Travelogue: Hong Kong Guide (Ep1)

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Jthejon adventure continue! Solo trip to Hong Kong. My first ever visit to Hong kong and Macau. I started to get use of solo travel, and I kinda love it. This time round what story will I bring? Follow me on my adventure to Hong Kong.





Itinerary: 
Day 1: 
Landed,
Check in (Dorsett Mongkok)
Explore Hong Kong
Kah wah cafe
Hello Kitty Secret Garden Cafe
Temple Street Night Market

Day 2:
金沙餐廳Golden Sand Restaurant
Macau
Macau Tower
A-Ma Temple
The Ruins of St. Paul's 
Casino Lisboa
B'Duck Candy cafe
大師傅粥品

Day 3:
Australia Dairy Co.
Jenny Biscuit
Hello Kitty Chinese Cuisine
Tsim Sha Tsui
Star Ferry Pier
Wah Fat Roasted Hot Pot Restaurant華發燒味小廚茶餐廳
Lan Kwai Fong (Bungalow, Magnum, Zentral)
Macdonald



Once touch down, went to find my way to my hotel. Bought a airport express train pass to my destination. It cost me HKD$50 for a single trip but I bought 2 so that when return I don't need to buy.








Alight at Tsing Yi station and transfer to Olympic station.




It will be my home for 6 days 5 nights. It was highly recommended by my friends. Maps below to guide me thru.






My comfy bed for the next 6 days.




My room view from 10th floor.




The hotel provide free smartphone and unlimited data for me to use. What's a good service.







My room for 6 days 5 night cost SGD$554. Breakfast is not included.




Time to explore Hong Kong.








Just taking some mandatory shot in the train station.

Their station is much interesting than ours in SG.



First meal in Hong Kong.


Went to visit Kah wah cafe for lunch, it was highly recommended cafe by the local, my SG friends and also online. Hope it was good.




I ordered quite a few dishes as it was recommended by my friends.


HK Milk Tea (Hot) -


The milk tea is quite smooth and fragrance. 




HK Milk Tea (Ice) -


Taste the same as the hot version.




Polo Bun -

The Buttery Polo Bun has a thick slice of butter in between the bun. The fragrance of the freshly make polo bun instantly come out when the bun is served. The crust layer is not overly sweet and the melted butter compliments the warm fluffy center and introduce a savory taste that further enhances the flavor.

Preserved Veggie Noodle -

If you love preserved veggie then you will love this dish if not I won,t recommend you to try.



Egg Tarts -

The traditional Hong Kong style egg tart. The texture of the custard is so soft like jelly. The crust literally crumbles in my mouth and I really love it’s texture. The crust doesn’t taste sweet, which rightfully should compliment the custard very well. 



Stir-fried Kway Tiao with Beef -

The serving was damn huge! It like can feed 2 pax. The taste was of it was good. The combination, the sauce, everything was perfect here.




Food: 4/5


Kah Wah Cafe

G/F,, 47 Bute St, Mong Kok, Hong Kong
Opening Hours: Daily: 630am-12am

After lunch, continue to explore Hong Kong.




Exploring Temple street night market. 


Temple Street's night market start at Kowloon junction to Jordan Road, terminates five blocks north on Kansu Street and looks like every B-movie director's dream of Chinatown. A popular street bazaar, named after a Tin Hau temple located in the centre of its main drag, and a place so steeped in local atmosphere that it has served as the backdrop to many a memorable movie.
Trinkets, tea ware, electronics, watches, menswear, jade and antiques are scrutinised and haggled over, while claypot rice, seafood, noodles and other treats are consumed with gusto.
Temple Street Night Market is an enduring example of the theatre and festivity of a Chinese market. And it’s on show nightly.
























How to get there

MTR Yau Ma Tei Station, Exit C, turn onto Temple Street at Man Ming Lane; or,
MTR Jordan Station, Exit A. Turn right onto Jordan Road and then take another right onto Temple Street.



Settle my dinner at this cute Hello Kitty themed cafe. 


As everyone know, usually themed cafe only insta-worthy while their food is bad. Let me find out whether this is just another insta-worthy cafe. The cafe was tiny and had about 5 tables which were located very near to each other.

When I was there, it was customer at all. When to ordered a rose latte that taste awful and ordered their chicken curry set. It came with curry chicken sliced, wedges, and 2 slices of toast. The food quality was bad. Conclusion: a overpriced and low quality cafe that is a gimmick for hello kitty lovers.

Hello Kitty Secret Garden
19 Ormsby St, Tai Hang, Hong Kong

Opening Hours: Daily: 12pm-9pm

8-min walk from Exit B, Tin Hau MTR Station




















Food: 0.5/5


End of Day 1. 




Kick start my day 2 with a good traditional breakfast at 金沙餐廳 Golden Sand Restaurant that located nearby my hotel. 


