28.9.08

3rd day

it's my 3rd day, and i woke up late; woke up around 11ish. had my first breakfast with Jacky and Eileen near City One. we had it in a traditional restaurant "茶餐廳"(cha can teng). It's just about 2 min walked from Jacky's apartment. i ordered sausage with noodle set which come together with eggs with bread and a cup of ice coffee. the breakfast set was damn huge, and it was quite normal for hongkie, but it was more than enough for me. the breakfast set costs about HKD28.

after breakfast, i have received a sms from sharon low. she has arrived at the airport. we decided to meet up at Mong Kok area after she has settled down and check-in to her hotel. i was preparing myself, and get ready to meet her later.
about 3pm, i took city bus - 218A from C
ity One to Mong Kok. my first time taking bus alone, and i was just guessing where is my stop suppose to be. jacky gave me an Octopus card since first day. The Octopus card "八達通" (Baat Daaht Tùng) is a rechargeable stored value smart card used to transfer electronic paymentsin online or offline systems. it was launched in September 1997 to collect fares for the city's mass transit system, the Octopus card system has since grown into a widely used payment system for virtually all public transport in Hong Kong. It is also used for payment at convenience stores, supermarkets, fast-food restaurants, on-street parking meters, car parks, and other point-of-sale applications such as service stations and vending machines. it seems like this Octopus card is similar to our Touch-N-Go card, but TNG has limited used, not as convenient as Octopus card.

Nathan road "彌敦道" is where i was at. Nathan Road is the main thoroughfare in Kowloon., that goes in a south-north direction from Tsim Tsa Tsui to Mong Kok. It is lined with shops, restaurants and tourists, and was known in the post-world war II, years as the Golden Mile, a name that is now rarely used. It starts on the southern part of Kowloon at its junction with salisbury road, a few metres north of Victoria Harbour, and ends at its intersection with Boundary Street in the north.

well, a lil story about the most popular place in hong kong - Mong Kok "旺角". Almost everyone of us who have been to hong kong or who have not been to hong kong, and yet everyone of us heard about this famous place.
the chinese translation of Mong Kok means flourishing/busy corner. The district is characterized by a mixture of old and new multi-story buildings, with shops and restaurants at street level and commercial or residential units above. Major industries in Mong Kok are retail, restaurants (including fast food) and entertainment.

i made the stop at Nelson Street stop. Hell ya, at first i have no idea where i was, but i made a call to my girl friend - Peggie. I told her that i need to go Ladies Street "女人街" (Tong Choi Street)... hahaha.. that was easy... it is just behind where i was standing! i slowly walked to it, and quickly snap few pictures. Ladies Street specializes in women's clothing, accessories, cosmetics, and the like. It is open daily from noon to 00.00 a.m. at Tung Choi Street on the east of Nathan Road. Typically, where there is a market, there are also food stalls selling noodles, seafood, and congee for mid-afternoon or late-night snacks. A grocery market is also located in the vicinity, quite convenient for housewives to buy fresh vegetables and pantyhose on the same trip.
i was regreted i didn't shop there, as i was rushing to meet sharon. Sigh... at last day... thought of making a shopping trip here, but too bad... my cash all gone!

then made call to sharon to check where she was. she was waiting at Dai Ga Lok "大家樂". Hell ya... everything here and there are full of color signages, every streets look the same, and a lot of shops around me... i confused... i stopped at a stall and asked the lady where is the Dai Ga Lok, and she willingly gave me the direction, which pointed straight, therefore, i greeted thanks, and walked to her direction. Yes, I saw Dai Ga Lok, when upstairs, and yet, still cant see the tall sharon though, i wonder, and made a call a gain! damn... since then both of us realized that in that area there are a few same restaurants!!!! sigh... well, i patiently waited sharon and leong at a body shop just at a cross road of ladies street and nelson street. hahaha... finally, i found them at Xu Liu San "許留山". we saw a lot of people queing up at Xu Liu San... oh it's a very popular dessert place where you can see it every where in HK. Make sure you try it! I have ordered a drink - mango with birdnest... yum yum!!!!

me, sharon and leong... we started our walking journey from Nelson Street. we were window shopping. we went in to a retail arcade, it was cool place but mainly seeling young hippy street wear. price is reasonable... but did not buy because we wanted to save it for tomorrow outlet shopping! we walked back to Nathan road... and decided to walk to Temple Street "廟街" (mui kai). We took pictures along the way...
Leong was too excited to see the this jockey club. he wanted to take a picture first before go in to see it's evironment. we wanted to try our luck, but too bad, dont know how to bed. it is amazing that football betting is legal and yet you can bet here too. well, i would say it's a one-stop betting solution for all HK's people. it's different from our magnum, damacai and sport toto, where you need to go 3 different locations to buy a number! well... different culture ma... HK friend told me that this Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC) has a legal monopoly over betting on horse racing and football. There are now in excess of 100 betting branches throughout the territory which accepts bets on racing and on soccer and buy mark six lottery tickets too. Not only these, This organization is the largest taxpayer in Hong Kong, as well as the largest private donor of charity funds,

