What to eat in Hong Kong

For those celebrating, Happy Chinese New Year!

Sorry this is late posting because for the life of me I felt that the food that I’ve eaten in Hong Kong are very similar to the Chinese food in the Philippines… Example, Pancit, Taho, and Fishballs :D… yes that’s my friend, Enoch, who have visited me in Antique last year and ate all our coconuts and now it’s payback time for him to introduce me to Hong Kong streetfood.


fishball in Hong Kong
Well, there’s a slight difference from Fishballs in Hong Kong because they are not fried in oil but they are boiled instead.. and the sauce is spicy.

I tasted their very spicy noodles, I ate their rice and braised pork, even went as far as tasting their snake soup.. You know what I found? The food that I have tasted are like same same.. I’m such a lousy food blogger :))


hong kong food

But I knew there’s more to Hong Kong food than the usual HK Chinese food that we eat in Chinese restaurants.. I just need to dig in deeper into the culture.. Too bad my friend went to visit when I was about to leave already.. but lo and behold, the universe sent me someone online and she knows the culture very well! On my next visit, I hope Sarah will still be in Hong Kong, would love to hang out with her and see the authentic culture of the place. So what else is there to do and eat in Hong Kong? Check this out:


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This Grasya is in Hong Kong.. again

The Filipina in charge of the boutique hotel inn asked me – “are you not afraid of getting lost? You know some locals do not speak English? And some you know have strong character they might appear as rude to you but it’s normal for them”

I assured Ate, default name for big sister, to not worry. I’ve been lost in Hong Kong before so I’m used to it already.. well, getting lost has become part of the agenda in my travels already.. I’ve become so used to it that I think I can consider myself an expert on the field.

She laughed at me for not displaying a hint of worry. I thank her for worrying about me though.. at least she cares enough to make sure I’m traveling safe.


boat in hong kong

I’ve been here before so not really keen on going around. I’m just here for a client meeting and to eat exotic food.. Don’t worry my intestines survived the big waves when I was traveling during a tropical depression, it should survive snake soups and other exotic food here. More details of the trip later.

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My travel expenses in Hong Kong and Macau

My travel expenses in Hong Kong and Macau

Writing this is difficult… specially when I’m undergoing a phase in life.. some call it writers block, I call it.. lazyness.. or reality avoidance.. coz knowing I’ve spent so much breaks my heart!

But hey, I love sharing my brokeness too! :P

Mysteriously, while I was creating this post, the notes where I stored all the information was deleted.. I got a gut feeling it was not meant for me to share.. good thing I had backups of expenses from different places.. please bear with me as some are just estimates but I’ve made sure it’s close as of this date.. not sure in the future due to inflation :D

Conversion rates at the moment is
1 USD = 7.76 HKD
1 HKD = 5.59 PHP

Here’s the breakdown:

PRE DEPARTURE EXPENSES FROM ILOILO

Plane ticket:       3110.01PHP  //  71.717 USD    // 556.35 HKD
Travel Tax:          1620.00PHP  //  37.357 USD    // 289.80 HKD
Processing fee:   200.00PHP  //    4.612 USD    //    35.78 HKD
Terminal fee:       550.00PHP   // 12.680 USD     //   98.39 HKD

HONG KONG EXPENSES
Airbnb accomodation for 2 days:           2320.00PHP    //  58.00 USD     //   464.00 HKD
Adaptor:                                                         195.64 PHP   //     4.51 USD    //     35.00 HKD
Cable Car:                                                     503.11 PHP  //   11.60 USD    //   90.00 HKD
Bus back from Cable Car:                            78.26 PHP  //      1.80 US      //    14.00 HKD
Food expenses:                                          (55.94 – 279.50 PHP  //     1.29 to 6.45 USD   //     10 to 50.00 HKD * 3) * 4 days
Pen set :                                                         223.60 PHP  //      5.16 USD   //     40.00 HKD
10 Tshirts (Gifts to nieces/nephews):    1118.07 PHP  //     25.78 USD  //   200.00 HKD
Sandals for myself or ill be saaad:           335.42 PHP  //        7.73 USD  //     60.00 HKD
Octopus Card:                                             1397.59 PHP  //     32.23 USD  //   250.00 HKD
Squid streetfood:                                             55.90 PHP  //        1.29 USD  //     10.00 HKD
Bus to Airport:                                                 223.61 PHP //        5.16 USD  //     40.00 HKD

MACAU EXPENSES
Travel to Macau and back:                           1778.83 PHP // 40.99 US // 318 HKD
Bus Ride:                                                       12 HKD (Actually you only have to pay for 3.2HKD per ride but I havent mustered the courage to ask my accidental travel buddy to pay up.. so I considered it as his talent fee for reading maps so we dont get too lost :D.. now he’s got added funds to gamble in the casinos)

OTHER TIPS!
Bus rides are cheaper than trains
Museums are free on Wednesdays
In Macau, you can actually ride a hotel bus to go around for free, unfortunately was not able to find it
You can just buy a 1 way ticket to the cable car instead of 2 way, then ride the bus going back. But if you really love to ride cable cars, then by all means, buy a 2 way ticket

More freebies here: http://grasya.com/2013/06/free-things-i-have-discovered-in-hong-kong/



To give a total estimate of how much I spent in Hong Kong and Macau including airfare etc, it is around 14,448.45 to 16457.69 PHP // 332.91 to 379.56 USD // 2582.95 to 2944.32 HKD for 4 days..

