Saturday, April 14, 2018

Hong Kong Day 2: Kam Wah Cafe + On Dog Dog Cafe + Victoria Harbour

We have a good sleep and woke up at around 9 but continue to laze around in the bed because the sky looked gloomy. Weather forecast indicated that Hong Kong will rain this entire week, it made us depress a little.

It was still drizzling at 10 plus. We shifted our itinerary around as we initially prepared for an outdoor excursion. Starting to feel hungry, we started preparing ourselves for the day.

All done and ready to set off for the day. Kickstart my day with a cheerful colour for my outfit.
Before we left, we borrowed an umbrella at the hotel lobby.

A trip will never be complete without trying the local delights. We made a visit to Kam Wah Cafe 金華冰廳 which is 15 minutes walk from our hotel for brunch, it was nearly 11.30am when we reached. There was not much waiting as the time was still early for lunch. Kam Wah Cafe is famous for their bolo bun and egg tart.

Just like other cha chaan teng, the food was served fast and we were required to share seat with others. Serve fast and eat fast is the lifestyle in Hong Kong's cha chaan teng. 

First up was egg tart. 
The exterior of the egg tart was not too crumbly while the interior remains soft and filled with egg custard.

The legendary bolo bun 菠萝包 that Kam Wah Cafe is famous for. It was served with a slice of butter sandwiched in between the bun. It was sinful but delicious, we loved it.

The french toast was fluffy and go perfectly with the butter on top of the top, creating a very buttery taste. It was one of the nicest french toast that I had.

The ham and sunny side up set on the other hand tasted very normal, you can skip that when coming to the cafe.

Their milk tea was fabulous too.

As usual, we over-ordered our food but what was unbelievable was the price we paid for our brunch. The bill totaled up to only HKD157 or S$28.04. We can never find such a price over in Singapore. 

It was a hearty meal to kickstart our day. We were full of energy now.

Kam Wah Cafe
47 Bute St, Prince Edward, Hong Kong
Nearest MTR: Mong Kok exit B1

We stopped by to purchase herbal tea before moving on to the next destination.

While walking around, we shopped around the stretch of shops near Mong Kok and I bought 3 tops. It was an unexpected finding of this area, a shopaholic will always be able to find places for shopping. Getting new clothes make me happy.

We discovered there was one dog cafe near Mong Kok so I list it down in our itinerary. We have a hard time locating the dog cafe because the google map showed that we have already walked past the place. It was raining heavily and we kept walking round and round. 

Finally we found it and it turned up to be located on second floor of this building which we wouldn't thought a cafe would be located on top. It was 2pm by the time we reached and the cafe only opened at 2.45pm, so we have 45 minutes of buffering time.

Delicious Eatery was located opposite the building, we headed over to the eatery to have dessert and seek shelter from the rain.

Today's itinerary was all about cafe hopping because coming to Hong Kong is about 买东西, 吃东西. So do prepare some cash for that. 

We like this cafe, it was a great place to chill out.

We ordered a cheesecake (HKD28) for sharing.

Delicious Eatery 
8 Soares Ave, Ho Man Tin, Hong Kong 
Nearest MTR: Mong Kok East exit C (10 minutes walk)

Here we were at On Dog Dog Cafe for an unique cafe experience. 
Point to note: do not come early as they only open in late afternoon.

Admission fee upon entering is HKD150 which comes with a drink, a side dish and main course as well as unlimited time playing with the dogs. On Dog Dog Cafe housed 5 dogs (2 Huskies, 2 Akita and 1 Shiba) and a ginger cat.

I love going to dog cafes because it gives me the opportunity to mingle around with the dogs which I don't have a chance to do since I don't own a pet at home.

I got a peck from this Akita dog.

Price is on a steep side when visiting dog cafes, but it's okay to splurge once in a while especially when we are in overseas to enjoy the fun and take many photos for memories. These experience will make the damage worthwhile. 

We spent the remaining afternoon in the cafe lazing around over the meal and mingling with the dogs. We started to take things slow and enjoy the laid back life in Hong Kong.

There was a couple that brought her own dog here, we went over to take table to play with their dog. Her dog was so cute and small in size, it was afraid of the big dogs and most of the time it was sitting obediently at the sofa.

Our food was here so we went back to our table for food. This was my tea break cum early dinner which was served at 4pm.

