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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Tim Ho Wan in Manila, Philippines

Tim Ho Wan, the home of the best pork buns (for me) is finally opening a branch here in Manila! Tim Ho Wan will open at the upper ground floor of SM Megamall. Pork buns cravings can easily be satisfied, hooray!

Pork buns from Tim Ho Wan, HK

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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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HK Choco Finds

For the chocoholics like me, Hong Kong may be one of my fave places. This is because there are wide variety of chocolates available, some can’t be found in our groceries. And for dark chocolate lovers, you’ll find lots of them at 7-eleven stores. While we’re in HK, we always pass by 7-eleven before going back to Taisan to buy chocolates for our midnight snack. Chocolates consumed a considerable amount from our pocket money.

Here are my chocolate finds during my recent HK trip:

KitKat dark and Maltesers dark

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Mongkok street foods

You know you’re in Mongkok when as you emerge from the MTR exit, you can smell the street foods. Some smell stinky, especially the intestines. And when it comes to intestines, I still prefer our very own “isaw”. But to give in to my curiosity, I gave it a try. There’s plenty of street foods to choose from, from intestines, bacon wrapped sausage, lobster balls, fish balls, etc…

I can see beef balls, bean curd, sausage, lobster balls

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Tim Ho Wan: cheapest Michelin starred restaurant in Hong Kong

I’ve read from several blog posts about this new Michelin starred dimsum restaurant in Mongkok, Tim Ho Wan. This made Tim Ho Wan included in our lists of “to-do” things, Lin Heung (which is also a Michelin starred restaurant) is also included in the list but Tim Ho Wan is closer to TST. Coming from the warnings of other bloggers, the waiting time is 2 hours, so to avoid this, come before the place opens at 10 am. We arrived past 10 am, so the first batch of lucky diners were already munching their dimsum inside. We were handed an order slip by the attendant, scribbled number 11 on it and hastily said “half hour!”. We roamed around the area for around 20 minutes and when we came back, we’re surprised with the crowd in front of the place:

people waiting for their queue at Tim Ho Wan

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Hong Kong hiking: Dragon’s Back

For the culmination of our hiking in Hong Kong trip, we successfully hiked Dragon’s Back. We were supposed to hike this during our last visit, May 2009, but we’re pressed for time so we chose Lantau Peak on our previous hike. And to end our unfinished business, we hiked Dragon’s Back via the To Tei Wan to Big Wave Bay route.

Dragon’s Back is the most popular hike among locals and tourists alike due to its accessibility and spectacular bilateral views of the Clear Water Bay Peninsula in the east and Stanley Peninsula and South China Sea in the west. At the end of the trail, one can freshen up at Tai Long Wan (Chinese name of Big Wave Bay) with its big waves (hence the name) and fine sand.

panoramic view of Stanley

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