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Our Hong Kong Itinerary: Highlights

It's our first trip together as a couple, and we're here to explore all the possibilities this city-state has to offer; sights, cuisines and experiences.

It’s been quite some time now since I’ve last posted. It’s also been quite awhile since this Hong Kong-Macau trip (December 2018), and I’ve only gotten the time to start posting again. Juggling school and internship was a very trying challenge.

Anyway not to bore you with the details, but it’s time to share the highlights of our first trip together!

Back in December 2017, we got ourselves into an overbooked flight situation for our Bangkok trip with some friends. Jetstar made up for it by giving us $100 worth of Jetstar vouchers for our next booking. And we wouldn’t pass up an opportunity to fly to Hong Kong during peak season in December 2018 for $120. So we did.

And thus, the journey begins…

DAY ONE.

As we’re about to land, I caught sight of the world’s longest sea-crossing bridge – the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge. Honestly it reminds me of playing SimCity and building long bridges for the fun of it. Thoughts, President Xi?

Anyway, the journey from the airport by public bus towards our apartment in Jordan took about 1 hour. Our apartment was nothing to shout about. We don’t mind the cramped space and not-so-pleasing aesthetics of the apartment, as honestly, we were out for the most parts of the day.

Our apartment

After leaving our belongings in the apartment at about 4pm, we quickly set off to the Australian Dairy Company for some hot milk custard in the chilly 15-degrees weather (59F for non-metric units). Coincidentally, it wasn’t far off our apartment. It was just down the same street.

Milk Custard from Australian Dairy Company

The milk pudding is really good for this kind of weather. Ultimate comfort food, I’d say. Even as I’m back in Singapore writing this, I really wish that the weather could turn colder so that I can enjoy a bowl of hot milk pudding. It’s something about cold weather and hot meals that makes everything feel so comforting to me.

Anyway, we left the Australian Dairy Company for the Avenue of Stars via the MTR before the sun sets. We took the MTR from Jordan station to Tsim Sha Tsui. It was about a 5-minute walk from TST station, and in this cooling weather, I’d bet we’d be able to walk for an hour and not perspire. Such an agony to walk in Singapore under the intense heat and humidity.

Barricaded Construction Access @ Avenue of Stars

And what do we have here? Damn, it’s a barricade. What’s looking at the Hong Kong skyline without the view from the Avenue of Stars!! That was a disappointment, especially since I wanted so much to show Cheryl the view from here.

I thought maybe we could check out the view from a different vantage point, so I suggested that we walk further east of TST along the bay. Not long later, after about 10 minutes, we caught sight of an overhead crossing that had a lookout point.

Bay View from the Pedestrian Bridge @ Avenue of Stars

The above picture is the view from the overhead crossing. Decent, we’d say. The downside is that we couldn’t see the Central area of Hong Kong Island, which houses the famed IFC towers (the one that looks like an elongated shaver). We stood here to take a few pictures before a group of mainland tourists started to arrive and formed quite the crowd here.

Bruce Lee Statue @ Avenue of Stars

Ah, the renowned Bruce Lee statue. Such a pity it’s closed. Anyway, the Avenue of Stars has since been reopened in February 2019, according to TripAdvisor.

As the sun began to set, we just wandered aimlessly along the TST bay until we arrived at the Kowloon Public Pier. It was the combination of my fascination for clock towers and the crowd that made us walk towards the pier.

And it was the right decision! This is a good view of the Hong Kong CBD skyline, especially at night. Behind the public pier lookout point was the Former Kowloon-Canton Railway Clock Tower. I wonder if the whole railway station was demolished, leaving behind just the standalone clock tower. It’s really sad to see historic architecture disappearing for modern buildings.

Anyway, as you can see from the picture above, this is the unedited version of the cover photo. This is where I took the photo from. It’s really a good spot to sit down, unwind and have a conversation. We stayed here for about a good half an hour before moving on to grab dinner.

We didn’t really plan ahead on the locations to go, but somehow we settled for Yau Ma Tei. While walking around for about half an hour, we stumbled into this quaint-looking eatery, Mido Cafe. The greeter saw that we were interested, and then apologised politely that they were closed for an event. It didn’t stop there, she even told us about what they offer and invited us over for our next day. Seems like a great place to dine in, but alas, we don’t have time to visit the next day.

After about another fifteen minutes or so, we came into a neighbourhood of snaky long queues, each to dine at a claypot rice eatery. So we jumped in the queue for Four Seasons Pot Rice. It was a long wait, but the process was that the waitstaff would serve you in the queue – handing you the menu and asking for your orders.

Anyway, this was our dinner. Cheryl and I wasn’t entirely pleased with it. The meat portion was severely lacking as it’s filled with just bones, and it just felt like soy sauce and claypot rice.

Not long later, we walked around and got ourselves some street food. We got around the Temple Street Night Market Area (not the night market like in Taiwan) and found some snacks from Taste Pavilion. Turns out that I bought the same skewer snacks from Taste Pavilion two years prior to this trip, the smoked duck breasts that taste like bacon:

And so that concludes our first day around Kowloon! So here’s a picture of Temple Street, shot on film with the Canon FTb-QL:

I’ll continue with day two soon…