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Aylene Escapades Day 7

 Stanley, a junk and some flashy lights

I wont say much about Stanley, there is after all only so much one can say about it.Today was the first day that I went to Stanley Plaza,we grabbed the usual bus (have a look at Stanley directions) and got off at the plaza stop this time. We walked down some escalators and found ourselves by this lovely ‘love’ wall’! Obviously this meant more photos and then taking a few moments to just enjoy the view. Afterwards we took a mad dash to find something to drink, with caffeine preferably.I headed in to MacD’s (longest queue of my life!!!) and Ay got hot coffee at Starbucks, then we meandered. We saw a girl doing weird and awesome Yoga poses for photo’s and we got to see some wonderful sun.

After our meander through the plaza towards the boat dock we then turned our attention to the market. Ay was thirsty after we saw some people walking around with straws poking out of coconuts, so we went and got one. I decided to try it as well and realised that I definitely do not like coconut juice, definitely! We were on a shopping mission, well to be fair it was more of an intelligence gathering mission. Ay did buy a little something for herself which was really pretty and looked great on, but mostly we just wanted to compare with Ladies market.

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After a few hours of insane heat we decided it was time to head back as we still wanted to get to TST in time for the light show. Ay had discovered this cute restaurant at the Harbour on her exploring day, so she took me there for dinner. it was really cute, but as with many restaurants in Hong Kong there was a lot of poor planning involved. One has to order the food first then only find a table. Often you are left standing holding your food and just hoping someone doesn’t steal a table from you.

We ended up not taking a Junk for the light show, it would have been such a waste! The light show is ok, but to be honest I dont think I would want to waste my money on taking the Aqua lunar junk for it. We watched the show and then had enough of it so we headed down to the dock for the boat we were taking. It was pretty awesome getting on the Junk, spacious comfy seating at the top and one free drink. We spent an hour of comfort chatting away and enjoying the experience. The boat was stunning and it has a comfy feel to it.

When my sister visits I will definitely take her on one, but this time I want to do the island one instead.

We headed home in happy exhaustion, knowing that tomorrow would be our last day to see everything she wanted to see.

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Aylene Escapades Day 6 Macau

So today started off a little earlier than usual, only because we were heading out to Macao and thought it best to get a semi-early start.  With Gluten intolerance on the mind we headed straight to starbucks and grabbed some drinks then slowly trekked towards the MTR and the Ferry terminal. For those who haven’t done this before do not forget your passport!

Aylene and I enjoyed the ride and chatted or napped the 45mins or so it took and when we arrived we headed for maps to make a POA (Plan Of Action). Ay wanted to visit at least one of the big hotels so we went all the way to the Vienna  Hotel thinking they would have food options for her and also because it is lovely to see during the day. We found a burger joint, yes a burger joint, and ate a little something there looking over a lovely set of maps. We decided it was time to leave the hotel and proceeded to spend the next 45 minutes to an hour trying to get out. We asked for directions, three times. They gave us these vague directions that got us more turned around than ever and just as we started to feel a little trapped we found our way out.

Our first job was to grab a taxi and head towards the four sided Buddha which was on our side of the Peninsular, after that we had to try find a bus back to the other end but the bus stop we were directed to was no longer in operation. It really was just a comical bit of bad luck we were having. We finally got on the bus and crossed the bridge, Ay decided she wanted to see something so we got off at a different stop and slowly meandered our way towards St Paul’s Cathedral and all the toursityness surrounding it.

After much hiking up hills and walking around looking at the different ruins we went to look at a lovely garden and spent some time in there. Ay wanted to get a custard tart so we went in search of that,  it took us forever to find. I decided she needed to learn to read an actual map and not just one on the phone so we took a while to get where we wanted to be. On the bright side she found the delish egg tarts that she wanted and due to the gluten could only eat the custard part. eish. Finally with the sun going down and the exhaustion setting in, we found our way to a bus that would take us to the Ferry and home.

I definitely enjoyed Macau more this time, it’s a lot more fun going with someone else and sharing it with them!

 

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Aylene Escapades Day 5

What a long day! I had to go in to work for the day so left Aylene to her own devices, she started her day late at Starbucks and just explored TST a little. I sat and did all my work, teaching my lessons all the while keeping an eye my phone for panicked messages of “I’m lost!”, but as I had expected Aylene did a great job remembering to keep an eye out for the MTR sign.We organised to meet up at the MTR so that we could go have a look at the Flower market and Goldfish market in upper Mong Kok. Thankfully I was wearing my Tekkies so we could walk around for ages.

We had a lovely time walking up Fa Yuen street, the streets were lined with pet stores and fish stores. There were puppies and kittens in small boxes which was heart breaking, I want to adopt them all! The fish ranged from small to large and were shoved in tiny bags, they had tortoises and even a bird or two. It’s lovely to see all those colourful fish,but I just couldn’t get over the fact they shouldn’t be in baggies and tiny spaces. It is so sad to see them swimming in one spot because they can’t swim around and around in a large ocean.

By the time we got to the flower market it had already started closing down. There were still a few shops open though so we walked around and looked at some of the spectacular flowers, the prices were actually very impressive! It isn’t a very big area that is called Flower Market but they literally have shop after shop, after shop, of flowers right next to each other. Some selling the exact same wares and some with a few differences.  We decided we would return on Monday when it would be open properly.

We walked down from Prince Edward side towards mong kok and made our way back home.By this time I was starving and wanted something nummy and had a look at the street around the corner (ish) from us. We found this amazing dessert house: Joyful Dessert house. The menu was super interesting and the desserts were of the best I have had in Hong Kong. We had Crème Brule and a chocolate volcano dessert that had just the right amounts of sugar and chocolateness. Hmmmmmm usually they don’t put enough sugar so I was pleasantly surprised.

