Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Hong Kong Weekend 2015

It's Manila Day today, and coincidentally, also San Juan Day (feast of St. John the Baptist), so there's no work for me and no school for Fi.

Coincidentally, for the past 2 years now, we've always taken advantage of this holiday to go to Hong Kong. Two years ago, I went to Hong Kong for the long weekend with office mates, you can ready about our first day here. Last year, I used my remaining BA miles to redeem flights for me and Fi, which you can read about here.

This time around, we went for the weekend before. It didn't make sense to make the most of the holiday since it fell on a Wednesday. The rest of our group stayed until Monday, but Sof and I flew in last Sunday because I didn't want to use any of my vacation leaves and I was hoping she would be able to go to school.

Travelling again with friends from work. The cast of characters is just
a bit different, but not in any way less fun.
We took the last flight out on Friday, and except for the extremely stressful traffic jam approaching the airport in Manila, our flight left and arrived in Hong Kong on time. Though due to the time of the flight, we were starving when we arrived, so the Lamb Biryani late dinner at Ebeneezer's really hit the spot. We were just tired and starving, so there are no photos from that night.

The next day, Sof and I woke up just in time for brunch at DimDimSum.
We tried DimDimSum for brunch, upon Jackie's recommendation.
A place once part of the Top 101 places to eat list (in 2012),
the experience was a bit lacking, but more on that on a separate post.

After brunch, since we were already closer to the Wan Chai side of Causeway Bay, I decided to take Sof to Tai Yuen (Toy) Street Market in Wan Chai.
This little girl hit the toy store jackpot.
She couldn't decide which shopkins set to buy! There were so many to choose
from, and she ended up spending double her budget.
After our toy errand, we caught up with the rest of the
group and headed to Mongkok in the hopes of buying
XiaoMi stuff, but we didn't really find anything.
At the Ladies Market in Mongkok
Good thing we were able to buy a Peppa Pig (& Family)
soft toy set, which we haggled down to HK$70 from $150.
My only attempt to try one of HK's coffee shop - 18 Grams, was such a fail.
The place closed down already, so Sof and I settled for Starbucks!
After such a tiring (and humid) day, Sof was happy to go
back to the hotel to play with her loot. 
Sof was so happy because Shop kins playsets are hard to find in Manila.
We even went back the next day to buy more inventory for the store!

We had dinner at Ho Hung Kee, which is one of the cheapest 1 Michelin starred restaurants in the world, famous for their wanton noodle.  
Ho Hung Kee at Hysan Place
When we arrived around past 8pm, the line was manageable. However, they only have one table for a big group, which is not an issue if you're willing to split up.
They really hype up the wanton noodle, so everyone on
our table ordered this. Sof's is bigger than Aina's because
I was planning to share. Hahaha.
The wanton noodle was good, but nothing extraordinary.
But the congee. This was to die for. I ordered salted pork and century egg,
and I am not really a congee fan, but I want to go back to HK to eat more.
The boys and Len were in the other table.
Who does the demure look better?
Mico vs Jackie

For dessert, we tried a new place nearby called He She Eat.

Desserts were a fusion of interesting combinations and were all
freshly prepared. More on this on a separate post.
We were lucky because when we arrived we were first in line. It seems
the place is quite popular, because the line got very long while we were there.
Deciding what to order (while waiting) is serious business.
While the guys only started deciding what to order once we were seated.
The girl didn't really believe that we wanted 5 straws to go with the
Avocado Yogurt smoothie that we were sharing.
The rest went on to party in LKF, while we went back to the hotel ahead so Sof could sleep.
Someone was so happy with her first day in HK, she slept in till noon.

We didn't really have anything planned for our second day in Hong Kong, except to have brunch at Delicious Kitchen.
Pork Chop and steamed vegetable rice from
Delicious Kitchen is always on my HK comfort food list.
Thanks JV for joining us!
The Ichiran Bomba sa Tiyan group with 1 order of double pork rib rice to share.
Thanks Javes for introducing us and treating us to Fresh Milk Ice Cream
from Mother's Crepe at the SOGO Food Hall.
After lunch and dessert, we were just able to do a quick toy store run, when the rain stopped, and we decided to just go back to the hotel to rest before leaving for the airport.
Thanks Clint and Der for letting us crash in your room.
At the airport, Sof had to have her usual Saboten dinner.
She actually finished the PorkChop in the Katsudon!
Unfortunately for me, Cafe de Coral ran out of Goose and Duck, so I had to
settle for the 3 BBQ Roast Order which at least had BBQ Pork (Asado)
which was surprisingly good.
Our flight was delayed, so this little veteran traveler, got a map to look for
the play area. 
I think Sof forgot that the play areas are normally for younger kids,
so she entertained herself by doing cartwheels instead.
Doing the Trick Art Installations at the Airport
Thank you HK! Except for the flight delay on our way back,
that was a good trip!

The weekend was just right for a  Hong Kong break, mainly because we really didn't have anything on our agenda except to eat and hang out with friends. It was also a good mix of old favorites and we got to try out some new places. Though next time, I want to go back for more congee, and I hope I get to shop more! just saying.

Dim Dim Sum 
7 Tin Lok Lane 
Causeway Bay 
Wan Chai

18 Grams Coffee 

Ho Hung Kee 
1204-1205 12/F, Hysan Place
500 Hennessy Road
Causeway Bay

He She Eat
201, 2/F, Causeway Place
2-10 Great George Street
Causeway Bay

Delicious Kitchen
Shop B, G/F, 9-11 Cleveland Street 
Causeway Bay

Mother's Crepe
Shop B2-15, Basement, Sogo, 
555 Hennessy Road
Causeway Bay

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