Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Hong Kong: Causeway Bay

Took the MTR in Hong Kong! We were contemplating to take either the cab or the MTR to Causeway Bay and of course I voted for the MTR just to experience it!

You will never see me so excited about the MRT in Singapore. Haha.

We bought single journey tickets!


A station staff helped to assist my family in purchasing the tickets. While they were busy with the machine, an aunty came to ask me for loose change. Me, being paranoid in a foreign country, waved her off politely and didn't even dare to look at her in the eyes in case she scam or hypnotize me. That's what happens when you read too much stories online about foreign scammers. After that, I made sure to check that all my belongings are still safely inside my bag. Haha.


Quickly got my sis to snap a photo of me on the MTR! Haha. We then laughed about how we always find it ridiculous when foreigners take photos on our MRT in Singapore, yet we are doing it ourselves elsewhere. Anyway, the MTR was really fast!


We finally reached Causeway Bay! I wanted to take photos with the iconic Mongkok sign that tourists love, but nevermind, Causeway Bay's will do.


Once we stepped out of the train station, we were welcomed by the night lights of Causeway Bay.


Causeway Bay was crowded and so vibrant at night!


We went in search for dinner and walked passed eateries like this...



And finally settled in this modern Hong Kong cafe called Ngan Lung Restaurant! At first I lowered my expectations because I have the opinion that usually cafes ran by hired staff instead of private owners always have mediocre food, but I was pleasantly surprised with the good food here!

We ordered the typical Hong Kong fare - Roasted Goose, Roasted Pork, and Char Siew. I noticed that restaurants in Hong Kong love to serve soup on the side! And the soup served are usually very yummy! A bowl like that would cost a few dollars in Singapore. The portion is not a lot, but I loveeeeeeeeee the Roasted Pork! The crispy skin and tender meat was perfectly roasted and tasty. The char siew here also had a very difference sauce from the sticky red ones I was used to, but still very yummy. I personally prefer the charred type though, but didn't get to eat those throughout my stay in Hong Kong. Also ordered Ice Milk Tea to try the version in Hong Kong.



After we filled our tummies, we went to walk around the streets of Causeway Bay! Found a Koi Kei shop and mum excitedly went in to buy almond biscuits and peanut candy. I really love the peanut candy in Koi Kei!


There were plenty of shops in Causeway Bay and my fave is probably Laforet, because the profile is mainly for the younger crowd!




Family photo on the streets of Causeway Bay!


So far, Causeway Bay is my favourite place in Hong Kong. It felt very happening!


Many people gathered to watch the street performer~


That's all for Hong Kong today!


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Hong Kong: Mong Kok, Tsim Sha Tsui 1
Hong Kong: Victoria Peak
Hong Kong: Wan Chai, Repulse Bay, Aberdeen
Hong Kong: Tsim Sha Tsui 2
Hong Kong: Causeway Bay

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Bodacious Bar and Bistro



For our latest mystery makan session, Jacelyn brought us to Bodacious Bar and Bistro, located at 70 Biopolis Street.



Everyone loved the modern industrial interior! There is also outdoor seating, but it was such a hot day that we all chose to sit indoors, with the comfort of aircon!


Group photo before we start. Check out the phone and camera on the table... all in "selfie" mode! Haha.


Sent this photo to my colleagues and they said "Esther is all about food"... Hahaha. Quite an accurate sentence to describe me ya? Good food makes me a very happy girl!


Coffee that Jacelyn ordered. I miss coffee so much! I have been avoiding it ever since I had braces on. I used to have ice latte for almost every cafe visit!


I was spoilt for choice but eventually settled for Duck Confit. Very sinful because there were many fatty bits which I savored. I recommend this if you visit Bodacious Bar and Bistro!


Jacelyn and Fidelis both had the pulled-pork burger. It looked very good on the menu and I almost wanted to order it!


Nadia indulged in steak!


We also had truffle fries to share. Can never resist truffle fries. I also saw prawn paste chicken on the menu! So tempting!


