Many Singaporeans frequent Hong Kong, it is one of the most popular destinations after Bangkok. The tagline which Hong Kong tourism board successful campaign in their TVC is “买东西 吃东西” portraying it as a shopping and food paradise. Indeed, these are two essentials typical (female) Singaporeans are good at.
For some reason, Hong Kong does not seem to work its magic on me all these years. I even gave away a pair of Cathay Pacific air tickets to my sister and mum many years back when I won it in a lucky draw.
The one and only reason I wanted to go Hong Kong is because there is a Jay Chou wax figurine in Madame Tussauds and taking a photo with it is the closest I can get to him. After all, he is my idol (and imaginary boyfriend! Haha…) and I always adore his talent. It is quite impossible to go Madame Tussauds Wax Museum alone because I know it is not going to be an easy task getting random strangers to help me take photos with many famous people.
Thankfully Susan, my travel buddy is willing to go Hong Kong with me. Despite knowing each other since kindergarden days, it was the first time we travelled together. We survived without getting on each other’s throat. 😀
Her last trip to Hong Kong was 5 years ago so memories were vague. We only started to make plans and studied the MTR lines one week before the trip.
I was told to check out Stanley for its beautiful sea view, with no research work done, we headed there not knowing what to expect.
We were completely mesmerised by the beach and awesome sea view. Ok, it may not be really FANTASTIC if you were to compare to other places with famous beach paradise but who would have thought we could find such gem away from the famous bustling compact high-rise buildings.
We fell in love with the place immediately and grabbing a drink at one of alfresco shop houses is a must while we enjoyed the sea view.
We also made other touristy places such as Ocean Park, The Peak, Ngong Ping and even across the sea to Macau. All thanks to Susan, we were allowed a special visit to TVB City, one of their free-to-air TV station. It was our lucky day because we spotted Tavia Leung, Lai Lokyi, Raymond Lam and Michael Miu alongside with other B-list and C-list artistes. It was a pity there was no photos with the stars because we were too cool for fan photos. =X
It was a good break away from Singapore and I survived without a bursting luggage. The food was awesome but they do not come cheap either. It was funny how I got tired of shopping in a shopping paradise.
I can finally strike Hong Kong off my travel list. Before the trip began, we were not excited about it mainly because we felt that Hong Kong is just another cosmopolitan city. We had little expectation but I guess not having high hopes helps because I actually enjoyed myself. I am glad I gave the cosmopolitan city a chance, it definitely has its own unique character and yes, I have completed my mission of a photo with Jay Chou!
Are you a city person or if not, will you give a city a chance?