March 1, 2016 by pecanbutter
- It is okay to converse in English if your Cantonese is as bad as mine. Speak mandarin at your own risk.
- The stuff sold @The Store is found on iHerb at a cheaper price.
- Trails create an awareness in you like nothing probably could. This was my first trail walk and I enjoyed every bit of it. I didn’t even realize I’ve walked for 5 straight hours, stopping only to take pictures. The vast landscape made me forget for those moments my troubles.
- Go to the @金鳳 茶餐厅 for some fragrant and delicious milk tea. Visit the stall earlier in the morning to avoid the long queues. There was already a queue at 9.00 am. Located at 41 Spring Garden Ln, Wan Chai, Hong Kong.
The cafes are fancy.
The Cupping Room coffee is another cafe to hop by for some great coffee.
- The secondhand bookstore at 29 lyndhurst building is worth a trip. The shop carries quite a number of recent titles. I bought ‘Outliers’, a book on helping dyslexic children read and a novel, ‘An inheritance of loss.’ Note that the place is heavily clustered with books.
- The food at the airport is sub standard compared to the original shop in the city itself. The queue at Tsiu Wah at the airport was way too long. The pork buns I had in Hong Kong island looked so much more appetizing. The patties looked more succulent and were significantly larger than the one I ate at HK airport. Their famous milk tea came hot in a bigger cups too.
- Fish and preserved egg congee is on the menu as 鱼片皮蛋粥 and fermented beancurd donut is 煎饼。
- Try Budaoweng Hotpot Cuisine @Tsim Sha Tsui,23/F, iSquare, 63 Nathon Road. Here, I had this noodle fish meat things that tasted of dried orange, this rolled up bean curd skin thing that was fried and which had to be dipped into the soup and immediately retrieved to be consumed, minced fish meat (from a fresh whole fish) that was added to the soup and boiled just before consuming, the beautifully marbled beef slices which could be wagyu, vegetables, big ass huge shrimp dumplings, maybe fermented toufu (huge empty pores). Condiments included one with bacon bits, fermented beancurd, chopped chilli, sambal chilli, garlic and chopped spring onions.
- It is nice to walk around Kowloon after dinner, near the harbour area to see the young buskers showcasing their talents. Take a ferry back to HK island just to enjoy the ride.
- The Kowloon area looks older but is rustic, unlike HK island, which was was constantly being upgraded and reinvented to look clean and new.
- Take a short star gazing hike up Wan Chai gap to catch movie stars or tycoons like Stanley Ho. Alight at Wan Chai MTR. Note that slopes are steep and lasts about 1.5 km. I caught the four block residence of one of HK’s millionaires, with all the curtains drawn up to keep out the paparazzi. Note that the food place Kam Fung is located at the start of the slope.
- Temple street is expensive and overrated.
- If you’re a road direction idiot like me, a portable charger is a must have. You’ll never know when your phone will die out on you at the most crucial moment. It could be the moment you step out of the MTR station, on the walk back to your place of stay.
- There were a couple of late night food stalls near Lan Kwai Fong. There’s this one that sells dessert and pig shoulder noodles and one that sells zi char (Sheng Ji). Had the semi cooked pig liver at a zi char place which was a tate salty but judging from the crowd, the other dishes could be worth a try.
- Chungking express was my first Mandarin indie movie. I walked past the building they used to film Chungking express, in Kowloon, located near the harbour area.
- February 2016, 10hkd = 1.86 sgd
- Buy the Airport express return card if you’re planning to go back to the airport soon after landing.
- Buy the octopus card to travel. That can be used for bus, trains and boat.
- Hong Kong can be cold.
- Good hiking company is essential.