All posts filed under: Hong Kong

Lantau Island

A trip to Lantau Island   Since we’ve only had a few days left in Hong Kong, Tom + Rachel went with me to see the Big Buddha!!! I would recommend getting tickets online because we had to wait in line for more than an hour JUST to BUY our ticket! Only a few people bought theirs online so there wasn’t even a line for them.  Ticket prices were for : $150 HKD and you are able to go on the cable car for about 20+ minutes so it was worth it. Basically, I just love cable cars! We went on a slightly grey day so it wasn’t too hot… perfect for walking around and just sight seeing.    No, we’re not a couple… posing right before we get on the cable car.   As you can tell from my first picture, the climb up to see the Big Buddha was really really long. Maybe we were out of shape… but we had to rest like three times. I saw plenty of people sitting on the steps resting …

Cozy Loft Hostel Review – MongKok

I moved to the big city! I’m in love with Cozy Loft Hostel in Mong Kok!! It’s been a good month since I’ve moved from Chai Wan to Mong Kok. Also, I have my hardest final tomorrow morning so pardon me if this is a horrible and quick post! I was not happy with my living situation in Chai Wan, I mean sure it was a nice hotel and everything was great… but it took me an hour to get anywhere decent. So, after two months I called it quits – went on airbnb and found a hostel to stay at temporarily before I was going to move to Yau Ma Tei. I found a studio for 5500 HKD = 708 USD (pricey) and was set on staying there.  I went to go view the studio with Tom and it was horrible. The entrance looked like it had been riddled with bullets as there were bullet holes everywhere (okay, I’m exaggerating – but you get the gist). There wasn’t an elevator so we had to walk up …

Drinking at the highest bar in the world

Ozone – Ritz Carlton 118/F, The Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong | 1 Austin Road West, Hong Kong, China (West Kowloon) One of the items on Janes bucket list was to go to the highest bar in the world, so having only three weeks left… we decided to go on Wednesday. The Ritz Carlton’s Ozone bar is the highest bar in the world and is located on the 118th floor. The funny thing is, Jane and I didn’t know how to get to the Ritz Carlton so we took the AUSTIN MTR exit instead of the KOWLOON exit – by taking the Austin exit we had to walk about 20 minutes in heels…. so please, take the Kowloon exit.  When we got to the Ritz Carlton, it was so stunning – we all kept exclaiming how nice and fancy it was. We followed a group of people who were looking for the bar and had to switch elevators twice before arriving at our destination. Outside seating was plentiful, but it was sprinkling so we decided to sit inside (missing …

Wednesdays in Hong Kong : Ladies Night

Free drinks for Ladies? In Hong Kong, there are typically two places that people go to grab a drink (well, at least students / foreigners) – Lan Kwai Fong (LKF) or Wan Chai. I drink with my boyfriend, but I wouldn’t say that I am the type to go out and drink at bars and clubs. But, as I’m studying abroad… why not? I wanted to step out of my comfort zone and I am lucky that on Wednesdays.. Ladies drink for free! Make sure you check to see if ladies drink for free as some places start later or simply don’t do it at all!  Now, I’ve only gone to LKF about three times… the first time was for an international student clubbing thing where drinks were free, and the other times were just to grab some drinks at the bars nearby. On other typical days, drinks in LKF will range about 75 bucks for a screwdriver… so I wouldn’t recommend that. Now Wan Chai is cheaper, has more bars/choices and has a younger crowd …

Burgeroom – Causeway Bay

Burgeroom 7 Caroline Hill Rd, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong+852 2890 9130 It was Jim’s birthday, so when presented with two destinations: Sheung Wan or Causeway Bay. Since Causeway Bay is closer to Chai Wan, I chose it… also having the F21 to spend time in while waiting for them to arrive was great also. The original plan was just to walk around and see what kind of food there was, but after a while of walking around we decided to just openrice something western. We decided on grabbing Burgeroom after seeing it be one of the only options on the menu. The menu was pretty huge, and they had a wide variety of burgers: Jim got the “Pineapple Cheeseburger” while I got the “Bacon Avocado Cheeseburger”. My burger was 80 HKD, while his was 84 HKD. The fries we got were just regular thick cut fries for 20 HKD (a bit pricey IMO but oh well) and the drinks were about 17 HKD (also pricey). I would like to mention that there is a 7-11 …

