Travelogue: 5 days in Hong Kong (Dec 2015)

Last December, I made some last minute switches with coworkers and somehow got 6 days off in a row (wow!) for my cousin’s wedding… in Hong Kong. The flight was uber expensive since it was in between Christmas and New Years, but it was worth it. Also, I felt pretty badass hopping on the plane at Newark with just a backpack. The guy at the Cathay front desk noticed and asked if I was going home, and I answered “…yeah.”

Hong Kong is where I was born. I lived there for 10 years until I moved to New York. I don’t fly back often since it’s expensive, and every time I do go back, it’s completely different. Yet, some things still feel familiar. Listening to random dialogue around me in Cantonese, it feels natural. But at the same time, I’m sorta like a foreigner. There’s always so much to explore, so many places to eat and shop at.

My trip begins…

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From Manhattan, I took the NJ Transit to Newark Airport. It was only $13 and took less than half an hour.

The Cathay menu (we got 2 meals):

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In the back, the English version:

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In the morning, there’s congee.

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I love Cathay.

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I arrived at 6am. Welcome to Hong Kong. And Merry Christmas. There’s free wifi at the airport woohoo!

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I bought a one-way ticket from the airport to go to the city (Kowloon stop): $90HKD (~$12USD). You can also put money on an Octopus card if you have one already, or you can purchase it there.

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The seats were comfy and it took less than half an hour to get to Kowloon.

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I love seeing these buildings in HK. There’s so much character.

After I found my dad’s apartment and met up with my parents, dropped off my stuff, we went to eat because that’s what people in HK do. We eat continuously.

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HK diner food

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Hong Kong (Dec 2015)

Second breakfast. Dim sum at City Chiu Chow.

Hong Kong (Dec 2015)

Hong Kong (Dec 2015)

Quail egg siu mai

Hong Kong (Dec 2015)

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Iron Buddha Oolong Ice Cream from TenRen’s Tea ($20HKD=$2.58USD)

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Stopped by Kam Wah Cafe 金華冰廳 for their pineapple bun with butter

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I got to spend Christmas with family.

Hong Kong (Dec 2015)

Hong Kong (Dec 2015)

Ladies and gentlemen, my cousin at the grill.

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Polar wants steak too.

 

 

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