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Christmas in Ipoh & Penang 2015 – Part 2

Published by on May 21, 2016

This is a second part of a two-part series. Read the first installment here.

Dinner for the first night in Penang was in New Lane. The last trip I was here we ate lots of char kuey teow, but I was told that the Pork Intestine Porridge here is very good. So this I came back to try it. My MIL also tried a bowl.
The congee was smooth, but the intestines were fried to a crisp. It’s quite different to the Ipoh style which I am more used to.

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After walking around New Lane (its turning into quite a commercial area these days, with the new biscuit shops)

The next morning, we planned to walk around Georgetown, so breakfast was at Pulau Tikus. While having curry mee, we bumped into Lee Yen (her parents’ house were just around the corner) back for the weekend.

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After breakfast it was down to Georgetown. My nephew hasn’t been here before so we went round the usual circuit of wall murals, street food, roadside stalls, etc.

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(that’s quite a heavy meal)

Weather was blazing hot so in the late afternoon we went back to the hotel for a snooze and a dip in the pool. In the evening we didn’t have any place to go, so we went down to Gurney Paragon and Gurney Plaza. It was 2 days before Christmas so the malls were bedecked with décor.

First we had dinner at Gurney Drive. It was quite packed with folks, and I had to line up 20 minutes for my char kuey tiaw.

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(view of Anjung Gurney from the mall carpark)

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The next morning, we had breakfast in the apartment. When Penang, what other touristy stuff can we do? Penang Hill, of course! We haven’t been here since my first kid was a toddler (>10 years) and since my nephew hasn’t been here, etc.

Penang Hill on a holiday weekend + school holidays was crazy packed as you would expect. The lines for the funicular train was super long. But they’ve made a lot of improvements to the station recently to handle crowds.

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we couldn’t really stay long since we had to get back to the apartment and check out. After that we drove home to Ipoh. For our early dinner that night, we tried this little roadside stall in Gunung Rapat. The stall is run by a very old (and slow) couple and their son. Although its just 3 plastic tables at the side of a quiet road, the stall is immensely popular especially with call-in and takeaway orders.

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The next day was Christmas eve, we went around town doing some errands – buying a Christmas gift for my daughter (a backpack), kaya puff for my colleague (the line at Sun Eng Heong was 3.7km long, we went to Ming Yue in Pasir Pinji), and a visit to Chin Han Guan. Everything popular in Chin Han Guan was sold out clean, and new orders would only be ready in Monday. Monday next week!! It was only Thursday!

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Christmas eve dinner was a hearty Hakka dinner by my MIL.

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The next day was Christmas Day! Not sure what we did but for dinner we went to Tuck Kee in town. The place was so full we didn’t bother waiting for a table.

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We went to this place opposite (my BIL knew the owner) and we had cream custard and Tuck Kee delivered the food across the street to us. If you are in Ipoh you need to try this Gui Lin Tong. The cream custard is simply amazing. They also have a variety of homemade herbal jelly and drinks.

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On the way out we passed by Lou Wong Beansprout Chicken and you can see the crowds here. THe place is so popular a whole auxiliary side market has emerged around it in the form of trucks and stalls selling biscuits and drinks.

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The next day was Saturday, it was time to drive back to KL. thus ending our one week holiday up north. Until the next time, then.

Christmas in Ipoh & Penang 2015 – Part 1

Published by on May 14, 2016

Last year just after our Korea trip I decided to take a whole week off from work during Christmas week and go back to Ipoh. I also took advantage of an offer to stay two nights in Penang at the By The Sea resort (opening promotion offer was RM400 for a two bedroom apartment). Well, I thought, since we’ll be in Ipoh for a full week, we could fit in 3 days 2 nights further up in Penang. It has been about 2 years since my last visit anyway.

We had always done only a few days in Ipoh, usually over the CNY or long weekends. But this time we had some time to stay longer, although we had to come back a day earlier due to some unforeseen commitments. But 8 days is more than enough time for everything we wanted to do. Besides, this was the first time we spent Christmas away from home.

On Saturday morning we helped EFC man the popcorn counter for their Children’s VBS, after packing up during lunch (we had our fill of popcorn for brunch) we set off on the PLUS highway up north. We reached Ipoh just before dinner and went straight to my BIL’s house for a Christmas gathering.

