As a typhoon rips outside, I thought, you know what’s better than listening to the wind howl from the 31st floor? A blog post! A Life Lately from Hong Kong! We’re here for a week, to catch a wedding and see my in-laws. Did I mention a typhoon? That’s happening RIGHT NOW. Admittedly, it’s not at it’s full force but it’s on its way. Disneyland kicked us out to prepare for it! We arrived in Hong Kong last Wednesday, in the midst of the city’s heatwave. There’s been countless dim sum meals with Robin’s aunts and uncles, a wedding, and I’ve even managed to squeeze in time at our hotel’s spa and swimming pool. Oh, and of course, that little General Election thing happening back home, when we first arrived (we did a postal vote) Much nail biting and excitement. This has been a very action packed week all around.
Last Friday, when we had a bit of free time we took the MTR over to Quarry Bay to find a particular block of flats that are now famous (at least, on Instagram) Built in the 60’s, the flats are claustrophobically close together.
Local residents didn’t seem to bat an eyelid at a couple of weirdos standing in the centre courtyard taking pictures of their estate. It was actually quite pleasant watching life go on around us. Old ladies playing mahjong, me peeking at the shops surrounding us- bakeries, dry cleaners, and hair dressers. It was a glimpse into regular Hong Kong away from the city centre.
I was so excited when I realised that there is a branch of Jollibee in Mong Kok, the area we are staying in. The famous Filipino fast food chain is pretty much my childhood; my mum would usually pick me up after school with a box of Jolli Spagetti waiting for me for lunch. Filipino spagetti is sweet with cut up hot dogs, and was the first thing I ordered when we walked through their doors.
I could have literally cried tears of (chicken) joy.
(And sadly, my adult tastebuds don’t think they can handle regular Jolli Spagetti like little me could)
I really like the Soho area in Hong Kong. It’s full of cool shops and restaurants, and has a similar kooky vibe like London’s Soho. It’s full of steep streets though, so your legs will feel the burn.
Anyway, we ventured into Soho the other day and visited my favourite homeware store here, Goods of Desire. After picking up something for the house, we sought refuge from the heat at a cafe within a place called PMQ. It was full of independent shops and small businesses, and overlooked this pink building- a pop of colour amongst a sea of grey buildings. We then had an amazing dinner at Yardbird (so good)
We are staying at the Cordis Hotel, in Kowloon, within the Mong Kok area. It’s been super handy; there’s an MTR literally on the doorstep and tons of shops. The Ladies Market is a few minutes walk away, which has been a goldmine for souvenirs and knick knacks to take home.
The Cordis also has it’s own Spa on the 41st floor; the Chuan Spa. On Sunday I spent a few blissful hours having one of their Body Element treatments (I fell asleep during my facial!) and when it was over, my beauty therapist took me to one of their relaxation rooms with oolong tea and big squares of watermelon. I had a mini nap again, in the reclining chair with jaw dropping views over the city.
With only two more days left in Hong Kong, I’m hoping this typhoon ebbs away fast so we can get cracking on with more exploration.
(although, I admit, I am missing my fuzzy wuzzy angel babies at home)
Two more days also means time is running out to feast on delicious dim sum and my new obsession, mango pancakes! Anyway, this little ‘checking in’ post has waffled on- see you when I get home!