Monday, March 20, 2017

Mido, Mido wherefore art thou?

The only reason hubs and I went to Mido Cafe was it was in the lonely planet guidebook on Hong Kong. It is "Kowloon's most famous tea cafe despite passable food and service."

Since it was near my hotel, Silka Seaview Hotel, we had to eat at least one meal there. We decided to have breakfast there before our trip to Disneyland.

With the help of google map, we set out looking for it. On google map, it was only 100 metres away. We walked and walked and couldn't find it. Finally hubs said we should go back to the hotel to re-orientate ourselves. We started on our route once more, starting at the hotel. We walked past our hotel, took a few more steps and stopped because hubs wanted to check something. Suddenly hubs looked up and Mido Cafe was right in front of us!

Apparently, Mido Cafe is right next to our hotel. It was so funny. If hubs hadn't looked up we would have walked round and round and never found the cafe.

Mido Cafe is a very old cha chaan teng. The interior has the mosaic and old-world vibe, like time stood still. It could do with a major cleaning or two. It has two stories. We were told to go to the second floor. The cashier is on the ground floor.

Everything is good here. The staff speaks English and there is a English menu as well. Although the cafe sells a large variety of food, we opted for a fried breakfast special. It was good but I felt the chicken wings were a bit old. Hubs couldn't tell the difference. I particularly loved the french toast. Speaking of which, I'm craving for some french toast now.

63 Temple Street
Yau Ma Tei exit B2

Read about my trip to Hong kong here:
4Days 3Nights in Hong Kong
Tea at Australia Dairy Co
Breakfast at Capital Cafe
I heart Dimdimsum
Tsui Wah Everywhere

Friday, March 17, 2017

Tsui Wah Everywhere

On our Hong Kong trip, we went to Tsui Wah restaurant not once but twice. It wasn't because the food was that fantastic. There were outlets everywhere and the first one we went to at Mongkok was open 24 hours. How convenient is that?

Tsui Wah restaurant is not a small business. It is owned by a company which is listed in the Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd. It has a website which recommends its own Top 10 dishes to try! The prices, unfortunately is pricier.

This is the 24hour branch at 244 Portland street we had our dinner at. It took us a while to find it. The menus had photos and English translation and the waiters speak some English. I thought we had struck gold.

Then I was delivered a wrong order. I had ordered ice lemon tea but was given a iced milk tea. I really dreaded having to communicate this with one of the staff. Then I saw a waitress returning a glass of ice lemon tea grumbling the kitchen crew had made a mistake. The guy in the photo above heard about it and he started scolding the kitchen crew. I was thinking that's my lemon tea! I brought my iced milk tea to the waiter and told him I had ordered iced lemon tea. I was thinking, isn't it so clear our orders were correctly made but handed to the wrong tables? But the waiter was possibly tired. Instead of acknowledging a mistake was made by his crew, he was quite rude to me and only became convinced I was given the wrong order after I showed him the order chit. He took the iced milk tea from me and said OKAY-OKAY to me rather loudly. Man, I was pissed. Anyway, I kept an eye on him and true enough, he gave me the exact same iced lemon tea that was returned by another customer. Yup, I drank it.

The iced lemon tea was delicious by the way. It's quite different from iced lemon tea in Singapore which is usually very weak in taste.

Hubs ordered the pork chop burger which he has already tried in Singapore. I guess he thought it would be different in Hong Kong. It's just pork in a burger bun.

I fell prey and ordered the Swiss Sauce Chicken Wings on the top 10 list. It should be removed from the list, in my opinion. I'm quite a terrible cook but I believe I can cook chicken wings way better than Tsui Wah's. The wings were also cold.

I ordered the Sizzling King Prawns fried noodles, also on the Top 10 list. I rather enjoyed it until the sauce ran out and the noodles don't taste good without sauce. The prawns didn't taste fresh but I countered that with low expectations.

You needn't wear gloves to eat the noodles. But very necessary when you eat the chicken wings.

On another late night, we went to a Tsui Wah branch on Hong Kong island with my nephew.

He said we had to try the crispy bun served with condensed milk and he was right! It was so delicious. Crispy on the outside, soft on the inside. It made me rather full though.