The next morning, was Sunday, time for dim sum brunch. Over the past 20 years in Ipoh, we’ve tried lots and lots of dim sum places – from the traditional old-timey places to the upstart new ones to the noveau fusion places. These days we get recommendations for new or undiscovered smaller places (most of the time from my SIL). Today, we were going to visit newly opened Aeon Falim, so we went to try Sun Kim Aik in Jalan Lahat en route to Aeon.

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It’s located on a row of very old shoplots (although the shop isn’t as old) on the very busy Jalan Lahat. So busy that’s it damn near impossible to make a right turn or reverse out of the parking.

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Restaurant was overflowing with patrons, which is always a sign of good business.

So anyway, on to Aeon Falim. Recently, Aeon has been on an aggressive expansion mode in Ipoh. A few years back there was Station 18 in Pengkalan, then 2 years ago they opened one in Klebang (in Ipoh, not the Klebang in Melaka).

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A lot of the shops in the mall wasn’t opened yet, but that didn’t stop the throng of people from coming.

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After Aeon we went back to town and en route home, we stopped by the new Chang Jiang White Coffee place. They use to own a few coffeeshops in Ipoh, but now they run this place from a refurbished one-storey bungalow. A cold iced coffee for some respite from the scorching Ipoh heat.

So we spent the rest of day playing chor dai dee and eating roast pork, two of the important things in life.

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That night we went for dinner in Taman Seri Botani. Very good food as usual, goes without saying.

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Don’t ask me what my nephew is doing in this picture.

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The next morning we set off to Penang with my MIL and my nephew.

First stop – to Taiping to eat char kuey teow at the Larut Matang Food Court. The famous stall wasn’t open, so we had to make do with a second choice. The other thing to do here – buy the squirrel brand hiong peng.

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Chinese Methodist church.

Then it was onward to Penang. This time we took the new 2nd bridge.

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Straight into the island, we went to Kek Lok Si. Not to visit the temple (did that before), but to eat the Ayer Itam assam laksa. It’s the famous one beside the wet market. I know its always mentioned as the best in Penang, but I thought it was as great the one opposite inside the food court. Anyway, maybe they had an off day.

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From Ayer Itam, we took a long drive to Batu Ferengghi to our hotel. By the Sea is a newly opened apartment, but some of the units are managed by the developer as a service apartment available for short term rentals. During our stay we were probably the only ones in the whole apartment complex. It has a nice facilities podium overlooking the sea.

We really like our apartment. Its fully furnished with 2 bedrooms and full kitchen facilities.

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we took one room while my kids took another, plus an extra bed set up for my MIL. I guess my nephew is sleeping on the couch, then.

To be continued.

Macau & Hong Kong 2016 : Wrap-Up

Published by on May 8, 2016

This is the conclusion of an ongoing series. To start at the beginning, click here.

So on Saturday early morning we got on our flight and flew back to Malaysia. that’s the good thing about Macau, you can get a cab in anywhere 24 hours a day.

I think in retrospect, in the 5 full days we spent in Macau, plus the one day in Hong Kong, we saw everything we wanted to see in Macau. Plus some more. We didn’t want to go to Zhuhai, but that’s somewhere you can consider going if you have the time. We’ve been told the seafood is good and cheap, but the border crossing can be hectic.

if you have only a day to spend in Macau, there are many itineraries you can search on the Internet. But for us, the highlights that you should not miss are the Guia Lighthouse, ruins of St. Paul and Senado Square (nothing much to see, but is the icon of Macau), the Venetian. And you must eat the Portuguese egg tart at Lord Stow’s, the biscuits (like Koi Kei) and pork chop bun. If you have an extra day, do Coloane and Taipa.

Because Macau is so small, one trip is enough, which means we will not likely return, unless we ever do a day trip from Hong Kong. But it is definitely a place to go if you haven’t been.

Until our next trip at the end of the year, then!

Macau & Hong Kong 2016 : Part 11 – An Extra Day in Macau

Published by on May 2, 2016

This is part of an ongoing series. To start at the beginning, click here.

So Day 6 we were supposed to fly back to KL at 10.45am. So we took an early cab from the hotel to the airport. The morning was very misty and we arrived in the hotel very early. After waiting around for the shops to open, we had breakfast at the McDonald’s. They serve macaroni soup in McD’s here.

So then we checked in our luggage and propped ourselves in the waiting lounge and waited. they have charging stations and limited free wifi there. As we approached boarding time, we noticed none of the morning flights were taking off, due to the thick fog. Outside, on the runway, visibility was only a few meters. Our flight was delayed, but as it approached noon, the fog lifted and a few flights were able to take off. But not ours, as the incoming flight didn’t land. In fact, it was diverted to Hong Kong.

