BACK TO THE MOTHERLAND
So after my amazing trip to Seoul, I landed back in Hong Kong. Awaiting me would be a family gathering from my mom's side, and my cousin's wedding from my dad's. Busy is not a word that I hear that much, and I'm guessing its due to the fact that its ingrained in every citizen living in Hong Kong, that they do not know what the opposite of it is.
|The business hub from near Admiralty station|
|High rise estates are common here, better not be afraid of heights!|
|Pacific Place mall, a much more high end expensive shopping area|
|Could this be the poshest cinema in Hong Kong?|
|Mira Place in Tsim Sha Tsui jazzing up its mall with a Christmas promotion|
|Looks like Mr Doodle himself?|
|Welcome to Times Square, Hong Kong version|
|One of the longest flat-screen TV's I've ever seen|
|Your wireless touch metro card can also be used to buy items as well as for travelling around|
FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD
The food here is awesome, and super cheap! So much so that actually eating out is cheaper then buying food to cook at home. But in Asia I find that this is a common theme. A common place that we'd go to is called Cafe' de Coral which is a franchised fast food chain for Chinese food. In Chinese its called (大家樂) is "everyone happy" which totally isn't the english translation lol. Its cheap, quick, tasty and efficient, all the things Hong Kong people want in their busy lives!
|£4 duck rise with veggies and milk ice tea at Cafe de Coral - I am happy ::P|
"Yum Cha" is well known traditional lunchtime Chinese food, where you choose dumplings and/or other mostly steamed delicacies off trolleys that are being pushed around by servers.
|Typical dim sum you would get at a 'Yum Cha'. Xiao Long Bao has soup inside of it!|
You could also try the "Da Bino" which is a hotpot of water that keeps boiling as you put ingredients in such as meat, seafood, veggies and then top the night off with some noodles with the amazing broth. Its messy, steamy and takes ages, which means great socializing!
|Hotpots sometimes comes with two, one being a super spicy red broth, and the other one normal|
|3 Meat Dumpling Soup, cheapest Michelin food ever? Service certainly made it seem so!|
If there are any aspiring travellers apprehensive about going to Asia, I would say that Hong Kong is a great gateway to wean your way into the culture. Of course it being a British colony since the handover in 1997, it has a lot of western influences which make it an inviting place to visit.
|When I pointed out the spelling mistake to the owner he replied "Ahhh, my wife... always doing things half assed!!" xD|
|Nothing like good ol' sexism to give that western feel!|
|Amazing views from a Skytop Bar in Wanchai|
|Incredible evening way high up in the skies!|
Hong Kong's western influence business mindset has led it to prosper and thrive. I look out at the skyline and see how this city embraces its international partners, and also create its own Chinese culture with it.
|This picture is confusing, makes me think its upside down for some reason!|
With these great memories, I always find myself rather unsure about my connection to my motherland. On one hand I am of Hong Kong Chinese decent, but my British born personality makes me not quite feel at home. I would love to try to live in Hong Kong one day, but there is a side of me that makes me think that I'm too laid back for the hardcore working culture.
|Spongebob Squarepants Dim Sum? Cant be good lol...|
Until next time, cant wait!