There's no place like home

19 May 2012

Hello! I've been super behind with blogging but who can blame me when it was my final week in this city. With more family visiting, I spent a lot of time taking my cousin around shopping malls, where I attempted to convince him to buy brightly coloured dickie bows (he wasn't having any of it) and also eyeing up oversized men's clutch bags (aka fancy iPad/Tablet cases) and generally intrigued at all the preppy 'Korean style' clothing that is just as popular with guys as well as girls fashion. K-Pop culture has a firm hold on Asia and popularity has shifted from Japan to Korea which is interesting. This also translates outside of fashion too, for example even Japanese supermarkets now stock a vast range of Korean imports which to a large extent is in response to worries about Japan and it's radiation problems. I guess being back in the UK, we don't really hear too much about the problems in Japan but living in Asia for the past 3 months, it's hard not to notice all the updates and TV shows that are trying to encourage more tourism back to the country after the disasters.

Anyway, so apart from being a shopping guide to my cousin, let's return to where my last post left off. Following my day of Afternoon tea and Taiwanese shaved ice with Sam, we returned the next day to Dessert Kitchen to try out the Japanese Brownie (crunchy brownie wrapped in a layer of Mochi) and some Uji Green tea ice cream!
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I totally wish that the soft ice cream had been Green tea flavoured, instead it was vanilla with green tea powder sprinkled on top and a layer of red bean which was still good. After walking off the desserts we made our way over to Central. It was a super super hot day, blue skies and scorching sunshine but despite the heat, it was fun walking around and taking photos of the awesome architecture of Hong Kong. Seriously, there is no place like this city.
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The twin office buildings of the Lippo centre are easily recognisable with the interlocking design which looks like it's about to untwist itself and become something else entirely - there is definitely something very robotic about it's design.
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The Government headquarters building is made up of two massive towers with a linking section which makes it a crazy structure to stand underneath. All this architecture makes me feel very very small!SDC12145
Our walk around in the hot sunshine lead us to Vero Chocolate Lounge, a place where you can sit and eat lots of chocolate based goodies from cake to iced chocolate drinks. Lots of calorific goodness.
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It seemed it was just about to relocate and according to Sam, it's had a bit of a menu revamp and not quite as good as she remembered. Despite this the dark chocolate iced chocolate was delicious and as you can see by Sam's pic, I found them very instagrammable!
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In contrast to the shiny commercial buildings, here is one last shot taken from my grandparent's bedroom, the contrast between the high rises and the lush green mountains is one of my favourite things. I have always said this about Hong Kong but it is such a city of contrasts on many, many levels. From the thriving supermarkets to the old market sellers that sell random veggies at the side of the road. Even more obvious are the Ferrari's and Porsche's that roar past the old ladies that collect old cardboard boxes just to earn a bit more of a living and a harsh reminder of the divide between rich and poor in Hong Kong.
SDC12152*Thank you to Sam for pics 2, 7 and 8 and also for being the most awesome guide to HK desserts (haha) and of course being all round excellent company. See you soon!!

I can't believe I am flying home tomorrow night! I had a busy day running around Hong Kong earlier today, buying last minute goodies for my parents/sisters which involved battling through Sogo department store which is currently holding a big sale and means that it is like boxing day back home, everyone pushing and shoving and lots of one way systems, nightmare! The Supermarket downstairs was chaotic with people frantically buying pumpkins which by the looks of things must have been quite the bargain, literally everyone was holding one. This all culminated with a meal with my family and then back home where I have packed all my things and I am now all ready to check in tomorrow.

I've had the best 3 months here and I can't believe that it's time to go home already. One thing that I've learned is that no amount of time with family and friends is ever enough, especially when they live on the other side of the world! Of course I'll be back soon as HK has always been a home away from home but until then, I am looking forward to reuniting with my friends and family back in the UK. Blighty, you better warm up for my arrival, I hear it is about 9 degrees!

33 comments:

  1. Hi Winnie, just had to stop by and say hi, when I saw you had posted. Your posts are always crammed full of variety and fun,looks like your having alot of fun, great read! Sharon xx

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  2. The iced chocolate looks so good :) I'd love to visit Hong Kong one day! Have a good flight back!

    Caroline x
    Caroline's Catwalk

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  3. Gosh, everything looks so yummy, especially the mochi dessert

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  4. love these photos. i want to go to that chocolate place, it looks like it would be amazing! well, on my taste buds but maybe not on my waistline.

    from,

    helen @ http://www.thelovecatsinc.com

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  5. Oh..these were gorgeous. Hope you have safe travels. Love your travels and so glad you blog about them.