So long story short, Our flight was delayed to the next day, Saturday 7 am. So we practically, had one extra day to spend. Since I bought AirAsia’s TuneInsure and a separate travel insurance, the claims totaled up to about 40% of our whole travel expenditure including hotels and tickets. But of course, the claims can only be processed once we returned home safely, so at the time in the airport, we had some other things to settle.

First thing, since it was about 12.30pm, the airline gave us meal vouchers for the lunch at the airport restaurant. Most of the restaurants were packed as we weren’t the only flight delayed. We had a choice of curry chicken or beef noodles, we all chose the former.

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After lunch we had to be taken by the staff to go through immigration again, then claim our baggage. We then took a cab to Taipa, the nearest town to the airport. The driver recommended this hotel called Inn Hotel. Yes, I know, what a name for a hotel…

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the hotel was quite nice, about MOP750 a night for a twin sharing room. The room was pretty big and newer than Beverly Plaza.

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After checking into the hotel and depositing all our stuff, we went out into Taipa for a walkabout.

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(view of Cotai from across the lake. The fog had returned in the early afternoon).

Basically, we visited all the sights we missed during our earlier visit here.

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(our lady of Carmo church, during our earlier visit we were too lazy to walk up the hill to see this)

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(Some famous Portuguese poet)

We then walked down to the newer part of Taipa village. We found this café called E.S.kimo with a really good offer on pork chop buns. So we actually ordered two.

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The day was still early, so we checked out Galaxy Hotel and Casino.

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(monkey faced orchid)

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(the hourly show with the chandelier and giant diamond. You’ll understand when you see it)

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Next – when we REALLY leave Macau.

Macau & Hong Kong 2016 : Part 10 – Lung Wah Teahouse

Published by on April 23, 2016

This is part of an ongoing series. To start at the beginning, click here.

Day 5 greeted us with light showers. Not heavy like in Malaysia, anyway its a good thing we’ve done most of the outdoors stuff over the earlier days. Today’s plan is to go across the city to try this dim sum place called Lung Wah Teahouse. If you’re an avid fan of Hong Kong TV serials and movies, you’d no doubt have seen this place before. Most recently it was featured in the Chow Yuen Fatt movie ‘From Vegas to Macau II’.

Had to take a bus up north of the city and get off once you see the Red Market. The teahouse is just next to it.

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(it was rainy and cold)

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(you need to take the pedestrian walkway to cross the road)

And there it is above.

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Take the stairs up.

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if you can, take a seat at the booth seat next to the iconic green windows.

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Its called a teahouse as they sell a wide variety of Chinese tea. The dim sum is self service, but they have an all-Chinese menu at your table.

The place was surprising quiet that morning. Maybe it’ll get busier during the weekends. The owner was very friendly and correctly guessed that we were from Malaysia. He even gave us a couple of Macau postcards. Not that anyone sends postcards anymore.

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After breakfast we took a walk through the Red Market. It’s a wet market and it was quite busy that morning. The stalls spilled out onto the road behind.

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In a well hidden shop, we found this old couple selling traditional biscuits. We bought some to try, there’s a particular type I haven’t eaten since I was a kid.

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Next on the itinerary, wanted to walk in the areas surrounding Largo Senado. Near the St. Joseph Seminary & Church, I saw this place. Maybe our St. Augustine had coffee here a few centuries ago?

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St Joseph is quite a large church.

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Just opposite the church is Dom Pedro V. Theatre. Rather small theatre in a very beautiful old building.

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Sooner or later, we ended in Largo Senado and ruins of St. Paul again. And this crowded food street again.

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But today for lunch, we were on hunt for a well-known restaurant serving roasted duck and chicken. Took awhile in the confusing side streets to find this.

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(and a plate of sang mee)

Nearby this place is something else you must not miss – Leitaria I Son milk pudding (Yee Shun). Reputed to be the best in Macau, the milk pudding is milky and smooth. And when you are there, try the milk tea also. We stopped by here while waiting for the rain to lighten up. Too bad we didn’t take any pictures.

We ended up walking back to the hotel, but taking a stop at Margaret’s for egg tarts for tomorrow’s breakfast.

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We didn’t go out that night. We were supposed to fly back to KL the next morning, so we thought to have an early night. We had some roast duck leftover from lunch, so our dinner was instant noodles with roast duck with coffee.

