Visit to Tai O Fishing Town in Hong Kong

Visit to Tai O Fishing Town in Hong Kong

Woke up early in the morning at 7:00am, I set off to Tai O Fishing Town which is located at the western side of Lantau Island in Hong Kong. In my travel itinerary, travelling to Tai O is rather easy. Take the MTR to Tung Chang Station, followed by taking a cable car ride to Ngong Ping and finally take a bus number 21 to Tai O terminus. Else, you can take the MTR to Tung Chang Station and buy a One Day Pass for HK$245 ($43 SGD) per person where by you can have priority queue from the crowd and a tour bus to bring you to Tai O Fishing Town or Fishing Village.

No doubt Hong Kong has all the high fashion streets, beautiful skyscrapers and tasty good local and international cuisine; I want to feel the other side of Hong Kong, which is a rural village with a slow pace of living.

 

Visit to Tai O Fishing Town in Hong Kong

Visit to Tai O Fishing Town in Hong Kong

 

Upon reaching this “Venice Of Hong Kong”, the air was sea fresh and all I could see were green mountains, boats and sea. Walking in the streets of Tai O Fishing Town, there were abundance of dried sea food like scallops, prawns and abalone. Some of them call these dried delicacies the “Chinese crackers”.

 

Visit to Tai O Fishing Town in Hong Kong

Visit to Tai O Fishing Town in Hong Kong

Visit to Tai O Fishing Town in Hong Kong

Visit to Tai O Fishing Town in Hong Kong

 

In an overview of this village, most of the houses were dilapidated which somehow make sense that Tai O is known as the first settlement of Hong Kong. Despite old, I could sensed the “kampong spirit” is strong and many of the dried seafood products were hand made by the people of Tai O. I am not sure if these food products were cheap but if you were with the tour guide, you could get a special discount rate.

 

Visit to Tai O Fishing Town in Hong Kong

Visit to Tai O Fishing Town in Hong Kong

 

Taking a boat further down to the sea, I hope to see the pink dolphins. During my sea expedition, I came across many beautiful decades old stilt houses built on the seabed. These stilt houses could be restaurants or schools. After about ten minutes of journey, the boat stopped moving and I waited patiently for the pink dolphins. Soon, the dolphins appeared and disappeared in a wink of an eye. They were really fast!

 

Visit to Tai O Fishing Town in Hong Kong

Visit to Tai O Fishing Town in Hong Kong

Visit to Tai O Fishing Town in Hong Kong

Visit to Tai O Fishing Town in Hong Kong

 

Due to the current land reclamation and construction of the bridges to Macau and Mainland China, the waters are now polluted. Many of these pink dolphins have migrated to elsewhere and it is tough for fishermen to earn a living due to the poor quality of water. Despite all these, Tai O is still a very popular tourist spot in Hong Kong and further more, this fishing town is now under the protection of Hong Kong government for heritage purposes. Hence, this helps to create jobs for the people in Tai O to earn a living.

 

Visit to Tai O Fishing Town in Hong Kong

 

Visiting Tai O allows myself to better understand the cultural heritage of Hong Kong. This place is a good place for landscape photographers and dried seafood delicacy lovers. It was a good experience to visit and set my foot on this village.

 

Visit to Tai O Fishing Town in Hong Kong

 

Visit to Tai O Fishing Town in Hong Kong

 

Address of my visit
Tai O
Lantau Island, Outlying Islands

Website: http://www.discoverhongkong.com

 

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Afternoon Tea In The Peninsula Hong Kong

Afternoon Tea In The Peninsula Hong Kong

Take a ride on the Hong Kong’s MTR to Tsim Sha Tsui station and walk about five minutes through Exit E, you will reach a grand hotel with a touch of European design and luxurious fashion brands at the ground level.

Stepping into The Peninsula Hong Kong hotel, the grand hall has the ambience of elegance and heritage. With the nickname “Grande Dame of the Far East”, this hotel is built in the golden year of 1920 and till today, this timeless hotel is nearly 80 years old and is well-known of it’s Eastern and Western hospitality. Now, let me introduce to you my high tea experience with The Peninsula Hong Kong.

 

High Tea With The Peninsula Hong Kong

 

The afternoon tea, or high tea, begins at 2:00pm to 6:00pm in The Lobby restaurant, but being punctual will not pay you well. I will recommend my readers to reach the restaurant at least 15 minutes early, else you will be ended up queuing during your holiday trip in Hong Kong.

