2013: Part 1 (of 3)

Alright strangers!

Sorry this post is about 3 weeks late, but better late than never right?! 😉

This is a roundup of my first month in Hong Kong before Ryan arrived.

I came over to HK mid-January with my parents, had a job interview a few days after I arrived and was offered the job that evening! I accepted the offer and am still here today, almost a year later – doesn’t time fly?!

Anyway, I didn’t start work until my parents left, so here are my highlights from January.

Goodbye England!

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Hey HK! 😀

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One of the best things about travelling around with your parents (apart from the great company, obviously) is the FREE FOOD!

Here are a few cheeky snaps that I took…

Congee – one of my favourite brunches!

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Noodles, wontons and beefy bits…

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Cheung-fun (rice rolls in hoisin, chili and soy sauce topped with sesame) and siu-mai

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Dim sum!

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Street food (squid, porks intestines and spicy fishballs)

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Oysters!

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Chinese desserts – my favourite is the mango pomelo sago (composed of mango, pomelo, sago, coconut milk, cream and sugar)

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A MASSIVE BOWL OF NOODLES!

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One of my mum’s first stops in HK is always the Wong Tai Sin Temple, where she prays and gets her fortune told…

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And of course, no trip to HK is complete without visiting Mong Kok!

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It was awesome when my cousins returned for a short break from Australia and kept me company.

We watched Django, which was BRILLANT!

Edison also took me on my first (of many) trips to Victoria Harbour – I can’t believe I’d never seen HK’s iconic skyline before!

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There also happened to be an Andy Warhol Exhibition on at the HK Museum of Art just around the corner, so we popped in and had a look round as I’m a pretty big fan of his work! 😀

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This room was filled with silver balloons that just floated around.

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After wandering around TST a little more and passing a giant flying pig…

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…we decided to call it a day and chilled out with a fruity Starbucks concoction.

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Another highlight in January was the food tour in Mainland China…

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…where we stayed in a 5 star hotel (I got a bit overexcited and had jumped on the bed before taking a photo!)

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I had the best buffet that I’ve ever had in my life!

Anywhere with an unlimited selection of fresh shellfish is right up my street! 😀

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Although I enjoyed the buffet, I wasn’t such a massive fan of the rest of the food on the tour – probably because we ate so regularly that I was never hungry enough to enjoy it! I

really couldn’t handle a hot pot first thing in the morning…

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…but giant pandas, I can deal with anytime of day 😉

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Back in HK, Cheung Chau is one of my favourite islands for a daytrip.

The relaxed, rural atmosphere is great when you need a break from the hustle and bustle of the city.

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It’s even better because they do delicious, fresh egg tarts!

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My parents left HK at the end of January, so obviously we had an epic leaving dinner!

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Seeing my parents off at the airport, being settling into HK life with my auntie 🙂

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I’ll leave you with a photo that I took in Yuen Long.

I really wanted to incorporate it into this post but couldn’t find the right place for it, so I’m just going to pop it here!

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Stay tuned for part 2 😉

xxx

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