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12 March 2012

In all honesty, I've not been taking any proper photographs using my camera lately. I find it so much easier whipping out my phone and snapping a picture. So here is the latest Instagram round up post plus a few other iPhone pics which is a good example of how I've been spending my days now that I am more settled in Hong Kong!
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On Sunday we stayed at home and had congee at home. We bought some local take out food from the cafe downstairs including Cheung fun (rice noodle rolls) and some plain fried noodles. Black Sesame ice cream is one of my favourite things ever and I gladly devoured a pot with my family for dessert! This commercial building is opposite our apartment, no matter what time I look out, there is always some poor individual working over time in front of the glare of a computer screen. Last week was my first week of the next few months working in HK. Catching the bus in the morning and every single day hearing the 'doot doot' of the Octopus card (an even better version of London's Oyster card). Why is the Octopus card better? Well because you can use it on a crazy amount of transport but you can also buy things using it....like cake (oh yes!), plus mine is in this cute pass holder I bought in the UK from Paperchase. Next we have some Chocolate Milk from the fridge at work...the fridge is like a vending machine, it's FULL of different drinks for staff to drink from Coke to classic Vitasoy.
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One of my favourite things is walking to Causeway Bay after work to catch my bus home. Often I have a look in the shops but it feels awesome because A- work has finished and B- it's the realisation that I am back in my favourite city. I love people watching when I am waiting for my bus. We live on the 24th floor of the apartment building, which is different to life back in the UK! My aunt's Japanese colleague helped her buy some Matcha Green Tea Kit Kats, a real treat because these are only available in Japan. The centre image is a random side street in Hong Kong, high rises, bright lights, taxis and people. Next is some yummy hot and sour soup which I had for lunch at another Shanghainese restaurant. So good!
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At the weekend, it's time to chill out and mooch around the shops! Sogo is a Japanese department store in the heart of Causeway Bay and I've grown up walking around this place with my parents whenever we visit! One of my favourite places is the food hall (always) and I admired the chocolates at Lucullus and of course we bought a few. Unfortunately they're cute but not quite as tasty as they looked! On Saturday we have our weekly dim sum which is a bit of a change from the usual Sundays back at home in the UK. After our dim sum we wandered around City Plaza at Taikoo Shing. There is a great Muji there and I spent a little while looking at all the snacks on display. Forget stationary and homeware, in HK (or Asia in general) it's ALL about the food, all packaged in the easily recognisable Muji style.
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Apita is another Japanese department store and the brightly coloured Japanese packaging is always fun to browse, yummy ice creams and lots of cartons of juice! Next, my aunts took me to one of the small traditional restaurant/cafes downstairs (different to UK cafes because they sell Congee/noodles/sandwiches etc. These kind of places are always a bit run down and I'm not sure I would actually go into them if my aunts didn't take me, it's definitely more for the older locals! I had some hot milk tea which is one of my favourite things! It's super strong though. I was super surprised to receive this card from my friend Carly back home! Yippee. I had some Yuzu Shu sake which is a citrus sake, really yummy, especially when mixed with some Sprite. We also had some traditional Jasmine tea at home and I particularly love the traditional style of this teapot.
IG 4 F Below the more contemporary commercial building is this older one in the picture above. Also used for commercial businesses, the different coloured offices are also full of people working overtime! I only noticed the different colours when I looked at the image on my phone which is kind of cool.
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Lastly, this is the lunch I had today. I had a plateful of dumplings and a couple of side dishes for only about £3. HK is bargainous if you look in the right places but if I didn't have family here, I wouldn't even know where to look or what to order! I'd be forever lunching in Starbucks probably (oh dear!). I also couldn't help but do some window shopping after work today. There are so many little malls in Causeway Bay and they all sell fashion that is influenced by Japanese and Korean fashions. This shop on the right had lots of items from Japan and these shoes are adorable! So far, I've been good and not done any shopping but I feel that this is about to change...

48 comments:

  1. Winnie,

    I just imagine how hard people must work in HK... and in Japan too... its crazy...
    but, what a fantastic and funny world it seems to be...

    love to see it all here,

    love always, thanks so much for sharing it with us,

    Kira

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  2. Oh Winnie. SO much drooling going on right here, so many yummy things the citrus shake sounds epic, as do the Japanese KitKats and I think I'd be prepare to kill for an afternoon browsing Oriental snacks.

    Swap places?! Please.

    Hope work is going well too, it must be amazing to get work experience somewhere so different to the UK and Europe.

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  3. :D Love the all post!

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  4. All that food looks SO AMAZING!

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  5. I love this post!! It's been years since I've been to HK and this post wants makes me want to go back ASAP!

    x Aleeza

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  6. Looks like your having an amazing time.
    Gutted your chocolates aren't as tasty as they look!
    xx

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  7. Everything you post is a) so cute and b) so delicious looking!

