When in Hong Kong… – My quick fun HK escapade!

Hong Kong

Our 3 days-2 nights stay in Hong Kong seemed like a whirlwind! Because when you are having the time of your life, you hardly notice the time. And since we only had a couple of days to go around, we made the most of every single moment.

After our satisfying dinner at LIS Cafe of L’hotel Island South during our first night, we immediately went out to explore the city, hoping to still find open establishments.

Hong Kong fun

We just wandered around, feeling every bit a tourist, even if every store in Central was already closed.

Hong Kong, Central, Mong Kok, Avenue of Stars, Star Ferry, Tsim Sha Tsui  Hong Kong, Central, Mong Kok, Avenue of Stars, Star Ferry, Tsim Sha Tsui

Shopping, food, sightseeing… Hong Kong is every tourist’s best choice for a weekend getaway.

Hong Kong, Central, Mong Kok, Avenue of Stars, Star Ferry, Tsim Sha Tsui
Go to Mong Kok for great deals and amazing bargains!

Hong Kong, Central, Mong Kok, Avenue of Stars, Star Ferry, Tsim Sha Tsui

Practice the art of price haggling and you’ll actually enjoy how it’s done. That’s the beauty of Mong Kok.

Hong Kong, Central, Mong Kok, Avenue of Stars, Star Ferry, Tsim Sha Tsui

Stalls offering clothes, souvenir kitsch to gadgets. It’s the perfect place to buy pasalubong.

Hong Kong, Central, Mong Kok, Avenue of Stars, Star Ferry, Tsim Sha Tsui

Head on over to the streets and eat like a local to immerse yourself in their culture.

Hong Kong, Central, Mong Kok, Avenue of Stars, Star Ferry, Tsim Sha Tsui
Mushroom, Bacon and Cheese Crepe for HK$22.00
I got some skewered crab balls in curry sauce for HK12.00 which I did not like much. I should’ve gotten what my husband had. Oh, well.

Hong Kong, Central, Mong Kok, Avenue of Stars, Star Ferry, Tsim Sha Tsui
If you are staying at the south side of Hong Kong and want to go to Tsim Sha Tsui, take the Star Ferry which will take you to the other side. The Ferry only takes about 10 minutes of travel time.

Hong Kong, Central, Mong Kok, Avenue of Stars, Star Ferry, Tsim Sha Tsui
Central Ferry Pier

Hong Kong, Central, Mong Kok, Avenue of Stars, Star Ferry, Tsim Sha Tsui
Chuckie, Mae and Frank at Central Ferry Pier No. 7 (Star Ferry Pier)
The Star Ferry is scheduled to leave every 15 minutes and they strictly follow their departure times. Since they leave on the dot, you can plot out your trip with no hitches. I hope our country has a transport system as efficient as Hong Kong’s.

Central to Tsim Sha Tsui Star Ferry token rates:
HKD3.40 – weekends and holidays
HKD2.50 – weekdays 

Hong Kong, Central, Mong Kok, Avenue of Stars, Star Ferry, Tsim Sha Tsui

And while you’re on board, it’s a great opportunity to snap pics!

Hong Kong, Central, Mong Kok, Avenue of Stars, Star Ferry, Tsim Sha Tsui

Our first stop upon alighting the ferry was the Avenue Of Stars at Victoria Harbour at the waterfront in Tsim Sha Tsui.

Hong Kong, Central, Mong Kok, Avenue of Stars, Star Ferry, Tsim Sha Tsui

Avenue Of Stars is just a 15-minute walk from Star Ferry terminal. What to do here? Take out your smartphones or cameras and take loads of pictures with your favorite Hong Kong superstars’ names!

Hong Kong, Central, Mong Kok, Avenue of Stars, Star Ferry, Tsim Sha Tsui

You also get a nice view of the Hong Kong skyline.

Hong Kong, Central, Mong Kok, Avenue of Stars, Star Ferry, Tsim Sha Tsui

The place is perfect for a leisurely walk, a morning run or if you simply want to pose and do your #ootd shots.

Hong Kong, Central, Mong Kok, Avenue of Stars, Star Ferry, Tsim Sha Tsui
Chuckie sporting his “Murdock” gym baseball shirt by www.wonderpop.co.
A couple of steps farther and you’ll end up right smack at the retail outlets.

Nathan Road

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Blocks upon blocks of bargain stores provide more great finds.

The busy streets of Hong Kong at noontime.


Before heading back to Star Ferry terminal to catch our ride back to Central, we stopped by this Mobile Softee to get our yummy ice creams for late lunch! Yup you read that right! Since we were pressed for time already, we didn’t bother to eat. So, yeah! This was lunch at 2PM!

Hong Kong, Central, Mong Kok, Avenue of Stars, Star Ferry, Tsim Sha Tsui
Mobile Softee near The Clock Tower
I was planning on buying my favorite egg tarts on our way back to Central. Luckily, I was delightfully surprised to see an outlet of Tai Cheong at the Ocean Terminal. It was pure happiness!

Tai Cheong, Hong Kong, Central, Mong Kok, Avenue of Stars, Star Ferry, Tsim Sha Tsui

This may not be the best in terms of flakiness when compared to those made by other egg tart shops but the nostalgia it gives me in every bite is what I’m truly after.

Hong Kong, Central, Mong Kok, Avenue of Stars, Star Ferry, Tsim Sha Tsui, Tai Cheong

Buttery crust with a silky smooth egg custard filling. It was more than enough to satisfy my craving! I had to buy the remaining 9 tarts to bring home to my kids even if they were already cold.

The upper area of the Star Ferry Terminal also doubles as a Sunday Central Farmers’ Market bazaar where you can buy fresh produce.

I just looked around but didn’t bother to buy. Some are being sold at reasonable prices while some are priced the same as ours in Manila.

For our last meal in Hong Kong, we opted to dine at the airport branch of Saboten located at the Departure East Hall Level 7.

Hong Kong, Central, Mong Kok, Avenue of Stars, Star Ferry, Tsim Sha Tsui, Saboten, HKIA

We got the Katsu Curry Set.

Hong Kong, Central, Mong Kok, Avenue of Stars, Star Ferry, Tsim Sha Tsui, Saboten, HKIA

Hay! Why do I seem to eat more heartily abroad even if some of these food and restos can also easily be found in Manila? Hahaha!

That’s it! It’s sepanx time!

Special thanks to AirAsia for making this Hong Kong trip possible.

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