I also ordered this Kagoshima style pork cartilage with instant noodles because we hadn't had dinner. I didn't like it at all but hubs liked everything at Tsui Wah. So he finished it for me.

This was hubs' order - Malaysian beef brisket curry with rice. He seemed to enjoy it.

This was our Tsui Wah experience, not too bad in my opinion. A wide variety of menu selection and branches everywhere.

Read about my trip to Hong kong here:
4Days 3Nights in Hong Kong
Tea at Australia Dairy Co
Breakfast at Capital Cafe
I heart Dimdimsum

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

I heart Dimdimsum


Yup, another food post of my 4Days 3Nights visit to Hong Kong.

After spending one whole day at Disneyland, we went back to Yau Ma Tei intending to call it a night. But we kinda got lost walking in circles and we also kept talking about getting a late night snack. Most eating places were closing so we eventually decided to walk to Mong Kok to look for Dimdimsum which was open till 2am. By the time we found Dimdimsum, we were exhausted.

I had heard about Dimdimsum from my friend and I did not bother to do any research. I think sometimes it's good not to let other people's experience taint my expectations. The place was small and nearly filled. We were lucky to get a table right away. We shared a table with a lone diner.

Right away I could tell this place was going to be nice because we felt welcomed.

Our waiter was pleasant and didn't bark at me when I daringly asked for a English menu. Much to my surprise they not only had a nice English menu, there were photos of the food as well! Honestly we weren't that hungry but we couldn't leave Hong Kong without eating some dim sum. We ordered 5 items and as all the items came in 3's, it was a bit too much food for the two of us.

One interesting thing about the order chit provided. If you see [o], it contains internal organs/offals. Don't say they didn't warn you! (check out items 18 and 19)

Radish cake (3 pcs). I have an extreme fondness for radish cakes and I had no regrets ordering it. It was superb. I am rather exacting in how I like my radish cake cooked and the softness of the "cake" is just perfecto. Hubs said it was salty but I disagreed.

Rice flour rolls with BBQ pork (3 rolls). In Singapore we call this chee cheong fun. Dimdimsum's version unfortunately did not match my high standards. I think the problem with how Hongkongers eat chee cheong fun is the sauce they provide is not the same. In Singapore we eat it with 2 or 3 kinds of sauce. A light sweet soy sauce, a reddish sweet sauce and chilli sauce. Also the skin could be a little bit softer. I ate 2 rolls of this and felt my stomach bursting. Chee cheong fun can be rather filling.

Stuffed Bean Curd Wraps in Mushroom Soup (3 pcs). This was so fantastic. I would love to eat it again. The "soup" tasted very good. Yum, yum, yum. If I close my eyes and think very hard, I swear I can still "taste" the soup.

I think this is Shanghai Soup Dumplings with black truffle (3 pcs). The skin was rather thick so not good in my opinion. I think Din Dai Fung's steamed dumpling set the standard for little steamed dumplings for me.

Chiu Chow Style dumplings (3 pcs). I think we regretted ordering this because I was too full to eat any and hubs had to finish it and he didn't like Chiu Chow dumplings. My bad.

At Dimdimsum we were served 2 cups of tea. I'm pretty sure this tea is for drinking because the waiter topped it up. (I drank it)

When it came time to pay, I went to the cashier to do it. Hubs gave me some notes and all his coins which we desperately wanted to get rid of. Hong Kong currency has these strange $1, $2, $5 coins and we didn't want to keep them. The cashier understood immediately that I wanted to get rid of my dollar coins and she took all the coins from me and a few notes. How nice of her! We left extremely happy.

112 Tung Choi Street, Mong Kok

Other outlets: Jordan, Wan Chai, Sha Tin, Whampoa

Read about my trip to Hong kong here:
4Days 3Nights in Hong Kong
Tea at Australia Dairy Co
Breakfast at Capital Cafe

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Breakfast at Capital Cafe, Hong Kong

The third morning we were in Hong Kong, we had to go to Hong Kong island for our Walking tour. So we decided to have our breakfast at Capital cafe since it was just 2 MTR stations away from where we had to meet our tour guide.

