Friday, October 31, 2014

Asia's World City Hong Kong 8D7N: Day 6-8

Day 6, Friday

D day.

I had to look for skin specialists to change my wounds after the A&E experience at the Macau Hospital. Googled and realised that the nearby Shopping haven, Argyle Centre, actually has A LOT of specialists and doctors at the floors above! It is like our equivalent of Paragon maybe, just that what they are selling below are not atas items but cheap stuffs. While waiting we also quickly bought breadtalk from below. Hahaha, nothing different from the SG one though.

But anyway, the doctor concluded that it was bug bites coupled with my eczema and hot weather and dust. Ok nothing new. Just lament that I am suay.
See the amount of medicine I had to finish.
He told me not to walk so much from the next few days onwards and the swell would subside after a few days. Ahem, of course I didn't listen to him, I had to go shopping!

We headed down to the bottom floors of Argyle Centre and started shopping, and in a quick time bought quite some stuffs.

After the short shopping stint, we headed on a long expedition to Horizon Plaza.
Long expedition because we had to go to the Central Station, then cut through IFC Mall and find this bus terminus under Exchange Square. We looked for bus 90 to Ap Lei Chau Estate bus terminus and hopped on. The ride took quite long, more than 40min I think. Following some instructions I found off other people's blog, we had to look for a green shelter without any bus numbers and to wait there for the free shuttle bus to Horizon Plaza. Indeed the bus came and we reached Horizon Plaza!


Stopped by Sift Cafe for some cakes before continuing the walk.

Seriously, this place is useless for us. We didn't even buy anything.

We then moved on to Lai Chi Kok Station to shop at the Hong Kong Industrial Centre next. It was a place with a lot of wholesale clothes, bags and shoes. But seriously, I thought that the things there weren't exactly cheap. Maybe $20 to very expensive for an item. The quality is good though, so if u are looking for good quality items and don't really mind the price, this is the place for u.

Then dinner was at 何洪记, 1 star Michelin restaurant!

Not bad, I liked it better than the previous one I had at Jordan. But the vegetables from the other one was better though. hahaha.

We went to 誠品書店 in Hysan Place to get this bubble tea the other girls were raving about. Somehow I couldn't find the picture of it but anyway it looked just like any other bubble tea. But, it was really nice!

Then we went to buy some LINE merchandise at the popup store. Goodness me, I can't believe I actually bought a tshirt for myself. Haven't wore it since then...

But there were some LINE deco up at the rooftop garden of the mall so we went to take a look and had some selfies!



Had a really late dinner at 18 Grams Cafe at Mongkok Gala Place, because we were walking through the Ladies Street and were distracted by the touristy stuffs there.

This cafe is quite famous, and we reached just in time for their last order!

After that, we decided to go to a cat cafe located in the same building as our hostel.

The food and drinks was normal, as usual for a cat cafe. 



But there were only 4 or 5 cats, all either hiding in their own corner of shying away from everyone else. 

Not very human-friendly I must say. But hey, at least there was 1 cat cafe we could go to, that is soooo near us.

Day 7, Saturday

Decided to have brunch at Knockbox Coffee before starting our "shopping battle" for the day.

The food and drinks were ok. 




They seemed serious about their coffee beans and all, but I am not a coffee person, I don't know. Just know that I tried to pick the less bitter drink out of all, by ordering the Affogato. Good cafehopping experience all in all.

Then we went to Tsim Sha Tsui to queue for the famous Jenny Bakery cookies. Word has it that u have to queue for a good 30min-1h for their cookies!

Apparently we were quite lucky cos we only had to queue for less than half an hour before we got the cookies!

Then with the 5-6 tins of cookies each of us had (it was super heavy I tell u), we walked to this nearby place 龍城大藥房 (Lung Shing) selling toiletries known for their cheap prices. It was like a warzone. I don't think I would come back here again.

After shopping, we went back to the hostel to put down our stuffs, before going to Sham Shui Po Station to look for this restaurant "Piggy Grill" I found off the internet. But after walking to the unit number, we realised that there is no such restaurant and then googled... it was already closed!

OMG I felt like killing myself. But nini wasn't angry or what so, we just walked back nearby to the station and walked randomly into this shop 維記咖啡粉麵, famous for their Pork Liver noodles.

Cos I don't like liver, I had the beef noodles instead.

It doesn't look appetizing but it was really quite good, so at least it wasn't a wasted trip here.

After that was just shop till we dropped at Argyle Centre and we shopped until the place closed. I bought quite a lot of stuff there cos it was cheaper than the Bugis Street in SG. The quality was BKK lousy quality was ok la just buy only.

Day 8, Sunday

Last day of our trip. Had some normal HK style breakfast at a nearby eatery.

Didn't have much time for anything because our priority today was to get the Wife biscuit from Hang Heung 恆香老餅家 and some last minute shopping.

We left for the airport in the early afternoon.

Plane food onboard the Cathay.

And meet the bread monster:

That's all for our 8D7N trip to Hong Kong!

For the rest of the days, please go to
Day 1-3
Day 4-5


Thursday, October 30, 2014

Asia's World City Hong Kong-Macau 8D7N: Day 4-5

Day 4, Wednesday

Ok. Before we get into the fun part, an unpleasant accident happened to me.

Halfway through at Ocean Park the day before, I realised 4 pus spots on my leg and decided to pop them at night while back at the hostel so that the pus would come out and hopefully heal.

But alas, I wokeup to an even bigger pus and bruises in the morning of day 4 and had to see a doctor nearby and he gave some medicine and bandaged the spots. Realised its too graphic and shan't post them here to scare readers away.


