Sunday, 3 April 2016

#HKDiaries Week 6

Catch Up: Week 1Week 2Week 3Week 4, Week 5



Sunday

It was Easter Sunday and no force on heaven or on earth would have stopped me from going to church to turn up. I was at least thirty minutes late as is my usual fashion in life generally but I made it to the service which was a wonderful celebration of the Resurrection of Christ from the grave. It was perfect- the worship, sermon, play everything..I'm getting to really like the Vine Church but I realized that I kind of miss my home church. I follow Pastor Goodman and Elevation church on twitter so seeing their updates makes me miss them more :)




Easter play :)

After church I went to a Caribbean brunch with Audra and Joan whom I met at the Dragon Boating trial. I have come to accept that Caribbean food is the closest thing to home for me and it is readily available here so it just works. Still not had a chance to check out the Nigerian restaurant so #TeamIsland for now..






The buffet was a nice selection of Caribbean classics- Rice&Peas, Jerk Chicken, Plantain (PROPER DODO) and other accompanying vegetables. Great tasting food and the best part was the bottomless mimosas that came with the package. Let's just say we all got pretty happy (on a Sunday) and managed to convince the bar manager to play Nigerian music through Spotify which he did. It became a full Naija groove up in there, lol. We got there at around 2 and didn't leave till we literally started getting the evil eye at about 6pm. Was a great way to spend Easter...

Monday

So last week I booked a group day tour to Macau on a website called Viator. I had mentioned thta one of my colleagues was going but when I realized she was going with her husband and decided to respect myself and make alternate plans. Third wheeling is not the way forward. 

The deal I got on Viator was super! Ferry transportation to and from Macau, guided tour of a number of historical sites in Macao and buffet lunch. I was ready to be picked up at 7:30 am because I have realized that when Asians say a time, they mean exactly that time. If you are one second late, they will leave without any explanation..I wasn't about to throw 120 USD down the drain.





I got picked up and then made the rounds to pick up other people that were booked for the same tour and then we headed to the pier. It was my first time on a commercial ferry and it looked very much like an airplane. I had a fun 1 hour ride with my tour group, one of which I became fast friends with, a Greek guy called Tacos. I told him he was my rented husband for the day because everyone else on the tour was coupled up, we were the only singles. He played his husband role really well the whole day, taking my pictures and all..LOL..

Upon arrival at the airport we were met by our tour guide, Mario who is in equal parts one of the funniest and most knowledgeable people I have ever met. He is a Portuguese guy who has been living in Macau for the past 33 years so he is what you would term a local, through and through. 

Macau is an island on the south coast of  China. It is a Portuguese colony that was returned back to the Chinese government in 1999. History lesson over, drop your pens...

We started off at the A-Ma temple, one of the oldest ones in the city and it is actually said that the name Macao was derived from the A-Ma temple. It was surreal to go inside and see real Buddhists burning intense and praying at the temple. 




From there we stopped at a local bakery to buy Portuguese Egg Tarts which are one of Macau's claim to fame. I tried them and they were okayyy but people the world over swear that these snacks are high on their list of best foods. The real winner in that shop for me were some almond cookies which are are also one of the local snack, freshly baked, crunchy and delicious. 


Portuguese Egg Tarts

Our next stop was the 58th floor of the Macau Tower which is the 11th tallest tower in the world and the world's highest bungee jump at 233m. From the observation deck on the 58th floor we could literally see most of East Asia- China, Hong Kong, Macau and some other smaller islands. It was amazing to behold and all I kept saying was "God is Good". I was hoping to catch someone bungee jumping and I did! I'm not sure who was more scared, me or the person that jumped with the way I screamed.

The rest of the team went up to the 61st floor outdoor observation deck where people actually bungee jump for and I was like nah...As my people say, Ayo lo ma n pa eyan (It is joy that kills man)...before out of fun someone will push me off the edge...



View from the top
Sitting on the glass floor, 233m high...

It was lunch time but on our way we stopped and saw one of the Kun Lam statue, the goddess of mercy in Buddhism. Our tour guide mentioned that the statue is also known as the Lady Buddha. Seeing the Big Buddha is next of my list of things to do while I'm out here.



