Friday, August 17, 2018

Hong Kong Guide: 19 Places To Visit & Eat

Hello guys, I'm back from my 8D7N Hong Kong trip.

It was a very relaxing trip where we just take things slow to appreciate the beauty of this city. Hong Kong is a place where we can explore by ourselves as all the places of interest are easily accessible via MTR.

I have compiled all the best places to visit and best into a blog posts so that you can plan your Hong Kong trip easily. If you would like to read on my full experience, do visit my individual posts on Hong Kong.

1. Explore the street of Mong Kok

Mong Kok is one of the best shopping places in Hong Kong, it is home to Ladies Market which has over 100 stalls selling clothing, accessories and souvenirs. All my shopping was done here.

Ladies Market
Tung Choi Street, Mong Kok, Kowloon
Nearest MTR: Mongkok exit E2

2. Eat at Tim Ho Wan

Tim Ho Wan is best known for their BBQ pork buns. The most delicious part was definitely the crispy bun. Beneath the crispy outer was soft and juicy char siew. The other dishes were tasted delicious too.

Tim Ho Wan 
Olympian City 2, 18 Hoi Ting Rd, West Kowloon, Hong Kong
Nearest MTR: Olympic exit D3

3. Eat at Kam Wah Cafe

A trip will never be complete without trying the local delights. We made a visit to Kam Wah Cafe 金華冰廳. Kam Wah Cafe is famous for their bolo bun and egg tart. The legendary bolo bun 菠萝包 that Kam Wah Cafe is famous for. It was served with a slice of butter sandwiched in between the bun.

Kam Wah Cafe
47 Bute St, Prince Edward, Hong Kong
Nearest MTR: Mong Kok exit B1

4. Laze the afternoon at On Dog Dog Cafe

Admission fee upon entering is HKD150 which comes with a drink, a side dish and main course as well as unlimited time playing with the dogs. On Dog Dog Cafe housed 5 dogs (2 Huskies, 2 Akita and 1 Shiba) and a ginger cat. I love going to dog cafes because it gives me the opportunity to mingle around with the dogs which I don't have a chance to do since I don't own a pet at home.

On Dog Dog Cafe
1/F, 3 Soares Avenue, Ho Man Tin, Hong Kong 
Nearest MTR: Mong Kok East exit C (10 minutes walk)

5. Night strolling at Victoria Harbour

Victoria Harbour covers from Tsim Sha Tsui to Wan Chai, you can admire the harbour scenery from either location. Catch A Symphony of Lights which will start at 8pm daily. A Symphony of Lights is a multimedia show and signature icon for Hong Kong, showcasing the vibrancy and glamorous night vista of the city.

Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade
Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Nearest MTR: Tsim Sha Tsui exit E


6. Photo opportunity at Snoopy's World

It was a small amusement park where you can take photo with all the Snoopy figures. Kids and Snoopy fans will love this.

Snoopy's World
New Town Plaza Phase, 2-8 Sha Tin Centre St, Hong Kong
Nearest MTR: Sha Tin exit A (Walk through New Town Plaza 5 minutes walk)

7. Tram to The Peak

Waiting to board the Peak Tram. We purchased the ticket at HKD90 per pax. Visiting tourist attractions in Hong Kong is very pricey, prepare more cash if you want to visit these places. On board the famous Peak Tram that fascinate us. The tram was going up in a very steep slope, the building that we passed by were all slanted diagonally. It was as though we were going up the track of roller coaster except there was no sliding down.

8. Attraction to Madame Tussauds

The entrance ticket was a bomb, it costs HKD280 (S$50) per pax. The Hong Kong branch houses nearly 100 wax figures of internationally known personalities featuring Hong Kong Glamour, Music Icons, Historical and National Heroes, The Champions and World Premiere. We have a great an hour plus spent in the wax museum.