 

High Tea With The Peninsula Hong Kong

 

The grand hall is simply gorgeous. With a live symphony band playing on the second floor’s balcony in the grand hall, the interior structure brightens up the live music extremely well. Sitting back on the cosy arm chair and listening to the music while waiting for the high tea pastries was a very comforting and relax experience.

This afternoon high tea in The Peninsula Hong Kong cost $358 HKD, which is about $61 SGD per person. The menu comes with a pot of hot tea of your choice and a three tier high tea stand with raisin scones, finger sandwiches, sweet cakes and other savory pastries.

 

High Tea With The Peninsula Hong Kong

High Tea With The Peninsula Hong Kong

High Tea With The Peninsula Hong Kong

 

My verdict? The pastries and tea were average, but what you will be experiencing dining in this hotel will be the ambience that is totally unmatched for. There is no rush for time as you will be glad to see every diners are enjoying their afternoon tea very slowly and chatting away with their friends and families. This is what I called a relaxed dining holiday.

 

High Tea With The Peninsula Hong Kong

 

Address of my visit
The Peninsula Hong Kong
Salisbury Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
Hong Kong, SAR

Telephone: (852) 2920 2888
Website: http://hongkong.peninsula.com

 

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Hotel Madera Hong Kong Review

Hotel Madera Hong Kong Review

Hong Kong can be split into four main areas, namely the Lantau Island, the New Territories, Kowloon and Hong Kong island. When comes to looking for a hotel stay, my preference will be anywhere between the Kowloon and Hong Kong island as these areas are central to almost any favourite destinations in Hong Kong. The Tsuen Wan line on the Hong Kong MTR map (red coloured) will be a good path to source for hotels.

With about fives minutes walk from the Jordan MTR station, Hotel Madera Hong Kong was where I stayed during this trip. There is a JD Mall nearby this hotel where you can find a supermarket and our Singapore’s Breadtalk in this small shopping mall. A pretty good location for family travelers like us.

This 89 floor hotel build along the Nathan Road is about two years old and has many positive ratings from Booking.com and Tripadvisor. With so many top notch and luxurious big hotels in Hong Kong, it is definitely not an easy task for Madera Hotel to keep up with the tourism industry.

 

Hotel Madera Hong Kong

 

Staying in the Madera Studio with an area of 38 to 46 square meters located at the 27th floor, the wide windows allow us to have a good view panoramic view of the West Kowloon Corridor highway and Yau Ma Tei district. The Madera Studio is divided into two parts; the living room with a 55″ Sony Bravia 3D LED television and a bedroom with a Sealy King sized-bed. The bathroom is very spacious and is equipped with two rain showers. I love rain showers!

 

Hotel Madera Hong Kong

Hotel Madera Hong Kong

Hotel Madera Hong Kong

Hotel Madera Hong Kong

Hotel Madera Hong Kong

 

Talking about technology, there is a JBL speaker that allows the 30-pin iPod dock or AirPlay streaming of your favorite tracks into this sound system. There is also an Alcatel Android smartphone which has 3G data capabilities, which we used it for free hotspot for our mobile phones during our travel in Hong Kong since the phone has unlimited data plan.

 

Hotel Madera Hong Kong

 

With such a cosy hotel, it is definitely a good experience to sit down on the chairs during the evening to catch the lightings of Hong Kong at night. For even better service, the food and drinks are free for the first round in the mini bar corner.

With the hotel room introduction done, let’s talk about the facilities in Madera Hotel Hong Kong. At the ground floor, there is a reminisce gallery that showcase items and lifestyle of the early years of Hong Kong. There is also a gym and a gaming room for their guests to work out and play hard during their stay in Madera. The highest floor is the bar lounge, where you can sit either indoor or outdoor. Outdoor will be a good spot to have a cocktail drink during this 16 degrees Celsius season and view the 270 degree view of Hong Kong.

 

Hotel Madera Hong Kong

Hotel Madera Hong Kong

Hotel Madera Hong Kong

 

Staying in Madera Hotel Hong Kong is definitely a good experience with the lobby service staffs were helpful and efficient. Per night stay in the Madera Studio is about $450 SGD, which I felt is tagged at a reasonable price based on hotel location, comfort of the room and customer service.

 

Hotel Madera Hong Kong

 

Address of my visit
Hotel Madera Hong Kong
1 Cheong Lok Street, Hong Kong

Telephone: (852) 2121 9888
Website: http://www.hotelmadera.com.hk

 

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Yummy Viet At Chinatown’s Smith Street

Yummy Viet At Chinatown’s Smith Street

It was my wife’s birthday and I have decided to give her a treat on Vietnamese cuisine for lunch before we head off to catch the latest blockbuster action film, “Exodus”. After a morning shopping therapy at Orchard Road, we traveled down to Chinatown’s 28 Smith Street to Yummy Viet for lunch.