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Aylene Escapades Day 4 Disney 2016

Disney, I feel like an old hat running around there. This was only my second visit but Hong Kong Disney isn’t that big and its lay out is pretty is to remember.                                                                  I made sure to move us from one side of the Park, starting with Tomorrowland, to the other of the park  (The Lion King) and I got to do some of my favourite rides.                                                  Well I got to do 2 of the 3 at any rate as Mystic Manor was closed, sob sob sob.Last time I went to Disney I wrote a lot on it so this time I shall not write so much.

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Aylene and I got to Disney as it was opening and luckily they still had the special on which saved about $50 on the one ticket. Being a HK ID holder gives me many perks including at places like Disney where I can get the cheaper price. We had a blast and ate some yummy food.I think we also may have spent a mini fortune as we both did a little bit of present shopping. Let’s be completely honest, this trip has been all about the shopping hehe, so maybe a little more than a little shopping.

The rides were as fun as I remembered, they may not be the largest rides but they are still fun! 😀 My geeky side got a massive jolt of joy when we saw they had  Storm Troupers walking around 😀 😀 and they let me play with one of the toy lightsabers. We killed some Aliens on the Buzz Lightyear ride, I still suck *headinhands* but I had just as much fun so that’s all that matters.We explored the enchanted garden and had some fun taking pictures plus looking at the Disney stories and tried to pull Excalibur out. Nope, sadly I did not become the Queen of anything, except sore feet later.

I do love Disney but we were eventually so tired that we just wanted it to end! We watched both parades and the Paint the Night Parade is still my ultimate, after that it was just a short wait until the fireworks. We sat enjoying the images they projected onto the castle and enjoyed the spectacular fireworks.We ended the day in happy exhaustion.

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Aylene Escapades Day 2

The day started bright and…….early. No who am I kidding it started Grey, misty and semi-late. We decided to go to The Peak today, bad choice due to the weather, but as the day looked like it was clearing up we decided it was a brilliant plan.

Off we walked to the MTR only to be stopped by the idea of Starbucks. Yummy! We spent far too much time there! To get to the Peak you can take many different routes. I decided we would go straight to Central and then it would be closer, I was right but I hadn’t figured on trying to find the exact location of the bus.This led us to ask the very helpful bus people, their English wasn’t great but they were super helpful which was nice.

For future reference this is the easiest way from central:To the Peak

We got to the Peak and decided to take the Tram both up and down. While this was beautiful I wouldn’t recommend it for the shear number of people and the LONG wait in the lines. I have been up both times, neither one a weekend or public holiday, and it was a nightmare wait.

DSCN1646After arriving at the top we walked up, and up and up, taking escalators to the top and only stopping to take some pics. As it was still Chinese New year month they had this stunning Cherry Blossom Tree on one level, with the zodiac, a wishing well and a drum.

 

We had some fun there, Stella had told me I must walk around a Cherry Blossom tree if I find one so that I can have luck in love. Yeah I don’t think that worked hehehe. We hit the drum to send luck and love to our loved ones and then kept going up. As we stood at the Sky Terrace we saw the clouds rolling in and the visibility got worse, in the end we took some photos, wrote a message of love for everyone and just left.

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Trickeye

While at the Peak we decided to grab a meal and go visit the Trickeye Museum. This is awesomely fun! It isn’t worth it if you are by yourself but if you have a friend or a group of friends this is so much fun! You stand and take photos in certain angles and have a lot of giggles.

When we left the peak we waited for about 30mins to an hour in line for the Tram. Painful. Then we decided to walk down to the MTR instead as it was really lovely out, we walked to Admiralty which was great, they have an awesome MacD’s there.

We spent many an hour on the Island (again) and then after a No Bun burger at Langham we dragged our weary selves home for a good nights sleep.

 

 

Escapades with Aylene Day 1

 

  Mid-level and shopping extravaganza 22 Feb

In February I had a friend visit for a few days. She had just had her 18th birthday and was celebrating in style with a trip to Hong Kong.

After getting up super early to take the bus to the airport (Bus A21)and fetch my dearest Aylene I found her easily enough. Thank goodness she is a smart cookie and put her phone on to get the airport WiFi! Unfortunately she has a Gluten intolerance so we had to try find places that she could eat at and that wouldn’t make her sick. In HK that seems to be a bit of a tricky one.

Our first port of call was to get home and find a place to go for breakfast. I found this really interesting looking restaurant, called the Green Waffle, online and so we grabbed our stuff and headed to Central. We trekked up a long hill, then stairs and I’m sure there was another hill, to eventually find it hidden away. It was closed. I cannot express the hunger we were feeling at this stage.

We were near the Mid-levels escalators and since I hadn’t actually made the trek myself yet we decided to head that way and find a restaurant. We found several, can I just say that I officially love Mid-Levels for the amazing amount of interesting restaurants we found! Eventually our hunger got the better of us so after buying a China Mobile Sim and having it activated we opted for an Italian restaurant around the corner from the 7-eleven,on the second last level (at the top), and we were treated to a very yummy pizza, one with a gluten free base.

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Italians now best

We walked up and down and all around mid-levels, finding some very strange and also some very wonderful little shops. One of which was a Vera Wang store, I finally see the appeal and wish I could have had my sister Missa with so she could try on a few dresses!

The Wang store

We then headed down again and shopped and shopped and shopped a little more. I’d like to say only Aylene shopped but I have to admit I did have one or two buys of my own that day. Central is definitely a hive of shopping troves and Aylene found an awesome coat, it was still super cold and wet here.

Most of the day was then spent looking at present options and finding a place for dinner.

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