Who’d knew we’d get an extra day in Macau thanks to AirAsia. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. That’ll be next.

Macau & Hong Kong 2016 : Part 9 – The Venetian & Taipa

Published by on April 22, 2016

This is part of an ongoing series. To start at the beginning, click here.

After our walkabout in Coloane, we took the same bus back to Cotai. It was time to visit Taipa village. Taipa is just on the other side of the Venetian Hotel. So we took a shortcut through the Venetian, at the same time took a quick look around.

The Venetian is truly impressive. Before coming to Macau, I have heard about this mega resort / casino / hotel / 16th wonder of the world, but to see it, wow. You have to see it with your own eyes to appreciate it.

This ceiling fresco is leading to the one of the many gambling halls. Here was the only place I took a walk into the gambling hall. The hall was too big to take in in a short while, but from what I can see, most of the gamblers (Chinese mainlanders) like to gamble either baccarat or the traditional big / small.

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Another part of the resort that is often featured in ads is the shopping arcade. This two storey arcade is lit to look like the open day time sky 24 hours a day. And for a hefty sum, you can take a short gondola ride by a Chinese guy / girl dressed like an Italian.

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Anyway, after awhile, the crowd and bustle of this place can get a little too much. Exit on the other side of the Venetian (it can be a little tough to navigate this place without having to ask), and you take a overhead pedestrian crossing over the highway to Taipa.

There’s a stretch beside a park where there are travellators. Only in Macau. Travellators outdoors.

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Taipa is a slight bigger and more urban town compared to Coloane. At the fringe of the town there are newer shoplots where you can find a wide variety of pubs and eateries, but the most popular tourist street is in the centre of the old town. Here you can find the usual biscuit shops, restaurants, and the more traditional cafes.

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(workers at Koi Kei making their famous almond cookies)

We stopped by here for a tea-time snack.

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Walnut and almond muffins straight out of the oven.

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Pork chop noodles.

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After walking back to the bus stop, we took another bus all the way back to the peninsula an back to our hotel.

That night, we took a walk to MGM, located next to Wynn.

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(a fleet of Rolls Royce)

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(the entrance foyer to MGM Macau)

There are two main attractions in MGM. One is a free art gallery on the 1st floor. The other is the giant cylindrical fish tank.

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Outside, guarding the hotel facing the sea, is the iconic lion of MGM.

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Next – Lung Wah Teahouse and our last day in Macau.

Macau & Hong Kong 2016 : Part 8 – Coloane

Published by on April 17, 2016

This is part of an ongoing series. To start at the beginning, click here.

Day 4 in Macau, and we are going to Coloane and Taipa. These are two small islands south of the main peninsula. The straits between the two islands have been reclaimed and is called Cotai (Coloane + Taipa = Cotai, get it?). It is now home to a strip of luxury casinos like The Venetian, Sands, City of Dreams, Galaxy, etc.

First we took the free shuttle bus from the ferry terminal to Sands Cotai (same one we took 2 days ago, but this time to the Sands Cotai instead of Sands Macau). From Sands we stepped out into the cold to see the Venetian across the road, and it really is very impressive.

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On the other side of Sands is City of Dreams, which was no less impressive, but slightly smaller. They are currently doing some renovation works, so we didn’t go in to have a look see. Behind City of Dreams is Hard Rock Hotel, hardly visible among the mega hotels / casino.

Sands itself is pretty impressive, housing 4 world class hotels, shopping, DreamWorks Experience, etc.

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(the fountain inside Sands)

Anyway, we’re just passing through here. We took a public bus from Sands to Coloane. Both Taipa and Coloane are really small villages, quite detached from the excesses of the rest of Macau. If you walked around the town, you can circumnavigate the town in less than half and hour on foot.

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(the local post office)

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(locals having breakfast)

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(a local nursery selling bonsai)

In the densely packed town centre, the main attraction is the Chapel of St. Francis Xavier, built by the Portuguese in 1928. It is fronted by a small square and faces the straits with the peninsula across.

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(Alyssa in front of the square. Sporting all black look today)

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(one of the attractions of this chapel is the painting of Madonna and child in a very Chinese style)

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(I’m guessing this is St Francis himself)

the main reason most people visit Coloane is to buy Portuguese egg tarts from Lord Stow’s Bakery. His original shop is right in the middle of town. We had many egg tarts in Macau, including from his ex-wife and main competitor, Margaret, but Lord Stow’s is undeniably the best. Between the 4 of us, we shared 12 tarts.

