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Thursday, 26 April 2012

Fashion and Fun - Shopaholics Bazaar 2012

Organised by Pretty.Wild.Diva., the 2nd annual Shopaholics Bazaar was a hit! Organised by self-confessed shopaholics Beverly and Charlotte,
the bazaar which was held at Palm Square, Centerpoint was so much fun,I cant wait til the next one! Not sure if I'll have anything to sell, but hey, I guess something will come up? ;p

I shared a booth with Melanie, Meitzeu, and on the last day, with Beverly.
L-R: Beverly, Meitzeu, Melanie and me!

We were grouped with a bunch of crazy girls, and the three days were such a laugh!
Titi
We Love Things owners and sisters Maxine and Olivia (in white)

I sold a lot of my pre-loved clothes, and some clothes and accessories that were left over from Ebony, a boutique I used to work at.
Everything was going cheap, but I made enough to cover the rent and food for the days, so I'm happy enough.. Haha.. The main thing was to clear my closet and storage space, for more clothes? Quite possibly! =D Leaving unused clothes to rot is such a waste, especially as a lot of them were new!

Of course it wasnt all sell, sell, sell - we all spent a lot of time shopping as well! There was some amazing stuff available, and I had to control myself from looking too closely at some of them.. I must say I'm VERY happy with my purchases though! =D
I think nearly all of us in the group bought one of these feather hair extensions.
They're so cute! I love it!

They were from the stall next to ours, Accessories by Roupa. =)
Group photos with the Roupa girls!

Got these seriously cute phone plugs from Ooh La La,
RM25 for both 

and this maxi dress from Edgy Confection.
RM35 from RM70! (It's just a snap I got my mom to take at home, be nice! ;p)

A group shot with the owners and friends of Ooh La La and Edgy, who also happen to be ex-schoolmates of mine! =D
L-R:Sing Yee (Edgy C.), me, Yvonne, Rui Jing, Sharon, Winnie and Niu (Ooh La La)
Towards the end of the night, I also bought this lovely Topshop knitted dress from Glamorous Beauty Shop. Plan to wear it on the beach over my bikini. =D
The vendor, Lizz was so sweet: She gave me a HUGE discount, from RM45 to RM20!!! =D I was over the moon!! What a bargain!!
Met one of my facebook friends Maguro - she's so nice!
We talked about random things for a while then bullied Shariff a little.. Hahaha.. ;p
Kinda regret not taking any photos of some of the booths.. Hmm.. Oh well, there's always next time I guess! I need a better camera though.. My old Canon compact camera isnt really good.. Sigh..

Note: All links lead to the individual fb pages or blogs of said person. Take a look, I promise it'll be fun! =)

Thursday, 12 April 2012

A Day in Kowloon

Early the next morning, I took the shuttle bus to the Central Piers, where I went straight to pier 7 for the Star Ferry to Tsim Sha Tsui. The pier had this mural thing that I thought was really cute:
Star Ferry operates from 6.30am - 11.30pm, 7 days a week. The tickets only cost HKD2.50 on weekdays and HKD3 on weekends, one way. You can either use the Octopus card, which is a really convenient Touch n Go type of card, or buy tokens from a machine near the entrance of the pier. There's a choice of sitting on the upper deck or the lower deck, but if you get sea sick easily, I would suggest NOT taking the upper deck. It's only a 9 minute ride, but it was enough to make me feel queasy on the upper, and I dont get sea sick that often.
View of Tsim Sha Tsui from Central Pier.

A short walk down from the TST pier, is 2A Canton Road, more famously known as 1881 Heritage.
It's a really pretty place, very Victorian, and filled with very high class shops and a cafe.  
I counted I think 3 of these pretty carriages situated on the grounds.
I have no idea what this is, but it brings a pop of colour, and is filled with flowers on the sides!
I got up the courage to ask some other tourists to help me take a couple of photos. =)

It used to be the headquarters of the Hong Kong Marine Police, and the former Ball Tower still drops the ball at 1pm every day. Unfortunately, I was about 2 hours too early, and I didnt want to waste any precious time! =) There's also a replica ship mast, and 3 gas lamps that were found on the grounds that have been reconnected.
View of the grounds from above.
Noon guns and signal cannons.
The old fire station has been turned into a hotel, but you can still see a fire engine behind the building!

Going around back to see the fire engine was actually a really good idea, because it was from there that I saw a sign pointing the way to the nearest MTR station. The public transport system in Hong Kong is really good; there are signs everywhere, and there are a LOT of stations. The only problem I had was finding the right direction of the train I wanted when I was INSIDE the underground stations! You can walk for miles in there, with about 5 different exits in each! I had to ask a couple of times, and seeing as my Cantonese isnt that good, and they dont really speak Mandarin/English, this was a little bit of a problem til I kinda got the hang of it, or walked around the whole station. Hahaha...

