Two Boots and a Farwa

Hong Kong! (Day Six)

It’s getting harder and harder to write these posts the further away from our vacation we get. Plane straight back to HK, please? No? That’s okay, our brain is doing that for us anyway. (My body may be in an office but my gray cells are tanning on the beaches of the maldives. Yes. All six of them.)

So. The morning after our awesome dinner involved awesome breakfast in the shape of condensed milk topped french toast. Yes. You read that correctly. Condensed milk. On french toast. WHY HADN’T WE TRIED THIS STUFF EARLIER?

pictured: magic. And no that's not a piece of cheese. It's just how Hong Kongians do their butter.

pictured: magic. And no that’s not a piece of cheese. It’s just how Hong Kongians do their butter.

I’m not lying when I say this is one of the best things we’ve ever tried. Yum.

We were back at the Toastbox once again, our new favorite place because it’s nearby and the sooner we eat the happier we get. We’re that sort of family. You can find condensed milk topped everything (condensed milk topped peanut butter toast, anyone?) at most dairy milk companies though, so called because… I’m not sure. I think they mostly have cheap breakfast and milk puddings all day round.

The service at Toastbox is fast, though.

milk tea, another HK staple that'll remind saudis of home. you can find it everywhere.

milk tea, another HK staple that’ll remind saudis of home. you can find it everywhere.

seating. there's an airier place out front but that's mostly for customers who only order drinks and tea, we were told.

seating. there’s an airier place out front but that’s mostly for customers who only order drinks and tea, we were told.

And then we were off wandering the streets on our last proper day. I had wanted to go to Sham Sui Po, but the family wanted something more central so we headed to Yau Ma Tei to look for an old school knife/switchblade shop that was recommended.

you know you're in an old lady shop when the shoes in the changing rooms look like they were bought at a fancy scholls.

you know you’re in an old lady shop when the shoes in the changing rooms look like they were bought at a fancy scholls.

temple street market in the morning! Looks all clear and sunny.

temple street market in the morning! Looks all clear and sunny and kinda not as happy.

 

We didn’t find it, sadly, but we did stumble upon the Jade Market (which I hadn’t planned on going to, after the reviews I read online). I’m glad we did, touristy kitsch or not touristy kitsch, it was fun shopping/bargaining for (most likey fake) jade bangles and things.

best thing about HK is that there are signs everywhere. how many times have we said 'best thing about HK' till now?

best thing about HK is that there are signs everywhere. how many times have we said ‘best thing about HK’ till now?

the outside of the jade market. it's basically a small warehouse space.

arabic spotted! the outside of the jade market. it’s basically a small warehouse space.

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jade market

kitschy awesomeness.

We got the pearl necklaces we wanted from proper shop, though, so do keep in mind that not everything is a bargain/genuine. If you want to stack your arms with jade for cheap, however, go all crazy! And don’t be afraid to look around before settling on the piece you like, I found bangles from one lady for 300HK dollars (after bargaining) and the stall behind her sold them for 70HK, and I’m not really too picky about quality in this instance.

And then we decided to explore the surrounding area, which somehow took us back to the Royal Pacific Hotel.

you can find children's playgrounds hidden in random nooks a lot around here.

you can find children’s playgrounds hidden in random nooks a lot around here.

another cooked center! right by another children's park.

another cooked food center! right by another children’s park. this one looks a little more fancier than the one we went to.

wrapped buildings that looked wonderfully eery like that, on austin road.

wrapped buildings that looked wonderfully eery like that, on austin road.

how I knew we were on austin road. I'm not exactly directionally gifted, you know.

how I knew we were on austin road + man on bike and pregnant lady under sign. I’m not exactly directionally gifted, you know.

colorful washing out to dry.

colorful washing out to dry.

and the construction workers who laughed at the fact that I spent a while just taking shots of clothing on a washing line xD

and the resting construction workers who laughed at the fact that I spent a while just taking shots of clothing on a washing line xD

also, lady unpacking merchandise. there's so much to see when you focus on people and not just places while traveling.

also, lady unpacking (packing?) merchandise. there’s so much to see when you focus on people and not just places.

well said, sign.

well said, sign.

rock formations on a wall on a street! I thought it was brilliant. nice merge of nature and city.

rock formations on a wall on a street! I thought it was brilliant. nice merge of nature and city.

