HK/Macau Day 1 – A Tiring Day!

Beep beep beep

The sound from the alarm announced the start of yet another trip. It was freaking 2 in the morning. I barely slept for two hours.

Fast forward to two hours later, we ended up at LCC-T, all getting hyped up. I was at my usual self, still thinking on my 2nd day itinerary and other silly stuffs. I think I worried too much.

And so the flight took exactly three hours forty five minutes. I had a bad back because my seat could not be reclined as our seats are beside the emergency door. T_T What a luck…

It was the start of the adventure as we stepped into Macau… hoping all the preparations will pay off handsomely.

First hurdle, get a taxi to Terminal Marítimo (港澳码头). No problem as taxis are easily accessible outside the airport. Got to the terminal in 15 minutes. Yay!

Second hurdle, to buy TurboJet ferry tickets to Hong Kong. I was confused because there are so many counters; but luckily ended up at the right counter. *applause applause*

Now problem began to crop up. Where the heck is the departure hall? OMG there was only 5 minutes left before the ferry departs. We dashed to the departure hall (blame the confusing signboard), proceeded to the immigration and ran all the way to our ferry with our heavy luggages in hand!! I think I understand the pain of being free and easy. T_T

After an hour, we safely reached Hong Kong-Macau Ferry Terminal (港澳碼頭) located at Sheung Wan (上環). From there we walked to Shun Tak Centre (信德中心) looking for MTR station but it was no where to be seen. But we got there finally, thanks to the helpful guard. We got ourselves an Octopus card (八达通) which will be used as we travel by MTR for the next 4 days.

We stepped foot in Mongkok (旺角) finally, so it’s time to whip out my nifty little map. First stop, Dragon Hostel. Almost missed out the building because we couldn’t find the entrance at first, but thanks to my alertness, we found our way to the hostel. Speaking of hostel, the room is horribly small but it’s clean, so I’m okay with it.

You may wonder where are those photos that usually come along as I narrate my story. Phew, long story cut short… it’s very troublesome to whip out my SLR each time, so I missed quite a number of moments.

Back to story, we have not had anything since morning so we headed to a small eatery opposite our hostel. Heh… I ordered a nice roasted goose noodle.

Quick Lunch Near Fa Yuen Street
Simple dish but taste goooood!!

It was near 3:30pm when we finished with our lunch, so we proceeded with our first destination; The Peak. It wasn’t quite hard to go there because HK is a systematic place. You can see signboards all over the place. And even if you struggle with that, there’s always ME to lead you. >.<

We exited Central MTR (中環站) and came upon Chater Garden (遮打花園). What mesmerized me was the tall buildings surrounding the little park.

At Central, Chater Garden

Of course, taking photos is a-must. Haha.

The walk to Peak Tram terminus (山頂纜車) wasn’t as far as expected, probably we were awestruck by these beautiful buildings.

Central Business District

Central Business District

Combo tickets cost HK$145 inclusive of a return journey, Sky Terrace and most importantly, Madame Tussauds (香港杜莎夫人蜡像馆). The ride up was exciting as it hiked up the hilly terrain while giving us some spectacular views of HK.

At Peak Tram
Uncle Li welcomes visitors to Peak Tram

At Peak Tram
It was almost deserted.. where the heck are those tourists??

At Peak Tram
On the tram.. wonder what the Octopus reader is for..

On Peak Tram
HK skyline in late afternoon… mind the minor reflection as I took this behind the glass

I wasn’t really excited with Madame Tussauds as my mind already set on Sky Terrace. No, even Bruce Lee failed to lift my mood.

Madame Tussauds
Hiiiiiii-yaaaaaaa

Was greeted by another wax figure, Kelly Chen at the entrance. Wasted no time, went in and saw Jackie Chan but dumbfounded as we weren’t allowed to use our own cameras to take photos of him. For me, it didn’t matter as Jackie is not my idol. Caught up with Brad-Jolie, so quickly snapped few pics and walked away. Saw Cher, Mel Gibson, bla bla bla. Felt a bit frustrated because these people are so static ~ I mean c’mon these superstars should be able to move around to instill some interactivity among visitors.

Madame Tussauds
Jay Chou not at his usual self

We lepak-ed til 6pm before we decided to call it a day. Fatigue already caught up with us – I mean I haven’t get some proper sleep since waking up that morning. While waiting for fresh delivery of egg tarts from Tai Cheong Bakery (泰昌餅家) located at Lyndhurst Terrace (擺花街), we chilled ourselves outside the Peak Tower.

The Peak Tower
Nine “pandas”

It didn’t take long before the arrival of the tarts brought up by the two food addicts.

Tai Cheong Egg Tarts

Mind you the egg tarts were so fragile that some of the flaky skins peeled off. The two food addicts must have been neglecting the safety of our tarts. 😛

But anyway, here’s the most heavenly egg tarts I’ve ever tasted on Earth.

Tai Cheong Egg Tarts
Slurrpssss

One is never enough but I had to be contended with one as they didn’t buy extra…. ;P

The sun was nowhere to be seen, and darkness began to fall slowly. After a while, we took a stroll at Sky Terrace to enjoy the evening view of HK skyline. It was hazy.

View from Peak Tower

Still, the view was superb! And it was breezy as cold wind crashed on to our tired face.