Ordered a cup of HK Milk Tea, macaroni breakfast soup and polo bun. 


The HK milk tea was smooth and fragrance. But the macaroni was the worst dish! It was tasteless and the macaroni was under-cooked. But the polo bun rescued the day, the polo bun was damn good. The polo bun is a must to try.


金沙餐廳 Golden Sand Restaurant

G/F, 85-87 Ivy Street, Tai Kok Tsui

Opening Hours: Daily: 6.30am-12am

6-min walk from Exit A1, Olympic MTR Station 







After breakfast, I head to Macau


Getting to Macau and back is fast, easy and convenient with the Macau Ferries.

Macau Ferries from Hong Kong depart from both Kowloon and Hong Kong Island. The journey takes around one hour.

There are two terminals in Macau, the main Terminal and the Taipa Terminal.

The Taipa Terminal services the Cotai Strip and is convenient if you are going to the Casinos or to catch a show at one of the fantastic venues at City of Dreams i.e. The House of Dancing Water, a highlight concert or event. For visiting the historical center of Macau the Main Terminal is more convenient.

If you happen to end up at the Cotai Ferry Terminal rather than the main Macau Terminal (or viceversa) there are free shuttle services operated by the hotels and both terminals and they run non-stop so it is not much of a problem, in fact, you get to see a bit more of Macau!

TurboJET Ferries service the Main Macau Ferry Terminal and the CotaiJet ferries go to the Taipa Terminal. 






























































































First stop, Macau Tower. 


Wanted to try the bungy jump but find it quite expensive so end up never try. 

Bought the admission ticket to Macau tower, admission ticket gives me access to the observation lounge and the observation deck — levels 58 and 61.

The Macau Tower was built in 1998, and has been a popular attraction in China ever since. During your day at the tower, travel up 732 feet (223 meters) in high-speed glass-fronted lifts for 360-degree views across Macau. I can even see as far as Hong Kong, and watch as a brave few bungee jump from the top.

In daytime, take in beautiful sights of the city, such as the Pearl River Delta, and if you go to observe at night, snap pictures of the city all lit up with lights. When you’re done with the observation lounge and deck, you can wander and check out some of the shops and restaurants that are on other levels of the tower (own expense).

I bought the package that include a buffet meal at 360 cafe. The selection of the food is quite limited and the food quality was average. Not recommended to spent the money at this cafe, would rather spent this money somewhere else.

Macau Tower
60/F, Macau Tower Convention & Entertainment Centre

Opening Hours: 10am-9pm

Next, move one to the famous A-ma Temple. 

A-Ma Temple already existed before the city of Macao came into being. It consists of the Gate Pavilion, the Memorial Arch, the Prayer Hall, the Hall of Benevolence, the Hall of Guanyin, and Zhengjiao Chanlin (a Buddhist pavilion). The variety of pavilions dedicated to the worship of different deities in a single complex make A-Ma Temple an exemplary representation of Chinese culture inspired by Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism and multiple folk beliefs.

Address: Barra Square
Opening hours: 7 m- 6pm
Bus routes nearby: 1, 2, 5, 6B, 10, 10A, 11, 18, 21A, 26, 28B, 55, MT4, N3

After prayer went to the famous The Ruins of St. Paul's.

The Ruins of St. Paul's.is the photo taking place in Macau. It's a must go place when you are in Macau. 

According to Wikipedia, The Ruins of St. Paul's (also known as Sam Ba Sing Tzik) stands adjacent to the famous Mount Fortress and Macau Museum. The front facade and the grand stone stairs are the only remains of the greatest church.
First constructed in 1580, St. Paul's Church caught fires in 1595 and 1601. However, reconstruction started in 1602 soon after the church was burnt down. Completed in 1637, the church became the biggest Catholic Church in East Asia at that time. Unfortunately, a violent typhoon hit Macau in 1835 and the church caught fire for the third time leaving its glory a history. According to historical materials, St Paul's Church, built with white stones, had a grand vaulted roof. It had three magnificently decorated halls. More info can be found in Wikipedia.
The Ruins of St. Paul's 
Rua de Sao PauloMacau, China
Bus No.8A, 17, 18, 19, 26



Next, I head on to 
Casino Lisboa. 

Trying my luck on my first casino adventure. 

Casino Lisboa occupying the former Pavilion of the Future, stands a building where minimalism contrasts with the brightness of floors and glass walls. Casino Lisboa is known for being a space for leisure and entertainment, characterized by diversity in the area of ​​entertainment, entertainment, gambling, gastronomy and culture that make it a unique place and where each visit becomes a unique experience.