9. Eat at Yat Lok Roast Goose

Since we were at Central, we went to find the famous Roast Goose stall, Yat Lok. I ordered the famous Roast Goose rice, there was a thick layer of fats hide within the layers of lean meat and the sauce drizzled was flavoursome. Food was not bad but very pricey.

Yat Lok Roast Goose
Conwell House, G/F, 34-38 Stanley St, Central, Hong Kong
Nearest MTR: Central exit D2 (10 minutes walk)

10. Dessert stop at Honeymoon Dessert

We spotted Honeymoon Dessert at level 3 so we went in to have desserts and take a break. We ordered 2 desserts that are not found in Singapore - Strawberry Sago and Green Tea with Soya Beancurd. We paid HKD73 for the dessert.

Honeymoon Dessert
500 Hennessy Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong Island
Hysan Place #03-317 to 319
Nearest MTR: Causeway Bay exit F2

11. Cable car ride to Ngong Ping

The visit to Ngong Ping was definitely the highlight of our Hong Kong trip. We purchased the 360 fun pass standard adult ticket HKD255 (S$45.53) per pax. The ticket consists of  a round trip cable car ride, show for motion 360, stage 360 and walking with buddha. The cable car ride to Ngong Ping was about 25 minutes. Throughout the ride, we caught sight of the deep blue sea and lush green mountainside of Lantau Island underneath our feet. 

12. Climb up to The Big Buddha

The Big Buddha, also known as Tian Tan Buddha, is the most iconic attraction of Lantau Island. There is a total of 268 steps to reach the three-storey pedestal to visit the Buddha and the exhibition hall. Besides visiting the Buddha, we got to enjoy the boundless scenery of Lantau and South China Sea. It was worth the sweat climbing up and be treated to the beautiful sight, away from the hustle and bustle of city.

Ngong Ping
Lantau Island, Hong Kong
Nearest MTR: Tung Chung Exit B (5 minutes walk)

13. Make a trip to Disneyland

Disneyland is a place that captured my heart with childhood memories came flooding back. Disney melody rang in the air as we entered Disneyland. 

14. Eat at Dim Dim Sum

I was so glad that we came here because it served a wide variety of dim sum choices and best dim sum that I tried so far. It was a satisfying dinner and our greatest achievement for today.

DimDim Sum 
26-28 Man Wui St, Jordan, Hong Kong
Nearest MTR: Jordan (12 minutes walk away)

15. Eat at One Dim Sum

An affordable dim sum restaurant that was packed with crowds. They used to be one Michelin star. The restaurant was a small scale one, our night was spent here enjoying the Cantonese dim sum. Dim sum was a staple food we have in Hong Kong and it definitely left a deep impression during this trip. One Dim Sum is indeed an affordable dim sum restaurant that offers quality dim sum. Recommended to visit.

One Dim Sum
Prince Edward, Playing Field Rd, 15 Shop 1 & 2 Kenwood Mansion
Nearest MTR: Prince Edward Exit A (3 minutes walk)

16. Trip to Macau The Venetian

The trip to The Venetian was nothing but amazing, everything about this hotel was so gorgeous and incredible. It was possibly the most luxurious hotel that I ever stepped into. Stepping into Sands Shoppes made me think of the Korean drama, Boys Over Flowers. They came to The Venetian to film the drama and on board this gondola ride, riding through the canal of the Shoppes at the Venetian. 

17. Try the Portuguese egg tarts at Macau

We stopped by Lord Stow's Bakery and Cafe for tea break.
They are famous for their Portuguese egg tarts. To complete my trip to Macau, we can't miss out on their Portuguese egg tarts. The egg tart has a flaky and crispy exterior with a soft and moist interior. Handle with care when consumption as the egg tart will break apart when we bite it. 

