So well, my group of friends and I have returned from our 6D5N holiday safe and sound. We basically enjoyed ourselves tremendously from the minute we wake up, to the moment we knock out. And the kids never wasted a single minute of their life in HK. I can only say that life is great travelling with lovely friends who care for each other.
It was my first time visiting Hong Kong. I was the reluctant traveller in the entire planning for the trip itinerary, packing, etc. I didn’t do any research, not even looked at the Hong Kong map until the afternoon before flying. Tsim Sha Tsui, Mongkok, Kowloon only sounded familiar because of TV. I never consulted my besties for any advice too.
I’m not a city girl. Throw me in the street in a busy city and I will be the first to get myself disorientated and lost. This is evident in my daily life in Singapore as well – I rely heavily on my Google Map while on the road. But when I’m navigating as a pedestrian with the same app that I’m so familiar with, I get confused and stressed because there’s no more “turn left at 300m ahead” or “keep to the right”. Can’t blame me because there isn’t any lane marking for pedestrian. It gets worse if navigation involves walking through tunnels! My bestie, Audrey, always say that for every 1000 smartie cell in a person, there is bound to be another stupid cell somewhere. 😦
Thankfully for loved ones, I managed to lay my hands on the Dr Kong shoes for the kids after nailing the address for the biggest outlet to go to, navigating to the place, and waiting like 1 hr there for me to be done. I would say that visiting Dr Kong is my ONLY shopping aim for this holiday. I managed to nab 4 pairs for K & R and that’s not enough. Pat just helped me buy another 2 pairs yesterday before her own flight back. 🙂
Aside from the usual touristy souvenirs, I only managed to get one pretty Zara dress for K. Almost everything else displayed in GAP, Zara and H&M is meant for winter and there is NO SALE. We literally scoured through 5-6 stores looking at the same things. Audrey found it hard to believe me when i told her there is NO SALE!
So having been disappointed by the shopping, I can only eat. 不能买东西，吃东西总该可以吧!! Indeed, every meal (mostly) is satisfying and fulfilling. We went to some notable restaurants, had personal room-service late night supper and brekkie, gorged ourselves silly with plate after plate of food for every meal. Something I must brag about was the 46 plates of dimsum finished by 6 adults 5 kids. If it is not for the food, I would have concluded that my holiday in Hong Kong City was more of a torture than fun.
So pls standby tissue on your keyboard now because I am going to share my love with you.
The peaceful Umbrella Movement turned violent days before our trip commenced. However during our stay there, we found out that it’s still pretty much contained within several spots. We’d know which day and which area the Police will wipe out. We have heard of news of the no. of casualties during wipe out. We saw many many police cars & ambulances on the streets at night too.
Day 2, we went Nyong Ping Village to see the Big Buddha, shopped at Outlet Mall, then went to The Peak for night scenery.
Just before the trip, I won 2 sets of cold wear at a Facebook #FOXHolidays contest held by the kind folks at Fox Fashion (Singapore). Each set includes fleece jacket, gloves, scarf and beanie. I love K’s beanie to the max! Knowing that time is tight for me to collect before I depart for this trip, they quickly facilitated my collection and I managed to pick out these 2 sets of matching attire for the kiddos at VivoCity outlet 2 nights before the trip. Although I have won lots of contests on Facebook, it’s my first time walking out of a retail shop with $200 of goods and the Police won’t be catching me for it 🙂 What’s more, the Store Manager (i believe he is phillipino) on duty was excellent in service and provided us some big help in our selection. Never a moment was I made to feel embarassed for taking free things. It felt really great! Thank you Fox Fashion (Singapore) for the extended warmth in Hong Kong!
It was time to head for dinner. We quickly made reservation and the men navigated us through the typical Hong Kong streets before reaching. It was up & down slopes & stairs. But thankfully for them, I got to eat all these yummy dishes (and more!). So apparently Yung Kee is famous for Chinese Roast. All worth it (the walk)!
Day 3 and last day in HK City, it’s a day to roam Mongkok and Yau Ma Di street markets! I love street markets! But alas, we didn’t manage to eat ANY street food 😦
Coming up, this meal must be one of the most memorable moments we shared. We ordered 46 dimsum items (plates) and gobbled up 43 items there and then. The 6 adults & 5 kids didn’t have to eat anything until about 3pm. 😉
Finally we reached the largest Dr Kong outlet in Hong Kong. I have yet to personally verify for myself though because I didn’t get to visit other outlets. This outlet at May May Building, Mongkok is located on the 14th floor. It’s more of a Podiatry Clinic (yes they have specialists and appointment is required) than a retail outlet I would say.
Have I mentioned that Dr Kong shoes and bags is half price in Hong Kong? These 4 pairs of sports shoes cost an average of SGD25/pair after 50% off 2nd pair. No prizes for guessing why I am stocking 2 sizes up. The school shoes will never be on offer though. They are just est SGD10 cheaper compared to SG. But I still needed to lug them back because I called SG outlet on the spot and they don’t have K’s sizes anymore. Sorry hubs! >.<
Finally my objective of the trip has been nailed after Dr Kong’s. It’s time to relax for the rest of the day just browsing through street markets.
Finally it’s time for dinner after the short walk at Temple Street. No other places on the to-do list except Xin Dau Ji (Jo’s wish list). So off we go again after a quick call to reserve table!
Both the claypot dishes were awesome. The smell alone can get me killed already. And needless to say, the very cheap and very good suckling pig quarter wasn’t enough to go around and the mad people in my group wanted to go for supper at 3am.
Day 4 morning, we checked out of hotel and had egg tarts for brekkie. Bought another dozen for teabreak at DisneyLand!
Will cover more of DisneyLand in another post.
This must be the longest post since there were many memorable moments to record. I took a while to compile these photos. Hope that my mad friends will recall the happy memories we have shared.
In the meantime, we are concurrently running a GIVEAWAY on our blog now. Do hop over to this link to join in! Giveaway ends on 15th Jan’15. So hurry hurry join and share with your friends too. All the best to everyone!
This is NOT a sponsored post except for the kids’ cold wear I won from Fox Singapore. All opinions are my own. If you have liked what you have read, pls like our Facebook page at SAys! Happy Mums. Last but not least, thank you for dropping by. We hope to see you back again soon! 🙂
– SAys! Shirley