Good morning! We had an early start to the day as we had a 955am flight to catch and wanted to grab some brekkie at the lounge before we boarded the plane.
Unfortunately, we were turned away from the lounges as his card was too thick to be swiped / he didn’t have a QR code to produced. Wasn’t too pleased about it as there wasn’t any alternatives offered beyond sorry, we can’t swipe your card cos it’s too thick / you don’t have a QR code so you can’t come in.
Luckily I brought some back up food so we ate and snacked and did some work while waiting for the departure time. The mister also surprised me with a pre-trip gift of an eczema cream and sunscreen, so that was really sweet 🙂
Having said that, it’s also been awhile since I sat on a full fledged plane as our last few trips have always been budget flights. This round, the mister splurged a little for SQ economy tickets at around $300 per pax which was not too bad for the price. So say yeah to in flight meals, 25kg luggage, seat selection and most importantly – in flight entertainment system rather than bringing all of these yourself. Oh and of course, bigger seats, better aircraft and a smoother journey. Ah, will not take such privileges for granted again~
Our first stop upon landing was to pick up our free Hong Kong goodies (choice of free gift/drink/food/shop vouchers worth $100HKD) from the Hong Kong Tourism Board counter at the airport. Then we hopped onto the Airport Express train (pretty comfy) to Tsing Yi before getting our Octopus card there as the queue at the airport was pretty long.
Next up, to Yau Ma Tei where our hotel, Hotel Ease Mongkok was located just a few steps away. Note that you’ll need to lug the luggage up the stairs FYI as there is no lift.
No frills, a cozy compact hotel room similar to Japan (minus a fridge) but we won’t complain for less than $70 ($64 to be exact) per night for two at a prime location, clean bedsheets and a comfy bed with shower/toilet. Recommended!
Moving on, we headed out to walk to Star Cafe located at Champagne Court, a mere two stops away by MTR. However, we chose to walk instead to take in the sights of Hong Kong along the way (~20-30 mins walk).
Situated at the basement of Champagne Court, it’s not the easiest location to find but not that bad la. I love the legit retro vibes of the place which has been around for a very long time and sitting on my to try list for YEARS. Just glad that it didn’t close during the pandemic and that it survived on.
The must try food item here is their famous tomato and mixed egg instant noodles which looks super globby (and even gross to some). However, give it a try and actually, it’s not bad! The mister had the tomato and beef version and he preferred his while I enjoyed mine better. Nonetheless, we slurped up both of them! Note that the “soup” is thick and viscous, not your usual soupy kind of soup. 🙂
Moving on, we slowly strolled down the street of Tsim Sha Tsui and then towards the waterfront of the famous Avenue of Stars to check out the view, and also have the softee ice cream from the Mister Softee mobile truck. This is also the best place to take photos of the Hong Kong skyline so don’t miss out!
Be it during the day or night, the skyline is very beautiful so feel free to snap as many photos as you like just as we did. We also checked out Ocean Terminal and the like, listened to some buskers perform and it was a great way to end off the night right.
What’s even better? When we went to the supermarket and spotted SO many unique potato chips flavors! We didn’t buy all la, just a select few for trying but boy, that’s alot!
Most importantly, thanks always for reading! Stay tuned to Day 2 coming soon 🙂
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