Thursday, December 5, 2013

HK City on foot in 8 hours? Doable? No?

*This is gonna be a very long entry. But trust me, there'll be tonnes of photos. I promise.*

I regard my last rendesvouz to HK a short one, and its not at all touristy because I get to chill and hang out with friends (like! no wonder wen chu is all hype and happening ever since she's in HK, its so evident now!, the peeps she mingle with are such a hun and happy lot!). I arrived around 8ish pm on Friday and we did a stop at Lan Kwai Fong the first night - the place is a KL equivalent of Changkat where they have rows of pubs and clubs and of course, being a Friday night, the place was super packed.

We were there simply because I want to grab a few HRC shirts - since last year I made a point to drop by HRC's whenever I was travelling out of town to grab a shirt. This year I added startbucks city mug collecting to the ritual. So wen chu made me go to Lan Kwai Fong immediately the first night just in case we got too tired travelling over the weekend we might just missed it.

Baik kan!!!


Okay nereves la tu sampai gambar gegar.

Sigh.


But this is not the whole point of this post!

Grin!

I have a whole day to myself on Monday since wen chu obviously need to work la kan and takkan la tetiba dia nak ambik cuti for me. So I did one whole day of sightseeing and guess what.....you can tour the city in 8 hours!!! And I covered quite a lot of grounds too. But obviously due to time limitation then if you want to spend more time at one place (ie shopping and stuff, you know la kan sometimes macam super tempted la kan) then obviously lesser time will be spent doing something else (like going on the cable car for instance, just to see the huge buddha from uphill) so choose what you wanna do wisely.

Heheheheh!

I try not to do a marathon. Tak kuasa la nak sakit badan bagai just to go and see everything. Insya-allah, whatever I miss tu nanti nanti ada rezeki tu kita catch up la later on. Because unless the whole island sinks tomorrow there is always another day kan?

But hey please do not sink. I do wanna come back. Shopping heaven that place!

Wen chu's place is smacked in the middle of Wan Chai - at Johnston St to be exact - and its very much accessible via the MRT and tram lines. The public transportation is so convenient, I fell in love with the Octopus card the moment I was introduced to it! If you plan to go around HK for abit (not only there for Disney that kind of thing) do get a card, it works the same way like a TouchNGo and the rates are better on the card than single entry passes. I spend HKD300 on transportation the whole trip , thats more or less RM120++ and I think its super worth it because it gives me return trip to/from airport (single trip from town to airport is HKD100), and covered all my trams and MRT rides while I was in HK. 

Now....back to our 8 hours on foot story.

Before we start we need food kan? Wen chu was always raving about a restaurant at the ground floor of her apartment called Passions and her friends do recommended it for a good choice for breakfast. So my 8 hours started with coffee at Passions.






 Oh my...so tempting!!!

They have a salad and sandwich bar too, just in case you want something heavier.



But selalunya awal pagi boleh je breakfast something light, so I had my fav chocolate croissant and illy coffee. Heaven! Last time jumpa illy coffee sedap macam ni was in phnom penh last year. It is truly a lux.


30 mins in the cafe enjoying my coffee and minding my own business till I gather everything and hit the streets of Wan Chai. Wan Chai itself has an electronics centre (which is located behind Wan Chai MRT station) and a couple of rows of flea markets that spots local goods (across the Wan Chai mrt station) ; good enough for light sightseeing and shopping.

I spent half a day shopping at the electronics center in search of a fitness band the day before - okay I know I don't really need it need it, tapi its so cool to have one - and memang masa mula-mula masuk the LowYat- like mall tu I plan to "sumpah tak nak beli benda lain!" but omg banyak betul gadgets murah - camera lens, camera, laptop stuff, iphone covers - gigil kejap ok. Gaduh punya gaduh (ho yeah, it was a battle okay) I end up with a fitbit flex sebab I save 50% from what I originally budgetted and spent the leftovers on an 8 inch digital photo frame and a wireless beat2go (which is awesome! The noise cancellation is off the roof. Kalau ada extra money could have gotten the jaybird, tapi satu jaybird sampai RM400, sangat melanggar etika mesti jimat and beli barang murah). The beat2go on the other hand only cost me about RM160. Total for all three gadgets is RM400++. Ok, I happy.

Next time can bring extra for my camera lens!

If you don't want to take the mrt and want to catch some sight, you can go ahead and take a tram to central and get down at malls like the ifc. Ifc carry a lot of designer brands, its like a magnified version of our very own Pavillion.


But before I board the train I decided I should check out the flea market first. If you plan to go there you won't miss the flea market, its right across the MRT station and just follow on from the corner where they have a bonjour outlet.


Bonjour is a competitor to Sasa, and they have the exact same stuff there.

Flea market tu tak besar pun, 20 mins top can finish the whole place. I manage to find a nice shop there that sells nice accessories and grabbed a few stuff there before I moved on.


The Wan Chai MRT station is just two stops away from Central. Oh and if you're a fan of kaya balls and waffles, there's a street side shop behind the station that sells them which are pretty nice.



I swiched trains at Central to get on the Tsuen Wan line - through that line I can head to Tsim Tsa Tsui (TST) and Mongkok to visit the Avenue of Stars and go for the Ladies Market.

The hongkies had made public transportation very tourist friendly with markers and signboards all over the station - they have very useful maps and all exits are marked with key landmarks and attractions - so finding a place is easy breezy.


So every time after I exit a station - I selalunya go straight to boards like this!

I found TST like the upper east side manhattan, with big buildings and a landscape to boot. They have the Avenue of Stars there as well as the K clock tower, and if you want to shop - one of the most amazing Sogo ever.