Lord Stow's Bakery and Cafe
Sands Shoppes at The Venetian, level 3

18. Visit Macau Eiffel Tower at The Parisian Macao

The highlight of The Parisian Macao is definitely Macau Eiffel Tower, a replica of Paris' most famous icon. The large observation deck was located on the 7th floor and a small deck located on the 37th floor at the top of the tower. The City of Lights, the City of Love. Paris is at the heart of romance.
The replica is only a half scale of the famous Eiffel Tower's landmark. 

19. Trip to Lamma Island

Lamma Island is located to the southwest of Hong Kong Island and it is the third largest island of Hong Kong. It is a traditional fishing villages and hidden Hong Kong scenery. Lamma Island is away from the hustle and bustle city. Time seemed to slow down when we were here. Lamma Island is house to a streetful of seafood restaurants, arts and crafts stores that can be found once we alighted at the pier.

Hope this post helps in your itinerary planning to Hong Kong.
Good bye.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Disney's 'Mickey Go Local' Launch at Raffles City

Head down to Raffles City this August for celebration and good cause.

In celebration of Mickey Mouse’s 90th anniversary and Singapore’s 53rd National Day, Raffles City is collaborating with The Walt Disney Company (Southeast Asia) to launch the first “Mickey Go Local” campaign in Singapore.


Good news for Mickey Mouse fans, time to make your way to Raffles City and have your camera snapping at the 90 pieces of 60-centimetre-tall Mickey Mouse figurines, decorated with creative and thoughtful designs by individuals from different walks of life.

The month-long campaign features a host of activities, including a public exhibition of 90 Mickey Mouse figurines designed in Singapore style by individuals, including President Halimah Yacob.

These uniquely Singapore Mickey Mouse figurines will be displayed at Raffles City from 1 – 29 August 2018.

Mickey Mouse reminds all of us the benefits of laughter, optimism and hope. 
The iconic character will connect Singaporeans and tourists in a fun manner, providing more ways for people to celebrate with their favourite Disney character. 

Raffles City showcased the unique expressions of our Singaporean way of life through Mickey Mouse for this year’s Arts in the City programme. This uniquely Singapore showcase is meaningful as we mark the nation’s 53rd birthday in August.”

Pay attention to each design because you might spot the figurines designed by our President Halimah Yacob; popular artistes such as JJ Lin, Nathan Hartono, Kit Chan, Felicia Chin, Li Nanxing and many more.

Designed by Kit Chan, the Mickey bears the melody of the song “Home” on his body. Because this is home, truly.

The 1960s kopitiam style of Mickey Mouse best represent our local heritage, showing the typical kopitiam scenes in the olden days of Singapore.

The very familiar Summon Auntie, the meter attendant who give parking fines to cars that are illegally parked. I love this design too.

Spotted Phua Chu Kang figurine too, so creative right?

Besides the figurines, Over 80 of these products including household items, fashion merchandise and accessories will debut at the “Mickey Go Local” pop-up store at Raffles City, and a larger range will be made available later at all major retailers.

There is also a very retro looking backdrop for photo opportunity.

Thanks for the photo.

Did you notice the Instagram hashtags located at the side of the photo?
#MickeyGoLocal
#RCSArtsinthecityPC
#Mickey90
#CHFPC
 #CapitaLand

In conjunction with the campaign, public who upload onto Instagram with the above hashtags for every photo taken with the Mickey Mouse figurines, CHF will donate S$10 per hashtag to President’s Challenge. 

I am going to spam my Instagram this August with many Mickey Mouse figurines photos taken to share the exhibition with everyone and at the same time to drive the donation.

Admission is free.

Exhibition Date: 1 August to 29 August 2018 
Time: 10am – 10pm 
Venue: Level 1, Raffles City Singapore, 252 North Bridge Road

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Beauty Review: Itsumi Skincare Anti-Clock Cleanser & Mist Toner

Age is catching up on me, I am already approaching my 30s soon. As we aged, signs of aging started to reveal slowly from dark circles, formulation of spots, fine lines and losing elasticity. Hence, it's never too late to start showing care to our skin and combat anti-aging.

