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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Hong Kong Family Holiday - Day 3

Day 3
All excited to continue our holiday!
Bright and early at the hotel lobby
MIL with 3 of her grandkids
We took a Tram to "The Peak" 
Then proceeded to have an early Christmas breakfast at The Lookout Restaurant
So beautifully decorated

Our yummy western breakfast

After breakfast, kids walked around the outer area of the restaurant.
It was really c-o-l-d!  
Took some photos at the lookout area 

After coming back from the Peak, we went to Wanchai area. (err...I think.  need to confirm. hehe)

Ding Ding Train

 Famous Egg Tart shop

It was buttery and crumbly. Nice!

Lunch was at Ho Hung Kee
As with all popular restaurants, there was a long wait to get into the restaurant.  Luckily this one didn't involve standing in line. See the numbers on the screen? Queue numbers were given based on small/medium/large tables.
No photos of food at all because Erin REFUSED to step foot inside and insisted only Mummy can carry her. I quickly gulped down some porridge and beef noodles while hubby carried a screaming and struggling girl outside.  *sigh*

After lunch, we walked around a bit.  It was just super-super crowded.  Argh.

Cousins posing with animal characters

We then took the bus (or was it train?) to Stanley Bay. Aaaaahhhh...... much better. Less crowded there.

Stopped by one of the cafes for afternoon tea break


The 4 cousins
SIL with the 3 girls
I think this is a super-cute photo!

 Me and my girls 

Elyssa with her funny pose
We took the ferry back to Hong Kong island.  Then waited awhile to see the nightly Symphony of Lights at Victoria Harbour.  Nothing great actually.


--End of Day 3 --

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Hong Kong Family Holiday - Day 2

On the morning of Day 2, we met up with my SIL who took a later flight than ours. Yipeee.... our "tour guide" is here!  :-) 
First stop for the day - Dim Sum at the famous Tim Ho Wan 
Some of the food we ordered
BBQ bun, lor bak, steam dumpings, chee cheong fun, siew mai and pork ribs 

Elyssa at the breakfast table  
Verdict?  Food was nice but wasn't so keen on the environment. Had to queue 20 minutes to get in the restaurant and the tables were very close to one another. See the guy in the photo above? Nope, he's not one of us!  His table was like 2 inches away from ours.  Ah well, I suppose that's what to expect from Hong Kong.
Erin guessed it...cranky again. This one is definitely not a good traveler like her jie jie! We realized later that she act ups whenever it's too crowded and/or noisy.
Next agenda for the day was the Ngong Ping Cable Car ride and Tian Tan Giant Buddha:

Elyssa with her ice-cream before we got on the cable car  
Cable car ride
Luckily my SIL bought the tickets in advance. Queues were super long.
In the Cable Car.
Say Cheese!!  View was really nice. 
Hubby (who's afraid of heights) got a little scared tho. hehe.
Me with Elyssa, Erin and Charmaine in the cable car
@ Ngong Ping Village
Could resist taking photo with this cute koala character 
View of the Giant Buddha from afar
Enjoying our drinks
Weather was lovely

Our vegetarian lunch

After lunch, we walked up the stairs to the Giant Buddha.

Elyssa with cousin Chloe jiejie

After that, we took the bus to Tai-O fishing village:

where we saw Life Seafood -

Seafood being up to dry -

 and DRIED Seafood.  hehe

We had a pretty good time walking around this fishing village.  MIL, MIL's sis and I bought our dried scallops, dried mussels, dried cuttlefish, dried prawns etc etc.  Happy, happy :-)
Plenty of interesting things to see too.
 Huge Cuttlefish Snack 

Egg Balls roasted over charcoal fire
I think we had 3 rounds of this. Really good!  

The village had a nice "quaint" feel. (I was going to use the word "authentic" but I know it can't be since it's actually a touristy place!)  We sat down for coffee and snacks at a old style cafĂ© on stilts overlooking the river.

Service was good - When it got cold, the owner came with blankets for my MIL and her sis.

After our late coffee break, we took the bus back to Kowloon area.  For our dinner, we had the famous Mak Man Kee wonton noodles -

Verdict ?  Hubby wanted his picked green chilli.  hehe.

Then we proceeded next door to the Australian Dairy Company for their steamed milk -

Verdict?  I LOVED it! 
Couldn't decide whether I preferred the cold or hot version.  Both were sooo good.
But it wasn't exactly a peaceful session. Little Miss Cranky wanted to push her stool to another position in the crowded shop. When I tried to stop her, she THREW the stool angrily on the floor.  Aaaarghhh!

Back to hotel and then Zzzzz........

Hong Kong Family Holiday - Day 1

Another super late post - this 5D, 4N Hong Kong trip was made 2 months ago!  This was a family holiday with our little family of four, MIL, MIL's sis, SIL and my 2 nieces.  Details are a bit fuzzy now, so will make do with mainly photos.  
Day 1

Everyone woke up bright and early, all excited to start our holiday. Cab came to our house around 5am+ for our 9am+ flight. THEN came the boo boo when we saw the flight departure info - our flight had a FOUR hour delay!  Grrrrrrr!
Flight check-in took super long as well since a lot of people in the queue tried to change to an earlier flight. Stood in line for almost an hour  :-(
After we got our boarding passes, we still had plenty of time before our flight. We had a leisurely breakfast at Old Town White Coffee then slowly explored KLIA. Never knew there was a small rainforest area with big trees.  Quite nice actually.  Elyssa and Erin had their cousins to keep them company, so the long wait wasn't so painful.
Chillin' out at Old Town
Erin with Charmaine jie jie

 Check out this "rainforest area" IN the airport area
Taking the Aerotrain from Main Terminal to Satellite Terminal
The girls had so much fun pretending to drive the train. Since we had so much time to spare, we actually remained in the train and went for another round. Hehe.  (instead of just A to B, we went from A to B, then B to A, then A to B again).  They were super happy!
Flight itself was ok.  Elyssa was happy with the in-flight cartoons. Erin finished her meal then slept till landing time. Phew.
After the whole process of immigration, travel to our hotel (we stayed at Eaton Hotel), check in, freshen up etc, it was already 7pm+.  
Had dinner at Temple Street, walked around a bit and then called it a night. We wanted to walk more but Erin got really cranky.  It was then that she started something she never did in KL but became her trademark routine during this trip whenever she didn't get her way - lying facedown on the ground.  Aiyo!  More on that later.