Day 3 In Hong Kong In August 2014

My last day in Hong Kong in August ended with a rather relaxing itinerary. It was very much of roaming and soaking in cafe. I didn’t start my day extremely early, check out the hotel at about 9am. As usual I left my luggage with the hotel.

The first destination of the day was having breakfast at Rabbithole Cafe.

My Breakfast, Smoked Duck Croissant & Cappuccino
My Breakfast, Smoked Duck Croissant & Cappuccino

After I was done with my breakfast, I was still pretty early so I decided to walked towards Golden Bauhinia Square. As some construction work was going-on in the area, it was kind of a detour to the place so it wasn’t convenient to get there. I thought there would be some link way all the way into Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre but the link bridge ended at Conventional Plaza Arcade. Maybe there is, either I didn’t know or I didn’t find it. Let me know if you know about the link bridge.

Golden Bauhinia Square
Golden Bauhinia Square

I took a few shot and then moved on to PMQ. I took the tram to Central from Wan Chai.

Interior of Tram
Interior of Tram

Again, I was at PMQ for the last time before heading back to Singapore. I was there to get the Panda Bear shaped biscuits from Cafe Life. I bought 3 packs to share with family and friends.

Since I was in a cafe, not forgetting to have a coffee. I got a Iced Latte since the weather was very hot.

I couldn’t decide if I wanted to go to Hung Hom to try the Mammy Pancake or rather Egglets. As I was deciding, I went into Petite Petite to get some bags as gifts and saw a cute doggy in the shop. She was too shy to look into my camera.

And I passed by a stall selling some rabbit latern for the Mid Autumn Festival that is coming up. I have passed by the street that sell lots of party costume and finally decided to take a photo.

My decision, I took a ferry to Tsim Sha Tsui. Due to the low tide, there was a notice to warn passenger of the steep ramp.

Beware of Steep Ramp
Beware of Steep Ramp

… and ended up shopping at Harbourcity Shopping Mall instead. It was quite a fruitful shopping trip. At the Tsim Sha Tsui Ferry Pier, I got a few Chicken Pie and Egg Tart from Arome Bakery. The feedback I got from my family was it was not delicious. The Egg Tart was very normal. On hindsight, I should have gotten Kam Fung’s or Kam Wah’s Egg Tart instead.

At the end of the shopping, I was pretty tire, found Caffe Greco and enjoyed my Tea Break there.

My Tea, Earl Grey Tea & Lemon Square
My Tea, Earl Grey Tea & Lemon Square

Soon it was time to move on. Before heading back to the hotel, I went to get my mom’s favourite, the glutinous rice cake and the family favourite Heung Hang’s wife cake. And it was time to go to the airport for my flight back home.

As usual, charge my mobile phone before checking in and then have my dinner at Maxim Food2.

My Dinner @ HKIA
My Dinner @ HKIA

I saw the beautiful sunset in my July trip so I make my way to the same spot hopping to see a nice sunset but it wasn’t as nice as July.

Took the 3.5 hours flight and soon home sweet home.

My Meal on the flight
My Meal on the flight

Click to read my Day 1 and Day 2.

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Day 2 In Hong Kong In August 2014

Lamma Island is the one other Hong Kong outlying island that I heard is beautiful. So I shall see for myself on the second day of my holiday in August.

I wanted to make the best use of all the time I have so I woke up early for a hearty breakfast at Brew Bros to revitalise.

Breakfast @ Brew Bros
Breakfast @ Brew Bros

Right after breakfast, I head for Pier 4 at the Central Pier to take a Ferry to Lamma Island. At Lamma Island, there are 2 ferry terminal; Yung Shue Wan and Sok Kwu Wan Ferry Terminal. Getting to either Ferry Terminal is from Pier 4 of Central Pier.

When I arrived at Pier 4, in 5 min there was a ferry departing for Yung Shue Wan so I hopped onto it.

View from Lamma Island
View from Lamma Island at Yung Shue Wan Pier

The ferry ride was approximate 30 minutes. In the ferry, they even catered a section for owners with pets. So Pet friendly.

Pet Carrier Area
Pet Carrier Area

Took a photo of the Lamma Island map with its attraction.

Map of Lamma Island
Map of Lamma Island

And then saw a lovely kitty.