Bf had Ribena while I had Chocolate Milkshake.
I love the chocolate milkshake, the richness, thickness and sweetness was just nice for me. Every sip made me yearn for more.

For side dishes, we chose Cheese Sausage and Potato Wedges. Both of us chose Smoked Salmon Cream Pasta for our main. The creaminess of the pasta was just right and light. We managed to clear everything despite feeling really full. I don't think I have any more space for dinner.

Time was nearly 5.30pm and the rain has stopped for now, we decided to make a move as the cafe was getting more crowded.

On Dog Dog Cafe
1/F, 3 Soares Avenue, Ho Man Tin, Hong Kong 
Nearest MTR: Mong Kok East exit C (10 minutes walk)

Causal dressing for day 2, it was comfy and unique with an opening at the back.

We went to Mong Kok station to take the MTR to Tsim Sha Tsui. We walked around Tsim Sha Tsui and also to look for the place for buying Jenny Bakery. Looking at the queue, we decided to come back again on the second last day to purchase the cookies, we were also lazy to carry it around with us now.

Arriving at Victoria Harbour. 
The gloomy clouds and the deep blue sea created a magnificent view ahead, it was so beautiful that I paused for a few minutes to admire the gorgeous scenery ahead.

Victoria Harbour covers from Tsim Sha Tsui to Wan Chai, you can admire the harbour scenery from either location. 

The whole Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade was packed with people who were waiting for A Symphony of Lights which will start at 8pm.

We spotted the Clock Tower from our view. It was a memorable landmark for the millions of Chinese immigrants who passed through the terminus to begin new lives via the city’s harbour.

A Symphony of Lights is a multimedia show and signature icon for Hong Kong, showcasing the vibrancy and glamorous night vista of the city.

To me, I don't find the show impressive at all but Victoria Harbour is still worth visiting for the scenery view.

Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade
Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Nearest MTR: Tsim Sha Tsui exit E

As I wasn't feeling very well, we made our way to hotel after the show ended. On our way back, we bought fruits from roadside stall to have it in hotel. I just have fruits for dinner since I wasn't feeling hungry.

That's all for day 2, stay tuned for the next travelogue.

Friday, April 6, 2018

The Secret Jay Chou's Jukebox Musical Opening Night

A remarkable musical that follows the passionate story of Jay Chou’s iconic movie – THE SECRET is finally here in Singapore.

Being a fan of Jay Chou's this musical got me feeling thrilled and getting the best of both worlds -  watching the movie scenes and listening to the familiar songs of Jay Chou.

The Secret Jay Chou's Jukebox Musical is now showing in Singapore at the MasterCard Theatres, Marina Bay Sands, from now to 15 April 2018. 

Ticket price starts from $48 to $148.

Showtime 
Wed - Fri: 8pm 
Sat: 2pm & 8pm 
Sun: 1pm & 6pm 

The Secret Musical is created by award-winning Broadway team featuring more than 20 famous songs of Jay Chou, creating a Jukebox Musical.

Watching Jay Chou's Jukebox Musical is like re-watching the movie. The Secret is an adaptation of Jay Chou's multi award-winning directorial debut, Secret. 

As we watched the musical, we traveled back through time with a student in piano major, Ye Xianglun, and the beautiful and mysterious student, Lu Xiaoyu. 

Fear not if you don't understand Chinese because there are digital screens at both sides of the stage with English surtitles during the show.

Xianglun and Xiaoyu first met each other in the piano room and a beautiful romantic love story unfolds as the secret that connects them is revealed. 

This is a passion, friendship, love, family and youth filled musical not to be missed. Listening to all these songs made me want to sing along. Nothing beats listening to all the Jay Chou's songs that got me want to hit the replay button if there is. 

The musical features these songs:
<<星晴>>
<<听妈妈的话>>
<<简单爱>>
<<爷爷泡的茶>>
<<屋顶>>
<<稻香>>
<<夜曲>>
<<晴天>>
<<蒲公英的约定>>
<<搁浅>>
<<牛仔很忙>> 

The rooftop scene was my favourite scene. The place where they sang 屋顶 and share their first kiss.