I expected lunch to be fully dead as is common with package deals but it was surprisingly decent. A continental buffet with a couple of Asian dishes that everyone enjoyed. After lunch we were fuelled for the remaining half of the day which was walking tour. We started of at the Ruins of St Paul's Church which is the number one tourist attraction in Macau. Basically if you have been to Macau and you didn't see the ruins, you haven't been to Macau.  The Church was built in 1602 but was destroyed in a fire in 1835. The ruins have been preserved till this day and is a part of the historic centre of Macau which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.







We spent the rest of the day just walking through the streets of old Macau which was a beauty to behold indeed. The strong Portuguese influence was palpable in the architecture and at a point in time I felt like I was walking around the streets of any European city deep in the middle of Asia, amazing stuff.






Our last stop was at Jackie Chan's casino, Grand Emperor. Casinos are the main revenue generator for Macau and they actually make more money than Vegas, would you believe that? I was hoping I could try my hand out and make a couple of dollarsss but there was no time... they don't want you to win money.

A guard outside the casino




We rode back to the terminal around 5pm and boarded the 5:40pm ferry back to HK. The trip to Macau was the best way I could have spent my day. I went to bed feeling happy and fulfilled

Tuesday

Tuesday was back to work in all of it's glory. Was good to be back though after a long weekend off. 

My office is right beside a huge mall called IFC which is both a good thing and a bad thing. It's good because it has a lot of restaurants which offers me a variety of lunch options but bad for my pocket because the temptation to shop is real my brothers and sisters. 


After work I had a leisurely stroll around the mall and decided to enter Zara just for bants. I didn't expect to find anything other than a size S, boy was I in shock! There was a wide range of sizes available up to L. I don't know if its just Zara but it made me happy that I can at least buy some items of clothing while I'm out here. I also stopped by the Mac store and surprise surprise they had the liquid lipsticks I have been after for a while now. They are constantly sold out but apparently they had just received new stock after the holidays so I snatched them up real quick. 

Tuesday is my usual Zumba day but for some reason I have lost my zeal for Zumba #FixItJesus

Wednesday 

I gave my colleague John a mandate to show me one new restaurant every week to which he very kindly obliged. The food space is soon huge here the to make the most of it you need expert guidance.




We went to a local Hong Kong restaurant called Tsui Wah for lunch and I loved it. I was wanted to have just regular Chinese food, the type that is sold everywhere else in the world but Asia and this place was perfect for that. Ordered what looked and tasted like Special Fried Rice and prawns with a fried egg on top. I noticed the they hardly ever serve rice here without a fried egg here and i find it really funny. I don;t mind though because I love eggs but if you don't you might have a problem especially because its a runny fried egg *licks lips*

Thursday 

I discovered this supermarket called Market Place near my face building today. It has a food section where there's a salad bar and a variety of other hotels that are all generally on the healthy side of things. I was starting to get bored with my options for lunch (if I wasn't going out) so discovering this place was perfect timing. 



I ordered what they called African Chicken and Quinoa. I don't know what the hell African Chicken is but it was a very nice and decently priced. It felt like I was eating good old rice and chicken stew without the heat from ata rodo which can easily be fixed with my dry pepper. Next time I plan to buy this meal, i'm packing my pepper to work. 

In the evening I worked on putting up a review of some makeup from Black Up Paris which you can read here

Friday
  
You know how we Nigerians like to wear "trad" to work on Fridays? The Nigerian in me was shining brightly today as I sashayed through the streets to my office in myAfrican print two piece. If I thought people stared at me in the setts before, they stared twice as hard at me today and I loved every minute of it. 



Found out that Monday's is a public holiday in Hong Kong because of a Chinese festival called Grave Sweeping. What it is people go to the graveside of their loved ones to sweep the area and decorate it with flowers etc. So yeah, another long holiday coming up! I'm not lucky, I'm blessed!  


One of you lovely readers recommended a  restaurant called Tim Ho Wan to me in my last post. It's the cheapest Michelin Starred restaurant in the world and they are super famous for their dumplings so I went there after work to get takeaway. Thank you dahmeebee for the suggestion! 