Apparently the doctor wasn't experienced in this and I realised it didn't help much but I shall go through that as we go along.

So after eating some Polo buns and seeing the doctor, we took the ferry at Sheung Wan Station to Macau. By the way, our luggage was left at the hostel for a fee.

Bought the tix from a touter standing at the escalator and we hurriedly rushed to the gates as the timing was quite tight.


Didn't want to wait some more for the next ferry since we wasted a lot of time at the doctor alr. Not sure if we should have bought from the tour agencies at the proper shopfront so could someone advise me?


Took a bus to Ole London Hotel and this room is soooooooo much better than Ah Shan. Friendly and helpful staff at the front desk so I would definitely recommend ppl who don't have much budget for the higher end hotels to come here. In order to get free transport, and not have to pay for the public bus, u just have to take the free shuttle from the Ferry terminal to Venetian Hotel, then look for the bus that brings u to Yuet Tung Pier.

The hotel ain't very noticable, but it is just a short 3min walk from when u get down.


As our hotel was nearby to the Senado Square, we walked through some shortcut lane that the hotel staff recommended.


Koi Kei shops were EVERYWHERE.


Like every corner u walk, there will be a Koi Kei. Seriously do they have to monopolise until like that?


Ruins of St. Paul.


Then we walked back to the streets to try Yee Shun Milk Company.

This doesn't have that strong milk taste that some ppl hate, as compared to the Australian Dairy Company, but wasn't as smooth.

It really depends on your preference so cannot pass verdict on which one is better. I think I prefer the Australian Dairy one though.

After that, we wanted to have dinner at this Portuguese restaurant O Santos in Taipa Village, hotel hop and see the awesome decorations and night lights around Macau.

But, my leg was extremely pain and because one of the spots was near the ankle, my ankle became as swollen as a pigs trotter. Told you the general doctor was useless. It was so bad that we decided to take a bus to the nearest hospital: Kiang Wu Hospital.


I requested for an antibiotic jab at the A&E so that can hopefully recover faster. It was an awful sight to see my leg by now I would have posted if not for fear of being reported hahaha. But the nurse cleaned my wounds, applied medicine and the doctor told me to see a skin doctor 2 days later. I was like "WTF? Where do I get skin specialists?"


By the way, the doctor and nurses were soooo nonchalant and rude that I felt so despondent and helpless at that point in time. nini says that ppl in A&E are like that everywhere, but still, u know... they could have been nicer so that my pain, internal and external, could be minimised rite? I felt bad for nini that we had to waste so much time at the hospital but I couldn't withstand the pain and all anymore. Haiz it was just such a bad incident. I feel so bad just typing out this story again even though the incident has happened almost 6 months back. Haiz.


But anyway, after that, our plans were so disrupted that we took the bus back to the main island and randomly found some eatery for dinner. Pathetically, we found a Taiwan restaurant and I ate this Jajiangmian which was normal.

I decided to endure the pain and hotel hopped some of the more significant hotels.

Grand Lisboa

Wynn Macau

Awesome toilets:

Witnessed some "Golden Tree" show at the casino and marveled at how much these casinos and hotels earn, AND spend.



My leg really quite pain already but heck it lah didn't want to waste any more of nini's, and my travel time. Continued walking around the hotels. Wanted to go to Pharoah's palace but it was so far away we didn't in the end. Jumped at every opportunity to sit down at the Casinos.

Then to MGM, with their signature horse:


And the aquarium... MGM was really sooo beautiful.

Took some photos, and then cabbed back to our hotel for the night.

Couldn't let my leg touch water so I had difficulty bathing. Bahhh... things could be worse.

Day 5, Thursday

Finally, took the shuttle bus to Venetian and had our breakfast at Lord Stow's Bakery.



This legendary egg tart is really really so good!


Walked around the hotel and this place was so condusive for photo-taking, even the toilet, hahaha.





 

Tried the 大利来记 Porkchop Bun in the Venetian Foodcourt and found it really dry.

Maybe the original stall elsewhere in Macau would be better?

Then we took the shuttle to City of Dreams.

Wanted to watch this show called "Dragon's Treasure" as it was highly recommended by my brother, but suay us. The show was under maintenance that day and cancelled. JUST FOR THAT DAY!


Ohwell, so we went to Galaxy Hotel. Saw some Spiderman deco around.

The lobby of the hotel was quite nice, with all the colourful crystals.


 Spiderman on top of Galaxy hotel!


Then after all the hotel hopping we went to Taipa for some Serradura cake Macau was quite famous for.
 And some random tiramisu which was normal:

THE SERRADURA CAKE WAS AWESOME!

Also bought some salted fish that my mum wanted.
 

And while walking back to our hotel we decided to make 1 last stop at this oldskool chinese dessert shop: 杏香園




Old Hong Kong style of furniture and signboard.

We had the 白木耳 and 马蹄沙.



So authentic, so refreshing.

And then it was byebye Macau and back to HK.
In order to not waste money on transport, we took the shuttle from Yuet Tung Pier to Venetian, and changed to a shuttle bus that goes from Venetian to the ferry terminal. Waste more time la but, its free!

We checked in at Ah Shan Hostel again and went to have late night dinner at this vegetarian dim sum place very nearby. Cute name: Dim Dim Sum





Apparently quite famous, the food was really not bad for the cheaper price it had compared to the other higher end ones.

That's about it for Day 5. Day 6 coming up next!

To see the rest of the days,
Day 1-3
Day 6-8