Casino Lisboa is a three-storey round building in the charge of He Hongshen, the Macau casino tycoon. The main building looks like a bird cage. Seen from afar, it also looks like a giant boat. The main gate is located at the junction of Avenida do Infante D. Henrique and Avenida da Amizade. It looks like a big mouth of a tiger. Tourists and gamblers will feel threatened when seeing it, so they prefer to enter the casino through the side left door. On the ceiling of the lobby is painted a Portuguese-style boat confronting a strong storm. Casino Lisboa is luxuriously furnished with valuable treasures and curiosities, which fascinates tourists a lot.

As for gambling facilities, Dozens of desks are distributed around the lobby and slot machines are put at four corners. Many kinds of Chinese and western gambling games can be found here. The lobby is very crowded, but pretty orderly. Tourists who come here for the first time will be amazed. In addition, there are 26 VIP halls especially for rich people from all over the world to play. You can play different gambling games here, like the roulette and the Blackjack. Try your fortune and have fun!

Lost few hundred dollars in the casino, as what everyone say 10 赌 9输. So best is don't fall for it. 


Casino Lisboa 



Lt 2.11.01 Alameda dos Oceanos | Parque das NacoesLisbon 1990-225, Portugal
+351 21 892 9000
By Bus:
1. Take bus line 3, 3A, 8, 10, 10A, 10B, 12, 22, 23, 25, 25X, 28A, 28BX, 28C, 32, H1, N1B, or N2, and get off at Hotel Casino.
2. Take bus line 9 or 9A, and get off at Avenida de Lisboa.
3. Take bus line 2A, 3, 3A, 3X, 5X, 7A, 8, 8A, 9, 9A, 10, 10A, 10B, 10X, 11, 12, 21A, 22, 22F, 23, 25, 25X, 26A, 28A, 28BX, 32, 33, 39, 50, 50X, H1, MT1, MT2, N1A, N1B, N2 or N3, and get off at Praca de Ferreira do Amaral.

Going review my lunch and dinner for my day 2. 




Settling my lunch at this themed cafe.


B'duck candy cafe is quite popular in Macau so if you are around, you might want to give it a try. 


What had i ordered? 


Iced Milk Tea -


I think I will never bored of iced milk tea in HK. I can have few cups in a day!! This Iced milk tea is good too. 


Foie gras -


The foie gras was good, at first I still hesitate to order it but I am glad it didn't disappoint me. 


Minced chicken in tomato paste set -


The set came with minced chicken in tomato paste, broccoli carrot corn, bread with tomato sauce and white rice. It was an average dish, not really recommend you to try it.


B'duck candy cafe 

 Avenida Do Ouvidor Arriaga No. 46 Edif. Nga Lim RC-B Macau

Opening Hours: Daily: 12pm-10pm


Food: 2/5













I went back Hong Kong to have my dinner. 


Went to 大師傅粥品 for my dinner, it's located 1 mins away from my hotel. 


大師傅粥品 is famous for their porridge and soy bean milk. It's always crowed during lunch time and late night hours. Now let me review some of the food. 





Chee chong fun with prawn -

The chee chong fun was good, the texture of the skin was smooth and soft, the prawn was firm and fresh. The sauce enhance overall taste. 



Century egg, salted egg and pork lean meat porridge -

It was good, a must try porridge dish when you visit 大師傅粥品. The porridge is smooth and fragrance. All the ingredients combined well together and the portion of the ingredients was very generous. 



Soy Milk -

Soy milk is good for health and skin according to some health research. This soy milk is smooth and fragrance. The soy aroma is strong and flavorful. 



Fried You Tiao -

Try it with their peanut cause, this crispy fried you tiao will definitely turn you on.




Food: 4.5/5


大師傅粥品

Hong Kong, Tai Wai, Tsuen Nam Rd, 大圍大圍村南道63號金昌摟地下D號鋪

Opening Hours: Daily: 7am-12pm



That concluded my day 2. 



Day 3 being at Australia Dairy Co




The no.1 cafe that everyone will try when they are in HK. And it's a must try place if you haven't try.The speedy-paced Australia Dairy Company offers high-quality fried egg, with a smooth and juicy texture and a surprisingly strong flavor. It received a numbers of awards too, Best Restaurant in Tsim Sha Tsui (2014-15), Best Hong Kong Style Tea Restaurant (2008-2016)


Order their set A that comes with macaroni soup, scrambled egg with toast and milk tea. 


The macaroni soup was good, the soup was addictive and the macaroni was soft and chewy. The scrambled egg was smooth, eggy, juicy and flavorful. A must try dish. The milk tea was quite disappointed as it was lacking of tea taste. 








Australia Dairy Co

G/F, 47-49 Parkes Street, Jordan
佐敦白加士街47-49號地下

Opening Hours: Daily: 730am-11pm


2-min walk from Exit C2, Jordan MTR Station


Food: 4/5




The famous buttery cookies shop. I bought some back for my fam and friends. 


