Monday, February 28, 2011

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

Bento goes to HongKong! DAY 1

This was our first trip to Hongkong together! In fact, it was OUR first trip together. lol.

I myself have been to Hongkong twice, once was when i was at a very young age, the last time i simply went with the wrong people. So, i didn't expect alot from this impromptu trip (we booked the tickets and accomodation 1.5 weeks before we depart) and neither was I prepared to the awesome fun that was awaiting for me in Hongkong.

It was a very memorable and meaningful trip to both of us, but that's for us to know. heh :P

My first experience with Tiger Airways was a good one, nothing very different from Jetstar. Budget terminal was small but clean, at least you don have to walk for super long just to get to your departure gate (Jetstar's departure gate is always rightttt at the end).

Our flight was at 1605, i know thats like late afternoon but no choice in order to go budget. Arrived at Hong Kong Airport almost 4 hours later.

Decided to take a Airport Bus A21 to our hotel, Stanford Hotel in Soy Street, Mongkok. This mode of transport cost only HKD 33 compared to HKD 100 for the MTR. As we have little baggage, taking a public bus was no issue at all. If you have more than 3 person, you may want to opt for cab or book a private limo, which was what i did the last time i went in group of 5 pax, total it costs around SGD 60 one way.

Anyway, the bus terminal is located on the right side after you exit from the arrival hall.

According to the map i found, we were supposed to alight at the 8th stop from the terminus. But as the bus doesn’t stop at all station, so in the end we overshot by one bus stop, which is no joke because in HK, on a straight road, the bus will only stop at certain bus stops, so it took us about another 20 mins or so to walk back to the correct area.

So if you are staying along Soy street, it is best is to look out for Sino centre, 信和中心. Get ready to alight once u see Metropark HK. The entire journey took us about 30 - 40 mins, excluding the part where we got lost.

So i was saying, we stayed in Stanford Hotel for 4 nights, which was located on Soy Street 豉油街. It is an awesome hotel recommended by fellow flowerpodders. Its a 3 star hotel located in buzzling Mongkok, but the best thing of all it, it is not noisy at all, cos its tucked at this small corner. On average, it cost us abt 900 HKD per night, BUT, we went there during peak season where there were some conference going on. usually it cost abt 600 - 800 HKD, so really quite affordable.

Theres a view! Tea making facilities and complimentary bottled water

Twin bed, which we joined together. =P
Theres alot of late night eateries around and its a 3 mins walk to Ladies Street 女人街, provided u are not distracted along the way. Alot of shopping places around, all in walking distance. Hotel also provide free Wifi, but you gotta call them to ask for password. Sheets are clean, toilets are clean, basic amenities like towel, comb, dryer are provided for. Generally, hotels in HK are small, but to me, this is big enuff, space for me to leave my luggage lying around.

OK! Enuff on the hotel reviews! Food pics coming up!

Famished after we checked into the hotel at 9. We freshened up and ready to check out buzzling Ladies street on a weekend.

There was this tea stall along the way. Called Comebuy, and they sell really nice Yakult Green Tea. Tried every Yakult green tea in singapore, honestly, only Happy Lemon's version come close.

Yakult Green Tea with Mini Pearls. 4.5/5

but if you prefer something more local, 许留山 is just next door.
some random stalls. theres alot of such stalls around. most are good, with exception of some.
my favourite curry fishball! bouncy! 4.5/5

Sotong Fritters. 2.5/5 Nothing fantastic

Lucky dessert shop. 4.5/5. More on this on Day 5.

Fancy looking softee mobile.

After shopping for awhile, we decided to go have some decent 'dinner'. Of all the places around, we decided to pick this place called - 香港仔鱼蛋粉. what a mistake.

honestly, dunno issit because we ordered the non-specialty, but the food was simple ok-ok. didnt give us a warm welcome to HK! :( later we found out that this is a franchise eating place.

Coke with lemon in old school glass bottle

clean eating place

Had craving for Taiwanese style braised pork rice so i ordered this. Serve me right for doing stupid things. 2.5/5

+ wanton noodle for him. 3/5

didnt know 油条 is called fried baguettes. lol.

After the not so appetitising dinner we decided to head back to hotel to rest for long day tomorrow. It was about 2am anyway.
To add on, most of the street vendors at night market packs to go home at ard 11+ 12 on weekends, slightly earlier on weekdays. As for eateries, most operates till 3 4 am, so in Hongkong, especially Mongkok, u dont need to worry about going hungry.
7-11 is every where too, literally.

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