Lovely Kitty
Lovely Kitty

I planned to walk towards Sok Kwu Wan Ferry Terminal which will take about an hour plus. My first destination was to stroll along Yung Shue Wan Main Street …

A Street On Lamma Island
Yung Shue Wan Main Street On Lamma Island

… head towards Tin Hau Temple. Stop over and took a photo. The new police post is opposite of the temple.

Tin Hau Temple
Tin Hau Temple

Make a U-turn towards and look for Lamma Island Family Walk which will lead to Lamma Winds, Hung Shing Ye Beach and Sok Kwu Wan Ferry Terminal. There are sign-post on the way, so no worry about how to get there.

Flower like hisbiscus, another view
Flower like hibiscus

On the way, to my next destination, Lamma Wind, I saw a hibiscus-like flower. Not sure if it is a variant.

I continue my journey towards the Lamma Winds via a climb of a not-so-mild slope. Finally saw sight and I walked towards and took a nice photo of the Wind.

The Wind
The Wind

As I was descending, a lady was walking with her doggy. As I was holding the camera, the doggy was a little wary of it.

I also spotted a big spider, waiting silently for the prey.

Spider
Spider

Went down, and moved on to Hung Shing Ye Beach.

The beach is very clean, with a nice blue water. Quite a lot of people swimming and sunbathing there.

Tiny Butterfly @ Lamma Island
Tiny Butterfly @ Lamma Island

I was in a shopping mood so I decided to head back to Yung Shue Wan Ferry Terminal to catch the ferry back to Central. On the way, saw a few grasses with the above small tiny butterfly-like. There is a MTR Fare Saver too. Don’t forget to tab your MTR card.

Comparing with Cheung Chau Island, I like Cheung Chau Island more as there are a good mixture of scenic view with street snacks and shops. Unlike Lamma Island, there are only nature view so after some time, I don’t really know what I am looking at.

My first shopping destination was IFC mall. I have a yogurt ice cream before the start of the shopping to cool down from the heat.

Yo Mama Original Flavour Yogurt
Yo Mama Original Flavour Yogurt

It was quite a fruitful trip at IFC. Then I moved on to PMQ.

Snack at Alice Wild
Snack at Alice Wild

Did some shopping, got a wallet for my cousin. Then went to Yat Lok for very late lunch.

Roasted Goose and BBQ Pork Rice
Roasted Goose and BBQ Pork Rice @ Yat Lok

Next destination is Causeway Bay. Find the sight at Fashion Walk interesting, with old worn looking building above a fashionable modern high-end shopping mall. What a contrast.

Fashion Walk, Old & New
Fashion Walk, Old & New

I decided to have dinner at Sister Wah Beef Brisket Restaurant and so I walked towards Tin Hau. Passed by an interesting shop is the Indo Market. The entire supermarket is selling Indonesia products.

Indo Market
Indo Market

Followed by Victoria Park.

Victoria Park
Victoria Park

Finally, got to Sister Wah Beef Brisket and have my hot pipping bowl of soupy Beef Brisket with Rice Noodle.

Beef Brisket Rice Noodle
Beef Brisket Rice Noodle

Since I was at Tin Hau, I have decided to roamed around. I saw a bakery, Dragon Ball Bakery, selling my mom’s favourite, the Glutinous Rice Cake. I got two back to Singapore for my Mom to try. She like it.

Dragon Ball Bakery, Glutinous Rice Cake
Dragon Ball Bakery, Glutinous Rice Cake

It was almost time to head back to hotel for a good night rest and my Day 3, last day will continue …

To read Day 1, click here.

 

 

Getting To Lamma Island

From Central Pier 4, take a ferry (approx. 30 min ferry ride)

Getting to Central Pier: By MTR – Central (Exit A)

 

Link to check out before you go:

Hong Kong Tourism Board – Lamma Island

Online Community for Lamma Island

Ferry Schedule to Lamma Island

Delicious Matcha Ice Cream In Hong Kong

I was in the mood to try some Green Tea or Matcha Ice Soft Cream Ice Cream or sometimes known as Soft Serve when I was in Hong Kong. I went round for a hunt.

 

Honey Sparkling Desserts House

Shop 8, 2 Kwong Wah Street, Mong Kok
旺角廣華街2號8號鋪
Tel: +852 3489 2928

Opening Hours Daily 1200 to 0100

Getting There MTR – Mongkok (Exit E1)

Shop Front
Shop Front

The matcha soft serve at Honey Sparkling has a good green tea flavour too though the texture is a little not that smooth and it has some ice crystal in it. That was a pity.