A local food blogger called Capital cafe "Australia Co with good service". Australia Co is famous for its bad service. Although we didn't get any scolding while eating at Australia Co, the atmosphere was tense.

The Capital Cafe we went to is located in Wan Chai in one of those many little streets that are found all over Hong Kong. Unlike Australia Co, this cafe is not noisy. It's rather pleasant and not too packed. Although there were other seats available, the waiter ushered us to a cosy little booth for two.

Capital Cafe sells the same kind of food as Australia Dairy Co. And surprise! They have menus in English! You know what that means right? The waiters speak English!!! Hubs ordered the breakfast set and since I wasn't keen to eat another scrambled egg, I decided to order a luncheon meat sandwich which I was craving.

Hubs' breakfast set consisted of macaroni in soup with ham, buttered toast and scrambled eggs. I forgot how much but it's around Australia Dairy Co kind of price.  Hubs found the food agreeable and he said the scrambled egg tasted the same as Australia Dairy Co. I'm sure some purists might disagree.

I forgot to ask for my sandwich to be toasted. In Singapore when you order a sandwich, you're usually asked if you want it toasted so I guess I forgot. I felt the bread was sliced a bit too thick. If it were thinner by 1/8" it would have been perfect. Yes, I'm a super duper fussy eater. The milk tea was exactly right though.

 Hubs was kind enough to exchange one slice of his toasted bread for mine.

I tried hubs' macaroni and soup and the soup tastes like canned soup. I wonder why Hongkongers like it?

You can see from the photo above we were both given 2 glasses of semi filled tea coloured water. Yes, I drank it as well. Why don't the waiters give us clean utensils instead of expecting us to use that water to wash them?

The cafe is not exactly large but the tables are spaced out so you don't feel claustrophobic.

There were photos of celebrities on the wall. I sat below Leslie Cheung!

I'm so glad we went to Capital Cafe. The nice atmosphere put us in a good mood to start our very, very long day.

Kwong Sang Hong Building
Block B-d
6 Heard Street, Wan Chai
7am to 11pm

Read my trip to Hong kong here:
4Days 3Nights in Hong Kong

Read my other Hongkong food posts here:
Tea at Australia Dairy Co
I heart Dimdimsum

Monday, March 13, 2017

Australia Dairy Co

While researching food places to eat in Hong Kong, I noticed that many food bloggers recommend Australia Dairy Company. Do you think food bloggers copy one another? Why are their recommended eating places so similar? Or is Australia Dairy Company that fantastic?

There was only one way to find out. We had to eat there. Plus my friend likes the food as well and I know she doesn't waste calories on bad food.

Australia Dairy Co is a cha chaan teng, a Hong Kong cafe. There's nothing remotely Australian about it. The name is very misleading. It is so widely written about in the internet that it doesn't require its own website. Other people does the free advertising for them. What is Australia Dairy Co famous for? Scrambled eggs. Yep. Scrambled eggs. It is also well known for bad service, particularly for people who are unable to communicate in Cantonese.

With these in mind, I decided we would go to Australia Dairy Co the first thing after we left our luggage in the hotel. The timing, around 4pm was perfect as I suspect it wouldn't be so crowded. I was right! There was no queue and we got a table right away!

See this tiny little table which in Singapore would normally seat 2 persons? We were ushered to this table and later 2 reluctant locals were forced to share the table with us. Ha ha ha ha. We were seated so close together it was pretty uncomfortable. For them. The 2 locals actually requested a change of seats but the waiter firmly rejected their request. I sniggered.

At first none of the waiters in white approached us. Hubs and I were getting nervous because the menus were in Chinese. I wondered if I should ask for an English menu. But I had come prepared because I knew exactly what I wanted to order. I had written down the order in my notebook in Chinese.

Finally I caught this waiter's eye and he came to take our order. Of course he spoke in Cantonese at bullet speed. Hubs bravely ordered the all-day set with milk tea. I didn't bother to read what the all-day set was and was adamant the waiter gave me what I had written in my note book in Chinese - scrambled egg toast and milk tea. The waiter kind of laughed and said he would give me the all-day set same as hubs because the all-day set consisted of scrambled egg toast (or fried eggs) and milk tea! He said "okay-okay" and I took it to mean "deal". In Hong Kong, one okay is not enough. Okay-okay?

