Travelogue: Hong Kong Wedding (Dec 2015)

Hong Kong (Dec 2015)

It’s my cousin’s wedding day! But first, dimsum. Hoi Yat Heen is located inside the Harbour Grand Hotel in Hung Hom, Kowloon — dimsum was excellent and we got window seats.

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Shark fin stuffed wing — SO GOOD

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Inside the shark fin stuffed wing.

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Birds nest egg tart – didn’t really have much taste, it was just ok.

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Lunch with a view!

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Shopping at 2% at The One. Miffy!

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Suzuki Cafe at The One.

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Purple Yam latte.

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Mango molten lava cake.

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Wedding time at the Sheraton!

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Cat & Rick

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Travelogue: Hong Kong Day 3: Eat & Yoga & Eat (Dec 2015)

I took the MTR to Causeway Bay on a Sunday morning and felt like I was the only one awake in this whole city. Only a few people (domestic workers) were on the train and the streets were empty! It certainly did not feel like HK. Nothing was open so I walked around…

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I walked around until it was time for the free yoga class at Lululemon in Hysan Place. I was the first one there, of course…

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I was surprised when the class started filling up. I had registered ahead of time (I always look up free Lululemon classes before traveling!) and asked to borrow a mat. They were accommodating.

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The yoga class was led by the lovely yogi-extraordinaire Héloïse Chong in English and I felt invigorated!

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They even had free apples.

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Héloïse Chong! She was really lovely to talk to.

There was a LINE store at Hysan Place for a limited time so of course I went.

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Got a drink to go.

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Star Wars at Times Square!

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Christmas decorations in HK are the best! This was at Elements.

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Pretty elaborate and detailed.

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Naked bear!

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More bears.

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Bears.

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A bear.

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My cousin Eunice took me to Tai Cheong Bakery in Central for their AMAZING egg tarts. Really good when they’re fresh out of the oven!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Others may disagree, but I loved their egg tarts. I personally don’t care for the flakey crust and prefer this instead.

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PMQ! The former Police Married Quarters located in Sheung Wan, in the middle of SoHo, has been converted to an arts and design center with shops, exhibits, food — a great place to show off to your friends and hang out.

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I really enjoyed walking around this area.

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We turned the corner and went to Little Bao for a snack.

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LB fries – THEY WERE SOOOOO GOOD!!!!!!! Pretty much the best fries ever.

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Pork belly bao! Slow-braised pork belly, leek & shiso red onion salad, sesame dressing, hoisin ketchup.

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Fish tempura bao! Fresh market fish, tamarind palm sugar glaze, pickled lemongrass fennel salad.

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DESSERT. Ice cream baos!

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Next time I’ll get the matcha with condensed milk! Can’t wait.

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Went to a store called “Homeless” and bought some trinkets as souvenirs. Loved browsing here!

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Cupping Room – another coffee place recommended by a friend.

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They’re serious about coffee here.

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More random HK pictures.

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Walked out to the pier and it was time to meet up with my friend Melody from Primary school! Back to Causeway Bay…

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Via Tokyo!

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Down the block is “I see I see“, an ice cream pop place.

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Chunks of mango!

After dessert, it was dinner time.

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Blogging about this has made me very hungry.

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Travelogue: Hong Kong Day 2: Eat & Run & Eat (Dec 2015)

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Day 2 in HK. Random pics from this day:

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Pandan ice cream and pandan eggettes from Modos.

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Knockbox Coffee Company — recommended by a friend.

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My latte was pretty good.

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They featured coffee from Africa, Central & South America.

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I didn’t get to try their beer on tap!

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I love walking around the shopping malls for holiday decorations. This was at Olympian City.

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I got to run during this trip yay

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Time for seafood:

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Let’s pick them out…

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Hehe

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Next, we go into the restaurant and feast!

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Seafood Thai

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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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Second breakfast. Dim sum at City Chiu Chow.

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Quail egg siu mai

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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.

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Ladies and gentlemen, my cousin at the grill.

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Polar wants steak too.