Monday, October 2, 2017

Chinese Dried Food Shopping in Hong Kong

Woke up early to fulfil our daughter / daughter-in-law duties! ˭̡̞(◞⁎˃ᆺ˂)◞*✰

The moment Mama Chew heard that I am going to Hong Kong, she got all excited and told me she has a list of dried food stuff that she wants and if we can go and help her buy if it is on the way.. Well, turns out, Wany's mother also has a list for her and she said it is always a mandatory practice for them to give their mum a few hours to go and buy dried foods. And the reason why she always stay in Eaton Hong Kong cos it is walking distance to the dried food shop and her mother can go by herself early in the morning while her sister and her sleep in because they don't wanna spend a few hours hanging around the dried food shops. LOL! Great strategy!

This is the shop that Wany's mother always frequent!

The shop is quite empty cos we were very early, but after a while a lot of aunties appeared to buy bags and bags of stuff.

There are so many different type of dried foods!

Dried oysters! This was on Mama Chew's list.

There are so many bird nests and dried sea cucumbers! I think there must be at least HKD1,000,000 worth of items in the shop... maybe more. I don't know. Sea cucumbers are crazyyyyy expensive and they have so many types of different sizes and species. 

Wany said her mum usually chooses the items by herself but since we are 2 noobs, we had to ask the nice uncle to help us out. Hahahahahaha! He is super chill and the best thing is he is not those hard selling type of sales person who keep pestering you to buy more stuff. 

Headed back to our hotel to drop off the stuff cos super heavy ahhhh! I asked Wany why the uncle give us such a cute bag instead of the ugly plastic bags that the other aunties got when they bought stuff. Wany said we had to spend a certain amount to get the nice canvas bag. They usually give out those plain generic plastic bags.. but somehow both of us got 2 canvas bag each even though we did not spent the minimum amount to "qualify". She said it is because I am an Uncle-killer so they gave us the bags. LOLOL! (n˘v˘•)¬
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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Hong Kong's Toy Street! (Tai Yuen Street Market 太原街 Wan Chai)


Wany told me about this street in Hong Kong where there are a lot of toys and stationery for sale and we should go and check it out to get some supplies for our Party Minions game events.

This "Toy Street" is located at Tai Yuen Street in Wan Chai and you can take a train to Wan Chai Station, Exit A3.

The number of shops on this street... so many! On both left and right side! You are literally spoilt for choice! The items they sell are quite similar, though some of them specializes in stationery/toys/decorations.

Some of the shops are double storey so you can go upstairs to have a look. One particular shop we went to was totally deserted cos the items were quite expensive even though they have a huge selection. We were the only 2 persons in the shop and we did not even see any staff around. Level 2 was empty and we could have just grab stuff and walk out and I think no one will bother... We left after having a quick look cos actually quite creepy to be in a really quiet shop with just a small narrow exit and no one else around.

We spent some time browsing through the different stores and found one which has the cheapest price amongst the others! Just look out for the shop with the blue signboard.

Their prices are very reasonable and there are many many people inside (cos cheap). They are constantly stocking up the items cos people buy by the basket! Just look at all the empty carton boxes outside the shop!

Wany is my QC manager. She stops me from buying nonsense things. Hahahahahha!

They have so many cool stationery! Some are really nostalgic, like from our younger days type and you can't really find them in Singapore anymore. Wany tried to bargain for me but they didn't even give us a second look and charged us full price. Oh wells, so cheap already cannot complain lah. Hahahahahaha!

Happy customers! Hahahahaha!

Afterwards we walked back down the street to the train station to go for dinner! There were a lot of lanterns everywhere because 04 October is Mid-Autumn festival! They are obviously those unlicensed fake products but some were really good grade A fakes. LOL!

The street looks super "Hong Kongy"if you know what I mean.. Like most of us grow up watching Hong Kong dramas/movies so this type of scenes is very familiar to us. Old dingy buildings with bright signboards. Hahahahaha!

The weather is so hot that we had to stop in Starbucks to get some drinks. In total we bought 2 bags of items.. not a lot but the items are quite bulky.

Tadahhhh! :)
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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Eaton Hong Kong Hotel

Our first night stay was in Eaton Hong Kong!

The property is located near the bus stop where bus A21 stops. You can take the bus directly from the airport and it's just a short walk to the hotel from there.

A lot of the function rooms and restaurants in the hotel are closed because they are going through a massive renovation... so it is a bit dusty but don't worry cos the rooms are fine. The lobby is located upstairs and you have to take the lift up. Wany said there used to be another entrance but it is closed now because of the renovations.

We booked the Deluxe Room and was upgraded to the Studio Room when we arrived. It was small but very cosy and comfortable. The room was newly renovated and we both like the decor a lot cos it's very modern, clean & sleek! 

We booked the Deluxe twin bed room but as the Studio only had Queen bed configuration, we shared the bed! It was very comfy and I don't mind sharing bed with Wany cos she doesn't kick me when she sleeps. My sister is quite a violent sleeper so I think twice when I want to share a bed with her. LOL!

