Tag Archives: Travel: Hong Kong

Welcome to… A park in the middle of Hong Kong

I have been to Hong Kong so many times that I keep doing the same things. Buy makeup, eat, go shopping… I wanted to do something different.
The International Finance Centre Mall (IFC Mall) is an integrated shopping mall and business center near Hong Kong’s Central Station. The shopping center is high end, with an Apple Store and a movie theater.
When I checked in on Foursquare, I saw an interesting tip… to go to the roof.  I had no idea that there is a park there!

The tips suggested I buy some food at the Supermarket and go to the roof for a great view of Kowloon!

I didn’t know there was such a green place in the middle of Hong Kong!  I hope you enjoyed this visit to IFC mall in Hong Kong.

xoxo, K

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Welcome back to… Hong Kong

Ahh Hong Kong…

I love being here, even if the weather is crappy…

Maybe it is somehow similar to Manhattan in that it is a major city crammed into a small location…

And that there is construction everywhere…

Although I would still rather live in New York than in Hong Kong…

It’s hard to beat Bonjour and Sasa though. These are two of the biggest drugstore chains in Hong Kong, and watch out, they are CRAMMED full of stuff! This is where I pick up my samples of high end skin care, and you can also get all sorts of Asian beauty products here as well.

The inventory depends on the store but the price is the same at every store. These stores are ALL OVER Hong Kong!

Go to Sasa if…
  • You are looking for color cosmetics. The selection is much better than at Bonjour.
  • If you are looking to buy sheet masks individually, or you are looking to buy a limited edition set
  • You are looking for VOV or Skin Whitia sheet masks. You can find My Beauty Diary at both Sasa or Bonjour, although the selection is slightly better at Sasa.
Go to Bonjour if…
  • You want to save even the slightest bit of money. The same stuff is slightly cheaper at Bonjour compared to Sasa
Watch out because…
  • Some of the stores are EXTREMELY crowded, with stuff crammed everywhere
  • In Hong Kong, plastic bags cost money. Bring your own bag to put your stuff in.
I did head out to some place new in Hong Kong, which I hope I can post soon!
xoxo, K
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Eating, shopping, and walking around Hong Kong

I always enjoy shopping in Hong Kong. Somehow, I always end up in Mong Kok. Sai Yeung Choi Street South in Mong Kok is blocked off during shopping hours (after 4 PM on weekdays and the entire day on weekends), and the street was full of shoppers.

I have been going to Hong Kong pretty regularly since I started working, and I have noticed a steady increase in Mainland tourists. There is more Mandarin Chinese (the standard language of the Mainland) than Cantonese (the standard language of Hong Kong) spoken, and now most of the sales people will speak Mandarin first.

One of my favorite things to do is to eat street food from one of the many street food vendors in Mong Kok. Find one that is busy, and they are all pretty yummy.

Shao Mai, one of the most common street foods available.

I also went to the Mid Levels Escalator for the first time. This is a group of escalators that connect Central (a shopping/business area, and also connection to the MTR) and the Mid Levels (a residential area, especially for expats). It was quite interesting to see the different restaurants and apartments as the escalator went up to the Mid Levels.

Hope you enjoyed my trip to Hong Kong!

xoxo, K

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Welcome to Hong Kong – during the Christmas season

On a recent business trip, I spent a few days in Hong Kong. I’ve been in Hong Kong several times before, but this was my first time being there during the Christmas season. The decorations were quite beautiful!

The scenery was beautiful, but there were A TON of tourists from Mainland China. Many people are into DSLRs on the mainland, so it was REALLY REALLY difficult to find a spot to take pictures.

The night view of Hong Kong island, from Kowloon
Hong Kong airport was also decorated for the holidays. I thought they were quite tasteful, with a simple color scheme.
1881 Heritage (the Former Marine Police Headquarters) had this HUGE teddy bear.
1881 Heritage
in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
 
There was also this beautiful Christmas tree.
Times Square had a ton of Lego decorations
They were INCREDIBLY popular, and the store was packed with people taking pictures with the displays.
 
Times Square
in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Island
Personally, I thought this decoration, hung from the ceiling, was the cutest

The decorations were quite beautiful! It’s always interesting to be in a warm place during the holiday season – there are lots of people who have never seen snow before!

xoxo, K

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Hong Kong food

I absolutely LOVE Cantonese food, so I had a great time eating in Hong Kong.  The best part is that most of the food I want to eat is SUPER cheap!

Wonton Noodles
The first thing I ate in Hong Kong. LOVE THEM.  They were about 25 HKD (about $3.25)
Curry Fish Balls
A very common street food.  These had daikon and a lot of other ingredients.

 

Ci Faan
Sticky rice wrapped around fried dough, meat floss, and zhacai
This is the first time I had this.  I LOVED it!
Congee
This bowl was HUGE.  It was the same size as my wonton noodles!
I’m more used to having a smaller serving of congee!
Rice Noodle Rolls
I love these!
Random dumplings that I had for breakfast
These were surprisingly tasty!
 
Shrimp with bean curd skin
I also bought a few things while in Hong Kong.  In case you’ve never been to Hong Kong, there are drugstores on every single street block!
 
32 pack of My Beauty Diary masks
I debated buying this for the longest time!  This is a limited edition set only available around this time of year.  However, the masks included are permanent and can be bought separately.  This contains two each of the following masks: Collagen Firming, Sake Yeast, Red Vine, Bird’s Nest, Cooling Mask, Apple Polyphenol, Southern France Apricot, Aloe, Pearl Powder, Bulgarian White Rose, Black Pearl, Natto, Mixed Berries, Strawberry Yogurt, Q10, Strawberry Cherry Blossom
I also picked up this at the drugstore:
AB Mezical Fiber

This product is similar to Mezaik and is used to make double eyelids.  I have double eyelids, but I wanted to adjust the width.  A lot of girls in Japan now do this.

I also picked up a few things at the duty free.

Clinique Clarifying Moisture Lotion 3

I have been using the toner from the 3-step skin care, in addition to the moisturizing toners I use.  I decided to try this toner to see the difference with the regular 3-step toner.
This toner is over $75 in Japan, although it is just $20 in the US for the same size.


Clinique Three Little Soaps

This is also part of their 3-step skin care. I now probably have enough soaps for the next 2 years!

MAC MSF Natural Medium Plus

This is a little dark on me, but the Medium was too pink, so I decided to try this.

Let me know if you want reviews!

xoxo, K

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