When we first sat at our table, we were given two glasses semi filled with tea coloured water. As I'm writing this post, I'm just remembering some food blogger mentioning that the water might have been given to us to wash our utensils? I'm now a little wary of food blogger's advice so it could easily have been drinking water. Anyway, I did drink the water.

Even before we could relax, our food came. Australia Dairy Co is in its own league. Super fast food.
 Scrambled egg.

 Milk tea - the milk tasted like evaporated milk.

The toast was separate so you have to put the eggs in the bread yourself.

So was the scrambled eggs as fantastic as what people say? Absolutely not. It's just scrambled eggs. It does have a soft, fluffy texture. Taste wise, it's quite nice and I'll admit it tastes slightly different. Hubs says the egg tastes of cheese. I have no idea what I tasted.  But I think it's over hyped. For god's sake, it's scrambled eggs. I actually didn't like the tea because I find it too milky. Hubs seems to like the tea although he is not a evaporated milk tea person. He much prefers condensed milk tea.

If I remember correctly, the all-day set costs HK$36. It's value for money for tea, toast and eggs. In my opinion, there is way too much egg and not enough bread. Another slice would have been perfect. Anyway, I felt really full afterwards.

We did not try the steamed milk pudding. I wanted a taste but hubs wasn't keen so we skipped it. Overall, we enjoyed our first experience in a cha chaan teng. It is really different. The noise is crazy. Constant activity and people talking, talking away. It's not a place where you go to relax. You eat, you pay, you go. We didn't get scolded at all. I was really bracing myself for it. What a letdown. I'm kidding. I just don't know why food bloggers are calling the scrambled eggs to-die-for, legendary, the world's best, etc. It's just okay-okay.

G/F (ground floor), 47-49 Parkes Street, Jordan
(nearest MTR is Jordan station, exit C2)
possibly closed on Thursdays (I'm not 100% sure)

Read my trip to Hong kong here:
4Days 3Nights in Hong Kong

Read my other Hongkong food posts here:

Breakfast at Capital Cafe
I heart Dimdimsum

Sunday, March 12, 2017

4 Days 3 Nights in Hong Kong

Have you heard the story of two mountain tortoises who went to Hong Kong? Well, here goes...

Hubs and I never went on our honeymoon when we got married 22 years ago. Why didn't we? Honestly I cannot remember. Maybe it was a lack of money, hub's resistance to apply for leave or the idea of travelling. Anyway, we never went and since then we only travelled twice, once to Genting Highlands and then later on to South Korea. Both times we went with the kids when they were little so that was super stressful.

Last year after I had my gallbladder removed, my health became a lot better and I started to believe I was capable of travelling. I thought it would be a good idea to go in March as March was the month we got married. Hubs applied for leave and the only period up for grabs was last week. So we couldn't bring our kids along. My son was on school vacation but my girl had school. Yup, you heard it right. We left our kids in Singapore to fend for themselves for 4 days. Don't worry, my son's just one year away from voting age and my girl is capable of waking up by herself. And before we left, hubs boiled a lot of water and bought 2 huge bottles of water for them so we knew at least they would not be dehydrated. And I gave them lots of money.

I decided we should go Hong Kong because I wanted it to be a short trip. I mean it's the first time me and hubs were travelling together and you never know. We could quarrel every day. We could even break up. So I thought going to Hong Kong which is very similar to Singapore culturally would be safe. Plus Singapore has always been compared to Hong Kong and I really wanted to see for myself. You could say Hong Kong was on my bucket list.

We booked our flight and hotel via expedia. The rates were pretty good. I wasn't really that particular about the quality of our hotel. So we got an average hotel - Silka Seaview Hotel. But when it comes to flying, I wanted to fly via Singapore Airlines because it's got good track records. I think my life is worth that extra bits of money!

I have problems with altitude and before the trip, I went to the pharmacist and she recommended that I take Novomin ($7.05). It takes just over 3 hours to reach Hong Kong so I only needed one tablet. You know what? Novomin is the best. I did not get sick at all. Not on the plane. Not off the plane. I felt fantastic. In the past, I would get bad headaches and vomit my head off on the first day of any trips. When I went to Genting Highlands, I spent the entire time in my hotel room because I could not move my head at all.