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  8. Nice to hear about life for you in HK and to see you're doing ok, you're making me damn hungry with all that food I haven't had good dumplings since I was in China a couple years back! I miss the food there so much xoxo

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  9. Green tea kitkats!? They sound...interesting! Haha :) Awesome collection of photographs! x

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  10. Green tea kitkats!? They sound...interesting! Haha :) Awesome collection of photographs! x

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  11. It sounds like your having a great time :) Being able to buy cake with the Octopus card sounds amazing, wish Oysters did that too!

    Caroline x
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  12. The candies look adorable.

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  13. Wow, such adorable and yummy things. Still, it must be a lot to get used to. So glad your Aunt is there.

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  14. Beautiful post!

    Love the pictures and all the places you have been. Lovely candies!

    So much to savor in this post.

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  15. Oh so fun. Wow, about all your pics. How exciting to be there. Thanks for sharing this!

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  16. Everything is so cute!
    I love that pass holder:) I have the same design but as a keyring that holds my memory stick :)


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    xx

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  17. This food looks amazing but I am in awe of how busy everything seems, HK just seems like it is constantly buzzing!

    Maria xxx

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  18. oh my god this is all so cool! I love getting a feeling of what it's like to live in Hong Kong through your blog :)) But it seems like you're not enjoying your job! I hope that's not true (but if it is, it's just for a couple of months, right? and you're at your favourite city! XD). I feel kind of sad for all those people working overtime though! haha!
    oh, and I was at eurodisney, not at the real disney! it was my first time in a real amusement park though XD I'm on an exchange program in paris right now! :))

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  19. Looks like you are having a fab time. U must go to the sooo food hall CWB and try out the jap sweet potatoes there...my fav is th epurple one!

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  20. Amazing photos. I've never tried black sesame icecream, but it sounds delicious! & the photo of the commercial building with the differently lit offices is fantastic!

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  21. i love, love those photos! all so colorful! and the cakes look so tasty! yummy. have fun and I'm waiting for more cool photos

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  22. Cute post! I am loving viewing HK from your eyes.
    What's surprising is that you live on the 24th floor - I though most HK apartments eliminated the number 4 from all their floors!

    There used to be matcha kit kats in HKs 7-11s but they've stopped selling them :(

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  23. I'm glad I followed you on instagram. You take so many interesting photos! Looking at your HK pics makes me miss HK so much. I miss the 'doot doot' sound when I use the Octopus card hehehe
    And that teapot, my late grandpa had it. I'm sure some of my relatives have it, too. I never actually took much notice, but now that you mentioned it, the style really is quite lovely.

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  24. great blog, I am now following!
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  25. Hey !
    I know what you mean, I find it way easier to take pictures with my phone too !
    Anyway, love the photos :)

    xoxo

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  26. Hong Kong looks amazing, I would LOVE the korean and japanese influenced fashion! Also mega jealous of the fact you got your hands on matcha kit kats...I think I'm only going to taste them when I'm in Japan in my 3rd year of uni *sob* xx

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  27. I've been eagerly following your travels via Twitter but it's SO much better via Instagram! Looks like you're having such a ball x

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  28. I am loving these posts Winnie! Your photos are fantastic and I'm super jealous of your trip!

    Not sure about the green kitkat though *scared face*

    Lisa x

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  29. Cute instagram photos.

    I want to go Hong Kong now, ahh all your photos are making me want to book my ticket right away!

    Hope you're having a blast, officially a new follower. ~

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  30. okay i'm really curious about what the matcha green tea kit kat tastes like...i've had matcha green tea and it wasn't exactly my favorite...does it takes like tea? or chocolate?
    xoxo stephi

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  31. gorgeous photos.. love instagram

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  33. What fun. :) Shoe shopping in Asia is quite amazing. Cheers to that.

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  34. OMG! I've been to that Japanese store in Hong Kong! Sogo something... don't remember and I saw those chocolate mouses aswell!
    I wanted to take a picture of it but the saleslady didn't let me :c

    xx

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  35. All looks so fun and interesting, and can't get over those Green Tea Kit Kats - awesome!

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  36. oh wow green tea kit kat, they should bring that to the uk!
    xx

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  37. These pictures are sooooo cute!!! I especially love those little kitties, darling!

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  39. Is that ice cream that I see??? That sounds amazing to me right now!

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  40. I loved these photos, they are so much fun! Thanks for sharing them with us :)

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  42. followed you on gnc lovely!

    BEAUTIFUL COLLECTION OF IG photos ;)

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  43. Your making me miss HK so much!!! LOVEEEE the photos!

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