love, +852, and…

…other four-letter words; numbers and symbols count as letters, right? ha.. ha.. As is evident by that poor excuse of an allusion (please ignore my pathetic attempt at a clever title), I made a short trip to the land of iPhones recently. And by recently I mean almost two months ago – work is still crazy, and my posting schedule is still messed up, forgive this once organized girl.

This trip to Hong Kong was the first after I graduated back in 2013, and it was one that I’d been looking forward to ever since my ex-roommate announced her engagement. Yep, I travelled 2000 miles for my best friend’s wedding. I’m that friend. OK, to be honest, it was also partly an excuse to visit Hong Kong and see all my friends again after 4 years. But still, I’m that friend. Also, I personally know both the bride and groom, and have witnessed their story from the very first date, so I just had to be there to see them walk the aisle. FYI, theirs is one of the sweetest love stories I’ve seen, it’s practically a fairy tale. But because it’s not mine to tell, let’s just say that it involved one party moving halfway across the world (literally) to be with the other and leave it at that.

I only spent five days in Hong Kong this time, but they were five perfect days. As you may have noticed of my previous travel logs, I like to visit pretty, Instagram-worthy spots when I travel; and this time was no different. So even though I didn’t quite have as much time to explore photogenic places as I would have liked, this post is essentially just pretext for me to display all the photos I took during my trip. I mostly visited my old haunting grounds like Mong Kok, Tsim Sha Tsui, and Causeway Bay for those nostalgic feeeeeeels, and I was surprised, albeit pleasantly so, to discover that a LINE store has opened in Langham Place.

So cute, right? I wanted to buy everything in the store, but I decided to be reasonable and bought only a few goodies as souvenirs for my friends and family back home. I’ll just have to make do with taking a photo with big Brown here.

Remember that top 7 Hong Kong food list I wrote? Well, I tried my best to eat all the food I can’t get outside of Hong Kong, and managed four out of the seven on that list (five days is definitely not enough to get my fill of Hong Kong eats). One that I did seek out though, is this egg waffle place called Oddies Foodies in the Central/Wan Chai area. I had seen a lot of my friends post the egg waffle from this popular little café and couldn’t wait to try it.

I tried the Night Wolf, which is chocolate chips eggette with vanilla ice cream and dark chocolate sauce. It was delicious, and devoured within five minutes, and the place was very cosy even if a little difficult to get to – we had to climb stairs and steep inclines to reach it. However, I do wish that they gave customers more flexibility in flavour choices. I thought I could choose the flavour of my eggette and pair it with the many gelatos they had on offer. But it was not the case; if I wanted it that way I had to buy them separately, and wouldn’t come in the cup. Not really ideal and it really was a shame that I never got to try their other gelato flavours because they had a good range. Would I come back? Probably, because their egg waffles were pretty good: crunchy on the outside, hot and soft on the inside; pair that with ice cream and you’ve got a winner. Heads up though, it was quite pricey.

One of the last pit stops I made during the trip was this mural at the corner of Graham Street and Hollywood Road in the Central district. Do you recognise it? If your answer is yes, it’s no surprise since it went viral. In fact, it’s now one of the most famous murals in Hong Kong. Subsequently, it’s become really #basic and #mainstream to take a picture in front of it, but I couldn’t help it. I just love how vibrant and colourful it is!

It was pretty crowded when I arrived on the scene; there was a bunch of girls in cheongsam doing a photo shoot off to one side, another group at the bottom of the slope, and a small family with two cute little boys. I had to wait quite a while to get a decent shot with nobody else in the frame. Also, because the mural is in a busy and narrow alleyway, and you had to take the photo from across the street, it meant that I had to time it just right to avoid being photobombed by passing cars and people. Was all that effort to get the perfect shot worth it? Definitely! It is now my brand new iPhone’s (a little birthday present to myself) lock screen wallpaper.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading another travel log and looking at all the photos. Also, it’s the first of December, and officially Christmas season, tomorrow… WHAT! Who else is excited about the holidays, but also kinda freaking out that this year has zoomed by? I’ll be flying home in three weeks for our biannual family gathering and I already can’t wait. Let me know in the comments below what your plans and traditions are for Christmas!

love, +852, and…

12 thoughts on “love, +852, and…

  1. Great photographs!

    I have always wanted to visit Hong Kong and it is definitely on my ‘places to go’ list. It looks clean, modern and I am sure I would appreciate the food, except the eggette as I do not eat eggs or anything remotely ‘eggy’ such as pancakes, fried bread etc.

    You look rather cool and edgy standing by the mural. I can imagine it must have taken a while to capture only you in the photograph!

    My children would absolutely love the store with the giant teddies – actually anything with toys.

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    1. You should definitely make a trip to Hong Kong if you get the chance, I don’t know about clean (some of the places can be quite dirty), but it definitely has a lot to offer! and if you’re bringing kids I recommend taking them to Ocean Park instead of the more popular Hong Kong Disneyland. Thanks for stopping by my blog, hope you get to visit Hong Kong in the future =)

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  2. Hi Rosary. I’ve not yet been to Hong Kong, but would love to go! I’m glad you got some chocolate treats during your trip. Are we going to get to see some wedding pics from your friends’ wedding? I am curious as to whether it’s different from what I have seen in other cultures.

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    1. I didn’t get to take a lot of photos of the wedding, I was too busy dancing and stuffing myself haha! But when my friends get them back from the professional photographer, I might update this post with some pics =)

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  3. I used to travel to Hong Kong pretty frequently for work. I always enjoyed the food there. But oddly, the thing I remember most is that there was a coffee shop/cafe where I got the best chocolate covered doughnut I’ve ever had. And after my wife came with me once and had one, I always had to bring one back for her in my briefcase.

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    1. oooooh, what was the name of this cafe? or which area was it in if you can’t recall the name of the shop. I always struggled with trying to find a good doughnut shop in Hong Kong, there just doesn’t seem to be many options and I just don’t know why. I mean, who doesn’t love a good doughnut?

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      1. It’s been a long time since I’ve been there. I used to stay at the Furama, which is no longer there. There was an underground mall next to it, near where the ferries to Kowloon were docked. The cafe was in that mall.

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  4. I would love to visit Hong Kong! The closest I’ve been is Taiwan, which is not really that close. I LOVE street art/murals! Thanks for sharing that one with us, I had actually never seen any photos of it. I hope your best friend’s wedding was great!

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    1. Hong Kong actually has a lot of street art and murals, but I didn’t have enough time to hunt them all down. I’m definitely gonna look out for more when I go back there in the future. Thanks for your comment and for reading my blog!

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  5. You reported from Bali in your last entry. I heard a rumor that before you left Bali you went up to Mount Agung and said, “Mr. Volcano, you’ve been awfully quiet lately. Can you erupt for us, please?” Is it true, did you do that? 😉

    I see you’ve brought us some snow for today’s post. I’ve written about and created demos for several snow scripts at my blog, and you may want to check out my “Hearts of Snow” animation (even if it doesn’t have anything to do with Hong Kong).

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