Sumpah Sogo dia tak sama macam kat KL.


The Avenue of Stars is about a 15 min walk from the MRT and if you are up for it, you can take a 2 min boat ride at the pier. Along the way you can find the cultural centre as well as the science centre, which is just next to the walkway of the avenue.

I was lucky that the sun was shining bright that day and the weather only slightly chilled. So jalan-jalan macam best, tak sejuk sangat, tak panas sangat.
















Unless you wanna shop there's nothing much to do. So snapped some pics and head back to the station by using the walkway at the avenue. Within the next 30 minutes I left TST station to head to Mongkok.


Mongkok has a few attractions - if you are a flea market bug then this place is heaven because along the same line there's 3 major flea markers - Flower Market, Jade Market and Ladies Market. Di sinilah heaven segala benda - like an enlarged Petaling Street of sorts. I suppose if we wanna go to all the markets in Mongkok it would take more time than my allocated 1 hour stop I initially planned, and I don't think I want to buy jade anyway so I went straight to Ladies market, which is located across Mongkok exit.


When I reached there it was about 11ish am, which was still early by HK standards because most of the shops open by 12pm - so if you plan to go there you can push it slightly to late afternoons then you can find more shops open.

Tapi sampai awal pun okay.....boleh bargain early bird discounts!



I spent a full hour there simply because I found cheap bling iphone covers.

Well, how cheap is cheap you say??

I manage to get 3 blinged out iphone covers for RM80 total. Okla kan - satu jatuh about RM25++ when the same thing is sold for like RM300 in KL.

Serious tak tipu, I was eyeing the same cover at one of the shops in Publika like for ages kot. If you want the normal ones (yang bukan bling) tu you can get them between RM5 to RM10 each.

This happy bunny also walked out with a skull arm candy pun got at rockbottom price. Oh tak sabar nak pakai!!!! Tunjuk kat Komala!!! She'll die of envy!

By 12pm I head back on foot to the MRT station and took the train to Tung Chung for the Citygate Outlet mall.

The Tung Chung Station is actually a bit far off from the city centre - a direct train ride from Central is almost 30 mins in length - tapi I was already half way to it from Mongkok. I need to switch trains though at Lai King. But to those yang memang stay kat HK Disney its super near - its like only one stop from the Disney stop kat Sunny Bay.



At Tung Chung you basically have 2 options - option 1 is to go for the Ngong Ping cable car ride, and option 2 is to skip the ride alltogether and go bonkers at Citygate.


If you want to go for the cable car you will have to take exit B and then on take about a 10 min bus ride using bus no 23 to reach the foothill of the cable car. If you have time then I am all out for it - you get to catch the big buddha overlooking the island and at this weather it would have been surreal.

But....

I am more of a deal bug...so I opted for exit C.

Shame on me!!!

Hahahahah! Whatevs.

Outlet ni heaven okay. Everything is easy 30% off from retail price and with the sale up, some even give 
50% to 70% off.

Okay gila sekejap. But then kena beringat that I have a budget. Sobs.


The first level (immediately upon exit from MRT) has all the sporting goods store so you can see adidas, Nike, New Balance, Puma and the like first thing you enter the place. Fila tak gila Adidas adizero training shoes selling at RM200 per piece - kat KL baru ni I notice ada la dekat RM500 easy. Apa ni.....macam mana boleh murah kat sini ni???

Tak puas hati.

Tapi..... I don't need training shoes. Mine is working just fine.

Lalalalalaalaaa...

Jalan depan sikit sangkut kat Swatch kejap and found a Swatch watch in hot pink! Hmmmm....contemplate contemplate. Its been dog ages since I pakai swatch okay, but this one looks so sporty I can totally don it on my beach trips.

Banyak la alasan ko Zuraida.

:P

Anyways, there's 3 floors at the outlet. You get all the branded stuff at 3rd floor, the likes of Coach, Bally, Armani - all at outlet prices.


Dah murah macam ni malas pulak nak shopping.

Duhh. Hilang mood konon.

ehehehe.

They also have crocs outlet there. *crazy*.


Anyways - after all the window shopping I so do not have time for the cable car - sebab jalan punya jalan dah 3pm. I still need to catch lunch and pack my stuff - I need to head to the airport by 6pm to make it for my 8pm flight.

At the end I bought the hot pink Swatch watch. Nak jugak. Memang perempuan.

Took the train again from Tung Chung to Wan Chai and by the time I arrive to Wan Chai at 3.45pm I was super hungry. Walked down the block to a vegetarian shop called Life that sells the most amazing quinoa salad and vege samosa I have ever had.



I ni skeptic sikit bila orang suruh makan vegetarian ni but then the salad here is to die for. I totally boleh makan this thing everyday.

Oh semangat sungguh.

The price is a bit hefty though. Small box of the salad (choice of 3 salad) and a samosa is about HKD85 (thats around RM35) but the portion is good for sharing of two. So if you are there, go and try! At least try the samosa. I even brought one home and gave it to my sister and dia pun kata ia sangat sedap.

Done with eating my late lunch at 415pm.

So that's almost 7 hours before I am back to the apartments door and see la the loot!


Tak banyak kan???

Oh yeah sebab kata on budget.

But to come to think of it, in 7 hours I got a bunch of accessories (necklace, bangles and hair clips), 3 bling bling iphone covers, 1 skull candy hand pouch, 1 swatch watch in hot pink and.....one kilo of dry quinoa!

Grin.

Thats my 8 hour around HK session - what about you?

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