Hong Kong, Hong Kong (Day 3 – Black Rainstorm Warning)

Day 3 – Black Rainstorm Warning

Before I start on Day 3, let me just add something about the Macau Convention and Entertainment Centre (Macau Tower).  It seems like there is a strict code of conduct there because while we were sitting at a lounge area waiting for the appropriate time to go up to the tower (we bought the high tea package which would only be applicable after 2.30pm), we were being watched by a security guy.  As soon as one of us were seen tucking our feet under us as we sat on the sofa, the security guy would come and tell us we’re not supposed to do that.  You can’t even remove your shoes or put your big bag pack on the sofa (a tourist was told off for that).  I could feel the security eyeing me when I undid the straps on my sandals but I didn’t give him the satisfaction of telling me off because my feet were still in the sandals.  He might be big and burly but I have good IQ, I knew what I wasn’t supposed to do 😛

Here are some more photos of Macau and one from Zhuhai which I had omitted:

The Venetian

The Venetian

The Venetian – The Venetian

Sands

Sands

Macau Skyline

Macau Skyline

Some Macau architecture

Street of Macau

Street of Macau

Zhuhai skyscrapers

Zhuhai skyscrapers

Back to Day 3…

Well, after spending a long day in Macau and Zhuhai, needless to say we slept like we were comatosed (well, maybe not all of us but I certainly did!).  We woke up to a rainy day and after checking the news on tv, we realised that the city had been placed on black rainstorm alert.  This means very heavy rain that could cause serious flooding and traffic congestion.  Schools in affected areas and some public institutions were closed as a result.

View from hotel room on a rainy morning

View from hotel room on a rainy morning

So what did we do?  We went downstairs to the hotel restaurant for dim sum breakfast 🙂

Porridge

Fish & pork ribs porridge

Steamed carrot cake

Steamed carrot cake
Rice rolls with stuffing

Rice rolls with minced beef stuffing

Salad spring rolls (I think)

Shrimp and cheese spring rolls

Gone!

Gone!

Har Kau (Shrimp dumplings) and chive dumplings (background)

Har Kau (Shrimp dumplings) and shark’s fin dumplings (background)

Glutinous rice

Glutinous rice wrapped in banana leave

Siew Mai (pork dumplings)

Crabmeat Siew Mai (crabmeat dumplings)

Custard bun
Custard bun
Dessert - red dates jelly

Dessert – red dates and coconut jelly

Dim Sum bill – Dim Sum bill

Surprisingly, the bill didn’t come up to be very much.  It was certainly cheaper than what we paid for on our first day in Hong Kong considering that the restaurant was situated in a 4-star hotel.  I think the waiting staff were amazed by how much 4 women could eat in a matter of under 2 hours LOL

After breakfast, we checked with the concierge about the weather and asked what we could do on such a day.  We were told that the warning had dropped to Amber, which basically meant just rain and not heavy.  He suggested staying indoor so we interpreted that to be indoor shopping 😛  And off we went, hopping from one rail station to another in search of big shopping malls.

From the local supermarkets…

Giant size Thai durians
Giant size Thai durians
HUGE!
– It’s HUGE!  And strangely odourless…Wonder what odourless durians taste like…hmm…
While browsing in the supermarket, I got a call from mum.  My first thought was something serious must have happened since she knew we were all in HK.  But all she said was ‘you’ve got mail’…well, literally it meant I have a letter which was sent to her place.  So I told her ‘Ma, I am in Hong Kong’ and she went ‘Oh, sorry, sorry’ and hung up LOL  For that 20 secs call, I am being charged $1.80.  Not too bad 😛
For lunch/tea, we had McDonald’s the Black and White burgers.  One was with beef patty (black), the other with chicken patty (white).  Both have bacon strips in them.  The buns were super soft.  Yummy!
Black and White burgers from McDonald's

Black and White burgers from McDonald’s

One thing to take note while in Hong Kong – it’s not easy to find public toilets when you’re out on the streets.  Lina and I found out the hard way as we thought we could just pop into one of the hotels along the street to use the washroom but it turned out that the hotel washroom was only accessible to guests (there was a notice stating that).  So we ended up asking the counter staff of a service apartment and they said to use the restrooms in McDonald’s, which was just a few shops away.  So now you know…aren’t you glad that there are McDonald’s in almost every street, every city and every country?

Talking about washrooms…we are pleasantly surprised by how clean and well-kept the restrooms are in Hong Kong.  In big shopping malls, you almost always see seat covers or seat sanitizers, hand dryer and hand sanitizers, and there would be attendants ready to clean up after the patrons.  And in small establishments like small eateries, they are kept clean by the owners but of course you have to be a patron of the eatery if you want to use their washrooms.  No matter how crowded the malls are, the washrooms are always clean and dry, which is more than I can say about our own shopping malls here in Singapore!  Clearly we’re not paying our cleaners enough to be proud of their jobs like their counterparts in HK!

It would not have been a day in HK if we didn’t step into another one of Yee Shun Milk Company outlets for its double-boiled milk and double-boiled egg.  It was doing brisk delivery orders due to the rain.  Another thing about HK – most eateries deliver to nearby offices and homes.

Besides taking the MTR around the city, we also took the ‘Ding Ding’ tram.  The ‘Ding Ding’ is the warning sound of the tram to pedestrians and other drivers, like a car horn.  It’s has narrow aisle, hence it’s very cramp.  It has an upper deck but we didn’t venture up there, preferring to sit or stand on the lower deck.  There is hardly space to stand in the aisle and it’s stuffy.  But it’s worth the experience as you get to rub shoulders with the locals and experience what the daily life is like in HK.  You’ll get to take in the sights too.

These tram rides are inexpensive although they do take longer to reach the destination than regular buses because they move slowly and stop regularly at designated stops (and possibly stop at every traffic light it seems!).  These trams are iconic because the first tram started plying the streets of northern HK in 1904 and the trams have evolved from single to double-decks.  At one stage the ‘ding ding’ bells were replaced by beepers but the bells made a return after a public outcry

Inside the tram

Inside the tram

Tram driver

Tram driver

Cramped inside the tram

Cramped inside the tram

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– Late night in Hong Kong

The whole shopping trip yielded a pair of H&M slim ankle jeans for me (HK$250) and a leather belt (HK$100) while the others bought various types of clothing from the same store.

Also, we shared buying some instant shrimp noodles that caught our eyes while we were in the supermarket.  Sad to say, when we split the individual packets of noodles among us, I didn’t read the cooking instruction on the main packaging and ended up making soup noodles instead of dry ones at home 😛  Hubby hated it and wouldn’t give it a second try now LOL

Alright, that’s all I can remember of our Day 3 trip.  Aren’t you glad???  😛

next  up…Day 4 – Ngong Ping, the Big Buddha and Disneyland.  Yay!

 

2 thoughts on “Hong Kong, Hong Kong (Day 3 – Black Rainstorm Warning)”

  1. Judy,

    Just read your all your blogs on your trip to Hong Kong, etc…Loved them..Fell like I get to visit a lot of places in the Orient through your eyes…Thanks…

    Waiting for the next one..

    Hugs
    Joan

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