We booked the trip on February 18 so that gave us 2 weeks to research on what to do in Hong Kong. It also gave me 2 weeks to worry my head off about all the things that could go wrong. As is typical of me, I got myself very sick 4 days before we left. I had a major pain in the head and pain medication didn't work. So I did something which may seem crazy to you but it's something we do. I applied tiger balm ointment all over the base of my head and near the ears because those areas hurt the most. The heat that was produced from the balm offered me some relief and I was able to sleep. In the middle of the night I woke up still in pain and applied another round of tiger balm. The following day, the headache was slightly better but I had a new problem. The areas where I had applied tiger balm were hurting and slightly itchy. It felt like a skin reaction to the tiger balm. I quickly washed off the tiger balm but the damage was done. By Friday night, I had developed hives all over the back of my neck and around the ears. I had also applied a tiny bit of tiger balm on my forehead but the damage there was much less. On Saturday morning I asked my daughter to take a photo of my hives and they looked really bad. I thought I had to cancel my trip which was on Monday.

Then I remembered that I had Desowen cream which works for allergies and I applied them on the hives. By some miracle, on Monday morning when I woke up to go to the airport, the hives had nearly disappeared! I think I have reached a point where my skin is so sensitive I can't apply any old thing on it anymore.

Here we were at Changi Airport. We looked so enthusiastic and daring right? "Actually both of us were stressed to the bones. We were out of our comfort zone and were worried shitless.

The flight to Hong Kong
We got window seats and were seated quite close to the back of the plane. We could see the wing and it was quite weird for me every time I looked out of the window, I could see it.

There was a toddler seated near us and as expected she fussed a lot throughout the flight. I discovered that I am a toddler magnet.

Because our flight was in the morning, we were served brunch. I ordered something exotic sounding - chicken mushroom fun quin. It turned out to be chee cheong fun! It's a common breakfast in Singapore. This version was delicious. I really enjoy eating on the plane. I think it's the best part of flying.

I kept telling hubs there was a hot steward on the plane (very tall and fantastic body) and while I was pooping at the restroom, he took a pic of the hot guy as a gift.

Our flight was pretty smooth. Midway, there was just a tiny bit of rocking and then it was over. Our landing was really nice too.

Airport Express Train
Airport Express train with wifi and luggage storage space

When we reached Hong Kong airport, we took the Airport Express train to Kowloon. We had purchased a round trip Airport Express train ticket online because we didn't know how much of a hassle it was to buy over there. Plus it was discounted. We didn't know that tickets weren't required to board the train and we would redeem our tickets when we reached Kowloon. So that took us on a merry go round for a while. Then we made the mistake of boarding a train that was about to leave. I went in first but hubs got his arm caught in the door! Yikes. Luckily he managed to pry the doors open and he was able to enter the train. Nope, he didn't lose his arm. Thank goodness or it would have been a very sad trip for us. Went with two arms, returned with one. And did you know train doors do not spring open when they hit any obstacles?

Here he is safely seated on the express train, arm a little sore. Hubs said he was less worried about losing his arm then being separated from me. I was thinking that maybe the one bad thing that would happen in Hong Kong was this incident and we would have a smooth vacation. I was so wrong.

At Kowloon station we received our Airport express train ticket for the return trip. We tried to buy a tourist day pass to take the MTR but somehow we weren't allowed to buy it because it had to be bought together with the Airport express train ticket. So we ended up buying an Octopus card which is a stored value card and it can be used for transport and payment for some purchases. Later on we discovered that we could buy a tourist day pass at the MTR stations but by then we already had the Octopus card so... Anyway, I made a calculation and in the end we didn't spend that much money riding the MTR so the all-day tourist pass would have cost more. All's well that ends well.

In Singapore, our train (subway) system is called MRT and many people have often said Hong Kong MTR is way better. So in Hong Kong, I got a bit obsessed with the MTR and I really enjoyed looking at the differences. Hong Kong MTR is a lot more complex. I'll be honest. I relied on hubs a lot to figure out the routes. When we were there, the trains ran smoothly and there was only one time at night when our train slowed down but only for a tiny bit. It could have been traffic congestion. I thought the MTR could have been improved with better signage. For first timers, it took a while for us to find our way around especially at the interchange.

