Tokyo Secret in Hong Kong

The title might confuse you, whaaat…Tokyo in Hong Kong??? But the word Tokyo and anything Japanese seems to be quite a trend in the names of the establishments in Hong Kong last month. Take for example this popular liquid nitrogen ice cream shop in Tsim Sha Tsui, Tokyo Secret.

tokyo secret hong kong

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Dining Bollywood Style in Gaylord Indian Restaurant, HK

Jeff came from a run with his fellow HK hashers and he said someone from the group recommended a good Indian restaurant near where we are staying. Gaylord Indian Restaurant is the name of the place, it’s a Michelin-starred restaurant and has been operational since 1972.

gaylord indian restaurant

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Review: Airbnb apartment in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong

For our Hong Kong trip, we stayed at an Airbnb apartment in Granville Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. We like it here because of familiarity, over the years, we stayed at Taisan Guesthouse but because we needed a bigger room with a lesser budget, we tried looking at Airbnb for a flat that fits our budget. We will be staying for 7 days that’s why we need to follow a stricter budget for accommodation and allot the savings for food and shopping.

My requirements when I searched for our place is that it should be near an MTR station, located in TST, and room should have a window with a street view. I remembered our Roomorama apartment in Causeway Bay before which has a window but the view is blocked by a building. I found this listing that fits our needs, TST MTR COZY Apartment

airbnb tst hong kong

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Visiting the Xiaomi Store Mi Home in Mongkok

Xiaomi, dubbed as the “Apple of China”, opened its Mi Home experience center in Hollywood Plaza in Mongkok, HK last June. I’ve been eyeing some of its products aside from its Mi power bank that’s why I secretly wished that we’ll have extra time to visit the flagship store.

xiaomi store in mongkok, hong kong

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Ebenezeer’s Kebabs and Pizzeria at Prat Avenue, TST

On our 6th day in Hong Kong, we were seriously hankering for some rice and a different kind of cuisine. We got tired eating noodles and Paisano’s pizza no matter how delicious it is. So I suggested that we look for Ebenezeer’s for some kebabs and curry. They have two branches in TST, one in Ashley Road and another one in Prat Avenue. We went to their Prat Avenue branch.

ebenezeers prat avenue tst

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Starbucks Hong Kong’s Mooncakes

You know it’s the Mid-Autumn Festival or the Mooncake festival when mooncakes are abundant. During our Hong Kong vacation last week, I’ve seen a lot of stores selling mooncakes. Even the posters at MTR stations advertises all kinds of mooncakes, from traditional ones to mochi-filled ones.  But what caught my eye are the ones sold in Starbucks. I thought I can buy the lotus filled ones with salted egg yolks here in Manila but not the Starbucks mooncakes because they don’t sell it here. I bought 1 box of Starbucks mooncakes from Hong Kong as pasalubong, I wish I had plenty of luggage space so that I can buy more mooncakes from other stores.

starbucks mooncake from hong kong

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Riding the Ding Ding Tram from Sheung Wan to Causeway Bay

I was browsing through my uploaded videos on YouTube and saw that this video from our trip to Hong Kong last 2011 is still in private mode. It’s our experience riding the Hong Kong tramway or popularly known as Ding Ding Tram. It’s the cheapest means of sightseeing when you’re in HK, for just HKD 2.30, you can explore Hong Kong island. Make sure to sit at the upper deck to get a nice view of the city.

We started in Sheung Wan and alighted at Causeway Bay. How did we know that it’s Causeway Bay? Because I already saw big shopping malls like SOGO.

Hope this video will give you an idea what it’s like riding the dingding tram.

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Weekend Getaways from Hong Kong

There’s nothing like a three-day retreat to recharge your batteries after a long week. Want to sneak away from the city without spending money and time on a long-haul vacation? Here, we list five destinations that are just a short trip away from Hong Kong’s bustling streets.

Macau

Ruins of St. Paul, Macau

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Airport Express: From HK airport to the city in 24 minutes!

On our last Hong Kong trip, we stayed at a studio in Causeway Bay. Since I’m not familiar of the airport buses routes, I decided to try riding the Airport Express going to the Hong Kong station and then transfer to MTR line going to Causeway Bay. So from the airport, I bought the one-way Airport Express tickets at the counter and rode the Airport Express. It promises to bring the passengers to the city in 24 minutes.

If you’re traveling with a group, you can get discounts. Since we’re a group of two, the two Airport Express tickets is 160 HKD instead of 200 HKD, children below 3 years old are free.

The Airport Express is perfect for business travelers who don’t want to waste their precious time on the road. Riding the A21 bus from the airport takes about 45 minutes to Kowloon, while riding the train cuts the travel time in half.

But if you’re a tourist like me, I still prefer taking the bus to have a better view of Tsing Ma bridge.

Lived like a local in Causeway Bay via Roomorama

During our Hong Kong vacation last November, we booked the first 2 nights of our trip at a flat in Causeway Bay via Roomorama.com. I have $200 credits with them so it’s the perfect time to use it. Basically, Roomorama has a collection of short-term rentals/apartments from around the globe, if you’re looking for affordable accommodation and with complete amenities and with convenience like living in your own home, then booking through the site is for you.

First, I browsed for affordable rates of apartments/studios in Hong Kong island. Why HK island? Because we plan on hiking the Dragon’s Back with our toddler so I chose the most convenient location. I zeroed in on a studio in Causeway Bay owned by Lee Shan Tse (hongkongkiwy), rate is for $70 per night. After several inquiries, I booked the studio and paid Roomorama using credit card. I received a confirmation email from Roomorama instantly, together with some instructions on when to give the Roomorama code to our host. Several days later, Lee Shan Tse also sent me an email for further instructions on how to reach her studio, how to get the keys and her studio rules. One hassle is that I have to get the keys at her cousin’s store in Island Beverly, it’s just one block away from the studio but it’s too taxing to get it especially when carrying our luggage and our sleepy toddler.

Photos of different views of the studio are included in the site so I knew what to expect.

I wasn’t able to take my own photos of the room except for the post-its because our things were all over the studio, hehe…

view of the main door & sink

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