Blog 9 (Vlog): Hong Kong

Link for Vlog at the end of this blog

This is my 3rd time in Hong Kong. Previously I've traveled there once and studied abroad there in 2011. So HK isn't exactly a foreign place to me. I was there for 5 days from August 14 - 18. The day I was supposed to fly out on the 14th, I found out that my flight was canceled because of a typhoon when I woke up at 7am. Nonetheless, I still went to the airport and successfully got onto a flight earlier than mine. It circled on top of HK for about 15 min till we landed, and shortly after it started pouring rain. 

--- Day One ---

Day One I arrived around 2:30pm in the afternoon. After settling down, I had to go to Watsons to look for some stuff. Because of stupid air regulations, I can't bring liquid on the plane, so I had to buy some contact lenses solution and spray sunscreen. For dinner, I went to the famous Taiwanese restaurant - Din Tai Fung in Tsim Sha Tsui (TST). It's a One Michelin Star restaurant. It's like the millionth time I've been there, but it's still so tasty. If you ever go to a Din Tai Fung (there's locations in multiple countries), definitely try the spicy beef noodle soup, Xiao Long Bao (pork dumplings), and their dan dan noodles. The beef noodle soup there will be the best noodles you've ever tasted in your life, guaranteed. 

At night, I went to Wooloo Mooloo lounge in The One in TST. It has an amazing view of HK's famous skyline on the Victoria Harbour (check out the video for the view). I met up with an old friend of mine - Kif. We used to work together in an organization, he's a very talented designer! 

--- Day Two ---

For the majority of day two, I was in Mong Kok. Mong Kok is like the place to go to if you want to get a good bargain on stuff from clothes to electronics. A lot of young people hang around there and it's a trendy spot with lots of cool streets (like goldfish street, flower market, pet street, sneaker street...) 

For lunch, I was at a mall called Langham Place. It's probably the biggest mall in Mong Kok area, with a really tall 4 floor escalator. Langham Place has not only the usual name brand items, but on the top floors, it also has a lot of unique and trendy little shops, perfect for young people to shop at.



Wanna buy a pig?

And some HK mango dessert

For dinner, I went to Nobu at the Intercontinental Hotel. It's a high end Japanese fushion restaurant with One Michelin Star. I've once tried it at the one in New York City, and it was absolutely memorable. I'd say I would fly to HK just for Nobu. Instead of picking by yourself on the menu, I'd recommend to just order their Omakase: Tasting menu. It comes in 8-10 courses of appetizers, soup, main, and dessert. The Dinner is better than Lunch Omakase, and the Summer special omakase is better than the standard omakase. Even though it comes with a high price tag, it's definitely worth every penny spent. It's like nothing you will ever taste in your life.

Salmon Tare Tare

Different kinds of raw fish with spices that just bursts out in flavors

And of course the view is phenomenal. 

After dinner, it's off to Ozone, the highest rooftop bar in the world, located on the 118th Floor of The Ritz-Carlton. There's an outdoor and indoor area. When you step to the outdoor area, you're literally in the clouds. There'll be clouds floating by while you drink your cocktail. 

--- Day 3 ---

Which way... ?

Which way... !?

Early morning Day 3, I was standing in line for dim sum at Tim Ho Wan in IFC mall. I was number 81, and had to wait for about 45 minutes for a spot. It's worth the wait though! Dim Sum's the best in the morning, it helps wake you up. And guess who I saw? The famous YouTuber David Choi. He's supposed to be on an Asian tour recently, so he's probably on his way to the airport.

After lunch I went shopping at IFC mall. I was specifically looking for Victoria's Secret. Apparently, Hong Kong is the only place in Asia that has it, and I'm absolutely dying from missing it, so I had to buy something. They carry mainly beauty products and handbags (which I rarely see in the US). But I ended up buying a new perfume called "Tease"

  • Fragrance type: Warm
  • Top notes: Mandarin, lychee, frozen pear, red delicious apple
  • Middle notes: Sweet pea, jasmine, gardenia, freesia, magnolia
  • Dry-down notes: Benzoin laos, vanilla, musk, praline, amber, sandalwood

Isn't the bottle just completely a Tease? 

 It's Italian for dinner today at Ooolaa, one of Castelo's restaurants. I ordered some oysters and a mushroom Risotto. Yum!!

After dinner, it's off to Lan Kwai Fun (LKF) the clubbing district to meet up with some friends. I'm sure if anyone has studied abroad in HK, they would know The China Bar, where tons of international students hang out at. I also saw a bunch of white guys doing this "How fast can you take 10 shots challenge" on the side of this alley. The person holding the record is an American guy who finished 10 shots in just a little bit over 8 Seconds. Impressive! (See vlog for more footage)
My main reason for going to LKF though is to see Deniz Koyu! A world famous House and Electro House DJ. When he plays at a setting like Ultra or Tomorrowland, even getting into the set is hard enough. But this time, I was right in front of him. I could see him choosing songs on the CDJs, and even drink Greygoose with him! Plus, cover was only 200 HK, which is like $25 US.

--- Day Four ---

Back to last night in LKF, instead today it's day time! I had brunch at Castelo's other restaurant: Wagyu. A nice cup of tea and ham and mushroom Eggs Benedict couldn't revive a hangover better.

Today during the day I didn't do much, just went out hunting for gifts for my family, and I just decided to buy a big box of limited edition Maxim moon cakes!

My last dinner in HK, was another extraordinary meal. It's the Oyster & Wine Bar at the Sheraton Hotel. They have 30 different types of imported oysters to choose from, they come from the US (east/west coast), Japan, Australia, and France. All of the taste different, depending on the sea they're in. Some of them are really salty and chewy, some of them are buttery, and some of them are sweet. But the quality is just so fresh. I can't even imagine how they shipped the oysters from all over the world and kept it tasting like that.

And their wine list is on an iPad

My lobster and scallop main course

After dinner I took a stroll around the Avenue of Stars and then met up with an old friend (let's just call him Prez, his nickname is Prez because he's the president of a certain college in a famous university in HK) at a hookah bar - RA. The hookah bar is right on the water so it has a great view of the city skyline. There's also many many hookah flavors to choose from, and you can mix and match. They also make great mojitos. Prez talked about his great trip planned to take the Trans- Siberian Rail from Mongolia to Russia. It takes 7 days just on the train, and the whole trip would take about one month. Something pretty impressive to complete! It's also his first time leaving China for traveling. High five for the bravery. 

And my last glance of HK's pretty city night lights

-- Day 5 --

On the last day, I had more dimsum at the airport. I wasn't feeling well, so I just had some congee. The on and off of strong AC indoors and roasting outdoor heat has caused me to surrender to a minor cold. Guess I need to get used to that before considering living in Hong Kong!

Bet you haven't seen Green Tea Pocky before!!

I'd say this trip to Hong Kong was very very successful! I got the chance to buy stuff I was looking for (Royce Chocolate, Ladurée Macaroons, Victoria's Secret, Forever 21, and H&M), I got to taste some of the best food I've ever had in my life, and I got the chance to catch up with old friends. I'll be back HK, perhaps to even work there! Until next time.

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