Monday, February 28, 2011

5D4N F&E HongKong - May 1 - 5 2010

Day 2

Good morning! Greeted by a nice view of the neighbourhood.

Headed to Fa Yuen Street @ Prince Edward MTR.

One down side to Stanford is that, it is located a tad far away from Mongkok MTR station (about 10 mins). But to me its not a problem, because there is just SO MANY things for you to see along the way. heh.
on our way to Mongkok MTR.

Along the way from Prince Edward station to Fa Yuan street, we pop into this 茶餐厅 name 洞天. signify its 别有洞天? hmm..

豉油炒面. 4.5/5. i love this kinda fried noodles. dry & springy. but the portion was way too big for me to finish by my own . 33 HKD

红烧豆腐rice i think.. HKD 34.

Ice lemon tea & milk tea. 4.5/5

Total bill comes up to HKD 70.

Some tips for you when you eat in HK:

1) Take note of their lunch timing. It is most expensive to visit some eateries between 11am & 2 pm and the price difference can be up to 10HKD per dish. We happened to be there between that timing, otherwise my fried noodles cost only 23HKD.

2) The cups/glasses of plain water/tea they serve you are meant for you to WASH YOUR UTENSILS, not for drinking! if you need plain water, ask if they serve. because i am not sure if those are tap water, but i see locals dipping their utensils into the glass while waiting for good to be served.

3) All of the milk tea (as far as i have tried) requires you to add in your own sugar for sweetness.

Feeling satisfied, we walked out of the cafe & headed to our destination. again, we were distracted by this long queue outside this bakery. and trust me, the smell of the bread or whatever that was baking in the oven was out of this world. and so we decided to check it out.

its a traditional bakery selling fresh from oven Milk bun & egg tarts!

freshly baked!

up till today we regretted that both of us just shared 1 egg tart cos we were too full. don have pics of the milk bun but it as awesomeeeeeeeee...... 5/5 BOTH MUST TRY.

now feeling bloated, we finally got our ass to the Fa Yuen street! which was honestly, so much more boring than before?? sigh. roamed around for awhile and decided to head to Tsim Sha Tsui to do something very important!

We kinda got lost trying to look for Prince Edward station and ended up at Mongkok East Station and change to TST Station.
Next destination: Silver Cord Centre 新港中心.
It was located amidst the luxury stores like chanel & dior. but of cos i wasnt there to look for those.
As a die hard Mayday fan, i was there to visit StayReal's store!
tadah! if u don like Mayday which i dont understand WHY u will not like them, perhaps u wanna check out STAGE ? (Show Lo's shop). And if that dont interest you, there is always H&M on Level 1! hahaha. which i didnt check out this time round.

After a round of shopping at Silvercord. We took a leisure stroll towards the harbour. In any case, this Silvercord centre is located very near Habour City, something like our Paragon, & the TST Ferry Terminal where u can catch the Star Ferry!

Took us about 10 mins to reach the pier and we had our first 许留山 drink - Mango Jelly with Mango chunks.

4.5/5. A tad too sweet. but a sweet treat from all e walking.

Tiffany glass house.
Atas looking place near the habour.

Managed to catch the sunset when we were by the bay! aww so romantic!

We then took the star ferry to Central. Cant remember the cost, but i think its less than 10HKD, payable by Octopus card. the trip took about 15 - 20 mins. it was smooth and not bumpy. a v good way to catch the beautiful sights.

Side track abit, the famous 泰昌餅家 has an outlet at TST Ferry Terminal, take the stairs to access to Upper deck and you will be able to see it. It was closed though, when i was there, so no egg tarts for me. :(*

It was quite a bit of walk from Central MTR to the Peak Tram terminus. It is important to know the exact exit, we walked for almost half an hour, and with the down and upslopes, its really not funny. Just ask if unsure. :)

The queue to the tram was MAD. perhaps it was on a Sunday evening. We queued for almost an hour, altho it was about 20 degrees, he sweat like mad. so please! dont go on weekends or PH, its madness.

Another alternative way is to buy the package of Sky Terrace + Tram Ride + Madame Tussaud so that u can go to the express queue. Access to Sky Terrace alone is 20HKD, payable by Octopus card.

The view at the Sky Terrace was magnificent! And it was so cooling we just sat on one of the bench and talk while watching people taking pics of the beautiful night scene of HK. This is a MUST DO if this is the first time to HK, u can skip the musuem if you want. hahahaha.

We went to the Pacific Coffee for a drink before we head to our next stop. Over at the cafe, we can get a good view too! And theres free usage of PC which we made full use of to get to our next destination, Lan Kwai Fong.

From past experience, the queue to take tram down is crazy too. so we decided to take a Mini bus, which happens to be my fav transport in HK. You can take the bus from the Bus terminus near the Peak Galleria, but not situated at the main area of Victoria Peak. :) There will be signs once you exit the Victoria Peak.

Take Bus No. 1 and alight at Pedder Street.

Bus journey took about 15 mins.

cant miss the brightly lit Coach.

@ Lan Kwai Fong. Equivalent to our clarke quay or boat quay. lotsa pubs and clubs. :)

Hungry! If you noticed, this is like 2nd meal of the day. :( So we chose to eat at this place call, 翠华. This is also recommended by my HK colleague. Like 香港仔鱼蛋粉, where we had our dinner on Day 1, 翠华 serves very decent HK style food as a chain cafe.

They listed down the Top 10 recommended food in the cafe. Order according to that and you wont go wrong. :)

Swiss Chicken Wing. 3/5. not so good for me, cos i prefer fried chix wings. But this is nice and fragrant, soaked in Soya sauce but not too salty.

you just cant find this kinda milk tea in sg. he doesnt like it cos of the idea of having to add own sugar (hes a big fan of teh). but i love this cos, its sooooo smooth and fragrant! almost orgasmic! 4.5/5

生面. aka Crsipsy noodles with gravy. Must try! Portion wasnt too big, noodles are really crispy n served with loads of crunchy beansprouts~not oily. 4/5

猪排包. Pork cutlet bun with lettuce & mayo. the bread was too thick, had a hard time biting it. but the pork cutlet was AWESOME. 4/5.

Good thing about this place situating in LWF is that, it opens till late. i am not sure if its opened 24 hours tho, but after clubbing at 4 am, it was still open & still crowded. =D

If u are a big fan or wish to try roast goose,慵记 is located directly opposit of 翠华. I have heard that they serve decent roast goose & apparently very famous. But when we were there it was already close. It was about 9+ pm. I tried it during my recent trip there, i think it is nice, but way over priced.

Personally, i prefer 一乐 roasted stuff most. I will share more on Day 3 itinerary.

We read on Jetstar magazine that this pub called Stormies is a hotspot. But when we pass by there was hardly any people inside. So we picked Zinc instead, it seems decent & was playing clubbing music. need clubbing music!

We ordered one drink each, one bulmers cider & 1 flirtini. 75HKD each, no service charge.

Hang around for awhile and decided to head back. Its been a long day. Just as we were contemplating if we shd take a cab back, we were lucky to be touted by this mini bus driver as we were talking down the street.

"Mongkok! Mongkok!" he shouted. so we waved to him and he led us to this queue of buses. how lucky! the ride only costs us HKD 6 each, would be easily 80HKD if we take cab!

Put a really nice ending to Day 2 :)

P/s: Unlike sg cab, that can only accomodate max, 4 pax (i m talking abt legally), look out for cabs that can fetch 5 pax. There will be a small round size in front of the car that states '4' or '5'. So if there are 5 of u travelling, no need to split cab!

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