Sunday, 29 January 2017

Hong Kong 2016 Day 8: Brands and Products Expo @ Victoria Park

Happy Chinese New Year!! Year of the Rooster or the Chinese would say Chicken - as we really don't know if it was a male or female that crossed the river in the zodiac story... actually we don't know if they were male or female animals at all!!! (This came up in a conversation between Mr Games, Miss Money and I last night!). LOL!

Saturday 10th December 2016

Another early morning it was. I really wanted to sleep but I don't think this holiday was meant to be for sleeping. :( I think I know how Miss Pinky feels when we go on holiday). 

Well back to the congee place again!! This time we had noodles and again we had abalone congee but with pork slices instead of chicken. Yummy! I really really like abalone!!!! Not sure why Hong Kongers and Chinese people in general eat noodles for breakfast. It's normal for me. People in Hong Kong just eat anything for breakfast even if it's something people would eat for dinner... Strange we are!

Total cost came to HK$94 (~£9.89). Still good.

Well where did we go on this very, very hot Saturday???
We went to Victoria Park where all the events for exhibitions are held. It never ends I think... there's always an event there for all the public holidays.
First we went took a bus to Central Ferry Stop to Macau. Then we had to go up to the bridge part to get to the tram section... I had to use my internet roaming, otherwise we would have gotten lost. We took a tram heading to North Point, and we needed to get off at Victoria Park. For HK$2.30 (~£0.23p)... That's really cheap! It used to be HK$2, That's a 15% increase, but still cheap. It's a really popular and cheap way of travelling across Hong Kong but when it's really overcrowded, you just don't know where to stand or dare to sit down in case an older person comes along... :( We thought we were going the wrong way, but we got off at Victoria Park! The modern trams are like the buses and tell you which stop you're at. Note: get on at the back of the tram, and get off at the front... Not sure why it's a backwards thing... You also have to pay at the front when you get off!

Right across the street was the event MummyGeek wanted to go to for many, many years. She had went before but that was when she was younger, and events change over the years. It's called 工展會 Gung Jin Wui, which means "exhibition". This exhibition was for Brands and Products of all sorts - food, snacks, cookware etc., etc... ¬_¬" Think MummyGeek thinks we've not been to one. Well, not one in HK, but she's never seen the places I go to in London. LOL! 

We just missed the start of the opening, so we just missed Hong Kong's Chief Executive Leung Chun Ying who was there to open up the exhibition. Ah, too bad!

We headed towards the entrance, and then suddenly MummyGeek was held back because she looked over 60 (uh hm - she's over 60), and one of the exhibition stewardesses told her to go into the queue for elderly people as it's free for them! ¬_¬"" WHAT! MummyGeek gets to go in for FREE!! So Mr Stingy and I had to go and queue for our tickets. Fortunately the queue was going fairly quickly (this is how service is run UK! Stop being so slow!), tickets for us youngsters was HK$10 (£1.05). Gosh, that's really cheap for an admission.... Maybe because they were in an open space, plus they were probably expecting thousands of people in 2-3 weeks.

We got in, and we just explored as much as we could. It was sooooooo hot.

I so wanted a Hello Kitty kettle, but when I saw the price, it was no-no... :(

Had a shitake mushroom taster here... it really tasted amazing! Fat juicy shitake mushrooms are amaaaazing!

Because of the heat, MummyGeek and I had to have a gelato. Mr Stingy told us later he too had to have an ice cream. ^_^

We saw Mr Stingy looking at this stage and trying to cool off... It was at this point we decided to go back to the hotel...

We took a tram back an got back near to Central. MummyGeek was hungry, so we had to stop and eat. We randomly went to this place 羅富記粥麵專家 Law Fu Kee. Was served by one rude and forgetful waiter... Everything was served apart from my beef brisket noodles soup. ¬_¬" I waited and waited and waited until the cashier came over and asked if there was a problem because I was sighing a lot. She said the waiter was always a problem, didn't make a mistake with the calculations but forgot to put my order on... Stupid! Fortunately the cashier made a minus of HK£10 from our bill... Lucky!

So we had a plate of dried noodles and Chinese leaves with a separate bowl of soup... this was ok...

Mr Stingy and MummyGeek had the wonton noodles soup - looks so much better than Mak's Noodles!

And these deep fried fish balls. Don't think the sauce goes well with it... Very odd taste. But seems like one of the popular dishes on the menu, which the waiter had recommended. LOL!

Finally my beef brisket noodle soup came!! We must eat fast as their turnover is really fast!

Well, better than Mak's Noodles...

Total came to HK$164 (~£17.26) with the HK$10 discount from the cashier. This place won't be in my good books... an unlucky experience.

Address: 144 Queen's Road Central, Central, Hong Kong

It was a long walk back to the Central Ferry Stop to Macau. We literally had to walk under a car tunnel where runners were going through. ¬_¬"" My dear life... 

Unfortunately I had a really bad headache, and so I had to have a nap. Think it was too much exposure to sunlight, lack of sleep, bus aircon and not eating enough for me to sleep... 

I woke up and still had a headache. MummyGeek wanted us to go out and get some T-shirts in a nearby local shopping centre where my aunt and cousin lives... We went and I definitely wanted to go back to the hotel room as quickly as possible... It was a nightmare finding big sizes for Mr Stingy. Grrrrr... He didn't bring enough and he hates shopping. ¬_¬"" If I didn't have a headache, I think I would have wanted to buy loads of clothes. Heheh.

In the end I threw up a few times (managed to get to the hotel room fairly quickly)... and thankfully my headache went! Phew! Think it may have been some milk I had that morning.

Decided I didn't want anything to eat that night... So I had an apple... :(

End of Day 8.

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Hong Kong 2016 Day 7: Tai Po... MummyGeek reminiscing her past...

