Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Hong Kong Day 3 - From Mong Kok to Tsim Sha Tsui

16 December 2012, Sunday

took train to mongkok, exit E2 to ladies street (12nn onwards) and the 1st snack we bought along the way was mango flavoured 蛋仔
only slight mango flavour 
but eating it 一粒一粒 at a time can be quite fun 


ladies street
to me, it's a long stretch of bazaar malan store without the food stalls.... many stalls sell branded inspired bags & wallets from jimmy choo, gucci, marc jacobs etc

嘴痒痒 asked one of the stall owner (guy in whilte long sleeve shirt) how much was the red 'leather' wallet displayed and he quoted me HK$390 (S$61.90)... who on earth will be willing to buy such an expensive unknown brand wallet from a street market???... so i said thank you and walked away.... 
he followed me and started reducing the price to HK$350, then to HK$250, $180 and finally $150... i had to stare at him firmly and said "no, thank you" before he finally understood that i was not buying.... 

i just dun have the mood to buy at such places where the stated price can be reduced by such a great percentage.... the final price he quoted was about 40% of the first price he quoted lo....   


there were also many stalls selling hp casing, magnets, keychains, accessories etc.... but thanks to qoo10 and bugis street.... there's really no  need to be tempted by these stores.... oopx.... 


in the end, I only bought 
a deck of saboteur & monopoly deal at HK$20 (S$3.20) each

while mr ang got these very interesting lighters for his friends

we popped by Hui Lau Shan for its famous mango desserts before moving on ..... we then back track to mongkok station to take the train to yau ma tei, exit A2
cross the road and walk through the above small alley, then turn right at Dundas street to look for the famous tim sum store which charlene recommended...
reached at 2pm only to find out that the first round of tickets had been given out completely and asked us to return at 330pm to collect the queue ticket for the second round... 

no wonder so famous la... is michelin 3 star certified de wor...  


so 乖乖 wait lo.... and while waiting... we passed by another long queue snack store called 

and for HK$10 (S$1.60), we bought a stick of octopus....cold cold de.... but the sauce made it taste super yummy....                    

and while we walked walked around, we realised that the famous tim sum shop was actually just 2 small streets away from ladies street....Diao.... malu to the max while the 3 of them laughed and mr ang commented that i din do my holiday research well enough... =S


so suggested itinerary shall be:
  • reached tian hao yun at about 3.15pm and wait for the stall ppl to distribute the second round of queue number (shorter wait time compared to the first round at 10am and there's nothing for you to kill time with in the morning as the shops will only be opened after 1130am) 
  • shop at ladies street while you wait for the timing to report back to tian hao yun for michelin star good food

anyway, we received our queue number, 15th in the queue for the second round, despite being there 10 minutes before the reporting time.... 
not much variety actually

we were told to report back after another 40 minutes and we waited for another 10 minutes outside the shop

before we were finally ushered into the shop that could only sit a max of 30 ppl at a time 


the very famous and super yummilious 酥皮叉烧包

we were starving + the food was super thumb up yummilious = no time to picture of the food..... all of us were just stuffing the 虾饺, 烧卖, 肠粉 into our mouth one after another.... they were all so good that we ordered another round only to be informed that each table can only order twice..... so we better make sure we order whatever by the second round.... 

Diao!!!!!! where got ppl do business like that one la???? we waited for 2.5 hours for this meal lo.... but after thinking it through.... i guess they just wanna serve as many customers as possible bah... if every table take their own sweet time then the waiting time would be even longer.... 

we strolled through temple street, another stretch of bazaar like stall and bought NOTHING.... guess we are just not into hong kong style of shopping..... 

so sad cos everyone says hong kong is a shopping heaven yet we couldnt find anything to buy... =( 

gave up on trying to shop at street bazaar and took the train to tsim sha tsui, exit F then exit J to avenue of star.... we were all very tired from the whole day of 'aimlessly shopping' so din really bothered checking out the stars on the floor.... 

we found a nice corner and parked ourselves there as we waited for the light show "A Symphony of Light" to start at 8pm sharp



nice lightings but the show was a little disappointing... =S 



a video of it which i found on youtube


took the ferry back to wan chai area from the star ferry terminal at the end of the stretch 

interesting experience cos this location is always used in hong kong drama.... very old school feel... 




the upper deck of the ferry which can seat 311 passengers

uncle in sailor suit.... he was the one in-charge of lowering the connecting platform for passengers to board or alight the ferry


ride can be paid using octopus card.... HK$3.40 (S$0.55) on weekends and HK$2.50 on weekdays... 

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