Hong Kong is a city that isn’t foreign to me, I’ve resided in Hong Kong for 3 months for internship and thereafter, made a revisit with my mom and godma. I loved Hong Kong; coming back to this city makes me feels right at home, but that feeling had soon dissipated after this revisit with my immediate family. I don’t remember Hong Kong to be THIS crowded and their lousy service attitude needs plenty of work, but I guess that’s their culture which we can’t really fault. That said, there are still reasons to love Hong Kong – food & shopping! There was never a day we came back to the hotel empty-handed nor went about a day without a satisfied tummy.
We arrived at Hong Kong Intl. Airport at about 10am and had our brunch at Tsui Wah Restaurant (Airport branch).
Address: Terminal 1, Departure Hall, Level 8
How to get there: Take the lift from Arrival Hall to Departure hall. Walk pass the check-in counters to the shops and take the lift to level 8. The restaurant is on the left.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Since our arrival was close to lunch time, we ordered a few dishes to share so we could stomach our lunch later. Must maximize our tummy at a land of good food galore! The crispy bun served with sweet condensed milk is a must-order. Two other dishes we ordered were Sizzling King Prawns XO noodles and Kagoshima Style Pork Cartilage noodle. Total bill amounted to 189HKD inclusive of 3 beverages.
With our satisfied tummy, we exited the airport to take bus A21 to Casa Hotel, where we lodged in for 4 nights. One ride cost 33HKD. Our hotel was just opposite the bus stop at Man Ming Lane where we alighted, the 9th bus stop from airport.
This is how cosy and cramp our room was. The first time I was here, I was given a more spacious room than this, maybe cos there were 3 of us hence a bigger room. Silly as it may sound, we had to shower infront of the sink (as seen in the pic) with the shower head. What I really loved about this hotel is its location. It’s walking distance to Mongkok and Yau Ma Tei MTR station is just a minute’s walk away. For the convenience and cleanliness, 91SGD/night is not too shabby. I mean, most of the time we’ll be out of our hotel room and they provide the most basic amenities. What’s there to complain about? :)
Off to Avenue of Stars & Tsim Sha Tsui after checking-in!
Directions: East Tsim Sha Tsui MTR Station and exit at J2. When you exit, look out for InterContinental Hotel. Turn right and follow the road and traffic, it is about 3 minutes walk before you reach the destination.
Alas! We were told that Avenue of Stars will be under renovation for 2 years and we, too, skipped the Symphony of Lights entirely. If you are pressed for time, you can skip this destination unless you must have a view of the harbour against the skyscraper. Moving on, we shopped around Tsim Sha Tsui and settled our lunch nearby at Yuen Kee Restaurant. Anyway, shopping in this area is relatively costly.
Directions: Opposite The One shopping mall, on the right side after you exit from the mall.
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
We headed back to our hotel to recharge a little before heading out for dinner. What’s Hong Kong without Dim Sum? Yes, dim sum dinner at DimDimSum!
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Address: 112 Tung Choi St / Opening hours: 11am to 2am
Directions: Mongkok MTR Exit D2
One of the best dim sums I’ve ever had. Their prawns are chunky and succulent! What we’ve ordered apart from the captured ones are: Century egg porridge and Chicken & Mushroom rice. The crispy skin chee cheong fun is a must-order! I loved the pumpkin pork ribs; unlike the ones in Singapore, this has more meat than bones. In fact, what we’ve ordered were all tasty! Total bill amounted to 198HKD inclusive of 3 beverages.
After our hearty dinner, we walked around Mongkok before calling it a day because we had to rise early for Macau the next day!
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[Post contributed by Gen. N]
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