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  6. Absolutely, love the ice cream pics. Wow, such beautiful places you've been.

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  7. Wow, it seems like you had an incredible time! Those chocolate drinks look delicious!

    <3Chelsea Elizabeth

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  8. Love the photos!

    - Olivia xx
    http://that-is-my-style.blogspot.com

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  9. I've loved hearing about your adventures in Hong Kong and I'm sure you'll be back there soon, you've made me so excited for my trip back to Thailand this summer and I'm definitely going to make the most of it now because you're right no amount of time with friends and family on the other side of the world is ever enough xoxo

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  10. you are looking gorgeous in your pictures!! did you change your camera by any chance?
    the kpop trend is so big in asia! it's just as big here in Hawaii since like 70% of the people here are asian haha
    ahh i wish you could visit one day!!

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  11. Wow food looks amazing! And love your photos. X

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  12. Awwww...this is a sad post to hear you leave but i'm sure you miss home and that you will return very soon, hahaha

    Funny enough, i work in Admiralty so everytime you post the Lippo center i'm like..hmmm so close to my work, its funny! hahaha

    But i gotta say, thanks to your blog i will have so many dessert places to try out. I havent even been to Vero can you believe that!?!?!? Yeah, and i did hear its not as good as before but i best try for myself soon, heehee but the choco ice drink looks delish without a doubt.

    Man, i can't believe its 9 degrees in the UK, that is insane! I'm planning to go this summer so i cant wait! wahahahahaha....:)

    Hope you have a safe flight tonight and look forward to your British postings very soon dear ^__^

    Take care!

    Cinz
    http://cinzee.wordpress.com

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  13. Hello Winnie,

    Another great photos...thanks for sharing! :)

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  14. Lovely snaps. Lemme try out Dessert Kitchen... never been there before.

    I heard Vero chocolate is not as good now because it has changed hands. The original chefs opened a new shop somewhere in Kowloon the name of which I can't recall.

    HK's skyline is really awesome. I love it as a Hong Konger. Btw, Lippo Centres are actually modelled after pandas climbing bamboo trees! Really amazing!

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  15. I shall def be trying your dessert places when I next visit HK :)

    Can't believe your HK adventure has come to an end so quickly...I shall miss your foodies posts.

    xx

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  16. Loved reading this post, I really don't know much about life over there.. and these desserts look amazing!! xx

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  17. Ahhh Chocolate Lounge!? Sounds amazing!!
    xxx

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  18. I hope you have/had a safe flight! :)

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  19. HK looks amazing!! Great pictures, thank you for sharing :)

    Laura x
    http://firstclassramblings.blogspot.com

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  20. your posts have been so amazing but i can't wait to have you back, winnie! xx

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  21. I've been following your HK posts closely and everything looks like so much fun. Can't wait to have you back in the UK though! Safe flight!

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  22. looks amazingly sunny there - what a lovely ending to your stay in HK!!

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  23. You always have the best photos! Safe travels, lady. Take care!

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  24. Sad you're back in the UK... I feel like I've been abandoned by everyone this week since Karen, Justin and Luigina have also gone back to Seoul!

    Poor Sam.

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  26. Oooh those iced chocolates look incredible! Must have been heavenly=) And your pictures are always so stunning Winnie, I always look forward to your posts:)XX

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  27. Hello Winnie,

    You are so right! There are friends from old times that we will love forever! About the article, maybe it refers to older people and people from another generation… Do you know someone like this?

    What a lovely scene, Hong Kong is a real treat S2

    Love, always,

    Kira

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  28. You definitely arrived back at the right time, it has been really cold until a few days ago!

    Maria xxx

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  29. thanks for your comment! love all the food pics as usual... i was recently watching some episodes of the hong kong food countdown program from tvb with mc jin, bella and some miss hk girl. did you watch it? I was kind of hoping you would be going to taste all of those foods they showed haha

    anway, have a safe flight... and don't they have chinatowns in the uk too? They sell facial masks here in the chinatown areas but mostly just My Beauty Diary ones.

    peary

    pearylife.blogspot.com

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  30. Okay all those desserts look amazing! Yum!

    xx
    Giovanna
    www.oliveandanarrow.com

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  31. I'm crazy for iced chocolate!

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  32. What a lovely time you have had, it has been so fun keeping up to date with your adventures!

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