Green Spring
Green Spring

Rating: 7/10

 

Azabu Sabo 麻布茶房 

Shop 9, 1/F, Pearl City Mansion, 22-36 Paterson Street, Causeway Bay
銅鑼灣百德新街22-36號翡翠明珠廣場1樓9號鋪

Opening Hours Daily 1130 to 2200

Getting There MTR – Causeway Bay (Exit E)

Green Tea Ice Cream
Green Tea Ice Cream

The Green Tea Ice Cream at first mouth, there is a good flavour of matcha but as I continue eating, my mouth was filled with sweetness from the sugar instead of the sweet matcha flavour. It was a shame.

Rating: 6.5/10

 

Sweets House of Cha Cha

city’super, 3/F, Harbour City, 17 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
尖沙咀廣東道17號海港城3樓city’super內
Tel: +852 2375 8222

Opening Hours Daily 1100 to 2200 (Last order at 2145)

Getting There MTR – Tsim Sha Tsui (Exit L5) or Austin (Exit F)

An ice cream palour with only matcha and vanilla soft cream ice cream. There is only takeaway option.

Green Tea Soft Cream Cup Combo (A3) with Mochi Balls and Green Tea Jelly
Green Tea Soft Cream Cup Combo (A3) with Mochi Balls and Green Tea Jelly

I tried the Green Tea Soft Cream Cup Combo (A3) with Mochi Balls and Green Tea Jelly. The green tea soft cream was excellent so is the mochi ball. The green tea soft cream has a great and enough of green tea flavour and it was quite creamy. I was surprise to find such a great balance in the soft cream. It was chewy and has a nice subtle sweet hint. The green tea jelly has a nice texture but I could hardly taste the green tea flavour, probably due to the Green Tea Soft Cream that has a strong flavour. I like it very much as it has a strong enough green tea flavour. For those who like a lighter flavour, you may find this a little too strong in green tea flavour.

Rating: 8.5/10

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Via Tokyo

Shop nos. 1A-1B, G/F., Leishun Court, 106-126 Leighton Road, Causeway By
銅鑼灣禮頓道106-126號禮信大廈地下1A-1B號舖
Tel: +852 2895 1116

Opening Hours Monday – Thursday, Sunday 1100 to 2230; Friday – Saturday & Public Holiday 1100 to 2300

Getting There MTR – Causeway Bay (Exit F1)

When I reached the shop on a rainy afternoon, thinking that the rain should drive away the crowd but I was wrong. A queue (of about a dozen of people) was formed outside the small shop of about twenty seats (max).

Shiratama Matcha Soft Cream
Shiratama Matcha Soft Cream

I decided to have a take away, though not the ideal but the best option then. The green tea ice cream has a good flavour but wasn’t as creamy. The soft cream on the whole wasn’t too strong nor too light, it has a great balance of all aspect. I think this is good for the general ice cream lover. The mochi is as great with a good chewy and slight sweet hint.

This isn’t my favourite as I like a strong green tea flavour.

Rating: 8/10

 

Godiva Chocolatier

Shop 40, B2/F, Langham Place, 8 Argyle Street, Mong Kok
旺角亞皆老街8號朗豪坊B2樓40號舖
Tel: +852 3514 9281

Opening Hours 1100 to 2200

Getting There MTR – Mongkok

I know this is not a green tea soft serve, but it is one of the best chocolate soft serve that I like. It has a very good bitter sweet chocolate in the soft cream and it is not too sweet. But I am sure for people who do not like strong concentrated stuff will find this too much for them. but I simply enjoy it, very much.

Godiva Soft Chocolate Ice Cream
Godiva Soft Chocolate Ice Cream

Rating: 8.5/10

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Brew Bros At Sheung Wan

I was strolling around the area after Barista Jam, and I spotted Brew Bros so made a trip back to the area to have breakfast at Brew Bros.

It has very much an industrial vibes with tiles on the wall of the counter and wood to liven and warm the cafe.

They kept the menu simple with a page on food and the other on drinks.

