After wanting to visit Hong Kong since about 2 years ago, this month I finally had the chance to not only see the sights, but work on an event there! =)Did you know that Hong Kong International Airport is also known as Chek Lap Kok Airport, and is built on the Chek Lap Kok Island by land reclamation? Hence the view while landing!
Having worked with Moezik before, I knew this was going to be a fun work trip. I knew all the crew (Moe, Sham, Alvin and Rain), and knew we clicked together just fine, so when I arrived on the 12th of March, shivering because it was only 12 degrees might I add, I was very happy to see everybody!Thanks Rain for lending me your new jacket, I would've froze to death without it..!! ;p
This event is one of my favourite events to do, as everything is always hectic, but you can see each other really enjoying their work. You also meet new friends from all over the Asia Pacific, like
Anantdeep from India,
Not to mention an entire team of amazing people you get to work with! The whole team from Singapore and Hong Kong! =)
So after a good four full days of work, it was time for me to explore Hong Kong.. Alone! I had requested to stay a couple of extra days, but no one could come with me.. It wasnt too bad, though I'm sure I would've had more fun with a friend! ;p
I had booked a room at the Island Pacific Hotel via agoda.com, and it is definitely recommended.
A business hotel located on Hong Kong Island West, a lot better than the alternative shoebox hostels!
They have a free shuttle bus to places like the piers and IFC Mall, which is in Central. It's also just opposite the Hong Kong MTR station, and the airport express train station is actually in the mall.
The infamous Lan Kwai Fong.
The Hong Kong Fringe Club on Wyndham Street.
You can literally walk/take the MTR anywhere in Hong Kong.. It looks like 2 islands, Hong Kong Island and Kowloon (these being the main islands, n the only 2 I visited, other than the airport ;p), but you can either choose to take the Star Ferry across (which I did, and definitely recommend), or you can just stick to the MTR, as it connects the 2 islands too! =) Thing is, I found it exhausting walking around HK island.. There are so many steep slopes and staircases, omg, so much so that there is an escalator system that covers over 800 metres in distance and elevates over 135 metres from bottom to top, called the Central-Mid Levels escalators. It is the longest covered escalator system in the world. Unfortunately, I only found these when I was nearly done for the day. *raise eyes to the sky and ask "WHY??"*
One of the steep slopes I was walking up and down on.
One steep staircase was actually part of the Sun Yat Sen Memorial Walk.
So after an utterly exhausting day, and having had nothing to eat since breakfast other than these yummy things,
I decided to go in search of Hong Kong's most famous Chinese restaurant for dinner:
So I made my way there after thanking her for her help, and was taken up to the first floor, where I was given a number and taken to the waiting area.
It is a little pricey, but then most food is in Hong Kong.. This one dish plus a pot of Chinese tea cost me nearly HKD80! I'd definitely recommend trying it though, if you have the chance.. I really liked it, and I'm not even a duck/cha siu person! =) For future reference, Yung Kee is located on Wellington Street.
After dinner I was so tired, I just made my way back to the hotel. I didnt feel like visiting LKF alone anyway, and although Irene had invited me for a drink with her and her friends, I didnt think I'd have enough energy to be interesting enough.. Lol.. I had been up since 7am, and had been working the past week, so all the exploring had REALLY taken up all my energy.
I had a full day ahead of me anyway, which will be my next post - a full day in Kowloon! =)
Til then peeps!