A really short vacation that totally feels like a staycation. Well, I wasn't that keen of a holiday to HongKong from the beginning since I always feel that HongKong is really similar to Singapore. But since the husband found a really cheap deal, I guess a short vacation won't hurt.
Took a midnight flight right after a full day of work on Wednesday. Already started shopping for miscellaneous stuff and exploring/walking around while waiting. Didn't get to sleep much on the plane because of the usual numb legs.
Arrived in HongKong at wee hours and headed straight down to the hotel after getting the Octopus. Managed to have a tiny nap on the bus. Deposited the luggage at the hotel and went on wandering on the empty street, with all the shops still closed.
With so many things (the bus, trains, buildings) looking similar to Singapore, this was the only photo I thought anyone could tell it's Hong Kong.
The 'dirty dirty' building. Not trying to bring down or anything, more like I feel that it's HongKong's culture. Went on to our first meal in Hong Kong - Zha Leong~~ No photos to show, 'cause it's in the husband's phone. It was good, but not 'WOW' kind of good. I would still go to that HongKongDimSum shop at Marina Square. *nomnomnom*
Nothing much to report since the rest of the day was mainly walking, shopping, walking, eating, and walking again. Hahax. Of course we took buses too, but just wanna scream out for my poor legs. Had some 米线 at TamJai SamGor
, recommended by his friend. Wasn't brave enough to try anything too spicy, so we went with sharing a Sour-Spicy, and a side of chicken wings. The 米线 tasted like Assam Laksa or maybe even TomYam, and the chicken wings was quite good. Right after, we went back to the hotel for check-in and a nice nap. Then immediately went out to meet his friends for dinner. Hahaha sounds exactly piggy. *oinkoink*
Dinner date at The Drunken Pot
, recommended by the Bengpires. The food there was awesome! Though I cannot really handle the 麻辣 (and that one weirdo). The hanging beef was pretty and yummy, and the highlight of the night have to be THE GIGANTIC OYSTER. Never in my life have I seen such a big oyster, or even dreamt of having one in my mouth. I could easily devour it even with my full tummy. *I guess I have to apologize for the long post without photos, because all the photos of the food are in the husband's phone. The iPad was left in the safe of the hotel, since we have no data to it.*
Bet that dinner would have burnt a gigantic hole, as big as the oyster, in my pocket if we were paying. Thanks to the gang again for the yummy WOW dinner, and also the yummy oreo-cheese-sweetcream cake at the end. Continued shopping a little at the Ladies' Market before heading back.
Brunch at yet another recommendation from Bengpires. Was really looking forward to this Fried Milk Specialty they have. But it was not as WOW as I expected it to be. The LouMaiKai was REALLY fragrant though. Shopped around a street with tons of stamps booth. Kinda sad we didn't have enough time to get one customized.
Had a tour on the Hippo-Bus-Equivalent tram. The history part was boring me to sleep, and the breeze was really nice for a nap too. Past by Gudetama Billboard, and PompomPurin Cafe, before heading for the really cheap ferry. I wouldn't mind taking it a few more times.
Went on to queuing to head up to the Peak. Still can't figure out why purchasing the tickets in advance doesn't speed up the queuing the slightest bit. The only priority queue they have was the ticket package with Madame Tussauds. Had a cheena family that was doing everything typical for a cheena family, but I was rather glad that this was the only cheena incident I've had throughout the entire trip. Regardless if it was because of the short duration, or because we didn't go to too many tourist place, I am thankful.
The highlight for The Peak : Post Love to the Future.
The plan was just to post one postcard from the Peak because we believe they have the special stamp for letters posted there. But the moment I saw the 365 mailboxes, I went crazy and bought a lot of those useless expensive postcards. In the end, only posted three : one for each of our birthdays and one more for now.
Well, we also went up for the light show and night view, but it was nothing more than really cold wind and flashing lights. XD. Went back for some late night supper from MacDonalds and the nice fluffy bed swallowed me in a second.
Totally gonna thank my lovely, hardworking husband, who were in charge of packing the luggage these whole time. Be it clothes or loots or simply just what to bring for the day. He even woke up a couple of hours earlier on the third (and last day) to do the final packing before checking out. Brunch at nearby 茶餐厅, highlighting the French Toast with overflowing syrup that made my teeth hurt. =X Ended the trip with last-minute, grab-and-go shopping. Together with the purchases at the airport (which depleted all our HongKong Dollars), I believe that made up 90% of all our buying.
This photo is worth SGD$600. I totally love how cute the Gudetama 老婆饼. Will probably have individual posts on the loots when I open them. And maybe more photos on the trip itself~
*For the thing that matters is not the place, but the memories you've made*
The fact that there are always something new to learn, and that every problem you face is actually the path that leads you to the doorway of learning, never fails to amaze me. I have this problem with my gold metallic ink pad since forever. It never seem to dry and is easily rubbed off with your finger. (Not to mention that the seller ignored my note, and sent me 3 of the same color when I requested for 3 different.)
So I never get to use the cute lovely rubber stamps I have. I did have some weird ideas to hasten the drying time, like blow drying with a hair dryer, or maybe cover it with a layer of hot glue (which would probably a layer of ugly glue). But those ideas were not tried out.
One fine day, I decided I shall consult my best friend, Google, before doing anything too hastily.
It is always reassuring to know that there are many people out there that experienced the same problem. And with much digging and clicking, I found this.
This is the MOST Beautiful thing I have ever seen.
It doesn't just solve my problem, but totally bring it up to a different level! I simply can't wait to get some of those powder now, and start those experiments right now! (Though I'm not exactly planning to get the heat gun or any special watermark ink yet. Will probably be heating over my oven or something. But still, I'm So EXCITED~~)
Will be going off to Hong Kong for the weekend~! Really is a trip decided at the last minute, though we have been contemplating about it for some time. Partly because I still have some leave to clear.
Since he booked the air tickets and hotel reeeeeeally last minute on the night of 28th Oct (to leave on the 10th Nov), we had a little anxiety episode. Right after he booked, he realized that my passport will be expiring in Feb 2017! Which means the validity is less than 3 months!
Totally scrambled through the night with the idea of renewing the passport, taking passport photo and all, but finally resigned when it got too late. Spent the most of the following day researching on the net and calling the ICA, the airline, and even the China Embassy. Not to mention that he even got his friend from Hong Kong to check with the immigration. =X
Well, at the end of it, we found out that the entry requirement for Hong Kong is just one month of passport validity from the last day of your intended stay (and how unhelpful ICA helpline can be).
But even during all the mess, there are so many times things got so crazy and funnie. Totally laughing our heads off.
Thank goodness everything seems to turn out just fine. The worst thing would probably be me returning trolleys to earn money for my dim sum at the airport. Hahaha. If you get what I mean.