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(super yummeh)

Next – We explore the Venetian and on to Taipa.

Macau & Hong Kong 2016 : Part 7 – Tim Ho Wan & Tai Cheong Bakery

Published by on April 9, 2016

This is part of an ongoing series. To start at the beginning, click here.

So after some serious shopping, we reached the end of the Sham Sui Po. It was 2.30 pm, and time for another meal at the famous Tim Ho Wan. We’ve tried the KL branch (in 1 Utama) of the Michelin-starred restaurant, but there’s nothing like eating at the original. There are a few other branches in HK, but this is where it all began.

The shop is pretty small, much like most dim sum places around here. Since it was off peak, we didn’t have to line up for a table.

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Since we had just eaten at Australian Dairy Co, we only ordered three dishes including tea.

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We had the (from left) lor bak gou (pan fried turnip cake), baked bun with BBQ pork and lor mai fan. we’ve tried the chee cheong fun stuffed with pig’s liver (one of the other heavenly dishes here) in KL before.

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After that, we walked back towards Shum Sui Po Station along one of the parallel streets (Cheung Sa Wan Street). Here, they had many shops selling toys. Very interesting to look-see, they have lots of unique items, and not crammed with generic China-made stuff like the shops here. Bought a cool Darth Vader / stormtrooper for my pal Boone.

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Along the way back, we also made a pitstop to buy another snack. See the line forming? Want to guess what is it?

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It’s egg waffles, or gai dan zhai.

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Next up, we took a ting ting tram. Anyone who’s watched HK movies would know about these iconic legacy tram system, that serves as a cheap transport for locals as well as a tourist attraction. Most of the trams are modernized, but some are outfitted to look like the old wooden trams of the olden days.

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Seating is quite limited.

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Oh look, Patrick!

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We got off the tram at Central near the escalators. We took the escalators and came down somewhere near the Midlands to find Tai Cheong Bakery. After some trouble, we found it! Fortunately it was still open at 7pm.

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The reason we came here was for their egg tarts. Different from the Portuguese variety, this is yummy in its own way.

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Directly across the bakery I saw this bookstore. They used to be in Malaysia too, many years ago.
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Went in for a quick browse. Books are slightly more expensive here due to our weak currency.

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We wanted to have dinner in a char chan teng, so the bakery folks recommended this place a few blocks away. A little trouble finding it, but it turned out to be quite a famous place that’s more than 50 years old, but recently refurbished for a modern look. And surprisingly, they seem to have a Malaysian flavour to some of the dishes in their menu like laksa and rendang. Anyway, we stuck to the HK classics.

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Then it was back to the ferry terminal to catch a ride back to Macau. At the last MTR station, we didn’t forget to buy the almond finger puffs!

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Anyway we made it just in time for the 8.30pm ferry. I actually ran out of HK dollars, short of HKD100 but the guy selling tickets accepted MOP100 instead. Phew! Then it was a rush to make the ferry!

We made and slept all the way back to Macau…

Next – Coloane.

Macau & Hong Kong 2016 : Part 6 – Day Trip to HK!

Published by on April 9, 2016

This is part of an ongoing series. To start at the beginning, click here.

On our third day, as the weather forecast predicted a rainy day in Macau but clear in HK. That was the plan, but actually it hardly rained on the days it was predicted to do so. Which worked out very well for us.

Back in 2007, we had come to HK for a family holiday, and had done all the popular tourists spots, like Aberdeen, Repulse Bay, Ocean Park, the Peak, etc. We even spent a night in Disneyland. So basically, our agenda for today was very simple:

1. Eat brunch at Australian Dairy Co.;
2. Eat dim sum at the Michelin-starred Tim Ho Wan;
3. Buy egg tarts at the famous Tai Cheong Bakery;
If We can still eat some more, wife wanted to eat gai dan zhai (egg waffle);
4. Ride the ting ting tram;
5. My wife and kids want to shop for clothes in Sham Shui Po.

Lots of eating, but hey, its Hong Kong for goodness sake.

Getting to HK from Macau (or the other way) is very simple. Go to the Ferry Terminal (use underpass from buses) and buy tickets at the counter. This ferry terminal is also called ‘Outer Harbour’, there’s a newer but smaller ‘Inner Harbour’ for ferries to mainland China. To avoid any further confusion, there is also a third ferry terminal in Taipa.