I regretted ordering the Ham Cheese Bagel as they served with sweet ham. I don’t like sweet ham. The Bagel was good. I like it very much since it was my favourite Sesame Bagel. The side salad was with a great vinaigrette dressing. It was well tossed. And the potato …? It has a nice rosemary fragrance on the roasted baby potato.

Ham Cheese Bagel
Ham Cheese Bagel

I find the coffee too acidity for my liking, though it has a medium body with fruity hint.

My Coffee, Cappuccino
My Coffee, Cappuccino

The service at Brew Bros Coffee was friendly. The food on the whole … is pretty good, except for the sweet ham. I would certainly hope they use better ham or rather ham that are salty and having coffee beans that are less acidity as an alternative.

 

Brew Bros Coffee
Shop F2, LG/F, 33 Hillier Street, Sheung Wan
上環禧利街33號LG層F2舖
Tel: +852 2572 0238

FBhttps://www.facebook.com/brewbroscoffee

Opening Hours

Daily 0800 to 1800

Getting There

By MTR – Sheung Wan (Exit A2)

Rating: 7/10

Butcher Club At Wan Chai, A Burger Restaurant with Secret Menu

I heard a lot about Butcher Club, a Burger Restaurant in Wan Chai. I have been wanting to try. The first time I popped by in July it was closed as they were out of gas. As a result, anticipation was built. At last, I made it in August.

Shop Front
Shop Front

The restaurant is pretty tiny with not much of seats. Mainly high tables with high chairs. It gets quite squeeze when the restaurant was packed. This is especially true during lunch hours.

Interior
Interior

They have a “normal” menu which is displayed in the restaurant and a “secret” menu. To get hold of the “secret” menu, scan the QR code.

Menu
Menu

I decided to order the Burger that is on the “normal” menu and the Duck Fat Fries.

My Lunch, Burger and Duck Fat Fries
My Lunch, Burger and Duck Fat Fries

The burger has a good thick patty of beef. The beef was well marinated, flavourful patty but I find it a little dry. Especially so on the outer layer of the beef patty. The patty wasn’t “juicy” enough. There were lots of sauces in the burger as well. I like the sauce. For the wedges, a little over fried, it was pretty dry and I tasted a little burnt.

The experience at the Butcher Club was interesting, especially having a “secret” menu, that was kinda fun. The burger could have been perfect if it was more juicy. I think it would be best to go after lunch hours, after 2pm.

 

The Butchers Club
Shop 10, G/F, Rialto Building, 2 Landale Street, Wan Chai
灣仔蘭杜街2號麗都大廈10號地舖
Tel: +852 2528 2083

FBhttps://www.facebook.com/ButchersClub

Opening Hours

Daily 1200 to 2300

Getting There

By MTR – Wan Chai (Exit B2)

Rating: 7/10

Day 1 In Hong Kong In August 2014, To Stanley Market

Once again, I was in Hong Kong in August. Like the last time, I capitalized on the opportunity by extending my stay for 2 more days. I woke up early for a leisure breakfast at Oolaa Cafe at Soho, Sheung Wan.

Breakfast at Oolaa Cafe
Breakfast at Oolaa Cafe

Right after breakfast, I walked towards the Bus Terminal at Exchange Square to take a bus to Stanley Market. There are Citybus Service 6, 6A, 6X, 66 and 260 from Central with 6X begin the express bus. The bus stand for 6, 6X and 6A is closer to Exchange Square Tower 2. I am not sure about the rest. You got to be careful while looking for the bus stand when at the Bus Terminal, as there isn’t a specific lane or platform for the pedestrians so you walked on the bus lane. For more information about the bus, click here.

I happened to take 6X. The ride was great as it passed by the scenic Deep Water Bay and Repulse Bay. But the road is very bendy. If you have travel sickness, beware.

Finally I arrived at Stanley, I chose to alight at the Stanley Plaza.

View  from the Top Floor or Stanley Plaza
View from the Top Floor or Stanley Plaza

I roamed around Stanley Plaza for a moment.

Stanley Plaza
Stanley Plaza – Observation Deck

Walked down the escalator towards the ground floor, passed by a supermart and saw a lovely Labrador at the Dog Parking Bay. Stanley is such a dog friendly place.

Labrador at Dog Parking Bay
Labrador at Dog Parking Bay

I saw a few Guinness World Record awarded to Stanley, all relating to doggies. It’s a doggy heaven.