And somehow after ending up at The Royal Pacific Hotel, we snacked at Pacific Coffee. I have no idea how we manage to come back to this franchise no matter where we are. And not on purpose, either, it just happens.

oreo cheesecake thing that seemed promising but wasn't all that much.

oreo cheesecake thing that seemed promising but wasn’t all that much.

brownie that was so much better. best thing I ate in from pacific, actually.

brownie that was so much better. best thing I ate in from pacific, actually.

And then we ended up in Harbour City, also somehow by accident. A good accident, though, because we last-day-shopped, so fun times abound. It’s kind of hard to avoid malls in Hong Kong, anyway.

where the wild things are tshirt! from uniqlo, which happens to be one of my favorite stores. (and which I'm incidentally wearing right this very moment)

where the wild things are tshirt! from uniqlo, which happens to be one of my favorite stores for all things shirts and basics. (and which I’m incidentally wearing right this very moment)

I love hong kongian brands, they're super fun. these starry shirts are from a brand called

I love hong kongian brands, they’re super fun. these starry shirts are from a brand called rah. I bought one, of course.

movie promotion for spiderman 2! for a second there I swear I thought something had erupted while we were in the mall.

movie promotion for spiderman 2! for a second there I swear I thought something had erupted while we were in the mall.

One quick intervening comment on shopping in hong kong which might be a little obvious but must be said anyway: don’t buy luxury european brands from here. Chanel, Prada, Salvatore Ferregamo etc., they’re all 20% more expensive and that’s at the outlet’s price. Occasionally, you might find a bargain, but those will be at normal flagship stores that have 90/80% off or warehouse finds with the brand tag cut off. (you also might, on a very very lucky occasion, find Dr. Martens for 200SR in their flagship store. If you do… BUY THEM. BUY THEM ALL.)

For makeup fans, there’s a drugstore called Sasa. It’s everywhere and they have brilliant things and creams and nail polishes (anime eyeliner, anyone?). They also have great smelling perfumes for peanuts.

Anyone remember the film I left at the Dotwell Photolab? It was done by the time we came back from macau, and I’m not known for my patience, so off the family got dragged to Kimberly Road again (plus they got pineapple buns, so ain’t no one complainin’).

the street dot well photolab is on. also the turkish restaurant from day 1 and to the left where the guy is, there's the pineapple bun bakery.

the street dot well photolab is on. also the turkish restaurant from day 1 and to the left where the guy is, there’s the pineapple bun bakery. Also there’s a sign for the aforementioned Sasa in pink.

Anyone else as interested in that new china club karaoke lounge as I am?

YAY!

YAY!

For eleven B&W 120 film rolls developed on print and on a CD, Dotwell was actually really decently priced. Mind, do give them instructions when handing over color lomography 120 film to be developed, two of mine had ended up with no negatives for a reason I couldn’t understand (communication problem between myself and the guy behind the counter).

Now, for expats who want to eat fake italian/american/western food, we found this interesting area right across the photo depicting Carnarvon Road. Past the nitrogen ice cream store is a flight of stairs…

nitrogen ice cream place, for reference.

nitrogen ice cream place, for reference. oooh look, they have a cloud!

To your right at the top of the stairs there’s a large walkway of sorts with restaurants on the left side.

it was too full of tourists/expats for our taste, though. Also none of the restaurants looked all that inviting. but it was BUSY.

it was too full of tourists/expats for our taste, though. Also none of the restaurants looked all that inviting. but they were BUSY.

After all that wandering, we were hungry and ended up at the first okay looking restaurant we found. Which, thankfully, turned out to have excellent new york style pizza. Again, please schedule your meals each day, it makes that much of a difference and you don’t miss out/settle as much as we did.

entrance. it seems like an american franchise.

entrance. it seems like an american franchise.

that's their small sized pizza, btw. beware.

that pan? that’s their small sized pizza, btw. beware.