The Ferry Terminal is very modern and spacious building with many counters for your convenience. The fastest boat across is TurboJet, which goes to 3 destinations in HK (Tuen Mun, Shuen Wan, and Kowloon) so make sure you know your destination. We planned to take the Kowloon, but the next ferry was in an hour’s time, so we changed our plan and took a ferry to Sheung Wan which was leaving in 15 minutes.

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(Our tix)

TurboJet takes just under an hour, and its really comfortable, but the ferry is a bit old. They have slightly unreliable free wifi on board. Due to choppy waters, the ride can be a bit uncomfortable for those with seasickness (well, there’s always the helicopter option).

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(Our ferry)

Sheung Wan is on the island, whereas we wanted to go to Kowloon, but its only a few MTR stations away. Once disembarking the ferry, there’s a quick immigration check. Then its on to beautiful Hong Kong! The bustling ferry terminal and bust MTR station is so much different from the laid-back counterpart in Macau.

First thing in the terminal, we saw Maxim’s Cakes! We love their almomd finger puffs, and they have branches in every MTR station. Anyway, we’ll buy them on the way back.

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(Here we are waiting for the subway at Sheung Wan)

Out at Jordan Station.

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As per the our list, first stop is Australian Dairy Co. This is actually very near the hotel we stayed in during our last trip here. But back in 2007, not sure why we never heard of this eatery, even though its kind of a big deal. Maybe back in 2007, internet and blogging wasn’t as comprehensive as it is now. But no matter, we here now!

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In addition to good food, this joint is famous for 2 things – long lines to get in, and rude waiters. Well, they’re not actually rude, just a little sarcastic and impatient, just like you see in those old HK TVB serials.

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Even though we reached just before noon, we were fortunate that the line wasn’t long, and it moved quite fast. The place is really small and cramped with tiny tables, so if you’re alone or with a small party, expect to share tables with other people.

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In about 10 minutes, we were in! And we got a booth seat! Again, even with 3 of us able to read Chinese, we were struggling with the menu. After some (snarky) recommendations from the waiter, we went with the set lunch. It comes with macaroni soup, ham & eggs with toast, and coffee or tea. Since we have a full day of eating ahead, the four of us ordered only 3 sets (you can guess what our waiter commented).

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We also ordered milk pudding.

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(A coffee and 2 nai cha or milk tea)

After brunch we are back out on the streets. Even though its lunch hour, somehow today HK isn’t crowded. We chose a good day to come, weather is crisp, clear and not too cold.

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Next up is an MTR ride to Sham Sui Po. This place is well known for cheap clothes, electronics and toys. We spent quite awhile shopping for clothes, HKD 220 for 7 tops and dresses, very worthwhile!

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Oh look! The iconic double decker buses have mostly been replaced with modern ones.

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Next up – Tim Ho Wan & Tai Cheong Bakery.

Macau & Hong Kong 2016 : Part 5 – Senado Square and Ruins of St. Paul

Published by on April 6, 2016

This is part of an ongoing series. To start at the beginning, click here.

After dinner, our very long day was not over yet. Since Restaurante Escada is very near Senado Square, we took walk there even though we had earlier planned to come on a later day. But as we kept saying, throughout the trip, “everywhere is near in Macau”.

Most people come to Senado Square and the ruins of St. Paul in the day time for the photo ops, but coming here during the night has some benefits. For one, it isn’t crowded. During the summer you can’t even squeeze through the throngs. Secondly, the lighting is quite beautiful.

Senado Square is basically a … ummm, square. Not much else, besides the fountain and shops around it.

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(Let me guess… Holy house of ummm, er, Mercy?)

The square is covered with this porcelain like tiles you see all over the place. Along the sidewalks they make patterns / motifs like fish or boats.

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On the last stretch of walkway before reacing St. Paul, there’s a narrow strip packed with shops selling local confectionery, beef jerky and souvenirs. Everyone comes here at least once if you are in Macau. On the way back we bought some Portuguese egg tarts for tomorrow’s breakfast.

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At the end of the street is none other than the ruins itself. judging from the facade, the original church must have been huge during its heyday.

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The old church is also on a hill site, affording a good view of the city. Can see the Grand Lisboa clearly.

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While we were there, they were shooting something some documentary or promotional feature, something about commemorating Macau’s return to China rule.

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Time to go back. On the way we stopped by Wynn to catch the music fountain again.

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This was the egg tart we bought. Doesn’t it just looks yummy?

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So ends our first full day in Macau. No doubt we had a good sleep that night.

Next – Hong Kong, baby!

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