China, Hong Kong

[On Hollywood, Day 1 – Hong Kong]

December 18, 2014

One 15+ hour flight later and Ben and I are waking up to a Sunday morning in Hong Kong. Scoring an insanely good Travel Zoo deal (thank you Top 20!), we paid our $1100 for our four flights:NYC –>  Hong Kong –> Tokyo –> Hong Kong –> NYC. My only regret is not having more vacation days to take full advantage of the unlimited lengths of time we could have spent there.

Ben took up a lot of space. W/U 15 hours to go...

Ben took up a lot of space. W/U 15 hours to go…

Almost there. almost there...more noodles please?

Almost there. almost there…more noodles please?

 

We landed on a Sunday morning and promptly took the MTR Airport express which felt like a bullet train and led us straight to Central in literally 24 minutes. Fastest, smoothest experience I’ve ever felt going from airport to city, ever. I should stop to warn you hear that our experience in all of Asia is that you should probably get cash. That being said, the subway system here is clean, efficient and so easy to navigate.

Arrived and on the MTR

Arrived and on the MTR

 

We arrived at the Butterfly on Hollywood which I’d highly recommend as a great strip to see lots of different things (close to main roads, restaurants, Victoria Peak etc) but our room wasn’t ready quite yet. We chose instead to walk around and stop for tea and snacks at Teakha, a foursquare find. I wish I’d gone back for their green tea cheesecake 🙁

 

Two for tea and tea for two

Two for tea and tea for two

Nothing beats some delicious iced coffees and treats

Nothing beats some delicious iced coffees and treats

Especially when they come with fig scones and financiers

Especially when they come with fig scones and financiers

We did some exploring... Ben was too big for everything

We did some exploring… Ben was too big for everything

 

After that we finally went back and took a much needed shower. The Hollywood theme was really cute with little butterflies indicating firm/soft pillows and a surprisingly great view. As we were warned everything was lilliputian size and Ben proceeded to smash his head and limbs into everything. Meanwhile I took a shower which included puzzling instructions encouraging me to turn on hot water and the A/C at the same time. Welcome to tropical, humid cities.

 

Everything is hollywood themed

Everything is hollywood themed

I settled in quickly

I settled in quickly

And there was a decent view

And there was a decent view

 

At this point I realized that I’d packed my D80, 50mm lens, 72mm lens, full stack of SD cards…and oh wait, that’s right no battery charger and of course my batteries were dying.

 

Wan chai, bamboo scaffolding and the hunt for a Nikon En-El3 charger

Wan chai, bamboo scaffolding and the hunt for a Nikon En-El3 charger

Charger found!

Charger found!

En route back

En route back

Couldn't resist popping into the Man Mo Temple on our street

Couldn’t resist popping into the Man Mo Temple on our street

I still smell of incense

I still smell of incense

but worth it, I think you'll agree

but worth it, I think you’ll agree

Of course had to get some lotus buns...on the way to lunch. That's $5 HKD

Of course had to get some lotus buns…on the way to lunch. That’s $5 HKD

 

We popped down to causeway bay/wan chai where I struggled not buying things but bought a charger and headed back for an impromptu lunch with my friend Chris who happened to be in town and saw my foursquare check in. We stopped by the Blue Butcher where Ben had a Fig + Cheese cocktail. Despite sounding disgusting, the scotch based cocktail was unexpectedly interesting.

We grabbed some family style Thai lunch and promptly headed back for a nap.

 

Bartender, make me a drink!

Bartender, make me a drink!

Filled with Blue Cheese foam...mmmm

Filled with Blue Cheese foam…mmmm

One blurry picture from lunch

One blurry picture from lunch (my camera was not working with me on this one)

 

When we woke up we did a ton of mall trolling, walking down Hollywood and grabbing dinner and cocktails before heading back after a long jet lagged day.

Dinner was Mak’s Noodles which we later found out was an Anthony Bourdain pit stop for an episode of the layover. We pointed at some things, explained Ben was allergic to shellfish and slurped up some of the best noodles I’ve ever had.

 

Is it time for dinner yet?

Is it time for dinner yet?

Uh, oh it's dark out...

Uh, oh it’s dark out…

Even darker...

Even darker…

Noodle time!

Noodle time!

I'm clearly tired at this point

I’m clearly tired at this point

but not Ben

but not Ben

Noodles, oodles, noodles

Noodles, oodles, noodles

Freshest greens ever

Freshest greens ever

One last stroll for an egg custard and some cocktails. Great first day!

One last stroll for an egg custard and some cocktails. Great first day!

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