Another ‘halal’ option for you. And, best part of the evening ever, we found this little street pie shop on the corner, called Pie and Tart Specialists. Now, you have to know… we love pies. Pies are wonderful human creations and pumpkin pies are the most marvelous of marvelousness and this is going to turn into a gushing essay on our love for pies if I don’t shut up and show you the pictures.

sign

the sign

oh you gorgeous darlings...

oh you gorgeous darlings…

our bounty. from the left:  chocolate milk tart, pumpkin pie, apple pie.

our bounty. from the left: chocolate milk tart, pumpkin pie, apple pie. All for 8HK.

The apple pie S reports is uh-mazing. The pumpkin pie was less pumpkin and more this odd cheddar cheese looking custard, and the chocolate milk tart was enjoyable. For all three, the crust was amazing.

More images from after dinner:

the wall of the stationary section of cotton on.

the wall of the stationary section of cotton on.

awesome stationary in cotton on.

awesome stationary in cotton on.

ma maison, a little cozy restaurant (?) with one long table that looked cool.

ma maison, a little cozy restaurant (?) with one long table that looked cool.

colorful building.

colorful building.

late night basketball game on nathan road.

late night basketball game on nathan road.

awesome ad on nathan road, part of the bus stop.

awesome ad on nathan road, part of the bus stop.

And then, we went to the hotel and packed our bags and slept like normal people would because it was 10pm and our flight was next day decided to explore the late night temple market, sans the tweedledums because I’d hear the shops there can get a little kid unfriendly/unsuitable.

seafood shop sign.

hotel spotted.

One thing we discovered that we wished we’d found out about earlier? Temple Market Street was filled with fresh seafood ‘restaurants’, exactly the sort we’d been looking for.

families eating fresh seafood.

families eating fried crab and me creeping on them.

We didn’t get to eat in them, however, because a dinner without the tweedledums was unfair, and we were full by then. Sigh.

temple street market

yes please, one of these and a time machine kindly.

yes please, one of these and a time machine kindly.

when I said 'fresh seafood', I meant 'live and kicking', of course.

when we said ‘fresh seafood’, we meant ‘live and kicking’, of course. one plus for the girl’s bright street style.

more creeping, because... it's fun?

I’m going to call this the ‘late night temple market lonely crab noodle eater’ and it’ll be the biggest thing since Vivian Maier. You may contact us for signed prints in advance. Amza7.

And then we, er, noticed the market itself. To be honest, I’d much rather have skipped ladies market and gone to the late night temple market much earlier on our trip. And as long as you don’t venture to some of the stores on the side, there aren’t any sexual paraphernalia in the market itself, so it’s safe for kids.

late night temple market

 

helloooo cheap crap that I love buying

looks a tad bit different at night, no?

 

the USBs were popular.

the USBs were popular amongst visiting businessmen and saudi families. saudi families being us.

cute waving asian kitty!

cute waving asian kitty!

 

I had to shield my eyes from the strength of the crystal light beam. I wish I was kidding.

I had to shield my eyes from the strength of the crystal light beam. I wish I was kidding.

seller on a break, as I creep some more.

seller reading the news, as I creep on some more people.

more temple market wares.

more temple market wares.

cool sign on a brick building.

cool sign on a brick building.

And it was a lovely end to a chilled out day.

by lovely ending I meant these. of course.

by lovely ending I meant these. of course.

Only one more post left before we finish up with Hong Kong, promise!

 

sincerely dedicated to all things happiness,

two boots and a farwa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This entry was written by themysteriousscribe and published on April 16, 2014 at 5:12 pm. It’s filed under travel and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

2 thoughts on “Hong Kong! (Day Six)

  1. awesome blogs !!
    now i really wanna go there ❤
    one thing i was wondering about was the language barrier? cause i know in china it is a hell of a task when you want to explain something is it the same in hong kong?

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