My first trip to Hong Kong was in 2012. I was with my Mom, Baby JJ and my best friend Ann. We were pretty excited because..ehmmnnn Disneyland!It's also the first time for me and Ann to go to an overseas trip together!
I was anxious about our trip as I was scared we would get lost so I planned every detail as possible. My bestfriend laughed when I gave her 3-4 pages of our itinerary just before our flight. in the end, we really enjoyed our HongKong trip and glad we didn't get lost.
Anyways, we stayed in Mongkok area as I guess this is where cheaper accommodations are. We went to Ocean Park but we didnt get to do most of the rides. Me and my bestfriend are not that adventurous with extreme rides so strolling around was enough for us. The cable car ride was one of the highlights of our trip and my Mom really enjoyed it.
We also were amused because a group of Chinese tourists kept smiling at Baby JJ. They even asked to have a picture with her. We were so weirded out (in a good way) to see their entire group of around 20 people had a group picture with her. My mom was prodding me to take a pic of them having pictorial with JJ but I was so shy.Even during our cable car ride, 2 of the Chinese tourists who were in the car in front of us kept turning around and waving at her.
We were so hungry and the only nearby restaurant was Neptune Restaurant. We were a bit hesitant at first as the place looks expensive but, we cant walk further with grumbling tummies so we decided to try there. It was a perfect choice as we had a pretty good view of the Grand Aquarium while we dined. The food also was yum and the price was reasonable.
'it was also our first time to see a Panda, it's really the cutest thing!
Tim Ho Wan
When I was researching and planning our itinerary, I stumbled upon Tim Ho Wan as one of the most recommended eating places. I read lots of rave reviews online and it was one of the cheapest Michelin-starred restaurant. Their pork buns, especially, were highly recommended. Luckily, our hostel was like few blocks away from the original branch of Tim Ho Wan. Me and Ann were given a number and were advised to come back in 2 hrs. There were few people waiting outside as well.
So after 2 hours, we were devouring yumy dimsums and pork buns!
I liked their dimsums more than the pork buns. I can still remember how the amazing shrimp dumplings tasted in my mouth. Tim Ho Wan has many branches now all over Asia. I am happy they have several branches in Singapore thus, I dont need to go to HK whenever I have my Tim Ho Wan cravings.
The Peak offers a stunning view of the Victoria Harbour or the HK Skyline. We were not able to find the Terminus for the Tram ride, but we rode the bus instead and it was a long ride. I think it was almost an hour. Anyways, it's all good as we were able to have some good views along the way. We also had our dinner at Michelin-starred Mak's Noodle house, which Ann enjoyed a lot. I think she loved Mak's more than Tim Ho Wans... :)
After dinner, the queue for the tram going down was very long. The weather was cold but then we passed by a gelato stand while queueing so we had this very smart idea of buying one. Minutes after, we were all shivering in the cold. It was very funny! Luckily we didn't die of hypothermia.
HK Stroll and Food Tripping
One thing we enjoyed in HK is the delicious food!Anywhere you go, there's easy access to cheap and delicious food! Hk is like a walking city...so most of the time if we were not on the trains, we were walking around. Our feet were sore every night we come back in our hostel but it was all worth it. We loved walking in the cold weather too. On our last night, my friend Alan met us and accompanied us to the train going to the airport. He is based in HK and gave us lots of tips and info on HK.
I am a Filipina, formerly based in Singapore and is now living permanently in Melbourne. Yet, I am really a global citizen at heart. :)