I am excited to reach Yummy Viet in the early afternoon where the lunch hour crowd have yet to dine in. Sitting inside this restaurant with a good seating spot, I get to see many tourists sitting outdoor and enjoying our Singapore local food delicacies from the Chinatown Food Street. From an overview of what they are dining, seems like Roast Pork Rice and Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee are their favorites.

Getting myself warm up with Yummy Viet’s food, the starters are what I start to browse in their menu. Crispy Fried Spring Rolls ($4.90 for 3 pieces), Fresh Summer Rolls ($3.20 for 2 pieces) and BBQ Sugar Cane Spring Rolls ($5.90 for 2 pieces) are sure in my starter watch list. Vietnamese baguettes are sandwiches that is done the Vietnamese way, which is commonly sandwiched with pickle vegetables, corianders and peanut sauce. Yummy Viet serves three baguettes in their menu, the Grilled Pork Baguette ($5.90), Shredded Chicken Baguette ($5.20) and Mix Ham Baguette ($5.20). Their Vietnamese noodles are priced between $7.50 to $9.50. Of course, Vietnamese coffee is a sure not to be miss in any Vietnamese restaurant.

 

Yummy Viet, Serving Vietnamese Cuisine At Chinatown's Smith Street

 

In a slim glass filled with crushed iced, the Cold Coffee with Condensed Milk ($4.90) was buttery smooth and not overly sweet, preserving the dark coffee taste of Vietnamese coffee.

 

Yummy Viet, Serving Vietnamese Cuisine At Chinatown's Smith Street

 

With a pair of chopsticks, I picked up my first slice of Crispy Fried Spring Roll ($4.90 for 3 pieces) and ate it first without dipping into the sweet and sour. The crispiness was nicely done and from every chew of it, there are more of minced pork than taro and prawns. The sweet and sour sauce gives an additional taste enhancement on my tastebuds.

 

Yummy Viet, Serving Vietnamese Cuisine At Chinatown's Smith Street

 

Just like the fried spring rolls, my bowl of BBQ Pork Noodle Dry ($7.90) also comes with a small bowl of sweet and sour sauce. With the rice noodles topped with fried spring roll, fresh bean sprouts, lettuce, coriander, basil leafs and peanuts, pouring the sauce into all the ingredients and mixed them well makes it a simple Vietnamese street food delicacy.

 

Yummy Viet, Serving Vietnamese Cuisine At Chinatown's Smith Street

 

The taste of Vietnamese chicken broth in The Chicken Rice Noodles ($7.50) was rich with a pepperish aftertaste. Yummy Viet restaurant prepared this bowl of noodle soup by stir frying the chicken with mushrooms and followed by serving it with the chicken broth. Add in a little dice chilis for the extra spiciness.

 

Yummy Viet, Serving Vietnamese Cuisine At Chinatown's Smith Street

 

Just about ten minutes walk away from Chinatown MRT Station, Yummy Viet at Chinatown’s 28 Smith Street serves tasty Vietnamese cuisine at a reasonable price. The ingredients are fresh and their food are genuinely good, despite the serving time is quite long. A nice Vietnamese cuisine dining place that is worth checking it out if you are in Chinatown.

 

Address of my visit
Yummy Viet
28th Smith Street
Chinatown
Singapore 058942

Opening Hours
Monday to Sunday: 11:00am to 11:00pm

Telephone: (65) 6222 5191
Website: http://www.yummyviet.com.sg

 

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SPRMRKT At McCallum Street

SPRMRKT At McCallum Street

SPRMKRT located at McCallum Street, combines the beauty of arts, small retail therapy and delicious food right in this cafe. Taking a train ride and stopping at Telok Ayer Downtown Line station, walking with my family to SPRMKRT on a quiet Sunday afternoon took about ten minutes.

SPRKMRKT food menu changes everyday except for Saturdays and Sundays, in which they serves Weekend Brunch. With up to twenty-five different mains and nine different sides to choose from in their Weekend Brunch food menu, that is quite a spread. Their customers favorites are The English Breakfast ($25), Eggs Benedict ($14), Homemade Batter Pancakes ($14) and Eggs Royale ($17). Vegetarian mains are also available such as the Basil Pesto Pasta ($19), Mixed Grilled Vegetable and Tomato Salad ($15) and Grilled Corn and Mushroom Pasta ($18).

