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Embracing 31 – Hong Kong (Part 2)

In the third and final day of my stay in Hong Kong, I decided to do hotel hopping. So in the morning on the third day, I visited the nearby eateries in Sheung Wan for breakfast and explored by surroundings briefly before parting Sheung Wan. If you have not yet read the first part of the trip, you may wish to read it here.

Day 3 – Mongkok & Kennedy Town

Breakfast at 源記餐廳 Yuen Kee Restaurant, Sheung Wan

This is a busy restaurant for breakfast hours and not very tourist friendly if you don’t speak Cantonese. Though they are fast – nothing new, but the food taste not too bad too. For breakfast pricing in Hong Kong, it is pretty affordable.

Location: 247 Des Voeux Rd Central, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
1-min walk from Exit B, Sheung Wan MTR Station

Western Market

Western Market is also a former name for Plaza Miserere. Western Market is one of the oldest structures in Sheung Wan, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong. The current structure was the North Block of the original Western Market. It appears to me more as an old landmark than to really walk in to shop as the shops in there are not very visit worthy.

Location: 323 Des Voeux Rd Central, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

Novotel Hong Kong – Nathan Road

It is always challenging to hotel hop during peak hours. Given the lack of space in Hong Kong and limited MTR exits per station with lifts, it can prove to be a challenge. Also, as the ibis Hotel service crew was unable to advise me if there was any bus that could bring me from Sheung Wan to Jordan. I have to take the MTR. So I decided to avoid the morning peak and set up at 9 am. You may read the hotel review shortly after the link has been updated.

Lunch at Dim Dim Sum, Mongkok

Having Dim Sum is a very Hong Kong culture, and there are also many Dim Sum places located in Hong Kong. One of the Dim Sum places I visited is the Dim Dim Sum shop at Mongkok. Despite the busy crowds, the service is good and the staff are friendly too. And best of all they are open till late as compared to other Dim Sum eateries which usually only serve Dim Sum until the afternoon tea time.  Some of the signature Dim Sum includes the Salted Egg Yolk Bun and the PoLo Bun with real pineapple inside.

Location: G/F, 112 Tung Choi Street,, Mong Kok
2-min walk from Exit B2, Mong Kok MTR Station
Website: https://www.facebook.com/dimdimsum.hk.english/

LINE Friends Store, Hong Kong

The LINE Friends store is located in Langham Place Shopping Mall and stocked with many LINE characters merchandise. Happen to chance upon it as I took a walk in the mall, though the shop is small, it is decked with interesting merchandise which can be brought back as souvenirs at affordable prices.

Location: 7F, 8 Argyle St, Mong Kok, Hong Kong
Website: https://www.linefriends.com/

Kennedy Town

Located at the western end of Sai Wan on Hong Kong Island in Hong Kong. It was named after Arthur Edward Kennedy, the 7th Governor of Hong Kong from 1872 to 1877. Administratively, it is part of Central and Western District.

Kennedy town is located near Hong Kong University and since it is near the promenade area, you can get a good view of the waterfront area along with food and bars. It is also an area with a mix of residential and food establishments littering the whole town. There are many varieties of food choices ranging from low pricing to mid and high tier pricing all clustered together within the buildings that line the street.

There is one snack shop -可可店; which I would frequent whenever I visit Kennedy Town. They serve food from Breakfast till Dinner/Supper and is frequented by students studying at HK University and residents living around the vicinity. The food prices are affordable too. If you have the luxury of time, you could consider travelling by Kennedy Town to check out this shop and others too.

Location: 可可店 (美食甜品), 26 Davis St, Sai Wan, Hong Kong Kennedy Town MTR Exit C.

Birthday Cake

As the Hong Kong trip was part of my birthday celebration, I had during my hotel stay booking indicated it as a birthday trip in the booking comments via AccorHotels. The hotel management arranged for the cake to be delivered to me in the evening.

1881 Heritage

The 1881 Heritage compound was the former Marine Police Headquarters, which was constructed in 1884. Located in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong. The site is now officially renamed as 1881 Heritage. A pretty touristy place where you get to take interesting Instagram-worthy photos in the day as well as during the night time. The arrangement of green landscapes within the compound gives it a very fresh crisp feel coupled with the nice cold evening breeze on windy evenings.

Location: Star Ferry Pier, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Website: http://www.1881heritage.com/

Star Ferry Pier

Star Ferry Pier, Tsim Sha Tsui, or Tsim Sha Tsui Ferry Pier, is a pier located on reclaimed land at the southernmost tip of Tsim Sha Tsui on Kowloon Peninsula in Hong Kong. It is commonly known as Star Ferry Pier in Tsim Sha Tsui.

Apart from being a Pier located in Tsim Sha Tsui, it is also a busking spot on weekends where you can see many Hong Kong youths out and about singing and busking away. The pier is also co-located with the bus terminal which is located next to each other. Walking along the promenade near the Pier, you can see the ICC building as well as the night skyscrapers too.

Star Ferry Terminal - Tsim Sha Tsui

Star Ferry Terminal – Tsim Sha Tsui

Location: Star Ferry Pier, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon

Day 4 – Airport and Flight to Singapore

It was a morning rush to the airport. However, the CityFlyer bus service is located across the underpass from Novotel Hong Kong Nathan Road. As the headway for each bus was about 10-15 minutes in the morning, I was able to reach the airport in 45 minutes. It is definitely a cheaper alternative than taking the Airport Express and less the hassle of lugging the luggage through the gantries and lifts along the MTR stations and transfers to reach the Airport Express stations.

On the flight back, as it was a 9 am flight and I arrived at the airport at 7:45 am without any lounge access. I decided I could do with some breakfast. Decided to order the Bagel with Sausage and Scramble Egg, which is something not yet found in Singapore. While Bagels tend to be on the hardy side and bland, but it was pretty filling and enough to last me until my flight meal was served. I still preferred the in-flight meals prepared by the HK in-flight catering kitchen as they serve Gluten Free Bread and the meal seemed tastier than the rice cracker which is served on the routeing from Singapore.

Trip Reflection on Hong Kong

This sums up the very short trip to Hong Kong for an impromptu solo travel. At the same time, it allowed me some time to reflect on what life means to me. Sometimes, we cannot take things for granted just like how I encountered the black storm while en route to Hong Kong and how the entire trip started and ended on a pleasant note. Life is about embracing changes and facing the worse of all fears in our experiences throughout the journey. No one is indeed alone or very independent as the environment we live in is dependent on one another.

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