Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Hong Kong Travel Diary Day 4 : Shopping in Hong Kong

It's been almost a month since we went to Hong Kong but everything is still clear. I do miss Hong Kong, though. Also, I found out that there are still a lot to see in Hong Kong that we failed to go to. So I definitely want to go back!

Anyway, here's our itinerary for the 4th day! 
-Madam Tussaud's (canceled)
-The Peak (canceled)
-Find nail art magazines
-Ride a double-deck bus
-Go to Sham Shui Po market
-Eat at Tim Ho wan
-Go to the Ladies market
-Watch the symphony of lights

Were we able to do everything in the list? Find out in the video!

My friend is a member of the Iglesia ni Cristo so she woke up early to attend their service; I slept in. hehe. At around 9 AM we met around Hankow Road. First agenda was to exchange some of our money to Hong Kong dollars.

I didn't bring Philippine Peso to Hong Kong because I thought it would be difficult to find a money changer shop that accepts it. Instead, I brought US dollars. The exchange rate was US $1 = HK $ 7.6. 

After that, we went to The One mall in Nathan Road hoping we could spot some nail art magazines. But instead, we found this :

Cute decorations! I'm not sure, though, if they were meant to look like a Chinese decoration, a Japanese or a Korean. Those are patbingsu and fish bread I see...

Since they only have Subway, Bus and Taxi as their modes of transportation, getting to some places could get a bit tricky. You need to walk and walk. Here in the Philippines, if an area seems a bit far for walking, we could always take a jeepney or a tri-cycle! hehe

We then headed to a bookstore that was 3 blocks away from The One. What I love about Nathan Road are these trees that are called "Chinese Banyan". They look pretty, especially at night. 

My OOTD! Hehe Floral bottom from Ladies Market. Sandals from Ladies Market. Top and Belt were borrowed from my friend. 

Then we took a double-decker bus that took us to Sham Shui Po market. We got lost, though. We got off at a random bus stop and found this fruit store. 

Where we saw this bitter gourd in a weird shape. Here in the Philippines, they are the same shape as an eggplant.

AND PEACHES! Oh my, you just don't know how much this made me happy! My Korean students would always mention they love peach so I got so curious. But I couldn't find any fresh ones here in my country aside from those in cans. hehe I got 4 pieces for just $15!
Do you like peaches, too?

We were still lost and couldn't find either Sham Shui Po (fashion) market or Tim Ho Wan so we just kept on walking and walking. Until we found this interesting shop...
Sad that it was closed! I wonder what goods they sell. I'm thinking food, or stationery or souvenir shop. 

Then we randomly saw a small grocery that sells all sorts of snacks. I bought a lot from that store. It was funny because we also saw these Filipino snacks. I guess these snacks are what our fellow Filipinos miss... 
If I were working in Hong Kong, though, I'd miss Tortillos Red, Hansel biscuit and tusok-tusok Fish ball and Squid ball! hehe

I DON'T REMEMBER how we ever found Sham Shui Po market but I do remember that we were a bit disappointed. There were less shops and less stuff to buy. Well, they do sell things but we didn't need any of those at that moment. They sell stuff that are mostly for elders and children. But I did find 2 stores where I was able to get a cute top and white shorts. Both of which I wore to Disneyland the next day. I also got more clothes from those shops.

Then, we went back to our guesthouse because we were already exhausted. It also started drizzling so we waited for it to stop. 

At around 3 PM, we went out again. We explored some random streets because I remembered that I wanted to look for a certain camera brand! My new dream camera : Casio Exilim ZR1500 from Japan!
I did find it but they sell it for $2,000. I was hoping I could find a store that sells it for only $1,500. hehe
I love this camera! I've read a lot of good reviews. It has a beauty face feature, wifi capable, art and hdr mode and a lot more! On top of all those, it comes with a flip screen! 
It's so hard to find a store that sells this here in the Philippines... But SOON you shall be mine, Casio!! :)

Because we were not able to buy a lot from the Sham Shui Po market aside from my clothes, my friend and I decided to go to the Ladies Market. The rain stopped but the roads were wet so it was a bit difficult to walk around.

We were in a hurry to shop because we wanted to make it to the Avenue of Stars before 8PM for the Symphony of Lights. We left Ladies Market at past 6 PM.

Look at the moon! I used my Canon 240 HS to take this photo. The same camera I bring to K-pop concerts! hehe. The zoom is just amazing!

The place was so beautiful! I wonder if a local from a certain country still appreciates the places around her/him... Say, does a Parisian still find Eiffel Tower breath-taking or does a Korean still get awed by the Han River or does a Greek person still fall in love with Santorini? 

One thing is for sure, my friend and I fell in love with Hong Kong since day 1 and it just made us more in love with it each day.

It was a long strip of Skyline! The show itself was not very spectacular, though. Just some spot lights dancing plus some Chinese Musical. One would surely appreciate the Victoria Harbour at night, with or without the show.

Me! hehe. I just wish my friend raised the camera a bit so you could see the buildings and lights behind me.

At around 8:30 PM, we headed to the Temple Street Market because my friend still needed to find a set of Jade jewelries for her mother. 
Exhausted, we still dragged our body to the market. This day was one of the most tiring day for me. I was more tired this day compared to how I felt coming back from Macau. 

I was also dead-hungry so I asked my friend if we could eat first. But she said she would like to shop first before eating. Before I died, we were finally able to make it to the nearest food stall. We wanted to try an authentic Chinese noodle so we ordered this bowl of Wanton noodle.

We still had to walk a few more blocks to get home. It felt like my feet were going to be dislocated and just get crumbled, though! hehe

We got home at around 10 PM! We were tired but we definitely made the most out of this day, I miss Hong Kong and walking on it streets at night. It just feels safe. 

LIKES and OBSERVATIONS of the day :
-I did not see a single fly or mosquito during my stay
-The roads aren't slippery nor muddy even after a rain
-Double-decker bus is awesome
-FINDS : Ladies Market > Temple Street > Sham Shui Po
-PRICE : Sham Shui Po > Temple Street > Ladies Market

We had to sleep early because we were going to Disneyland the next day!
The video and the blog post in Disneyland will be up in a few days!

Today is my Mom's birthday! I think she reads my blog so please greet her for me by leaving a comment below. hehe Thank you! :)