View from Peak Tower

A bunch of girls were giggling near my camera while we posed for shots – probably puzzled on why the camera triggered by itself (I was using remote actually) or were they laughing at us?

View from Peak Tower
Night view

We headed down by tram and had dinner at Wellington Street (威灵顿街). Yeah, Tsim Chai Kee (沾仔记). As Tsim’s rival, Mak’s Noodles was closed that day, we had no choice but to dine at Tsim’s. Don’t get me wrong, Tsim’s wan tan was excellent! Big fat juicy prawn wan tan graced our bowls.

Tsim Chai Kee Wan Tan Mee
Yummy!

As it was nearby, after our dinner we did a short detour to SoHo (中環蘇豪區), which is accessible through Central-Mid-Levels escalator (中環至半山自動扶梯).

Mid Levels Escalator
Monkeying around the escalator

From SoHo, we walked to Lan Kwai Fong (蘭桂坊) which is just 10 minutes walk. We did the usual camwhoring with the road sign and the trademark giant replica beer as well before heading back to Mongkok.

Lan Kwai Fong

Our tired legs already screaming for rest but still we refused to call it a day. We explored one of the streets, Sai Yeong Choi Street South (西洋菜街) and to my delight, I found Krispy Kreme! I think for the rest, they did not know why I was so crazy with this doughnuts chain.

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts!
Yay!!

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts!

Our final stop was this dessert shop called Lucky Dessert (發記甜品) located at Soy Street (豉油街), a junction off Sai Yeong Choi Street South.

Lucky Dessert

Lucky Dessert

Lucky Dessert

Lucky Dessert

Lucky Dessert

These desserts were so heavenly!! Remember, if you ever happen to be at Mongkok, head to this shop!

Lucky Dessert
The shop!

It was a nice end to our first day, and before dozing off, we had doughnuts! 🙂

Addresses:

Tai Cheong Bakery (泰昌餅家)
32, Lyndhurst Terrace, Central.
Opens 7am – 8pm.

Tsim Chai Kee (沾仔记)
98, Wellington Street, Central.
Opens 9am – 9pm.

Lucky Dessert (發記甜品)
25-27, Soy Street, Mongkok.
Opens 1pm – 2am.

My HK/Macau Day 1 photos on Flickr

chleong

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A travel addict and food junkie. When he is not traveling, he loves penning his thoughts on his latest adventures, whether food, places or anything that fascinates him. His travelogues often include intriguing photos that capture the moments as he believes a photo speaks thousand words.

12 Comments

  1. p_chen82May 12, 08

    Thumbs up! A very detailed HK free and easy 1st day post!!! But, why dunt have the price for the food :p

    Btw, let me salute:
    1) your effort for this trip,
    2) your memory which can memorizes so many HK places in ur “little brain”. You are our live GPS :p
    3) your energy which can lead us in HK & Macau, take photo for us, entertain us and be the “bridge” between 11 of us
    4) your patience to tolerate we all in the whole trip
    5) etc, etc.

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  2. seemunMay 12, 08

    sound like a pro already….wanna open CHELONG TOUR.COM? hahahaha

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  3. mayukoMay 12, 08

    When we bought the egg tart were hot enough.. after that we bought some of our staff (snack)… big bags + small bags + the box of egg tart from Lyndhurst Terrace back to Central LRT Exit D2 then pay the passing fees and get to Exit J2… After that walk a long long way to Peak Tram station… Then queu up buy the ticket and rush to take the tram.. some more that time meet a gang of tourist.. and we were standing and being send to The Peak le… all this reason..so we dint take a good care to those egg tart.. but still manage to deliver nice egg tart (still have egg tart look)to you all lah..hahhaha…

    Y u so crazy for that doughnuts? But after i eat… i think because it was so nice.. No..should said IT WAS VERY VERY YUMMY!!!!!.. Thanks….

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  4. seemunMay 12, 08

    didn’t know u like krispy kreme…a little too sweet for me.. I’m a fan of this http://www.misterdonut.jp/ hehehehe….

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  5. chleongMay 12, 08

    p_chen82 – I didn’t take the receipts + I couldn’t recall the names of all these nice desserts. 🙁

    seemun – what like a pro? I AM already pro ok… HAHAHA

    mayuko – an la an la, knew both of you are the best egg tart delivery girls lah.. maybe should ask the boss of Tai Cheong to hire you both.. but next time no need to pay “toll” to walk from the shop to the Peak. Hahaha.

    seemun – wahh.. another donut addict!!! don’t have mister donut in m’sia yet, let alone krispy kreme. but i heard krispy kreme is about to set foot in m’sia. s’pore got mister donut? wei send some as sample lah… haha

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  6. kennyMay 12, 08

    Great review…hope u got attract from another online travel journal…not food journal this time…hahaha…

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  7. seemunMay 13, 08

    dont have krispy kreme in spore lor, but indonesia have…hahaha…here also dont have mister donut, I ate it in Taiwan and they have it in Thailand as well…I miss it badly, its so cute & taste good, not so sweet..spore only have the local stuff like http://donutfactory.com.sg/ & http://www.munchydonut.com/ and they just, “JUST” set up J&C0 here….ehh Ipoh got Big Apple jor…hahaaha…

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  8. lhMay 14, 08

    great post! i will definitely use it as my reference when i’ve got the chance to go Macau & HK!

    awaiting for day 2 post! dun be lazy, hurry up! =D

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