The First Days

01 March 2012

Hi guys! So I've been in Hong Kong for 2 days now and it's only just begun to sink in that I'll be here for the next few months. My dad has been visiting for the last 10 days and today is his last day before he flies back home this evening. However, first, let me share with you my mixture of iPhone, Instagram and camera pics! 
Flight
So after an hours flight from Birmingham airport on Monday morning, I landed at Charles de Gaulle for my connecting flight to Hong Kong. I was super lucky and had two empty seats next to me which was brilliant but I quickly realised that the extra space didn't make the hugest difference to how uncomfortable it is to fly for almost 12 hours. I was so happy to touch down on Tuesday Morning (HK Time) especially because I could get away from the annoying child sat behind me! When I arrived at the airport, it took me about 15 mins to check through immigration (having a HKID card makes life super easy/speedy!) and collected my luggage and found my dad waiting for me on the other side.


Front door Dim Sum 

We hopped on the bus and I found myself in familiar territory. We opened that typical HK front door and I was back at home! It honestly feels like I never left last Summer. After quickly realising how cold it was, I changed into something warmer and then we popped out again for some much needed Dim Sum. 
Custard Cakes Mong Kok After dim sum, I fought the jet lag that was starting to kick in and my dad and I went to Mong Kok so I could help him buy my sisters presents. It was super busy but it was awesome being back in town and meandering through the chaos of people shopping away. 
Dad's cake That evening, my family surprised my dad with a birthday cake. This cake was so good and had slices of mango in the centre. Extremely light, chocolately and yummy fresh fruit.
Kitchen view A Misty Wednesday morning. The view from the kitchen window, High rise flats and commercial buildings and a hint of HK's moutainous terrain in the background.
Grandmas Congee The following morning, I woke up bright and early and my grandma had made me some congee for breakfast. There really is nothing like food cooked by your grandma and she was a little embarrassed when I showed her my blog earlier. Food cooked by grandmothers is always so good!
Causeway bay Later on, we caught the bus and arrived into my favourite place in the world, Causeway Bay! Safe to say, I didn't drag my dad around the shops but my sister Hailey and I shopped away to our hearts content last Summer. I don't feel the need to buy clothes yet...but then again it's early days! Domon Ankake ramen Domon ramen side At lunchtime we went to Domon Ramen which is situated behind Times Square at Lee Theatre Plaza. I had a set lunch of Ramen and the Taro and Pumpkin Korroke which was pretty awesome. Especially when it only costs $58 which is under £5! Definitely an impossible price if I was back int the UK.
Times Square installation There was a crazy hat installation at Times Square. Though, I suspect the area gets pretty drippy when it's raining! It's so pretty and colourful. 
cappuccino My dad and I stopped off at Sogo and went into one of their Coffee shops. I don't recall ever having a coffee with just my dad but it was really nice!


 Wife Cakes taxi 

My dad adores his food and one of his favourites are these fresh wife cakes seen in that first pic. They're really good and he bought a couple of boxes to take home. No doubt when I return in May, I'll be asked to buy some more for him too! Later that eve we hopped into a taxi and went to Wang Jia Sha, a Shanghainese restaurant in Causeway Bay. On my last trip, my sister and I went to the one in Taikoo Shing but I never got round to posting the pics! I might revive those eventually because some of those dishes we had in the Summer were better presented! 
Dinner at Wang Jia Sha my macbook Finally, the reason why I am able to blog so soon is because I bought myself a new laptop. Electronics in HK are definitely cheaper, often with a bazillion freebies if you shop in the right stores. So this is most definitely a worthy investment! 

This evening, my dad leaves for the UK so we are spending the rest of the day, having lunch, a bit of a shop for last minute gifts before we have dinner at home. Will update soon!

51 comments:

  1. Looks amazing - soo jealous!

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  2. Causeway Bay is amazing! Looks like so much fun, and definitely delicious. I'm totally wishing they had Sogo in the states. It's so convenient x)

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  3. Amazing! I hope you continue to have a fantastic time. I understand the surrealism of realizing you'll be in Asia for a few months. THat is how I felt when I first stepped in Taiwan. :)

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  4. reading this entry of yours made me all excited!! the pictures are amazing! two months is a really good time I think :) also, you made me want to go visit my grandmother... :) and that's good!! i i'm looking forward to your next entry! =)

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  5. so jealous! I love Hong kong...all that food looks so delicious
    xx

    INSIDE IN INSIDE OUT

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  6. Such pretty places! & Food! Glad all is going well.

    Adore the hat display picture!

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  7. So exciting! Wow, I'm glad you managed to do so many things after such a long fight.

    Yeah! About the laptop!

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  8. Hi winnie yummm delicious, nice photos

    kisses rose jp

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  9. Yesss! Good electronics totally have the ability to transform your life! Was so over-the-moon when I got my MacBook Air 13inch for Christmas... seriously, it's revolutionized my life.

    Can't believe your in Hong Kong for so long! I can't wait to see your adventures (I will be drooling over all the FOOD! - I swear you can't get good Asian food in Zurich at all).

    p.s. love the shot of the pastel buildings! xx

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  10. Oh, Winnie, I love posts like these! I feel like you are taking us along with you! I've never been, but I've always wanted to go to HK -- it looks sooo delicious!
    Congrats on your new Mac purchase too (yippeee more blogging!). I've had my Macbook pro for almost three years now (ancient, it seems, for lap tops) and have not had one complaint. Love it to bits and use it daily for work and blogging.
    Hope you have a wonderful last few days with your Dad!
    xoxox,
    Lar

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  11. all this food looks amazing <3 Glad to hear you've bought a laptop so you can keep on blogging! Enjoy your time with your Dad :) xx

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  12. oh winnie yay i was so excited to see a post from you in my blog list :) and i can definitely relate to the plane thing...you could have all the seats beside you but it's not going to make a 12 hour flight any better...when i move to greece from canada it took me 20 hours! because of the delays...it was horrible....but i'm glad you arrived safely!!!! mmm and that cake for your dad looks so good, i don't think you can go wrong with mango...and that hat thing in times square is the prettiest thing ever...so creative...anyway i hope you have a great trip and congrats on your new laptop :)
    xoxo Stephi

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  13. Awww yey I'm so glad you're settling in HK, all that yummy food is making me homesick for Thailand I won't be there for another 4-5 months but I've already planned out what I want to do LOL! I can't wait to hear more about your HK adventures xoxo

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  14. I am jealous, Honey! :) Have a great time btw.