(男)半夜睡不着觉 把心情哼成歌 只好到屋顶找另一个梦境 
(女)睡梦中被敲醒 我还是不确定 怎会有动人弦律在对面的屋顶 我悄悄关上门 带着希望上去 原来是我梦里常出现的那个人 
(男)那个人不就是我梦里那模糊的人 我们有同样的默契 
用天线 排成爱你的形状 Ho~

The musical ended with a sweet ending.

The musical was light-hearted with some hilarious scenes included. There was never a boring moments and the sequential of the songs were all nicely arranged and meaningful. The songs were all deeply etched in my memory. The piano melody too was beautiful and touched my heart.

It was a great performance put up by the casts.
Great music, great casts and quality time spent create an unforgettable night for me.

The Secret Jay Chou's Jukebox Musical is now showing at MasterCard Theatres @ Marina Bay Sands until 15 April 2018. Click here for purchase of tickets.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Happenings in December - Tai Lei Loi Kei + Tiong Shan Porridge Centre

Tuesday 5/12/17

I have a girly dinner night with GF and Linda, the meetup was to celebrate Linda's belated birthday. It was a yearly affair to meet up during her birthday and a time for us to catch up with each other. We have our dinner at Xin Wang Hong Kong Cafe @ HarbourFront Centre.

I have creamy spaghetti with pork chop.
All 3 of us ordered something similar, the common similarity is pork chop.

We treated Linda to the dinner and also to pass her the birthday gifts. It was a nice catching up session where we seated in the cafe till we were the last few customers remained. I enjoyed meetup like that where quality time is well spent.


Thursday 7/12/17

We met up for dinner at one of my regular hangout place, it was my second time here this week. Normally we will just went back to those few regular places for food, but today we decided to try something new.

We chanced upon this small eatery, Tai Lei Loi Kei 大利來記 at VivoCity B2, bringing us food from Macau. First was Xin Wang Hong Kong Cafe, now is Tai Lei Loi Kei, it makes us miss Hong Kong and miss going vacation. 

I ordered a set meal that comes with Ice Milk Tea.

I ordered Bouncy Noodles with Pork Chop.
It was simple and nice.

As it is a small eatery, seats are limited and you might be asked to share seats. It is exactly like the fast pace style in Hong Kong just less away the bad attitude of staff. There is no service charge as we made our own order at the counter and we paid $17.55 for our dinner.


Saturday 9/12/17

Lately we like to spend our weekend at home because we are running out of places to go, so normally we just laze at home and only step out of house during dinner time.

I brought bf to Tiong Shan Porridge Centre @ Chinatown for dinner, a place famous for their claypot dishes and Cantonese style porridge. I remembered when I was young, mummy would bring me here to eat the fish head claypot bee hoon whenever we came to Chinatown for shopping.

We ordered Sliced Fish Claypot Bee Hoon At $10, the portion was just nice for 2. 
The broth was infused with the flavours of the ingredients that make us couldn't sipping it. The bee hoon was thick and slippy. Still love the rich flavours of the broth.

Knowing that I never tried before Crocodile meat, bf ordered Gao Bao Crocodile claypot for me to try. Crocodile meat is not to my liking because the meat was super hard, it took a long while for me to finally chew it. Moreover it was expensive too, this dish alone costs us $22.

I ended my dinner with ice cream cone purchased from the roadside motorcycle uncle. This used to be my favourite ice cream when I was young. Whenever I heard the ringing bell from the motorcycle uncle, I was asked mummy to buy it for me. The ice cream was still as nice as ever.


Sunday 10/12/17

We went Rochor Road to run some errands, after which we went Bugis Village to shop around. I didn't manage to get anything because the price here is expensive than other countries. Now I only do shopping when in overseas.

We bought this grape drink at $1 to ease our thirst.

Bugis Junction embarked on an enchanted journey. The ballerina pirouetting atop a music box was placed at Bugis Atrium. It was pretty but the face of the ballerina looked scary.

Bf wanted to have this for dinner because he has never tried before. So we settled at Monster Curry for dinner.

I opt for Fried Shrimp Curry Rice.
Don't be scare by their big plate, the portion was just nice for one pax. The curry wasn't too spicy for us. The fried shrimps was crispy and tender.

Bf had Salmon Fried Omelette Curry Rice with an add on of onsen egg. The total bill added up to $31.80.

This marks the end of my weekend, Christmas is 2 weeks away. 
Long weekend is coming.

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