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So I dutifully and painstakingly lugged the dslr this time round thinking it’s the holiday and I ought to get some quality shots. The total number of photos taken on this trip? ZERO. I should have known better! And so it was the iPhone to the rescue…

Some typical HK street scenes. The bright lights and crazy crowd put a dazed look on DZ’s face the first night we were there. The hotel is centrally and conveniently located in the heart of Causeway Bay, and except for making an out-of-the-way pilgrimage to indulge in roast goose, and a couple of leisurely jaunts to nearby Central, we never quite left this place.

FOOD was of course the highlight of this trip. After all, there’s only so much you can do with a 8-mth old on a two nap schedule. We wasted no time in hitting our favourite eateries and visiting old haunts. 翠华奶油猪+热奶茶,鱼蛋汤,葡京蛋挞,鱼肉香煎豆腐+滑豆花,深井烧鹅,池记云吞面,金叶点心,大班楼午餐=正!

GRANDPARENTS, for which this trip would not have been possible if they had not agree to come along. I mean, I don’t quite fancy the thought of hanging out with a baby on my own in the hotel room when hubby was at work. Besides, it was good fun thronging the streets of HK with my Dad and Mom once more!

Taken from atop The One at 100 Nathan Road in TST on a night out with the hubby. The million dollar view, a view that captures the imagination.

Posing in front of a giant kamcheng at Changi Airport, our one and only family shot from the whole trip. :)

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Nabbed!

An occasional click on The Standard for some dosages of HK local news revealed that after almost a year, the culprit behind the Causeway Bay acid attack was finally caught and put behind bars. Whew!

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So here we are, at the end of our chapter in Hong Kong.

We had expected to be here for a while. Say 2-3 years. What we had not anticipated were the way things eventually panned out. Our brief, but nonetheless fruitful time here will be a constant reminder to me that some things in life are destined to happen, so that we can be happy and contented in the most unplanned way and at the most unexpected moments.

As with any places, there are things that you grew to love, and those that you’ll continue to loathe. Some stuff we’ll will miss about HK:

1) friends we made
2) convenience of living right inside city center- walking distance to Victoria Park, Central Library, with no lack of shopping, dining, entertainment choices
3) Victoria Harbour
4) wonderful hiking trails and mountains
5) ferry rides to one of the many outlying islands
6) proximity to and relative ease of exploring mainland China
7) 45 mins train ride away to Shenzhen where the best ever massage awaits
8) sense of vibrancy the city exudes, the ability of both the old and new, modern and traditional to coexist
9) afternoon tea or Yum Cha culture
10) city’super at Times Square and IFC

Some others that we can do without:

1) noise! it’s next to impossible finding a peaceful spot here with the seemingly endless constructions and upgrading projects ongoing everywhere
2) living inside city center also means beating the crowd everywhere, anytime
3) when Victoria Harbour is enveloped in smog (which is most of the time)
4) poor air quality
5) frequent grey and gloomy skies
6) absence of trees in the city
7) unpredictable weather
8) high humidity level, the kind that results in water droplets distilling from inside your wardrobe
9) dripping air-con water during summer
10) cheek by jowl residential buildings

In his line of work, there will be future trips back here for sure. The only difference is, we’ll be returning as visitors and not residents anymore.

Whatever it is, thanks for all the shared memories and for making our life experiences a little richer. Here’s to you, the city that has given us much.
Thank you for having us.

So long, and till we meet again.

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Wedged between Tin Hau and Causeway Bay, and nestled at the foot of Jardine’s Lookout is No.7 Tai Hang Road, the 769 sq ft. cosy little pad we called home in Hong Kong Island for the past year or so.

With its over-used and under-loved kitchen, a spacious living room we enjoyed lounging around and an extra room for guests, it had served us well.

While we’re gonna miss the convenience of staying in this neighbourhood, what we’ll gladly say bye to is paying rent.

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Out & About HK

The last few months saw a crazy traveling schedule. We were literally all over the place. So much so that I hardly had time to go over some of the photos taken during our stay here.