Hong Kong MTR is very hard on the legs. There are steps everywhere. In Singapore, we usually have the option of escalators or steps. Although lifts are available, I noticed the old use the steps as well. I guess it's more convenient.

During peak hours, the trains are just as packed. I guess it's the same everywhere.

The seats are narrow, just like in Singapore. Hongkongers are very small framed. In Hong Kong, I discovered I am tall and I'm only 1.68m.

These are items you can't bring on the MTR. No metallic balloons kids!

Our Hotel
From Kowloon MTR, we took a taxi to our hotel - Silka Seaview Hotel. Nope, there isn't really a sea view. The taxi ride only cost HK$38. The taxi smelled of cigarette smoke. I was amazed the driver knew where to take us because he didn't speak English.

first day in the hotel - my first thought: so tiny
me on the last day after sleeping till 11am
The hotel is at Shanghai Street, Yau Ma Tei. It's really ugly on the outside and very average. Our room is super tiny. The toilet leaked on and off. We spent most of our time out so we didn't really bother much about it. We did ask for it to be fixed and we also got extra pillows and blankets. The receptionist couldn't believe his ears and repeated: blanket?

The hotel provided a handphone which had internet service. We could do google map and it was a life saver because hubs' phone crazily had no service in Hong Kong. My phone did not have roaming but at least I had service. I received a sms giving me the option to activate roaming and we tried to do it but that didn't work either. So this was the second bad thing that happened to us. And I was really dreading the third. I think if we didn't have the hotel handphone, our vacation would have been ruined. Although wifi is available here and there, it's not enough.

Yau Ma Tei
Since we stayed at Yau Ma Tei, we saw a lot of it. What can I say about Yau Ma Tei without sounding snobbish? I was quite horrified by how dirty and run down most buildings were. And people lived or worked in them. And the streets smelled of sewer. We did ask a local why the landlords didn't try to spruce up the buildings but we didn't quite understand the answer. Close to Yau Ma Tei was Mong Kok and we went there quite a bit. I noticed the scene there was more bustling and more happening especially at night. Where we were staying, most shops are closed at night except a few eating places. Generally, there were many similar dirty looking buildings in Kowloon. These tend to be older buildings. The newer buildings did look a lot better but you could say, they did not have as much character. On Hong Kong island there were many office buildings which look no different from the ones in Singapore. Very modern and tall. Interestingly, the streets were rather clean. 

To be honest, we weren't so keen on going to the usual tourist places. I definitely didn't want to go to the zoo, aquarium or museums. My idea of travelling is to eat the food and experience the same space as Hongkongers. Does that sound funny? But we did go to a few recommended street markets, just to see and we went to Disneyland because why miss it right? And we did do a very touristy thing - take a cruise to experience the Symphony of Lights. We also did a walking tour on Hong Kong island with a local guide.

Most guides recommend the street markets in Hong Kong. Maybe it's because we also have such markets in Singapore, I found the street markets uninteresting. I was hoping to find unique stuff. Ha ha ha.
I didn't understand why this was called Ladies Market. It was at Mong Kok. Many stalls sold the exact same items.

 We stumbled upon Temple street market late at night and most stalls were closing.

This was some sort of Antique market at Hong Kong island. It really bored me because we also have such stuff in Singapore shops and after being alive for fifty over years I still haven't bought any Oriental knick knacks.

I thought we might yield something at Toy street (Tai Yuen). Nope. Same old mass produced stuff. There were some traditional toys but again, we have them here as well.

After a while we gave up with the street markets.

Symphony of Lights 
We booked a cruise to experience the Symphony of Lights which was marketed as the world's largest light and sound spectacular. Of course we could have viewed it from the waterfront but I thought why not go the whole 9 yards?
Named the 'World's Largest Permanent Light and Sound Show' by Guinness World Records, coloured lights, laser beams and searchlights perform in an unforgettable all-round spectacle synchronised to music and narration that celebrates the energy, spirit and diversity of Hong Kong. (
As it turned out, Symphony of Lights is the most overrated tourist attraction ever. Yes, there were lights. The thing is, the city landscape was always lighted up anyway. There were a bit more lights during the show. There were sounds. Yup. And sometimes we could see some lights in the sky. And that was it. Hubs said maybe if it wasn't so foggy, the show would have been more spectacular. Hubs is ever the positive guy.