A long the way, we hopped in 7-11 "七記"(qi ji) to get water mineral. hahaha... what has attracted us was the beer rack! damn... it is cheap though... 2 bottle of beer only HKD19!!!! where to get woh... some more is the tall can!! sigh... beer is even cheaper than a bottle of water mineral, can you believe it??? so... make sure you drink more beer than water in HK!!!! :) yes, 7-11 is every where in HK, you will see it in every corner... it's like starbucks in NY. it has a lot of choices then our malaysia 7-11. HK 7-11 is a real convenience shop for all.
Temple Street is a street located in the areas of Jordan and Yau Ma Tei in Kowloon. It is probably the most well know night market in Hong Kong, and is popular among both locals and tourist. Temple Street got its name from a temple at the middle of the street. The place is sometimes known as Men’s Street as it was famous for men’s fashion (but they sell all kind of stuff). There are 2 things unique in Temple Street… the snake shops selling snake delicacies, and the large numbers of fortune tellers. You don’t see this often at other Chinese night markets around the world. Other than that, I actually think that Malaysia’s Petaling Street is better than Hong Kong’s Temple Street. Temple Street probably has more stalls, but Petaling Street has more variety and cheaper. Our numbers of food stalls outnumbered theirs obviously, but then both of the markets have different kind of delicacies. Ok... one big different i found was you can buy all sort of sex toys in Temple Street!!! while we can't even seen one in Petaling Street!! :) so dear all, next time if you need some toys... you know where to go ya!
hehe... not only these, Temple Street is well-known for its prostitution activities inside the tenement houses. Many brothels are housed there and it is not difficult to see prostitutes wearing few pieces of clothing exchanging glances with passers-by. Some hustlers on the street bring the men to the brothel and there are many spartan rooms with no more than a bed. There are lots of neon lights on Temple Street to advertise these activities at night.


after a long day walked, we felt hungry! my hongkie friends were organizing a gathering at kowloon city, to have steamboat. hahaha... reason being i had it once during my 2006 trip. sharon and leong also joinned us for this gathering. supposingly jacky would pick me up, but since both were following, and we rather took a cab instead. well, jacky does not tell me the excat location, as i passed the phone to the taxi driver and he talked to jacky for direction. aiyo... the steamboat was at kowloon city wet market. it costs us about HKD35. When reached, jacky brought us to the wet market. hahaha... it was first experience to a local wet market. well, i dont think any tour will bring us such place. it was a good one, because we had local experienced.
very happy and glad to see fanny and howard, as many years since they left UIU in 2002 to CA. of course, my dear best ever buddy - peggie also there, but she was a bit late. hahaha... wanted to introduce her a bit since she is my best buddy - well, we were alcohol kaki during uni time!!! lots of sweet and sour memories were with her. she came with charles, her furniture supplier... yeah, peggie is moving to Yun Long, where she will be leaving by herself soon. Yahoooo... I'll have a place to stay when visiting HK again. hahaha... peggie said definately welcome me woh...:) thanks dear!
ok, why i told jacky that i needed to have steamboat here, reason being i love the beef... damn... it was delicious... moreover, i have discovered a new coke - Coke Zero!!!! the can look cool.. black color... while it taste a bit similar like Diet Coke... Food in HK is expensive la, this steamboat cost us HKD950 - est. RM450!!!! yoh... i think we can have a better food with this price right??? well, ok la... once in a while still could afford...:)


after steamboat... we were heading to victoria harbour "太平山" (tai ping shan). here was our last destination for the day. jacky drove us up. taken few pictures with my camera. the others were taken by sharon's camera. enjoyed the cooling weather up on the hill, as day time was too hot for us. it's a romantic place for couple. too bad jeff was not around with me... and it was awarked that i was with 2 couples!!! what to do... i was happy became a photographer for them... :)


my day 3 journey was ended with beautiful scene of Victoria Harbour... is a natural landform harbour situated between Hong Kong Island and the Kowloon Penisula. Long famous for its spectacular views, the harbour is a major tourist attraction of Hong Kong. Lying in the middle of the territory's dense urban region, the harbour is the site of annual fireworks displays and its promenades are popular gathering places for tourists and residents.
jacky sent sharon and leong to Central Station... and we headed back to City One. thanks to jacky arranging such night for us.

2 views of Victoria Harbour that i found on some website

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