Friday 9th December 2016

Free daaaaay!!! Meaning I get to "hang out" with MummyGeek (like I haven't been for the past few days... sarcasm ¬_¬") and Mr Stingy got to go out and do his own thing - think he decided to go to Ma On Shan and find a new bus route from the hotel.

So where did we go for the day? We went to Tai Po by taking the 74A bus which only comes hourly. It wasn't like that in the past, but because of some new train lines people aren't taking the buses anymore... MummyGeek always wanted to have a look at this food centre which is on the top floor and it's just right next to the bus stop we got off from.

Address: Tai Po Hui Market and Cooked Food Centre, G/F-2/F, Tai Po Complex, 8 Heung Sze Wui St, Tai Po District., Hong Kong

There were a lot of food stalls opened when we got there. Some weren't opened yet... But in the end MummyGeek wanted to try out these Shanghai noodles at 東記上海麵 Dong Kee Shanghai Noodles. 

We were allowed to choose a our own veggies on top of the noodles, so MummyGeek chose choi sum and preserved cabbage with beef brisket. I had the same but without the preserved cabbage. We could choose either a pork chop or chicken wings, and we both chose pork chops. I thought MummyGeek had ordered chicken wings, but nevermind!

Shanghai noodles taste almost like Japanese udon noodles, but I think these have more elasticity and much chewier than udon noodles. (Bought some in London from Longdan Express and Shanghai to see if it would be sort of the same texture - it was!). Hm, I think I prefer Shanghai noodles. 

The fried pork chop was scrumptious. Well seasoned. I just wish we had ordered the chicken wings now!

Total cost came to HK$94 (I think - forgot to note it down, but it was practically almost the same price as previous breakfasts ~£9.89).

Just to note, you might be sharing a table with some other Hong Kongers and their maids. We sat next to a couple of women and a Filipino maid... Sometimes I wonder why do people in HK have maids? One - to help with the shopping. Two - is it cheaper than taking their children to nursery. Three - ??? Apart from The Queen and the rich peeps in England, I don't think none of us has maids in the UK. We practically do everything ourselves. Does an extra pair of hands really help? I'm just happy to have lots of freedom!

After breakfast/brunch it was time for MummyGeek to feel like she was back at home and just walk around... We went to the normal places we go to, like the shopping centres. It's not far from the main street, but we always go via the old shopping centre and then into the Tai Po Mega Mall (Address: No. 8 & N.T., 10 On Pong Rd, Tai Po, Hong Kong). It's a bit of a trek if you try and find a different route. 

We explored the Mega Mall, went to the loo as well, but of course everything there was expensive. We looked at the woks and saw one that cost over HK$3000.... WTF! (~£315). Sorry but no way do I need an expensive wok like that!). Didn't really want anything from here, so we went back

In the end MummyGeek said we should have a look around the old streets. She wanted to look at the area she used to work in when she sold flowers and plants when she was young....

Towards the end of this street (Kwong Fuk Road), can you see those trees? That's where there was an old flower market MummyGeek used to work in. It's now converted into Kwong Fuk Bridge Garden where some old people hang out. 

Where these shops are now used to sell rice, I guess before rice were sold in packets and big bags... MummyGeek was not happy, but told her that shops have to modernise and rice shops wouldn't have lasted. Never seen a rice shop in my life! And next to that Kohler shop was once a cafe MummyGeek used to go to for her brekkie/lunch. LOL! She really does miss her past!

Anyway, she said there was a market around there so we walked up further and found it... I'm sure we've been to this part before.

We once went to this market with MummyGeek's younger sister man years ago. You can buy cheap clothes and foods here. ^_^

MummyGeek wanted to buy some peanut sweets for DaddyChef... these aren't bad, very fresh, and not too sweet! Just make sure you seal them properly because they do actually smell a lot. ^_^ LOL!

Finally it was time to head back... We saw these old two ladies fighting over cardboard boxes. ¬.¬" This is only supposed to happen in HK dramas, not in real life! Blimey! The older generation take newspapers, cans, boxes etc., etc to a recycling centre where they can exchange this for money. I guess the heavier it is the more money you get... Maybe they should introduce this in the UK for people to recycle more. Just watch out for the arguments to follow! Theresa May - you need to get on with the environmental issues in the UK as well as your stupid Brexit plans!!! (I did not vote for this political and enviromental crap to happen).

We waited ages for a bus to come. We were at the bus stop in time, but unfortunately it does come hourly... Well the bus was frigging late! At least 45 minutes late... It was a very hot that day too. :( MummyGeek was not impressed, and I think I was going to die from thirst... I did tell MummyGeek to buy a drink earlier, but she didn't listen to me (as usual)... I kind of had to push her back in case the bus came... she didn't like that ¬_¬"" ... sorry mum! :p

Well we got back around 4-ish... our snacks already bought in Tai Po...

Guess what?! These egg tarts cost HK$3 each! Yes that's right! ~£0.32p ... ¬_¬"" London why are you sooooo expensive!!! I love egg tarts... please London Chinese bakeries, reduce your egg tart prices. :(

This is what MummyGeek bought... we had to feast on a lot on the remaining days... SIGH. Too much food!

What's this again? Ah yeah, some sort of pineapple bun style cake... interesting... (not using real pineapple). The top was just like a po lo bun (pineapple bun) but on top of a sponge cake.

Have to show you what I got at the Mega Mall. I caught a Charmander for HK$30 (~£3.16) with my Octopus card using one of those toy machines whilst MummyGeek was in the loo... ¬_¬""

Lunch consisted of red bean soy milk and malt soy milk... Plus a takeaway of roast pork and duck from BBQ King. ^_^ MummyGeek paid!

And uh, these are the crisps I bought... ¬_¬" I like snacking!

End of Day 7.