View from the room is not very fantastic lah.. but it's alright. We don't look out all the time anyway.

I love that they offer a free phone for you to use and you can also bring it out of the hotel. There's also lots of plugs to charge your devices, something that Le hubby will approve of! Hahahahahaha!

It's a "green hotel" so they provide big bottles of toiletries instead of the small mini sized ones. I don't mind cos I don't have to keep calling them for more toiletries! They smell really good too! And they provide filtered water in big glass bottles. Very environmentally friendly! 

Both of us prefer bathrooms where the toilet and showers are separated. This is very efficient especially in the mornings when you are rushing to get ready or if you are staying with more friends in the same room and you don't have to wait for each other to use the toilet if you need to shower.

The water pressure is really good!

Toilet is clean and airy too!

Small cupboard for you to hang your clothes

The mini fridge is hidden inside the island counter.

Cups and coffee/tea are also hidden in the island counter. 

I will definately come back again to stay when I am in Hong Kong! It's a really nice hotel to stay in. The area is quiet but convenient. Not many dodgy people around. And there's a lot of nice eateries nearby and it's also near the MTR (Jordan station). 

Highly recommend this hotel!!! :)
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Friday, September 15, 2017

Hello from Hong Kong!!

I am blogging from Eaton Hotel in Hong Kong now! 

Wany is so shocked that I brought a notebook to blog about our Hong Kong trip because I am always so lazy and procrastinate.. then forgot about blogging. I have so many backlog holiday trips entries, some as old as 5 years ago! I gave up on them already lah... Hahahahahahaha! I will try to blog everyday ok... depending what time we go back to the hotel because sleep > than anything else.

Wany has asked me 4 times repeatedly "Are you blogging now?". And I kept saying "Yes! I am uploading photos now!" (this is a mini notebook and is a bit laggy). She will then give me the skeptical face and ask me again "You really blogging ah?". 

Ye of little faith.

But cannot blame her lah, she kena cheated so many times then she also give up liao. She told me she comes to my blog once in a while to see if I got new entries and usually she leaves disappointed. Hahahahahahahahaha! I will be here with Wany from 15-19Sep! Back on Le hubby's birthday so he won't feel so emo. Heeheehee. 

We took the 7.30am flight on Singapore Airlines and had to go to the airport at 5.30am today.... Slept at 12am last night cos I packed my luggage at the last minute (as usual). Thank you Le Hubby for sending us off! I told him he cannot come along cos this is our BFF trip! Only the two of us! Even Wany's mother cannot come. MWAHAHAHAHAH!

This is our BFF trip v5!
First trip in 2007 to Bangkok
Second trip in 2010 to Hong Kong
Third trip in 2015 to Japan
Fourth trip in 2016 to Perth

Wany pre-ordered the Kosher meal!!!!

I have seen the meal selection before on the SQ website but never chose it before. Wany said she always wanted to try it but her mum refuse to let her try saying she is crazy. LOLOL! And she said only I am so "on" to accompany her to try it. 

From my understanding about Kosher meals on Singapore Airlines flights, the crew will bring it to your seat and you have to break the seal on your own (or ask them to break it for you). They will then heat it up in a separate heater and serve it to you. The utensils and cups are all disposable. The food are not freshly prepared in Singapore by SATS catering. They are flown in from either New York, London or Israel and since it's prepared in advance, they are all flash frozen meals.. so don't expect it to be fantastic.

At least 3 crew came to check on us and ask how the Kosher meal was. I think they seldom get to see someone (especially a Chinese person) order a Kosher meal. Apparently it is the most expensive thing you can pre-order from the Economy class special meal list. We know that cos the crew told us so. Hahahahahahahaha! But expensive does not mean it is good lah. Though I think it is quite worth it in terms of quantity cos there are so much more items compared to the usual meal selections onboard or even the other special meals. 

Even though Wany did not had any religious dietary needs, it was fun just ordering the Kosher meal to see what it is about. I did not order the Kosher meal cos I wanted to try the Muslim meal. I heard from my colleagues that the Muslim and Hindu meals out of Singapore are really good so I wanted to order the Muslim meal to try for myself.

Here's my Muslim meal! (MOML)

Really happy with my selection cos it's nasi lemak!
So much better than the noodles or egg options onboard.
I had a lot of envy neighbours eyeing my meal. Haha!

Wany didn't really enjoy her meal cos it's flash frozen and not really awesome.. she did not finish the food though she ate the other items. The chief steward Ricky was really attentive and noticed she did not finish her food so he brought her a platter of Dim Sum from the Business class cabin and said it's a preview of the Dim Sum we are having in Hong Kong!

He is really friendly and nice! Also gave me some freebies including postcards! :) I promised him I will write a nice compliment email and I just sent the email out an hour ago. I told Wany I write until so nice, he can print it out and frame it or something. Hahahahahahahahahhaha! 

