Our time in Hong Kong was mainly spent with family. My mother-in-law recently purchased a house in Tai Koo so we stayed there with my sister-in-law who lives and works in Hong Kong. A “house” in Hong Kong is so small…and due to the space issue and population, it basically was like an apartment, a very small one.
The grocery store was our first venture there. Ez was fascinated by some dried seahorses and wanted this “giant white carrot” (daikon). 😛
El got to meet her other great-grandma for the first time and other great aunts and uncles. Grandma lives in Sai Wan Ho which was very close to Tai Koo. We made a stop on the walk from the railway station and grabbed some noodles in a little shop. I forgot to take a photo of the name but the noodles were so good! I love chili spice and the pepper sauce was on point!
We went to Shek-O beach with their auntie, whom they love! My sister-in-law teaches pre-school and she bribed them with children’s books. 😛 Ez made me read him some and then told me, “Not THAT way! Read it like auntie!” I am not good with voices. 🙁 Anyway, I digress. They loved the sand and water even though we went on a cloudy and slightly chilly day.
The husband and I got some nights to ourselves, thanks to my father-in-law who helped watch and put the kids to sleep. He claims they behaved very well. They seem to always behave better with other people than with me. T_T We saw “X-Men: Apocalypse” and met up with some old friends in Kwun Tong. I was very impressed by the exercise parks there, especially the Tai-Chi Wheels.
We tried the Ichiran Ramen in Hong Kong since we really liked the one in Tokyo, but it wasn’t the same. I didn’t like it. The noodles were too floury and the broth too sweet for me. The husband agreed that it wasn’t as good either. Sad. 🙁 We now miss Japan ramen greatly.
Man Mo Temple — Was such a tiny temple in the middle of a huge touristy area…The road was called Hollywood Road. *_* We saw the most foreigners around this part of Hong Kong.
Hong Kong Observation Wheel and Star Ferry — Ez and I were deadly afraid of heights and were hesitant to ride the ferris wheel. Ez kept saying, “Is it safe? Make sure the door is locked… Hold on to me really tight.” The view was gorgeous though.
Ocean Park — This was the highlight for the kids. Can’t go wrong with animals and fish. We spent a whole day here.
El loved the pandas!
Yum Cha (Central) — Everything here was Oh-So-CUuute!!! (If you do ever decide to go though, you have to call and make a reservation ahead of time — the wait is ridiculous).
Allegretto Viva Expresso — Such a cute cafe and they had 3D Latte art! Aren’t they just adorable?!?! Can’t handle so much cuteness! >.<
Nong Ping 360: Cable car, Nong Ping Village, and Big Buddha — Crystal cabin with glass floor was such an experience! I loved seeing what we were directly over. Ez was too frightened and grandpa had to hold him all the way but El was running all around and jumping on the glass. To save time and not have to wait in line too long, I recommend booking online and going when they open first thing on a weekday.
Ez wanted to do a visual of the toilet sign — this weirdo. LOL.
Our view as we left (from cable car). Apparently Hong Kong is extending its railway to mainland China.
We had lots of fun seeing family and friends and finding weird places to rest when we were jet lagged. Last time we were in Hong Kong, I was in my first trimester with El and was gagging at all the funny street smells, but this time I was able to try more foods and not worry about throwing up. We will miss the people, late night strolls, and random eats. ^_^
^^Yes, that above there is a store selling liquor and baby formula side-by-side^^
Sorry for the ramblings, there is too much to say that can’t be said or this post will be a book. Hope you at least enjoyed the photos. I took way too many.