As I walked around, I spotted many doggies in the area.

History of Stanley
History of Stanley

For those interested with the history, you can read the above.

Around the Stanley Plaza, you can easily spot a few places of interest such as the Tin Hau Temple, Tai Wong Temple and the of all famous Murray House.

I strolled along the Stanley Main Street and reached the round-about …

Stanley Round-about
Stanley Round-about

… walked further and I saw a big rock with many people,

View of a big stone at Stanley Bay
View of a big stone at Stanley Bay

… make a left turn into StanleyMarket

… found a shop selling lots of very cute animals stuff toys, not the furry type but make of cloth. It was the rabbit that caught my attention.

I decided to pop by St Anne’s Church.

As I stepped out of St Anne’s Church, I was greeted by Stanley Post Office

Stanley Post Office
Stanley Post Office

When I reached the Stanley Bus Terminal, I saw the Bus Services Information, indicating the various buses to the City.

Bus Services to City from Stanley
Bus Services to City from Stanley

After which, I decided to walk back to Stanley Plaza, passed by the Stanley Cave, took a photo as I like what I saw.

Stanley Cave
Stanley Cave

For I have not explored the area beyond Murray House so I walked towards that direction, saw the Blake Pier

Blake Pier
Blake Pier

… walked a little further, heading the direction of Kum Yam Temple/Pak Tai Temple which is up-hill.

View from the Trail towards Pak Tai Temple
View from the Trail towards Pak Tai Temple

But decided to make a U-turn for whatever reason.

… saw more views of what I like, took more photos behind taking a bus to head back to the city for some shopping trips.

I needed energy for my shopping trips, had late lunch at Butcher Club.

Lunch @ Butchers Club
Lunch @ Butchers Club

After all the shopping, time for dinner. I have my dinner at Joy Hing Roasted Meat.

Dinner @ Joy Hing Roasted Meat
Dinner @ Joy Hing Roasted Meat

Now, it was late and I needed my sleep. Back to hotel. Day 2 to continue … click here.

 

Getting To Stanley

From Central, Exchange Square Bus Terminal – City Bus 6, 6A, 6X, 66, 260

From Causeway Bay, Tang Lung Street – Green Mini Bus 40

From Tsim Sha Tsui, Tsim Sha Tsui East Bus Station (inside Concordia Plaza on Science Museum Road) – 973

 

Link to check out before you go:

Hong Kong Tourism Board – Stanley Market

City Bus Service to Stanley

 

Oolaa Cafe At Soho Sheung Wan, Hong Kong

Oolaa Cafe is located at Soho, Shueng Wan, right beside PMQ. For those who know PMQ, this helps. It has a classic, modern design in the cafe. All the chairs are cushy kind. So it is really comfortable sitting there for long, chatting with friends.

Interior
Interior

They serve lots of standard breakfast fare and something different like Bruschetta, Rosti, Burrito and Pizza for breakfast too. The food is at a pricey tag.

Breakfast Menu
Breakfast Menu

I ordered 2 Eggs any style (with white toast). Something really simple as I wanted my banana bread. I asked for sunny side-up. My favourite kind.

The eggs were good as the yolk were still runny. I like it this way best. The bread, nothing noteable. Simple white bread that is soft and fluffy. Butter was served as well. I was hoping for jam as well. I like the green, rockets, that are by the side.

2 Eggs Any Style
2 Eggs Any Style

My favourite Banana Bread. I could only use the word decent to describe its Banana Bread. It could have been better. Somehow the Banana Bread though I tasted and see lots of Banana fibre, somehow it is lacking in some fragrance. I couldn’t identify what it was.

Banana Bread
Banana Bread

The coffee likewise is decent. It has a light body, medium acidity.

My Coffee, Cappuccino
My Coffee, Cappuccino

For the ambience, yes, this is definitely a place to be in. It serves pretty decent food but at a higher price. Oolaa provides free WiFi too. So for a trade off, not a bad choice nevertheless.

 

Oolaa Cafe
G/F, Centre Stage, Bridges Street, Soho, Sheung Wan
上環蘇豪必列者士街聚賢居地下舖
Tel: +852 2803 2083

FBhttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Oolaa/278529242296145

Opening Hours

Daily 0730 to 0200

Getting There

By MTR – Sheung Wan

Rating: 7.5/10