Find out more at their website:

http://www.jennybakery.com/wp/collection/

Jenny Bakery

54-64 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon | Shop24 Ground Floor, Mirador MansionHong Kong, China







Settling my lunch at this themed cafe. 


Hello Kitty Chinese Cuisine -- Adhering to the traditional taste of Chinese cuisine and healthy eating culture, the world’s first Hello Kitty Chinese Cuisine is located in Hong Kong. Dedicated to providing you with natural, healthy and organic food, chefs with 40 years of experience in Cantonese cuisine in Hong Kong and Japan produce colourful and exquisite Cantonese dim sum and dishes every day fresh with natural five-colour ingredients. Hello Kitty Chinese Cuisine emphasises the colour, aroma, taste, nutrition and presentation of every dish to lead a new trend in healthy Chinese cuisine.









Long Jin Chinese Tea -

The tea was top quality. The tea aroma was strong and it was super smooth.



Hello Kitty Crackers -

It tasted like the wang wang crackers. This definitely will be kids favorite. 



Char Siew Bao -

The texture of the skin was smooth and thin, the meat was juicy and savory. A worthy try.



Jiu Chye Jiao -

The skin was slightly sticky but overall taste was good.



Ma Lai Gao -

The steamed sponge cake was lacking of flavors but it was moist and spongy. 



Bomb Fried Rice -

My favorite dish among all. Explosive burst of flavors with every mouthful of rice. The fried rice was interesting and it was good. I can have 2 plate by myself. 




Prawn Dumpling -


Abalone Siew Mai -

It was huge in size but the siew mai doesn't taste that fantastic. 




Hello Kitty Chinese Cuisine 

Lee Loy Mansion, Canton Rd, Yau Ma Tei, Hong Kong
Opening Hours: Daily: 11am-11pm (Break from 3-6pm)

Food: 3.5/5


After lunch went to explore more places and taking more insta-worthy shot. 





















Star Pier


One of the tourist attraction. My first time here so definitely worth coming. Enjoyed the breath taking scenery. Since 1888, the Hong Kong Star Ferry is one of the most unique things to do while traveling in Hong Kong. It is basically a short 10 minute ferry ride that takes you across the Victoria Harbour between Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon and Hong Kong Island side. During night time around 8pm, the light show will start and it will lasted for few hours. So couple you might consider it. 



  • TST Star Ferry pier: MTR Tsim Sha Tsui Station, Exit L6. Walk to the Clock Tower along Salisbury Road; or,
  • Central Star Ferry pier: MTR Hong Kong Station, Exit A2 or MTR Central Station, Exit A. Walk to the pier along Man Yiu Street; or,
  • Wan Chai Star Ferry pier: MTR Wan Chai Station, Exit A1. Take the skybridge to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, and descend to Convention Avenue at Harbour Road.


Dinner time back to hotel area. 


Wah Fat Roasted Hot Pot Restaurant華發燒味小廚茶餐廳


They specialize on roasted meat and also served hot pot and some local Chinese dishes.


Roasted Pigeon -

If you are adventurous enough, you should try it. The meat texture was like duck meat but it was slightly tender than duck meat. It has a unique taste in it that I don't really know how to describe it. 




Went to order Roasted duck, roasted pork belly, soya chicken and preserved sausage. The duck meat was super good, but it was very sinful. 



Wah Fat Roasted Hot Pot Restaurant華發燒味小廚茶餐廳

大角咀埃華街70-86號大成樓地下1號A-B舖
Opening Hours: Daily: 8am-11pm

Food: 2.5/5



(Source from online)

Went to Hong Kong famous clubbing scene. I went on a ladies night that was Thursday night. 

Went to a few club in one night, starting from the famous club Magnum, next Bungalow then Zentral. 

Club Magnum
3 & 4/F, Silver Fortune Plaza, 1 Wellington St, Central, H.K.
Central District, Hong Kong
Opening Hours: Monday-Saturday: 10pm-3pm

I find it was quite boring, the club was quite empty and the music was boring. 

So jump to the next club call bungalow. 

Bungalow 
G/F The Centrium, 60 Wyndham Street, Central, Hong Kong
Opening Hours: Monday-Saturday: 11pm-4pm.

Bungalow was crowed but lots of tourist. The music is good but don't really like it so jump to thenext club.

Zentral
Hong Kong, Central, 德己立街32號4-5樓
Opening Hours: Daily: 9pm-5am

Zentral was fun, 90% hong kong people was here. The music was good and it was entertaining night at Zentral. 

Got free entry pass to all club, the drink was slightly expensive compare to SG Club. 





Supper after clubbing. The macaroni served in Macdonald was surprising good. 

Food: 2/5



That summarise my first 3 days in Hong Kong

Stay tune for the last 3 days of my Hong Kong trip.


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Till then..
Jthejon

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