Perfect Tourist Spot : Victoria Peak

Victoria Peak As I’m writing this, I’m sitting in the middle of the Seattle Airport. You guessed right! I made a quick 4 day trip to California!!! 🙂 I’ll be sure to take pictures and show you guys what I plan to do on this wonderful “mini vacation.”  How to get to Victoria Peak Go to Central then exit J2, and turn RIGHT. You can follow all the signs to get there… but it will be a bit of a walk. The website says a pleasent walk, not. You are walking uphill most of the time! But, on the positive side… the view is quite nice. Cost / Wait I would recommend that you go on a weekday, because I went on Sunday and we waited about 45 minutes in line (to buy a ticket, and also to board the train).  We bought the Peak Tram Sky Pass (The Peak Tram & Sky Terrace 428) for 80 HKD, but you can just buy the PEAK TRAM PASS for 40 HKD. What is the difference? Well, the …

Nan Lian Garden – Diamond Hill

Welcome to the Nan Lian Garden… Getting here was easier than I thought it would be. Just exit Diamond HIll MTR , follow the signs and you’re there! I’m not one for beautiful scenery (I know… weird.) but I would love to take Brandon here. It was very worth it… and the garden was huge!! I’m happy to say its near my school and I’ll be back soon!    

Dimsum & Dessert

This is a part two of Tomai’s First Day in Hong Kong! We were lucky enough to have my friend take us out to eat Dim sum. I was so happy to finally have someone order for me in Cantonese 🙂 The place was very fancy but was quite affordable! It’s located in Mong Kok, which was perfect.  Our bill for four people came out to : $220 HKD.  Dessert at XTC Gelato After Dinner, we went to Jane’s house and hung out with her for a bit before heading to TST to catch the Star Ferry. We stopped by to grab some dessert (yet again) and I ended up buying Green Tea gelato ^_^.

Tomai’s first day in Hong Kong {Causeway Bay}

So, Tomai came all the way from Taiwan to visit me in Hong Kong! She arrived yesterday (Friday) and is staying here until Monday morning. Of course, I’ll return the love by visiting her in Taiwan on the 10th of October… so be sure to check back for more pictures! I decided to take her to Causeway bay in the morning to go shopping….  Here she is, taking photos from the rooftop “Sky Track.” Causeway Bay – Jardine’s Crescent (Street Market) If you go to Causeway bay and exit F, then you can visit tons of shops. I love the Forever 21 there because it has big sizes (Sorry, I’m not an XS). Tomai wanted to go shopping and since she can fit into the sizes here, I took her to the street market – although it’s not as large as the Ladies Market she was able to buy a shirt. To get there, just walk Right when you see Forever 21 and go to the left hand side and you should see the Market. Smile Yogurt & Dessert …

Ying’s Blossom Dessert Review

Ying’s Blossom Dessert  G/F, 21 Woosung Street, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon I was really lucky to find this place; especially since I’ve been craving sweets but haven’t had a chance to really go to a dessert place. After wandering around YMT with my friend, we stumbled upon this gem and flipped through the menu. Surprisingly, it was very inexpensive so we decided to eat here. Of course, I’m a huge fan of Chocolate Lava cake so I got that, while my friend got shaved snow. Our bill altogether was about 70 HKD so we were both very happy. There are other choices such as some jelly desserts that were under 30 HKD. Service was also very fast and very friendly; the place was also pretty crowded. I really can’t wait to go back! (Looks bigger in real life… Both of us couldn’t finish it)