I ordered the pork and shrimp dumplings and they were literally the best I have ever had. I totally get the hype about this restaurant now. I googled and apparently to get seated can take anything from 20-30 mins. It is one of HK's gems that must not be missed. 

BEST.DUMPLINGS.EVER

And thank you so much to all my other readers that keep tagging me in HK related stuff on Instagram and keep generally sharing information that is useful to me while I'm here. You guys are the absolute best *group hug*

Saturday 

My usual Saturday morning routine of laundry and making brunch happened again. I made the closest thing to a Nigerian breakfast, sweet potatoes and shrimp sauce. 



I had been procrastinating washing my braids for weeks just because of how stressful washing braids can be but I got it done today and they got dry really quickly, about 30 mins. 

I went to the Sony store to claim my 300HKD vouchers that I got after buying my new camera. 300HKD is quite some money here so I was able to restock on some of my essentials for free! Thanks Sony! 



I was excited because my friend Molly was in town for the weekend so we made plans to meet up for dinner at Ce La Vi in Lan Kwai Fong. It is a modern Asian restaurant with amazing views of the city from the 25th floor. 






We ate, drank, laughed and generally had a good old time. I'm all for meeting new people but it was lovely to be hanging out with someone from back home. 


After dinner, we went to the rooftop bar of Ce La Vi to have a drink. Molly had to leave shortly after but I stayed back on with a really nice group of people that we happened to get talking to by the bar. Its amazing how quickly you can go from strangers to friends in this city. Because a huge percentage of the people that live here are expats, people are generally very friendly and open to meeting new people.  It's definitely had a good effect on me when it comes to interacting with new people and I like it! The world is such a beautiful place, if only we allowed ourselves to live a little.



With one of the new friends I made, Istvan from Hungary :)
We left Ce La Vi and checked out a couple of other bars before calling it a night. 

And thus went Week 6...

Peace & Love, 


Y. 

Hong Kong Fun Fact 


The Lan Kwai Fong street sign is one of the most photographed in the city by tourists and locals. It is an attraction on its own..



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11 comments

  1. Why is the street sign famous?

    Yes to Jamaican food!!! Love it.

    Macau seems like a nice place to visit!

    Fun fun fun week for you!

    Berry Dakara Blog

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    1. LKF is Hong Kong's party districts with hundreds of restaurants, bars and clubs. Every weekends thousands of both locals and tourists flood the streets for intense partying, it surely is a sight to behold, lol

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  2. Babes, you've experienced the food more than any other thing in HK, thats good as Asia is rich in that. Also, biko, help me with an argument i almost entered today. 1) what are people from HK called? Cantonese? 2) some one said HK is a city or province/region in China?!? i said i know Cantonese is widely spoken in HK and that it's near China but don't know about it being in China.

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    1. Hey hun, people from Hong Kong are called Hong Kongese or Hong Kongans. Hong Kong (and Macau) is part of the People's Republic of China as a Special Administrative Region. It is highly autonomous but PRC is responsible for Defense and Foreign Affairs. Mainland China which is what a lot of us know as China is a geopolitical region under the jurisdiction of the PRC and Hong Kong & Macau are excluded from that region being SARs. Hope I made sense :)

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  3. You look like you had the most fun this week!

    And it's amazing how you're not scared of heights. Took one look at that picture and i mentally stepped back. You now sat down... On glass... That high!

    Like Berry asked, what is the sign famous for?

    Have fun in Week 7.

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    1. mehn. my exact sentiment, seeing you sit down on that glass made me so anxious, i had to scroll past quickly. basically, this week 6 was one long holiday for you. enjoyment.

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    2. Thanks girls I did have fun! I thought I was scared of heights until I sat on that thing and I was like it's nothing! LOL...The mind is a powerful thing...

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  4. I love these posts you do. So detailed and with so many pictures. Must be a lot of work so thank you for doing it. I'm living vicariously through you and hopefully one day, I'd love to a new country for some time.

    How did you sit so comfortable on that glass? I got nervous just looking at the picture. You can having so much fun there and I love how you're fully immersing yourself in HK.

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    1. Thank you so much. Yes it is work but I really enjoy doing it...Writing is my passion :)

      Lol, I was a bit nervous when I first saw the glass floor but I eased into it very quickly..haha

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