Hello Hong Kong

So near yet never really in my travel radar, Hong Kong is one of the places I’ve always taken for granted. Maybe because I associate it with my childhood. Back in those days of expensive airfares, Hong Kong was THE place to be. It was a fabled place of exotic cuisine and legendary shopping. So I grew up going to Hong Kong a couple of times with family. It was Bangkok that marked my transition to adulthood (that’s another story).

The last time I was here was in 2013. Spent a few days snacking on dimsum before heading to Israel. Nothing has changed with this short trip. It’s still about food.

This time, I’m with my eldest sister, a family friend, and our long-time househelp who turned 60 this year and whose birthday treat this was. They’re all staying until Sunday while I’m flying home on Friday as I’ve had to alter my travel plans due to a botched-up schedule. Got a one-way Cebu Pacific outbound ticket. Too bad for my Cathay Pacific non-rebookable flight.

Just spent most of the day yesterday at the harbour, the cultural center, and Mongkok.

I really love how the Hong Kong Cultural Arts Centre is open to the public regardless if there’s a show or not. It’s a good idea really as it encourages people to explore the center and let them think about art rather than closing it off like some sacred place open only for a privilged few.

Light showers sent us taking refuge at cafes which wasn’t all that bad. This delicious soufle served like an omelet at the 3rd floor on one of those buildings in Mongkok was a pleasant surprise.

Not musical instruments this time but books were my most significant finds. Didn’t know there was an HK branch of the Taiwanese bookstore, Eslite. Saw the signage just as we rounded the corner from the star ferry terminal. Spent about HK$ 800 on a some books including a copy of Routledge’s “Philosophy and Music” which was at half price.

It was my first time to see the Symphony of Lights at the harbour. Quite nice but not really overwhelming. The harbour is beautiful at night as it is.

Now, this time the whole view, crowds included.

Hahahaha!

Unfortunately, the area where our AirBnB is, Queens Road West, seems empty of those push-cart dimsum places. We did find a small air-conditioned eatery serving good noodle soup near the HUK MTR station. The goal for today is peking duck before I head to the airport.

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