Now please excuse me for nursing my bad feelings and do a root cause analysis why I could have spent better

Free stuff I have discovered in Hong Kong

Free stuff I have discovered in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is a very expensive place to travel for many people (that includes me) . But if you plan it right, you may find freebies that not many knew. And because sharing is caring, here’s what I’ve discovered.. Freebies means more freedom to travel in other places so hopefully you’ll find this post useful:

 

1. Free WIFI in the airport. The place is really a nice hang out. I see many travelers hanging out and sleeping there while they wait for their next flight.. you can have that as a backup plan actually just in case you haven’t found a proper place to stay

2. Free coffee and WIFI in my hostel. It’s kinda ironic that I haven’t found any coffee shops with free WIFI though. Boo. Good thing the hostel provided these.. although my old cranky laptop wasnt able to grab the free WIFI due to gadget discrimination errr compatibility issues, but neighbors have free WIFI so that made me happy. I know there might be some security issues with free WIFIs but I have nothing to declare really :P.. I got a great deal at airbnb, and you can get a great deal too, just look around at my travel resource section.

3. Free accommodation. Yes it is possible if you couchsurf although it is really hard to request for a couch in HK, and maybe I just got lucky I got a free stay on my last night. I cooked and bought a wee gift for my host in return though ^_^.. this was my view at night.




 

4. Free entrance at Museums on a Wednesday. I went to the Art and Space museum for free YAY! This would cost something if I go there on other days.

5. Free ride on the longest mid-level escalator in Central station. Ride along while you see places while the escalator moves.. thing is, its only a one way ride.. so you’ll have to walk on the way back :D

6. Free walking tour.. especially when you get lost haha! So dont get annoyed when you end up in the wrong place, your legs will probably have some added muscles for too much walking but at least you’ve seen places that not many people gets to see ;)

 

You can get more ideas here: http://www.back-packer.org/2012/08/7-free-things-to-do-in-hong-kong/

So that concludes my freebies discovery. How about you? What freebies have you discovered in Hong Kong? ^_^

Next Post: Immigration details; How much did I spent in Hong Kong and more budget tips; Travel stories in Macau; Coffee shops; Future travel plans and lots more.

What to do in Hong Kong

What to do in Hong Kong

I’m not traveling so much lately.. just travel to the super market and back.. and yeah lately, I had a misadventure in the hospital but that’s another story. :D

So I cant wait for next month! Where I travel to another country again! I’ll be contributing to air pollution, and thinning of the ice in the arctic ocean in my own small way but I promise to travel responsibly.

I know the best is yet to come and I believe the half part of this year is just the beginning of more awesomeness :D..

So what are my plans for Hong Kong:

1. Visit Antonella, a dear friend who was in charge of me when I was a hard headed Gen in Tagaytay last 2005.. I just graduated my Masters that time so you know, the ego was very high.. but I have changed and I’ll show her my halo (disguised as crown of thorns) when we finally get to meet :D..

and yes, I’m also helping her promote her paintings.. this is perfect display for coffee shops, hotels and restaurants.. let me know if you want to order ^_^.. More info at http://antoartworks.weebly.com/

 

2.  Hunt Coffee Shops and restaurants and do some Food Adventure! I dont want to just eat and take picture of the food.. I’m hoping to learn how to cook some local food too! So far, I know how to cook some Thai, Korean, Indonesian food already.. I aint a perfect cook but i do practice :D.. who wants to have some cooking session with me in HK?

UPDATE: I’m reading about r66 rotating restaurant that turns around every 66 minutes.. located on the 62nd floor of the “Hopewell Centre” on Hong Kong Island.. I wish to go there! and order iced tea or coffee and sip every 15 minutes so I can stay for 3 hours :D

But if its too expensive, I’ll just go to another lesser expensive country with a rotating restaurant. *sigh*

Dining at victoria peak seems nice too… hmm.. let me see where’s the best place to order coffee and stay for 3 hours when i get there.

3. I’m gonna visit the space museum. Have you heard of the mission to Mars where they send people a one way ticket to that planet? Well… I’m not participating :D.. I’ll just content myself with visiting space museums at the moment.. but for those of you who had enough contribution to the destruction of Mother Earth, you may want to check out Mars, we’ll be glad to send you off.

4.  I want to visit the Big Buddha and Po Lin Monastery.. And ride the cable car! hmm I know there are lots of monasteries and buddhas in Asia.. so not much excited to see this. But we’ll see. I’m looking forward to the cable car ride though!

5. I want to shop.. but on a wee budget, can someone please tell me where to haggle electronics? My laptop is dying a slow death on me. I need a new one :(

6. I also plan to design itineraries for independent travelers so for establishments who wants to be included in the plan, please drop me a note.

So far, I’ve got 3 places to stay… It’s my first time to use AirBNB and it got me a 58$/ P2378 deal for 2 nights in a hostel.. And I’ll be couchsurfing with a former CBS producer on my last stay.. The other place where I’ll spend a night will be revealed later on.. Plan is getting awesome! ^_^

This is just a draft list and we’ll see if there are additions/deletions in the original plan. Any other recommendations? ^_^

 

Disneyland is not on my list.. coz everyone goes there :D.. well maybe I’ll go there when I bring small kids in the family clan next time coz I still have to fulfill the role of being an awesome Aunt. But for now, I just want to have an awesome trip. ^_^ That’s not a hard wish, aint it? ^_^

 

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