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  15. i wish you so much fun! please take a lot photos, so that we can follow your trip

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  16. Wao, what excellent pictures!! I especially love the hats in the hair, so unique and colorful! Hope you continue to have a great time :)

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  17. Aaaaw this is so cute! I hope you're feeling less nervous, now that at least the flight part worked out! XD I don't think I've ever had coffee with just my dad either, it must be weird haha! Well it seems like everything is going well so far. Enjoy your dad while he's there! :))

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  18. Still can't believe you're back there again! You know the UA or UE cinema in Times Sq? Louis Vuitton bought the lease and soon turn into their perhaps flagship store....crazy huh?

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  19. these photos are AWESOME! i seriously wish i was in your shoes right now. this looks amazing. especially all that food!

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  20. Did you lie across the empty seats? XD I hate the journey there, I'm always too excited to sleep or do anything except from stare out of the window. The time doesn't seem to be moving, it's like the plane had been stationary up in the sky, only until you actually see the buildings of Hong Kong you'll feel like you're moving. But that magical feeling once you get off the plane! Totally worth the 12 hour journey. :)

    Looking forward to hearing about more of your adventures!

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  21. Lots of love for this post; you do the best HK posts! x

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  22. Ohh I'm so looking forward to all your HK photos! HK is definitely top on my list of places to live. :D How long will you be over there for?

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  23. Winnie, you are actually killing me with allt his amazing food. Food- already!

    Glad you arrived ok and that everything seems to be going well.

    C

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  24. I bought Wife cakes from there last summer! They were still warm and fresh! dragged them home for my mum and it crumbled everywhere in the box but were still so good!

    Hope you're having a great time in HK! You always make me so jealous with all the food photos, definitely miss that about HK the most :P

    x

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  25. it looks amazing, very jealous :)x

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  26. Its looks amazing, nice pictures!
    Kiss from France, http://mylittlediarycloset.com

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  27. Loving hearing about your days in HK. Please keep posting regularly. I'd soooo love to visit there one day. xx

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  28. The photos look amazing, I so wanna visit! x

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  29. Hong Kong is a great place to shop! that hat installation looks so cool!

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  30. Congratulations on the switch! Sounds amazing.

    Love Grace.

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  31. love the hat installation at times square, and i believe that millinery is DEFINITELY an art that needs revival =) thanks for sharing hun xoxo

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  32. love the hat installation at times square, and i believe that millinery is DEFINITELY an art that needs revival =) thanks for sharing hun xoxo

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  33. Loved this post Winnie!

    It's great to hear about your adventures in HK! x

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  34. Hey !
    I envy you so much ! I definitely want to visit Hong Kong someday :)
    By the way, that cake looks delicious.

    xoxo

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  35. youre back in hong kong! omg i hope ur having a great time :3 congee is amazing :3 i love it with fried bread XD

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  36. Wahoo! I can't wait to go there!!!
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  37. Great pics;)
    Have a nice weekend!

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  38. Winnie, please say hi to my beloved Hong Kong for me >w< thanks!

    xx

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  39. Woah those buildings look so colourful!

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  40. Amazing pics and so yummy meal dear! And you’ve got a gorgeous blog too!!!
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  41. Amazing pics!! I would love to visit Honk Kong one day! And btw. your new laptop is great!

    Kisses, Lucy:)

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  42. Whoa you are finally in HK! I'm about to leave Seoul right now but let's meet up some time! I'm glad you're enjoying all the food there! hahaha.

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  43. The Mac Book Pro will treat you very well. I adore mine! I really enjoyed looking at all these photographs, they are fab and all that food looks so very yummy!

    I love going and having a coffee with my dad, it's not something we often do so when it happens it's lovely.

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  44. The hat installation is so decorative and certainly adds a little colour to the place!
    So many delicious food I'm starting to get hungry! Hope you're having a lovely time in Hong Kong at the moment :)

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  45. I love that hat installation - so pretty!

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  46. yay hopefully we'll meet when I'm there!

    Love all the food pics!

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  47. Winnnie, would you mind telling me which brand of lap top you got? and the price or any details? i've been thinking to get a lap top lately but kinda lost as to what to get:)

    btw, that Taro and Pumpkin Korroke looks yum, i love eating it too!!!

    Cinz
    http://cinzee.wordpress.com

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  48. What are u doing on HK for so long? Only came back a month ago myself but it feels like ages

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  49. I love instagram.

    If you are still in HK - Make sure you drop by Sheung Wan, there is a lovely tea place there called Teakha check out their website, also make sure to visit Fuel in IFC for really good carrot cake and chai tea latte and Pumpernickel the cafe upstairs in the HK Art Center in Admiralty is super cute.

    Your grandma's congee looks amazing. I have to buy mine and I am sure they are not even half as good.

    I always have mixed feeling about Macau but the Banyan does look awesome and I actually prefer Portuguese tarts to the ones in HK> How yummy is Macanese duck rice btw??

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