The Last Minute Trip ‘ 18: Hong Kong

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Fulfilling a last minute request (2 – 3 weeks before) by my dearest friend to go on a girl’s trip was one of the best things I did this year. Destination changed from Taiwan to HK due to the monsoon season and the short 5 days we have. And for the friends who know me well, HK was never on my list as it’s just a city just like Singapore.

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Alhamdulillah, the trip really taught me that it is not the destination, but the person you are sharing the journey with. You can be travelling in the most amazing country but if your travel partner is the most difficult person, you just can’t wait to take the next flight out!

So, off we flew on 21 October! Cathay Pacific flight was full but surprisingly a pleasant one.

Day 1, 21 Oct

Similarity #1 – we have a bad sense of direction (ok, she’s better). HAHA! I can’t recall how many times we circled the same area, when Wanchai88 hotel was just there right in front of us. (Read my review here)

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Friends warned me that hotels are small in HK, but alhamdulillah the room we had was smartly designed. When two people can pray at one time and there are space for luggages, that is spacious enough!

Food fuel #1: Islamic Centre Canteen @ Osman Ramju Sadick Islamic Centre, Wan Chai

I left it to the travel partner to chose all the dim sum. Not disappointing at all. It was comforting to wash all the dim sum down with a hot cup of water cress honey. Must try!

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Our bus ride adventure started when we were looking for our IG-worthy location we saw, “Sai Wan Swimming Shed” (Mount Davis). We gave up after we went uphill and downhill. Similarity #2: we won’t risk our safety for IG/FB shots! 

This is just what we got. Not even close.

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Heading to Ladies Market was more of ticking it off our checklist. We couldn’t think of any other places to get souvenirs. I think we were there for less than an hour 🙂 Similarity #3 – we are not shoppers, but foodies!

Food fuel #2: Ebenezeer Kebab 

I love the spicy sauce on my platter of meat and fries!

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Symphony of Light – what light show?! Hahaha. Do not waste your time waiting for this “show”. Perhaps it happens only for special events. We did had a good girl’s talk over a cup of coffee in a cold weather. Great wind down. Reminds me of my frequent me-times during younger days at Fullerton and Raffles Place. Similarity #4 – coffee is our perk-me-up! 

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Day 2, 22 Oct

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Heard much about the Central and Police Married Headquarters (PMQ). We went up (and down) the longest outdoor covered escalator system in the world, Central-Mid Levels escalator.

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Different vibes indeed. Even met a very nice lady at Jamia Mosque along the way. Love the many beautiful surprise spots 🙂

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We saw a couple of Middle Eastern restaurants but were unfortunately non-halal.

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Love the artwork! 

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PMQ features their local designers from apparels to bags to shoes! So expect not to pay a low price. You are paying for their creative work, guys!

Ma’s Restaurant: Shop A, 21-25 Cheung Sha Wan Road, Kowloon

This became our favourite place despite the crowd. The food is more expensive but it is so worth it (yes, including the quite long bus ride to and from hotel due to traffic)! Save the best photo for later.

We had a long day, clocked in greater miles of walks equivalent to a few weeks of walk at Botanic Gardens hahah! “Zoning out” over a cup of mint tea and coffee, and just people watch was definitely our kind of thing.

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Day 3, 23 Oct

We were up early for Disneyland! One place that I can’t imagine myself to be in but well, I enjoyed myself surprisingly. The timid me even took the scary rides! If there is a long queue, get the fast pass for Iron Man Experience and Hyperspace Mountain.

You will spend at least a day at Disneyland. So bring your prayer garb and mat to pray at their prayer room which is located next to Explorer’s Club (halal).

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We went Indian for dinner at Aladdin’s Mess. It was a filling delicious meal of briyani and naan. The masala tea could do with more milk and spice. I love a spicier chai.

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Day 4, 24 Oct

The Peak – it can get really crowded. We were there very early before 10am I think, before the mall is open.HK Photos4

Yick Fat Building – Had a tough time finding this place. Maybe it’s just us! Anyway, this place has been featured in a number of movies, including Transformers.
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Famished, we took a bus down to Islam Food at No. 33-35 Tak Ku Ling Rd, Kowloon City, Kowloon. They have another outlet nearby but smaller.

islamfoodWe prefer the dim sum and spicier noodle from Ma’s Restaurant. The spicy noodle here reminds of Maggi Curry.

Ma’s Restaurant – to end off our last night, we had dinner here again. We were dressed down – no sneakers, just sandals; and took the camera load off me! Never felt so good.

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The only itinerary for the day was to have our final dim sum at Islamic Centre Canteen, just a few bus stops away.

Will I come back to HK? Yes, with good food and great travel partner! If it’s not for you babe, I think I will probably never have travelled to HK. I am glad we made it happen.

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