Monday, October 12, 2015

Hong Kong Photo Diary

A major throwback to last November's Hong Kong trip. This post is long overdue and I was in a dilemma of whether I should even blog about it. And my answer was YES. Simply because there were so many beautiful pictures taken and memories made in Hong Kong that they shouldn't lie idle in my photo album. 

We traveled to Hong Kong after our A-Level's AS paper. It was suggested by Lucas because he was planning to visit his sister in Hong Kong. After hearing it, Sin Yee, Hui Yee, Song Yong and myself volunteered to join and somehow the trip worked. We actually encountered some problems before the trip began. Song Yong's passport was less than 6 months to its expiry date, so he couldn't board the same flight as us and had to renew his passport on that day we departed. Mercifully, everything else went smoothly. 

Travelling with all these foodies (or makan material, that's how we called the gluttons in Malaysia) has its perks. They will never let your stomach go empty at any time. Sin Yee even drafted a list of restaurants and dessert shops we needed to visit. I'll list down some of my favourite places among those that we went.

1. Chee Kei was the first restaurant we visited after checking in our hotel. We had their signature Wanton Noodle as well as the porridge. In Malaysia, we also have Wanton Noodles but it's the dry version and it comes with a plate. However, in Hong Kong, the Wanton Noodle here has some broth and it comes in a bowl. 

2. Australia Dairy Company . Don't be confused about the name, because it is the genuine name for the restaurant. It mainly serves Hong Kong style breakfast, including hot soya milk, sandwiches, scramble eggs, macaroni, etc.. The queue to enter the restaurant was long but fast, so don't worry. 

3. Capital Cafe 華星冰室 was another place where we had our Hong Kong breakfast. If my memory serves me right, it was opened by a few Hong Kong celebrities. Inside the restaurant, there were a lot of vintage Levi's Jeans as decoration. 

4. Patisserie Tony Wong for dessert. They have the most delicate design for desserts, such as the shape of diamonds and roses. 

5. Atum Desserant. I give kudos to their creativity for the improvised dessert drawing. However, it's a bit pricey. You'll need to book your seats first due to the small space of the shop. We shot the scary-looking concrete jungle pictures on the balcony outside the shop. 

The trip was more about eating and shopping 'cause we've previous been to most of the iconic spots in Hong Kong already. We attempted to go to places we haven't been to such as Harbour City, Ocean Park and Ozone Bar. I'd like to emphasize especially on Ozone Bar. It is supposed to be the highest bar in the world and this reason was sufficient enough for us to go check it out. We had our best time there, savouring drinks amidst the clouds while overlooking the night life of the city.

Hong Kong is such a shopping heaven for shopaholics. There are so many shopping malls, more than I can count and they offered all sorts of brands. From high street to designer brands, you can find all of them in Hong Kong. As we were just students with limited funds to shop, all we could do was merely window shop.  Except for Sin Yee, Hui Yee's elder sister, an adult with steady income brought us in and out the designer shops. It was fun for me but I don't think the boys felt the same way. Haha.

I hope you guys enjoyed this post, till the next one!

Lim Thong Jean

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Penang Photo Diary

After completing my A-Levels programme, I travelled to Penang with my college friends for a couple of days. We attempted to go on budget throughout the trip in order to splurge on a one-night stay at Hard Rock Penang, and this is how it went: 
On the first day, we went to Penang Hill. From there, we got an amazingly extensive view of Penang, it was breathtaking. We chilled at a bar there to have some booze. In fact, we boozed every night because we managed to some good alcohol in Penang selling at a low price. To our surprise, Dharshan was such a good drinker and he knew how to make drinks. We played Cards Against Humanity every night while drinking the beverages specially made by him. 

The second day, I recommended that we go to the Escape Theme Park because I've been there and I knew they would love it. And they did!  ( No pictures taken there tho )
 The next day, we also went to seek for murals. I was like a tour guide bringing them around to search for murals and I felt proud of myself. We had our lunch at a famous Indian Restaurant at Little India and it was my first foray into eating with my hands!

Later, we hurriedly took a bus all the way to Bukit Ferringhi to check into Hard Rock Hotel. It was probably our best decision to stay there. You have no idea how bad we wanted to stay there for another night. We all felt like a rock star for a day. 
We had a really romantic dinner in dim light by the beach, thanks to Dharshan for the recommendation of that restaurant.
Actually, I want to thank Dharshan who brought all of us together and suggested this trip, because we managed to strengthen our bonds and even got to know everyone's dirty little secrets and some bad habits, especially Zhun Keat's one. I shall not reveal it. Frankly speaking, before this Penang trip, I barely knew Dih Shuen. However, ever since the trip we became sort of partners in crime. I put "sort of" there because I'm still not quite sure whether I would willingly involve myself in any crime with her. She's crazy enough to do funny things and embarrass herself in the public,which somehow has the potential to become a crime. Personally, I would be the first one to extricate myself from the scene.

Back to the point. Even though I've been to Penang several times already, the experience with them was totally different, in a good way of course. Probably because we are all already 18 or 19 years old, and the perception we have was much more mature than before. We want to live in the moment more, which is why we stayed at each spot longer and absorbed the culture as much as we could before leaving that place. It's like we just threw away every single problematic college drama and savoured each moment in Penang. I realized that the older you are, the more you tend to pay rapt attention at little, intricate things, or things people normally would overlook. Dih Shuen, for example, collected a lot of copies of old posters in Penang.

Penang is a lovely state. We had the best time there. The locals were amiable and enthusiastic when recommending us where to go.  It was also our last trip before everyone else left to study abroad. Dharshan is in Canada whilst Dih Shuen is in the UK, and soon I am going to Australia and Zhun Keat to USA. We promised to go on a trip whenever we can. Till then, my friends.

Lim Thong Jean