I really love writing compliment emails. I also love writing complaint emails. LOL!

Group photo with the IFS, Chief Steward and Wany!

Here's a picture of our really pretty & comfortable room!

We also went a lot of places to eat and eat and eat! Also went to buy supplies for our Party Minions event that is happening next month! 

I will keep the food photos for a separate posts on places to go and eat in Hong Kong! Wany and I are quite fussy about food and luckily we have similar tastes so I can trust her to pick the nice places to eat. She told me she recently went to research to see if there are new places to go cos she don't come Hong Kong as frequently as she used to previously... and she found out that many bloggers recommend the same places like they reuse the template or something. BORING!!! She also said that most places they went to are super overated.. which I believe cos these same bloggers go to Japan and visit the same places and say the same thing though I find the food that they recommend to be overhyped and overpriced.

I just told Wany that I am finishing the entry and she yelled "YOU REALLY BLOGGED AH!!!". I yelled back "YAH LAHHH!! I brought my notebook leh!!!". Then she apologised and said she really didn't believe that I will finish this post, especially one with words instead of just photos. Mwahahahahhahahahaha! She said I can be efficient if I want to.. which is true cos I am damn lam nua (lazy) most of the time. 

She is now deciding what hashtag we should use for our photos on Instagram. It is so late now that I cannot think properly.. I just kept repeating "I don't knowwwwwwwww". Hahahahahaha! 

Gonna end now and go to bed. Also need to finish up and post this cos she is gonna spot check to make sure I really blogged. -_- I also need to go and sleep cos it's gonna be a long day tomorrow. We are heading to Disneyland for the special Halloween dinner! Woohoooooo!
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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Pompompurin Cafe Singapore [Last Day!]

Today is the last day of operations for Pompompurin Cafe at Orchard Central. Since we've never visited before, we decided to go before they are closed for good. Wanted to jio Nat along too but he had to work until 5pm... so it's just 3 of us today!

The first time I saw a Pompompurin cafe was in Tokyo Harajuku during my Japan trip with Wany a few years ago... We even went early to take a queue number so we can go in. However after waiting for a few hours we decided to leave even though it would have been our turn to go in soon, because I was having a fever and wanted to go back to the hotel to sleep. That trip was quite bad cos I fell sick early in the trip and took me a while before I recovered. Poor Wany had to go shopping on her own cos I was knocked out and sleeping in the hotel.

There were 4 different seating areas. The nicest ones are the booth seats but there were only 4 booths and the couple in front of us got the last booth. ( ͒˃̩̩⌂˂̩̩ ͒) So sad lah... So we requested for our 2nd choice which is the one at the back with the Pompompurin cushion seats. Luckily there was a table available there!


Before we placed our orders, I asked the waitress what are the gifts available cos I saw on their Facebook page that they will be handing out free gifts to their customers during the last 10 days before they close for good. The waitress said there's glass mugs, water bottles and soap dispenser.. unfortunately when we paid our bill, only the glass cups were left.

If your dish includes a glass mug, you will receive an extra one. The pancake dish I ordered had a special design for the Pompompurin mug but the mug I received at the counter is the plain one. Kuakuakua.

The manager who was processing our bill was a grouchy bitch who did not smile at all. I asked her about the gifts and she just rudely told me only cups left. With that tone and attitude like "Take it or leave it."... Whattttt...... I am a very friendly and polite person so I don't think there's any reason why people have to be rude to me.

Wany said maybe she is going to be out of a job so she can't be bothered with customer service at all. I think that is really unprofessional. Whether the manager was upset or angry with the management has nothing to do with the customers! As a customer service staff, you need to be professional at all times and not let your emotions or feelings get in the way of your work. If you cannot be professional about it then you should consider working in a job where you don't have to face any customers.

<(`^´)> So angry. 

Anyway... the total bill for 2 mains, 1 drink & 1 dessert is $71.75 inclusive of GST and service fee. We didn't order a lot cos Le hubby and I had a heavy brunch earlier. What we ordered is a typical order for 2 persons if they are sharing the drink and dessert. It is quite expensive, but it is a Sanrio themed cafe after all. 

If it is not closing down today, will I go back again?

Hmmm... It depends. I am not a big Pompompurin fan. I am more of a Hello Kitty fan, though I also like Cinnamoroll and Gudetama. Paying $70+ for cute food which doesn't taste very good (the rice is tasteless and soooo hard!)... I think I rather spend the money on good hawker centre food... LOL! Maybe I am old already.. plus I have been to Japan so many times that it is getting harder and harder to wow me cos in Japan everything is done to perfection.

Overall I would say it was a good experience today though (other than that bitchy manager). It's a pity the cafe is closing down.. I think Singapore's market is too small to sustain a permament themed cafe. A pop up cafe will be more ideal cos you can always change the theme according to what's the latest trends. Just like what THE GUEST cafe & diner in Tokyo is doing.
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