I was like whaaaat? This is it? Utter disappointment. Plus I was freezing my ass off so I had to take refuge below deck.

I love, love the weather in Hong Kong. It was cold. It was coldest on Thursday, our last day. I love how the streets feel like it's air conditioned. I did not sweat at all. Not even a tiny bit. My skin was fantastic. My hives completed disappeared. I did not sneeze or cough. I can live in Hong Kong during this kind of weather. Singapore is sadly still very hot. The heat drives me crazy.

We sort of made this trip into a bit of a food tour. Based on recommendations, we came up with a shortlist of eating places to go to. I will write another blog post on the food so look out for it. One thing I have to say about our eating experience is this: in Hong Kong eateries, the space is extremely cramped. You have to share table with strangers and you can't hang around when you're done.

In Singapore it's not uncommon to hear stories of how service crew are verbally abused by customers. In Hong Kong, it's the opposite. Before we went, we had read and heard stories of how Hongkongers don't exactly have the best attitude in service. So we went fully prepared to be abused. To be fair, we were treated reasonably well at most places. I think we only had one bad experience and it was mostly due to a breakdown in communication. What I do notice is service crew don't smile at you. They also don't have friendly greetings. It's always rush-rush and I have say it's the same on the streets. Because there are so many people everywhere, we are constantly pushed along. The first 2 days we found ourselves walking very fast and we had to constantly remind ourselves to slow down.

me at Cityplaza eating an orange - gotta get your vit C
despite the exterior, the inside of SOGO is very nice and modern
In Hong Kong we went to a few malls including two at the heartlands (hubs and his pursuit of more sneakers). I was most impressed by Cityplaza. It's huge. Sogo was also rather outstanding as it had 21 floors of shopping. Actually 22 floors because in Hong Kong the ground floor is G and the second floor is 1. We used to have this quirky way of naming floors in Singapore for some older buildings. One day the government announced a change and all numbering conventions were changed to what we have today: the ground floor became the first floor.

Early luggage check in
If you have purchased a Airport Express train ticket, you get the privilege of checking in your luggage early. Of course it also depends if the airline you fly with provides the service. Singapore Airlines accepts early check-in for same day flight. So we checked in our luggage at Kowloon station and spent the rest of the day roaming Causeway Bay. I think this is such a great convenience. One big question we have about early luggage check in was should we enter using our Airport Express pass or our Octopus card. The staff told us to use the Airport Express pass but we were still uncertain. We had watched a youtube video and the vlogger had warned we should NOT use the Airport Express pass. Finally I read the information on a signboard and it was very clear. Yes, use the bloody Airport Express pass. The fare will be deducted immediately but we will still be able to use it again later to go to the airport. I've come to realise you simply can't trust vloggers or food bloggers as we discovered.

The flight back to Singapore
After 4 days, we were exhausted from all the walking and were really happy to go back to Singapore.

We flew back at night so we got dinner. I got the braised beef and hubs got the chicken with rice. We had ice-cream too but no hot steward this time! Honestly, I just love eating on the plane. Our flight back was very smooth although there was a slight delay. Just after the plane landed, hubs discovered his wallet was missing. So we stayed back to look for it. The crew came to help as well, tearing the seats apart! But it was nowhere to be found. A very depressing end to a really exciting and interesting vacation.

Our two kids were waiting for us at the Arrival hall with a "Welcome Back" sign on their iPad. It was very sweet.

We quickly lodged a Lost report with the airlines and Hong Kong airport. By some miracle, the next day, hubs received confirmation his wallet was found at Hong Kong airport. Thank you so much whoever found and turned in hubs' wallet! All's well that ends well, I guess.

Oh, I forgot to mention. We didn't quarrel at all. Not even once.

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Breakfast at Capital Cafe
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