I was recently being introduced to Itsumi Skincare, a local home grown brand with its products researched and formulated in Italy. Itsumi produces botanical skincare products, which means it uses only plant extracts to formulate the ingredients of the products.
As the logo of the 3 leaves have suggested, Itsumi Skincare is founded by 3 successful entrepreneurs:
Pornsak Prajakwit (Singapore based actor and Co-founder of PORN’s Sexy.Thai.Food restaurant)
- Addy Lee (Founder & CEO of Monsoon Group)
Foo Tuan How (Co-founder of PORN’s Sexy.Thai.Food restaurant)

This idea of Itsumi Skincare begin when Pornsak was unable to find a product in the market that is suitable for his father’s sensitive skin all these years. Hence, he decided to create one. With his Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) background and the help of the other 2 co-founders, they worked closely with highly experienced dermatologists and chemists to create the best botanical skincare products.

 Itsumi Skincare products are free from parabens, SLS, alcohol and silicone. They are free from harmful chemical, Itsumi Skincare uses natural ingredients that are safe to be used on our skin.

Itsumi Skincare has introduced its first skincare range: Anti-clock series.
The name 'Anti-clock series' comes from the source of ingredient, Anti-clock flower (Marvel-of-Peru). This flower is active in the night which means the skincare will work better in the night, it helps to repair and revive the daytime damage cells.

Let our skin restore the youthfulness with Itsumi Skincare by intensify complexion’s vital renewal cycle. It revives the complexion’s radiance, enhances uniformity of skin colour, promotes the elimination of toxins and increases micro-circulation in the skin that is badly needed.

Do you notice the number, 1357, indicated on the packaging of the product?

It represents Itsumi Skincare's unique 1357 ritual.

“1” pump from Anti-clock Cleanser.
It is all we need to form a light foaming gel. Lather between palms with warm water, massage over face, rinse thoroughly and pat skin dry. 

“3” sprays of Anti-clock Mist Toner.
 Use it to calm, sooth, refresh or hydrate our skin throughout the day. Use it routinely and we will notice our pores  become smaller and skin colour gradation becomes seamless. 

 “5” spots to apply Anti-clock Face and Eye Gel Cream.
“7” spots if we include both bags under eyes.
For full moisturization effect, swirl onto cheeks, forehead, delicate eye area, chin and neck until it has been completely absorbed.

Anti-clock Cleanser

Retail price: S29.90 (150ml)

Anti-clock Cleanser is a light foaming gel that gently clears excess sebum leaving it velvety soft and soothing while maintaining the skin's moisture. The cleanser is suitable for all skin types.

Anti-clock Cleanser is a transparent get type cleanser. 

I have been using the products for 2 week and the experience has been great. My skin no longer looked so dull and it gave a light glow. It also comes with a light floral scent which gave my skin a refreshing feel after the facial wash. 

Anti-Clock Mist Toner

Retail price: S49.90 (150ml)

Anti-clock Mist Toner contains a unique alcohol-free formula that calms, soothes and hydrates the skin. Just spray 3 times (left, centre and right) at different direction of our face throughout the day.

A spray of the mist toner instantly provide hydration to our skin, giving a cooling sensation and immediately moisturized the dull looking skin. It aids in oil control, making our skin looked less shiny when our skin is hydrated. Lastly, it can be applied after makeup to make our look last longer.

Interested in purchasing Itsumi Skincare?

Itsumi Skincare is currently available only on Qoo10. There is special discount when purchased on Qoo10, so be quick before the discount period is over.

Anti-clock Cleanser: $19.90 (R.P: $29.90)
Anti-clock Mist Toner: $34.90 (R.P: $49.90)
Anti-clock Face and Eye Gel Cream: $48.90 (R.P: $69.90)
Anti-clock set: $98.90 (R.P: $191.50)

For more information, please visit https://www.qoo10.sg/shop/itsumi

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