-base one. Yup, things Francesca do. This was not the best tomato lobster pasta I have had but it was not too shabby. Try the cream version when you are there! Landmark cafe located at Central is the perfect place to dine at with your girlfriends if you don’t mind spending a bit more.
Other than the trams, I have always wanted to try taking their mini buses as well. From what I have watched in TVB dramas, these buses run around a particular area in a specific route but there are actually no specific bus stops and you have to tell the bus driver when you want to get off. Right? Or have I been watching the wrong thing all these while? Wearing a 2-piece (pink!!!) set from Neonmello. Why is it so hard for everyone to believe that I actually really like this pink set? I do like pink okay, guys.
One thing I love most about HK is their street food! This intestines is my absolute favourite! Followed by the cold packet noodles where you can mix and match your ingredients such as chicken liver, eggs, sausages, octopus etc (cold noodles can be found on the first level of Argyle Centre in Mongkok), 鸡蛋仔 (egglets) and stinky tofu!
And of course, how can I forget about their cha chaan teng. HK’s old school eatery cafe often serves a huge variety of chinese-western fusion food, along with their very popular condensed milk buns, 菠萝包 (pineapple buns), fishball noodles and milk tea!
Dim Sum lunch at The Square located at Exchange Square, Central.
It was a really chill trip this time, all Fiona and I did were eat and walk around without any plans or itinerary on hand because we wanted to truly experience Hong Kong, taking in whatever it has to offer. Hong Kong is a country that is terribly easy to travel around, their train system is pretty straight forward and there are plenty of taxis on the streets should you need one.
Shopping wasn’t one of our priority this trip so we both did not get much but we did spend quite a bit at Sasa, Colour Mix and Bonjour (it’s a huge drugstore selling cosmetics, skin care and daily necessity). I love how you can find almost anything and everything there! But with that being said, shopping in HK can be incredibly enjoyable. And so is eating. In HK, there is no such thing as too much food.
I hope this post will inspire you a little and allow HK to bring you on an adventure be it shopping or food wise. If you need more inspirations and where to go in HK, feel free to look back at my old HK entries. Hopefully I’m able to give you a more general guide in time to come! Nevertheless, thank you Skyscanner & HKTB for sending us to Hong Kong! It was a really nice short getaway that we needed :)
Phuket X Expedia
13 June 2015
If you have been on my Instagram, you would know that I went to Phuket recently and I have decided to make a travel vlog to share with you guys! Especially since a couple of you have been asking me to do videos for the longest time (I heard you guys…!!!) so I have decided to use this opportunity to try out! Know that I have zero knowledge on filming and video editing so everything was taught by my favourite Google so please be kind and show some love!
This is actually my very first trip to Phuket so I was really excited and have no idea what to expect but you know what they say…. Unplanned trips are the best and this trip to Phuket was sort of…unplanned. Well, it was a pretty impromptu one so nothing much was planned but I had hella fun!
Upon reaching the our beautiful resort – Boathouse By Montara. Sun, sand and sea, here I come!
It’s a pity that I’d forgotten to take more pictures of the hotel but I did a room tour in the video so you can still take a look there. But can I just take a moment to say how awesome the room is?! I love the bed and bathroom the most!
Amazing view just right outside our resort. Wouldn’t want to trade anything else for a moment like this with this boy aka my photographer who I trust the most! Don’t think I’ve said it enough but…thank you! :)
Dinner was at Boathouse Wine & Grill and we had a feast! The view, the ambience and the service was impeccable. Watch the video to see the feast that we had!
Took a lil stroll around our neighbourhood after dinner and even though we were SO stuffed by dinner, how can anyone resist Thailand’s 7-11 food?! Our favourite gotta be the toasted ham & cheese sandwich…. Oh my. All that cheesy goodness. So. Damn. Good.
Lobster & eggs Benedict! Such an interesting combination, right?
The next morning we woke up early to have our breakfast at RE KA TA Beach Club. And of course, we were accompanied by a view. We were watching people surfing, paddle boarding, paragliding and mostly just people having fun by the beach and in the sea. Such a wonderful way to start our day!
Took a stroll after brunch before our surfing lesson and we came across this abandoned, wrecked ship. Anyone knows what happened to this ship here?! So anyway, I was sitting down for a photo op and halfway through, the waves came (the waves at Kata Beach are SO strong by the way) and I was soaked from waist down. My poor phone got damp and I couldn’t use it almost the entire trip too :(
Then we spent some time in the sea with these two super patient surfing instructors. Oh my god guys, I had SO much fun!!!! Surfing is definitely not easy but the satisfaction and joy you get when you manage to stand on your surfboard is indescribable.
Went for a massage after and changed into this lovely dress from Neonmello before heading out to Kan Eang @ Pier for really yummy thai seafood dinner!
I will show you guys what else we ordered in the video but this HUGE, fresh, juicy prawns here were definitely the highlight of the dinner. Or at least they were my favourite, followed by their Tom Yam Soup!
Gorgeous place calls for a photo op! I would recommend coming here earlier when the sun is about to set so you’ll get an even nicer backdrop but I guess night lights weren’t too bad as well…?
The next day we got up super early for our ATV ride! I swear it was mega fun but a little tip for you guys: Try to wear long pants if you can and SPAM your mosquito repellant. I got bitten so many times and also had a small burn mark on my calf because the engine was just beside the accelerator and I was burned by the heated engine so many times….oh well.
It was my first time in Phuket and it is definitely not going to be my last! I am really glad to be given this chance by Expedia to experience what Phuket has to offer. It was brief but just the break I needed. Through this trip, I have also learnt that not only can you book your air tickets and hotels on Expedia but you can rent cars and book your activities directly from them too, so it is really convenient because you can just settle and book everything at one go. Flexibility to customize my own holiday means a lot to me especially during times when I have a preferred airline to fly with, hotel to stay in or activities to do. It is also sometimes cheaper to book everything at one go because Expedia might have some package deals going on so another tip for you: Definitely do your homework aka price check before any trip!
And in this time and age, I am pretty sure everyone depends on their mobile phones so another thing that I really appreciate is that, they have their very own mobile app and the good thing about it is you get to save up to 40% when you book hotels through the app!!! I get to read reviews from actual hotel customers as well so that definitely make bookings a lot easier.
So what about the itineraries, you may ask? Well, just like on desktop, you have the ability to send anyone your travel itinerary or you can even add it straight onto your phone calendar. They also provide real-time itineraries with notifications so you get to check your real-time flight status with gate and terminal details, directions and hotel check-in/out reminders… You know the necessary details you will definitely need to remember when travelling.
So I guess the convenience I got from booking with Expedia was also one of the reasons why this trip went so smoothly and I had a great relaxing time! Some say travel is the only thing you can buy to make you richer and I can’t agree more. Now, enough of talking… Hope you enjoy the short clip!
Can’t wait to make more videos for you guys the next time! <3
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