Mai Dong Xi, Cie Dong Xi!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Hellooooo everyone!
I am finally back from Paris, and nooooooo I did not buy anything!
(*Ahem* Except for two wlittle bags but thats for another day.)

I guess it got alittle boring after awhile.. looking at the arrays n arrays of bags with tons of people pushing, shoving n talking loudly in the shops.
(Read: P R C)
I just wanted to run away!
:(

Buying a bag to me - is like art.

You walk in leisurely, look around with no obligations, n feeling absolutely free to ask questions since you're putting half a small country's GDP on a single item.

So sometimes I just wanna machine gun snobby sales assistants in Singapore!
Weirdly, their french counterparts were much better, we had excellent service everywhere it was amazing.
:)

On happier things!

My favourite week was when I left for HongKong for holiday early this month where I shopped, walk, ate & partied with my best friend Wendy!
She left Singapore 2 days earlier, so I flew up later in the week to meet her.

And I made a good friend too, Debra Jie who owns a salon in the North.
I loved travelling with two hair stylists! It was like having my fashion consultants travel with me.

She was also like a mummy to us, and we had lotsa fun making her drink in Lan Kwai Fong! :D

HongKong: Renowned for its expansive skyline and natural setting, Hong Kong is one of the world's leading financial capitals, a major business and cultural hub, and maintains a highly developed capitalist economy. Its identity as a cosmopolitan centre where east meets west is reflected in its cuisine, cinema, music and traditions, and although the population is predominantly Chinese, residents and expatriates of other ethnicities form a small but significant segment of society.

Pictures!

First night in HongKong.
Shopping and desserts.





We stayed in Mongkok where it was really easy to go places and find food in wee hours of the night... but then, HongKong's a food haven everywhere!

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.

Day 2:

We decided to wake up bright n early for dim sum!
I lurve the Hong Kong's style of yum cha, where you can spend the rest of the day eating and drinking tea.

Both which are great loves to me!





Dim sum (literally meaning "touch the heart") is the name for a Chinese cuisine which involves a wide range of light dishes served alongside Chinese tea. It is usually served in the mornings until noon time at Chinese restaurants and at specialty dim sum eateries where typical dishes are available throughout the day. Dishes come in small portions and may include meat, seafood, and vegetables, as well as desserts and fruit. The items are usually served in a small steamer basket or on a small plate. Yum cha (literally "tea drinking") is the term used to describe the dining session, especially in contemporary Cantonese. Chinese families in particular typically like to gather at Chinese restaurants for dim sum on special occasions such as Mother’s Day or Chinese New Year.

After eating, we went shopping!
Walking and walking in streets of Tsim Sha Tsui, we got hungry really fast coz there were so many teahouses along the streets.

In the past, people often enjoyed tea in old restaurants with a long history, also known as "neighbouring restaurants" (茶寮). This kind of restaurant was built with simple and cheap decoration. However, it was the place for the neighbors to meet as a morning routine. Especially for the elderly, their main entertainment was going to chat with their neighbors in the "old place". They read newspapers, discuss current issues, their family life, their good old days... to name but a few. As time passed by, a strong bond would form between the patrons and the restaurants.

Unable to resist, we walked into one and ordered my favourite... ROAST PIGEON!
The greedy in us had milk tea, egg tarts & of coz.. the original peanutbutter french toast in hongkong!







We walked n walked and went back Mongkok for more late night shopping!
We bought so much I couldnt take pictures... coz my hands were all red from carrying bags of clothes/shoes/makeup!



We were very tired actually, but it was so close to Wendy's birthday.. we had to throw our loots back in the hotel and go LAN KWAI FONG!

Lan Kwai Fong is perhaps Hong Kong's most popular and well known area for a night out. Boasting numerous bars, pubs, clubs and restaurants, it is a popular choice for the well off locals, expatriates and tourists. The high costs associated with the area makes this a relatively high class location, although the quality and reputation of this area is obvious virtually every night. Visiting on a Friday or Saturday night you may be overwhelmed by the enormous crowds that fill the streets (which are closed for several hours to vehicular traffic), with all bars having only standing room. It is interesting to see that, as mentioned, a majority of the crowds are in fact expatriates or international students. It is one of the few places where English is the overwhelmingly predominant language, although many of the Chinese who are there are most likely to be bilingual.

Now you all also know why I act cute...



Debra jie bought a cake for her... and I brought the present we BFFs bought for her all the way from Singapore as a surprise!
I hope she likes it.
:)



We drank, ate cake, make merry and had two younger men talk to us only to be slightly bemused that we were were about half a decade older than them.

Wah I didnt know I look 21!
Bery happy, you know.
But too bad it was Wendy's birthday and it was a reminder that she is getting older!
Heehee!
:p

Bye guys, have to rush to evening service in church tonight.
God bless.

Will be back soon with Part II of HongKong and then pictures of Paris!

xoxo
elaine

I love my BFF!

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