When I finally found the train heading to Mong Kok (旺角) - it's the one heading to Tsuen Wan (荃湾), I put HKD5 into the ticket machine, and was on my way! Ladies' Market (女人街) is really near the exit, and the actual street name is Tung Choi Street (通菜街).
Further up, on the same street, is Goldfish Street.
On one side of Tung Choi Street is Sai Yeung Choi Street South, where you can get all sorts of electronic goods, and on the other side is Fa Yuen Street, which has all sorts of sporting goods shops.
I dont foresee this hotel living up to its name though:
I also spotted this cool billboard for a Japanese restaurant there!
Then I stopped at this restaurant before continuing on my journey:
and ordered roast pork rice, as it's one of Hong Kong's most famous dishes.
I can see, or rather taste why! It really is very nice.. Although it's more fatty than Malaysia's. Lunch wasnt as expensive as dinner, I paid HKD45 for the meal plus a cold Chinese Tea. The drink was actually free, but to add ice I think I had to pay an extra HKD2 or something like that.

Before heading to the Flower Market, I took a little detour to the Kuan Yum Temple, walking up Soy Street. As you can see, the temples in Hong Kong are mostly old, and have the city built around them.
I have to say though, make sure you're up for a lot of walking if you wanna go to all these places.. They are walking distance, but it's not that close.. If you're not, taking the MTR should work, but honestly, I dont think it'd be worth the hassle.. The specialty streets like Goldfish Street and Flower Market Street are nice to visit, but if you're rushed for time, I wouldnt say you'd be missing much.
After Flower Market Street, I jumped on the Prince Edward MTR to Yau Ma Tei (油麻地). I was looking for the Jade Market, but on the way I passed by this little park called the Public Square Street Rest Garden. It was really pretty, so I climbed the stairs and was pleasantly surprised to see groups of older "uncles" playing Chinese Checkers! They were kind enough to let me take a photo, but as you can see, the weather was changing by then - 12 degrees to 26 degrees in the course of a week!
Be forewarned that the Jade Bazaar closes at 6pm (opening at 9am), so try to get there early. I arrived as they were getting ready to close, but still found some really pretty stuff! In fact, I'd prepare more money to spend there, as I found myself wanting to buy loads of stuff, while at the night markets such as Ladies' Market and Temple Street I found to be quite normal, like our own Malaysian Petaling Street really. Also, there are two small buildings for the Jade Bazaar, so dont miss out on the other! =)
One of the many stalls in the Jade Bazaar
A stall on Temple Street Night Market. 

You can also find a row of fortune teller stalls behind Temple Street, and the Tin Hau Temple is behind said row of fortune tellers, unfortunately, when I arrived around 6pm, the temple was already closed and gated up.

Now, allow me to leave you with this photo, and I will be back real soon with my last Hong Kong post: Avenue of Stars! =D
High Fashion Burger King Ad!

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Work and Play in Hong Kong!

You really do get some beautiful aerial views flying over Sabah! =)

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
Hiroto from Japan, orAnantdeep from India,
or four pretty ladies from Hong Kong! ;p

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.
From there you can walk over the overhead bridge to the piers, to The Landmark, and down to the different streets such as:
The infamous Lan Kwai Fong.
Nothing much happening in the day, but at night? It's the most popular hangout for clubbing and drinking.
It's also where the Hard Rock Cafe is, and where I got my latest pin! =D

The Hong Kong Fringe Club on Wyndham Street.
Hollywood Road, which is also known as Antiques Street. You can find the old police station here,
and Man Mo Temple, which was built in 1848.

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.
Flights and flights of covered escalators to take you up, up, up! But unfortunately there isnt a "down" escalator, except for 6 - 10am.

So after an utterly exhausting day, and having had nothing to eat since breakfast other than these yummy things,
Eggettes, or "gai dan zai" (鸡蛋仔) are one of Hong Kong's most popular street snacks, and rightfully so! I loved them! They are usually sold in street stalls who also sell snacks like curried fish balls and waffles. 

I decided to go in search of Hong Kong's most famous Chinese restaurant for dinner:
I read about Yung Kee somewhere online, but I didnt do full research on it, so I wasnt aware that I had to make reservations.. I actually couldnt find it at first.. SoHo is a popular area near Lan Kwai Fong, full of restaurants, cafes and cocktail bars.. But, like LKF, it consists of a few streets, and those streets dont particularly say "SoHo". So I was walking around for a while, and met a bunch of girls, who were also a bit lost.. Since we couldnt help each other, we said good luck and continued our separate ways.. Further down I met another girl, Irene, who was nice enough to not only take me almost to the exact street, but to call the restaurant to see whether I'd have to wait for long. They said 20 minutes, which she said was way better than the norm.

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.
Approximately 15 minutes later, ta-daaa..!!
Yung Kee is famous for its roast goose, which I had with cha siu (BBQ pork). Yum!

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!
xxxxx