Mishmash shots of some of the places we’ve been and things we’ve seen.

scenery and seafood by the sea- day trip to Sai Kung

interesting plants inside the Hong Kong Park Conservatory located next to Admiralty

cute little chaps at the Hong Kong Park Aviary

concrete jungle

L:oddly shaped Lippo Towers; R: IFC building from afar

view of IFC building taken from on board a ferry on dark, cloudy night

a myriad of choices: colourful trams, mini buses, double-decker buses, affordable and efficient public transport

the city’s omnipresent red taxis; am gonna miss this one for sure

I heart HK T-shirts at Ladies’ Market

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Located conveniently in Central and hence easily accessible by tourists, Yung Kee may be the default ambassador for Hong Kong’s roast goose. The real McCoys however, can be found at a somewhat far out area in the New Territories known as Tsam Tseng. The kind of place that seldom made it to guide books, frequented mainly by “in the know” locals.

The excellent public transport in Hong Kong means that more often than not, there are more than one way getting to any destination. We usually take the Tung Chung line from Hong Kong station in Central, alight at Tsing Yi station and flag a cab to take us there. Go around evening time and you’ll catch glimpses of the elegant Tsing Ma Bridge against beautiful dusk colours.

The district of Tsam Tseng, on the whole, is famous for siu ngoh or roast goose, the more well-known ones being Yue Kee (裕記燒鵝) or Chan Kee (陳記燒鵝). The latter also has an air-conditioned restaurant further down the road (and two cha caan teng style outlets in Mongkok and Sham Shui Po) but we prefer the laid-back, outdoor one pictured above.

With its crisp skin and juicy, tender meat, the men in my life (read: the husband, father, brother and my two brothers-in-law) had all fallen head over heels with Chan Kee’s roast goose.

Located at:

G/F, 63 Sham Tseng Village,
Castle Peak Road , Sham Tseng
深井青山公路深井村63號地下

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Going through the photos taken over the course of our stay here, it struck me that I’ve shot quite a fair bit of neon signs and billboards in this city.

There is something about the sight of these bold and impactful, at times garish and tacky signs that I cannot quite put a word to. All-out marketing tactics are the norm of the day and everywhere you go, your senses are bombarded by innovative messages and captivating advertisements.

Giant billboards mounted on walls of buildings located on Yee Wo Street pedestrian crossing in front of Sogo department store– epicenter of all the action in Causeway Bay.

A while back, there were Nicole Kidman and Zhang Zi Yi for Omega; here we have retired Japanese football star Nakata Hidetoshi gracing the occasion. Curiously, I’ve always have been immune to his charms. I wonder how his admirers crossed the street safely the few weeks he was high up there.

The three-storey H&M along Queen’s Road Central. Here you can spot some beautiful and enticing ads. I find myself looking forward to the new one with every change of season.

Hong Kongers just can’t seem to get enough of 公仔面 or instant noodles. Specifically, Nissin instant noodles. Available at any self-respecting cha caan teng, they can have it for breakfast, lunch, tea, dinner and supper, no kidding.

Stepping out of the MTR train, you’d be bathing in packets of Nissin noodles in all flavours (the underground walls are entirely plastered with these colourful ads) as you make your way to any of the 6 exits at Causeway Bay station.

Imagine a wet market inside Raffles Place?

One of my favourite, Gage Street Market is located right in the heart of Hong Kong’s financial district in Central. Here, you’ll rub shoulders with the locals as well as expats while shopping for fresh produce. It’s proximity to Mid-Levels, a residential area popular with foreigners, means that greens not widely used in Chinese cooking, such as baby spinach, arugula, radicchio, frisse and the likes are readily available here.

Nearly as ubiquitous as neon signs themselves, this classic 24-hr Hong Kong diner serves some of the best milk tea around. Our favourite Tsui Wah is the one near LKF on Wellington Street in Central.

Busy Haiphong Road perpendicular to bustling Canton Road in Tsim Sha Tsui. As yet, I still cannot quite decide which is more terrifying, Causeway Bay or here on a weekend.

And then there is Mongkok. The maddest and scariest of them all. Where bird market, sneaker street, ladies market, goldfish market, flower market, Temple street flea market are all within walking distance of one another.

Reputedly the most densely populated area in the world, there are possibly as many neon signs in the air as there are people on the street. If you are searching for a spot with the typical Hong Kong sights you see on postcards, you won’t be disappointed in Mongkok.

As the neon lights flickered on after nightfall, it is when the city comes alive flamboyantly.

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