 

SPRMRKT

 

With their coffee price tag from $4.50 for a cup of Latte to $6.50 for a cup of Mocha, you can opt for regular, low fat or soy milk options with no additional charges. Other beverages such as home brewed beverages and freshly squeezed juices are available in SPRMRKT for non-caffeine drinkers.

Taking my food orders at the food counter, plain water are self-serviced and free of charge. Waited shortly and here comes my orders.

 

SPRMRKT

 

Coffee served! Here comes my Flat White ($4.50) and Latte ($4.50). Pretty decent cups of smooth caffeine dosage.

 

SPRMRKT

 

We have ordered SPRMRKT’s Onion Rings ($6.00), which was served with a sour cream side. Deep fried using freshly slice onions, every rings tasted sweet and it is nice to enjoy them with the sour cream.

 

SPRMRKT

 

Calling this the Chicken Milanese Wrap with Fries ($16.00), the fried chicken breast meat are cut into large chucks, wrapped them up firmly with marinated tomato cubes, fresh greens and overlay with special house sauce was sure a fulling weekend brunch meal. The flavors was good and the fried chicken breast wasn’t too tough.

 

SPRMRKT

 

Here comes the ‘DE’ Breakfast ($17.00), which there was a big round plate with a single pancake, scrambled eggs and toasted slices of bacon served. While on the other small plate, there were some cream, butter, maple syrup and fresh fruits to top onto my pancake. Unlike some pancakes which I shall call them “lifeless”, I enjoyed the fluffiness of the pancake from ‘DE’ Breakfast. Pouring some maple syrup and spreading the cream over the pancake makes every bite of pancake delightful and furthermore, the fruits are fresh.

 

SPRMRKT

SPRMRKT

 

SPRMRKT is a simple and decent cafe located in the CBD area of Singapore, where the local art scene is supported by exhibiting their work in the cafe. During my visit, those pink coloured paintings are by Philip Hemnell, which he portrays the increasing diversity and openness in Singapore. There are some retail cookware products which can be purchase, but there are not alot of them. Worth checking out this cafe if you happen to drop by McCallum Street, which is near to the Amoy Street Food Centre.

 

SPRMRKT

 

Address of my review
SPRMRKT
2 McCallum Street
Singapore 069043

Opening Hours
Mondays & Tuesdays: 8:00am to 9:00pm
Wednesdays to Fridays: 8:00am to 11:00pm
Saturdays & Sundays: 9:00am to 6:00pm

Telephone: (65) 6221 2105
Website: http://www.sprmrkt.com.sg/

 

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Duktig Cash Register Toy By IKEA

Duktig Cash Register Toy By IKEA

Children loves to take up role playing personalities which is crucial during their growing up process because this allows them to imagine and train their social skills. They can be a pirate, a princess, a scientist or anything in this world.

For the past three years, Kayden has taken up three different personalities, or I would say his childhood careers. He started of as a chef, followed by a doctor and now, a cashier.

In his first career, Kayden started off being fascinated by the wonder hands of his grandmothers. Watching them cook was like his favorite reality cooking shows. Shortly, we got him a toy stove with pots, pans, utensils and food. Kayden enjoyed his cooking playtime very much and his favorite culinary dish was the corn soup. He never seems to get bored with cooking the same dish everyday because corn kernels are his favorite.

Kayden’s second career was a doctor. So how did he got interested in this role? In the past when Kayden got sick, we brought him to visit our family doctor. Ever since then, Kayden is obsessed with the doctor’s stethoscope. He threw his stove into his tub of toys, gave up his career as an awesome corn soup chef and decided to embark on his focus on hearing people’s heartbeat. Whenever I called for him, “Doctor Doctor, knee pain.” Kayden will ran to his tub of toys, looked for his stethoscope toy, wore it around his neck and listened to my knee for any abnormalities.

The doctor’s career did not last as long as being a chef. Due to his Christmas present this year, he is now obsessed with counting money and swiping credit cards. Thanks to the IKEA’s Duktig cash register toy, Kayden is now a busy cashier. Made out of wood with curved edges, this cash register is a fully functional calculator powered by solar. Those paper notes, coins and credit cards makes it even more interesting for the role playing process.

 

Duktig Cash Register Toy By IKEA

 

This is a nice simple toy with a price tag of $19.90. I am wondering what will be his next career change?

 

Duktig Cash Register Toy By IKEA

 

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