Piccies again! This is what happen when four bloggers hang out. Haha. So many photos whenever we are together! Actually I cut down already. Few years back I snap even more photos!






Churros for dessert.


Really like this photo! One of our better group photos :) We are all in happy colours!


The food at Bodacious was not bad but the best thing was catching up with the girls. Our next gathering would probably be at Fidelis wedding which is coming up in a few weeks!! Time really flies! 

Outfit photo outside the restaurant! Shopped with Nadia at Bugis Street awhile back and we snapped up piece after piece including this floral top! The feeling was super shiok because we are both very fast when it comes to buying clothes! Ahem, I hope bf doesn't read this. Haha.


Birthday presents from them. Love!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Hong Kong: Tsim Sha Tsui, Temple Street

We traveled to Kowloon for dinner at Tsim Sha Tsui. Before this trip, I never knew that Hong Kong is actually quite a small country in terms of land space. It's amazing how I could travel from Hong Kong island to Kowloon in less than 30 minutes!



Dinner for 8 of us in a random Chinese restaurant. Quite a spread and tasty too.


Tsim Sha Tsui is quite populated. Most people who holiday in Hong Kong would choose to stay in a hotel located at either Mong Kok or Tsim Sha Tsui, as it's quite central and there are many shops around. I was hoping to pass by the famous Chungking Mansions, but didn't managed to. Before the trip, I read up on Chungking Mansions and found it quite an interesting place! It is a very old building located in a very good location in Tsim Sha Tsui, housing several hostels with very tiny and constrained rooms as accommodation for tourists on a budget. However, many of us would not want to stay in such dirty and unsafe conditions, even for one or two days.


After lunch, we walked around Tsim Sha Tsui on our own. Spotted some really cute shops!




We walked and walked and walked. Posting this photo below because in TVB dramas, we always see aunties pushing cardboard pieces on a trolley just like this one! Anyway while we were there, all the cardboard aunties we saw were aunties! Why no uncles?






A picture with sis on the streets of Tsim Sha Tsui!




Taken from an overhead bridge...


They wanted to shop in a mall because of the extremely hot weather, and we finally found one called "The One". The sun in Hong Kong is so strong that even more than a month after coming back, my arms are still tanner than the rest of my body.


Finally, aircon! Haha. We bought some drinks because we were so thirsty. I realize that some of the shops there don't provide plastic bags and when requested, we were given this kind.... No handle kind.


View from the top... If you noticed, every pedestrian crossing at a junction turn green at the same time. It's so awesome because I can get to a diagonal building quickly without having to pause in between!






After we finished enjoying the aircon, we went back to the streets for Hui Lau Shan, a famous dessert shop in Hong Kong. There were several branches around!


Mango dessert are their main highlights and I loveeeeeeee mango ice! We ordered two versions and they were quite nice, but I have eaten better ones in Singapore. A little bit disappointing because we read so many raving reviews online! Nevertheless, quite a nice treat in the middle of a warm afternoon.


We got enough of Tsim Sha Tsui and the rest suggested to visit Temple Street located at Yau Ma Tei, so we flagged a cab to go there. The cab fare was very cheap, probably because it was actually within walking distance.


The night market was not open yet so there wasn't much to shop. Managed to buy myself a pair of new sandals at only HKD50! My mum bought herself a pair of platform slippers at only around HKD30! Very cheap!


Live seafood on the ground... Lots of seafood eateries around, I was so tempted!


Mum spotted a mahjong club that is quite big. It must be intimidating to go in and play with the other seasoned players, though I am really curious how it looks like inside!


That's all for this short entry.... Will be back with more!

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Read:
Hong Kong: Mong Kok, Tsim Sha Tsui 1
Hong Kong: Victoria Peak
Hong Kong: Wan Chai, Repulse Bay, Aberdeen
Hong Kong: Tsim Sha Tsui 2
Hong Kong: Causeway Bay

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